Sunday, July 31, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Do You Know How Happy This Makes Me?




And on Tuesday we swam a few laps together. Heavenly!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WIP Wednesday

It is Wednesday, right? And the last time I did a WIP list was June 1st. Yikes! I'd like to say that I've gotten so much completed in the last 6 or so weeks, but nope. Haven't gotten too much done. Sorta looking forward to school starting so I can get more time in the sewing room. I did rearrange my sewing room a few days ago to accommodate kids being in there with me. Will blog about it when I finish it up (which won't be for a few more weeks... going to need some IKEA items... and the store doesn't open for 10 more days!).

Old Projects
  • 11 on the back burner (I think there may actually be more than this...)
  • Unnamed baby quilt completed - still need to blog about it
  • Grey Baby Quilt - need to finish binding
  • Plus/Crosses Quilt - the straight line quilting on this gave me some troubles. I pulled all the quilting out, took my machine in for servicing, gave up some of my perfectionism, and then the straight line quilting was no problem. Just need to do the binding.
  • FRMQG Challenge Quilt - Go this one done at the last minute. Pulled it out of the dryer just as I was leaving for our meeting. It is already being put to use, and I need to blog about it soon.
  • Lil' Twister - need to piece it, but need to have my design wall available first
New Projects
  • Improv Quilt - started this a few weeks ago. I'm really liking it. Just have to figure out the last couple blocks before I can piece everything together
  • Plus/Crosses Baby Quilt - using some charm packs that I have to make a tiny plus quilt.Pieces are cut, but haven't started sewing.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Daybook 7.18.11

FOR TODAY
Outside my window... clear as it can get. Not a wisp in the sky. My garden is packed with green. I need to harvest a bit today.

I am thinking... that running a half marathon yesterday without any training wasn't such a great idea (and when I say no training, I mean it. My last real long run was a 10 miler in Arizona last December, and I've only done a handful 6-8 mile runs since). My time may have been a PW (personal worst!) but I got it done despite not being ready and the hot weather. I was REALLY tired all day yesterday, but today I feel good despite a little fatigue in the legs. Wondering how I will move in my tennis lesson today.

I am thankful for... good nights of sleep.

From the kitchen... still not doing so well in the kitchen lately. Still want to make some granola. I did make rice krispie treats yesterday. I was craving them after running.

I am wearing... a white tank top that I slept in and my favorite pair of lightweight sport pants.

I am creating... I'm back in my sewing room the last week or so. I have several new quilts to show off soon. I'm working on an improv quilt that I'm just loving making. Hopefully I'll have that done by next week.

I am going... to have a normal week. Love that.

I am reading... too much at the same time. I'm alternating between Living Simply with Children (I've been meaning to read this for awhile. It is good but not what I was expecting), The Art of Racing in the Rain (on loan from my friend Miss D - she LOVES this book), The Hedgehog's Dilemma (okay, I'm only a page or two into this one so I'm not sure it should even qualify as being on my reading list). I haven't been listening to any audiobooks. Too difficult to do with kids around all day. I'll start back when school starts (in only a month!!)

I am hoping... to clean out a room or a closet or even a drawer this week.

I am hearing... Jack on PBSkids.org on the ipad

Around the house...
this week I want to re
hang my quilt design board (the duct tape that I was using finally gave up!), rearrange some furniture in the guest room/Matt's office and my sewing room, and give my office a spruce up.

One of my favorite things... daydreaming. Especially when it is Matt and I daydreaming together about all kinds of possibilities.

A few plans for the rest of the week: tennis lesson, doubles match x2, swim team for Kate, swim lessons for Jack, vacation planning session with a friend, and a date night with Matt.

Here is picture I am sharing: Kate is currently missing all 4 front teeth! Makes corn on the cob difficult!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Horseback

I always think it is fun until I actually get ON the horse.


Then I no longer like it. Hawaii here was a good horse once we figured it out. He'd rather snack than go on a trail ride. Me too.


He's a movie horse and stars with Harrison Ford in the movie Cowboys & Aliens that supposedly comes out next week. Wasn't planning on seeing it but now I probably will.

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Friday, July 08, 2011

Behind

On almost everything. That blog everyday in July failed miserably!

Taking some time off in the mountains just me, Matt & the kids. We need some good alone time.

I brought my sewing machine which makes me happy. And here's my weekend reading material...


Maybe I'll find time next week to introduce our new household member.

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Friday, July 01, 2011

Blog Summer Camp

Since the 52 lists/52 weeks thing didn't work out so much for me (I thought there would be more direction for our lists), I decided to switch over to the Blog Summer Camp instead. I need a little something to jump start my blogging, and now I'll be blogging everyday in July (maybe more than once if I feel so inspired). So here we go!

Day #1 Provide a photo or sketch or a dramatic rendering of the space where you normally blog.

If I had joined a bit earlier, I would have given you a video tour. Instead you just get a quick snapshot of my work space.
I'd like to say that it isn't normally this messy, but it is. My office is right off the kitchen/family room area and often becomes a dumping ground for anything and everything. Despite it being smaller than most walk-in closets, I frequently share the space with both kids, the cat, the dog (and the fish who resides in my office!) when I'm writing.

Some highlights:
  • My meditation cushion is on the floor between my desk and bookshelf. Gotta work with what you have.
  • I love that I can look out into our backyard and out into the family room/kitchen.
  • The photograph on the wall is of Ancient Art in Utah. I climbed that. Still very proud of myself.
  • The cuckoo clock is from my trip to Switzerland back in college
  • My laptop is sitting there because sometimes I actually use both my laptop and my desktop at the same time. Not sure why.
  • Despite my desk looking cluttered, I'm actually a very organized person. I know where (almost!) everything is.