Why hello there.

Monday. Blergh.

Why do weekends have to be so fun? That makes Mondays even worse!

On Friday, Littlest had his Taekwondo belt test. He did great! I’m so proud of him for sticking with it.

Afterwards, my friend and I went out to a new French restaurant. It was tasty. We had oysters and cheese and wine. How predictable. A young drunk landscaper guy tried to chat us up. We were like “Zing! We still got it for a couple of middle aged suburban Moms! Never mind that he was drunk!”

Saturday morning = soccer. The boys have not won a single game this season and are losing their motivation. I feel bad for them, but am secretly glad that we won’t have to sit through tournaments if they keep up this streak.

Tom and I went out on Saturday night. I know! 2 nights out in 1 weekend?! Who am I? We had drinks and dinner and it was fun. No drunk landscapers hit on me, but TOM DID which is even better.

I was laaaazy on Sunday. After a good bit of procrastination, I finally went grocery shopping. It was definitely a low energy cooking day. Accomplished: jambalaya, spaghetti sauce, banana pudding (Vietnamese style mmm!).

In other news:
Littlest modeled his Halloween costume. He says that he needs a new sword to go with it, because last year’s and the previous year’s ninja swords do not work with this particular ninja costume.

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Sammy discovered a box.

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I am re-reading the Little House books and can’t put them down. My favorite part is when Mary’s all like “My blonde hair is prettier than your brown hair” to Laura and Laura SOCKS HER! Mary totally deserved it.

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I walked around the woody area in the back of our yard looking for some kind of berry bush that my friend Sharon wanted. I couldn’t find the bush, but did find this SPECTACULAR HOLLOW TREE! It was COMPLETELY HOLLOW!

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How was your weekend?

Around here.

I don’t really have anything to write about today, least of all cross stitching. There’s not been much of that going on.

Things have been pretty uneventful around here. Poor Tom caught the bug. He is such a trooper and doesn’t milk it nearly as much as I do when I’m sick.

There is a big work industry event next week. That means a lot of long days in NYC. I think I got out of the evening events except for 1 night. Phew.

Let’s see. The happy little things lately…

Cleaning out my desk drawers (They needed it! How do I end up with so many random pens and plastic forks from the cafeteria?)

Burning candles and puttering around the house (Current fave – “Sugar Cookie” by Yankee Candle. It tricks people into thinking that I’ve been baking.)

Listening to Biggest practice Mississippi Hotdog on his violin (This will probably get old at some point, but right now I love it!)

A steamy hot bath (Bonus points when it’s chilly out)

Fried Dumplings from the Korean food court (Way better than steamed)

Ron Swanson jokes (No explanation needed)

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Pumpkin Weekend.

I got sucked into the pumpkin madness this weekend.

It all started on Friday with pumpkin pie. Then I baked pumpkin muffins. There was leftover pumpkin from the muffins, so I decided to make pumpkin lattes (so good… recipe from here). Then Tom had pumpkin beer. By Sunday, I just wanted the pumpkin smell to be gone from our house.

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We had a nice weekend. We introduced the boys to MadLibs. They thought it was the funniest thing ever. No Mad Lib is complete until you use “boogies” as a noun.

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Tom and Biggest went out to breakfast together. It’s kinda their tradition, so Littlest and I went to Taekwondo and stopped at the library. He was excited to check out 2 video games. I was excited because I found a cookbook that combines 2 of my favorite things, Asian food + Pickles!

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The boys invited friends over and had a massive nerf gun war. I hid out upstairs and cleaned out closets while they tore up the downstairs. Didn’t I tell you that my life is full of exciting stuff?

On Sunday, we went on our annual costume finding mission. Biggest already has his costume (thankfully!) but Littlest still needed one. We went to THREE places and he could not find anything that he liked. Finally, we went home and looked online and he found something that he liked right away. Annoyingly, it was sold at the first store we went to!!! I had to drive back to get it because I am too cheap to pay shipping for something located 3 miles away!!! Blergh!!! And can I just say that I am so sick of slutty Halloween costumes? I saw slutty Harry Potter AND slutty Thing 1 and Thing 2 in the store! Whatever happened to those clever and funny homemade costumes people used to wear, like Cereal Killer and Dirty Laundry?! Someone will probably make a slutty Cereal Killer costume now. Ugh. So annoyed.

But on a happier note, there’s this! It is quite certainly NOT slutty cross stitch!

