Um..I’m being recorded?

So, I was work­ing in my office today, doing a lot of dif­fer­ent video recordings…didn’t real­ize I had nev­er stopped my webcam.

So it record­ed me jam­ming out to Whit­ney Hous­ton songs.


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My Bujo (Bullet Journal)

I love my Bul­let Jour­nal and I have my friend, Kristie, to blame. (I can actu­al­ly blame her for a few things…). And I can be blamed for get­ting a few of my friends hooked.

But I’ve had a few peo­ple ask me what a bul­let jour­nal is and how some of my lay­outs help me. So I thought I would go through mine.

A bul­let jour­nal is an ana­log sys­tem for a dig­i­tal age. It is essen­tial­ly: a) a jour­nal; b) a task list; c) a place for notes from meet­ings, etc.; d) a place to house some col­lec­tions like Movies to Watch, Bills to Pay, Projects to Knit.

A bul­let jour­nal can be as sim­ple or as com­plex as you want it to be. It is made to work for you! And what’s a bonus is that in the end, you’ll have a jour­nal that shows things you did and maybe even has some mus­ings or life hap­pen­ings sprin­kled in.

You can find more at: And you can always find lay­out ideas on blogs every­where, on Pin­ter­est and even just a google image search.

So, let me show you mine! (Click on any of the images to make them big­ger. I’ve whit­ed out pri­vate information…hopefully)

Leucht­turm 1917. The pen hold­er is a sewing project I found online and is REALLY handy for keep­ing my pens with my book.


Mole­skin is short­er than the Leuchtturm

First, the jour­nal. I was using a Mole­sk­ine, dot grid. But it’s not as wide as I would like. So I switched to a Leucht­turm 1917 dot grid. It’s an A5 width, as you can see below.

The start of a bul­let jour­nal usu­al­ly con­sists of an index to help keep it orga­nized (anoth­er nice fea­ture of the Leucht­turm is that it’s page are num­bered and it has a table of con­tents built in.

My Index

I do my book slight­ly dif­fer­ent­ly, in that I place my col­lec­tions in the back of my book and work back­wards, while my dai­ly jour­nal starts at the front. So split my index accordingly.

The next two spreads are sim­i­lar. I like to do a Year At a Glance, for an over­all pic­ture, or if I need to quick­ly add some­thing. I have both 2017 and 2018.

Year at a Glance

I then fol­low these with my Months. I start with a “Hel­lo! [Month]” page. This allows me to quick­ly add any impor­tant things I wrote down from my year-at-a-glance OR to add items I need to make sure to add into my week­ly view as I cre­ate them.This also lists the day of the week (M, T, W, etc.) so that as I cre­ate the pages I put them in the right order.

Month Intro Page

I used to have a Month­ly Goals Lay­out fol­low­ing this. But I nev­er real­ly kept track as much as I would have liked, so it looked empty.

Month­ly Goals

Instead, I know fol­low the Month Intro page with a Time Log. (I used to track this above each day, but it was hard­er to see the patterns.

With this lay­out, I’ve found it easy to see pat­terns in my activ­i­ties and bet­ter plan. I now real­ized that if I don’t go to sleep right away after work, that I tend to crash around 6/7 or I need a nap (So I should­n’t tell my friends I’ll see them online lat­er to play WoW). I like to knit while watch­ing TV, I don’t do as much design work as I’d like through­out the week (I tend to pro­cras­ti­nate) and I don’t read as much as I would like.

Time Log. Col­ors mean: Lt. Blue = Sleep, Green = Work, yel­low = nap, orange = appoint­ment, pink = knit, pur­ple = TV, red = office work, grey = read, dk. blue = Date Night, Brown = Gam­ing, Fuschia = oth­er hobbies

I then fol­low this page with my week­ly lay­outs (one week per spread or two pages). So it’s like a “week-at-a-glance”.

This is the main part of my book. Here I not online list events (cir­cles), appoint­ments (tri­an­gles) or to do items (squares), but I list things that hap­pened, how I feel, some­thing that both­ered me, or cool things that I might want to take note (all small dots). The below images show my pro­gres­sion on how the lay­out changed over time.

Orig­i­nal lay­out. Notice the time log across the top, track­ing weight, weath­er, food, water intake and moods.

How my lay­out is now. Sim­pli­fied, less to try and track.


