April 22, 2013

Patchie [Reads]

I had a pretty fantastic weekend, and even managed to turn lemons into lemonade - a cancelled appointment turned into a rather enjoyable morning enjoying Starbucks & starting a new script down by the water. Yes, I bought a script in NYC last week purely because it was described as "a comedy about a group of knitters."

Also, NYC was awesome but that's another post for another day, when I feel like getting detailed. This Monday morning is not that day. Instead, I will sit here in my windowless office and look at this picture, thankful for the outside time I had yesterday. I love spring.

April 14, 2013

Patchie [Lists]

I'm a little over a month away from my birthday and I revisited my 26 Before 27 list. Guess what? Totally not going to accomplish all of them. But you know what else? That's okay. I accomplished quite a few (and more, which I didn't list), and that's just fine enough for me! I'll definitely be doing another list for next year!

1.       Watch a sunrise. Accomplished! Ocean City, March 2013.

2.       Visit a new Renaissance Faire/Faerie Festival : Okay, technically Steampunk, but I went to Steampunk Gettysburg!

3.       Learn Intarsia  This I haven't even touched besides colorwork on alternating rows. I really need to learn this.

4.       Bake a layered cake  Nope.

5.       Really, really plan my get-out-of-the-country trip I have this narrowed down and I have a backup plan if a bigger plan falls through. So at least I made progress?

6.       Visit a new city/state. Atlanta back in September was new, and as you are reading this I am in Philly, which is also new!

7.       Go to DC for a day and only do things I’ve never done before I've done a lot of things in DC this year that I hadn't done before, but not on the same day. Half accomplished?

8.       Start taking/doing yoga again Besides the little bit I do in my basement after running, money put a serious damper on this one.

9.       Reteach myself how to sew. Done! I made a dress and a skirt!

10.   Knit for Charity. I knit a couple chemo caps. Done!

11.   Get my passport. Siiiigh. I know. I'm just procrastinating at this point.

12.   Learn to contact juggle. I started, then had to take a break. This doesn't look like it's going to get picked up before May 19. I am just too busy.

13.   Take a random day trip I can't decide what I meant by this, because all of my day trips are pretty random. But I did take a random weekend trip to Williamsburg AND Ocean City, so I'm going to say accomplished? I suppose Steampunk Gettysburg was a random day trip.

14.   Purge purge purge. I still have a long way to go, but I made a dent!

15.   Complete a 30-day photo challenge  Nope.

16.   Get better at makeup-y/hair things. Yes! But there's always room for improvement!

17.   Get back to NC! Done! Visited some old friends on the way home from Atlanta!

18.   Have a weekend getaway with The Boy I had two - Williamsburg and Winchester! And I may have a third in May!

19.   Organize a costumed photoshoot for Patchie [Photography] I organized one and then it was cancelled by the costumer. But I take so many costumed pictures I'm going to count this as a win.

20.   Lose some weight! 8lbs and counting!

21.   Read 5 books. Done! 3 Hunger Games books, and 2 knitting books. This was harder to accomplish than it should have been.

22.  Set up an Etsy shop. No, but I have strong plans in the works to sell my photography. More on that when it happens.

23. Go to a new non-faire/faerie related festival/convention. Dragon*Con, Katsucon, DC Pride, and I still have AwesomeCon.

24. Stash bust. I started, but then I filled it right back up again. Whoops.

25. Cook more often. Yes! I cook at least 2 - 3 times a week right now (and am being cooked for almost all of the other days, between my mom and the Boy.)

26. Continue to learn my camera. I'm going to say yes, but like the hair/makeup I still have a lot I could learn. I need to make this more specific next year.

Okay...I've done more than I thought! And frankly, I don't think I'll get to the others before May 19. So...16 1/2 out of 26? That's not awful. I'll have to be more specific about things for next year (and repeat a couple from this year, it looks like). It does make me feel a little accomplished though!

April 10, 2013

Patchie [Knits]

Just showing off another finished knit, just in time for it to be 90*. Seriously. We went from snow to 90* in about 14 days. The wonders of the Mid Atlantic.

