Around here

Hi Blog!

We currently have house guests. While it is always nice to see the people who come to visit, house guests make me so angsty and stressed. I am truly a creature of habit and solitude, best when surrounded with only my routines and people (and cat).

What has been going on around here? Let me tell you.

There was a big storm and our basement flooded. It sucked.

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My Littlest celebrated his 9th birthday. Guess he’s not so little anymore. I sure do love that chatty, funny, spirited, thoughtful kid.

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We have fully embraced the Zoodle. They are so good! From this…

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To this! Ta-daaa! You almost forget that you’re eating something healthy (ick!).

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Tom and I went to see Billy Joel in concert.

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We had terrible seats, but have fun no matter what.

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Charlie discovered OUTSIDE and he really likes it. I was surprised when I was going about my business and spotted this Peeping Tom (Charlie) in the window.

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Hope that you’re enjoying these last days of Summer!

Colonial Daze

Hi Friends! How are things?

We really enjoyed Williamsburg. I was pretty lazy about taking photos, so here is a random selection:

I think everyone who goes to Williamsburg has a picture like this. Littlest perfected his tortured look.

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Everything is so symmetrical! Squeeee!!! This house looks like it’s straight off of a cross stitch sampler.

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It is nearly impossible to get a photo of everyone smiling. When did these boys get so tall?!!!

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We all loved the ghost tour and I looooooved the house tours. It’s so interesting to hear how people lived back then.

Our tour guide was so cute. She was very enthusiastic!

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One house had cool needlework.

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And check it out! The chair! The wallpaper! And do you see the embroidery hoop?!!! I want to go back in time and be a colonial woman!

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Speaking of which, they had this event which I was BUMMED to miss.

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And, hellooooo…

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Aren’t these dresses great? I refrained from buying one though, as the boys would have been mortified for sure.

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The boys only had so much patience for Colonial Williamsburg, so we broke it up with visits to Busch Gardens…

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And Water Country USA. The waterpark was hands down their favorite part of the trip.

Of course it is always so great to get back home. We had a whole weekend to (slowly) catch up.

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I think that the animals missed us.

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Charlie hasn’t left my side (I’m OK with that).

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F is for Feather

Do you remember how upset I was last Friday? Things have resolved themselves and it is a big relief. Phew.

This will be a busy few days because we leave this weekend for Virginia! There is so much to wrap up at work as well as home, so of course it makes sense to ignore everything and write on my blog instead.

We are driving to Virginia. This will be a first for us to take such a long car ride with the boys. I checked out some books on CD from the library and am hoping that they will keep the gang entertained. I will pack snacks too, because what’s a road trip without snacks?

I have been enjoying my lunchtime walks lately. It has been very hot, but nice in the shade.

I have walked past this gate roughly 1,477,375 bajillion times and just yesterday noticed that it has an F on it!

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Lately I’ve started picking up feathers.

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I try to limit myself to one per day so if I pick up one and then see a better one, I have to swap it with the first and not take both. When I get back to my office, I put the feather in my drawer. I am building quite a collection. I bet that I’m the only person in the office with a feather collection in her desk.

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Last night was monumental…

I had to stop to let 3 fawns cross the road (one was too speedy for the pic)…

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These two (kinda) paid attention to each other…

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And Charlie and I took selfies.

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Oh happy day!

One day at a time

I feel like a straight up crazy lady this week. I am trying soooooo hard to stay positive and optimistic, but sometimes the bad feelings push through and then I spend a few hours swung in the opposite direction. It’s a constant battle. Thank goodness for the wonderful people in my life who help me find the way.

Tom and I have been having a lot of talks lately about our goals and dreams. Some of them are beginning to seem really achievable and that makes me feel hopeful and excited! Now to work on my patience.

Can you believe that we are in August already?

Today I am thankful for:

Flirting cardinals. Can you spot them?

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My secret beach.

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Boys who are too fast for cameras.

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This guy coming to live with us.

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Loom band bracelets made at camp (in my favorite colors, no less!).

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What’s going on in your beautiful world?

Deep Breath

Oh Goodness. Friday was a doozy. I had the most frustrating, blood boiling day at work. It was one of those days where you are just so upset that you can barely see straight. That was me.

Tom was working near my office so I drove to see him at lunch for a hug and a little pep talk. Then I talked on the phone to my A+++ boss  who also gave me a little pep talk. Then I passed a yard sale and stopped (because isn’t it always tempting to stop?) and bought this funny wooden goose “art(?)” and an old ladder.

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Then I went back to work. Then (thankfully) it was the weekend.

This weekend…

We had an Atari & pizza night with some friends. Who remembers Atari Pinball? Biggest was SOOOOO psyched that he broke 100,000.

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Littlest and I tried our hand at making homemade ice cream. Mint chocolate chip!

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It was gooooood!

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We discovered that Charlie has a thing for handbags.

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I stitched every chance I got.

Here’s where I was on Friday.

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And then by Sunday night.

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I am trying to start this week with a positive attitude. Wish me luck.

The Universe and Stuff

Blogs are a funny thing. I come here a few times a week and blabber on about my life. Usually it’s random stuff that I think no one would even be interested in and then… (YAY!)… there are actually people who come along and like the same random stuff as I do! It is so great!

