Week in Review: 29 July – 4 August, 2018

This week went very quickly, mostly because of how nuts work has been lately. It involved a late evening at work for me and one for Matt, so one dinner out and one lazy dinner. But, we survived!

Life of Lizzie

We finally got the “It’s ok to get out of bed” clock set up after she woke up a 3:30 on Wednesday morning and was downstairs, drinking her milk before we realized. Matt got the honor of putting her very angry self back. Thankfully, she doesn’t remember this at all and the clock has worked well the last few days.

Lizzie had lots of extra energy the other night and asked to be taken to a playground. Well, it had just rained so everything was all wet. She came up with the solution on her own: play area at the mall. So, I took her after dinner and she had a grand time running around and sliding down the watermelon and surfing the orange slice (thanks, Barbie: Life in the Dream House for teaching her about surfing).

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(She does have shorts on, but they’re shorter than her shirt.)

On the Needles

I already wrote about my two FOs, so I won’t blather on about that. As is typically my style, I started about a million things to celebrate, only a few of which worked out.

There’s the hat for Lizzie, being knit in very! bright! green! of her choosing. It’s using the Barley Light pattern from Tin Can Knits. I’m hoping to have enough yarn to make a matching one for her BFF next door. The yarn is Woolen Boon’s Boon Classic in the colorway Summer Vibes.

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I started a very pink shawl for a friend who did not have the best week. She lovessss pink. I’m using one of my favorite patterns ever, Dotted Rays by Stephen West. The yarn is from Periwinkle Sheep, I think. I think the color is named Hot Mama. Finding out would take, you know, effort. I plan to knit this until I use up the remainder of a ball from making another of the same exact pattern plus another half skein or so, maybe more. The recipient is quite tall and I want to make sure the FO is of an appropriate size for her body.

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Third new start is a shawl for another coworker, whose favorite color is purple and has a sort of funky style. I’m making one of the patterns from Hunter Hammerson’s Curls books, Chicanery. The yarn is Socks that Rock Lightweight in Smoke on the Water that I got for 40% off at my LYS. I’m hoping it winds up a decent size, despite the low yardage (405 yards).

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Adventures

Only one real adventure this week and it was one I went on alone. I went to the DC Pen Show yesterday. While it was lovely to see a few folks from my online pen pal group and check out the merchandise, I don’t think I’ll attend in the future. It was very crowded and, though I should have expected it, almost all of the pens for sale were out of my budget. And I’m just not *that* into fountain pens. Sure, they’re really nice to write with and all of the different colors of ink are fun but I’m not at all to the level of obsession as most of the other attendees. (I did pick up a cheap Pilot Kakuno, some burnt orange Pilot ink, and a flexible notebook with a rocket on it.)

Discoveries

  • Cookbook Grand Cucina Latina’s recipe for ropa vieja – best recipe we’ve tried for one of my favorite Cuban dishes
  • Re-discovered Chick-fil-a Diet Lemonade
  • Everyone takes their kids to the mall on a rainy Thursday night
  • Kelborne Woolens linen/cotton blend Mojave
  • Work thing: how to add data to the edges of Activities in Rhapsody

 

Oye. Ugh. Sigh.

A few very non-productive work meetings this week. You’d think I’d learn no one wants to actually provide the first version of something. It’s easier to simple criticize what others have drafted. Lesson learned for next week.

One of my wisdom teeth decided it was finally time to start growing in. Now I know why Lizzie was always so testy when she was teething. Advil makes the aggravation tolerable enough.

A Better Me

I didn’t walk nearly as much as I wanted to this week, mostly because of the busy work week. I did wander around the outlets yesterday but that wasn’t even a lot of steps. Down another 1.6 pounds for the week (9 pounds total). Figured out I’m going to start reintroducing foods on the 13th and am already dreaming of cheese.

On Tap

  • Weekend trip to Shenandoah with college friends and their adorable kid
  • Finishing Lizzie’s hat
  • Starting a writing challenge with friends (subject for a later post)

 

Have a great week!

Week in Review: 29 July – 4 August, 2018

Fountain Pen Favorites

It’s no secret I’m a stationary nerd. Okay, more like a stationary obsessive. While I did use Moleskine notebooks for a good ten years (and switch over to my Midori nearly a year ago), I was afraid to take the plunge to writing instructions which were more than two or three dollars a piece. I tend to lose things, especially pens, and didn’t see how the writing experience could get much better than the Pilot G2 or Pentel EnerGels I’d been using.

Then I came across a pair of blog posts¬†talking about how awesome it is to use a fountain pen. And there were even some which didn’t cost an arm and a leg while still looking great and being lovely to write with.

So I gave in purchased two different highly-rated disposable varieties: the Pilot Varsity and Platinum Preppy.

I hated them. Like really, truly hated them. The Pilot just oozed out it’s ink onto the page. The Preppy, well, it about tore holes in my paper because it was so dang sharp. I tossed both and gave up.

I changed my mind, as I do. I follow too many folks in Instagram who are fountain pen-obsessed to not give it a try. I added a real pen to my Amazon WishList, a Pilot Metropolitan. Then, because he knows me very well, Matt purchased it for me for my birthday last year.

The Metropolitan is a metal-bodied pen, with a good heft and excellent ink flow. The medium tip is a bit thicker than I’d like for my daily writing as I tend to write very small in my journal, work notebook, and planner. But, for letters on finer paper, it can’t be beat. The ink just flows and the weight, though it may all be in my head, keeps my handwriting neater and more uniform.

I was hooked, but tried to remain content with my one excellent pen. Then, as a treat for receiving a raise at work, I bought myself a Lamy Safari in bright blue, fine nib. It’s my go-to pen for daily use. The lighter weight is only marginally more than an EnerGel and the ink flow quite good on both the cheap paper of my work notebook and the fine paper of my MTN inserts.

For my fellow stationary obsessives, have you taken the fountain pen plunge? If not, what’s stopping you? If so, what’s your favorite every day pen? Fancy pen? Any inks I should try, knowing I’ve only used cartridges made by my pen’s makers?

Fountain Pen Favorites