Christmas Music

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I've been a collector of Christmas albums over the year. I have a special affinity for Christian Christmas albums that feature my favorite artists or a good combination of traditional and original songs. Here is my current list in case you need ideas, listed from newest to oldest!

Francesca Battistelli's Christmas, 2012
Steven Curtis Chapman's Joy, 2012
BarlowGirl's Home For Christmas, 2008
Sara Groves' O Holy Night, 2008
Casting Crowns' Peace on Earth, 2008
Michael W. Smith's It's a Wonderful Christmas, 2007
Sarah McLachlan's Wintersong, 2006
Steven Curtis Chapman's All I Really Want for Christmas, 2005
Steven Curtis Chapman's The Music of Christmas, 1995
Michael W. Smith's Christmas, 1993
Amy Grant's Home for Christmas, 1992
various artists:
Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer, Leigh Nash, Tori Amos, Jaci Velasquez, Rebecca St. James, Jewel, Owl City, Plumb, Kari Jobe, Brandon Heath, Meredith Andrews. City on a Hill collaboration tracks.

TV season 2015-2015

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My TV grid is a wee little grid this year. so much that it's just a mini post-it rather than a digital plan or a grand list. I've been making TV posts for years though, and so I wanted to keep with tradition and type it up anyhow :) Besides, it is a good problem to have when time for TV has decreased due to other life activities!

TV season 2014-2015

Over the summer, I almost made it through Scandal from the beginning again. Together, we finished off the last half-season of Leverage, and the last half-season that Netflix had of White Collar. We started rewatching Firefly. Besides that, it has been board games for us as a couple and podcasts filling up my alone time.

in order of priority...

  • T 9pm: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., season 2 ABC. returns 9/23. to watch in real time w/E!
  • Th 9pm: Scandal, season 4 ABC. returns 9/25. to watch alone on Friday evenings on ABC app.
  • M 10pm: Castle, season 7 ABC. returns 9/29. to watch w/E on Tuesdays.
  • Th 10pm: Elementary, season 3 CBS. returns 10/30. to watch with E during the weekend.
  • W 10pm: Nashville, season 3 ABC. returns 9/24. watch on ABC app, alone as I find time.
  • M 8pm: The Big Bang Theory, season 8 CBS. returns 9/22, moves to Th later. watch with E during the weekend, maybe, if it still appeals to us after a few eps in - we were getting tired of it by the end of last season.
  • Agent Carter, New on ABC for midseason.

I did not watch promos for any of the new shows. And I trimmed back my list of existing shows substantially. And that's the story!

I've enjoyed making these plans for many years now. (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001).

 

are you Vivid and Brave?

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do you live in a way that people see you as VIVID & BRAVE? Do you have a spirit of being true to yourself that shines out in your confidence?

I'm participating in Vivid & Brave's coaching group to help my words flow more authentically when telling my stories. I love stories, you know. I can't help but tell the background behind a craft project or the childhood rememberence that comes up when smelling an aroma. So when Christine (with a Ch!), a friend from many years of blogging, approached me about joining the Vivid and Brave coaching, I was excited to consider the opportunity.

 

What does VIVID mean to me? I want to let my sparkle show. Not just the sparkles on my eyes and headbands and jewelry, but the sparkle in my eyes from happiness. The glow of my skin from being healthy. The shine of my smile while telling a joke. The colors that make me smile, in my clothes AND in my hair!

What doss BRAVE mean to me? Standing out, not just fading into the background. Boldness in my beliefs and sharing truthful opinions. Sharing deeply with close friends. Talking about what I'm passionate about to a bigger audience, like my blog or a group of crafters.

My name is Kristine, and I want to live vividly and with bravery! What do you do in your life to live with this spirit?

 

knitting, January/February 2014

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What have I been knitting on lately? I had several deadlines to knit for over the holiday season, and so it was a joy to get back to knitting what I enjoyed. In December, I cast on several things that I didn't give much focus until after the holidays. And then I had a sample knit in January. This month, I'm participating in some knitalongs. I'm really enjoying my knitting time.

