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This and That

It snowed some more on Friday. Can you even believe it?

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This Monday I am dragging my feet. We leave in 2 days and I still have so much to do, which means that I will do NOTHING! Funny how that works.

This weekend, I personalized Pikachu for Littlest.

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It is hard to work when you have a fat cat who wants attention all the time.

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I’m so adorable… Pet me…

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I was originally going to sew a cover for Littlest’s Pokemon collection, but got lazy and just stuck it in a binder.

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You’re taking a photo? Should I get into it? 

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The rest of the weekend was spent cleaning and tidying because due to some kind of weird vacation psychology, the house needs to be in tip top shape before we can go anywhere. This meant that I didn’t even begin packing until Sunday afternoon, which meant that I didn’t discover that NONE of my shorts and swimsuits fit until 4PM. (Btw, Tom’s shorts TOTALLY fit, which is TOTALLY not fair.) So what do you do on Sunday at 4PM when you’ve gotten too fat for all of your shorts and swimsuits? You race to the mall in a desperate attempt to find some clothes before closing time. Not fun.

But let me tell you what IS fun!

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My Laura Ingalls Wilder biography arrived!!! Wheeeeeee! It’s taking all my willpower to save it for beach reading! Man! I know how to have a good time!

I am a disco guy.

I have had a really frustrating day.

First, I went to the hospital to get an ultrasound of a lump in my axilla (ARMPIT!). Hopefully it is nothing, but a harmless lump.

Then, I had beaucoup drama about Cub Scouts. Seriously… Cub Scouts. It is very frustrating to put so much time towards something and then have people pissed off at you. I am slowly learning that you can’t please everyone, but it’s a very hard lesson for me, because I am a total people pleaser.
Deeeeep breath.

What I really need to do is spend some time with my guys… in my house… relaxing. Just thinking about that makes me feel better. Ommmm… happy place.

Other things that make me feel better are:

I went to the gym twice this week so far. Baby steps.

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I worked on this project from Embroidery Club.

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I started Farmer Boy, which is actually one of my fave Little House books. Love that Almanzo!

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Littlest’s Turkey in Disguise project totally cracks me up.

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I am not a turkey. I am a disco guy. My body is a disco ball and hunters can’t see me. I have gold shoes and they are uncomfortable. I am wearing sunglasses so that you do not know who I am. 

I have a pair of gold shoes and they are uncomfortable too. Smart Turkey!

Why hello there.

Monday. Blergh.

Why do weekends have to be so fun? That makes Mondays even worse!

On Friday, Littlest had his Taekwondo belt test. He did great! I’m so proud of him for sticking with it.

Afterwards, my friend and I went out to a new French restaurant. It was tasty. We had oysters and cheese and wine. How predictable. A young drunk landscaper guy tried to chat us up. We were like “Zing! We still got it for a couple of middle aged suburban Moms! Never mind that he was drunk!”

Saturday morning = soccer. The boys have not won a single game this season and are losing their motivation. I feel bad for them, but am secretly glad that we won’t have to sit through tournaments if they keep up this streak.

Tom and I went out on Saturday night. I know! 2 nights out in 1 weekend?! Who am I? We had drinks and dinner and it was fun. No drunk landscapers hit on me, but TOM DID which is even better.

I was laaaazy on Sunday. After a good bit of procrastination, I finally went grocery shopping. It was definitely a low energy cooking day. Accomplished: jambalaya, spaghetti sauce, banana pudding (Vietnamese style mmm!).

In other news:
Littlest modeled his Halloween costume. He says that he needs a new sword to go with it, because last year’s and the previous year’s ninja swords do not work with this particular ninja costume.

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Sammy discovered a box.

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I am re-reading the Little House books and can’t put them down. My favorite part is when Mary’s all like “My blonde hair is prettier than your brown hair” to Laura and Laura SOCKS HER! Mary totally deserved it.

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I walked around the woody area in the back of our yard looking for some kind of berry bush that my friend Sharon wanted. I couldn’t find the bush, but did find this SPECTACULAR HOLLOW TREE! It was COMPLETELY HOLLOW!

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How was your weekend?

Home Sweet Home.

Hi! Remember me? It has been so long. I feel like I have a ton to write about, but at the same time, really nothing at all.

Paris was great, work wise. I got tons of inspiration for new projects. As usual, I was jet lagged and homesick. Clearly I was not made for the jet setting lifestyle.

I had fun buying little goodies for my gang; French comic books and cars for the boys, these cool stress reducing coloring books for me and Tom,

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and well.. I might have gotten myself a goodie too… (Seriously, how could I resist?!) you know, to help combat my home sickness.

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It was sooooo good to come home though and see my bunch of sillies. I guess I’m just a homebody because I would trade Paris any day for…

Trips to the diner…

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Watching little boys, who suddenly look so grown up, walking to the bus stop…

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But being glad that they’re still little enough to squeeze into their toddler sized rocking chair…

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Or steal a spot on the dog bed…

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Finding the best kind of secret notes…

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Catching face making contests…

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Watching the first soccer game of the season…

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Introducing the boys to my secret beach…

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And getting reacquainted with my lovely lady…

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It’s sure good to be home.

TGIF!

Happy Friday!

While on the cruise, I rediscovered my love of reading. I plowed through The Hunger Games (probably the last person on Earth to read it) and The Other Boleyn Girl. Both were so good! Last night, the boys and I went to the library so that I could check out Catching Fire and Mockingjay. I am already half way through Catching Fire. I can’t put it down.

