In the first three months of the year I’ve completed two quilts, one wall hanging and one quilt top. I’ve also started on another quilt that I should finish the top for pretty soon as well (maybe this weekend if I sit down and do it). I’ve been on a quilting roll.
It’s good though because I’ve been having severe anxiety to the point where it started to effect my health. Quilting has proven to really be my calming outlet which is nice. Of course some of the tools to distract from anxiety inducing thoughts often lead me to overthinking quilting projects but at least doing that doesn’t stress me out.
It’s been working though, distraction thinking. If I start thinking about things that typically trigger my anxiety I start thinking about something else instead, most of the time what I’m going to do quilting wise. Sometimes I think about shows I’m watching or food I’d like to cook, but mostly it’s quilting that I like to think about.
What I do think though is as much as I say this now, I was much less anxious when I kept up this blog. Probably because I could write stuff out. I got to a place where I just felt that I couldn’t write anything anymore because of people in general. Part of me says, screw them and just go ahead and write. And I probably will.
Some of it might even be political. It’s coming up to that time of elections and just political crap. I have to say I’ve never been more concerned for this country and especially for the kids we’re raising when the adults in this nation can’t even seem to communicate with each other without frankly, becoming assholes. Social media may keep us informed but it’s also created a relatively anonymous avenue to attack those who don’t think as you do. And that’s just plain said.
It’s seems that people have forgotten that you can be presented with the same facts but come out with different solutions/observations/beliefs and that’s okay. Unless something is being done that is seriously damaging to people, having a different opinion of how to tackle a problem, or what needs to be done, isn’t a bad thing. People have really gone into this “I’m right and you’re all wrong and I’m not going to listen to you anymore!” The problem is in fact that no one is listening anymore. Because everyone is so concerned with being right, rather than doing right.
It’s interesting because it’s apparent to me that many people lack basic critical thinking skills. They lack the ability to listen, see the other side, and counter an argument in an appropriate manner. Maybe Common Core is needed more than ever. I think our current political culture shows it’s needed.
On that note Kaylee was once again the recipient of High Honors at school achieving a 3.8 grade point average for the second trimester.
Annabelle has started softball. She’s frankly, 4. She refuses to listen sometimes which is extremely frustrating to me. But there are times when she does listen and she does really well. She’s hit the ball several times, throws very well, and is a good runner. If only she’d listen all the time. But she’s 4 and I believe the youngest on the team so I’m not too surprised at it. Her behavior in general though has been a bit out of control so we’re trying to reel that in.