Sunday, March 26, 2006

Making Do With Sunday

Both David and I had to work yesterday. I simply detest working on Saturdays. Bad enough weekdays have to be marred by going to work, but being made to work on Saturday is cruel. At least our library system (David is also a librarian and we work in the same building) tries to compensate by giving those who work on Saturday a three day weekend the following week. Still, Sundays have always depressed me. They seem to just be ticking down to the beginning of another week of someone else telling you how you should spend your time. I've always felt this way about Sunday. This same sense of forboding has overtaken me on Sundays since at least Junior High School.

David, on the other hand, is so even-tempered and accepting. (Thank goodness, too. This house doesn't need another Queen of Drama.) It's hard for him to understand the amount of distress I feel at the prospect of another work week. That's why he can take a lovely little nap while I sit spinning my wheels, trying to figure out the most meaningful and satisfying way to spend what little time I have left before MONDAY.

I had some plans to make and clothe a small cloth doll, but stalled on a pattern. With time ticking past, I finally decided to go with my strengths and crochet a frog instead. I'm really trying to make an effort to complete at least one small project a week instead of collapsing in from of the TV during my brief time away from work.

Well, it's a lovely warm, sunny afternoon. I think I'll resume my efforts to actually enjoy it!


Friday, March 24, 2006

Beginning (Please Be Kind!)

Hello! I'm Amy.

Since deciding to start my very own blog, I've been debating over how in-depth an introduction to give about myself. Even in my personal journals, if I haven't written in awhile, I tend to want to go into the backstory to fill in the blanks between the present and the previous time I made an entry. More often than not, this tires me out before I get to the actual point that inspired me to pick up pen again, which, in turn, makes me loathe to write the next day. And so I never quite catch up. I won't do that here (or maybe I already have!). Even though I'm personally fan of instant gratification, I will hold back and reveal myself to you over time.

I've been reading various blogs for over an year now and thinking, "How neat! I should really do that, too." But I never have...until now. I've been thinking about it lots, though, to the point where I find myself composing acutal posts in my head for my imaginary blog. Hopefully, now that I've actually got a blog, I'll remember all of those interesting, witty musings and be able record them here.

I've been crafting on and off since childhood, but it has only been in the past few years that crafting has become a constant in my life. When I was a kid, I'd often check out craft books from the library and try to puzzle through the instructions. (Enlarging patterns always threw me off, so I'd end up making these tiny creations from the unenlarged patterns in books.) I learned to sew and cross stitch a bit in Girl Scouts and for a long time, cross stitch was my craft of choice.

After I finished grad school, I suddenly had evenings free from homework and I began casting around for a new hobby. I finally hit upon knitting and discovered I really liked to make knitted animals. Then, and I don't even remember how, I stumbled across amigurumi and knew I must learn to crochet. (I'd tried to teach myself three times before and couldn't get it, but this time I was determined!) Now I mostly crochet animals with a Japanese aesthetic. I find myself getting slowly back in to sewing, too.

I'm a slow crafter. The speed at which others manage to turn out such lovely creations amazes me. Even when I consciously try to go faster, even when it seem like I'm succeeding, I'm just fooling myself. So, I promise to post my new creations as I finish and in the meantime, I will try to be interesting! After all, there's so much more to use than what we do.

I must admit, I feel somewhat intimidated by eloquent and entertaining writing (not to mention the inspired crafting) of my favorite bloggers. That is probably why I've been procastinating about starting my own. But I get the gift of daily glimpses into the lives of some amazing people, people who I feel in a weird way friends with already, so it is only fair that I offer the same of myself. I'm ready to join the fun!

P.S. This site will probably look different soon. I'm an infant at code, so I'm using free templates right now. While I re-embraced pink quite awhile back (along with wearing make-up occasionally and shaving regularly), I'm not so sure I like the unrelentingly pink of this template. Bear with me as I struggle to settle in!