Syndactyl Salutations

Thoughts on writing, knitting, and the world around me.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I Am an Enigma

The visit with my family went okay, but it served to remind me just how odd I am to them, and that's without getting into religion and politics!

I am the eldest grandchild, but have not provided a single great-grandchild, and more than likely will not.

I am the first divorcee in my grandparents' brood. They've been married for 60 years, they have 6 children and 13 grandchildren (granted, the youngest two are 2 1/2 and 1, and the next youngest is 17). I've been divorced for 10 years and have not remarried or even been with the same person the entire time.

I live alone, and prefer it that way.

I am quiet and introverted.

I don't want a big house, a new car, expensive clothes...

I change jobs frequently, not because I get fired, but because I don't want to be stuck in something that eats my creativity and enjoyment of life.

It's not that they necessarily think any of this is bad (well, they're probably not thrilled with the job thing), just sort of strange. Thing is, I find them just as strange for my part, so I guess as long as we can agree to go with it, everything will be okay.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Ten Good Things

1. Sitting in a cafe watching flurries come down for the second Tuesday in a row.
2. Leaving to visit family tomorrow for a few days (my grandmother turns 80, though you wouldn't think it to see her), thereby getting respite from my all-too-familiar surroundings.
3. Finishing projects: a sweater, a pair of socks, and a pair of mittens since Christmas.
4. Casting on for my first pair of Monkey socks with my first ball of Trekking XXL (100)
5. Finding a potential source of moral support for my self-employment endeavour.
6. Re-discovering cooking from scratch; I'm getting pretty good at chopping vegetables and having them turn into soup
7. Finding the discipline for a regular meditation practice, it helps with the anxiety I carry around with me everywhere.
8. Glass spice jars finally came in. I buy them three at a time. I have more than three little plastic bags of spices, but this process seems to work better in increments at the moment.
9. Realizing that I can probably let go of a LOT of my stuff and not really miss it. That's not to say it'll happen any time soon, but when it does, I know it'll be okay.
10. Finally getting around to putting this post together. I've been thinking about it for weeks, but it took until today. Sorry for the delay (because I know you were waiting on pins and needles to hear from me!).

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