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New Year, New Resolutions

New Year, New Resolutions

Well, I started this blog with the intent of blogging, and haven’t really kept up with it at all. Maybe I can revive this thing this year.

Let’s try some goals for 2018.

Sewing: a garment a month. I need to get better about keeping track of my plans. A lot of times I’ll find a pattern I like, order fabric for it, and by the time the fabric arrives, I’ve forgotten what I was going to do with it. So I have all this fabric that I know I bought for something specific, but I don’t remember what. Actually, on that note, I’ll talk about my most recent fabric purchase: five yards of cotton lawn for some Carolyn pajamas, and hopefully enough of a cute knit I stumbled upon to make both a long and short sleeved Lark tee.

Shooting: still gonna say move up a class. Didn’t happen in 2017 because I didn’t practice. My eleven year old gun bit the dust, I got a new one but didn’t test fire it so I found its problems during matches. Ah it was fun, kept me on my toes. 🙂 I am planning to get back into it this year. Area 1 will be at my home range this year, so I’m working it, which I’m looking forward to. I’ve worked a half-dozen or so Nationals, but never an Area match. It’s early enough in the season that I have zero performance expectations.

Needlecrafts: I wanted to crochet stuff because when I knit I am constantly afraid that everything is going to fall off the needles, but, all the patters I like are knitting patterns. So I’m knitting. I signed up for Julie Hoover‘s sweater club and I’m pretty excited about it.

Body: Bench press 92% bw, squat 1.3% bw, deadlift 1.7% bw. Get body fat down to 20%. Six years of stress eating has gotten me up to 25% and I am so uncomfortable. The source of my stress appears to be done with me so I think I can do this.

Fostering: 2017 was my first year fostering baby kittens and I love it! It is time consuming, but so worth it. I foster failed hard with my first litter, kept two of them, and am now at my absolute max for personal pets. It is hard to let them go, but it’s gratifying to know that you raised those teeny critters into happy, healthy, confident kittens that someone is going to absolutely love. All of the kittens I’ve fostered have gotten adopted the day they hit the adoption floor, so I think I do a good job.

This blog: I think I’d like to aim for a post a week. It seems like most blogs are focused on one subject – sewing blogs, shooting blogs, gardening blogs…. mine is all over the place. I have so many interests and I’m definitely not going to maintain a separate blog for each of them. Who knows, maybe I’ll find another sewist/weighlifting/catlady/gardener out there. 🙂



I am getting ready to do a consultation with Lisa Pierson (and my inner nutrition nerd is SO EXCITED). She wants specific test result values separate and in a chart organized by date, to see trends over time, so I’m having to pick through his (extensive) medical record to find them. What is amusing me is how often the word “fractious” is in there. And every physical exam says “respiration: growl (normal 16-40).” Ah Blitzen, you’re my guy.