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Expecto Patronum!

You know how when the Dementors came around Little Whinging and everything felt depressing and dismal? That’s how it has been in Pennsylvania lately; rainy, cold and downright miserable. I am aching for a sunny day.

My Patronus, Charlie, hard at work.

We are heading to the beach house for the long holiday weekend and have our fingers crossed that the weather will improve. Biggest can’t wait to go crabbing. Littlest can’t wait to play video games on the Boardwalk. Tom can’t wait to go for morning walks with the dogs. And I can’t wait to sport my fanny pack and ride my bike around town.

This week…

Littlest went to Comicon. He looks forward to this every year.

Charlie and Tom (and I) were riveted by the OJ Simpson series on Netflix. I didn’t really follow the trial at the time but GEEZE what a circus! He did it!

I have been obsessed with ferns! I want to plant them everywhere, both inside and out. Which reminds me of the time the boys made up the nickname of “Fern Montague” for me when we were joking around pretending to be fancy people. Unfortunately, the alter ego stuck and Tom dares me on occasion to introduce myself as such when we visit Open Houses. Spoiler alert- I don’t do it!

What’s new with you this week? What’s your Patronus? Do you have an alter ego?

My first quilt!

On Friday, I decided that I wanted to make a quilt. I stopped at a cute sewing store on the way home from work and bought some stuff. Then I went home and laid it all out. I am notoriously bad at math, so I didn’t have enough squares and no extra fabric. So what did I do? I cut up an old shirt! How’s that for improvising?

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I tried to make the pattern random which was surprisingly hard to do. I kept accidentally putting similar fabrics next to each other. The other thing that was surprisingly hard to do was keeping the dogs off of my work. They were obsessed with walking right over my quilt. I really wanted to get sewing, but had to clean up and go to a Mom’s Happy Hour. My life is so hard.

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I started sewing right away on Saturday morning. The corners don’t line up perfectly, but besides that, it was super easy and fast to do.

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Then it was time to add the batting! Tom had borrowed my car so I had to take his stick-shift Jeep to the fabric store. It was HOT and BUMPY and I am NOT GOOD at driving a stick shift, but nothing can stop a woman on a quilt making mission. I was DETERMINED!

By the way, I spotted this book while at the store. How funny!

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And did I just out myself as a nerd? Although who am I kidding, you’ve all figured out that I’m a nerd by now.

I finally got home safely (but sweaty and annoyed) and proceeded to sew on the batting.

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The thing is that I didn’t really “plan” how to make a quilt before I set out to make a quilt. I was just following along to a Martha tutorial without really thinking too much ahead. Martha said to sew on the batting first, then add the backing, then sew bias tape around the edges without mitering the corners. I guess that her instructions are for a more rustic looking quilt which is great and all, but I kinda wish that I had looked at other methods before diving into this one. Oh well… live and learn.

At this point, I got too tired to deal with the edging and backing so I abandoned my quilt for dinner and some relaxing.

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On Sunday, we went to a christening. Tom was the godfather, which was crazy for so many reasons! The baby was super cute though (as was the godfather). We visited and ate and went home.

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And so ended another wild weekend around here.

Here we are again.

I have been in a horrific mood lately. I feel like how Max looks at the beginning of Where the Wild Things Are.

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I went clothes shopping on Saturday. Clothes shopping is the worst when you’ve put on weight. So depressing.

Tom felt really sick all weekend, so we made a fine pair. Me- cranky. Him- sick.

On Sunday, Stephanie and I went to an arts festival. It was fun, but I was hot (See? More cranky). I did buy a cute old crewelwork piece. I’ll eventually take a picture for you.

The highlight (besides getting to hang out with Steph!) was THIS:

Harry Potter!

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Isn’t he a shoe-in? I like that he is holding his wand out as if in mid-spell for our photo.

Last night, I made sweet potato rolls to go with dinner. We are a carb-loving family, so I thought these would be a nice treat. I put the dough in the oven to rise and went about my business. Unfortunately, that business included forgetting about the dough and preheating the oven to start roasting the chicken. Seriously?! I forgot all about the dough until I smelled the towel (that was covering it) burning. Yikes!

The dough was kinda salvaged, but it lost its luster after almost setting the kitchen on fire.

And now it’s Monday. I am leaving for NY in a few hours. This is going to be a LOOOOOOOONG week.

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