Happy New Year ~ 2022 ~

Happy New Year, everyone!

This time of year, many people are examining their lives and creating resolutions, setting goals, choosing intentions, selecting a “word of the year” – and much more. I personally tend to just set goals as I see things I want to adjust or need to accomplish, and that happens year round, but December and January do lend themselves to a bit more examination simply due to the cycle of the year. To me, winter creates a quieter time, a time to let some things go (temporarily or permanently) if they don’t serve my needs, and to begin laying the foundations for new endeavors.

Being a military spouse, this often also means I learn if we will be moving in the coming year, and where that will be. (These things are also rather cyclical, based on past moves; not everyone gets this news over the holidays – it just happens to be the rotation plan our family falls on.)

Foreshadowing? Yes. Totally. Continue reading

Reading & Knitting ~ 1 January 2021

Happy New Year, everyone!

In addition to the larger 2021 goals I recently shared (in my 2020 review post), I have some smaller daily goals that are just habit/routine focused. These include things like drinking a certain amount of water, specific bed and waking times, and the plan to read and knit daily – so I thought I’d start sharing what I’m reading and knitting every few weeks. I hope these posts give you some ideas of books to add to your own reading list. If you’re a fiber crafter, I do still have a Ravelry account; I’m not there frequently, but I’m happy to connect with you there if you like!

That said, here’s what I’m working on this first week of January, 2021:

Current knitting projects: a pair of socks for myself, using the Churchmouse Basic Sock pattern and Black Trillium Fibre Studio’s Pebble Sock yarn, in the Iris colorway; and a sweater for my son, using the Flax Light pattern from Tin Can Knits and Knit Picks’ Stroll Tonal yarn, in the Frozen colorway.

As for reading – in print, I’m currently reading The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali for coursework for the 500-hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) training I’m enrolled in. On Overdrive, I’m currently reading Unplug by Suze Yalof Schwartz. Next up in that app are The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs and Warrior Goddess Training by HeatherAsh Amara. On Kindle, I’m reading Beyond Labels: A Doctor and a Farmer Conquer Food Confusion One Bite at a Time, by Dr. Sina McCullough and Joel Salatin.

2020 in Review

Well, we’re finally to the last day of 2020, and I think many of us are ready for a fresh start. We may or may not get it, but here’s hoping, at least!

Here’s a quick run-down of what I’ve been up to, on my own and with my family:

January: My husband and I, along with several good friends, successfully completed a week-long NRA training intensive to usher in the new year. I became certified as an instructor of the NRA’s Home Firearm Safety, Basics of Pistol Shooting, CCW, and Personal Protection Outside the Home courses. My husband received his next duty assignment, which was not to the state we originally were told it would be – that actually turned out to be good as we were able to “DiTY” our move (do it ourselves). THAT turned out to be a good plan since, oh, pandemic and military stop movement issues that threw a lot of monkey wrenches in the works when it was time to move.

February: We traded in my beloved Ford F-250 on a Subaru Ascent. Then I started voluntarily self-isolating, since my autoimmune disorder puts me in the high risk category with the virus, and put hardly any miles on the car. Still haven’t, really, including driving it halfway across the country. (I’m still not even to the first oil change yet. Wow.) I did get really wild and take it off on some dirt roads a few times. I even drove up a big woggledy hill (until I chickened out halfway and turned around). It TOTALLY still counts as off-roading. Totally. LOL

March: Started packing, anticipating moving mid-April. And the gods laughed… Continue reading

Customer Service – How to Be a Kind Customer, Pt. 1

Since our move, a bunch of companies have started sending me mail again – that I don’t want to receive. This includes catalogs (which cost them quite a bit to print and mail) and even a magazine subscription (which I canceled almost two years ago, and they suddenly started sending again – to the new address I never gave them!). One is even a nonprofit, so each mailing costs them money better used for other things.

Instead of sending an abrupt “remove me” email, I tried to remember that there’s a person behind each computer, and that the bulk of humans have had a kind of crappy year – even those who, like me, had a lot of silver linings and don’t mind staying home and avoiding other humans. LOL

So here’s what I’ve been sending them:

“Good afternoon,

“Please remove me from your mailing list for (mailed item). When I am able, I will access the (company/organization) website directly (to shop/donate). In the interim, I would like to reduce waste of both paper and your company’s financial resources by discontinuing these mailings.

“Thank you,
(my name, plus mailing address and any pertinent info like a customer # or catalog #)”

It’s really not that hard, especially since I type quickly. If you aren’t a speedy typist, that’s okay. Just type it once, copy and paste it in, and then edit the details for each place you’re contacting.

I’ve actually received two very cordial emails from customer service reps within an hour of emailing. It’s my high hope that, in a field where they get lambasted for things or just deal with jerks, my email gave them a sigh of relief – a nice person just needs them to do a little something. Boom, done, handled.

Remember: there. is. another. human. being. behind. that. computer. or. telephone.