I also add washi tape to coor­di­nate spe­cif­ic things that span mul­ti­ple days. For instance peak at work, when I can­not request time off.

BLack means I can’t request time off at work. Red might mean a Hol­i­day or vaca­tion time. Notice I also track when bills are due.

I’ve also cre­at­ed tab stick­ers to put on my book to eas­i­ly find the months I need. Total­ly optional.

Now onto col­lec­tion. I don’t keep all col­lec­tions in the same jour­nal. For small­er lists, I keep them in this jour­nal with my oth­er stuff. Or items I know I need more handy. But for larg­er col­lec­tions, I have a sep­a­rate jour­nal for meet­ing notes AND a full-sized jour­nal for larg­er col­lec­tions (like Knit Projects). These are some of the col­lec­tions I have:

Then final­ly, wher­ev­er there is space, I dec­o­rate. Cause…I’m me and things need to be cute and artsy.

So, that’s my jour­nal so far. It comes with me every­where I go. I even bought a few 31 Gifts Tote bags to keep things togeth­er. The first bag is their Swap-It Pock­et. This lets me hold two small jour­nals, pens, washi tape, mark­ers, and some stick­ers. I can then toss it in my larg­er bag or take it out for my “to go” bag.

The Swap-it Pocket

I then have their All-In Orga­niz­er. This fits the Swap-It Pock­et per­fect and has room for extra pens/markers, a box of washi-tape, my larg­er jour­nal and some oth­er sup­plies. Plus mesh pock­ets on the sides for head­phones, my phone, keys, etc. I take just this when I just need to work on my jour­nals at the cof­fee shop.

All-In Organzi­er

So, there you have my jour­nal. I hope this helps you decide if YOU want to start a bul­let jour­nal and become a “bujo junkie” like me.

Oh gosh. Pens. I LOVE my Pilot Met­ro­pol­i­tan pens. I have both a Roller­ball and a Foun­tain Pen in Medi­um Point. The foun­tain pen writes SO SMOOTH and I have LOTS of foun­tain pens. I also use the Staedtler triplus fine­lin­ers (they are dry safe).

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Yes, Numbers have a Gender…

I recent­ly read a blog post where the author talked about how num­bers were alive for her. Each had a gen­der and a rela­tion­ship and were a fam­i­ly and had cer­tain behaviors.

That made me recall how I per­ceived things grow­ing up, and talk­ing with oth­ers I found I was­n’t alone, although each per­son had their own sense of how the num­bers, or let­ters or even col­ors relat­ed to each oth­er. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Like Father, Like Son

This past week I got to cre­ate a hal­loween cos­tume for my 6 year old. He want­ed to be Opti­mus Prime.

Amy was able to get a mask at work pet­ty cheap, but no cos­tume for the rest of it. So he was going to wear a red shirt and blue pants.…we could­n’t have that…so design­er dad to the res­cue! Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Crafter’s Retreat

I keep for­get­ting to put this up, so here goes.

My wife and I are host­ing our annu­al Crafter’s retreat! Any craft is wel­come (scrap­book­ing, sewing, knit­ting, cro­chet, quilt­ing, bead­ing, stamp­ing, etc.!) Con­tin­ue read­ing

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You hear the darnest things at a Knit Store

Favorite “Bert” quotes from the yarn store yesterday:

and now we knit!”

SSK2togPSSO = Slip Stitch, Knit 2 togeth­er, and then PISS OFF!”

And that is why we use our rubbers!”

If I did balls, I would do bulls.” (It was sup­posed to be “…I would do bowls”, like that makes it sound any better)

Your just gonna have to come knit with to find out what any of these were in ref­er­ence too. ;-{)}

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A Guy. Some Yarn. A Store. A life changed.

Update: This is a very long post. And I am not sure how well-writ­ten it will be, as it was hard to write, espe­cial­ly near the end.

As many of you know, I love to knit and play with yarn. Well…I love just about ANY crafty thing that lets me cre­ate, like: sewing, scrap­book­ing, paint­ing, sketch­ing, cro­chet­ing, bead­ing, and prob­a­bly many more.

I found out some dev­as­tat­ing news today…my local yarn store is not renew­ing their lease this fall. Which means it will be gone in a mat­ter of a month unless some­one buys it and car­ries the torch. (If I had the mon­ey, I’d do it in a heart beat). I have lots to say about this, but I should give some back­sto­ry: Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Yearbook Camp

My first Dorm Room.

