New Year, New Everything

 

I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last blog post!

For the past several years, September and October had been usually very busy times for me professionally, so I remember feeling so proud that I managed to blog consistently through most of that time.

Then the last week of October happened and BAM! My whole life went off the rails in the very best way. Continue reading →

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Why I Knit

Ask knitters ‘Why do you knit?’ and you’ll hear stories from people who love the challenge, those who enjoy creating something unique, or knitters who enjoy giving to people they love. But whatever our reasons, what unites us as knitters, is that we all go on a journey, and it’s in that journey that we find moments to contemplate, relax and feel at peace with ourselves.

— from “Knitting for Mindfulness,” LoveKnitting.com

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For the Record: September 2018

For the Record is a look back at the month that was: I share my current obsessions, future plans, and other snapshots from a life in progress.

Early fall is one of my busiest times of the year and September followed true to form. I spent the first post-Labor Day weekend away, the second and third weekends working, and the last weekend in bed, trying to recover from one of the most virulent colds I’ve had in a long time. Still side-eyeing the colleague who passed it on.

I’m on the mend, though, and ready to get back at it. Here’s what been happening, for the record: Continue reading →

8 Things I’m Excited to Do This Fall

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Happy fall, friends!

It’s no secret that autumn’s my favorite season. This time of the year is tailor-made for the wearing of your coziest sweaters, curling up in front of a roaring fire, and sipping on something hot (preferably hot chocolate or that seasonal standby the pumpkin spice latte). Throw in a few gray skies and a good book or craft project, and you have what I consider to be the plan for a perfect fall day. Continue reading →

Notes on Having Something to Look Forward To

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One of summer 2017’s highlights: a weekend of camping in British Columbia.

It’s been a pretty dry summer. I mean that literally–a nearly monthlong stretch of 90-plus degree days, anyone?–and figuratively. Usually at this point in the year, I’ve been on a couple of trips, with another trip or two lined up in the coming months, invariably spending my time vacillating between giddiness and anticipation. Continue reading →

Why I Decided to Keep My Old(er) Car

This post should really be titled “Why It’s Not a Good Idea to Take Beauty Shots of Your Beater Before You Trade It In.”

Because that’s what I did.

On the day I was supposed to buy a new car (and simultaneously trade in my old one), I took my current vehicle out to the nearby waterfront and took a scenic photo with the Seattle skyline as the backdrop. The sun was rising, the clouds had parted just so, and–well–this was the result.

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After a final vacuum and wash for old times’ sake, I headed to the car dealership to test drive the car I planned on buying. However, every time I looked at my old car through the dealership window, I just couldn’t imagine leaving it behind. We’d been through too many adventures together.

The road trips from New Jersey to Vermont on Memorial Day weekend. The cross-country adventure with my oldest brother when I moved from the Garden State to the Emerald City. Weekends in British Columbia, the North Cascades and the Oregon Coast. We’d made so many memories.

As I tried to remind myself why I decided it was time to sell, I couldn’t remember a single reason. My car has never had any real issues besides the occasional maintenance expense (and the tie rods I had to replace twice in fewer than five years). I guess I’d been conditioned by the shiny new cars I’d pass on my way to work every morning to view my car’s age as a liability. But I always promised myself that I’d drive every car I owned into the ground and my car ain’t dead yet. Besides, there are myriad benefits to keeping my older car:

Pay off other debts more quickly

By holding off on buying a new car (and postponing a car payment in my roster of expenses), I’ll be able to get to my goal of finally (FINALLY!) paying off my student loans ahead of schedule.

Save more towards a downpayment

By pumping the brakes on a new car, I hope I can build a more robust savings balance, allowing me to pay down more in advance and hopefully reduce the amount or length of an auto loan.

Reduce my auto insurance bill

A newer, higher value car would indubitably mean a larger auto insurance premium than I’d been accustomed to paying.

Do I still want to buy a new car? Heck, yeah. Sometime. Soon. But not today. For now, I’m just gonna keep on truckin’ in my current set of wheels until replacement becomes my only option.