Check-In: May 5

What I’m working on: I’m working on getting my blogging act together! As a result, I feel like my shop has been neglected. But, I’m in the process of starting up a couple new blog features that I hope will lead to some regular (varied, interesting and entertaining) content. Fingers crossed that I have my first one up by Monday.

Other than that, I’ve spent some time repairing the quilt we keep on the couch in our living room.

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As you can probably tell, it’s an old quilt. Actually made by my great-grandmother. Probably in the late 60’s (if the double-knit polyester is any indication). It had been kind of tucked away by my grandmother. And then I inherited it about six (seven?) years ago. And I’ve used it CONSTANTLY. My husband and I are under it any time we’re on the couch. It’s good for naps. The cat loves it. (Also, you might recognize it as the inspiration for this.)

But, 50-year-old quilts don’t hold up well to that much love. So, I’ve been stitching pieces back together and I’ve got a hole to patch on the backing. Drastic measures may have to be taken soon. The batting is kind of disintegrating inside of it, so I think I might see if it can be taken apart, the batting replaced, and stitched back together. Maybe we can keep it from being loved into oblivion for another couple of years.

What I’m listening to: The husband person got me listening to Hello from the Magic Tavern. We play Dungeons and Dragons and as a result, we’ve listened to a few D&D podcasts. But this is a whole ‘nother animal. Arnie, the host, fell into a portal behind a Burger King and landed in the magical land of Foon. Luckily he’s still picking up a weak wifi signal from the BK and can put out a podcast.

How I’m feeling: So, I went ahead and paid for a month of Headspace to see how I like the program beyond the 10 day trial. And.. I kind of love it. I never thought I’d get this into meditation, but I haven’t had a problem making a habit of it because I look forward to it every day.

Admittedly, I feel a little weird paying $13 this month for instruction in a practice that’s thousands of years old… but I do like Andy’s guided meditations. And I like the way he explains the process. And I like the fact that the app presents science-based articles about mindfulness and meditation and it’s uses in every day life. I don’t really want to get spiritual with this practice. I just want to calm my anxiety and improve my focus.

As far as the anxiety goes, it for sure works. There’s been a couple moments in the past 20 days where I’ve gotten that kind of fluttery, untethered feeling I get when I feel particularly anxious or stressed. But, just 15 minutes of meditation and it’s like I’m yanked back down to earth. I fully recommend trying the 10 day trial of Headspace (and they’re so not paying me for this) or look up and of the hundreds of free guided meditations out there on the internet.

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