data obsession

The first week of the year passed uneventfully. I returned to work after having 12 days off (my first vacation) and settling into new routines. I have started reading in earnest and I now have 5 books in progress. I have never really been able to focus on one all that much- unless it’s an absolutely engrossing novel!

One thing I stared in the First Week was a temperature blanket. I have been wanting to crochet an afghan for a long time. Essentially- you work a blanket row by row, and the row color corresponds to the daily temperature. My blanket pattern I chose is Apache Tears. While my “tears” are not as long as the ones featured in the pattern (I am one row shorter) I still think the effect will be similar.

My color range & color names:

Temperature Range Color Yarn Brand
0 deg & Below  Pale Plum Red Heart Super Saver
1 deg – 15 deg  Medium Purple Red Heart Super Saver
16 deg – 30 deg  Lavender Red Heart Super Saver
31 deg – 45 deg Light Periwinkle Red Heart Super Saver
46 deg – 60 deg Aruba Sea Red Heart Super Saver
61 deg – 75 deg Turqua Red Heart Super Saver
76 deg – 90 deg Jade Red Heart Super Saver
91 deg & Higher Cool Blue Ombre Caron One Pound

I don’t have any good progress pictures yet- I hope to share one with you in a few days. I have been keeping track of my temperatures and colors in my Traveler’s Notebook weekly planner. It’s been a lot of fun to have a project I have to collect data for. I hope to put everything into a big Excel sheet so I can do some basic math with it to figure out the statistics of temperatures and colors for the year… maybe that is too much, but it’s the scientist in me!

Do you have any big year-long data-based projects like this? I’m also keeping track of my pages read this year in Goodreads and a big Excel sheet… are there others out there like me?

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a year of enlightenment

Happy New Year, readers! I hope you were able to celebrate in the ways that you wished. I greeted the Year from the comfort of my own home, by playing card games with my family.

Today, as I dwell on what the Year will contain, I wanted to share with you my Word for 2019 and my 2019 Resolution.

My Word for 2019: Enlighten

My 2019 Resolution: Read 31,000+ pages without buying a single book.

Last year, I challenged myself to complete a senbazuru. I completed my challenge on Sunday, December 30. The project was definitely hard- I battled procrastination and lack of motivation throughout most of the year, but I managed to finish everything on time. While I did not fold my last crane with a particular wish in mind, the peace and happiness I feel due to the completion of the project is more than enough.

This year, I wanted a reading goal, as I thoroughly enjoyed my 2017 Resolution, which was read 100 books. The most I have ever read in one year was right around 30,000 pages, back in 2015. I have come close, but not quite reached the 31,000 pages mark.

I also wanted to have another facet to this project: no buying any books in 2019. I spend a lot of money on books that I read and subsequently donate. Thanks to my job, I have access to a gigantic library, where I can loan any book imaginable. Additionally, I have become a steady patron of my local county library. While I do not have any hard facts or statistics about the subject, I feel that loaning books from the library is better for the environment. Two worthy reasons for going on a book ban: saving money & helping the environment.

My Word for 2019 simply felt right. It came to me this morning, as I was waking up. I want to live with more enlightenment in my life. For a long time, I have experienced growth without development. To me, enlighten will symbolize the development of mind and spirit in my post-college life.

Since I have shared my 2019 Word and Resolution, if you care to share yours, leave a comment! I will stay accountable for my goals on this blog. Again, I hope you have had a Happy New Year, and I wish you all the best for 2019!