Swap Sale Finds

The middle school in our neighborhood had a swap sale/plant sale yesterday, and we stopped by to check it out.  We went during the last hour of the sale, which was great for me because a lot of people were literally trying to just give everything away.  I found a lot of really cool little accessories for $2.00 total.


This seller had an enormous collection of pins.  There were a few of my favorites — I especially like this “Safe Driving Award” pin (no accidents for 18 years!!!) and the weird masonic pin.  Other pins clockwise from top left as follows: Japanese ship pin from some Disney store, enamel bird pin, “Wurstfest 2008,” masonic cubic zirconia pin, scouts “Be Prepared pin,” and the gold star.


The Slytherin in me couldn’t resist this snake ring, although it only fits on my pinky (one downfall of bouldering is that it makes your fingers thick).


These last guys were sitting in the “FREE” box, and are clearly the leftovers of a child’s geode-breaking set, haha.  However, I have a hard time resisting something shiny, PARTICULARLY if it is free, so these went up with me (much to my boyfriend’s chagrin).


Here, Lately

Climbing has been a lot slower these days.  My knee continues to occasionally lock up, my shoulder has been aching, and today at the gym I “tweaked” my right hand somehow so now when I extend my thumb it hurts quite a bit.  Climbing out here is a lot harder, probably because we’re actually in the vicinity of quite a bit of real rock, whereas NYC was a little dry in that area.  I’m not a huge fan of the setting at our new gym — it’s a LOT of reachey, dynamic moves (and by reachey, I mean that several problems supposedly at my grade require moves that are a few inches larger than my full extension).  However, I keep sticking at it, although spirits have been low.  I’ve been stuck at V5 indoors since last year, and I don’t want to even get started on my performance outdoors.  Not good, to say the very least.

Denver is fine although after four months it still isn’t home.  “Home” as in the place where my boyfriend and I live together is great — it’s nice to finally live with him and only him — but we’ve a long way to go before we find all our favorites and look forward to coming back to this town after leaving.  Anyway, I got accepted into graduate school at the University of Denver (hoorah) so I’m hoping that once classes start and I have a job where I talk to people other than elementary students, I’ll make some friends.

More and more I’ve been turning back to art to make myself feel better.  I’ve always been quite an avid painter and crafter, although I didn’t really have the time or space to keep up with anything other than crochet and knitting in New York.  Here, we have the luxury of an apartment without roommates and that we can afford without working a million hours a week.  Both of those things help in supporting creative endeavors. So, don’t be surprised if more of that turns up in posts.  

Anyway, thank you for reading.  I’m trying to focus more on being grateful lately, so here are some things I am grateful for:

  • My car that continues to work
  • Audio books
  • My boyfriend hiding pictures of himself in funny places to make me laugh
  • Snacks