Stitch Therapy

Discovering me … one stitch at a time

Behind the Scenes

We currently have house guests and hosted a family dinner party for 17 last weekend. I am so frazzled and have been averaging 2-3 hours of sleep per night for the past few days. If I can just make it though this week (which includes two work trips) and Littlest’s birthday sleepover on Friday, it will be time for me and Tom to jet away to gay Par-ee! Keeping my eye on the prize!

Tom snapped some photos of me taking photos for my next CrossStitcher article. Lest you think I know anything about photography, I’m keeping it real here on le blog by showing these behind-the-scenes pics.

How you do it when you’re a shorty and use a door mat as a fancy backdrop. Paula, can you spot the cute polka dot bag that you sent to me?

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Sometimes getting a good shot means that you have to sit in the bushes. This is hardcore photojournalism in action!

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In other news…

Charlie routinely turns his nose up at his fancy cat beds, but has claimed an old potato chip box as his favorite hangout.

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Me and Littlest eye-balling the Carrot cake even though we have a perfectly good Chocolate cake in front of us.

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Parent-types yucking it up in front of my cross stitch wall.

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Happy Monday, stitchy friends!

The Scoop

Hi Blog!

It is a busy time around here. We are getting ready to end Summer with a bang! My parents arrive this week for a long visit, we are gearing up for Littlest’s 10th (OMG!) birthday festivities, and Tom and I are preparing to leave for a trip to Paris! All fun things, but lots of prep involved for each. You know the drill!

Around here:

I have now been gluten free for over 3 months! Yay! Last week, I attempted making gluten free pizza at home. It got the thumbs up!

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Instead of party planning and packing and all of the other stuff that needs to be done, I’ve been obsessively KonMari-ing the house. Have any of you tried the KonMari Method? It is strangely satisfying to fold underwear into cute little rectangles. Sometimes I open drawers just to admire them.

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In stitching related news, I’ll be in the September issue of CrossStitcher magazine. It will hit newsstands this Friday! It’s been really fun to write these little articles.

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That’s the scoop. What’s new with you?

Monday Bluuuuues

Hello Monday. I am not happy to see you again.

I got new bangs.

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Tom and I went on a date night, where we ate a delicious dinner, strolled some shops, got psychic readings, and drank a wee bit too much.

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I rescued this cute embroidery from a thrift store.

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And cross stitched sloooooowly.

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What did you do this weekend?

Summer weekend

Hi Friends!

This weekend, we…

Went to a neighborhood ice cream social

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Built a long straw

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Caught minnows

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Learned to moonwalk

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Ate Doritos

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Cross stitched

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Cooked our fancy Saturday dinner in the rain

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Explored a retro video game store

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Looked fashionable

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Grilled a turkey for the first time. (It was so easy and turned out perfect!)

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Did you have a good weekend?

Simple Joys

Today I am happy because:

It’s Friday!

It’s rainy, which means that my feet got all wet walking from the car into the office, but it’s not as hot and it’s kinda cozy and grey.

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I came to terms with not being able to keep everything together on my own and asked our housekeeper to come back. I mean, who doesn’t love coming home to toilet paper roses?

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My ultra food planning was a success. I packed lunches for the boys and Tom and me every single day this week. I love putting an extra treat in there for them, although yesterday I forgot Tom’s ice pack and his chocolate cookies melted into a big gooey mess.

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I finally got a new fitbit and have met the 10,000 step goal every day except yesterday. One night, Tom and Littlest made some kind of deal before our evening walk about having to wear their clothes backwards. Don’t ask.

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I haven’t been on Facebook since Monday! And I don’t miss it! And I feel better! There’s a lot to be said for blissful ignorance.

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I got together with a friend in NY after a meeting on Wednesday. Usually I make plans and then cancel when my anxiety sets in (secret shame) but this time I stuck with it and we had a lovely visit.

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What’s making you happy this week?

Hope

Here we are at the end of July already. I’ve been struggling with anxiety these days. It’s hard to avoid the bad news around us. Between the election drama and shootings and acts of terror, I worry all the time about the state of our world. Add to that the unrelenting noise of social media and the internet and negative opinions from angry people, I just can’t take it.

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Times like this, I find myself retreating to home and simple tasks. I got so much done over the weekend. I made broth, soup, squash bread, enchiladas, and grilled chicken so we have a full fridge and easy lunches for the week. I laundered and shopped and organized cabinets and closets. There’s nothing quite like good old fashioned hard work and a sense of accomplishment. Being productive is so satisfying!

And best of all, I finally picked my long neglected stitching.

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I’m working my way in from the right hand side now. Fingers crossed that the two sides will match up. You all know that moment when you hold your breath, right?

