We made it! See you next week!
These stars are a dream to stitch. It takes me exactly two episodes of House of Cards to complete one star. It’s a lovely way to spend an evening. Season 2- Wowza! Anyone else watching it? Let’s discuss because I’m obsessed.
I have been in such a funk this week, probably due to the unrelenting cold weather combined with frustrations at work. I try to separate my work and home life, but sometimes it is a challenge and things seep in from one to the other.
Sometimes at night, I get really anxious thinking about everything. I like to lie next to Tom in bed and he will talk to me, telling me things about the Universe and matter and math. I don’t like the math part, but his soft, gentle voice never fails to calm me and lull me into sleep. He probably gets offended because he thinks that I am bored by what he says, but really it’s just that finally finding that cozy feeling after a particularly hard day makes sleep impossible to resist. I am so thankful for home. And family. And love.
We had our Scout Blue & Gold Banquet on Friday night. It was a lot of work to plan, but the kids had fun (I think) so it was worth it. The decorations were pretty cute. I meant to take photos, but the chaos took over before I had a chance. Oh well. Just imagine them really cute.
I baked Sourdough Muffins and another loaf of Sourdough Bread this weekend. The muffins were OK, but dense. The bread SUCKED. This Sourdough may have won the battle over me. I’m very close to abandoning ship. Not quite yet, but close.
Last night, we got Indian takeout, put on House of Cards Season 2, and I started this…
I’m in love. I love not counting because everything is symmetrical and neat and orderly. I love crisp new linen. I love the somber colors. I love Quaker stars. I love ravens and witchy things.
I like trying new techniques with each project so this time, I am completing each “X” as I go instead of doing one leg out and the other leg on the way back. I’m hoping that will create some nice color pooling since I’m using variegated floss. It’s just not as neat looking on the back side. Oh well. You win some, you lose some.
Last night I started to stitch a little. I’m working on the words in the center of the pattern. I’m not really liking how they are turning out, so it was easy to say, “YES!” when Biggest asked me if I would help him build paper Minecraft boxes (think paper dolls, but for Minecraft).
This week has been so busy, but aren’t they all? The Polar Vortex has returned and I am praying that it is the last bit of Winter before Spring finally arrives. I can’t wait to putter around the yard admiring this and that. I can’t wait to go on leisurely non-fitness walks. I can’t wait to hear the birds chirping in the morning (which gets old really fast, but is nice in the beginning). There are so many things to look forward to. The circle of the seasons goes on and on.
My weekend started off good, then got reaallllly bad, then ended up good again.
Part One (The Good):
Friday I went to a “Penny Party” with one of my friends. I had never heard of such a thing but it was really fun! You bring your own wine and food and money and place bets on all kinds of random prizes. It was so crowded! I really wanted to win an awesome beach cruiser bike, but didn’t win that or anything else. My friend won a gift certificate for a giant salad. One of the other women with us won one of those wine fridges full of bottles of wine! Random.
Part Two (The Bad):
On Saturday I felt really head-achy and dizzy and laid in bed all afternoon, which NEVER happens! I finally got up to get ready Biggest’s birthday party. It had been rescheduled from two weeks ago when we had no power. So yeah… a sleepover… for a bunch of 8 and 9 year olds. It was OK until 1:45AM, when the first boy threw up. Everywhere. Followed by the second boy who threw up. Everywhere. The first boy got cleaned up and sent home. The second boy’s parents could not be reached, so we stayed awake all night while he dozed and woke to throw up every half hour. Poor kid. Apparently there is a vicious stomach bug tearing through school. Thanks, stomach bug, for coming to our party.
Part Three (The Good Again):
I was exhausted from our barfy all nighter. After a little nap, I stood around outside all zombie-like while Tom broke up the big chunks of ice still terrorizing our driveway. We went for our first walk in months. The boys rode their bikes and enjoyed a little bit of sunshine before more snow arrives this week.
I’ve been on a little cross stitch break because my fingers are so dry and cracked from the cold weather and frequent hand washing. Last night, I tried to stitch and the needle kept riding along a particularly painful crack on my thumb. Ouch. Anyone else on stitching disability?
We’ve been drinking our Water Kefir! It’s got some carbonation, but not a ton. The customer service lady assures me that it takes a few batches to build up strong grains with lots of carbonation.
It’s already the last week of February! Good riddance, February. We’ve had enough of you.
In the meantime, I’ll dream about this place… Only 90 days till the official start of Summer.
Last week, I arrived home to a surprise package in the mail from my dear college friend, Melania. We lost touch over the years but reconnected when I started blogging and realized that we have a million and one interests in common. How great is that?! Blogging is magical!
This is what I found inside the package.
Squeeeeeee!!!! They are so perfect, and the BEST part is that Melania and her Mom FOUND all of these shells. They are hard core shell seekers and I am so honored that they shared these gems with me.
These pictures really don’t do them justice. I need to break out my good camera on a sunny day and take some really good photos of them.
I love them!
And if that wasn’t enough, she sent a hand-stitched card to go with it. HOW CUTE! Birds & Bees, get it?!
I’m in cross stitch/shell happiness/friendsareamazing heaven! Thank you, Melania! xoxo!
