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Hi Blog.

Here we are already at the first Friday of the shiny New Year.

After the long break, I am happy to be settled back into our regular schedules. The Taurus in me sure does love some smoothly operating routines.

Last night was Biggest’s Winter Orchestra concert. I was BLOWN AWAY with how good they sounded. I am thankful that he loves violin because I really love listening to it.

After some consideration, I picked LOVE as my word for 2017.

This year, I would like to feel more love in my heart and act more lovingly towards myself and others. I would like love to be what drives my decisions and actions; rather than fear or anger or sense of lack or boredom or whatever. Clearly our world could use a lot more love these days.

I just noticed that I’ve used the word “LOVE” 9 times in this post! See? I’m already embracing it!

Happy Friday, Friends!

Countdown

Hi Blog.

T minus 4 days till Christmas. Eek!

Last weekend, we went to look at lights (an annual tradition)

and went to a party. It was fun, but I drank too much (hopefully not an annual tradition).

Littlest had a violin concert (kids + violins = cute!).

There are 3 more days of work until I am done for the rest of the year! That part is exciting!

I guess it’s time to start thinking about my word for 2017.

In the past it has been Simplify (2016), Believe (2015), and Connect (2014). I want to pick just the right one for this year.

Do you have a word for 2017?

Unity

Hi Blog.

What a doozy of a week we have had here in the United States. I have never been much into politics, but this election has affected me deeply. As a woman and a minority who came to this country as an immigrant, I feel personally touched by many of the issues that have been a source of much conflict and anger. Already, there are reports of hatred and cruel acts happening in our own city. It’s a scary time, with many people grieving a great loss and fearing an unknown future. It’s hard to make sense out of all of this.

We’ve been trying our best to trudge along in our little corner of the world. The boys are busy as usual with their million activities. Tom and I have been immersed in work and chores and watching The Crown on Netflix.

This weekend, we will run our first 5k as a family. Some of us (Biggest and Littlest) are more prepared than others (me and Tom), but we plan to stick together, encourage whoever is struggling, and do our best. I think that strategy can apply to a lot of things these days. Peace to you, Friends.

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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

The Struggle is Real

Hi Blog.

It has been a really challenging few days for me health-wise. On Friday, I started feeling dizzy and tingly and lightheaded at work. By the time evening rolled around, I was bone tired and body achey and stomach achey as if I had the flu.

Of course, what do you do when you’re on the couch sick but check Google. Google told me that the symptoms that I was feeling could be due to gluten withdrawal and some people experience them when they start a gluten free diet. Imagine that! I had never heard of such a thing.

I felt really bad through the entire weekend to the point of wanting to just give up and eat a big old bagel already, but I am persevering and trying to think positively. This is a small price to pay in the long run if it does in fact help my issues. My current strategy is to lay off the “gluten free” flours and such (I was kinda excited to try all of them!) and just stick to eating clean and healthy and bland. Think meat, rice, broth, veggies and fruit.

But enough talk… pictures!

I am so thankful for the river. Lunchtime walks help keep me sane.

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Gluten free banana bread. It was yummy! Will save this recipe for later when I can reintroduce some flours.

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Oh Charlie! He is so mischievous. Can I seriously love this cat any more than I do?

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Speaking of Charlie, that blur in his mouth is a chipmunk that he caught and brought inside. A lively chase ensued before we were able to get the chipmunk to run back outside.

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I felt reaaaaaaally bad yesterday and anxious and panicky about things, so I went and sat under the big pine tree in our back yard. It’s kind of a magical place. Deep breaths. This too shall pass.

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Wishes

Hi Blog.

On Sunday, I celebrated my 44th birthday. Sometimes it is hard for me to believe that I am 44 years old. Inside, I feel so immature, all of… 12? 14 maybe? 36 on a good day? Age is such a funny thing.

But, back to the weekend. It was low key and lazy, which is pretty much perfect in my book. There was sushi and Vietnamese food and cake and lots and lots of flowers and hugs and maybe even a nap thrown in. What more could a girl want?

