Famous Last Words: Procraftinating

Yup, you read that title right. ProCRAFTinating is something that I’m really good at, and it’s that time of the semester again. My friends made up that word to describe what I do every semester for the few weeks leading up to finals. I love crafting and I find it really relaxing, so it makes sense that toward finals I always find myself painting, sewing, or knitting. Or embroidering, like I did all weekend instead of homework or studying, which was really fun, even if my hand kind of aches from holding the needle for so long.

It’s kind of a vicious cycle, because once I’m done crafting I’m immediately swamped with the stress I had before, as well as additional stress because I just “wasted” so much time. But I love crafting so much! Sometimes I just need a break from homework and everything else to make something for myself or a friend! It’s hard to find a good balance. Taking time for myself is important, but so is school and my GPA. Which is more important? Should I prioritize one over the other?

The answer to that is “probably not.” I feel kind of like a pendulum that keeps swinging from one side to the other when I should be in the middle. On the bring side, the laws of motion say that the pendulum will loose momentum (due to drag and such) and will eventually come to rest in the center. And, until I find that wonderful balance, I’ll have some really awesome crafts to give all my friends!

Maybe I should allot myself a little time every day or every other day for crafting, so that I can de-stress without losing an entire weekend. It sound like a happy medium, if I can convince myself to stick to it! 🙂

Image: Personal photo of the craft I made this weekend

Learning Challenge: The Happiness Jar (Part 2)

Last week I wrote a post about something I found while browsing the class blog called the Happiness Jar (read my first post here) and I decided to try it. Now I get to tell you how it went!

My first thought is that this was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Paying more attention to the nice things going on around me was great, but trying to remember to write them down and keep track actually added stress to my days. I was hoping this would be a calming or relaxing thing to do, but it wasn’t. Maybe because it was for class?

Try as I might I didn’t get every day like I hoped I would. Here’s what I did record:

Monday –

Tuesday – I cleaned my room! I love walking into a clean and well organized room!

Wednesday – I went to the gym! I also got my Econ exam back!

Thursday – I got free dinner! I also got some good news about grades!

Friday –

Saturday – I got to set up and participate in a wine dinner/tasting

Sunday – I actually accomplished a lot of things, and finally got something done that has been on my to-do list for weeks!

Obviously I didn’t start the week off strong with missing Monday, but I’d say that 5 out of 7 days really isn’t that bad. Over all I think this was nice – looking back at my week just now was really cool, and it’s nice to remind yourself of the good things that happened. But I think because I was forcing myself to do it (not well obviously) it was more stressful than it should have been. I don’t think that I’ll keep up with this, but I’m glad I did it for a week!

Image: Positivity by MartaZ*. Source: Flickr

Week 12 Story: The Raven

The Hatter sat at his table, feeling a bit lonely. Time had finally forgiven him and tea time was over. The Door mouse and the March Hair both returned home. At least that bothersome girl had also disappeared. Honestly it was quite rude of her to invite herself to tea and interrupt the Door mouse’s story as she did. She was constantly saying things she didn’t mean and meaning things she didn’t say. It was honestly quite rude. She didn’t even bother to tell him why on earth a raven is like a writing desk.

On top of all that, she decided to grow so unbearably big during the trail of the knave of hearts (why did he have to steal those tarts?). It was quite uncivil. To top it off she just disappeared in the middle of presenting her evidence, frightening the King of Hearts out of his wits! Although, to be fair, he never had many wits to begin with. That girl with the awful hair.

“What was her name?” The hatter asked himself, quite cordially.

“How in Wonderland am I supposed to know if you do not?” he answered himself with a disgusted shake of his head. Really, the questions some people asked.

“Oh I remember now!”

Now you remember. You have such horrible timing.”

“Don’t you go bringing time back into this. He just let us out of tea time!”

“Does he know the girl’s name?”

“What girl,” the hatter asked himself. The hatter was thoroughly confused at this point, but it is rather hard to carry on a conversation with oneself.

