Anais Nin Quote

"Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live." Anais Nin

"A life undocumented is a life unlived."

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Basic Crochet Baby Hat

It's hard to improve on a good thing and you just can't beat a basic baby hat as a quick crochet project. I found this pattern on the Internet a long time ago and it has been one of my most-used patterns. It's double crochet the whole way except for the single crochet border at the end, but it's the perfect project for a quick baby shower gift or for a crochet newbie. Here's the pattern: 

I just finished two more hats last night. This is the perfect project to do while I'm watching a football game. I crochet in-between plays and during commercials and at the end of the game I have a finished baby hat and I'm reveling (hopefully!) in my favorite team winning the game. 

Today, I'm working on stuff for class this week and getting ready to administer the WJ-III ACH for class, but I'm sneaking in crochet time on a baby blanket for a co-worker. The Denver Broncos are playing tonight so I plan to multi-task like nobody's business. Go Broncos!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

To Shop or Not To Shop on Thanksgiving Day

Recently on Facbook, I noticed a graphic going around encouraging folks not to shop on Thanksgiving Day. I've even seen a community, "Say No To Shopping on Thanksgiving Day". The idea behind it is that it's a family day and people shouldn't be made to work on Thanksgiving Day when they could be at home with their families. How dare those money-grubbing, white-collar, business men who are running their business from some fancy corner office!

I'm not a big shopper anyway. If I'm in a department store, I like to go in, get what I need and get out fast before I catch whatever disease everyone else seems to have that makes them stay in a store for hours, looking for that perfect something they don't need. I'm all for families being together on a day set aside for our country, for food being shared among family and friends. I grew up with a big extended family and big dinners, football games, leftovers, achy bellies, and lots of chatter and laughs. However, someone on my Facebook news feed posted an interesting thought: what about the people who DON'T have family and/or friends to share Thanksgiving with? That maybe they would RATHER work on Thanksgiving Day because it keeps them busy instead of sitting at home alone while everyone else is enjoying the day. I thought about the typical Wal-Mart greeter - older, usually retired, and gives a warm hello to everyone coming in and a cheerful goodbye to those going out. Maybe that person is widowed, their kids live in other states (assuming they even have kids), and they have no one to cook for. Maybe by working, they're staying connected with the world, even if it's to just briefly chat with perfect strangers. Yeah, if I were that person, I think I'd rather work that day, too.

It really gave me pause. A seemingly innocent and justified stand against consumerism may not be as black and white as people may think. So if you do decide to get out on Thanksgiving Day this year, be a little extra nice to those cashiers, greeters, waiters/waitresses, and salespeople. They may have another reason for working on Thanksgiving other than because their boss told them to and a kind word or two might just make their day a little bit brighter.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The End of the Weekend

I've spent the last two days working on a take-home exam for class. The funny thing about take-home exams - they take a lot longer to finish than one taken in the classroom, to the point where I almost wish we could have taken the exam in a classroom setting. Almost. I still haven't finished, but my brain just refused to answer another question so I took advantage of my son's request to go four-wheeler riding for a few minutes.

I don't remember who it was that told me grad school was going to be easier than going through the undergrad program, but when I remember who it was, I'm giving them what for. Grad school is TOUGH! I'm counting the days until I'm finished as my little ticker at the top of blog shows. :)

For tonight, I'm crocheting:

and I'm reading my checked-out book on my Kindle. Oh yeah, I'm watching Once Upon A Time then I'm switching it to the football game. I may get a snack. All the things that my brain needs in order to re-charge for the busy week ahead. Because I have a long way to go and it's not going to go by any faster than it is right now and I have a life to enjoy along the way. 

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