Stitch Therapy

Discovering me … one stitch at a time

Ermahgerd! A blerg!

Hi Blog!

We had a great weekend but I barely took any photos, so does that mean that it never happened? You will have to use your imagination today.

This weekend, we:
made soap (Oatmeal Honey again. I’m a one trick pony.)

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-11-22-43-am

made yogurt (no pic, but it was good!)

went to the trampoline park (no pic, but the boys were sweaty!)

ate the best Vodka Rigatoni. Do you know how to determine if you’ve found your true love? I wanted to order the Vodka Rigatoni because it’s my favorite but Tom wanted to get it too. So I ordered the scallops instead, because we can’t both get the same thing (weird rule in my head). So then Tom told me that he didn’t really like the Vodka Rigatoni so we switched and I happily scarfed it down in record time, only to figure out later that he really like the VR better, but pretended he didn’t so that I could have it. Sniff. True love.

hunted for Pokemon (Biggest is really into making memes these days)

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-11-25-04-am

broke the paddle on my stand mixer. Waaaaaaah! Mixer, why have you forsaken me??!!!!

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-11-23-20-am

mugged for photos at Barnes & Noble

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-11-23-45-am

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-11-24-32-am

Happy Monday!

Around Here

Hi Blog!

I’m getting bored with these trip posts, so today let’s take a break to talk about what’s been going on around here lately.

Are you as happy as I am that Fall has arrived? It’s still hot in Pennsylvania, but there’s that bit of crispness in the air to show that the seasons are changing. Yay!

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-12-58-30-pm

I am feeling especially thankful these days to be back into our school and home routines. I do love me some routines! Taurus much?

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-12-59-51-pm

Soccer season is in full swing so our Saturday mornings are spent on the field. The weather has been perfect for this so I can’t complain. The boys have been playing hard and I love to watch them.

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-11-12-13-am

In addition to Soccer, they both signed up for a running program that culminates in a 5k. Littlest said that he wanted us to run the 5k as a family. I foolishly agreed. This week, I broke out my super fashionable knee brace and 80s music mix and restarted the Couch to 5k training. Mom guilt sure makes you do some crazy things!

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-12-57-40-pm

I really fell off the gluten free train while we were away and it’s been soooooooo hard to get back on. Every day I start strong, then stuff like this happens…

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-12-56-53-pm

I know at some point I really need to commit to the diet again, but WHY IS GLUTEN SO DELICIOUS?!?!!!

Speaking of delicious, the boys and I continued our Saturday dinner tradition with an Asian inspired evening of Dumplings, Soy & Ginger Glazed Cornish Game Hen with Bok Choy and Shitake Mushrooms, and Mango Sorbet. Yum. They are seriously upping their game.

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-1-00-41-pm

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-1-01-27-pm

And in stitching news… I’m discussing Halloween stitching in the October issue of CrossStitcher magazine, available on newsstands now (Haha. I’ve always wanted to say that)! It feels these days like I write about cross stitching more than I actually cross stitch, but blergh… such is the life of a working mother.

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-1-05-05-pm

Happy Friday, Friends!

Louvre Love

Dear Diary,

For our Summer vacation, we visited the Louvre. It was big and breathtaking.

We saw the Mona Lisa.

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-4-20-26-pm

We read a crazy statistic that 80% of people who go to the Louvre just look at the Mona Lisa and then leave. That seems like such a waste because there was so much more to see.

Those of you who have read my blog for awhile know that I love history and have a mild obsession with Henry VIII of England. Well, you can imagine how much I nerded out when I spotted this painting!

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-10-24-43-am

Do you know who this is? It’s Anne of Cleves! Henry the VIII’s fourth wife! Back in the day, you couldn’t just ask someone to send a selfie when you were checking them out to be your 4th wife, so Henry dispatched Hans Holbein to paint Anne’s portrait. Henry liked the portrait enough to commit to marrying her, but when she arrived in England he was not pleased with her looks at all!!! So, what’s an obnoxious spoiled King to do but marry her anyway then annul the marriage in 6 months in order to take up with that trollop, Katherine Howard. What a jerky diss! But the best part is that Anne won out in the end. She got a nice settlement from Henry and they actually ended up becoming friends and confidants. She outlived him and all of this wives. Go Anne of Cleves!

Anyhoo, this is the ACTUAL PORTRAIT of her painted by Hans Holbein that started all of this drama. I just about died standing next to it!!!

Speaking of disses. I had to take a picture of this painting. It’s nice enough, right?

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-10-31-04-am

Until you see the title which is “Portrait of an OLD LADY at 44 years old”. This 44 year old was not pleased.

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-10-31-25-am

Tom liked this one. I wonder why? (insert eye roll) But look at the lady in the background embroidering. That’s redeeming.

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-10-33-40-am

This has always been a favorite of mine.

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-10-34-32-am

And this. Swoooon.

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-10-35-26-am

I can’t imagine what it would be like to paint something so huge.

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-4-19-01-pm

Some of the halls were truly over the top.

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-10-36-38-am

You can definitely picture this guy galavanting around in these rooms.