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Happy Monday!

Hi.

This has been a non-stop rough week so far. I feel like all the activities started on Monday morning, and haven’t stopped since. Work, karate, scouts, book reports, violin practice, dentist, travel, cooking… BLERGH! But now it’s Friday, so YAY!

I can’t believe it’s already Friday and I haven’t even told you about last weekend yet!

We went on a double date to see A Trip to Italy. Eh.
My sis came to visit!
I cross stitched A TON!
I cooked A TON! I made elderberry syrup! And green tomato pickles! And bacon potato leek chowder! And Chicken Tikka Masala! Mmmm…

In retrospect, that summary was not worth a week’s wait.

Last night, our town had a little street food festival. It was PACKED. There were yummy food trucks (aren’t food trucks such a thing now?), but the lines were so long that we made our decisions based soley on which stands had the shortest lines. I pigged out, which is what you’re supposed to do at a food festival, right? The best part was this waffle with pumpkin ice cream and chocolate drizzle on the top. I was supposed to share it with Tom, but he went to buy regular cones for the boys and when he returned I had “accidentally” eaten the whole thing. Oops. I didn’t want it to melt.

The other best part was that we saw a man walking his PET CHICKENS! I guess he wasn’t technically walking them but he was pushing them around in this specially made cart, as if they were out for a joy ride. I tried to take a picture, but it was too dark and crowded and the Chicken Man was very fast. I hope that he didn’t walk by the fried chicken truck because that would have been very insensitive!

Today I woke up at 1 AM and went downstairs to cook a dish for a potluck dinner tonight at the boys’ school. Going to a potluck dinner at school is the last thing I want to do on a Friday night, but the boys are dying to go, so I will take one for the team. By the way, aren’t you secretly relieved when your dish goes quickly at a potluck? No one wants to be the person with the untouched store bought pie.

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Have a great weekend!

Reflections.

Hello Stitchy Friends.

I just found out that there is going to be an 18th and 19th Century Needlework exhibit close by and I am beyond excited. Can you say “Needlework Nerd”? I’m scheming now about who I can talk into going with me.

Tom and I have not been sleeping well this week. Me- because of sniffling and coughing. Him- because of my sniffling and coughing. Not sleeping well SUCKS! It makes me cranky all day long. You can ask anyone at my office because it’s true.

I have been getting a lot done on my Modern Folk heart pillow though. I’m being slow and methodical and trying not to feel like I have to rush through it. That’s hard for me because I can be very results oriented. I have to constantly remind myself that cross stitching is as much about the process as it is about the result.

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Yesterday I stopped at the library during lunch and picked up a book on the zen of everyday things. The author talks a lot about doing laundry which is probably one of my least zen activities, but I totally get what she means. I feel that way when I wash dishes by hand, or chop veggies, or bake bread, or stir broth, or cross stitch. I suppose you’ve got to find it wherever you can.

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Excuse me while I blow my nose.

Ahhh- CHOO! I officially have my first cold of the season, so my 4 day weekend was full of soggy tissues and NyQuil. Ick.

On Thursday, I dragged the boys around on errands. We went looking for new dog beds and ended up with a beta fish. His name is Finn and he’s blue.

We did get dog beds too.

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Everyone had to try them out.

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Success!

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On Friday, the boys were otherwise occupied so I could be a complete slug, except that I wasn’t. In my delirious state, I tried to finish my quilt and it REALLY SUCKED. So I just cut up the stupid thing and made pillows instead.

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They don’t match anything else in our house, but I don’t care. After all of the time and effort and money that went into them, we WILL use them!

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Anyhoo… on Saturday, we had soccer and it was hot. The boys were sweaty and frustrated and I was trying to be peppy and supportive (“Good play! Wow! Great save! Go team!) but I was really pretty feverish and tired. Luckily we made it through the game (6-0, we lost), afternoon playdates, and went out to dinner. The boys thought that it was super fancy to sit on a couch at a restaurant. Yay for easy dinners.

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I perked up a little on Sunday so we went apple picking. We got a lot of apples.

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So we made applesauce and ate it with whipped cream, which was good. We still have a lot of apples though.

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Then the best part of the weekend happened. You know, the part in which Tom hung up my cross stitch projects!!! Wheeee!

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This really deserves some break-out-the-good-camera action, but have I mentioned that I’m feverish, so phone pics will have to do for now.

Behold!

