Sunday Confessional

These are my confessions.

Confession #1:

I am really bad at keeping this blog updated. Maybe I should go back to using writing prompts because otherwise it’s out of sight, out of mind! I kind of want to start posting book reviews again, even if it’s just a roundup of what I’ve read recently. Hmm.

Confession #2:

If I knit for any lengthy period of time (say, 20 minutes or longer), my hands start to hurt and I have to take a break. It’s worse when I’m using a smaller size needle, so sockĀ knitting becomes pretty painful after awhile. Right now, I’m working on a shawl on larger needles, so it’s not as bad. During the week, I use my hands quite a bit at work–so most nights when I get home, the idea of knitting just doesn’t appeal. It makes me sad that I can’t knit for hours on end anymore, the way I used to.

Confession #3:

I’ve been in a funk the past couple of weeks. I wouldn’t say it’s another bout of depression, but I definitely feel lackluster, both at work and at home. I think it’s temporary, but it’s still not fun at the moment.

The Bucket List

Kick It
Today’s prompt is from The Daily Post.

What’s the 11th item on your bucket list?

Many years ago, I used to have a list on my old blog called Things I Want To Do Before I Die. I’m pretty sure this was before people started calling them bucket lists. A lot of the things on my list were whimsical, while others were things just not likely to happen anytime soon–things like, “visit Scotland,” “learn to spin yarn,” and “ride a horse.” By the way, those are things I still haven’t done. It’s not that they’re impossible–they’re just not possible at the moment (travel) or not prudent to pursue right now (spinning) or just something I haven’t gotten around to (horseback riding).

I guess these are all things that would be nice, but obviously if I truly wanted to do them, I probably would have by now. So, this is a roundabout way of saying that I don’t have a true bucket list anymore–more like a Things I’d Like To Do Someday (But It’s Ok If I Don’t) List. Blame it on the procrastinator in me.

Master of Anything

I Got Skills

Today’s prompt is from 365 Days of Writing Prompts.

If you could choose to be a master (or mistress) of any skill in the world, which skill would you pick?

The noble answer would be “brain surgery” or something, but if I’m being purely selfish, I always wanted to master guitar. But to master something, you have to actually be somewhat competent at it, which I’m not. I briefly took guitar lessons for less than a year–this was over a decade ago–but I just didn’t get the hang of it. I didn’t have a natural knack for the instrument, so I got frustrated and gave up.

I think if I tried it again now, I might have a little more success, but it’s one of those bucket list things that has been shelved for the time being.

My Unbearable Self

Can't Stand Me

Today’s prompt is from The Daily Post.

What do you find more unbearable: watching a video of yourself, or listening to a recording of your voice? Why?

A video is definitely way worse. At least with an audio recording, it’s only sound. But video plus audio? No thanks.

I’m not crazy about the sound of my voice, but I really dislike being filmed and will avoid it if at all possible. I just get really self-conscious and fidgety and can’t relax. Good thing I didn’t pursue those childhood dreams of being an actress.

Talk To Me

The Friday Five: Talk To Me
Today’s prompt is from The Friday Five. (Remember when these used to be called memes? That word has changed a bit over time.)

1. What makes it easy to talk to someone? It’s easy for me to talk to someone if they make eye contact with me and seem genuinely interested in our conversation, as opposed to half-heartedly listening. It also helps when they have a good sense of humor since that makes the conversation feel more comfortable.

2. What percent of the day do you spend talking? During a work day, I spend about 85% of the day talking. I work with the public, so I’m always talking to customers (in person and on the phone) as well as coworkers. On my days off from work, I tend to be a hermit and might not leave the house all day. So on those days, I talk quite a bit less.

3. Who, in your opinion, communicates better: men or women? Neither. Everyone is different, and I’ve met good communicators as well as poor communicators amongst both men and women.

4. What topics do you avoid when talking to a stranger? The standards: politics and religion. If a stranger brings up these topics with me, my hackles go up and I get very uncomfortable.

5. Do you like to eavesdrop on other people’s conversations? Yes. Since I’m surrounded by people all day, it’s interesting to see the variety of interactions that they have–both positive and negative.

In the Moment

Write Here, Write Now.

Today’s prompt is from The Daily Post

Write a post entirely in the present tense.

At the moment, I’m sitting in our living room listening to Michael make coffee (for him) and breakfast (for us). 

Our dog, Autumn, is lying on her bed and eyeing me somewhat suspiciously, as she often does. No doubt it’s a combination of her constant watchfulness–she’s an excellent guard dog–mixed with ever-present hopefulness that she’ll get a snack if there’s a human in the room.  

After breakfast, I have an appointment at the optometrist for my annual checkup. Like all medical appointments, I’m just eager to get it over with. 

I’m also plotting to finish my current knitting project, which is a pair of socks that originally began as Christmas socks but obviously, I’m not making very good progress on them. I’d like to finish them this weekend, though. 

Since I work every other Saturday, I really appreciate my off weekends when I don’t have to work, like today. I’m thinking about things on my To Do list, but today, I’m also taking a minute to enjoy a few quiet moments before I tackle some of those things that “need” to be done. 

Where Were You?

 Stroke of Midnight

Today’s prompt is from The Daily Post.  

Where were you last night at midnight? Would you have wanted to be somewhere else?

At midnight last night I was at home, trying and mostly failing to stay awake until midnight. I’m one of those boring people who doesn’t like crowds, plus I don’t drink, so parties are out of the question for me. 

A few minutes before midnight, we turned on CNN so that we could watch the ball drop. After that, I changed the channel back to The Twilight Zone marathon on SyFy (which I’m watching again today). My mom always calls just after midnight to say “Happy new year,” so I talked to her for a few minutes and crashed not long after that. 

I used to think that I’d like to celebrate in Times Square just once, but when I think about it now, there’s no way I’d do it. I’m definitely a homebody and wouldn’t change anything about my boring new year’s traditions. 

Hello again!

I’m giving this blogging thing yet another try, even though it has been years since I’ve blogged regularly.

I’ve always felt that Twitter killed the personal blog. I like Twitter, but sometimes I have things to share that far exceed 140 characters, so…I plan on posting what I’m currently knitting as well as reading, in addition to general life stuff.

Hopefully someone is actually reading this–if that’s you, welcome and hello. šŸ™‚