FO: aangel shawl. I was swooning over a holiday colorway of Blue Moon Fiber Arts (pin) and my sweet friend Alicia sent it to me. it was a very angel-like thing to do, and it seemed perfect for the Be My Angel shawl by Martina Behm. I continued to participate in the Knitmore Girls behmalong with this project (following my Magrathea).

FO: Zaria shawl. When winter knitty 2013 came out, I loved the idea of Zaria by Shannon Squire of Portland's Twisted. I'd been trying to find the perfect pattern for some yarn my friend Erica dyed me, and this was perfect when held double. The yarn has burgundy, and a pinky red, and purple, and some blue in it, and it looks like the colors I put in my hair! I paired it with a coral that was sitting in my stash I was considering for an old project, and it is a little garish but an interesting combo. I realized after finishing the lace that I had changed which side of the shawl was increasing more quickly but I think it still works okay. The i-cord bind off really tied it all together nicely. Finished this for Finishuary with the Brass Needles podcast.

WIP: dubsteps. The Blurred Line socks by Megan Williams of Stockinette Zombies were on my mind since she first showed them off. When I managed to grab a destashing of my first Vesper sock from Meliabella, I knew they had to become this pattern. Since the yarn had no nylon, though, I decided to do them at a tighter gauge than my normal socks (down to size 0) and to reinforce the ball of the foot where I've been wearing socks out. These are coming along, I may have made them a touch big around but it think they'll be okay. I'm just slowly knitting on them between other stuff. These were named dubsteps because of the music name Megan had when naming the pattern and I've been enjoying dubstep-type music lately! These will be submitted for the Self-striping KAL for Stockinette Zombies.

WIP: Follow MY arrow. This is the mystery shawl from Ysolda Teague. I had never done a mystery shawl before and I was intrigued by the choose your own adventure style of the pattern. Every clue had two options to pick from. So far, I am in clue 4. I'm seeing the final clue on a few friends shawls, and it has me pausing to decide if I like it enough to finish. I could still unravel it (I didn't cut any of the yarn between color changes) and use it for a different purpose. Although it's a cool idea, I'm just unsure if it is one I will use a lot. If I do complete this, I'll submit it for Finishuary for Brass Needles and KnerdGirl Knits KAL. If I don't finish it, I may frog for Sassypantsknitter out with the old, in with the new KAL.

WIP: Crawling Roses. For the Rose City Yarn Crawl by Michele pdxknitterati, I wanted to participate in their mystery KAL and participate with my local yarn store's yarn choice. Pearl Fiber Arts was using a new-to-me yarn company, Thouroughly Thwacked, and I knew that would be fun to get to try something new. I picked two colors of reds and cast on right after the first clue came out. I got a little behind on clue 3, but saw a spoiler for a longer version from the designer, and I jumped on that idea but slightly different. I'm almost back to the end of clue 3. Knitting for the RCYC KAL and finishing for Finishuary with the Brass Needles podcast.

stylista, jan 2014

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My wardrobe has changed an awful lot since last year at this time. Like almost entirely because of the difference in size. So I'm learning how to purchase pieces that can mix and match more easily. I have a limited number of winter wear, so I'm layering a lot. Instagram is getting to see a glimpse into some of my favorite #girly outfits, so I'll link a few of them below :)

Jan 5: pulled together a out/groc look with layers against the cold and comfy stuff - knit citron shawl and spring forward socks. striped shirt, black button up and jeans from old navy. necklace from world market. and pinks on my eyes are nyx jumbo eye pencils with a cover girl jumbo gloss balm on the lips. simple but a comfy #girly look!
jan 6: I would enjoy this outfit a little more if the speckled one wasn't so silky and move around so much! I'm adjusting layers far more than I'd like to. but it is a fun color combo so I keep trying!
Jan 8: yoga-Kristine returns! #watchmedothis back to yoga-pilates after the break.
Jan 10: oops, I think I erred on the side of too-fancy for an impromptu lunch out. very comfy tho, this skirt/dress layers great with everything. shawl is Cladonia
Jan 11: took this pic especially for @emiliaguth who LOVES my affection & enthusiasm over my Joss shirt ;) #whedonesque #girly #kristine plus my Enchanting Temptress sweater and Coraline socks. and a bit of a funny perspective from holding the mirror.
Jan 12: the Kristine of today - grey shirt and floral print sweater; black cord skirt, leggings, and boots; and magrathea shawl with matching mamba necklace (tied long this time). confident and casual feeling for a downtown Portland outing of lunch, yarn pick up, spice store, and mall/other stores. #girly #kristine
Jan 13: yes, my shirt has a ball of yarn on it ;) from @twistedpdx + #austinhoodie and TDTU socks and @bama_ry jewelry. #kristine #girly