Today I ordered a new sewing machine and I am very excited! Although my Mom worked as a professional seamstress for many years, I never picked up her talents. I can’t wait for it to arrive. Homemade pajama pants for everyone!!!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Summer reading.

Work is so busy and stressful, but I kinda love that. I am realizing that I am much happier when I am busy and productive. I have had to work late 2 nights this week! People who know me in real life know that this is CRAZY. I would rather go into the office at the crack of dawn than stay late.

This week included long train trips, so I am blowing through my books. I loved My Life in France by Julia Child. I find her intriguing and quite a trailblazer and can’t get enough of her! I don’t have the patience to master French cooking, but do want to read her cookbooks now. I love reading cookbooks even if I don’t attempt the recipes. Does anyone else do this? I particularly like the long-winded ones that give a lot of background information about a recipe or go into great detail about why you need to use room temperature butter.

I also finished Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. I know that there was a lot of criticism about the author’s parenting style when this book came out, but as an Asian American (and occasional Tiger) Mother, I could totally relate to some of her beliefs (although I do agree that she goes way overboard). It was a quick and interesting read.

I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend. This Summer is flying by!

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The post in which I actually show you some cross stitching.

It is HOT here in Pennsylvania. Too hot to be outside, even at the pool, so we spent a lot of time indoors this weekend.

I enjoyed lounging on the couch in the air conditioning, but the boys were going stir crazy.

Since I burned out our blender making black bean brownies a few weeks ago, we ventured out to buy a new one. I wanted a Vitamix, but settled for a Ninja. Little boy voted for that one because of the cool name. We celebrated our new purchase by making mango salsa and slushies. They were a hit.

Since we were searching for cool indoor activities, we headed to the library to pick out books. We ended up with a strange collection of subjects.

Little Boy- Gorillas, Safari Animals.
Big Boy- 18 Wheelers, Formula 1 Race Cars
Me- Julia Child, Tiger Mother
Tom- The Vatican, Beer

You can see that we have very different interests.

I can’t put down my Julia Child book.

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I have never been a fan of hers, but am now. It is a fascinating and easy read and makes me want to run off to France and take cooking lessons, or at the very least eat some French food.

The other good part about being stuck inside is that I got a lot of stitching time!

This is coming along.

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I’ve bever worked on something with so many color changes before.

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Do you all love embroidery scissors as much as I do?

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They are so dainty and graceful. I feel like a proper Victorian lady when I snip away with them.

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Hope you all are keeping cool and having a good start to your week!

Hair today… Gone tomorrow.

Another train day yesterday. This time I didn’t bother to bring a cross stitch project and brought a book along instead.

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What a pleasant decision that turned out to be. It was so interesting! I loved reading about the characteristics and designs of different regions and teachers. And I especially loved learning about the girls behind the stitching. I think that’s one of my favorite things about needlework; the knowing that an actual person made each little stitch with their own hands. I like wondering what their life was like and what they were feeling while they worked.

It seems as though my evolution into crazy cross stitch lady is almost complete! I foresee a future of dragging my family to obscure needle arts museums in the middle of nowhere on vacation. Sorry in advance, Family! I promise that we can stop at a water park on the way home.

In other news, I got bangs. I feel a little weird in them. If you haven’t figured out by now, I am never happy with my hair.

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That’s all for today. Toodle-oo!

A new start.

I started my new pattern last night and am already smitten!

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The entire pattern only calls for two colors. I love the simplicity of it. Quaker samplers might be my new favorite thing.

My other favorite thing these days has been reading the Little House on the Prairie books. I’ve read some of them before, but never the whole series in its entirety. I’m currently on By the Shores of Silver Lake. Is it just me or is it totally annoying that Pa keeps moving them from place to place? I know that life is hard on the prairie and all, but I wish he’d just stay put and let them get settled instead of dragging them further West all the time. They finally built a nice house in Plum Creek and now they’re leaving again! PA!!! Poor Ma was way more patient than I would have been.

Happy 2013!

Happy New Year! For some reason, I kept thinking that last year was 2013, so it won’t be too much trouble adjusting now that it actually is 2013.

We had a quiet New Years Eve. We were planning to go watch the fireworks on the Boardwalk but a certain little boy acted like some kind of wild out-of-control animal all night then promptly fell asleep before midnight. We didn’t want to chance waking the beast. I started a quick little project on New Years Eve and managed to complete it by midnight, like seriously around 11:48 PM.

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It’s a kitchen towel with our initials on it! Cute, right? The back is one big hot tangled mess, but we’ll just pretend that it isn’t for now. It’s the same strategy that I use when it comes to my hair.

I also learned some embroidery from a book. I kind of suck at it and it kind of stressed me out, so I think that I’ll stick to cross stitching for now (although chain stitches are really fun and I could do lazy daisies for days, even if they do turn out totally wonky).

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Even though it was a fun trip, it’s always good to get back home… especially when these two delights were waiting at the door.

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I ordered these two treats for myself before Christmas then totally forgot all about them. Hopefully Martha will make finishing/sewing my projects a little less scary and Alicia will undoubtedly give me all sorts of inspiration. Yay for new books!

I guess a new year is as good an occasion as any to thank you all for visiting my little blog. Who would have thought that I’d get so much pleasure out of cross stitching and writing about it? It has been really fun!

My blog/stitching resolutions for 2013:

  • Learn to use my camera and take better photos
  • Blog regularly (not sure what schedule works for me yet)
  • Get to know other bloggers (maybe participate in those blog hop thingama-jiggies?)
  • Quit worrying about how I’m going to finish a project and just do it
  • Make my back side neater (that just sounds funny!)
  • Stitch! Stitch! Stitch!

What are your resolutions?

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