Here we are, the second day of the new year, and I’m already bored with 2018. OK, that’s not really true. I AM bored, but it’s because I’ve been sick since 2017. Hahahahaha … alright, time to drop the bad jokes. On Sunday, the last day of 2017, I started to feel like I was coming down with something during the afternoon. By the evening, I knew I had picked up the cold my boss brought to work on Friday. So now, here are a few random thoughts that have gone through my head today while I’m resting.

Three new year’s resolutions

I’m not all that big on new year’s resolutions, but this year, I made three because they are important to me. They were all borne of random thoughts I had last week.

  1. Sew at least 15 minutes every day
  2. Walk a little each day
  3. Find a new, better paying job

I did manage to get 15 minutes or so of sewing in yesterday. However, the idea of walking or looking for a job just made me feel defeated before I even got started. When I’m back on my feet and not hacking up my lungs, I intend to devote an hour a day to self-improvement through these three resolutions. Simple, concise and they should be easy enough (or at least I hope).

Quilting projects

I have a LOT of UFO’s (UnFinished Objects) in my studio right now. I want to dedicate at least one day a week to finishing up projects that I have already started but not finished. This includes the several quilt tops I have made but have not quilted; the quilts that are in various stages of piecing; and the quilts I have started quilting but not yet finished.

It’s my intention to not start another new project until I have completed at least one of the old ones. We’ll see how long that lasts but for now, that’s my intention. You’d think that would be frustrating, but it’s actually motivating me to get things done. I have found several new projects I want to do, so getting old ones out of the way is the key.

TV, including Netflix, is a vast wasteland

You know, back around 2000, I pretty much stopped watching tv. There were still a few things I watched, like Friends, but for the most part, I stopped watching tv. That’s about the time that the first round of “reality tv” shows started airing – Survivor, Big Brother and their ilk. I watched tv to escape reality, not to be immersed in it. That’s when I started quilting, too. Lately, it’s become more and more obvious to me why I stopped watching tv – there’s just nothing worth watching.

I love tv shows like Friends, Cheers, and Frasier, but you can only watch them so many times before you realize you’re saying the lines with (or before!) the characters. I think it’s time to pick up quilting at night again, or to find something else to do with my evening hours. Watching tv is as boring now as it was 20 years ago for me.

I need to blog more

This is one way I can fill my evenings – blog more frequently. While I love that others read my blog, I really keep it for myself. It started out as a place for me to keep track of the projects I had going on. I need to get back to that, and use the blog to document progress and completions of projects. I have to say that I saw another sewist’s 2017 recap of all the outfits she made during 2017 and I was a little envious. Not so much of the cool clothing she made (which it was totally cool), but because she actually MADE THEM. And then she documented them for her blog. She had a tangible record of how she spent her free time.

I would also like to use the blog to keep up with those random thoughts I have about color schemes, patterns and other crafty ideas that float around in my head. So you could start seeing more random mutterings about color usage, themes and other off the wall things. Stay tuned for those. 😉

I intensely dislike being sick

So once I’m better I will be trying out a few things that are supposed to keep you from getting sick. Those things include, in no particular order, eating healthfully, exercising moderately, and using hand sanitizer when others around you are sick. I haven’t been sick twice in one season, ever … until this year. I’ve been sick twice since September, which never happens to me. That leads me to believe that my co-workers are not as good with personal hygiene as others have been in the past, and I need to step up my game a little bit. I hate being that person, but I have a family that really cannot afford to get sick (literally; they don’t get sick time at their jobs). So I’ll be arming myself with hand sanitizer and Lysol when I do go back to work later this week.

I got sick this time (and last) because my manager came in to the office when she was sick. Working at home when I’m sick is not an option with this job. There are things I can do, though, to stave off the viruses when someone else is sick. I’ll be employing those effective immediately. In my “random thoughts” delirium, I’ve been googling ways to do just that.

My Pinterest boards are out of control

In one of the most random thoughts moments I’ve ever had, I realized this weekend that my Pinterest boards are completely out of control. Things have been pinned that I cannot even remember pinning, and some of them are outdated. I’m not sure if it’s possible to “clean up” Pinterest but I’m going to try. I currently have 140 boards, and nearly 7,100 pins. Also, I found out that I average about 7,000 views per month of my pins … wowza. Who knew I had that kind of reach? LOL

Anyway, I will be moving things around, maybe weeding some stuff out. The problem is, I get these random thoughts about things I want to do and my first stop is Pinterest. Do a search, find some stuff, create a new board and BOOM! Before I know it, I’ve pinned 320 different coffee mugs I would like to make. Or 58 bargello quilts I think look cool. Maybe 472 funny memes that ring true with me. I’m sure you understand.

STOP THE MADNESS!

So anyway, that’s the kind of random stuff running through my brain as I sit here watching Friends for the eighteenth time from beginning to end, looking at quilting magazines, eating cake (because I crave sweets, chicken pot pie, taco soup and orange juice when I’m sick), and coughing up a lung. If you’ve made it this far, thanks for sticking with me. If you didn’t make it this far … well, then you won’t see this line, so 😛

We’ll chat soon,

Jill

 

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