Monthly Archives: October 2010

>Almost Done!


I’m obsessed with RetroCam on my new phone.

I spent many hours today sewing. Sewing is a good, relaxing thing for me. I put the radio on and zone out to the hum of the machine.

I’m extremely close to being finished with my Halloween costume. The Prairie Girl dress is done, with the exception of the hem. The apron is finished but I want to add some buttons to the back. They won’t be functional, just decorative. I just need to do the bonnet. That should be simple though. Today I looked for an old bonnet I sewed several years ago, but no such luck.

The shadow makes it look like I have a black eye. Yikes!

I’m incredibly excited for Halloween now. I was a little nervous because I had so much left to do on my costume, but now that I can see the end is almost here I’m excited to get to wear it. It’s going to be super cold that night though. I wish I had time to knit or crochet a shawl. Oh well, at least I got this far!

Next year I’m making Jack’s costume though. The one I got him this year is a piece of garbage. I had to fix it today just so he could wear it in his Halloween parade at school tomorrow.


>The Art of Doing Nothing


This looks amazing. I could honestly fall asleep in a box.
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Today was a little off kilter for me. I had to run out early for my Duchess weight in and to grab the free invites at the bowling alley for Jack’s bday.

Then I came home, had lunch, and slept on the couch for 3 hours. I have a cold right now so it was easy to just pass out and not feel guilty.

I didn’t go to practice tonight, Chris made dinner while I did a quick pick-up around the house, and then I kept on crocheting my brother’s hat. I felt really lazy but in a good way. It was a lazy that I haven’t experienced in a long time.

I plan to keep up this lazy momentum. I will still be doing the basics but instead of saying “yes” to everything, I’m just going to keep my mouth shut. Instead of feeling obligated I’m just going to assist with things that really matter and not sweat the rest. Basically my family, making stuff, derby, and the market (and the various offshoots of those).

Besides summer is over, winter is almost here. You are supposed to hunker down in the winter. I’m going to take advantage of it because come spring I’ve got a much larger garden to tend to!

>Sometimes All It Takes Is A Good Nap


Yesterday I was done. That kind of tired where you could break into tears at any moment. So when I got home from the market I took a couch nap for a few hours.

When I woke up I felt so much better. I actually ended up finishing a lot of things around the house I’d been putting off. Plus I redyed my hair, which was crucial and way overdue.

Today was great too. Went to church, took Jack out for frozen yogurt, carved his pumpkin, made dinner, did dishes and went to practice.

Tomorrow I get to have coffee with a friend and run a few local errands plus more practice! I’m actually looking forward to all of it because of the momentum from my super nap.

Man, I just wish we really had a culture that could embrace the nap when it comes to adulthood. They should be mandatory.

>Finding the Balance


I haven’t been posting as often as I’d like because truthfully, I’m just so tired at night I can’t muster the energy.

I did want to post this because I think it’s something important, at least to me. Sometimes I have difficulty knowing my limits. I love life and experiences so much I try to do every little thing I can and then I get too stressed to enjoy all of it.

I’ve made a specific effort to slow down and control this recently.

Tomorrow and Friday I’m helping with PTA events (hosting one Friday actually) and I think I’m pretty much done for the year after that. I was going to do Super Science Saturday this year (I did it last year) but instead of hosting/planning it, I think I’ll just volunteer to help out that day instead. I’m not going to feel guilty either. Excuse my language but there are a fuck ton of parents who don’t do anything at the school, and it’s not my job to pick up the slack.

Also, I’m not stressing myself about DIY projects not started or incomplete. My costume will be made by Halloween (even if I’m finishing it that morning), I will make my brother’s bday hat (even if he gets it almost 2 months late, he won’t care), and in the dead of winter I can keep knitting when it’s too cold to do anything outside.

Also, I’m still making bread, deodorant, and a few other things, but beyond that I’m taking advantage of the store and the fact that there are good quality items available to me. For instance, today I bought organic whole grain frozen waffles at the Commissary. I haven’t done that in ages, but if it means I can eek in some extra sleep in the morning, I’ll be the better for it. I refuse to let Jack leave the house without breakfast and I don’t want him to keep eating cereal or toast with PB every day either.

Right now I’d rather spend quality time with my family, practice for derby, and get in some good exercise to heal my knee. Those are more important than any DIY project.

I would like to stress that for me DIY isn’t just about always doing it myself, but about knowing I CAN do a lot of things for myself. It’s not feeling ashamed when I buy good granola bars, but rather knowing that if we didn’t have the money for those, I could make them just as good at home.

Growing your level of skill and knowledge should never be a pain in the ass. When it gets to be a burden, stop and reevaluate. No one will ever know everything, nor possess every skill. No one really lives like Martha Stewart, not even Martha Stewart.

When I feel overwhelmed, I just remember this Teddy Roosevelt quote: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

>Date Night


I got to go out tonight with HMF for a much needed ladies’ night. We got sushi and soy chai lattes and got to spend several hours just being people.

I know that sounds weird to say “people” but let me explain. We are both moms and between her being pregnant and home with a toddler all day, and me with my totally insane schedule I’ve been keeping, it was nice to just be something other than what other people need you to be; even if it was just a few hours.

It was a great way to end a super busy week. Sure, I have stuff going on this weekend, but it’s good stuff. Working the market tomorrow and Sunday I’m doing a breast cancer walk.

I think both nights I’m going to work on my costume. I really need to start sewing together all the pieces I cut out. I really need to set aside time for things that make me happy and not just all the things I feel I should be doing.

>What Has Chris Been Up To?

>The short answer is, “a lot.”

That’s the blue tumbler in the back.

Chris digging around the stump to get it out.

He built the compost tumbler (that was actually quite some time ago, I just kept forgetting to take a picture). More recently he cut down the big tree in our front yard. A friend came over and helped. I just watched, terrified a branch would take out either the power lines or the front porch.

Then he had the immense task of getting the stump out. It took several heavy duty tools, and Jack climbing in the hole with a tiny shovel to get extra soil out. Finally with a heave-ho he got it up. Then we helped move the dirt back over the hole.

This morning he started to turn over the soil were the expanded part of the garden will be. There are some major roots under there too. He has to rip them all out.

He also made duck breast prosciutto which was ready today. It’s actually pretty good. I’m not a huge fan of the duck flavor but I’m amazed that he literally made artisan-cured meat in our laundry room.

He’s been helping me with extra things around the house because of my knee injury. He even took me on a lunch date on his day off.

He’s a pretty swell guy.

>The Duchess & Knowing My Limits


Today I went to my first Weight Watchers meeting. From here on out I shall refer to WW as The Duchess because that is what my very dear friend calls it, and I’m used to it after all these years of hearing to her talk about it.

I wish it was possible for me to do everything on my own. But the reality is that it’s not practical and I would probably feel a little isolated. Part of the fun of learning to do things on my own is that sometimes I need mentors, and I really appreciate the human connection that comes out of this.

SparkPeople wasn’t working. It was so tedious to keep entering everything in, and I would get so frustrated when I felt like I ate well for a day but it would tell me that I was over in my fats or proteins, or another category. I’m kind of a ass about what I eat and what I won’t eat. I’d rather savor my real, full-fat dairy once in a while than drink crappy skim milk each day. So….I just stopped tracking.

I’ve known tons of people who have had success on The Duchess and I really wanted other people to hold me accountable for what I’m doing. I need the outside pressure. Plus there were stickers at the meeting (an unknown surprise!) and I love stickers.

In just over a month I’m turning 30 (and I am actually really excited about it….weird, huh?) and I want to roll into a new decades with better habits.