Under the Blood Moon.

We’re baaaack!!!

Sometimes I find traveling to be more stressful than relaxing, but we really enjoyed ourselves this time. We were in Florida for 8 days and it flew by.

We went wave-running, fishing, beaching, pooling, golf-cart riding, mermaid watching, and ate our weight in Stone Crabs and Grouper. It was a lot of fun.

The trip started like this… with Littlest losing his front tooth.

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Remember when it was exciting just to ride a tram car at the airport?

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On the first day we went jet skiing, which was rather traumatic for a few of us. There was a lot of concern about sharks. I just held on for dear life and enjoyed watching the dolphins.

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Here we are making our daily trek to the pool. We tried to walk a lot in an effort to combat the huge amounts of food that we consumed.

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It was great to see Littlest go from being afraid to put his face in the water at the beginning of our trip to being a total daredevil by the end.

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The highlight for Biggest was taking our nightly drive in the golf cart.

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I may have let him drive a few times (shhh!) so that I could take pictures.

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Seriously… look at this view. I didn’t even photoshop it!

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The highlight of the trip for me was this. Cross stitching by the pool? YES, PLEASE!

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The weather was amazing. We only had one rainy day. The guys went into the pool anyway. I sat under the porch and cross stitched. I could get used to that.

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Since the pool was pretty empty that day, the boys thought that it was HILARIOUS to pretend to be floating dead heads in the hot tub. I don’t know whose idea it was, but I have to admit that it was kinda hilarious.

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Another highlight of the trip for me was watching my Dad teach the boys to fish. I thought that they would find it boring, but was pleasantly surprised that they really loved it!

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We went to Siesta Key and Madiera Beach. They were both so nice. We are used to NJ beaches, so were thrilled with the warm, clear waters in Florida. (Melania! After much searching, I found one perfect shell!)

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Tom and I had trouble sleeping one night and it just so happened to by the night of the Lunar Eclipse… Blood Moon! We didn’t want to wake everyone so we looked at it through the window. It looked more pink than red, but so neat. Did anyone else see it?

It was a really special trip for a lot of reasons, but mostly because of these people.

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Everything is fun with these three. I’m so thankful for my life.

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And for the first raven!

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Why is it so hard to think of post titles?


What’s new?

I am knee deep in work. Why is it that when I try to finish things up before vacation, I always get inundated with a ton of new stuff?!! Blergh! Today is my last day in the office because tomorrow I am in NYC and then the next day we are OUTTA HERE!

Our weekend was pretty nice. I did not leave the house even once on Saturday. Hermit days are the best.

Sunday, I kickboxed! It is SO FUN! My favorite part is punching things really hard. We did this crazy move where we had to do crunches and then punch the target 10 times while holding the crunch. Ouch.

And I had the best trash picking score EVER! We finally got rid of the giant pool table in our basement and have been trying to transform the space into something more useful. We bought a rug but I didn’t like it so it went back to the store. Well… imagine my GIANT EYEBALLS when I spied a gorgeous 9′x12′ Pottery Barn (I didn’t realize this till I got it home and we unrolled it) rug out on a neighbor’s curb! I have no shame and asked them if they were getting rid of it and could I have it and they said “yes, you can!” and “OMG SO EXCITED(!!!), can you help me stuff it in my car?” and biggest run-on sentence ever. It needs a good cleaning, but it’s huge and perfect and I am certain that it must be due to some karma from a good deed long past.

I think that I am finished with my “Grow with Sunshine and Love” stitch. “Think” is the key word because the pattern calls for more backstitching, but I’m not sure that it needs it. It might be time to iron it and re-evaluate. It is so happy and cheery… Yay!!!

That’s my news for today. You might not hear from me for awhile because, did I mention… BEACH!

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Have a great week!

Walk Therapy.

It never fails that when I have the most to do, that I end up procrastinating the most.

It is finally Spring-like and sunny and blue-skied here in Pennsylvania. Last night, Tom took Littlest to karate so Biggest and I spent a luxurious evening alone together. We took the dogs for a long walk and chatted away; about all kinds of things such as the best snacks to pack for school, a cool new type of Lamborghini that he will design someday, and what fossils we would find if we dug up our back yard. It was the best kind of conversation.

Today I went for a walk at lunch time with a work friend. Although we talked about totally different topics; such as office politics, worrying about our children getting into good colleges, and growing old, it was a good kind of conversation too.

Maybe walks = good conversation.

I am working on my Stephanie project again. I tore out the big pink flower on the left because I didn’t like how the fabric was puckering.

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Unfortunately, I’m almost done re-stitching and it still puckers. So annoying. Stephanie thinks that I’m being anal retentive. Probably.

The pattern is really cute and super cheery. I wish I had used linen instead of Aida. It is a personal opinion, but linen just feels so much better on my hands when I’m stitching. Even after all this time, the Aida still feels stiff. But maybe that will end up being a positive when it’s time for framing. I love trying something new with each project. Stitching on Aida? Check!

My Wednesday Thoughts.

I’m so boring these days that I can barely look at my lame blog.

We leave for Florida NEXT WEEK and I don’t feel prepared. Do we even have shorts and warm weather clothes that fit? NO! Have I even done my taxes yet? NO! Will I get all my work done before then? NO!!! The weeks are flying by.

