Good with bad

19 Jul

First of all: an adorbs photo of Leon with the Smock tunic (I don’t know why it’s called smock when there is no smocking.)

He’s very sad that I wouldn’t let him eat the yarn ball.  I haven’t had time to work on this in 2 days, but it’s going well.  The good news is that as of today I am done with my job!  They held a farewell reception for me, which was really nice.  I only cried twice (not bad for me!) I will miss so many of my choir members and musicians, but it was time to move on.  I have 26 students at home now!

I was having a bad morning though, as today at Panera bread I bit down on something and broke off a crown at the root – ugh.  I have some major dental work upcoming, though I was hoping to push it off for a little while longer.  It’s so expensive – but we will manage!  My teeth have always been iffy because of a genetic condition that causes weak enamel, so I’ve been through this before!

Speaking of youth… I turned 30 this past week!  People keep asking me if I’m upset about it, and the answer is always no – I am only upset that we live in a culture where I’m supposed to be upset, but a man turning 30 wouldn’t bat an eye.  I love who I am now and wouldn’t choose to go back at all.  I see no reason why a woman can’t be fabulous at any age, you know?  I did go to a friend’s bachelorette party last night, which made me feel briefly old – we went to a club and I absolutely did not have fun (I had fun at a dinner and I’m happy for my friend, but I am not at all a club person.)  Then I remembered that I didn’t like clubbing when I was 21 either.  I went home and went to a small neighborhood bar with Marc and his friend John instead, and that was so much more fun for me!

I’m still ordering yarn for the hoodie – I’m considering Elann highland chunky, which is nice and light – I made a sweater that I adore from it already.  I’m a very indecisive buyer, and tend to agonize over a purchase for days before finally doing it, which is why I internet shop so much… no having to make quick decisions!

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28 Responses to “Good with bad”

  1. marri July 19, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    happy belated b-day! (i’m turning 30 this year too – and i have to say that your attitude about it is so much better than mine! it’s not because i’m a woman – i’m just prematurely bemoaning the loss of my 20s!)

  2. Maryse July 19, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    Happy belated birthday! And 30 is great! I’m 36 and that’s great too ;-)

  3. susan July 19, 2009 at 7:56 pm #

    Happy birthday! I turned 30 in December and I’ve never been better :)

    I love elann highland chunky! I made the owls sweater out of it for my little daughter and it turned out beautiful.

  4. Renee July 19, 2009 at 8:24 pm #

    Happy Birthday!!

  5. Rachel July 19, 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    Happy Belated Birthday!!! I will be 39 next month. Your kitty is so pretty. My cat looks just like him.

  6. Curry July 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm #

    Happy belated birthday!

  7. Leonie July 19, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

    Oh! Happy Birthday for yesterday. I have the attitude that you don’t grow a year older, just a day older! Birthdays are just an excuse to have a party just for me!!! Hope you had a great day and that you have a wonderful year to come! I’m always so impressed with your work.

  8. robin July 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

    Happy Belated Birthday! 30 was a great year for me.

    Ugh on the dental work. I’m having the last of the three crowns I had to have done in a few weeks – had to wait on this one b/c to let the implant acclimate, etc.

    I’ll have to check out the Smock tunic. Which yarn is that? It looks like the same color I’m using for Broderie (RYC Cashcotton 4 ply in “Jet”.)

  9. Alicia July 19, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I just celebrated mine on the 13th and turned 30 as well! And I too have weak tooth enamel and have had all kinds of work done. I so understand what you mean about the frustration and embarrassment related to that! Ugh!! My husband often jokes he should have been a dentist. Or that its the dental hall of fame in my mouth, etc etc. I know some people who brush once a day and thats it, no problems with their teeth. I brush three times a day or more and floss constantly and its like fighting a losing battle! My mom had it as well. Sucks. Totally feel ya.

  10. nicolaknits July 19, 2009 at 11:40 pm #

    I’m all for being proud of how old you are. I don’t hesitate to state my age – I’m 46 and I’m not going to lie about it. I love having birthdays and I make sure those around me don’t forget them!