Common themes: comfy and cozy. always at least one handknit. layered textures and prints. Kristine-colors. favorite jewelry.

Do any of them seem more "kristine-y" than others? :)

 

kristine rock

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Kristine rock

When me and my siblings were little, we would often drive to the beach. I wasn't a big fan of the long 2 1/2 drive on curvy car-sick-causing road with my many siblings, or getting sandy on the beach and driving home with wet clothes after dark. So one trip, my dad told us we were going to "Kristine Rock", giving it a special name to try and entice me to enjoy the trip. We made many trips after that to Kristine Rock, and even though the smell of beans for our traditional picnic lunch of Haystacks didn't set well with me, I felt special enough that I put up with it. Several trips, we rerouted the water flowing from the creek into the ocean, and then came back and found our new waterway had stayed where it was, so we switched it again. My siblings and I still call it Kristine Rock to this day.

Fogerty Creek
red dot is for kristine rock!

The actual location is Fogerty Creek, just south of Lincoln City, OR before you get to Depoe Bay, OR. There is a creek and depending on which side of the driveway you go in, you end up on either side of the creek and can climb on the rock from the south side.


I made E visit with me on one of our Anniversary trips - this is June 2007:

Kristine circa 2007

And on Christmas Day, I took my inlaws to visit. it was a beautiful December day. Clear sky, beautiful waves, and some great photo ops.

beach waves
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And many years later, I still feel special that my dad "named" the rock after me :)

...and that's the story!

 

minor girly dubstep

I am generally a slow adopter when it comes to music. But when something resonates with me, I love finding similar artists and songs to add to my life. Sometimes, this exploration comes through pandora suggesting songs to me, as this new genre did.

I've always loved minor key songs, there are old posts in my blog dedicated to this finding. If you ask my husband, that makes for whiny chick music, and I'm okay with that :D

Kristine on dubstep
my iTunes window :)

But a dance beat? that's new. dubstep. take some awesome female voices, minor key, add awesome base and some techie sounds or remixy noises... it's workin' for me! Okay and variations on those themes, they don't all have all of those things :)

 

I deduced yesterday that perhaps I'm enjoying these songs hat make me want to dance BECAUSE I have more energy and they are energizing. sweet!

Here's what I have so far:

  • Fortune Days by The Glitch Mob
  • Cracks (Ft. Belle Humble) (Flux Pavillion Remix) by Freestylers
  • Hayling by FC Kahuna
  • I Need Your heart (Ft. Kai) by Adventure Club
  • Crave You (Adventure Club Remix) by Flight Facilities
  • I Remember by deadmau5
  • Runnin' by Cutline
  • Sail by AWOLNATION
  • ... my pandora dub station has some of the other songs I've thumbs up'd :)
  • and a few older ones that seemed to match: Radioactive by Imagine Dragons, Too Close by Alex Clare, and 6 Underground by Sneaker Pimps (from The Saint)

got any recommendations?

 

fit kristine: 4 thoughts and a link

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I've been thinking about being fit and exercise. Here are 4 things in my brain:

  1. I have historically had a hard time with consistency in my workout. My illnesses, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, kind dictated that. There were months and years where my greatest success was walking up and down the stairs a few times a day, or getting the mail. Right now, I can do a little more than that. So recently, I've been captivated by the concept Roni threw out into the interwebs of "what you can, when you can" (see #wycwyc on twitter). That model is one that fits well with my challenges.
  2. I also love measurable changes. So watching the data from mapmywalk and seeing increases in distance and speed has been making me feel super. I've been watching for cloud breaks to take advantage of as many rain-free days as I can before Washington becomes all-rain, all-the-time for a few months. Even then, I've been trying to remind myself that I don't melt and I can get a better raincoat and keep walking some! I'm considering walking the Virtual Turkey Trot on thanksgiving morning to celebrate and be thankful for my health.
  3. I'm still working on accepting the truth that my health is still my primary focus right now. As much as I'd like there to be an end in sight, it's a journey that will take my time away from most other activities in my life.
  4. I've been learning more about eating appropriately for my activities. Stay tuned for more on that in the future.

