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Domestic is the new Bad-Ass

Want to know what I did on my day off? Probably not, but this is my blog so I’m going to write about it anyway.

The day started with a little bit of sleeping in, which surprised me because I slept to much yesterday. I was fully awake around 10, at which point I read on twitter via my phone (as in I was still in bed) that there was a tutorial in the Etsy Virtual Labs that sounded interesting, so I got up and made my way all the way to the couch to check it out.

The video was interesting and I found some great sources for sewing and hopefully quilting through it, but I think missing the first few minutes of it really made me miss the point. I guess I thought that a Virtual Lab put on by All People Quilt would have been more about quilting than about pillow cases, so I assume there was something to address that in the first few minutes. I did check out the website and the specific video they were referring to, which allowed me to learn how to make a French seam, which I have to say is kind of an impressive thing for people who notice details. Also, it’s really simple!

After that I wasted a bit of time online. Just being a little lazy and catching up on blog reading and such. I had a request to wash some uniforms for this week’s XOSO games for a particularly awesome player, so I went to grab those shifts from his floor before returning the redbox movie to Safeway and stopping by what seems to be a well-established community garden to see how things work.

I ran into some trouble there, as the garden is locked and there was no one there for me to talk to and possibly let me in. I have to admit that in my walk around the quarter block that the garden comprises, I was impressed by some aspects, but rather disappointed in some others. While it seems that there was lots that was growing well and that is awesome, it also didn’t seem so welcoming. If I do end up making a go of this Urban Community Garden I definitely want it to be welcoming and feel like a place that anyone can come to enjoy.

After being disappointed by the garden I went over to the downtown Ace Hardware to just take a look at some things and have a couple of keys made. While I was there I was treated with the unintentionally worst customer service I’ve had in a while. I was actually pretty pissed about it, so I’m sure that you’ll be hearing the full story later.

It was still only like 1:00 at that point, so I came home and put on a movie while I did some dishes and made some macaroni. When I put the mac & cheese in the oven I started making some fruit roll-up!

For the rest of the evening I cleaned up around the house (though it’s nowhere near where I hope to have it at the end of the week), took a shower, dried my hair, cut my bangs and even cleaned my ears in a doctor-approved fashion (q-tips are no acceptable people).

All in all I’d say I had a very productive, though domestic day, and you know what, I’m really proud of that! I mean, how many people do you know who make homemade macaroni & cheese, fruit roll-ups and cut their own bangs all in the same day? And look amazing while doing it all!

Crap, it’s the time I said I would go to bed tonight and I haven’t written anything about the awesome that was this weekend. Yes, awesome is a noun.

This weekend brought me from two crushes to barely a half crush.

I spent two fun nights out with friends, the first of which was rather informative, the second was more fun than I could possibly describe and will have to be planned again.

I’m super behind on homework already though, and any chance of me getting up early enough to work on any tomorrow requires me going to bed now.

Starting tomorrow I’m going to be productive!

More What You’d Call "Guidelines"

I’ve been a little frustrated lately. By lots of things.

One of them being that I’m remembering how I was in a better place when I was going to church regularly and I would like to start going again when I can. I don’t think that church itself is exactly what I’m looking for right now, but it certainly has elements of what I would like to bring back into my life.

I think part of what I was originally looking for when I started going to church in March was some sort of guidelines or rules to live by and give me some order. I learned a lot while I was going, and incorporated some things into my life that I’ve really liked. There were also some big things that I realized were not for me, which contributed in a big way to my recent lack of attendance. In realizing that I might like to go back, I also realized that I don’t have to solely go by the rules prescribed by a church.

They may have a lot to offer, and they may work for a lot of people but at the same time they may simply not be right for me. Instead, I can make up my own rules!

What an awesome idea! If I want direction and structure, but I don’t feel that I get that adequately from an outside source, why not create my own? A Katherine Code, if you will, which is really more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules. I know that I’ve done something like this before, and I haven’t kept up with it, but I don’t think that my drive and motivation were the same then, and I didn’t really follow through with putting it into some physical form. This time I’m going to make sure that happens.

I may share more about what kinds of rules and guidelines I’ll be creating, but for now I’m just going to let it all marinate and get on with a busy day!

No Babies, No Cancer Day!

I had a Lady appointment today! It was with a male doctor, which I’ve never done before. I didn’t have any hesitation, I mean he’s a doctor, and it’s more important to be healthy than to be completely comfortable for the few minutes of the appointment. I had almost hoped for something outrageous, or at least outrageously awkward or embarrassing, to share from the experience.

Nothing of the sort happened.

