Here we go again.

Hi Blog!

It is Monday and the sun is shining. I had a lovely birthday weekend. 43 isn’t too bad so far. There were so many flowers! Inside and outside. It was like a funeral, but way more cheerful!

Tom and his brothers did their annual 10 mile run on Sunday. Of course the boys and I came out to cheer. We almost couldn’t get past security because I had a backpack and only made it just in time for the finish. Phew.

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The best part of the weekend was having our first al fresco meal of the season! Dinner always tastes better when you eat it outside! The boys and I are total mosquito magnets, so I plopped a citronella plant on the table. Let’s see if it works. It did last night!

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In case you thought this would be a post without a picture of Charlie, you were mistaken! :)

This is how I found him sleeping. Seriously, could he be any cuter?

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Enjoy your Monday!

Hello!

Today is my birthday! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been writing on this blog for almost 3 1/2 years now. How time flies!

I was in North Carolina the past few days for work. When I lived in North Carolina many years ago, I wasn’t so wild about it, but can see the appeal now that I am older and yearning for a slow paced life. There was so much green space compared to Philadelphia. Maybe someday when the kids are all grown, we can move. Wonder if I’ll still be writing on this blog!

It was a busy trip, but there was time to stitch in the hotel and on the plane. I didn’t feel like packing a big project so I brought Modern Folk’s pretty little pattern “Let’s Be Kind.” It was the perfect size for a cramped plane ride and a perfect sentiment to remember when traveling and everyone in the airport is in a rush and cranky.

Hotel stitching (Note remote control that I didn’t have to share with anyone.)

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My favorite part of traveling is always coming home. It is the nicest feeling to walk through the door and be greeted with big smiles and hugs. I wouldn’t trade that for anything!

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This Week

I logged on today determined to write something positive instead of grumbling about stress and sick kids and work trips. This is a challenge since those things have been consuming my life lately.

The good things are…

decent hair days

finally playing Ode to Joy perfectly on the piano

roasted beet salad

a little boy’s fever going down

photographic evidence of Charlie face planting in a chair (sometimes I feel that sleepy in meetings).

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Airplane ride this week = stitch time! Stay tuned for updates.

Love Never Fails

Yippee! Weekend! Am I the only one who feels like they are living from weekend to weekend? It seems like I am always thinking “if I can just make it to Friday…”

One more week of craziness, then hopefully things will calm down a bit. Fingers crossed anyway.

Yesterday was Take Your Child to Work Day and I had one little buddy with me. He was very well behaved and enjoyed all of the activities. I could use a new junior assistant every day if it wasn’t for those silly child labor laws.

In stitching news, I picked out a new pattern!

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It is called Love Never Fails by Barbara Ana Designs. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I am a sucker for samplers! This one speaks to me. I love the updated colors and the quirky looking people. They are so strange and pale!  And the polka dot birds! And the cats! Squeeee! I can’t wait to get started! If the Universe cooperates, it may be this weekend.

Have you been missing dear sweet Charlie?

Here he is doing some of his favorite things.

Cuddling

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Hiding in hampers

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And rolling his eyes at our antics.

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Enjoy your weekend, friends!

<3

We had a lovely low key weekend. I spent time clothes shopping and leisurely house-keeping and even had a date night with Tom (Mexican food and tarot card readings!). It was just what the doctor ordered.

I realized recently that I have finishes that have never been photographed. Add it to the to-do list. The problem is my love-hate relationship with photography. I love good photos, but lack the knowledge, patience, and skills to consistently take them. Oh well, another thing for the to-do list; learn photography.

That being said, here is the latest big finish.

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This was stitched on 32 count linen in The Gentle Arts “Cranberry” floss (the perfect red, in my opinion).

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I am such a big fan of Modern Folk and love the way this turned out. Now I just have to work up the courage to actually sew a pillow cover with it. Zippers are so scary.

Any finishing tips, fellow stitchers? Do you do it yourself? Do you hire someone? Are zippers really as difficult as they seem? Help!

TGIF!

I made it through a big work event this week so now it feels like the load is a bit lifted for the next few days.

Things to look forward to:
a few days with no traveling
taking a walk
eating dinner with my family
finally having time to pick out a new cross stitch pattern (I have my eyeballs on a few!)
the weekend!

In other news:
Yesterday I saw the most gigantic male and female cardinals outside. I thought they were freaks of nature, but then I told my boss about it and he said that they were just puffed up because it’s mating season.

I read an article about how sneakers are back in style and all the Brooklyn hipsters are running around in jeans and sneaks. How great is that?! Comfortable shoes! In style! Guess what I’m going to wear all weekend? SNEAKERS!

I took some pics around the house. I’ve decided that photography requires way too much patience.

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Have a great weekend!

Drowning

Hi Blog!

Long time no see. I have been drowning a bit around here lately. There is too much to do and too little time. You all know that feeling, right? Some days I feel so overwhelmed that it seems I can hardly manage. I realize the weeks will pass, and everything that really needs to be done will get done, but BOY is it ever exhausting and terrifying and anxiety ridden and lonely feeling when it is looming right in front of you.

Today I am thankful for:

A very loving, supportive, & patient partner.