I plan to bring two stitching projects with me on the trip. I figure that “stitching by the pool” is a reasonable goal while we are there.

How cool is this article? The title is “This is your brain on knitting”, but really, isn’t this how we all feel when we are cross stitching? Ahhhhh… Bliss…

This pic is unrelated but cracks me up.

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My aching head.

Littlest has been (and still is) sick. Poor Little.

On Friday night, Tom and I went to see a comedy show that a friend performed in. She was so good! We went to the after-party. I didn’t have dinner and may have had a few too many drinks, so Saturday I was sacked out on the sofa with Littlest. I don’t know which one of us was more miserable. Probably me, since my misery was caused by my own doing.

We went to a christening on Sunday. The boys looked so cute in their little ties, but wouldn’t let me take any decent photos of them. There is always someone sticking out their tongue or making a goofy face. This annoys me to no end! I am so jealous of my friends who have sweet little girls who pose nicely for pictures.

That’s my news for now. No stitching. Nothing exciting. Just barfy kids and hung over adults. Less than 2 weeks till Florida!

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Miss Miscellaneous

Hi! Remember me? How are you?

It has been so busy around here. Work! Work! Work! Travels! Endless piles on my desk!

I got the Fix It and Forget It Version 2 cookbook from the library and had grand plans to use my crockpot this week. The “Pasta Vanessa” got the thumbs up from my men. My only complaint is that the recipes require a lot of prep work and I get lazy about prepping at night after dinner.

I went to my first kickboxing class last weekend. It was FUN! Like SO FUN! I can’t wait to go back. I feel like such a BAD A$$ punching things! I’m so TOUGH (in my mind, at least)!

I got some bad news from my Dad this week. Like really bad. But I think it’ll be OK. Sorry to be a vague blogger.

I love stitching my stars and am kinda sad that they are going so fast. I want it to last longer. They are so fun.

Step by Step

Hi Everyone. How are you?

We got a little more snow on Monday. Now I’m no meteorologist, but I am certain that this is our last snow fall of the year! It has to be!

We have been pretty low key around here. I spent a lot of time with the boys over the weekend and didn’t accomplish much besides that.

Tom got one of those Jawbone UPs for Christmas which he got tired of wearing, so I snatched it from him. It has been an eye opener as to how much of a slug I am. One day (albeit when I was laying around depressed last week), I barely walked 1200 steps ALL DAY! The default daily goal is 10,000 steps which I have only met one time. It was a lot of effort.

I also don’t like the way it looks. It totally clashes with my jewelry and makes me feel like I am wearing one of those tracking devices that they put on people under house arrest.

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But enough about my physical fitness, I’ve managed to make progress on my stitching!

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I can’t stop going on about how fun this one is to stitch.

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There’s a lot of variation in color that is hard to tell from these sucky photos, but you’ll have to trust me.

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Since I barely have to refer to the chart, I’ve been working on this while waiting at Littlest’s karate class. Yay for being able to multitask!

PS. Spring officially starts tomorrow!!!


Today is a dreary day, both outside and in my head.

I found out last night via text that my Grandma died. That’s all I was told, no when or how or explanations accompanied this terse message. My questions were met with radio silence.

My family’s history is a complicated one (aren’t they all, I suppose), so this news has unleashed a torrent of surprising and uncomfortable feelings. I didn’t sleep much last night and was the one to tell my Dad this morning that his Mother had died. Come to think of it, I was the one to tell him when my Grandfather died a few years ago too. And the one to tell another person when his Mother died. Maybe that’s somehow the role I was given in this lifetime.

I forced myself to take a walk at lunch today. It wasn’t my usual head-down-go-as-fast-as-I-can fitness walk. It was a missing-my-grandma-and-wishing-that-life-wasn’t-so-heartbreaking walk. I picked up two pinecones, and noticed the little buds beginning to sprout on the snow-beaten tree branches, and wore my sunglasses even though it was cloudy so that no one would notice if I cried a little. Spring is almost here and life moves on, even if someone you love steps off.

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Marching on.

To-Do list was almost conquered this weekend. Yay! Plus we did fun stuff. Yay! Plus it was sunny and warm! YAY!!!

Saturday was busy! But fun! I made spoon oil!

In the works…

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Completed! One for me and one to share.

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I love it! It smells amazing and our butcherblock counters oiled up like a dream. I want to slather it on everything.

I went shopping and bought all kinds of goodies, including this cute cabinet that now holds my herbal potions and concoctions in the bathroom.

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Do you see that pink tile? It has been the bane of my existence. Unfortunately, it isn’t going anywhere soon, so I’ve decided to embrace it. This weekend I convinced Tom to paint the walls the softest shade of barely there blush.  It’s very subtle but I love it. Thanks Sweetie! He also painted the boys’ bathroom, but that one wasn’t nearly as exciting (or pink).

This weekend we also went on a date night to a fancy steakhouse. The lighting was bad, but the company was fantastic! Oh… and so was my steak, but I was too full to eat it because I scarfed down too much bread and appetizers and oh… maybe 2 delicious drinks. Oops. Yay for leftovers!

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And I feel like I’m organized and starting this week off right.

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Now if only I could stop being confused by what time it is. Darn Springing Forward!