I have been feeling bored and blah and out of sorts this week, then I found out (Thanks M!) that Venus is in retrograde and (Thanks S!) that we will have a second full moon this month! See! I am not just bored and blah and out of sorts for no reason. The whole Universe is working against us! We might as well just crawl right back into bed.

Littlest drew this. Isn’t it terrific?

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I have been experimenting in the kitchen this week and have had 2 successes so far (according to my menfolk). On Monday, I made meat sauce in the crockpot. Thanks Pinterest! The boys had it over pasta but Tom and I had it over spiral cut zucchini. It was SO GOOD! I have tried making zucchini “noodles” before, but sautéed and served with tomato sauce and they were always too mushy. The trick is RAW zucchini and meat sauce to give it some substance. Thumbs up!

Last night we had flank steak marinated in lemongrass and curry. It is my Mom’s recipe and it is delish. For any Vietnamese speakers, it is called bo xao xa cari. Yum.

I like this little verse..

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And this little cat…

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Happy Wednesday, Friends!

Le bored

Hello there. How are things in your world?

This weekend I felt bored… which doesn’t happen often. Not often at all. Clearly I have many, many hobbies and equally many chores to keep me busy, but this weekend I didn’t want to do any of them. It was a weird feeling indeed.

Of course, I did end up doing them because you know, being adult and all, so the house was cleaned and the laundry was washed and the groceries were bought. And well, I guess I also had to practice some piano, and watch Little House on the Prairie Season 1 DVDs, and eat Mexican food, but my heart really wasn’t in it. Le sigh. 

Of course, when all else fails, there’s always cross stitch!

Happiness is… a cat + cross stitch.

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I think we’ve solved the skin color dilemma. I tried DMC 948 which is what most of you suggested and, by George, you are the smartest readers on all the Internets!

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Thanks for the sage advice!

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Hi! Help!

So I went and bought a few more skin color options. What do you think? Any contenders? I know it’s stupid to fixate on this, but it’s what I do.

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It dawned on me that Christmas is only 5 short months away. I really want to make gifts this year, which means I should be starting… now? Do you all make gifts? Do you find that people like that?

My friends and family are used to receiving store bought gifts and my biggest fear is that they’ll open handmade gifts that I slaved over and be like “Oh… neat…” I personally LOVE handmade gifts, but maybe not everyone feels the same way? Thoughts?

On that note, Happy Friday!

See the cloud shaped like an exclamation point?

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Yay weekend!

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The post in which I actually discuss cross stitching (and a bunch of other things too)

So I need your advice. I know my photos suck and the colors aren’t accurate at all… but what should I do with her skin?

To start, I like how ghostly pale she is supposed to look.

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I don’t know. It appeals to my love of the macabre.

But my fabric choice is too light, and the color doesn’t show up, so I used something a little more creamy. Eh.

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I don’t know how I feel about it. These are other colors I have laying around. Peachy? Darker? Sigh… none of them look right! Should I try straight up white? HELP!

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It is so hot here this week. So hot. My goal is to stay inside the air conditioning as much as possible. It’s good to have realistic goals.

We had a very lazy weekend. Littlest and I dropped Biggest off at a birthday party and then walked around the mall while we were waiting.

Littlest fell in love with this chair which is just about the ugliest thing ever.

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He swore that he would come back one day and buy it for his first apartment. I’m apologizing now to his future wife who will be stuck with it some day.

That night, we all went to an antique car show. Biggest, our resident car guy, loved seeing all of them, especially the DeLorean. I have to admit that it was pretty cool as far as cars go… shiny and silvery like a refrigerator!

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Sunday we spent home because… ugh… heat.

There was Lego playing…

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and snoozing…

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and science experimenting…

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and a little pickle making thrown in for good measure.

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And lots of reading!

I finished Gone Girl. It was so disturbing! And she was so insane! And no one was likable! It was a page turner for sure, but too psychologically upsetting for me. I’ll stick to my Little House on the Prairie books from now on, thank you very much.

In the Colonies

Hi Blog! TGIF! Are you all as happy as I am that it’s Friday?

This has been a busy but unproductive week. Here are some tidbits.

I started reading “Quiet” on the train to NYC. It’s a good read so far. Totally relatable.

Yesterday was a glorious day outside, so I walked to the library at lunchtime. This town has the most beautiful library perched right on the river with a little park outside.

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I am probably the only person on Earth who has not read or seen Gone Girl, so I checked out the book. Let’s see what all the fuss was about.

We have been enjoying all sorts of summer activities around here…

Nerf gun battling…

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And scootering.

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We went to a concert in the park. The boys ate all of the snacks before the concert even got started and then got bored and made up games with tin foil balls.

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We also went to our neighborhood ice cream social. The boys loved eating ice cream (maybe I did too) and running around with their little friends and digging in the creek. Ahhhh summertime.

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We finally decided on our vacation which will be to…

Williamsburg, Virginia!

The boys are excited about Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Tom and I are excited about Colonial Williamsburg. This is right up our nerdy history-loving alley!

As we were talking about the trip, I realized that I have a Williamsburg pattern in my stash! I don’t even remember where or when I got it, but sure enough it was there!

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Maybe I should stitch Williamsburg while IN Williamsburg! Am I crazy fun, or what?!!