This little blog which has turned into a amazing place to let off some steam.

Finally getting my printer to work.

The smell of lemongrass oil.

The azaleas that are just starting to bloom outside our front window.

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Happy Tuesday, Friends!

Home!

Did you miss me?! That was a really long break.

Our trip was fun, but action-packed. After 9 days away, it feels great to be back in our cozy house. Sign me up for Homebodies Anonymous.

Luckily we had the weekend to decompress before going back to work and school. We ate SO MUCH delicious food while away, that Tom and I agreed to do a bit of a cleanse when we returned. I spent the weekend making bone broth and prepping fruits and veggies for juicing this week.

After reading some horrific articles about the gross stuff on produce, I decided that we need to be more thorough about cleaning ours. Ick. It was weirdly satisfying to give our groceries a scrub down. I spent a few hours (seriously) on Saturday doing this. Clearly I have issues.

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I know that I should probably post vacation pics after a trip instead of vegetable washing pics, but I am preoccupied that way today.

Look at this mess! Embarrassing, but I’m showing it like it is. You can see my secret shame (Chik-fil-A iced tea) and my obsession with wooden spoons.

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A pot of bone broth getting started on the stove. Do you love simmering stuff? Giving it a stir every so often makes me feel so productive!

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I had a bit of a melt down the evening before we left for Florida. It had been a very busy week at work and home so everything was feeling very last minute. I had really wanted to pick out a new cross stitch project for the trip, something gorgeous and monumental for a next project, but alas, it never happened.

So there I was scrambling and fretting about what to bring, because, can you EVEN IMAGINE going on a trip without a cross stitch project?! No! I can’t either!

I finally decided on 2 little patterns from the Internet and packed them along with fabric scraps and floss from my collection. It wasn’t exactly the monumental next project I wanted.

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On the left is a Minecraft Creeper bookmark for Biggest. I don’t like it because the greens are too dark, so you can’t really make out his black features. Yes, I am being picky about a silly Minecraft bookmark. Must. Do. Over.

On the right is a little freebie I downloaded from Craftsy. It will eventually have bees on it and a cute little saying. I don’t love the colors or fabric, but that’s what you get for 9pm on a Wednesday. Sigh.

Lesson learned : Pack cross stitch projects before anything else!

Hope you all had a great week! {Vacation photos tomorrow… maybe…}

This and That

It snowed some more on Friday. Can you even believe it?

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This Monday I am dragging my feet. We leave in 2 days and I still have so much to do, which means that I will do NOTHING! Funny how that works.

This weekend, I personalized Pikachu for Littlest.

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It is hard to work when you have a fat cat who wants attention all the time.

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I’m so adorable… Pet me…

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I was originally going to sew a cover for Littlest’s Pokemon collection, but got lazy and just stuck it in a binder.

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You’re taking a photo? Should I get into it? 

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The rest of the weekend was spent cleaning and tidying because due to some kind of weird vacation psychology, the house needs to be in tip top shape before we can go anywhere. This meant that I didn’t even begin packing until Sunday afternoon, which meant that I didn’t discover that NONE of my shorts and swimsuits fit until 4PM. (Btw, Tom’s shorts TOTALLY fit, which is TOTALLY not fair.) So what do you do on Sunday at 4PM when you’ve gotten too fat for all of your shorts and swimsuits? You race to the mall in a desperate attempt to find some clothes before closing time. Not fun.

But let me tell you what IS fun!

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My Laura Ingalls Wilder biography arrived!!! Wheeeeeee! It’s taking all my willpower to save it for beach reading! Man! I know how to have a good time!

Thursday Thoughts

Hi Blog!

On Monday night I had piano class. It was so fun! I am actually kinda reading music! It is so neat to look at something that seemed like a jumbled mess just a few weeks ago and now (sorta) understand what it means! It really is like learning a different language.

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It’s funny that just a few years ago, I would’ve been hard pressed to list my “hobbies.” If someone asked me, I would mumble something like, “uh… I guess I like to cook and read” but they weren’t really hobbies. Now I have SO MANY hobbies! Cooking and reading are still in there, but also cross stitch, piano, herbs, baking, fermenting, blogging etc. etc. etc. I love learning new things!

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This has been a really busy week so far. On Tuesday night, we went to a potluck dinner at the boys’ school. Growing up, my parents were busy & poor immigrants who didn’t have the time or interest in these types of activities. I always felt so left out. Now to overcompensate for the boys, I ALWAYS participate in these events even though I pretty much hate them. The things you do when you become a parent!

Speaking of parents, my Dad was emailing me about the weather in Florida yesterday. This is a man who is OBSESSED with weather and watches the Weather Channel for enjoyment, so I didn’t think much of it. It didn’t dawn on me until later that he was sending me the Florida forecast because we are going to Florida in less than a WEEK! What?!!! How did I lose an entire month? This was supposed to be the month where I lose weight! And shop for a new bathing suit! And buy weather appropriate clothes for the boys! And look up kids activities and buy discount tickets and plan ahead! Oops. Guess we will fall to Plan B, which is “be spontaneous and squeeze into last year’s shorts.”

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Happy Thursday!