Catch up time!

So what’s going on, peeps? Actually I’m mostly up-to-date on my blog reads, it’s just this blog that is still hanging out in March 2016.

It’s all been good stuff for the most part on this end: work is a little complicated right now since I’m training someone. But let’s see what’s happened since we chatted last.

1. I got a tattoo! The CatMan and people at work call me “Queen” – I thought it was high time to make that official. It’s been two weeks now, and the peeling and itching have subsided. My little blue ‘jewel’ didn’t take too well, but overall I’m pleased with how it turned out. 20160613_135655

2. Also in this picture, you can see my nails are looking a bit longer than they have in the past. I was so tired of them flaking and splitting, so I had gel tips done in April. The tips have long grown out, but I continue to have a “dry” manicure with builder gel, then polish every few weeks. I am very pleased with how my nails are growing and holding up to daily wear and tear. Nope, I’m not going to be dragon lady long, but having nails that extend past the end of my fingertips makes me very happy indeed (and yes, I’m wearing SPF 50 when I have them done. My goal is to find a salon that uses LED lamps, but in my corner of New England, that might be a while.)

3. We’re moving! Ok, it’s just to the apartment across the hall, but there are some great perks. We will have two bathrooms (*insert happy heart eye emojis here*), the apartment is on one floor (currently we are on two floors), and the apartment has been renovated recently. We will also have windows facing the lake which means a great cross breeze (right now, our second floor doesn’t have that feature, which means things get toasty fast upstairs). In September, we will have lived in this building for 20 years, so I’m looking forward to some new, updated features and a bit of a smaller space to clean and decorate.

4. Crafting has been keeping the blog company in the back seat. I am knitting: still working on the blanket for Rexie and also a wrap based on this pattern –

Ropedance by Mairlynd (Melanie Berg) Picture via Ravelry

         Ropedance by Mairlynd (Melanie Berg)                                      Picture via Ravelry

5. I celebrated my 1-year yoga anniversary in May. Still enjoying it: my favorite is the weekly yin class. Being able to just relax deeply in a few poses for a whole hour is actually quite revitalizing.

6. I finally went through all my Pinterest boards (using some of the tips found in this blog post), deleting stuff and re-categorizing the boards I already had. Oddly cathartic and I’m enjoying my “Konmari”-d account.

So life keeps on keeping on here. My goal is to move the blog back to the passenger seat so we can go on this ride together. I promise to stop for bathroom breaks and Starbucks iced vanilla lattes. 




Who’s in your Kula?

In my yoga class a few weeks ago, my instructor mentioned a quote attributed to Jim Rohn, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” She went on to develop this idea based on ‘kula’, the Sanskrit noun for “tribe, clan, family, house, troop, or community.”

While I personally believe we are shaped by more than our five closest alliances, I agree the people we choose to surround us day-to-day are very strong influences on our moods and motivations.


I’m (temporarily) working on-site in my previous position this month and I can definitely say that I am not the best person I can be in that environment. The chaos and CYA mentality of my specific work situation drains my energy and makes me frustrated and angry. I find myself caught up in “tyranny of the urgent” and make bad calls on the fly. My ‘tribe’ there is not a community that inspires me to growth and positive development.  And you know what? I’m OK with this knowledge – it just confirms what the past 5 months have already showed me. I can’t fix situations or people who don’t want to be fixed, and I’m completely content to work from home doing proactive work that I’m proud of for a management team who was willing to create a position to keep me on board with the company. Just because I was effective at my previous position doesn’t mean that I should be doing it now.

So I’ve been musing: who are the people I’m going to encircle myself with in this new phase of my life? Who are the positive motivators? Who is encouraging me to be the best person I can be? And how do I bring the same qualities into their lives?

Something for me


One of my unspoken goals for 2015 (and working from home) was to start back with yoga. I had taken classes many years ago and experienced some wonderful relief from my aches and pains. Then I started working stress-filled, 8-hour days with a 45 minute commute tacked onto both ends. Yep, I really needed the practice, but was too exhausted to attempt to find a class that would fit my crazy schedule. About a year ago, this little studio opened up near my home but hitting a weeknight class was almost impossible due to unpredictable traffic during my commute home. Then this spring, the studio began a 4 week session of gentle yoga on Thursday mornings. Perfect! The class has been so well attended, we are seguing into another 4 week session! I’ve found the classes to be a wonderful time of physical and mental stretching, and I’m so glad to finally be doing this thing for my well-being.