Random Round-Up

After an hour of wandering the aisles of Joanns the other day my crochet projects are all systems go. The yarn on the left is for the cowl. I actually decided on a different pattern for that because I couldn’t find any super chunky yarn that I loved. I think this one’s going to be even better 🙂 The middle yarn is for the scallop scarf and the turquoise yarn on the right is for the summer net type scarf. You may notice my love for turquoise in this selection… I threw this scarf together using the summer/net scarf pattern the other day since I already had the yarn on hand. It’s a thicker yarn than the pattern calls for so it’s not really the light weight summer scarf the pattern intends it to be. But I thought it would be a nice spring scarf, you know, for March when we all decide we are officially done with winter but winter is not yet done with us.

Justin’s super epic birthday gift arrives today!!! I am beyond excited!!! Pictures to come soon 🙂

I had the most amazing time at the Minneapolis Institute of Art the other day with a friend of mine. We wandered the halls for hours and looked at art in all shapes and sizes. I fell in love with Impressionistic art all over again. It’s been awhile since I spent time studying it in school and I forgot how relaxing I find those paintings. I think I could sit in from of them for hours and just let them soothe my soul. I really need to spend more time in that museum, I always forget how much I love it when I am away from it for awhile. This was one of my favorite paintings, done by Camille Pissarro. He had a medical condition which trapped him indoors so he decided to paint the scene from his window in Paris in all different seasons and weather conditions. Cool story, beautiful painting. Sigh.I love that being a part of our barn means you develop relationships with people of all different ages and backgrounds. I mean, how else would I end up with a friend 12 years my junior? I’m sure this sounds totally weird to most of you but it’s just the way the barn works. We’re all drawn together by our shared love of horses and friendships develop. I think it’s great. I love that it means that I can spend the day with someone preparing to start art school and hear her thoughts and impressions of the art that we are looking at. It takes me back to my early college days and reminds me to open my eyes and see things in a whole new way.

Things have been a bit rough with Justin’s job lately. Nothing major, just the stress that accompanies a career in sales. We are incredibly blessed by his job and we are both thankful for it everyday. But it does come with it’s periods of burnout and that is where we are right now. Lots of travel, a busy meeting, lots of waiting for others to make decisions… There’s lots of good in sales but there’s also lots of stress, it’s a rollercoaster of a career. I’ve realized that it is so much easier for me to deal with my own pain or stress than it is for me to deal with his. I hate to see him even the slightest bit upset and would do anything to change it. I would take a bone marrow biopsy over seeing him stressed any day (as I write this I realize that this is not something that would be in the average person’s thought process, but it seems so normal to me…Guess this is what happens when having a disease just becomes part of your life). Unfortunately there isn’t much to do but be his cheerleader and pray so that is what I’m doing, to the very best of my abilities. The birthday present coming today might help a little too 😉

My big camera’s kit lens has taken a turn for the worse and it’s days of autofocusing are behind us. I thought my camera was broken so this is actually better new than I was expecting, but it is disappointing none the less that my year and a half old camera has a problem, especially considering the fact that it replaced a perfectly good camera that I managed to drop into a water fountain. I’m taking some time to contemplate what to do about this dilemma. I can have the lens fixed for $100. However, I looked at used lenses on National Camera Exchange’s website and found the lens I’ve been lusting after, the Tamron 28-300, for $189. I’ve been wanting this lens for years now but it was spendy ($450+ new) and I never really considered it as a replacement for my kit lens (18mm-50mm). So I’m planning on taking a look at it in person and see if it’s light enough and small enough to be a practical everyday lens. From all the reviews I’ve read I’m confident I’ll be happy with the quality, and everyone says it’s super light and small, so we’ll see. If it truly is light and small enough, it may be the perfect combination of my small and big lens all rolled into one. Can you say happy Jackie at the zoo??? And if I have to put money into a lens, I may be better off putting into the new lens I’ve been wanting anyways. For now though I guess I’ll just have to perfect my manual focusing skills, and by perfect I mean actually develop them since I’ve never actually done it!!! EEK!!! So, new manual focusing skills and perhaps my dream lens on my camera. Making lemonade out of lemons around here people!

And finally a new scrapbook page to share. This was one of those pages that just flew together and I had so much fun making it. Love when that happens!Alright, how’s that for a totally random round-up??? This is me people, as random as one can get!!! 😉 Hope y’all are having an excellent weekend!


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