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We got a new board game called Googly Eyes. You have to draw things while wearing vision distorting glasses while your teammate tries to guess what you’re drawing. It is pretty fun (and funny looking).

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Tom assembled Littlest’s new bike. Littlest isn’t so little anymore. Time is moving fast.

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I guess we can’t control all of the craziness that’s going on out there, but we can choose to focus on the good and reflect happiness and change into our small part of the world. It’s not much, but maybe it makes a difference. We can only hope.

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Happy Tuesday, Friends

In Pursuit

Hi Blog!

It was very unproductive around here this weekend, between having my nose stuck in a new library book (about that scandalous Henry VIII) and playing Pokemon Go.

I was so lazy and barely left the house, except to chase Pokemon in the yard. Tom took this picture of me while in hot pursuit of one. This game is so addictive!

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By Saturday night, everyone was getting a little bored so we went to the mall to run some errands. I had heard through the grapevine that the Summer edition of CrossStitcher was finally available here in the US, so you better believe that we went to Barnes & Noble to look for it.

Imagine the disappointment when I found this big EMPTY space where CrossStitcher should be. It was sold out!

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We are a determined bunch though, and this just meant a trip to a different Barnes & Noble. Behold… the Summer issue in which yours truly is a correspondent!

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Exciting times here in the Suburbs. Happy Tuesday!

Model Behavior

I have been a little neglectful of my blog lately. I miss you so! It’s been a whirlwind since returning from vacation.

I got a promotion at work! It is all very exciting (and a little overwhelming).

The boys started camp and come home sweaty and pooped each day.

Littlest and I got into the Pokemon Go craze. He’s interested in finding Pokemon and I’m more interested in posing with them for funny pictures.

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I have now been gluten free for 2 months! It feels pretty good!

I worked on my second little article for CrossStitcher magazine. I wanted to take some photos to go with it and asked Tom to be a stand-in while I set up the camera. Here are my favorite out-takes.

Of course, Charlie had to get in on the action.

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This model gets paid in tummy rubs.

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Blue Steel…

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I think he could have a successful career as a cross stitch model! (Thanks for being such a good sport, QT!)

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Happy Thursday!

Hola!

Hola Blog! Did you miss me? We just returned from a nice long family vacation to Mexico. It was so much fun!

My goals were to:

  • eat guacamole at every meal
  • ride a zip-line
  • relax and spend time with my family

I am happy to say that I achieved my goals! (*There was one night at an Asian restaurant where there was no guacamole, but I’m still going to count that goal as 99% met.)

Of course I took a million trip photos because that’s what I do.

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I thought that I was really original to wear a straw hat to Mexico. HA! So did everyone else. The boys made a game out of “count how many people are wearing the same hat as Mommy.” We counted 9 before we even got on the plane.

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This is where we stayed. It was so beautiful, I almost couldn’t stand it.

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We spent most of our time at the pool. It’s hard to leave when they kept walking by offering fresh guacamole and drinks.

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Littlest really embraced the good life.

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We did get off of our butts long enough to have a few adventures, like zip-lining,

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(That little blue dot is Biggest high in the trees!)

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ATV riding,

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swimming in a cenote (Tom was the only one of us brave enough to jump in),

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watching lots of cool shows,

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and getting fish pedicures! (They tickled!)

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Speaking of fish, we went to a little fishing village called Puerto Morelos.

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They are known for their leaning tower.

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The beach where we stayed was so clear and warm and white, a far cry from our familiar Jersey Shore.

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Biggest spent his time building and demolishing sand castles.

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Littlest spent his time following the ultra cool Entertainment staff guys around.

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I spent my time applying sunscreen (obligatory pool selfie) and looking for coral.

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Tom spent his time drinking cerveza and reading about Benjamin Franklin. (Seriously, didn’t I say that we are two peas in a pod?)

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It was a great vacation and just what we needed after a very busy year of school and work.

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I am so thankful that we were able to take the time and spend it together. Yay Mexico!

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Summer!

Hi Blog!

Hope that you had a nice weekend celebrating all of the special men out there. I feel very blessed when I think about the loving, kind, and strong fathers and father figures that the boys and I have in our lives. I am so thankful for all of them.

The weekend felt like it went very fast. Biggest and I cooked another meal together and this time, Littlest joined in too. He was in charge of mashed potatoes and serving the food. We are all loving this new Saturday tradition.

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The rest of the weekend was filled with:

Trampoline jumping
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Battlebot building
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Snapchatting
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Bubble bathing (Littlest ran me a surprise bath and left this note!)
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Laughing
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Oh! And Ginger Beer making! It’s in a dark, cool corner of the pantry fermenting now but I’ll let you know how it turns out. I’m so excited to try it!

Happy Summer Solstice!

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