28 January 2013

1, 2, 3, and 4

Random Acts 1, 2, 3, and 4 were put in the mail and sent off today.  They are on their way to Canada, which actually caused a bit of knitterly musing.  Since Canada is another country (although it hardly seems like it to someone who grew up in the U.P.) I was required to fill out a customs declaration for for each of the packages.  Along with who it was to and who it was from, they also wanted to know what was inside and what it was worth.  Well, there is a small sweater in there, and about 16 hours of my time.  The yarn cost was about $10 per sweater, but I'm not sure how you factor in the value of making thousands of connected little stitches that will one day keep a little person cold on a warm day.  What's the value of good will?  What's the value of concern?  I put down $10, but that seems low from a knitters perspective.

24 January 2013

She's Baa aack

Alright, I'm back.  For whatever reason, I sort of felt like I ran out of things to say a year and a half ago. Whatever the reason, I took my hiatus and now I'm back with a plan.

Last year I stumbled across The Birthday Project.   The general gist of the story is that a woman who was celebrating her 38th birthday spent the day doing 38 random acts of kindness, turning her birthday into a day celebrating other people.  It seemed like an excellent idea to me. This year I will be turning 45 in April.  For some reason that feels like a milestone of some kind; I'm halfway done with my life journey, or some such thing.  I've decided that I would like to do the same thing as this woman did, but with a slightly different timeline.

I'm committing to doing 45 random good things for other people, but I'm giving myself all year to do them.  As I was thinking of things that I could do, I decided that I wouldn't be able to physically do 45 meaningful things for other people in one day.  With a year to spread things out over I'll be able to make my goal without making myself (or Husband) crazy in the process.

I'll keep track of what I've done here, so you can share my birthday with me all year long.