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Bad vs. Good

Hi Blog! I am so overdue on an update! Where do we even start?

Last week sucked. If I could show you just one photo to summarize the week, it would be this.

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Of course, I don’t have enough self control to limit myself to just one photo and, of course, I am being melodramatic because although there were a lot of bad parts, there were good parts too.

Tom was sick. It sucks when he’s sick because he’s my main man! Things just aren’t as easy or fun or happy when he’s not feeling well. Thankfully he is on the mend (that’s the good part!).

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The neighbor’s dog chased Charlie into a tree and he got stuck. I was just about to call the fire department when he slid down the trunk and landed on his feet. He’s seriously some kind of miracle cat.

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He hid under the bed after his ordeal until the boys tempted him out with tuna. It is clear that Charlie is my soulmate because I am easily tempted with food too.

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He’s been getting a lot of TLC since then. I’m not sure if he would consider that a good or bad thing.

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Soccer season is in full swing, which means a lot of time on the fields. The good part is that after 7+years of soccer, I finally bought myself a folding chair. Game changer! Funny how I was so cheap about a $10 chair.

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Littlest wanted to start a secret club so I showed him how to design a logo on Illustrator.

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I was really proud of how hard he worked on it.

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Of course when I came back, I found this…

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Biggest left this for me on the counter. The mint sprig was a nice touch. He is such a sweet boy. I can’t bring myself to eat that tomato.

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Stephanie and I spent the day together on Saturday. I got to visit her new house (swooooon!) and go antiquing (yay!) and have lunch (mmm…). Friend days are just what you need sometimes.

There hasn’t been a ton of stitching going on, but there’s been a little progress.

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Note to self: Make time to stitch this week.

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How are you?

The Great Pumpkin

I bought a table this past weekend and the guy gave me a pumpkin to go with it.

Behold… the first pumpkin of the season. (And my new table! Wheeee!)

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I am a traditionalist when it comes to pumpkins. Pumpkins = orange. But I am kinda in love with this white pumpkin and am thinking of embracing all white pumpkins this Fall. I know… talk about stepping outside of my comfort zone! Take that, Anxiety!

Speaking of comfort zones and anxiety, I am really pushing the limits (and I’m not just talking about white pumpkins). This is a big week for me and Tom as we are poised to make huge financial decisions. Eeeep! Can you envision me curling up into a tightly wound ball of stress, because that is exactly what is happening.

Breeeeathe.

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Thankful

I have been in a bit of a bad way these last 2 weeks. Work has been particularly draining and parenting challenges leave me fraught with anxiety. At times like this, I really have to work hard at being positive and keeping things in perspective. Easier said than done.

On that note… Today I am thankful for:

Funny kids.

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This sweet boy enjoying his new school.

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Just happening to be at the pet store on kitty adoption day.

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Setting goals and accomplishing them with my love.

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Cutie McCutes

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OK. I feel better.

One day at a time

I feel like a straight up crazy lady this week. I am trying soooooo hard to stay positive and optimistic, but sometimes the bad feelings push through and then I spend a few hours swung in the opposite direction. It’s a constant battle. Thank goodness for the wonderful people in my life who help me find the way.

Tom and I have been having a lot of talks lately about our goals and dreams. Some of them are beginning to seem really achievable and that makes me feel hopeful and excited! Now to work on my patience.

Can you believe that we are in August already?

Today I am thankful for:

Flirting cardinals. Can you spot them?

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My secret beach.

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Boys who are too fast for cameras.

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This guy coming to live with us.

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Loom band bracelets made at camp (in my favorite colors, no less!).

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What’s going on in your beautiful world?

The Universe and Stuff

Blogs are a funny thing. I come here a few times a week and blabber on about my life. Usually it’s random stuff that I think no one would even be interested in and then… (YAY!)… there are actually people who come along and like the same random stuff as I do! It is so great!

I have been feeling bored and blah and out of sorts this week, then I found out (Thanks M!) that Venus is in retrograde and (Thanks S!) that we will have a second full moon this month! See! I am not just bored and blah and out of sorts for no reason. The whole Universe is working against us! We might as well just crawl right back into bed.

Littlest drew this. Isn’t it terrific?

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I have been experimenting in the kitchen this week and have had 2 successes so far (according to my menfolk). On Monday, I made meat sauce in the crockpot. Thanks Pinterest! The boys had it over pasta but Tom and I had it over spiral cut zucchini. It was SO GOOD! I have tried making zucchini “noodles” before, but sautéed and served with tomato sauce and they were always too mushy. The trick is RAW zucchini and meat sauce to give it some substance. Thumbs up!

Last night we had flank steak marinated in lemongrass and curry. It is my Mom’s recipe and it is delish. For any Vietnamese speakers, it is called bo xao xa cari. Yum.

I like this little verse..

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And this little cat…

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Happy Wednesday, Friends!

(not so) Deep thoughts

The other night we had the most powerful storm. It caused quite a bit of damage in neighboring areas, but we did ok. After the storm ended, the sky was lit up all fantastic and yellow. It was weird to see a bright yellow sky at 9:00 at night.

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I haven’t been quite as productive this week. In fact, I am feeling downright lazy. It’s nutty how I know something will make me feel better (get up and be productive), but I can’t make myself do it.