As I am writ­ing this post, I am sit­ting in my very first dorm room, at Gus­tavus Adol­phus Col­lege in St. Peter, MN. I am spend­ing three days & two nights at Year­book Camp, host­ed by Jostens.

I’ve nev­er attend­ed a 4‑year col­lege, and what col­lege’s I have been apart of were St. Paul Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (now just St. Paul Col­lege) and The Art Insti­tute of Pitts­burgh: Online Divi­sion. So I nev­er got to expe­ri­ence cam­pus life like this.

It’s dif­fer­ent and kin­da cool. Walk­ing from my dorm to the din­ing hall and var­i­ous lec­ture halls across the cam­pus (while car­ry­ing var­i­ous books, lap­top, etc.–and mak­ing so many stops back in my room because I don’t want to car­ry every­thing with me all day) has been interesting.

So why am I here at a col­lege cam­pus? For Year­book Camp! I am here with a fel­low advi­sor (and a fan­tas­tic friend) and 5 mid­dle school girls so that they and us can learn more about our year­book pro­gram, cre­ate a theme for next years book, and find ways to build the excite­ment about year­book in our school to encour­age more resources (pho­tos, peo­ple and sto­ries) and sales.

Day 1:

The first day we left at 7–7:30am all packed into my van and drove down to the cam­pus. We checked in (girls in one dorm, and me–the only boy in our group–in anoth­er). We got our room keys, our mate­ri­als, etc.

Gen­er­al Session

We then imme­di­ate­ly head­ed to our first lec­ture: Wel­come and Gen­er­al Ses­sion. The keynote speak­er, Brett Web­ber, was from Cal­i­for­nia (but orig­i­nal­ly from South Africa) and very inter­est­ing to lis­ten to. He had a great accent and inter­est­ing stories.

We then had a small group meet­ing with our rep and oth­er schools that also use our rep. As well as staff work time, lunch and then more gen­er­al ses­sions. The advi­sors then got to meet with each oth­er and share tips, whielle the girls were on a sca­v­anger hunt.

It was then time for din­ner and then spe­cial­ty ses­sions. The oth­er advi­sor and I went to “Devel­op­ing a Theme” (were we actu­al­ly just worked cre­at­ing visu­als of the theme our stu­dents came up with) while the lec­tur­er talked (shhh, don’t tell any­one) and our girls went to either “Design Trends” or “Year­book Cov­er Trends”, where they picked up lit­tle ideas to add to our over­all theme design. Mikay­la kept tex­ting me ideas she was get­ting dur­ing her lecture.

The girls then had a dance in the stu­dent union, while us advi­sors got some qui­et time in our rooms before lights out at 11:30.

Day 2:

Break­fast start­ed at 7:30 and then it was anoth­er gen­er­al ses­sion (on graph­ic design) and then lots of staff work time, more spe­cial­ty ses­sions (where we sent the girls to learn about how to use Josten’s online soft­ware) and the oth­er advi­sor and I went to our rooms to just chill out and relax. I worked on tak­ing our cov­er design and set­ting it to the Jostens tem­plate I had just received via email that morn­ing. Our cov­er was pret­ty much done and set!

We then met the girls for lunch and then after that, the Girls went to either “Quick Reads and Info­graph­ics” or more online train­ing, and the advi­sor and I took “The Sell Menu” where we learned more about the actu­al sell­ing fea­tures of the online pro­gram. (Which, we were very tired and that made the whole thing a bit bor­ing. But at this point, we got to hide out from the girls, so we did­n’t mind too much…and it was air conditioned.)

We then had a lot of time to work with our staff. But we were so on the ball, that we had just about every­thing most­ly done for our pre­sen­ta­tion on Thurs­day. So we let the girls just explore the cam­pus, or chill in their rooms, while the advi­sor and I took a much need­ed nap. (At this point it was very hot out­side, and my left foot was killing me to walk on. It also did­n’t help that I was up at 3:30 am, since I just could­n’t get back to sleep.)

So I napped, and slept right through my alarms for din­ner. Which was okay (oth­er than freak­ing out the girls that I was miss­ing din­ner) because, with my foot, I real­ly did­n’t want to walk all that way.