Things I hope to accomplish in my 44th year:

Design a cross stitch pattern

Draw more pictures

Try some block printing

Learn how to actually use Photoshop

Bake a really great loaf of crusty bread

Make changes to my work life

Better support Tom in his endeavors

Spend time with the boys each day after school

Invest time and energy in the people and things I care about

Continue to simplify our home and life

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Exciting and scary! Here I gooooo!!!

Friday!

Things that make me smile today:

An overnight dusting of snow. Just enough to look pretty but not enough to make life difficult.

Doodling.

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No meetings on the calendar.

My ever growing collection of F mugs.

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Dance class with Tom. (This one requires explanation.) We were feeling burnt out lately between work, and chores, and kid stuff, so decided to do an activity just for us. We signed up for ballroom dance classes! Last Monday was our first class… the basic “slow dance.” We giggled the entire time!

Eating blood oranges while learning fractions.

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Tarot cards with Charlie.

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Uncomplicated but highly satisfying carbs.

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Hellooooooo Friday!!!

Discovery

Many, many moons ago, I went to art school. I loved to draw and would tote my sketch book everywhere I went. That’s what art students did (in addition to wearing flannel shirts and Doc Martens— it was the 90s, after all). I ended up majoring in Industrial Design, because though I was an art student, I was still practical. Major in Design, I told myself. You can get a good job in Design, my parents said. But really, I just loved to draw.

So I graduated and got a good job in Design (designing washing machines, of all things!), and the years passed, and I had many good jobs, and got lots of promotions, and eventually there wasn’t much drawing anymore, and I told myself that I didn’t really care or miss it.

And I didn’t really miss it, until lately.

It’s funny that when I started cross stitching (and this little ol’ blog) three years ago, I didn’t realize what an impact it would have on my life. Something about the slow steady process of cross stitching opened up the floodgates of self exploration for me. Maybe all those hours sitting there stitching, with only my thoughts for company, got things percolating in my head. Somewhere inside of me, the idealistic art student started to feel stifled by the frustrated Corporate Creative Director.

Suddenly I wanted to create all kinds of things; with thread, in the kitchen, through music, in the garden, and even… maybe… drawing again? (eek!)  It’s scary to even say (write) that out loud. Weird and crazy and kinda neat, right?

So after many, many years I am cracking open a sketchbook, and picking up a pencil, and seeing what these (rusty) sketching fingers can do.

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And isn’t it funny that flannel is back in style again?

Simplify

Yay! Friday is here! We survived the first week back at work and school!

On Monday, I started a Couch to 5K training program. The 2 completely bizarre things about this is that 1) I absolutely hate running but 2) I am enjoying it so far. 2016 is so weird.

Last night was Biggest’s Winter Orchestra concert. Last Spring, the Orchestra concert did not go well at all, due to a terrible bout of stage fright. We were a bit worried going into this one, but HE DID IT! I am so happy for him. Doesn’t it feel sometimes like being a Mom is a constant emotional roller coaster based on the ups and downs of your kids?

So, being a new year and all, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my theme for this year. 2015 was Believe. 2014 was Connect.

I declare 2016 the year to Simplify.

To me, Simplify means:

Getting down to the basics

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Enjoying the day to day tasks that make up life

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Appreciating what is really important in the grand scheme

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Eliminating the things and feelings and people that no longer work

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Being honest and kind in all things

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Not overcomplicating matters

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What’s your theme for 2016?

Perspective

Hi Blog. Do you remember me?

I’ve not only lost my stitching mojo, I’ve lost my mojo for most other things as well… like cooking, doing holiday-ish activities, and even just getting up in the morning. I think this is an internal revolt against having too much to do. Best to just do nothing. It makes perfect sense, right?

The good news, though, is that as of Friday, I will be off from work for the rest of the year! YAY! I am REAAAAALLY hoping that having some slow time at home will help me to feel reinvigorated. Fingers crossed.

In the meantime, I am thankful for:

Him (tattoo peaking out from under shirt sleeve… hubba hubba)

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Them (This is what I get when I say “let me take a picture of you.”)

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Him (He likes to steal our blankets.)

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Him (Why is this kid in my seat?)

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And Him (I can’t believe that it’s been exactly one year since he came to live with us.)

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I am so blessed.

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