So, World... we meet again!

I really wish I was as eloquent a voice as my husband, but alas... You're stuck with me :-P I do girly things like use emoticons, for example. And sometimes I use sentence fragments and make up silly words. I'm still trying to find my voice, so something may change. Maybe one day I'll mature... probably not, though.

Anyhow, here's an update on a few things we've been up to, in general.

  • We got a new bed, which is awesome, and super comfy. Well, you know, the one in the store was... Ours still has to go through the breaking-in period, but is still a lot more comfortable already than our old bed (which was less than a decade old, but i'm not sure how much less).
  • Pain relief! So, for the past year I've been having back problems of the debilitating variety, and in September I got an injection into my SI Joint which was very helpful for a few weeks. The second injection in December didn't go quite as well, which was frustrating. Now, with the help of physical therapy and my new TENS unit, I feel like my medication is at a good pain-managing balance! My pain management specialist said I can come back "AS NEEDED"!
  • Gym Membership (!?!) Related to the last bit, I am now a paying member of a gym... which is weird. Don't get me wrong, it's a great facility, and a thing I need to do... but me? A gym member?? By choice?! Weird... Well, at least the pool is warm, and there's a hot tub and a sauna. Those are my favorite spots in a gym :)
  • Knit and Crochet (of course) - I'm always knitting and crocheting. Sometimes, I even work on things that aren't strictly for me. For instance, I'm currently working on 2 cowl-scarf-thingies, which I may only keep 1 of! Maybe. Oh, and my super squishy shawl. And a sweater for Jacob's Snake Tom. And a few things that are put away for now. Plus, I got these awesome stitch guides for Christmas so I wanna make all sorts of swatches! And these needles that I wanna find projects to make with so I get to use them! Plus 200+ things in my queue (some are just there for cute ideas in the future - research done for my next project), and so forth.

I still have a couple of weeks left before I can comfortably leave the house, even in all the layers. Hopefully it's only a couple. Until then, I'll be spending time with the family by evening, and spending my days alternately wet and worn out, or home and yarning and worn out.

Speaking of which... I have to go to the gym now. :( it's so cold out I don't wanna go!

Posted on February 18, 2015 .

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Brrr!  It has been very... Wisconsin... this week, hasn't it?

Unfortunately for me, the extreme colds make life painful. But, while I'm sitting here on my heating pad, I get to crochet (or knit) to my heart's content! So, cold and achy, but happy. I'll take it! :) Maybe I'll write a post about my pain stuff some time, but mostly I don't want to bore you with the details... 

Since Christmas (and New Year's) we have spent a lot of our time recuperating from a cold (the extra exposure to humans and their germs, I guess) and rearranging the house. Full disclosure: Zen has done all the work. I helped by "sitting there and looking pretty" - a family phrase that means "you can't really do anything to help, so this is your free pass out of work". What a sweetheart <3 He even set up my little nesty area! 


It's Friday, which normally means a nice relaxing weekend. But, we're not done with Christmas yet... We have about 3 more to attend. That means that I still have time to finish the gifts that seem to never get done in time! Well, maybe I have time... They still never seem to get done in time! Probably in part due to having so many projects going at once. At any rate, the family is looking forward to no specific bedtime tonight so that we can nerd out together for a while :) With warm stuff, like tea and cookies, or muffins and hot cocoa.. and fuzzy blankies... and of course, my heating pad!

Posted on January 9, 2015 .

Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas from our family to yours!


-Jacob, Danny, Amy J, and Zen

Posted on December 24, 2014 .

One giant leap...

Starting a business is hard. 

Not hard in the sense of gemstones or maths, but perhaps closer to putting together a puzzle on a table smaller than the finished picture.  You can visualize bits of it at a time in great detail, but as soon as you get one side of it straight, the rest falls out of view.  Overall, I would put the experience somewhere between driving down the only open lane in a construction zone at night during a rain storm with cones on both sides of you, and maybe coaching youth soccer.  Thankfully in both cases, a good pep talk and a pat on the back can do wonders. 

Sometimes all you need is for someone to tell you that you can do it.

This project has been kicking around in our minds for years, but never really quite rattling loudly enough to overpower the other things in our life until recently.  It was an idea that needed some time to germinate (perhaps fester would be more appropriate) for awhile until it became tangible.  Until you could rub it between your fingers and detect it's texture.  Well, we finally decided that time was here.

Getting down with the plan...

This site is part of a bigger idea that hasn't quite come to fruition.  We're still in the seedling phase.  Peeking up from the soil, testing the sun to determine if we're ready.  We intend to continue adding things we make here, and see where it takes us.  Our roots are already pretty strong, so we are excited to see how much we can grow this year. 

We are motivated, creative, and just the right amount of crazy.  Now let's see where that takes us.

Posted on December 22, 2014 .