It was actually probably the least awkward pap I’ve ever had. Dr. Ruggles (seriously, that’s the funniest thing about it all) explained everything, and ordered my birth control from the pharmacy right at the beginning so I had less time to wait for it after the appointment. The only thing that he didn’t explain was why he brought the nurse in for the actual examination. I actually happen to know that they bring in a female nurse just to make sure nothing funny goes down with a male doctor and a female patient. For someone who isn’t aware of things like that, it might seem a little weird to bring in another person for such an exam. Just a quick mention would be kind of nice.

Tomorrow will be a bit of a crazy day, and it will be starting at 4:45, so it seems that almost 11 PM is time for bed!

Productive Day!

I had a very productive day!

Woke up smiling and being distracted from studying. Eventually got to study, and then took a final for a class that I hope to pull a B in.

After the final I had a few hours before work, so I decided to go for a jog, and combine that with the errand I needed to get done! I ended up walking because my workout pants are too big for me now and fall when I run it seems. I ended up going for about 3 1/2 miles in around 45 minutes.

I couldn’t get the errand done, but I did find out more information about it, I guess.

I made it to work on time even though I fell asleep less than an hour before I should have been there!

Now I get to go to bed because I’m working again in less than 6 hours. (I should mention that I’ve been home for only one hour.)

Tomorrow I intend to be just as much if not more productive!

Lots of things!

I might just be crazy!

Click for a larger image of course, and see just how crazy I am!

Those are the classes that I am currently enrolled in for the fall semester. There are LOTS more that I would love to take, but I do have to have time for homework for these classes, and you know, actual WORK. With some luck though, I’ll be able to figure out a pretty regular work schedule on campus so that I don’t have to worry about a changing schedule. I just remembered that I should have more freedom from money next semester, so I won’t even need too many hours working, which is pretty awesome!

It’s been hot in Sacramento lately. Not exactly hot enough that it justifies leaving a fan on all day when only the cats are home, yet my roommate does it. The bathroom stays pretty cool, and they hang out in there anyway, why leave the fan on in your room if there is no one to benefit from it? If I didn’t already move so much I’d be really tempted to find my own place and just make sure I work more next semester.

I’ve really enjoyed dancing the past several weeks, and can’t wait to learn more. If anyone reading this knows more than me (and I know there are at least two of you) please share with me what you know! Watching some videos of friends completely intimidates me, but also excites me and motivates me to see how far I can go!

I had a pretty productive day today.

After completing an “exercise in time management” provided by my English teacher (it’s funny, time management isn’t in the course description or the syllabus) I went to the grocery store and got some gas. I don’t actually remember the last time that I got gas, but I’l try to pay attention to the next time that I do. I love living so close to everything that I do!

While I was at the grocery store I bought the items pictured below.

To avoid eating most of the box in just a few sittings, I bought the snack bags and divided it up!

I checked the box, and a serving is supposed to be only 55 little fishies, which those bags are definitely not. There are supposedly 32-ish servings in a box, I divided it into 18 bags. (Please note the earrings on the table, it was totally intense work while watching the season finale of 24.)

I have some pictures of a car that I see a lot that amuse me, but I think I’ve made this entry long enough, and I might forget all the things I think of tomorrow to write about, so I will save it until then!

…by Katherine standards…

Even though I didn’t get the job that I wanted with Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, things seem to be on an upswing.

The company that I’m temping for has been very happy with my work. I feel badly that I wasn’t feeling 100% today so I called in sick, but I’m feeling much better now so I’m hoping to go in early tomorrow and see if they’ll let me tweak my hours for the week by working extra tomorrow but putting it down for today. Unless of course they just want to pay me overtime for the technical over time that I’ll be offering to work.

I have a hair cut scheduled for Tuesday evening. Let’s hope that I remember to take before/after pictures. Anyone want to e-mail me on Monday evening as a reminder? Or better yet if you have my number please feel free to call or text a reminder on Tuesday!

I’m not going to do it this time, but I’m defitnely thinking about going dark like the picture of Feist below, or lightening my hair a lot. I’ll talk to Courtney about it while she’s cutting. She’s the first person that I really trust to do what she feels is best, and based on watching What Not to Wear I think that you hair dresser’s opinion and expertise is a key factor in great hair styles. I also know that she’ll be really honest with me about what would look better.

I have the feeling that she’ll take me lighter. She’s talked me into highlights before, and the only time that I really want the dark is when I’m watching something Feist related. Or Walk the Line.

I also picked up my new contacts today. One of them is specifically for astigmatism, so I guess it’s weighted to make it stay right side up. I haven’t changed them yet because I can’t find my contacts case, and I want to be able to put the onld ones back in if I can tell that the new ones aren’t working out.

I did some other things, but I’ll just sum it up by saying that I had an extremely productive day by Katherine standards and I hope to do the same again soon. Say…tomorrow?