Also, my questions were answered in a blog post on Exercising with Fibromyalgia by the fabulous fitnessy Fun and Fit twins, and it made me look like a rockstar! I am currently doing yoga/pilates, walking, light dumbbell weights, and my exercise bike. I would like to try hula hooping, kettle bells, and maybe even Zumba or swimming someday down the road. Their post is great for anyone learning how to balance their fitness activities to best fit their needs.

...and that's the story!

 

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of getting ready for family to visit and not feeling well at the same time, and so I got a little behind on my documenting. I'm catching up with two weeks worth of meals for you to possibly be inspired by. :)

I did spend a great deal of time planning these menus, with a pile of cookbooks and magazines at hand, as as my pinterest as inspiration. Some weeks, things come to me easier than others. One of the things that most overwhelms me is trying to be sure I have ALL the ingredients planned out for all my dinners, and then plenty of options for my other meals I eat throughout the day. I'm still doing about 6 small meals a day - I've train my body to expect something nourishing and healthy on these regular 2 1/2-3 hour intervals, and it seems to work best for me.

note: each day is annotated with the main meal for the day and any noteworthy combinations of things throughout the day. note: this does not always consistitute the entire days meals, you can look at my MyFitnessPal if you want more details!

What did YOU eat that you really loved last week?

In September, I participated in the Back to Basics challenge (#wwbtb). I started by making goals, and followed up after that with improving spaces, then talked about the importance of tracking. This post will serve as a look at weeks 3 and 4, and a look at the success of the challenge goals I set.

#wwbtb

The Week 3 challenge (wwbtb: GHG post) was to improve your health by integrating at least one of the GHG elements into your life:

Good Health Guidelines (from WW): 5 or more servings of vegetables and fruits. Give preference to whole grains. 2 servings of dairy. 2t of healthy oils. 1-2 servings of lean protein. limit sugar/alcohol. drink at least 48oz, preferably water. take vitamins.

I'm proud to say that I am doing good in all 8 of these areas. The hardest is probably sugar - sugar substitutes at least. When I cook, I'm using honey or maple syrup most of the time. I'm also working on targeted vitamins instead of a general multi. Anyhow, the GHGs fit in really well with my learnings from Take Shape For Life - my recent post on the BESLIM acronym has some expanded themes for general health.

fit Kristine (instagram)

For Week 4, Brooke took a look at exercise (wwbtb: exercise post). My favorite takeaway from this was to make an exercise plan! why am I not doing this when I do my meal planning?! (ok, one reasons is that with fibromyalgia, I need to concentrate on doing what I can, when I can: the #WYCWYC challenge that Roni has been posting about). So I can still slate out my basic plans, and I plan to do just that. I'm also starting to think about my long term exercise goals. And I determined that wearing fit clothes makes me FEEL FIT and I'm going to buy another set of yoga clothes!

Now what you've been waiting for ;) How did I do in the goals I set for this challenge?

a few more posts...

