by Jill Greenwood

Seriously, I truly am a simple woman. Give me a cold beer and some hot wings for a meal, and I’m happy. Books? I’ll read anything as long as it has a good plot and your main character doesn’t come off as a grade-A douchebag (I’m looking at you, Eat, Pray, Love). My children? Do your best because I’m doing my best. My students? Go back and read what I wrote about my own children.

But my goals? I make them so convoluted that I never achieve what I’m setting out to do. They are so lofty that I know I’m bound to fail. And I fail spectacularly. Finish all my knitting works-in-progress? Ahh, that goal gets made every year, and I only seem to add to my WIPs. However, if I set that bar at a more manageable level (say 25% with no more than two projects added), I would probably be successful. Write a novel? Half sounds good. Hello, graduate degree? Where are you? This is the year . . . I can feel it.

But with grading last-minute items before the end of the term has a way of preventing goals getting started. Thankfully, good friends have a way of reminding you that your ultimate goal has nothing to do with knitting or novel writing or finishing your graduate degree. Yes, the ultimate goal is to meet the vice president. And if sitting on his lap and snuggling is on the table, so be it.

Jill and the Veep

I am a simple woman after all. But here’s the deal I’m willing to make with you, oh lovely O + U readers: if you can make that last goal happen, there’s a nice hand-knit something-or-other in the making for you. I do have that two project addition rule in place for a reason.



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  1. January 23, 2013

    I’ll be right behind you in offering handknits to anyone helping achieve that goal! VP has a million dollar smile–I adore him!

    • Jill #
      January 23, 2013

      OK, people . . . that’s two hand-knit items! I’m thinking that because he has a thing for English teachers named Jill, I might have a chance (roughly 2%).

  2. January 24, 2013

    I have so many half-knits hanging around my condo, I don’t know what to them all. Guess I have to meet Big Joe…maybe he would be a good source of publicity – sell some of the projects that are not WIP any more. Love your post…a simple woman – Hah ! I’ve seen this pic before, and now here you are. What a small we live in.
    Ta-ta for now…

  3. January 25, 2013

    seriously a great read. Thanks, your photograph is epic, dreaming big over there. LOVE IT.


  4. January 27, 2013

    this just makes me smile no matter how many times i look at it!!!!

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