Knitting, Books, School, Spanish, Social, and Writing (YA/SS/7QT)

Linking up in two places today:‘s Small Success Thursday with Sherry and Yarn Along with Ginny at Small Things.  Tomorrow I’ll link this up with 7 Quick Takes with Jennifer at Conversion Diary.

Cheating?  Maybe.

I’m not above cheating.



My bag is coming along.  I learned a new skill: picking up stitches from an edge.  It wasn’t difficult at all.  This is also my first time knitting in the round. I began with double-pointed needles, but one broke (!), despite the fact that it was my first time using them AND they are quality Brittany needles.  I’m going to write Brittany and see if I can’t get a free replacement.  I bought them at store closing sale (the owner retired), so taking them back there isn’t going to work.  Obviously.

The only mistake so far is that I dropped a stitch on my second go-around when transferring my work from the double-pointed to the circular needles.  One mistake out of all the possible mistakes I could have made isn’t bad!


Reading: I started St. Francis de Sales’ Roses Among Thorns.  This is a new translation from Sophia Institute Press.  Early verdict: amazing.

I’m also still reading Ven. Fulton Sheen’s Life of Christ for my morning meditation.  I’m on a big Sheen kick at the moment; I also read The World’s First Love for Lent.  Can a person ever get enough Sheen?  I’m thinking not.


Ben started school this week.  Technically, it’s summer camp, but it’s held at the school he’ll be attending in the fall.  Getting him up, dressed, fed, and out the door is no small feat, but we’re managing.  Success!

He seems to be doing okay so far.  Not sure if he likes it yet or not, given that he’s not into communication and feedback and what have you.  Time will tell.


I have every intention of working on Spanish.  Do good intentions count as a small success?

My dad and I have been wanting to learn Spanish since I was, oh, ten years old—23 years?  That’s a long time for wanting to do something!   He’s in China at the moment for extended business, and being by himself without his family for months at a time grates on him, as anyone would imagine.  I suggested we work on Spanish together over Skype as a way to spend time together.  Good idea, huh?

A few weeks ago I scoped out DIY Spanish from our local library—I have a bad habit of checking out every new language learning book I see—and thought its approach to learning the most immediately useful language first would work well for Dad and I as not-quite-beginners.

Problem is, I haven’t started.  But I intend to!  Sorry, Dad.


Who knew Twitter could be so fun? Two months ago I hated Twitter.  Now I really like it.

Solution: Hootsuite and custom lists.  I needed a way to manage it so that I could use it.

I’m enjoying my bon mot conversations with Erin, Barb, Cristina, Colleen (of course), and others.  It’s also great fun to promote other people’s projects via Twitter—such a simple way to show encouragement.

Jared’s also learning to use Twitter for the Saint Benedict Forum.  (Follow SBF, will ya?) His questions are largely about Twitter etiquette and what, exactly, to tweet about.  I think he likes it, too, even though he still doesn’t want it for himself.

I also started a Tumblr blog.  (I feel so… expansive.)  I’m not posting there directly; it’s acting as a feed for this blog, for Real Housekeeping (did I mention that Ethel is tweeting, too?), and my Instagram pics.  I’m told that Tumblr attracts a younger crowd, and given that it requires zero work on my part at the moment, well, what the heck?  Right?


Writing: there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

I’ve been clearing stuff off my to-do list and SAYING NO (that is a BIG success!) to other projects, in order that I have the mental and chronological (?) space to WORK ON MY NOVEL.

Saying no works, FYI.

I’m going to do a big push today in order to have the next several weeks of Real Housekeeping ready to go in WordPress.  Then it’s novel time, baby.


I’ll stop here, but not without pointing you in the direction of something awesome: free retreat contest!

Ciao, bellas.


  1. TJ Burdick says

    No. It is impossible to have “enough” Sheen. Y buena suerte con tu español.

  2. franciscanmom says

    Former Spanish teacher here! Glad you want to begin learning the language. Have fun! I am impressed by your knitting. That’s not something I ever learned how to do. Hope the manufacturer replaces those broken knitting needles!

  3. says

    I think you are being efficient, not cheating. I wish I could knit! I am trying to re-teach myself how to tat like my great-grandma taught me. I remember a lot of it, but I am YouTubing some. I *just* started trying to figure out Twitter. Any advice? I am one of those old, grandma-ish substitute teachers trying to figure out the VCR back in the day….

    • says

      Oh, have I got a story! When Jared and I were teaching middle school together, way back in the day when iPods were new, we confiscated one on the bus on the way to Williamsburg, VA, for an all-day field trip.

      You know how it was: Jared walked down the bus aisle, all up-in-your-face, threatening, etc. etc., because we were very, very clear about no electronics.

      So there we were, sitting at the front of the bus, with this iPod thingy.

      “How does this stupid turn off?” we were whispering to each other.

      Then the flashbacks ensued, of days gone by when *we* were in middle school, and our teachers didn’t know how to run the VCR.

      Full circle!

      But, anyway, Twitter… that might be worthy of a post. I’ll try to write something up this week. How about that?