New Years Resolutions & Life Generally

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I’m revisiting this now as it’s a good time for me to do so I think. On Sunday it will be Iranian New Year, I’m half Iranian so it’s an important date for me. I tend to use it as a time to re-evaluate my goals for the year and see how I am doing.

My main goal for this year has been to be more creative and to spend time being creative each day. It doesn’t seem like a big thing but it is for me. Having it in mind has made me do it though, and most days I do spend time with creative endeavours. It’s not always knitting or crochet, quite often it’s at work where we bake or spend a long time drawing and colouring or painting. The perks of the job I think!

So I’m doing alright with my goal for 2016.

Life is busy at the moment, work has calmed down but is still busy. I have a new rat who we got on Tuesday, she’s a cutie. She likes my scrap yarn bag! It’s organza so she can crawl through it without risk of suffocation thankfully! The big girls don’t like her just yet but they will tolerate her when we introduce them properly I’m sure. They always do.

My Spanish is slowly improving, I’m not really doing as well as I’d like so I need to ramp that up ASAP.

I’m crafting quite a bit so that’s all great. I finished a very cute newborn cardigan last week but I need to work out how to block it (acrylic) and add a patch to it before it’s fully finished. The Binary blanket is on hold again as I cannot work out which colours to use, I don’t like the combos I’ve come up with so far so I’m ignoring it until the answer comes to me. Probably not the best approach.

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Being ‘creative’ at work

So I tend to spend a bit of my time at work doing ‘creative’ things with my charges. The other day my two older charges wanted to play with playdoh while the youngest slept, and the eldest suggested making clothes for Barbie. Sure, why not, I did that with her and the middle charge made Starwars things. This is the kind of activity I really love though, it’s such good fun and they are great at coming up with ideas I never would have thought of.

So I spent half an hour making a playsuit for my Barbie. Unfortunately there was only one colour available: murky brown. The result was bloody horrendous but the kids had fun as did I

 

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Long weekend and WIPs

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I wish by Long Weekend I meant a weekend away, but no, I was working. It’s a good thing I love my job though! I was proxy parenting my youngest charge for the weekend and it was fun, but very tiring. I was supposed to work yesterday as well but my boss took pity on me when she saw me late Sunday night and told me that they didn’t need me, so I woke up at 9:30, sat in my PJs all day whilst knitting, supervising the rats free-range time and generally chilling out. I did manage to finish half of a hat though! (Sorry for the potato quality, I’m learning how to use my camera still!)

Today will be much the same with some housework and coursework thrown in for good measure. We also have a dance lesson this evening which I’m beginning to regret booking but I’m sure that I’ll enjoy it once there…

Warning: Self indulgent eczema moan after the break!

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Goodbye to our old lady.

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Sadly we had to say goodbye to our old lady rat, Nibbles, on Saturday. Nibs and Ruby, her companion, came to us in March 2014. They’d been owned by a family for a year and were from a pet shop originally, so we don’t know how old she was but we make it at least 3 years! She was very protective of Ruby when we got them and was also very nippy and territorial over their cage; but she calmed down and became the matriarch of the cage and an absolute cuddlemonster 🙂

She’s been slowing down gradually, but the past couple of weeks her lungs had gotten very bad, she’d been very badly hit by respiratory infections twice before (the only two times she’s had meds before recently!) and bounced back very quickly, but this time her age was against her and we made the decision with the vet to let her go rather than leave her suffer another week or two at most.

RIP Nibbles, my beautiful silverfawn. I don’t regret getting you one single bit x

A Year of Creativity

This is my goal for 2016: To spend a little time every single day being creative.

This is inspired by a blogger who has spent each day of 2015 making something. It’s a very inspiring blog for those of us who strive to be a little more creative! I’m also planning to finish 100 things. Be it knit, crochet, hama beads, cross stitch, sewing, colouring-in, models, electronics, etc etc etc. I’m up for trying anything creative!

I don’t think this is really a big goal, I enjoy being creative and really just want to make more time for it. We’ll see though!

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That’s what I’ve been! I spent 10 hours knitting one of my Christmas gifts on Thursday and Friday, I also spent a lot of time on the crocheted gift but didn’t time that as I’d already started it. I wasn’t really well which is why I spent so much time crafting and watching Charmed on Netflix instead of doing things like the housework or cleaning the rats cages, but heyho, got a lot done…

I have found a very simple app on android that allows you to time each project you do, it’s called Project Timer and you can create a separate timer for each of your projects. And that’s all it does, which is brilliant as that’s all I want it to do! I found others that included gant charts or you had to choose a project and it would come up with a new screen, making it more complicated than I would have liked, but this works brilliantly for me.

I was working a long day yesterday and whilst I was at work my oh-so-darling-husband went and brought a DSLR. He then brought it to my work for us to play with once the kids had gone to bed and we had a rat show to attend today so it got used there too! It wasn’t an impulse buy, before I look highly irresponsible as a not-so-wealthy person, it was on sale and it was an early Christmas present to ourselves, we were supposed to get it in the January sales but we figured that there isn’t any point waiting whilst it’s on sale now, not that I expected him to actually go buy it yesterday….

It does mean that we can learn a bit about photography though and that we can start using our National Trust memberships to get some amazing photos. And we can get great photos of our rats, three of whom are reaching the ends of their lives and potentially may not be around in January, and if there was one big regret we had about Haku it was not having many photos of him in the recent months.

Hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have at least one Christmas project finished for you all to have a gander at, keep you’re fingers crossed!