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-10-43-27-am

You can’t tell from my sucky photo, but these colors were so rich.

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-10-45-31-am

And, of course, Rembrandt.

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-10-47-15-am

And check out the size and detail of this tapestry. Perhaps inspiration for my next project? Ha!

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-10-03-17-am

Next up… Parisian cross stitching adventures…

Until then, hope you’re having a great weekend!

Ooh la la

Hi Blog.

Sometimes when I have a lot to write about, I get overwhelmed and avoid writing altogether. Actually, that applies to pretty much every area in my life, not just writing.

But today I’ve decided to JUST DO IT, so here goes…

Our trip to Paris was pretty great. I won’t bore you with all of the details, but here are some of my favorite memories.

I KonMaried my suitcase. Don’t ask how it looked on the way home. Let’s just say that KonMari would not have been impressed.

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-8-40-38-am

On the first day, we went to Sacré-Cœur and Montmartre. Sacré-Cœur creeped me out a little. I don’t know why, maybe just the thought of all the stories held within those walls.

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-8-43-35-am

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-8-45-34-am

I insisted that we walk to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. I took the same photo when I was there in January, but this one is better because Tom’s feet are in it too. Everything is more fun with my partner in crime.

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-8-47-22-am

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-8-53-31-am

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-8-49-36-am

Notre Dame is pretty impressive. I couldn’t get over how old it is (construction began in 1163!!!). Can you imagine carving all of this by hand! With no electricity!

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-8-59-46-am

I am ashamed to admit that I may have checked Pokemon Go while at Notre Dame (I know… I know) but Pikachu FINALLY showed up! And the worst part is that I was so busy taking pictures of him to send to Littlest at home that he GOT AWAY!

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-8-56-24-am

One of many random stately buildings.

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-8-57-12-am

Le sigh. So charming.

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-12-00-am

We enjoyed strolling on the quais along the Seine. They had set up a little “Paris Beach” on one of the quais which was kinda weird and hilarious. Here is Tom mid- “Bonjour!”

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-8-58-17-am

We ate and ate and ate… bone marrow and escargot and fois gras and Tartare de Filet de Boeuf (i.e. RAW STEAK) and more baguettes than I could count (needless to say, I fell off the gluten free diet).

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-18-12-am

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-17-23-am

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-17-12-am

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-16-17-am

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-15-34-am

I was particularly fond of the super indulgent flower-shaped gelatos.

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-02-32-am

When we go out to dinner in the US, I always try to convince Tom to same-side-sit with me and he refuses, but in France, EVERYONE same-side-sits! In fact, they MAKE you same-side-sit even if you don’t want to!

We spent a full day at the Louvre and LOVED it (sorry for the excessive capitalization) but that deserves an entire post of its own because it was AMAZING (there I go again). The gardens! The artwork! The history! MON DIEU!

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-08-23-am

Yeah, the Eiffel Tower. So cliche, but what can you do?

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-09-06-am

And! You better believe that I had some cross stitching adventures! More coming on that too!!! Here’s a teaser.

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-10-07-13-am

Le OMG! French cross stitch patterns! I died and went to heaven!

En Français

Bonjour mes amies! Where to even begin?

Tom and I just got back from Paris! It was très incroyable. Originally he was going to join me for a few days only, but changed his plans and ended up staying for a full 9 days! Wheeee!!!

Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 7.46.36 PM

We had a lot of adventures. There was sight seeing! And snail eating! And cross-stitch goody buying! And art admiring! And French language botching! And people watching! And walking! So much walking! I logged 145,883 steps on my Fitbit. Crazy!

There are a gajillion photos to wade through, but that will have to wait for another day while I catch up on work, and hear about the boys’ first days at school, and give Charlie some extra tummy rubs. Il n’y a pas de place comme à la maison!

I hope that you had a great week too!

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?

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 3.36.24 PM

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

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 3.39.56 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 3.47.28 PM

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

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 3.50.33 PM

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

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 3.52.14 PM

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!

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 12.52.12 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 12.56.00 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 1.03.54 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 9.03.07 AM

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.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 9.04.56 AM

I rescued this cute embroidery from a thrift store.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 9.05.30 AM

And cross stitched sloooooowly.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 9.07.47 AM

What did you do this weekend?

Summer weekend

Hi Friends!

This weekend, we…

Went to a neighborhood ice cream social

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 2.32.39 PM

Built a long straw

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 2.33.06 PM

Caught minnows

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 2.43.03 PM

Learned to moonwalk

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 2.35.28 PM

Ate Doritos

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 2.36.08 PM

Cross stitched

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 2.36.45 PM

Cooked our fancy Saturday dinner in the rain

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 2.34.27 PM

Explored a retro video game store

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 2.38.04 PM

Looked fashionable

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 2.37.38 PM

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

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 2.38.35 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 9.39.25 AM

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?

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 9.41.21 AM

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.

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 9.40.27 AM

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.

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 9.38.52 AM

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.

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 9.41.46 AM

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.

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 9.42.04 AM

What’s making you happy this week?

Page 1 of 39

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén

%d bloggers like this: