Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Woobie and the Tour de Cure

Click to visit my personal tour page
I'm wide awake entirely too early on this fine Tuesday morning half because of the heat, half because my legs are aching from a very busy long week.

I hope everyone had a safe holiday.

This particular post is about a little bike ride I will be taking in a few weeks.  I am riding in the Central Ohio Tour de Cure, an American Diabetes Association fundraising event.

I will be riding the "Family Ride" distance which is a little over 13 miles.  The rest of Team NESPAC will be riding 30 or more.

If you want to help us Stop Diabetes, take a look at my personal Tour page and make a donation.  The effort I am making for this one day ride is small compared to the effort people with diabetes make to be in control of their lives on a daily basis.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's occurred to me...

That I suck at anything with the word "daily" in it.  I can't blog, I can't draw, hell I can't even crochet if it means doing it everyday consistently.

And I suppose that's one of the struggles of being the Woobie.

This isn't something that just occurred to me, and it's not the result of any of my chronic conditions.  It's just who I am.
Ask my mom how hard it was to get me to practice my clarinet on a daily basis.

In fact one of the only things I do do everyday is take my prescriptions, but I'm pretty sure that's because I've been doing it since I was 12, and the mom was a big part of starting the habit.

So that's why when you follow this blog I sometimes have something brilliant to say and other times I'm silent for so long.  It's really who I am and how I live my life.

Does it get me the most readers or help me make more money?  No, but that's not why I'm here.  I'm here to share experiences, entertain, and be your friend.

I know so many people who write amazing blogs and are really successful, and I'm so proud to call them my friends.  But that's not who I am I guess, and I still struggle with that.  I don't fit into some neat box of "blogger" or "writer" or "entrepreneur."  It's actually quite frustrating when so much of life is based on labels.

When you meet someone for the first time, they usually ask "What do you do?"  For me it's a rather long and complicated answer, so I usually reply with "nothing."  And that sucks, that's not what I want to say, but saying "I crochet" doesn't really get the response I'm looking for.  So for now, I start with "nothing" and explain more about my life to them.  Some people are really interested in hearing my story, and others can't be bothered.
I get discouraged.

I have no purpose for writing this other than to say this is where I'm at.  I have a killer headache and perhaps and ear ache today.  I am mostly just hanging with the cat and watching Netflix.  This really isn't by choice, but I play with the hand I'm dealt.  And if that's not enough for you, I'm sorry.  I can't be anyone other than who I am.

So for now, until I actually get to a point in my life where "daily" is actually possible.  I'm just me, The Woobie, your friend.  And I'm asking you to love me for that.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Crochet 101 Class!

I know that you've been dying to learn how to crochet!  So now is your chance!

Teaching other people to crochet has been one of my favorite things about this whole Woobie endeavor and am really looking forward to teaching in a class format.

I'll be teaching a very beginning crochet class at Wholly Craft this month.  It is a two session class and will take place on May 15th and 22nd, 1-3pm. 

I'll be teaching the basics of crocheting, including hook size, yarn weights, several basic stitches, as well as pattern reading.  You will be able to complete a scarf in class and be ready to tackle more advance projects by the end.

You can find all the information about the class on the Wholly Craft website HERE