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Breaking Bread

Hello Blog!

I went to the library during lunch last week and got a book on baking bread.

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Of course, that meant there was bread baking this weekend. The results were ok. I don’t know what the problem is, but my bread always seems just “ok”, never “stellar.” You know how sometimes you eat a piece of bread and there’s not even butter or anything on it, but it still tastes so amazing and delicious? Crispy on the outside but soft and a little chewy on the inside and just the right ratio of crust to center? That isn’t my bread. Does anyone have tips, or better yet, a secret family recipe to share? Sigh… dreams. 

I was cleaning on Saturday and came across my little loom from the weaving class that Stephanie and I took. I had no choice but to weave a few lines before putting it away. I just played around with trying to keep the lines even. It needs work.

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Littlest is starting roller hockey this week. It’s his first year, so in addition to learning the rules of hockey, he also has to learn how to roller blade! I am pretty impressed with how fast he got the hang of it.

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Yesterday, he asked me if I could practice with him, so I unearthed my dusty roller blades from the garage and strapped them on for the first time in 15 (gasp!) years. I’m not sure what I’m doing in this picture, but the smile is masking the terror I feel inside.

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Tom and I are watching the final season of Mad Men on Netflix (I know, we are hopelessly years behind on current pop culture). Binge watching a season means lots of cross stitching time.

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I finally finished the black part on creepy lady’s skirt. Wheeee! I’m on fire!

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Happy Monday! Did you have a fun weekend?

Wandering + Wondering

Hi Blog!

It was a busy weekend for little old me.

Tom and I went out for a lovely dinner date on Friday. A new restaurant opened near our house and it is delish. I had the duck. I love duck, but never prepare it at home because it seems like a lot of work. When it’s on a menu, I go for it!

On Saturday, Stephanie and I ventured into the city for a weaving workshop held at the studio of a former classmate of mine.

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We weren’t quite sure what to expect, but it was so fun and inspiring! It was not so much about the technical art of weaving but rather about the intuitive and meditative art of weaving. It was so against my usual regimented perfectionistic (hello… cross stitch!) tendencies that it was quite freeing and enjoyable. I think this might become a new hobby because, you know, I need another one.

Sunday was sloooow but productive at the same time. I woke up at 6 and was the first customer at Target at 8am sharp. What is better than having an entire Target practically to yourself? It was like some sort of dream sequence.

But the day wasn’t all dreamy wandering around Target, I went grocery shopping, cooked a ton in preparation for the week ahead, cleaned (Pinterest test of vinegar + Dawn dish soap to clean a shower. It worked!), played piano, read Wonder to the boys (Oh! That book! Have any of you read that book?! My heart hurts! I need to talk about it with someone!),

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Watched these two watching football,

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And squeezed in between two boys on the couch to do a little stitching. No pics, I was too tired by then to get up and find my phone.

All in all, a good weekend. What’s new with you?

Here we go again.

First things first… WE HAVE SOAP!

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Soap making is totes fun and exciting. I am dying to try a few more batches and flavor combinations!

In other news, I went out to dinner on Monday with Stephanie and came home with a…

WEAVING LOOM!

Oops. Funny how that works. Stephanie was kind enough to lend me her Cricket Loom, so of course I had to try it out tonight. See how productive I am when the boys are away at camp?

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The initial set up was a bit of a PITA,

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But once I got going, it was kinda fun.

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I learned how to set up the loom and weave by watching YouTube. What can’t you learn on YouTube? It took about 3 hours to weave a little scarf.

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By “little”, I mean dog-sized.

Behold my ever patient model, Coal.

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Looking off into the distance all nonchalant and model-like.

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This is his “I’m a serious high fashion model” pose.

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This is his “spying Tom with his after-modeling treat” pose.

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So marks my first foray into weaving.

Pros:

  • kinda fun
  • super fast
  • better than crocheting (my fingers don’t cooperate with crocheting)

Cons:

  • a pain to set up
  • takes up a lot of space
  • Charlie kept getting into the yarn, so I had to lock him in our room and he got mad and… PEED ON THE BED! OMG! HORRIBLE! HORRIBLE! HORRIBLE! (That might have been enough to end my weaving career.)

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