Accountability, and changing habits

One thing that generally helps lift depression for me is the time change. I never do well with Daylight Savings Time, and always feel better in the fall when things go back to “normal”. I’m sort of the opposite of a person with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Another thing that helps is concentrating on self-care and improving my habits. I mentioned in the podcast this week that I’ve been neglecting my blood sugar (ran out of medication and it was a little while before I could get some more), and my diet, and basically everything. It all snowballed into a blood sugar reading of 26 mmol/L on Sunday night, and that scared the hell out of me (for anyone who uses a different system, “normal” is between 4 and 7 on this scale).

So Rob challenged me to come up with a plan, and to write it down. So I did. I sat down with a cup of Green Gables black tea with strawberries that my boss brought back from PEI, and I wrote out a chart on which I get stickers when I hit my goals for the day. I’m a sucker for stickers, so this works well for me 🙂 I thought I would share it – as a Word document, so you can customize it if you want.

Weekly Accomplishments

My plan was to post each week’s completed chart as part of whatever post is going up. I know I promised pickling recipes, and they’re coming. I did nine 1.5 pint jars of beets, and seven 1.5 pint jars of Thai-style carrots yesterday, as well as a pint of sweet onion pickles (I had brine left over from the beets). That post will be up later this week. Episode 57 of the podcast has also been uploaded, so if you haven’t had a chance to check that out, here it is.

We got downright BURIED in snow last night, and of course, my neighbourhood wasn’t plowed this morning. It was a good reminder that I need to bring my boots home from the office. Part of today’s exercise is going to be shovelling around my car and putting the winter tires in the trunk (my appointment is on Thursday). I hope everybody else is weathering things well. The photo is from last week’s temporary snowfall. We got a lot more than this last night!

Snow on ground from bus stop near my house.

Finished projects? What finished projects?

So apparently I really suck at taking photos of my finished projects before I give them away. Here, let me show you…

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Now, two of those projects haven’t been given away. They’re mine. But I’ve misplaced the mittens (and I really miss them, because it’s COLD outside), and I haven’t blocked the Color Affection yet, because I suck at blocking. (For the record, clockwise from top left: Color Affection by Veera Välimäki knit out of Night Owl Fibers Basic Sock in colourways Rusty Hook, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Leather Boots; Knotty Mittens by Tessa Rexroat knit out of Bear in Sheep’s Clothing Bear Masham in the Squall colourway; Winterlong by Bristol Ivy knit out of (discontinued) Filtes King Velour in colourway 1317; and Peppermint Mocha Socks by C.C. Almon knit out of Tilting Planet Apollo Sock in the Ocean in a Bucket colourway.)

It’s kind of like when I’m cooking, and I think afterward, “Man, I really should have taken pictures while I was prepping this, because it’s really good! And I want to share the recipe on the blog, but now I have no pictures!”

Suffice to say, I’m not very good at planning out blog posts ahead of time. But I’m going to try to improve on that. Just like I’m constantly trying to improve my organizational skills and my abilities to plan things out before they surprise me. These are things that are negatively affected by depression and executive dysfunction. So I’m a work in progress. Just like my knitting projects 🙂

I’m still working on the same two projects, incidentally…. Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry (Drea Renee Knits designs), and a sock pattern of my own design that I’ve been dragging my feet on (see what I did there?) because I decided to try something different out for the sole, it’s not working out, and I can’t bring myself to rip back AGAIN. So I’m just not knitting on them right now. I have other WIPs that are more time-sensitive, but the Find Your Fade is bringing me joy right now, and I need a bit of that, so FYF it is! (By the way, I was at Rhinebeck, and I was THIS CLOSE to Andrea Mowry! I was too shy to bother her.)

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Some of my upcoming posts will be about pickling, knitting, and cooking. I’m trying to work out a schedule so that my updates are more regular. And then maybe I’ll feel a little bit less like life keeps tackling me as I’m trying to walk down a flight of stairs. Maybe. 🙂