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It’s like a museum of cross stitch! Dedicated to ME! I’m not an egomaniac, I swear. Or am I? How embarrassing. >gulp<

An apple a day.

Look at me on a blog posting roll!

Happy Wednesday! Last night we ate grilled salmon, rice, and sautéed “power greens”. That’s really what they were called. I feel full of power today (not). In fact, it was extra hard to crawl out of bed because bed was extra cozy and warm.

I am still trying hard to appreciate the little things like:
a nice boss,
when you’re driving and a really great song comes on the radio,
sitting on your honey’s lap and having the kids say “Look at that happy couple!”,
some alone time with your oldest son while everyone else is at taekwondo,
going through that same son’s baby albums to help him pick out photos for his timeline project,
a secret space heater under my desk at work.

Tonight we have leftovers and Scouts, then tomorrow we have OFF! Hip Hip Hooray!

This weekend, I vow to hang all of my cross stitched projects that came back from the framers, put out some Fall decorations (the only time no one questions witchy decor), and maybe go apple picking. Is it too early for apple picking? Is it ever too early for apple picking?

Here’s a photo from the last time we went apple picking. Holy heck… my hair was long!

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Hello.

It was a nice weekend around here.

There was the usual stuff like…

Wrestling…

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Drawing…

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Stitching… Remind me to tell you about how when I took this picture, I was stitching in the car (because it was too windy outside) and how I forgot to turn off my car lights and how my battery died and how a lady tried to help me but it didn’t work and how my phone battery died then too and how Tom had to drive back from New Jersey to get me. Oops! (I guess you don’t have to remind me now because I just told you.)

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I cooked a lot and tried (again) to crochet.

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My fingers just don’t get it! I ended up sweaty and nauseous and frustrated. I really hate crochet!

We watched Tom and his brothers run a half marathon. It is always fun to see the guys run through the finish line, but the highlight for the boys was taking the train into the city and having a picnic lunch afterwards. That was pretty exciting.

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This week is Rosh Hashanah which = short school week, which = short work week for me! YAY!

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Happy Rosh Hashanah! Happy Fall Equinox!

Did you know?

The other night, Tom asked me to write down a list of things I want to do in my life (kinda like a Bucket List, but I hate that phrase). It occurred to me that almost everything I wrote had to do with “be at home, make stuff for my family, find inner peace, slow down” and my current life is mostly “work, run to a million activities, juggle and do.”

Something’s not quite right about that. I guess it has to do with my season in life; busy career, active school-aged children, blah blah blah… but it’s got me thinking about things and wondering how I can go about slowing down.

Remember that herbal studies program that I’ve been doing (halfheartedly, as of late)? Our reading last week was about finding and recognizing the simple moments of joy during the day. Timely, right? Someone must be trying to tell me something.

So on that note, I am going to try to be more present and notice those moments. Anyone want to try it with me?

A few simple joys from the past few days include:

  • Listening to that sound that the waves make when they lap up against the shore.
  • Washing the dishes (Am I the only one who LOVES washing the dishes and having a clean kitchen as a result?).
  • Enjoying a GIANT latte every morning. Such an indulgence but sooooo worth it.
  • Running into many familiar faces at Back-to-School night. I love that the boys are growing up in a close-knit community.
  • The cooler weather. Fall is coming!
  • Chatting with my funny guys at dinner.
  • New pants that fit just right!

That wasn’t so hard!

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Home Sweet Home.

Hi! Remember me? It has been so long. I feel like I have a ton to write about, but at the same time, really nothing at all.

Paris was great, work wise. I got tons of inspiration for new projects. As usual, I was jet lagged and homesick. Clearly I was not made for the jet setting lifestyle.

I had fun buying little goodies for my gang; French comic books and cars for the boys, these cool stress reducing coloring books for me and Tom,

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and well.. I might have gotten myself a goodie too… (Seriously, how could I resist?!) you know, to help combat my home sickness.

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It was sooooo good to come home though and see my bunch of sillies. I guess I’m just a homebody because I would trade Paris any day for…

Trips to the diner…

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Watching little boys, who suddenly look so grown up, walking to the bus stop…

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But being glad that they’re still little enough to squeeze into their toddler sized rocking chair…

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Or steal a spot on the dog bed…

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Finding the best kind of secret notes…

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Catching face making contests…

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Watching the first soccer game of the season…

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Introducing the boys to my secret beach…

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And getting reacquainted with my lovely lady…

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It’s sure good to be home.