I am SUPER excited for the coming week - I have my first ever 5K on Saturday, Sunday I'm heading to Philly for the night, and then Monday through Wednesday I'll be in New York City! I won tickets to see Breakfast at Tiffany's based off of a picture I submitted. I haven't been back to Broadway since I got my theatre degree, and even though this show is getting pretty dismal reviews I'm just excited to be seeing a Broadway show for the first time in 8 years. I got spoiled and was going every three months for awhile there - this has been too long! I'm hoping it lights a fire in me to start trying to head up there more often - even if it's just for a quick overnight.

Also, the weather finally broke and we're into spring. It feels so good to drive around with the windows down! Here's hoping to a long spring, a short summer, and an early fall!

April 4, 2013

Patchie [Listens]

A couple weeks ago I was sitting in a bar with a couple friends and they threw it on the table that they were going to Ocean City for the weekend for one of their birthdays, and I should come. Ocean City is not my favorite place, but I love these two. And you know what is my favorite place? The ocean. So while the trip didn't win me over for OC, I was able to fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the waves pounding the beach, and I saw my sunrise for the year. We had a blast for my friends birthday and I was able to smell the salt air and watch the water. Worth it? Totally.

I wish it was easier for us to get to the ocean more often - we are surrounded by water but it takes over 3 1/2 hours to get to any sort of beach. But trust me - each trip to the ocean means so much to me. Maybe I'll get there again before my annual Cape trip this year!

April 2, 2013

Patchie [Shares]

To The Boy:

Today we turn three. I will totally admit that I had a moment last week where I had to think about whether it was three years or four, because I'm bad about numbers and math is hard. We also had a pretty lengthy conversation at some point this year trying to remember if our anniversary was the 2nd or 3rd, because that Leap Year really screwed things up. But here I am at year three, and three years ago Good Friday was April 2nd, and that's when we went to see the Cherry Blossoms the first time. April 2nd.

 It's been quite the year. You found a new job and are balancing that and the recording, I'm still a dispatcher and I've done a bit more with my photography and am finding more events to go to that gets my name out there. It feels like not a lot has changed, but when I went looking for pictures for this post I realized how much we've done in the last year. Mountains and oceans and cities and vineyards. Going out and staying in. Being social, but also finding out evenings to hide inside, cook a nice dinner, and snuggle with the dog and each other while we watch a movie or tv show and fall asleep earlier than we should be admitting in our 20's. I think those nights are my favorite...us, the dog, and a bunch of gold miners in Alaska.

It still amazes me everyday how well you get me. You will do anything to make me smile, and you always succeed. Sometimes you know that my crazy just needs to run its course, and you step back and let me do my thing and when I come out the other side apologizing, you remind me you love me and that the crazy is part of me, and you love that too. You support absolutely everything I do from the big things down to the little. You remind me you're proud of me because you know I need to hear it. You applaud me for the choices I make which means more to me than you know, because I've spent my entire life having every choice questioned and it has made me do the same.
Sometimes it's still hard because we aren't under the same roof. We go days without seeing each other because we both keep busy and it isn't always the same busy. Thank you for trusting me to be out doing those things the same way that I trust you, because it makes us stronger. I know the time apart makes seeing each other mean that much more, but I can't wait until it isn't an issue anymore, and every night we're coming home to one another. Waking up next to you is my favorite part of the day.
You're my goof, my bright spot, my rock, and my best friend. You're the one who I can always count on, no matter what. Our inside jokes are the funniest, and you read my mind the best. You laugh at my jokes and random comments before I've even realized what's come out of my mouth half the time. You're the one I can still talk to for hours on end. You'll let me ramble on and work things out on my own when I need to, and intervene when I don't.
Three years later, you still want to hold my hand. You still kiss me on the forehead and rub my knee when it hurts. Three years later you still offer me the last bite of dessert, last sip of wine, and bigger piece of bacon. Three years later, and you still make sure I know how much you love me every day. Thank you for the smiles, the laughs, the tears of joy, and for making my heart feel so full every day that I think it may burst. The world is in front of us, and we will conquer it together forever. We are rich, my love. We have each other.