  • September knitting, Sep 25 2013: Last month, I wrote a spotlight on all the WIPs, FOs, and KALs I was knitting on. I enjoyed that little idea so much that I've been brewing a new update for you all. KEY:FOFinished ObjectWIPWork in ProgressKALKnit A Longqueuelist......
  • meals in review, week of 09/16/2013, Sep 23 2013: This last week was a little less creative, as I battled an upset tummy, but I was craving fruits and veggies for comfort, so that was a bonus. What did YOU eat that you really loved last week? as......
  • back to basics: tracking and week 2, Sep 17 2013: In September, I am participating in the Back to Basics challenge (#wwbtb). I started by making goals, and followed up after that with improving spaces. For this last week, the challenge was to do some tracking. Brooke introduced this tracking......
  • meals in review, week of 09/09/2013, Sep 15 2013: Another happy healthy week on the record books :) Did you eat anything you truly loved this week?   Monday, 9/9: Roasted Parsnip soup, take 2. A nice thick lightly garlicky soup with a touch of souvenir cheese and......
  • dreams in necklace form..., Sep 12 2013: this is a story about wearing my heart on my sleeve... original set I love having a story for the things I'm wearing, especially my jewelry. So when I saw a jewelry designer, Bama+Ry, was going to be bringing......
  • back to basics: spaces and week 1 , Sep 10 2013: Last week, I wrote a post about the Back to Basics challenge (#wwbtb) and listed out some of my current goals. First up, the challenge for this week was Improving Spaces, making areas of my home better able to......
  • meals in review, week of 9/02/2013, Sep 9 2013: Getting back in the habit of writing my review of the previous week's meals :) I tried some new delicious flavors this week, made over an old favorite recipe, and ate healthy when we went out. I'm proud of myself!......
  • TV season 2013-2014, Sep 8 2013: It's September, friends, what does that mean? Time to look at the new fall tv premeires and pick what shows I want to pay attention to! I admittedly have watched less lately (my TiVo feels neglected) and need to fix......
  • back to basics challenge, Sep 4 2013: I feel blessed to have online friends who are healthful in many areas of my life. I was inspired by Brooke and Emily of who started a September challenge to get Back to Basics, with topics and challenges to revive......
  • now listening: podcasts, Aug 21 2013: When I was first starting on my knitting journey (fall of 2006!), I found a few podcasts. I was already pretty much of a big geek, and this seemed like a fun way to enjoy my new-found hobby by......
  • meals in review, week of 8/11/2013, Aug 19 2013: It's the start of a new week, and so I'll start by reflecting on last week. It was a week of some exciting food experiments, and several meals out to balance with the healthy small meals I cooked in.......
  • WIPs, FOs, and KALs, Aug 18 2013: For non-knitting friends, the acronyms WIP, FO, and KAL might sound silly - they stand for "Work in Process", "Finished Project", and "Knit A Long" :) I've been knitting more the last few months, and it is making me super......
  • meals in review, week of 08/04/2013, Aug 12 2013: I've been posting some of the pictures of my meals on instagram (i am @kdlb over there) and have gotten questions about my recipes. Because this maintenance part of my health journey is so new to me, I'm still learning......
  • beslim acronym, Aug 4 2013: One of the acronyms that my health program uses is something I've taken to heart and making a strong effort to weave these habits into my life. BESLIM stands for: Breakfast - eat a meal everyday within 30 minutes of......
  • queuing up my life, 8/2/2013, Aug 2 2013: letting you in on some of my hopes and dreams and queuing it up in bite size chunks! If I had a podcast, these would be some of the things I shared ;) next up, to watch: I just finished......
  • fort kristine, Jul 30 2013: Last year in August, to celebrate our 12th anniversary, Eric and I took a drive out to Long Beach, Astoria, and Fort Stevens. It was a nice drive, listening to a good book (Ready Player One by Earnest Cline, narrated......
  • fitbloggin, a kristine-recap, Jul 3 2013: I am back from the fitbloggin conference, here in Portland. I wrote about how I won a ticket in my fitbloggin + PDX + Kristine = fun?! post last week. And sitting down to recap, I've been struggling to find......
  • fitbloggin' + PDX + kristine = fun?!, Jun 24 2013: A few months back, I entered and won a contest for a ticket to the FitBloggin' 13 conference. I entered because I saw it was not only put on by Roni Noone (+greenlitebites), who I had been inspired by......
  • mindful kristine!, Jun 14 2013: In the last few weeks, I've been recapping my healthy journey. I started with an intro, talked about my meals, put in some exercise time, and mulled over the mental part. So let's pull it all together today, and assess......
  • mindful kristine and the mental piece, Jun 12 2013: previously, on kadyellebee: intro to mindful Kristine, food, and exercise posts... There is a big part of a healthy journey that relies in changing the brain, not just the body. I wasn't prepared for this! In my head, I assumed......
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