“The strange girl that didn’t explain why a raven is like a writing desk!”

“That’s right, Alice never did explain that. Why is a raven like a writing desk?” the hatter asked himself again.

The hatter shrugged and lifted the plate of crumpets so that he could eat them. Why get your hands dirty when you can just move the plate to your face? Underneath was a sentence written with butter in the hatter’s handwriting. Butter is a very good writing utensil after all, the hatter thought to himself as he squinted, trying to read his message.

Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat, and it is nevar put with the wrong end it front.

The hatter nodded to himself – it made perfect sense. Since it was written down he should never forget it again!

So happy was the hatter with his discover that he set the plate of crumpets back down on top of it, and he wandered off to share the news with his friends. Five minutes later the hatter had forgotten the whole thing.

Author’s Note: This story is loosely based off Alice in Wonderland, where Alice first meets the Mad Hatter. He asks her why a raven is like a writing desk. When she can’t answer, he reveals that he also doesn’t know the answer. I’ve always wondered about it, and when I was reading the story for this class I decided to Google it. I thought I would just find some interesting theories, but apparently Lewis Carrol did reveal the answer himself, which is what is included in this story. I know that it may be difficult to follow, but since the hatter is mad, I made the story a bit confusing to emphasize that.

Bibliography: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol. Web Source.

Image: “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” by Dustin Gaffke. Source: Flickr


Reading Notes: Nursery Rhymes (A)

  •  Why were the children taken to the woods in Babes in the Wood? Did they do something wrong or misbehave?
  • I feel like Robbin the Bobbin is secretly the story of a cannibalistic serial killer
  • Lady Wind would make a good story if it was told from the wind’s point of view’
  • Taffy was a Welshman could also be a fun story, no matter who’s point of view it was from
  • The rhyme about sneezing would be a funny premise for a rom com. Someone sneezes on a Tuesday and accidentally meets the love of their life
  • I love the Monday’s Child one! It’s something that my grandmother said to my mom when I was born on a Wednesday
  • I wonder what little Bo-peep was doing when she lost her sheep
  • Tom, the Piper’s son is kind of mean, but I bet I could make a fun story out of that
  • The pretty maid goes a-milking is awesome and I’d love to write that up longer
  • It’s kind of funny to see the Queen of Hearts, since I also read Alice in Wonderland this week
  • The trip to St. Ives would make a cool story

Bibliography: The Nursery Rhyme Book by Andrew Lang. Web Source.

Image: Nursery Rhymes by Edward Cogger. Source: Wikimedia

Reading Notes: Alice in Wonderland (B)

  •  I very much want to know why a raven is like a writing desk. I’ve been wondering that since the first time I read Alice in Wonderland
  • Honestly, I’m less interested in Alice’s adventures in Wonderland than the Cheshire Cat’s. I feel like he would be a very cool main character
  • It seems interesting to me that this is a dream. I think it would be interesting if, instead of dreaming, Alice actually was crazy, and her adventures in Wonderland were actually her life in a psychiatric hospital

Bibliography: “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carrol. Web Source.

Image: Alice by Danny PiG. Source: Flickr

Reading Notes: Alice in Wonderland (A)

  •  I’ve always wondered what it was that the Rabbit was late for, and why he was late. What was he doing in the regular world?
  • I understand that Alice is a child, but she doesn’t have a very good grasp of logic. I wonder if a logical mind would have made her adventures in Wonderland easier or harder.
  • I don’t think it really makes sense that the “eat me” cake and the “drink me” liquid changed Alice’s size proportionally, but the bits of the mushroom don’t.
  • I wonder why Cheshire cats grin. Is that ever explained?
  • This is my favorite part in the book! “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” It’s not a direct quote, but I still like it.”
  • If she must be mad to be in Wonderland, I wonder what’s happening in the real world.

Bibliography: “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carrol. Web Source.

Image: Cheshire Cat by thethreesIsters. Source: Flickr