Thinking Out Loud #9

Another Thursday, another opportunity to Think Out Loud. It’s my go-to excuse of a real post these days, but then again, these posts are kind of fun and keep you in the loop and I actually enjoy them on other people’s blogs, so I assume, you do, too?!

+ Yep, I still had no time to write up the National Park recaps yet. Maybe I’ll save them for November, when I’ll be participating again (!) in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), where I will (attempt to) blog every day of the month.

+ I had a nice, low-key birthday celebration with J last night. We had pizza (per his request) and after dinner, he unwrapped presents. Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes you left for him via Instagram yesterday. I passed them on and he was touched by all the sweet messages so many of you wrote for him!

+  I don’t know why but I feel stressed right now. I go through phases where, realistically, nothing out of the ordinary is happening that should stress me out, but my perception is way off. I feel like I don’t have time for anything and I feel rushed all the time (even if nothing and nobody is rushing me). Do you know that feeling? No? Well, then you’re luckily, but chances are, you do know that feeling, too. I usually try to slow down my day (if possible), allow myself little treats (like a third cup of coffee or tea in the afternoon) and do something soothing in the evening (like knitting and listening to classical music) to get my perception back on track. What’s your remedy?

+  Oh, I just realized: Christmas is only 9 weeks away. Could that have anything to do with it?

+ I unraveled my latest knitting project and started over. Yeah, that happens sometimes and I usually hate doing that (because of all the time I had already put in), but also don’t want to keep knitting something that doesn’t turn out the way I want it to.  I loved the star-part of the pattern (and will probably try and use it in a different project) , but my Mom finished a project with this pattern and said that the size and shape of the finished shawl wasn’t ideal, so I decided to abandon this while I still could. Priorities, am I right?

+ My niece is going to turn 9 years old this Saturday and I can’t wrap my head around how fast she’s growing up. I have the fondest memories of her as a two-year old and that didn’t seem so long ago, whaaa!

+ I polled on Twitter, but I am going to ask here, too: how much data do you average monthly on your cell phone (I am talking the data that goes through your cell phone carrier, not WiFi, which of course everyone should use when they can!). I am just asking because I feel like data usage has been going up and up and up every time I got a new phone (which is every 2-3 years) and even just in general  in the last few months and I am trying to figure out if this is normal. I know that social media apps, like Facebook and Instagram, use a lot of data, especially when you also use the video features (like IG stories). I don’t stream other videos or music though and still feel that I am using a lot of data every month, so I was wondering if you have the same problem?! 

What’s a random thought on your mind today?

I am linking up with Amanda from Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud.

  1. I’m doing NaBloPoMo too, my first time! I’m feeling stressed too and think it could be to do with Christmas, which always seems such a hectic time of year! My work is pretty busy too right now as I finish my current job in just over a week and am trying to lie up all my loose ends so that’s stressful! I like putting some music on and going on social media just to look around, which some people may see as a bit mindless but it helps me to wind down :) I have 1GB data for my monthly allowance and unless I use my wifi I can hit this limit quite easily but I don’t order extra as it’s so expensive!

    1. Yay, I am so happy to hear when others will also do NaBloPoMo… I’ll make sure to follow along! :)

      Looks like I am not the only feeling a bit stressed out… I am pretty certain that it does have to do with the year winding down and all.

      1GB of data ? Yeah, I would hit that pretty quickly… I try to use Wifi when I can, but I still use a few GB per month when I am out and about.

  2. Oh girl, I feel you on stress. I’ve been looking at what I need to cut out of my life to make things easier as we head into the holiday season. It’s rough! Nothing wrong with unraveling your project and starting over! The star is lovely though! I’m having less issues with data and more with storage it seems. I’m due to upgrade my phone at the end of the month so I’ll have to figure out how much data I have, I don’t know if I know!

    1. THAT is my problem… I don’t want to cut things out of my life- haha. I want to do it all (I need 48-hour days, obviously! :)).

      Luckily, my phone has a lot of storage, so I don’t have to constantly transfer pictures (which I assume you also take many of?)

  3. I totally feel you on the stressed thing, but it tends to happen when I am trying to accomplish a lot or when work is really busy. I have a hard time shutting off that ‘rushed’ feeling.

    I looked at my data usage for the last several months. The highest its been in the last 3 months was 3.6G. Otherwise its in the 2.5G range. The 3.6G month was when we went camping so I had no WIFI access and was looking up directions and hikes a lot so I used more data than usual.

    That is a bummer that you had to undo your knitting project, but it’s better to undo it when you know it’s not going to turn out as well as you’d like! It’s good that you got that feedback from your mom before you got TOO far into the project!

    1. Yeah, I have a hard time shutting off that ‘rushed’ feeling too… but it also might have to do with the year winding down and all that .

      I used to use about 2-3 GB of data, but it’s been going up in the last few months, even though I am not doing anything different than before (or at least, I think). It baffles me.

      It’s nice to be able to get feedback from my mom (and aunt – who both knit as well!) on projects and that sometimes they have attempted a pattern before I do! :)

  4. I totally understand feeling stress – even if there isn’t anything massive happening. I think the little things just add up. But omg, 9 more weeks until Christmas?! That’s insane!! I really need to start purchasing gifts. I’m usually way more ahead on things.

    1. That is so true. I think the little things just add up sometims…

  5. I have unlimited data, so I never even think about usage, so I just looked it up and wowza. I’m clocking in around 6GB a month, ha. I only really use WiFi when I’m at home or at my mom’s, so I use a lot of data when I’m at work (no WiFi capabilities there) or out and about. Hence why I will never get rid of my unlimited data plan. It’s nice that I don’t have to worry about overage charges.

    1. Oh, you have an unlimited plan? Which network and how much do you pay? I share 8GB with my husband (who mostly uses wifi though) and my MIL… and I am definitely the data hog (because I also don’t have wifi at work).
      I am on Verizon and they got rid off the overage charges (thank God!), but I just feel that my usage has been going up and up and up while I haven’t been doing anything different than before.

  6. Something must have been in the air. I was stressed and felt rushed all this week and couldn’t even sleep properly because I felt my sleep was rushed too. Crazy. I am so glad you plan on doing the NaBloPoMo again. I want to too and it gives me some motivation.
    Happy day

    1. That must be it… something is in the air and THAT is why we felt rushed lately. I think it also has to do with the year winding down and all.

      I’ll definitely follow along for NaBloPoMo… do it!!!

  7. I always get a sort of rushed and stressed feeling when the seasons change. The days get shorter and I get a little panicked about not having enough time when, really there are still the same amount of hours in the day, it’s just that there are fewer lit hours of the day.

    Also, I’ve had the same issue with data. I used to be around 2-3 GBs, but it’s been steadily increasing and I’m not sure how. I don’t feel like I’m doing anything differently.

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