A List

It’s Monday, and I’m already resorting to lists. School does that to my brain.

1. Let’s see… I made homemade hot chocolate tonight with milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, and cinnamon. It was good stuff.

2. It’s October first! That means fall!

3. My boyfriend and I had a mini Harry Potter movie marathon last night at my place, which means I was reunited with the knitting.

4. There was sweater progress. Unfortunately, it looks exactly the same as the last time I took a photo of it, just slightly longer. It’s not photo worthy yet.

5. Today was the beginning of riding lessons for the team here at my University. It was nice to be back in the saddle after a month away.

6. Though it was nice, I got put on one of the crazy horses who did everything in her power to get me off of her.

7. I still had fun. I’m like that. As long as I’m on a horse, I’m happy (no matter how scared I am inside).

8. I have a few more bits of homework to do tonight, but I can’t wait to be done so I can sit and knit.

9. I’m torn between quick progress on the socks, or progress towards a very coveted handknit sweater…

10. Eating popcorn and knitting is nearly impossible. The difficulties of a University student.

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One of Those Lists

I haven’t made list-post in a long time, so today I’m going to. My thoughts are far too disorganized to write something coherent, so here’s a list of what’s going on in my life.

1. Hat isn’t finished. I knitted one row last night, then got bored of the Olympics and made nachos. I’m not sure how boredom led to nachos, but it did. For the record, they were delicious.

2. I’ve been working on my 101 things list, and I’m now at 5/101. That tiny number feels laughable. Today is dedicated to 101 things. So far today I’ve sent a letter to someone in another country… Pakistan. A friend I found on the BookCrossing website.

3. I’m going to compete in one more horse show this year, at the very beginning of September. I’m super excited, so I hope that my horse isn’t a crazy psycho again!

4. You thought PMS was bad in women… Try dealing with a horse who has it. Let’s just say it’s exceptionally frustrating.

5. I’ve started writing yet another book. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I have absolutely no ability to maintain something. I think it’s because I have the attention span of a gnat.

6. Half-marathon soreness was gone after yesterday! I guess I must be in better shape than I thought…

7. Family vacation to Florida in 10 days. I can’t wait. I need a break from my job.

That’s all I can really handle at the moment. My thoughts are going every which way, so I need to corral them. I’ll update the bottom of this post as I complete items on the 101 things list!

Update: 11:22 am. Realized that I have already completed #99, window shop at a mall, in Windsor after the half marathon. 6/101!

Update: 12:o1 pm. #43, wrote a letter to myself. To be opened on February 27, 2013, my 20th birthday. 7/101!

Update: 12:25 pm. #90, create an ongoing list of things I want/need for the barn. This wasn’t too tough, and was surprisingly short. I’ll update the list regularly. 8/101

Update: 12:50 pm. #46, re-write my resume. Done, but it will need to be critiqued by someone prior to using it. Looking at you, older brother!

Update: 1:25 pm. #26, write an article about fear. Done. The article is bare bones, stream of consciousness, and in major need of editing and refining. I’m going to add another number on the list for this, then I’ll maybe work on sending it into somewhere to be published.

The Eternal Hobbyist

I am the ultimate hobbyist. I’m always trying something new, then giving it up to try something else new. Knitting has stuck, as has reading (is that really a hobby?).

Lately, I’ve been reading this book called “Folks, This Ain’t Normal” by Joel Salatin. Now, before you go all crazy on me for reading something with “ain’t” in the title, just hear me out. It’s about living a sustainable life. The way the author sees it, life was much better from an environmental viewpoint way back when, before there were grocery stores and when neighbours could make simple trades involving food. He discusses the major changes that society needs to undergo in order to prevent soil degradation, and has creative solutions for becoming a more sustainable place. I am just about finished it. Let me tell you, has this book ever got me thinking. I don’t necessarily agree with everything he states, but I do agree that I would rather put something in my mouth that I grew, rather than unwrapped from plastic.

Before you get bored reading my paragraphs of discussion, I’m going to put it into a nice list form:

1. Chapter 1 was about youth, and the ways that traditional labour can make them more creative, and grow a sense of self-pride and accomplishment. It’s also a useful outlet for all their pent up teenage energy. As a teen on the cusp of my twenties, I would agree with him – we got my horses when I turned 15, and going out to the barn early in the mornings and late in the evenings sure kept me tired.

2. He goes into knowing where your food comes from, which I think is important, but the more interesting part for me, was his discussion on food security. What kind of a place is this, where families only have enough food to last for three days? My family is a little different, since we live in the country away from the grocery store, but I see what he’s saying.

3. Soil degradation – I loved this part. I don’t know enough about it to give an accurate report of what we should and should not be doing, but the author gives some interesting points about how grass grew and was then chewed off by wandering herds of herbivores. That’s how he runs his farm.

4. Now I’m into the part about governments. Though I don’t agree with all of his points, there is one main one that I do understand: Personal Responsibility. He’s all about taking responsibility for your health, your actions, your property, you name it. I liked that; I think it’s important. With personal responsibility can come the greatest satisfactions in life.

There you have it folks, my lengthy review of “Folks, This Ain’t Normal” by Joel Salatin. Read this book.

So why title this post “The Eternal Hobbyist”? My next endeavor: the hobby farm, where you can grow your own food. We already have a huge vegetable garden, but I want some chickens. I want home grown eggs. This project is going to have to wait until I have some land of my own… But until then, I will be planning it all out in my head. One day, I will grace this blog with a post about my first chickens.

I wonder how many pairs of socks I will have knit by that time.