Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sweet Nothing Swap

I just signed up for the Sweet Nothing Swap hosted by Emily of Yarn Miracle.  I'm excited for a simple swap.  I haven't swap since last July when I hosted a Blythe and Pullip Swap on Craftster. I need a surprise mail fix!

The swap is a simple knitting notions themed Valentine Swap.  Which gets me thinking...I need to figure out what I'm going to do for my class this year.  Last year I made these:

Thing A Day (12)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

ECHO Global Farm

Many months ago my sister bought my mom and I Groupons to ECHO Global Farm.  They were about to expire so we visited the farm and nursery today.  I hadn't been to the farm in years and it was nice to visit it again.  The very first time I visited was with my church youth group during 30 Hour Famine at least twelve years ago.

From ECHO's website: ECHO's Mission is to equip people with resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve the lives of the poor.

ECHO is very resourceful in their gardening techniques. Here are a few of their great ideas...


 Cinder blocks:


 Baby pool:

 Gutters and pallets:

 Filing cabinet:

 Keri and Keegan.

 Checking out the lettuce.

 We loaded up a cart to get our own gardens going. I bought strawberry, blueberry, and lemon balm plants...all things I can grow in containers!

 I'll leave you with some interesting statistics.

They're a pretty amazing organization. Check it out if you are ever in Southwest Florida!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

30 by 30: In Progress

I have quite a few things on my 30 by 30 list that are in progress. Some of them won't be complete until my 30th birthday, but they've at least been started.

7. Get my ESOL endorsement.  There are five classes (300 hrs.) needed to get an ESOL endorsement or two classes and taking an exam.  As of right now, my plan is to take the two classes and exam.  I completed ESOL Methods in November.  So, I'm almost halfway there.

11 and 12. Pay off CC debt and car.  I think I have my monthly payments figured out to have both of these done right around May 2014.

23. Do a 30 day "mile a day" challenge.  I started this on Jan. 2.  I was unable to go on Jan. 8, because I felt so incredibly sick and had a 102 fever.  I started over on Jan. 9.  Today, was day twenty-five more days to go!  I have a Flickr album where the pictures are being posted each day via instagram.

26. Take and pass the GK and Prof. Exams.  I took the General Knowledge Test on Dec. 29 and passed!  I signed up earlier this week to take the Professional Exam.  I take the test on Feb. 18.  So this is another one that is halfway finished.

29. Make a "fun" money savings plan/bank.  Started this today.  Anytime I get a bill with a "F" in the serial number it'll go in my 'stache jar.  The jar was inspired by this one. I've been looking for the past two weeks for money with a "F" in the serial number and I finally got one today!

Fun money 'stache!

30. Update my blog more frequently (30+ times).  I've posted more this week than in the last six months! ;)

Perpetual Calendar

I saw this idea on Pinterest over a year ago and finally got around to making my own.  I don't love the dividers and I may update them sometime in the future.  I'm excited to have a way to journal the highlights of my days, even if they are rather mundane.

I made a perpetual calendar.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

30 by 30: #3 Promote to 31 Senior Consultant


I have two recruits and at some point in December, Heather qualified and I promoted! :)

#3 Promote to Senior Consultant

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Monday, January 7, 2013

30 by 30: #21 Tailgate at a Football Game

December 16, 2012
Sun Life Stadium, Miami
Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Dolphins won! (24-3)

I went to the game with my dad, stepmom, and one of my brothers, Matt.  We tailgated before the game.  I had a veggie burger and one beer.  I have a hard time drinking before noon! ;)

Dolphins/ Jaguars Game

Our tailgating wasn't overly excited. I sat and worked on my handstitched hexi quilt. I'm not really a football kinda gal. We had pretty decent seats for free tickets! No zoom on this shot.
Dolphins/ Jaguars Game

The mascot was a little odd. The cheerleaders wore "72" jerseys in honor of the 1972 perfect season team. The players and cheerleaders from 1972 came out during halftime to be recognized for their achievement. It was pretty cool. Dolphins/ Jaguars Game

I wish I could tell you who caught the ball for this touchdown. I don't remember. I was too busy playing with my new camera. Remember, I'm not that into football... Dolphins/ Jaguars Game

Proof that the Dolphins won! Dolphins/ Jaguars Game

Proof that I was there. :) Dolphins/ Jaguars Game

So there it is: the first check on my 30 by 30 list!