A Simple Change

Hi Steffi,

As you know I am extremely busy this time of year with crochet stuff. Since I don’t get to crochet full-time, I feel like I just never have enough time to get everything done. I doubt I’d ever feel like I made everything I wanted to even if I crocheted for 1000 years. BUT. I decided to try to find more time in my day to do what I enjoy doing.

I only made two changes.

I go to bed at 11pm EVERY night. I wake up EVERY morning at 7am.

This has helped me so much! Even though I spend the same amount of time sleeping, I am awake during more productive hours. Staying up until midnight, I’m lucky if I finish anything. But with over an hour of time to myself in the morning, I make more and I am more motivated the rest of the day.

Remember when I said that Saturday was my favorite day because I get to wake up, make coffee and crochet? That’s the first thing I think when I wake up every morning, “Is it Saturday, do I get to crochet?” So I decided I would make every day – at least the first couple of hours – a Saturday. I can’t tell you how happy this simple thought makes me every day.

Just some food for thought in case you are unhappy about something, make a small change to make it better 🙂

-Karabean

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PS your mini punishment is to take a beautiful instagram photo of the books you are planning to read the rest of this year.

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Four Parts

Hi Steffi, this post comes to you in four parts.

Part one. So this happened today and my life could not be more complete.
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Two. We are going to Japan in 6 weeks! My mom was being very cute and told me she was looking up ‘traveling to Japan’ to make sure we knew about everything possible. I showed her our emails and the place we booked and I was like, see Steffi has it all figured out 🙂
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Part three. I did my first 12 hour livestream on twitch last weekend, it was awesome! And it looks like I just reached my first goal on Patreon so I will make the 12 hour streams a monthly thing. (Thank you Jamie!!)
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And part four – I’m almost done with my Harry Potter blanket, only 2 squares and the banner to go. Can’t believe this has taken me a year!
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PS – I have stopped reading for right now. My mind’s just not in it, but I’ll let you know when I do start again!

❤ Karabean

Monkeys and Things

Hi Steffibun! Today’s post comes to you in four parts.

Part one: happy Chinese New Year! This year it’s the year of the monkey and I know this because there’s lots of crocheted monkeys around.

 

I made my own too! The pattern was meant for thin yarn but I don’t use thin yarn so my monkey is huge. Lookit his face!

Part two: something that makes me and Grayson very old. We go see movies well after their release date, on Saturdays, in the mornings. Not only is the cost only $12.50, but there’s no one else there and we love it. We went to see The Revenant last Saturday (not recommended, but it’s part of my 101 in 1001 and Leo) and there were only some old people who showed up. We also saw Inside Out on a quiet Saturday morning. Oh! And speaking of movies, you have seen the Martian, right? You have to if you haven’t! We rented it on the PSN and it was totally worth the $6 to stay home and watch it from our couch with pizza.

Part three: is something that was on Dear Hank & John. I love listening to their podcast and on a recent episode they were talking about code-switching. Grayson had to explain it to me:

In linguistics, codeswitching occurs when a speaker alternates between two or more languages, or language varieties, in the context of a single conversation

And he observes me doing this anytime I am around my family. We don this weird accent and say weird things. It’s not something I do consciously, but I love it and I love that we have something unique that brings us together.

Part four: reading updates! Let me just start by saying that so far this year, I finished Felicia’s book and Tyler’s book and I’m starting on a third book. And it’s not even 2 months into the year yet! And those aren’t on my challenge list because I was already reading them beforehand. So I am on track to read FOURTEEN books this year.

Here’s the ones I’m adding to my list based on your suggestions:
A book published before you were born: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
A book chosen by your BFF: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
A book you can read in a day: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
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Currently reading: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith pg 80

And for your book, Grayson suggests you read Wizard’s First Rule (Sword of Truth series) by Terry Goodkind. I suggest you read it too because he’s been telling me forever to read it and I will, eventually.

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Random Thoughts

Hi Kara,

I didn’t really have anything specific to post about so I’m going to post random stuff.

1) On a scale of 1-10, how mad would you be if Andrew and I came to Tucson this weekend? Like, I know you have 100 crochet projects to do, but I’m just saying. Let me know. I can cancel plans. (I’m almost being serious)

2) Our new apartment is very dark. Like, uncomfortably dark. We’ve switched out a fan in our bedroom for a fan with a light, and that’s helped. We’re going to do the same thing in the living room, but it’s still so dark. And it could be that I’m coming from an apartment that was flooded with light every second of every day, but this darkness is affecting my mood. SO. I wanna buy things. Bright things. Happy things. The first thing is this:

Vida Reversible Cotton 3-Piece Quilt Set

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I am having a fucking moment. I also want to get a floral piece of art for the bedroom too, with a lot of yellows and blues. I will also be painting our house as soon as I flipping can. Light feather grey? Yes. I’m not ready to do an apartment tour yet, because so much still needs to be done. But soon!

3) UM NEVILLE LONGBOTTOM??!>!?

4) I’ve updated my 101 in 1001 list. The things I’ve completed so far are:

1) Go to Mickey’s Halloween Party 2) Visit Tucson for a weekend 3) Visit a Museum 4) Wear tank tops for a week in the summer 5) Wear a sleeveless dress out and about 6) Learn how to exercise for me and not for skinny benefits 7) Be reunited in Disneyland with Kara 8) Kiss Donald Duck 9) Do a makeup purge 10) Go to Maryann’s and not leave something 11) Play a table top game 12) Marathon a new show 13) Watch a show that Andrew likes 14) Take engagement photos 15) Get another tattoo 16) Buy a Jo Malone perfume 17) VIP Rouge 18) Ulta Platinum 19) Do a puzzle 20) Bake a pie 21) Complete a DIY project 22) Get a raise

If you wanna see pictures and even links to our engagement session, click the link here!

Alright, I’m done. No more brains.

Sending love!