Inauguration Day


I wanted to write a post about Inauguration Day after witnessing the swearing in of President-Elect Barack Obama.  Technically, he became Barack Obama at noon, but it’s nice to see the ceremony.  There are no words that I could possibly write that would describe my elation of this historic day and only wish that my mother and grandmother were alive to witness the event.  I do not believe that they could even imagine that a black person could ever be elected and sworned in the nation’s highest office.  Dr. King and Robert Kennedy believed that this day would come, and their belief came into fuition and part of our reality.

One could consider this moment as a beginning of what individuals can achieve in this country if we giving a fair chance.  We are believe in our talents, work hard, and take advantage opportunities that are given to us.  We should being in a sense of community and helping one another in time of need.  This is not to say that we do not have a long road ahead of us, and it will take us some time to remake this country and reinvent ourselves.

Can you imagine of what you can achieve?

Changing Habits


I have been not sleeping well for the past month.  I had an sinus infection that even caused tooth pain, and the following week came down with laryngitis that caused me not to speak for a few days.  I realized that not sleeping properly is contributing to the problem.  I only get five to six hours of sleep that is probably not good for my health, and probably could sleep longer if some outside influences did not interrupt my patterns.  Living on a busy street does not help me with getting the rest I need.  I heard a horn blowing at 4 a.m this morning, and it’s annoying.

I tried some natural remedies to help me such as taking melatonin, but that doesn’t work because it takes me up to an half-hour before I actually fall asleep and it doesn’t help me sleep through the night.  I think I am going to have try some other methods to get to sleep quicker and probably will mean not watching TV because it does keep me up longer.  Go to bed at the same time every night, I have a goal of going to bed at 10, but do not fall asleep until close to 11 p.m and waking up before my alarm clock 5 a.m.  I think working out during the day may help me sleep better at night, so I am going to take a yoga class to see if helps.

Getting to sleep earlier also means that not knitting, crocheting, or other hobbies.  I do find them meditative, but they can be also engrossing and enthralling that I will lose track of time.  I would be relaxed, but still going to bed late, lol.

The Weekend and Snow


We are expecting some snow in the New Jersey/New York area which means I need to get to market upon leaving work this evening.  I am going to pick up enough food to make a few meals and lunch for next week, and hope there is milk and bread at the store as it they are the first things to go.

I have been in the process of going to bed earlier at night.  I am working going to bed at 10pm than at my usual time of 11p, and have been struggling to stay asleep.  I did wake up for a moment last night, but quickly returned to sleep.  I am normally set my alarm for 5 am, but thinking of changing my wake up time as well to 5:45am.  Actually, I could wake up at six, but I do spend some time lying down before getting out of bed to get use to the idea that I am awake.  I have been really articles about sleep and weight gain, and how some women over 40 have a difficult with insomnia a few times a week, and possibly associated with hormonal changes.  However, it’s important to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep as it does restore your body, mind, and soul.

I will be spending some time this weekend with purging things I no longer need or use.  It is sometimes incredibly difficult to throw things that I have for so long, but realize that it is time to let it go and free yourself of the past.  I probably will get an opportunity do some knitting as well.

A New Year


Happy New Year everyone!  It’s been a while since I last made an blog entry.  My computer is down and probably need a new power supply, so off to the Apple store to get a replacement.  However, I did want to start writing entries on my blog again as I do miss the activity.

I am still working on a few knitting projects such as my cardigan sweater knitted from the top down, and it’s my hope to finish the sweater in the next few weeks.  It’s possible that I am moving to a new apartment in February and that means purging and packing.  Of course, the process of moving does retard my knitting and any other projects for the next month.

It’s my intention with the new year to make some changes and learn new things.  Of course, I am going to learn some new techniques in crocheting, knitting, and sewing.  A couple of people have asked me to knit a hat or a dog sweater which could mean making some money from my hobby.  With the new year also means some new projects I am thinking of doing.  Interweave Crochet just published it’s Winter 2009 issue with some really great things to crochet. 

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This is on the cover of the magazine, and thought it’s a great sweater to crochet, and a good beginner project.  It’s crochet one piece, even the bow.  Some people have complained about the bow, but I like it and the instructions mention that you do not have make the bow as a long.  It’s a flexible pattern.

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I am typically not into ruffles, but I like this pattern and it’s another easy project to crochet.

Since, I am moving to a new place, I will probably be working on some home projects and like to have some floor pillows and found this pattern in Crochet Today from the October 2008 Fall issue.

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I do not know about doing the pillow in purple, but brown and green could work for me.  I have to find a sewing projects for curtains.  I might be in the mood to knit or crochet a rug for the bathroom and bedroom.

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Knitty uploaded its Winter issue online a few weeks ago, and there are some very things to knit.  I love this bobble sweater with a wrap.  It’s my goal to try new knitting stitches and what’s more fun than this project.  The instructions are free on www.knitty.com.

I did purchase a couple of pattern books over the holidays.  Stephanie Japel’s Glam Knits which has some great patterns, and Sew it Seams by Ann Marie Horner which has some great home sewing projects.  I  purchased a crochet book called Uncommon Crochet by Julie Armstrong Holetz which is a great book and even have projects using  jute and hemp twine, and a crochet leather basket.  Another knitting book that has been out for a while called Alt Fiberby Shannon Okey which has projects knitting green with bamboo, hemp, soy, and other organic fibers.

I managed to purchase a couple of magazines as well such as Sew Hip, an English publication, and Interweave’s special magazine call Stitch and it’s another good magazine for sewers.

My ultimate goal to do in 2009 is a sweater from a Mission Falls pattern book I brought over the holidays is the Natalia sweater.  I love this sweater as you can knit it from the top down, no seams hooray!  I hope I get these projects done including a few knitted lace scarves.  Wish me luck!

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