Saturday, November 10, 2007

My Ravelry T came!

I was dutifully packing up things on Saturday, sorting and deciding what I needed to take, and as I passed by the front door, I peaked out to see if there was a package... possibly my ravelry T-shirt? But no, there was no package by the door. *sigh* It's okay, I thought, they have a lot of orders to get out, it'll be here by Tuesday.

So I just grabbed what was in the slot, and low and behold I actually did have a package! It came! It was in one of those soft envelopes, and the mailman had just folded it in half and stuck it in the slot. Yeah!! Here is a simple picture of me modeling it - self portrait, so no judging! :) They did run a bit small, so I'm glad I ordered the medium.

I ordered three buttons as well, aren't they cute?! The pictures are a little dark though.

It wasn't until I read them off to my roommate that I finally got the "where my stitches at?" reference. I didn't realize it was a take-off of the "where my b****** at?" comment. O.K. I'm a little slow sometimes, but I'm still glad I opted for the shirt with the other logo. I just don't feel right wearing a shirt with bad grammar on it. I speak and write badly enough that I don't need any help broadcasting it.

On Packing

This whole decision process and itemization of things I want really has me thinking a lot about the amount of stuff I have and use and waste. Neither Mike or I like to buy something we already have, or get rid of something that is still useful. It just feels wasteful. But how do you balance that out between cost, time and space? Especially when your stuff is in two different states, 8 hours apart. For example, when Mike headed to SC with the first batch of things, it was August and 80 degrees out. So a simple sheet and a couple of small lap throws for the couch did him just fine. Fast forward 6 months, and it's gotten pretty cold at night in SC, and he still has no blankets for the bed! Does he buy something new or suck it up until I get there? I even offered to mail him a comforter, but he's making do with the throws. What a trooper :)

See, my birthday is coming up, and Mike was asking me what I wanted. Right now, the only thing I really want is the house to sell, but unfortunately, that's not really something in his price range or abilities. Other than that, there's really not that much that I need and I think that's part of the problem. I'm looking at it as a "what do I need" kind of thing.

I just feel like I've got so much stuff that I'm not using as it is. Especially as I pack up. I've got a limited amount of space this time (just my car) so I keep separating things into 'must take with me', 'can live without/leave behind' and a 'would be nice, but not necessity'. Everything in the last group will be the first to go if I can't fit it in my car.

So when I think about the few things I do kinda want for my birthday, the definitely fit into the 'would be nice, but not necessity' category. But as Mike pointed out earlier, your birthday is for things you want not things you need. I guess I need to keep that in mind too.

Oh, and if you really want to know, I'm thinking I'd enjoy a set of these, or these - I'm not picky. I've used a pair from someone else at knit-nite and I really like them. The wooden ones aren't nearly as garish as they seem in the photos and are super slick just like the nickle plated set. Then, I'd only be a few sock needles away from a full set of needles! I guess the smaller sizes (4 and under) don't come in the interchangeable set, you have to buy those separately - but there's always Christmas!

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