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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