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The boys started camp this week. They surprised us by not wanting to go but now that they’re there, they are enjoying it. They are so tan and tired by the end of the day. I approve!

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I have plans with my friend for dinner tonight. She is the type of friend who lifts my spirits and is a joy to be around. The problem is that we are both introverts and have a tendency to cancel our plans at the last minute because the temptation of staying home is so great. So, Stephy, if you are reading this, and you get one of those “Sigh… I’m so tired…” texts from me this afternoon, tell me to snap out of it!

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Happy Thursday, Friends.

This and That

Hi there!

I haven’t written in a week and a half! I guess there hasn’t been all that much to write about. Last week was a grumpy one.

Recently, I signed up for a makeover your mornings ecourse. It covers things like figuring out your goals and prioritizing and all that jazz. Two of the goals that I set were to check at least 5 things off of my procrastination to-do list and drink 20 ounces of water each work day. A lot of the tasks are so simple but I kept putting them off. Now they are getting done and it’s surprisingly satisfying and motivating.

I’ve been kinda obsessed with Pinterest lately and have been pinning up a storm. This weekend I actually used some of my pins with various levels of success.

Listerine Foot Soak. Bleh. It tingled a little but worked no miracles on my feet.

DIY Oatmeal Packets. Yum. I brought one to work today.

Spicy Roasted Chicken Legs. They were tasty, but how could they not be with all of that butter?

Popsicles. Littlest gave them the thumbs up but we couldn’t get them to stick on the stick part. I screwed up popsicles?!

In a further fit of productivity, I did this…

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You all can appreciate this, right?!! IT’S ALL OF MY CROSS STITCHING SUPPLIES ORGANIZED IN BOXES!!! Squeeeeee!!!!

After I finished organizing them, I carried them nonchalantly into the room where Tom was watching TV to show off. I curse myself for not taking better pictures because they are so great.

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Speaking of cross stitching, here is the latest.

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I don’t love it so far but am trying to withhold judgement until I get further along.

Happy Monday!

Drowning

Hi Blog!

Long time no see. I have been drowning a bit around here lately. There is too much to do and too little time. You all know that feeling, right? Some days I feel so overwhelmed that it seems I can hardly manage. I realize the weeks will pass, and everything that really needs to be done will get done, but BOY is it ever exhausting and terrifying and anxiety ridden and lonely feeling when it is looming right in front of you.

Today I am thankful for:

A very loving, supportive, & patient partner.

This little blog which has turned into a amazing place to let off some steam.

Finally getting my printer to work.

The smell of lemongrass oil.

The azaleas that are just starting to bloom outside our front window.

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Happy Tuesday, Friends!

Pondering…

Sometimes I have no idea what I want in life. On one hand, I want to move to a farm and be one of those crunchy mamas who makes everything from scratch and homeschools and grows stuff. One the other hand, I want to look tres chic and have nice jewelry and tiger mother the heck out of my kids.

The older I get, the more I feel the need to figure this out… as in, which one is the real me? Or what is a happy medium? Is it OK to bake my own bread and cross stitch country samplers, but also looooove expensive face serums and handbags? I suppose it is.

Speaking of which, I signed up to have a style consultation. I have been feeling so blah lately and really have no idea what looks good or what colors to wear, so thought I’d give it a go. So much for living the simple life and wearing organic cotton house dresses.

Around here…

Biggest received some astronaut ice cream for his birthday, so last night we conducted a blind taste test to see if we could tell between astronaut ice cream and regular ice cream.

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It was pretty easy to tell the difference (dry, crumbly, not tasty vs. YUMMY & COLD), but we had fun nonetheless. Don’t ask me why Littlest is wearing a leopard scarf head wrap or how I managed to find so many sleep masks in the house.

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And Charlie… Who needs a bed when you have a sock drawer?

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Happy Hump Day!

Lone Wolf

Hi Blog.

Here we are again at the start of another week. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve struggled with Sunday nights. They always seem to have a sort of melancholy to them, something about an old week ending and a new one beginning.

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Lately, Sunday evenings just feel overwhelming in that brace yourself, here we go again kind of way. I usually don’t sleep so well on Sundays as my lists of to-dos and can’t-forgets and i-don’t-wannas swirl through my head. Sunday nights are tough.

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On a different note, I owe you a cross stitch update.

This is coming along.

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It’s definitely a bigger project than I anticipated, but super enjoyable. I’ve been working on the border and haven’t had to use the chart at all, because it is so mindlessly symmetrical. It’s great not having to bother with changing colors and just stitch away. The variegated threads keep it from looking too bland.

I had a lot of stitch time this weekend while waiting for the boys at their various activities. There was a good solid 45 minutes at Taekwondo and a whole 1 1/2 hours at tennis so yay for that! There’s a Mom at tennis who spends the entire time knitting while I sit a few feet away cross stitching. We don’t talk to each other, but one of these days I may work up the nerve to ask her about her knitting. Friend making is not one of my strong suits.

I was driving alone with Biggest this weekend. It was quiet in the car, because we are both quiet people. I broke the silence to  ask him if he sometimes prefers to be alone instead of around people, and he said, “almost always.” I often encourage him to be around people because I worry that he’s lonely, but his comment made me realize that maybe he’s just happy being alone. I’m not sure why it took me so long to come to this realization. Guess I’m kinda dense. I suppose it’s hard to see yourself in your child.

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