Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Yarn Along and the Faster than Normal Winter

Hello!  Joining with Ginny at Small Things for this week's Yarn Along. How has it already been a week since I have been in this space? Time seems to be moving at warp speed these days. Seriously. It seems like there can just never be nearly enough hours in the day! This time of year normally seems to slow down-- it's my time to settle in, regroup, and get things organized . However, I think the changing dynamics of my family have also changed the way time moves around here. As the only adult in the house, my days with the kids are filled with making sure things get done. Dinner, dishes, bath and bed has always been hectic, even with two parents around. And now that it's only me, that part of the day seems to take up about 3 hours. Or doesn't seem to, it actually does.

Not that I am complaining......  I also have days to myself that are much less hectic, and times when I only have myself to worry about. However, I seem to still be in the phase where I am excited to have nights alone and I seem to constantly be making plans with friends. And of course, that is far from a bad thing-- it has been glorious actually. So much fun! But.... recently I have begun to realize that I am still not scheduling enough time for myself. Quiet time to relax, alone, with few obligations. Time to slow down, to knit, to read, to think, and to just be. Everyone needs a little time to just be.

I am currently knitting up another plain vest for Phoebe, which will hopefully be done in time for her birthday. Knitting, like most other things these days, seems to happen in fits and spurts, and I can't seem to find uninterrupted time for it. I have just taken to carrying it around in my bag, and hoping for a few spare minutes in which to complete a couple of rows.

I am back to reading War and Peace, and I am chugging along slowly. Although, after taking a break for a couple of weeks when I had to return it to the library, I seem to be forgetting who the characters are a bit. I think I need a cheat sheet.

What are you reading? What are you knitting?
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  1. Love the Enkel - what a lovely, cheery colour. I have War and Peace on my list this year, but I can imagine it will take quite a while! Hope you enjoy some quiet time this week.

  2. I am loving the bright yellow yarn...will warm and brighten and winter day. Hang in their with Tolstoy. It's worth it. xoxo Andrea @ This Knitted Life

  3. I am planning on having my Alex read War and Peace next, right now he is reading The Winds of War and quite enjoying it.
    My time seems to be flying by, and I am home most of the time; I need it to slow down. Have fun with your friends!

  4. You need that time mama, take it :)

    I feel the same way about time, it seems to be flying at warp speed these days and although I try to slow it down, I can't seem to. I will keep trying though :)

    1. If you find a way to slow it down, let me know! xo

  5. still loving that bright yellow! I had a cheat sheet for Anna Karenina back in the day :) I bet wikipedia has a cheat sheet already made up just for you :)