  11. Suzanne (Yarnhog) July 19, 2009 at 11:45 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I’m turning 40 in September, and I’m okay with that, too. I think it’s all about being happy with where you are in life; the people who struggle with getting older are those who aren’t happy about what they’ve done with their lives to this point.

  12. Victoria Plum July 20, 2009 at 1:56 am #

    Happy belated birthday! I was 32 this year – and so far my 30′s have been great! I can never understand why we are supposed to dread turning 30!

  13. martha-california July 20, 2009 at 2:09 am #

    Happy Birthday!!
    30 is a good age, no matter what people think. I agree with you about how people react to certain ages regarding women.
    I love the color you picked for your Smock Tunic. Looks very spring-summerish.

  14. Misty July 20, 2009 at 6:55 am #

    Happy birthday! I think you have the right attitude about age. It’s just a number, after all!

    That yarn is a gorgeous shade of blue.

  15. 2BKnitting July 20, 2009 at 7:19 am #

    Happy Belated Birthday!

    I, too, celebrated my bday last week. I had a fantastic week and I enjoy being a year older…I’m just a bit more wiser. lol!

  16. mick July 20, 2009 at 7:50 am #

    What an exciting time for you! A birthday, a big career move…congrats!

    I completely understand about the turning 30 thing. Though I won’t turn 30 for a little bit yet, it always annoys me the way women are conditioned to be afraid of it. Aging is actually a beautiful process the way I see it; I wouldn’t want to go back to 21 for the life of me.

  17. Halfway Crafter July 20, 2009 at 8:10 am #

    Happy birthday! You are such a prolific knitter! The turquoise wool is such a lovely colour!

  18. orata July 20, 2009 at 10:22 am #

    Happy birthday! I’m turning 30 next year and can only hope to have as good an attitude about it. :) Sorry to hear about the tooth, hope it doesn’t hurt too much.

  19. Jodi July 20, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    Happy birthday! Bummer about the tooth, but congrats on being done with your old job.

  20. Debby July 20, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    Happy Birthday! And happy end of job. Reading about your transition the past few months has been so encouraging to me. I lost my job in January, and have not been able to find one yet. I’m debating opening my own business (similar to what you do, but not in music), and I don’t know if I have the courage to try it. I’m glad yours has been such a success!

    I’m also sorry to read about your tooth — I hope it’s not too painful!

  21. Meredith July 20, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    That yarn looks beautiful – I love the color! Happy belated birthday, too! And I have to agree with you about going to clubs. I’ve never enjoyed them and much prefer hanging out at a neighborhood dive where you can actually talk to people.

  22. Gwen July 20, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    Happy Birthday! 30 is a fabulous age! I turned 30 this year myself and couldn’t agree more. Enjoy your birthday and congrats on being brave enough to take the next step in your career. . it is really paying off for you. Cheers!

  23. Jessica July 20, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    *~*HapPy BiRtHdAy!!*~ 32 years young here and loving it! Enjoy this new chapter in your life and know that you are also a great inspiration to so many of us! I absolutely love your blog and find it so inspiring, especially when I’m in a bit of a knitting slump.
    You Rock!!

  24. dreamingofspring July 21, 2009 at 3:10 am #

    Happy belated Birthday!

  25. Larissa July 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm #

    Happy birthday! I hope it was a fantastic one

  26. Melanie July 22, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    Happy Birthday! You don’t look your age!

    I have the same genetic enamel problem so I totally sympathize about dental costs

  27. ellen mallett July 22, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

    I turned 43 last week and know just how you feel, I’m loving where I am now, why would I go backwards?

  28. wendy July 24, 2009 at 11:33 am #

    The Peruvian Highland Chunky has nice texture, but don’t let the colors on the web fool you. I got a lot or redwood for a sweater, and while it is nice, it is definitly not as bright as in the photo. I got chestnut for the edging, and in person it looks more the way the lichen looks in the photo.

    Elann is still great though! their customer service people are wonderfull!

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