Stitch Therapy

Discovering me … one stitch at a time


Work and life stuff have been crazy which means very little time for fun things… like blogging and stitching and lying around for hours mindlessly scrolling though Pinterest. Le sigh. What’s a girl to do?

This week I had to commute two days to NYC in the rain [equal parts boring (long train rides with dead cell phone battery) and stressful (meetings with angry people)], get a mammogram, AND go for my annual exam (if you know what I mean). It that isn’t the trifecta of an icky week, I don’t know what is. But enough complaining, let’s catch up on the fun stuff!

Thanksgiving was delicious. Tom’s parents do all of the hosting and cooking, so we just show up and eat. I used to mind this because I love hosting events, but have come to appreciate the benefits of this arrangement!

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Our elf on the shelf returned from the North Pole on Thanksgiving night.

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The boys were pretty excited, but Sammy wasn’t so impressed with his arrival.

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We spent a few days at the beach house. The weather was unseasonably warm and sunny.

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We discovered this new-fangled version of Pac-Man on the boardwalk. Not to brag or anything, but I was kind of a Ms. Pac-Man legend in the day. Isn’t it funny that when people say “not to brag,” they are totally bragging. But since I’m already bragging, I will tell you that I once had the high score on TWO separate Ms. Pac-Man machines at the same time on the boardwalk. Does that make me cooler in your eyes?

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Tom made me DO WORK while we were away, so I took this picture to show how totally hardworking and techie I am (nothing could be further from the truth) with two computers going at once!

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We made it out for dinner one night at our favorite shore spot. We always go for the Early Bird special and I always “pretend” that I don’t realize there is an Early Bird special when the waiter tells us about it.

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When we got home, Littlest was determined to learn how to skate board.

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I didn’t stitch at all, which gave Charlie ample opportunity to really get comfortable in my stitching basket.

First he just sat in it.

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Then he napped in it.

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Then he cleaned his you-know-what in it. UGH! CHARLIE!!!

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We had a strange bird meeting on our patio. There were more birds, but I couldn’t get them all in the picture. So weird, right? Can someone who knows more about birds than I do, tell me what they are doing?

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And, oh happy day(!), I found some cool cross stitch stuff at the thrift store.

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What’s new with you? Happy Thursday!




Oh Christmas Tree…


  1. The Saxon Transylvania designs remind me of the cross-stitching patterns I did in elementary school in Romania. I HAVE to send you a photo of the almost finished table cloth I still have (but don’t use). —– You’re very relaxed to allow Monsieur Charles sit on your cross-stitching projects. I have all my crafts far away from any interference, which means Fabian since we don’t have a puppy (yet – one day!).

    Ugh. At least you got the icky things out of the way. I vaguely remember Ms. Pac Man references in college. Could this be? How many hours did you play at once to get the high scores? Did you play again on this trip? Do you miss it?

  2. Oh! I would love to see your tablecloth! Would you like some of these patterns? (Hint- hint you could start stitching again!) I can scan or mail to you!!!

    My house is a disaster with kids and animals, so no place is really safe.

    Haha… I did play Ms. Pac Man in college. I did play on this trip (the old machine, not this modern version). I wouldn’t say that I miss it, but it is still reaaalllly fun!

    And I have to tell you again… those cupcakes were AMAZING!!!

  3. Oh lady exams are unpleasant! The beach looked fun though. Always great to brag a little 😉 Glad you had a good Thanksgiving! I am just about to start work on the last frame on Storytime.

    Talking of hot weather though, it is Summer where I am so the beach is definitely looking like a great idea!!

  4. Having someone else do Thanksgiving would have come in quite handy this year. I spent 9 hours in the kitchen and less visiting with my kids 🙁 Definitely thinking about going out for X-mas. Is that a bad thing? I have never seen a Pac Man machine like that! I used to be quite the Ms Pac Man player in my day, also 🙂 We can totally brag. A boyfriend and I would go to whatever store or bowling alley that had one and we would spend rolls of quarters playing for hours. I can get to the pretzel 🙂 Not sure about high score, but I was happy. Too bad Charlie couldn’t add a few stitches while he was in that basket all that time.

  5. I vote for going out for Xmas if it means more time with your family! Or order in! Where we are, some of the grocery stores have big meal you can order ahead and make it look like you spent all day in the kitchen. Haha.

    That’s awesome that you got to the pretzel!!! It never ceases to amaze me how much we end up having in common!!!

  6. I just popped over to your blog and saw your progress. Everything looks so great! Can’t wait to see how your wedding sampler turns out.

    It is the opposite here… so cold and dreerie lately. We were just lucky to get a surprise warm and sunny weekend when we were at the beach.

  7. Thanks! Neither Can I! I should have finished ot ages ago, but I get drawn in by so many projects.

  8. i would Love some scans of the patterns. mail is always exciting, but more of a pain to send. THANK YOU for the cupcake love. i still have 2 in the fridge, my best ones. i have to force myself and fabs to eat them when i’m back tomorrow, otherwise we’ll be shackled with them “forever”. —– i’m in basingstoke, uk right now for work. the meetings are quite inspiring but this place must be the armpit of england. they run out of taxis in the morning rush hour because families pre-book them for their kids so they don’t have to take the school bus. i’m at a pretty basic (CRAP) hotel where the front desk told me i should walk for 30 min. because their taxis were all booked out. thankfully a co-worked picked me up. otherwise, i would probably have passed out in a ditch…

  9. Sounds like you had quite a week! I love it when I find xstitch stuff at consignment stores! It doesn’t seem to happen often though.

  10. There’s one shop near me that always has great cross stitch patterns. I have to really control myself!

  11. It would be so hard to eat those works of art! Are you going to make more?

    Ugh… that doesn’t sound like such a fun trip. Are you back yet?

  12. Hi! I know exactly what you mean – isn’t this just the craziest time of year?? I try so hard to enjoy it, but then I remember three more things to add to the list that I forgot. I think Charlie was trying to tell you in his own way that you need to get that stitching out and put a few x’s in!! Lovely pictures of the boys – aren’t they growing so fast that you just can’t quite believe it?? Nicholas needs all new pants. Sigh. Off to add that to the stinking list…..

  13. Yes… way too fast. They are like weeds! Hang in there… It will all get done eventually (hopefully). 🙂

  14. 🙂 We’d be good friends if we lived near each other. I consider you a very sweet blogging friend. Merry Christmas!

  15. Aww Ginny! I couldn’t agree more!

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