Hello, carbs!

After I quit smoking, I gained a lot of weight. I then gained more because I ate too much, wasn’t managing my depression well, and wasn’t exercising. So, I started doing keto. I’ve lost a little over 30 pounds and I need to lose a good bit more – I can literally lose 49 lbs and still be considered overweight.

But I’m going to L.A. the first week of April and don’t want to worry about carbs when I go. I haven’t been on a trip in a while and just want to enjoy time with friends. Buying keto-friendly snacks and lugging them around or stressing over keto-friendly restaurant meal options just doesn’t sound like a fun vacation to me. So yesterday, I decided to take the plunge and go off keto.

And let’s be honest: I wanted beer.

So for our semi-weekly Zoom Virtual Happy Hour, I had beer. I also had approximately three quarters of a pepperoni and pineapple pizza. I have exactly zero regrets. God, that pizza was delicious. And today, I had falafel from one of my favorite Charlotte restaurants, Yafo Kitchen. God, that falafel was delicious. I’ll have the leftovers for dinner.

But I need to be mindful of calorie counts and since spring is just around the corner, I might just get out and walk some. The city recently opened up greenway access about a block from my house, so it’s a great place to start. My bff, Sister Mary Hubert of the Ghetteaux Fabulous Sissy Bitches, will likely be recruited to walk with me.

I’d planned to finish my aqua baby sweater, but spent yesterday evening/last night on Zoom with friends. I did manage to finish one sleeve since Wednesday, and will start/finish the second sleeve over the weekend. I can still see some ladders in some areas of the sleeve, but I don’t think they’ll be noticeable once the sweater is washed. If nothing else, I’ll consider buying some 8″ or 9″ circulars for future baby sweaters.

We have no plans for this weekend, so I might finally get a start on my next quilt. I might not. We’ll just have to see how motivated I’m feeling when tomorrow rolls around.

Until next time,
-Tommy

Good morning, AI Overlords.

I’ve adapted pretty well to the “new normal” of life in a pandemic: masks, social distancing, lack of social interaction, work from home, etc. Going back to an “old normal” sure is strange.

I haven’t worked a full day in the office in 354 days. Today, I needed to be on site for the whole day to provide auditors with any gift documentation they might need. I set my alarm for 7:45 a.m. and was awake before it went off (thanks, dear husband and elderly dog). I showered, applied my deodorant and moisturizer, got dressed, made coffee, walked the dogs, and was out the door a few minutes early.

And then the weirdest thing happened. I started my car, connected my phone to the lightning cable, and my iTunes started playing. But Apple Maps didn’t pop up with a route recommendation and estimated time of arrival at work.

My phone no longer recognizes going to work as a normal routine.

I know that technically, it is no longer my norm. Nowadays, my typical morning routine is to roll out of bed around 8:50… ish, grab a cup of coffee, then schlepp back upstairs to work in my craft/office space until coffee or lunch beckons. But c’mon, our phones are telling tech companies everything we do. Wasn’t our AI Overlord paying attention when I told my husband I’d be gone all day? Am I so boring and routine that I no longer interest the bots? Dang.

Craft Updates

Sadly, I don’t have a lot of updates today. I added three more hexagons to my EPP hexie quilt – not even enough to bother photographing.

I’ve made no more blocks for my crazy quilt, because I’m lazy. I considered it, but… nah.

I did finish the body of the baby sweater I’m knitting. If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably seen this already:

I actually have one arm finished (minus the cuff), but it feels like entirely too much work to get my knitting bag out of the car just to take a photograph. I am loving the aqua color, though – it’s not a color that springs to mind when I think of a baby sweater, but I love that it’s bright and fun, as well as being pretty gender neutral.

By Friday, I’ll do my best to have the sweater finished so I have something to show for myself.

Until next time,
-Tommy

Lord, deliver me from dogs.

I love dogs but the two we have are trying my patience lately. We’ve had a lot of rain this winter and our backyard doesn’t have the best drainage, so it’s inevitable that the dogs will track mud in. That’s all part of having pets, right? I try to keep the floors somewhat tidy, but between mud and pug shedding it’s a challenge. Baby Girl (also sometimes known as the Wo.M.A.D., or World’s Most Annoying Dog) also seems to think she needs to go out every twenty minutes. As you might suspect, we very much disagree on that matter.

Today, my sister texted and asked if we could watch her chihuahua for a few days. She and her fiancĂ©e are going out of town for a funeral and their dog sitter fell through. She’s watched our dogs tons of times and I’m happy to return the favor.

But my word – adding one dog to the mix increases the noise threefold. Not because of Pablo the chihuahua, mind you. It’s because of this:

No lie, you’ve been able to hear this from every point in our house for hours now. It’s a little problematic when you’re trying to have work-related calls, but he’s so excited and happy to have a new friend to play with that you can’t really get too upset. I am starting to wonder if I should be a little concerned, though… poor little guy might hyperventilate at this rate.

I’d planned to start cutting fabric for a new quilting project this afternoon. I have some batiks jelly roll strips from JoAnn that’ve been tucked away in my Jelly Roll storage container for quite a while now. I figured I could pair them with the roll of Free Spirit solid black strips I bought at the quilt store recently and just do a simple geometric pattern.

But I might just spend the afternoon with these dog beasts. If I’m lucky, they’ll wear themselves out and take naps… or at least quiet down enough that I can take one myself.

Until next time,
-Tommy