Thursday, October 29, 2009
Reading... The Lost Symbol, which was good although not as great as some of Dan Brown's other books. I definitely liked Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code better. Still, I couldn't put this book down. That's always a good sign right? Other than that, I've been trying to catch up on my magazines.
Keeping... my freezer stocked with good foods for winter. I currently have pasta sauce, ziti, Swedish meatballs, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, apple muffins and butternut squash stockpiled. I need to get more squash and make a batch of chili sometime soon! Nothing makes me happier in the dead of winter, after sloshing through snow and slush, to come home to an easy, defrost-and-go dish.
Sewing... the wee baby boy quilt. Now, on to a quilt for my friend for Christmas. I have a good idea what I want to do thanks to Amy. Can't say too much here though since she reads this blog!
Watching... GLEE! Seriously, I might be obsessed. I love the show. If you haven't seen it, find it on hulu. I'm excited for Game 3 of the World Series only because they are performing.
Trying... to practice patience. In life. In work.
Making... my best life each day. Or, at least trying to do so. It often seems like life goes a mile a minute. I keep trying to remind myself to take pleasure in each minute, to be grateful for all that I have in my life.
Congratulating... a friend who has moved into the chairmanship role of an organization I respect and belong to. She'll be amazing and I'm excited to see what she accomplishes over the next two years.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
- a little dog asleep at my feet
- a bit of brightness in this otherwise rainy day
- free cupcakes at work today... serious happiness
- good friends who rejoice in my happiness and listen to my concerns
- hand sanitizer after giving out flu kits to students
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Monday, October 26, 2009
That SuperPops, she really is at the pinnacle of her super hero-ness. It's impressive! Doing an adequate rendering was going to be tough. We started out with these supplies. She had to take a bit of a bath first, since she had been out of the golf course this summer. After the bath and a toweling off, she was ready to reveal herself to the world! What with wearing a cape and tiara (because a girl MUST have accessories!), we hesitated on putting on sensible shoes. Really, they didn't quite go with the vibe SuperPops likes. But, the boots would have made her fall over and she has to be prepared to run when flying seems like overkill. So casual brown shoes won out.
She's pretty happy to be here in Phildelphia, providing protection against divets and bogeys. She even found a little Australian sidekick to keep her company. Go SuperPops go!
She flies through the air with the greatest of ease... we just hope she doesn't hook right into the trees!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
On Sunday, we had a low key day. Late start, followed by Ikea with friends, a fast return at Target (and new tights!) and grocery shopping for Mom's Swedish meatballs recipe. We came home and I took a quick nap to kill off the bad headache I had. After about an hour, I was mostly back in the game and we made the meatballs and some more apple pear sauce (yep, I'm addicted!). Yummy dinner and some Deperate Housewives.
My mom left yesterday morning right before I had to leave for work. She's such a special woman and I'm so lucky to have her healthy, fun and such a supporter of mine.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I will say, with all of this quilting, my knitting is suffering. I really shouldn't blame the quilting... it's not fair. It is also the minor carpel tunnel that I don't want to become worse. (Although that doesn't deter my solitaire playing on the iPhone!) I do need to start knitting again. And, identify a great looking mitten pattern for my friend who needs a pair. I was inspired last night to frog a scarf I was working on and make it into an infinity scarf instead.... but I had just painted my nails and frogging wasn't an option. Maybe tonight?
How have you been craft cross training lately?
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
crisp walks in the woods by my apartment
comfort foods like pasta and stew
nesting, including sewing
Christmas gift making
a gorgeous drive past changing trees each day on the way to work
dark nail polish
tights with dresses
boots, dress and Uggs
my favorite scarves, freshly washed and waiting
What are you looking forward to most this season?
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
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Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
We call ourselves the United States but we are hardly united. It seems as though each day someone, rather than listening to their peers, tries to shout louder and more forcefully so their opinion can be dominant. Wouldn’t we all benefit from truly listening to the opposing side?
I can easily be called a liberal. I believe in gay rights, my right to determine what happens to my body, some degree of universal health care, outlawing cop killer bullets and that a citizen’s responsibility is to help and nurture their fellow citizens. I’m more fiscally conservative and socially liberal.
I cannot help but be slightly bothered by the “take that” attitude to the other side of the aisle, whether Democrats or Republicans. I do not tend to believe one party should control both the executive and legislative branches of government. I like the balance of having the “other side” with enough strength to question what is happening in governing of our country.
Ideally we should all be working for the greatest benefit for our compatriots. We might not always agree on what that is; but isn’t that where the conversation should start? We tell small children to “use your words” yet often we fail to do the same. Being united starts with listening, with truly hearing each other. We need to meet in the middle more often, knowing you cannot win every battle in life. Compromise is what helped to form our Constitution. Yes, this document can easily be called an imperfect document. Never should someone have been counted as 3/5 of a person. Yes, there continues to be a debate over states rights and federal responsibility. Yet, we would not be the same country today were it not for thoughtful, energetic and at times frustrating debate our Founders had. The best legacy we can offer these men, who created a perfect yet imperfect country, is to listen with compassion and openness to those with wildly divergent viewpoints. I, like Ben Franklin, like to believe the sun is rising. However, for that to be true we must work on being a truly united republic.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
And, I worked on the baby boy quilt top yesterday (joy of flex time = accomplishment). It's now complete! I'm loving the way it came together, different textures and colors complimenting each other nicely. Now, on to the back of the quilt. I haven't fully thought out what I'm going to do there, although I'm hoping to use a bunch of the fabrics from the front again.
What's creating happiness in your life?
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I feel like these two different style chairs coordinate a little bit more now. And, I'm happy to have replaced the very old pillow that was on that chair. (Seriously, it was probably 10 years old and not the best construction in the world.) Sewing relaxes me like nothing else.... just what I needed!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Anyone else nesting right now?
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
- I visited a small craft show. It was especially littered with photography, which I love to look through. I didn't end up buying anything but it was a wonderful show. I went with a sorority sister and we had a great time, with a yummy lunch afterwards.
- I made a trip to JoAnn's. Although I went for a pillow form, of course I left with more. I got a wee bit of fabric, some bias tape, thread and poly filler. All for $20! Fantastic.
- I made another batch of the pear applesauce. I love that stuff! I like how easy it is to make: apples, pears, cinnamon and sugar. You determine the measurements, although the apple/pear ratio should be even. Now I have three servings in the fridge.... wonder how long that will last.
- I started planning the dinner party I'm hosting next Saturday. I need to figure out the menu tomorrow.