A little update (sorry no pics)

I’m back on the Body for Life Bandwagon. Started last Monday. I’ve gained a bit of the weight I lost before, back. That’s sad. So, back on the bandwagon. I felt great when we went to the Philippines and I got down to 190. I hadn’t weighed that for years. I know it will feel that much more amazing when I reach 170. Heck, I know it will feel amazing to cross 190. And see that little 8 squished between the other two numbers. So, since last Monday, I’ve lost 5.2 pounds. Woot me!

 

I’ve been trying to do some soul searching about what I want out of life. What kind of job, what kind of life, what kind of family. Since I went back to school over summer (and still am in it). I’ve been thinking about the possible benefits of finishing it. What do I get? I get a degree that opens the doors for all my hopes and dreams. Ideally, my dream job would be running a craft store of some sort. Could be scrapbooking, could be fabric, nothing like Michael’s though. Heck, I’d like to even run a boutique that stocks the cutest little shit, that other people (myself included) would want to buy. I feel like crafting, creating in general, is what inspires me. I like pretty food, gorgeous hand-made cards and the feel of snuggling up with a quilt. I like things that are domestic, and I would love to be surrounded by such things on a daily basis. I would make a great executive, do you think that transfers over into one of the afore mentions fields? I would think so. I’m a go-getter, who tries new things, pushes the envelope and doesn’t like to be bored. Isn’t the exact formula at being a successful entrepreneur?

 

So, as you can see from my last post. I worked on the Manger Scene. I’m very happy with it so far. I’m having a heck of a time finding fusible bias. I was thinking, heck, I’ll just use normal non fusible and sew the stuff on. Well, fabric store didn’t have as many packs as I needed in white, and they only had double bias, so there goes that idea. Hopefully, I’ll come up with a solution soon, cause that’s the next step since I’ve finished the piecing. Who would have thought fusible bias would be so hard to find. It’s quite ridiculous. It’s about $16 for an 11 yard roll of fusible bias, and I’ll need 39 yards! Spendy spendy! Can I just say, that it makes me really happy to think about this project? I think it’s turning out phenomenally. (I’m trying to really access how much this thing cost me to put together)

 

I found a magical place a week or so ago. It’s called Lush, this one is at Bellevue Square. I’ve seen the store a million times, and never bothered to enter. I feared the overwhelming smell of bath products. Why did I finally decide to enter? I was in search of a birthday gift for MRFA5, and thought I might get lucky. Boy did I! I found a Godiva Shampoo Bar, that reminds me of Sampagita (the National Flower of the Philippines). I love that smell. Hawaiians call is Pikake. I found a salt scrub, Ocean Salt, which I’ve been searching for a good one for awhile. I also got a free sample of Dream Cream, an amazing hand and body lotion. My hands still feel soft after I wash them, that’s great.

 

Sunday, Adam and I hit up a Laundromat. That’s right, a Laundromat. We have a washer and dryer in unit. We just let a lot of things pile up, and when you have, what would be 9 loads in my stackable washer dryer, it goes a lot fast in multiple industrial size washer/dryers. So, we forgot one of our loads. How dumb, but funny. While at the Laundromat, I started a pot holder. I’m in love with it. It’s very tightly crocheted, and my thumb is a little sore. It’s totally worth it though, cause it’s going to be awesome.  I just have to do the edging, then make another one to match, cause you can’t have just one random pot holder right? I bought another skein of yarn and a couple bigger hooks today to get a handle on this. My thumb should not hurt.

 

During my skein buying madness, I also snapped up a flyer at Pacific Fabrics. They are having an Apron contest!! You know I love Aprons! The only catch is that you have to sew it with fabric you bought there. BORING! But maybe. I do have to sew an apron for a dear and special friend anyway. I’ll have it back by the 21st of December to gift it to her. So, maybe.

 

Adam’s birthday is on Saturday, the big 26. My gift was tickets to the Notre Dame/Husky game. However, I would like to get him a little something, since he’s already aware of that gift. I have zilcho ideas though. It’s very infuriating. I usually ALWAYS know the perfect gift. Not this time. Maybe it’s because I have a budget in mind, and would like to stay within it.

 

I’ve got to get going on some Christmas Cards for my Grandma’s craft bazarr. I told her I would make some, and I found an exorbitant amount of cardstock, I should do something with it. I’m in a mental road block though. It’s tough being creative. Maybe I’ll have something more to show you later in the week. (Maybe not though, I always tell Adam to not make commitments he can’t keep). We will see though.

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Manger Scene Begins NOW

Manger Scene

Manger Scene

Behold my awesome manger scene that’s unfolding. I did this last night. I love that Mary is pink and Joseph is red. Baby Jesus’ halo is gold silk. I think it added a little snazzy-ness. His swaddling is this amazing fabric I bought 3 years ago at a place in Long Beach, that is now closing down :(. I have hung on to this fabric and only used it on one thing. I love it so much that I just can’t bear to part with it. It thought that baby Jesus was a fitting person to get to use such a fabric though. More to come when this comes closer to complete.

Productivity

Recently, I’ve been mulling over my efficiency. For some reason, a 7.5 hour day of work, seems to drag by. I usually get everything I need to do for the day done in a couple hours, and spend the other 4.5 hours of work time waiting for an email to pop in, so that I have something to do. The rest of time I search the internet for things that entertain, or interest me.

At home, I can spend an entire evening, dragging around the house. Not doing dishes, not touching my computer, not doing anything in particular, except eating dinner. However, that does not mean that I do not have an over ambitious list of things I would like to accomplish outside of work. On that list you might find things like do your homework, clean the house, make baby gifts, process wedding photos (from April 2007), make your bed. Or, you could find a brazilion craft projects all in th thought process, but yet to be put into fruition. Pin cushions, manger scene, pantry door, magnets, tissue cozies, a bag, and tons of other great ideas. None of these things happen. I buy supplies, supplies pile up, and there I am. In a world of glorious craft supplies, and nothing accomplished.

I’ve come to one conclusion: I am entirely too efficient at work, and not effecient enough in my personal life.

This is definitely something that needs to change. When I wake up in the morning, and on my way to work, i think about all the glorious things I’m going to accomplish in the 4 hours before bed that evening. Then, after eating dinner, i suddenly find myself tired, and engrossed in TV. If there were ever an invention intended to make you fat, it was the television. Why did I buy one and put it in my bedroom?

One other confession: I buy entirely too many stationary or office supply related items. I’m a huge fan of Post-it Notes, I can never have enough notebooks, and show me anything with either an A or K monogram, and you have me sold. Bonus points if they are purple or teal. I am also a list fanatic. I make lists for everything, and I get my jollies off of putting little check marks next to things I’ve accomplished. I get so jolly off of it, that I am known to break a chore into several small part, thereby, leading to more checking off.

So kids, I need help. I need to spend less money, and accomplish more. However, i have figured out how to displace my blame. This is all DH’s fault. If he were not around, I would be WAY more productive. When he works on Saturday, and I’m alone, I get a ton done. (If the answer to my problem is become a single spinster then I’ll pass thank you.)

In other news: i can bake, and I can cook. I recently became very sick of Salmon. Not salmon in general, but any Salmon cooked by DH (which means baked). I love blackened Salmon. but other than that, I don’t have a whole lot of ideas for it. DH loves Salmon, blahhhh. I believe, that eating healthier makes us eat the same things over and over again. We have less easy options for food on a healthy diet. I/We need to learn to cook healthy. I can’t cook healthy, i cook food that I like to eat, plain and simple, and that does not include anything that fits into the healthy category.

So, just say a little prayer that I get something done this evening. I could really use the boost in my confidence.