I had such a nice Valentines Day.
I got spoiled with flowers…
and homemade cards (those are the best kind).
When the boys and I looked through old pictures recently, I realized that there were barely any of me. I asked Tom to try to take more of me even though I hate getting my picture taken. Here I am with my giant bouquet.
We spent Valentines night eating pizza with the boys and rehydrating the Water Kefir that arrived… I was so excited!
This is what they looked like after we put them into water. I know they look gross, but assure you that they will eventually taste delicious!
We’ve named our kefir “Kefir Sutherland.” The first thing I do every morning is run downstairs to check on Kefir Sutherland. This morning, I forgot that I had moved him last night to a warmer location and panicked that he was missing.
The other creature in our house who likes warm locations is Sammy. He has a knack for locating sunny spots.
On Saturday, Tom and I left for a little getaway to the beach. I didn’t take ANY pictures, well, except for one of the Sourdough loaf that I made. Like Kefir Sutherland, our sourdough also has a name… SourJoe. I carried SourJoe the entire way to the beach in my lap. If that’s not dedication, I don’t know what is! This loaf had a good sour flavor and a crunchy crust, but was still too dense in the center… definitely some room for improvement.
We went to a Valentine Musical. It was really good. I am always amazed by people with musical talent, because I have none.
On Sunday, Tom installed a new thermostat at the beach that he can control from his phone from anywhere! How cool is that?! We might as well be the Jetsons!
While he worked on the thermostat, I laid on the sofa and watched 5 HOURS(!) of TV. Can you even imagine that?! I was a lazy slug. Then I only got up to GO SHOPPING! I might as well be a Kardashian!
I never get a chance to stroll the shops in town without boys hanging off of me and whining to leave, so it was nice to walk around on my own. I bought Biggest a dreamcatcher that he’s been wanting and I bought myself a big fluffy scarf because it was cold. I even tried on some swimsuits in anticipation of Spring Break in Florida, but that just ended up being depressing.
Hope that you all had fun with your sweethearts this weekend.
Don’t you just love Morticia & Gomez? It doesn’t get any better than that.
Happy Valentines Day! Are you all cuddled up to your sweetie and eating bonbons? Does anyone actually do that?
So far, I have scolded naughty children (who reallllllly need to go back to school and back to regular routines) …
made pink sourdough pancakes (which didn’t look OR taste good. Damn sourdough) …
tried to drive to work, then turned around because I forgot my laptop, then realized that because I turned around, had avoided a 30+ car pileup on the turnpike (yikes! listening to the reports now and it is baaad) …
stared at the snowy apocalypse that is our back porch (note to self- it probably would have been wise to put away outdoor furniture) …
and finished frogging my flower …
Happy Valentines (Fri)Day!
Valentines Day is right around the corner. I love Valentines Day! This year, we are going to go to the beach house for the weekend. Tom wants to do some house projects there and we have tickets to see a musical. I am looking forward to getting the Early Bird Special at our favorite seafood place. I am a cheap date.
The boys were all like “Ick… Valentines Day is for girls!” when I asked them what kind of cards they wanted to get for their classmates. They changed their tune however when I showed them my friend Linh’s brilliant idea. Last night, we worked on assembling ours.
If you have a child, you undoubtedly recognize these. If you don’t, they are Minecraft dynamites (really Hershey’s Minis). Thanks Linh!
In other news… It’s ALIVE! See all of the creepy bubbles?
I attempted my first loaf of sourdough last night and wasn’t super happy with the results.
Lumpy unattractive crust, burnt bottom, and too-dense center. I will not give up. Sourdough… I’ll figure you out yet!
And then there’s this.
Blergh! This flower has been bothering me the whole time. It wasn’t laying flat (maybe because my stitches weren’t even?). Probably not noticeable to anyone but me, but you stitchers out there know how it is.
That’s my latest! Hope you are having a great week! (Another 10-12″ of snow predicted for tomorrow. Ugh. Kill me now.)
We are slowly digging ourselves out from the ice and getting back to normal life. The boys returned to school today for the first time in what seems like forever!
The weekend was super busy with a million things like re-stocking the fridge, cooking, cleaning, and transporting the boys to activities where they could burn up some of their pent-up energy. All of the parents that I ran into looked similarly exhausted from the week. What a Winter this has been. I am trying to remain positive by thinking that under the snow and ice, the buds are quietly unfurling and preparing themselves to come to life. Spring is right around the corner! (If I say it enough times, maybe I will believe it.)
My sourdough starter arrived and sat in my office mailbox a few days before I remembered to look for it. I spent the weekend feeding it and hoping that it could be saved. This morning, we finally got some bubbling and signs of life. Yippie! I can’t wait to start experimenting with it. Hooray for Sourdough Bread!
We decided this weekend that we would all pick a fear and face it. Littlest decided that he would try any vegetable that is put on his plate. Biggest agreed to talk to one new person a week. Tom is going to use a calendar and plan things out ahead of time. As for me… well, I am going to face my biggest fear, which is what we refer to in our house as “the W word”. I can’t even type it, but it is a creature that is long and slimy and comes out when it rains. Gah! I think I got the hardest one.