After Din­ner, the girls want­ed to go swim­ming, but the advi­sor and I real­ly need­ed to get togeth­er and sit down and pre­pare for the pre­sen­ta­tion on Fri­day. So we hid out in the rec room of the boys dorm (since the girls would­n’t be able to bug us there) and got work done!

It was then time for our advi­sor recep­tion, were the advi­sors were able to kick back, have a few “bev­er­ages” and just get to know each oth­er and make some new friends and get some ideas and play some games and load up on sam­ple books to take home. Oh and eat fan­cy snacks!)

Dur­ing the recep­tion, Mikay­la texted me that she had a small acci­dent with a door and her toe­nail. Anoth­er advi­sor that was still in the dorm, helped her ban­dage up and get every­thing tak­en care of. She gave me a play-by-play every minute. She was a real troop­er and her nat­ur­al Girl Scout abil­i­ties kicked in and she remained pret­ty calm. I was so proud of her.

Then it was back to our rooms for rest and lights out.

Day 3:

Mikay­la and her bestie at gen­er­al session.

Break­fast start­ed at 7 am! Even ear­li­er than the day before! After break­fast we had anoth­er gen­er­al ses­sion on Pho­tog­ra­phy, then our pre­sen­ta­tions with our small rep-groups where the girls had to present our theme to the small group. (Our rep group had 5 schools: Blaine, Coon Rapids, Mounds Park Acad­e­my, Cen­ten­ni­al HS and us, the Mid­dle school) and each school got two votes for the best theme con­cept and exe­cu­tion. The girls did real­ly well and the four oth­er schools had amaz­ing pre­sen­ta­tions! Then a clos­ing ses­sion on “Mak­ing it Personal”.

After all that, they had some clos­ing announce­ments and announced the grand prize win­ners from each Rep. group. Each rep group  Our girls won from our region! Not only was it the first time that Jostens had mid­dle school stu­dents (not count­ing advi­sors) but the girls had won as vot­ed on by their peers. They (and us) were so excit­ed and sur­prised. They won $500 to use towards extra fea­tures in the year­book for next year. We decid­ed end sheets would real­ly com­plete our cov­er and theme.

We then got our boxed lunch­es and then back to our rooms to pack and turn in our keys. Then we were on the road to go home!

It was a fab­u­lous expe­ri­ence and I learned so much (like mak­ing sure that my “com­fort­able shoes” real­ly are com­fort­able) and that, all in all, the girls behaved them­selves pret­ty well.

It was nice to know that real­ly, Jostens han­dles every­thing. Lit­er­al­ly. As advi­sors, we aren’t real­ly in charge of our girls (except for emer­gen­cies), Jostens keeps them occu­pied and watched over, that we can sit back and focus on the ideas they are pre­sent­ing, and do some of our own learning.

It was also great being able to hang out with my fel­low advi­sor. Car­rie is a fan­tas­tic friend and we have so much in com­mon. The whole time we kept com­ment­ing on how much we were alike (we were prac­ti­cal­ly even hav­ing the same thoughts).

I am lucky to be work­ing with a phe­nom­e­nal indi­vid­ual like her!

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A Study in White

I have a pet peeve about my clothes. I like them to stay in great con­di­tion so that they last. Whites are the tough­est thing to keep clean. Add hard water to your water sys­tem makes it hard­er and now that 99% of deter­gents no longer have phos­phates in them, it’s near impos­si­ble. Until now. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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My latest projects

I have been avid­ly knit­ting for about a year now…and I love it! It is so fun dis­cov­er­ing new pat­terns, deci­pher­ing them and pick­ing the yarn to use and mak­ing some­thing use­able or fun.

Max­ine the Mas­sage Monster

My lat­est projects have been knit­ted “Mon­sters” and my first for­ay into gar­ments. A very dear friend is hav­ing a baby and I want­ed to make them a spe­cial hand­made gift. Her hus­band and her have become such dear friends ever since my car acci­dent in 2008. From being a “sup­port group” dur­ing our weight loss, our per­son­al train­ers, our emer­gency mas­sage ther­a­pist, bring­ing free­lance work my way and pro­mot­ing my busi­ness to their clients; they just have been tremen­dous­ly incred­i­ble. So I real­ly want­ed to make some­thing very spe­cial and unique. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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