Monday, December 5, 2016

Planning the Month

Each month I put a calendar in my bullet journal and color the days then mark down important appointments. I'll also give the month a theme color:

January is icy blues and purples
February is pinks and reds
March is greens and sometimes pastels
April is either pastels or blue for rainy days
May is bright floral colors
June is green and fresh
July is red, white and blue
August is sunny with yellow and orange
September is red and brown
October is filled with orange, yellow, red and brown
So is November
December is red and green or blue and silver

Once I have themes down then I start on other pages:

Drama tracker--where I keep track of which shows I am watching that month
To-do list--where I keep track of things that need to be done that month
Habit tracker--to help me be better at being me
Project planner--to keep track of what I am making or want to make

I also write in a quote that goes with the month or season to inspire me when I look at the pages.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Planning Quarterly

Each season, I sit down with my bullet journal or calendar and take a look at the next three to four months. I will give this period a theme such as:

"Fall into to Winter" or
"Winter turns to Spring" or
"Spring into Summer" and
"Summer falls to Autumn"

I try to make it poetic and paint a picture of the changes in time to come. Each period also has theme colors I use to decorate them with.

Then I set up the quarter in my bullet journal. I make a calendar page with important events, holidays, birthdays, appointments, etc.

Other pages I make include:

Book list-- this is a list of books that I read during the quarter
Recipes--meals that go good with the season
Entertainment--shows and movies that I watched and completed during this time
To-do list--things that need done each quarter or are important to get done during this period of time

Friday, November 25, 2016

Current Stories

Finished Reading:

Working on An Everlasting Meal

Finished Watching:

Jealousy Incarnate--great drama about family relationships and male breast cancer, also brings up some interesting questions on love and dating

The K2--an action drama set in modern day Korea about a presidential candidate and his secret daughter. Plenty of characters to love and hate.


Moon Lovers OST because I miss watching it every Monday and Tuesday.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Color Coding

I find that color coding my calendars really helps me to keep track of what I am doing and when it needs to be done. A lot of people talk about color coding their calendars online but they may not really explain what or how they do it.  So here is my system:

Days of the Week or Color my days:

I use the Waldorf system for the colors of the day except, since Sunday is white I use black instead. I will lightly shade the days of the week with their color and then write down what I want to do that day in the day's color.

Monday is purple
Tuesday is red
Wednesday is yellow
Thursday is orange
Friday is green
Saturday is blue
And Sunday I leave black for clarity since it's color is supposed to be white.

Coloring my activities:

For this I use highlighters so that I can block the time but still see what I have written underneath. These colors help me with knowing what kind of activity I am doing. These colors are ones that I picked at random with the highlighters I had on hand.

Blue is for things that are away from home, outings, outside activities, etc.
Orange is for work.
Pink is for school work and learning activities (we still home-school and this time needs to be blocked aside).
Yellow is for chores and tasks that need to be done around the home.
Purple is for errands and things that need to be done outside the home.
Green is for special events like birthday parties.

Do you use color-coding in your planning? If so what do you do differently?

Friday, November 18, 2016

Five Favorite Stories

To get a better idea of what kinds of stories inspire and draw me in, I'm going to list my top favorites of stories, movies and books.

Five Favorite Movies
A Room with a View
Green Card
Pulp Fiction
The New World
Grand Canyon

Five Favorite Books
Jayne Eyre
Harry Potter
Nana (unfinished)
Dorothy Wordsworth's Diary

Five Favorite Television Shows
Heartless City
Six Flying Dragons
The Simpsons (the early shows through 1999)
New Tales of Gisaeng

Five Favorite Music Albums
Standing on a Beach/Staring at the Sea -- The Cure
Bringing it All Back Home -- Bob Dylan
Parallel Lines -- Blondie
Tragic Kingdom -- No Doubt
The Day -- Day6

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Current Knitting Project: Socks

I started these as a simple vanilla pair of socks but then decided to go with a moss stitch to make it cuter. I think it helps make the natural striping of the yarn blend in a bit more.

Yarn: Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo 50% Merino Superwash, 25% Nylon and 25% Bamboo
100 grams for 462 yards or 420 meters of knitting enjoyment.

Color: 105 or Grotto layers of purple and a hint of tourquoise

Needles: ChiaoGoo Lace in a nice 0

Cast on: 60
Knit 2 Purl 2 for 1 1/4 inches
Then alternating knit and purl for the body of the sock.
I'll be doing a short row heel because I'm lazy and ending it with a rounded toe.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tools: Page Flags

Every since I first discovered sticky notes, I have always loved them. They are great to stick to things with little notes, to mark a place in a book and now they have so many cute ones available.

Here is my current collection of cute sticky notes and page flags: