Monday, April 30, 2007

Things are as usual, and they're pretty good

So, we've been cleaning and organizing this weekend. I've actually been enjoying that. We had a crew out to clean up the yard on Saturday, and it's looking really good. We went through all the videos and dvd's and got rid of lots of the videos. If anyone wants John Travolta's made-for-tv-movie, "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble" I do have that available.

I finished the table cloth and the tie, and took my dress to get altered on Friday. I have fabric for a table runner, so I think I'll work on that some.

We made turkey yesterday, so I'm going to put together a turkey pot pie before work today. I still haven't made those muffins, so maybe I'll do that tonight for breakfasts this week.

It's been getting pretty hot lately, so we've been working on getting the pool cleaned up so we can swim. I'm actually pretty excited about swimming soon.

So, I've been trying my best to resist starting a new project until all the wedding one's are finished. I'm getting impatient for the wedding, it's going to be totally fun. And it'll be nice to just relax and enjoy it, and then not worry about anymore planning afterward.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

I am getting sleepy....

So, tonight I'm going to get hypnotized with Emily. Supposedly this will make us crave dessert and pizza no longer. I'm figuring that at least it will be relaxing.

I was so sick yesterday, feeling very fever-y and dizzy, and then later with very bad stomach issues. I suppose I just picked up another virus. I'm going to start taking echinacea.

I've been embroidering lately, so no knitting progress. But I've finished Sunday and I'm almost done with Monday on a set of tea towels with patterns from Aunt Martha's. That's going on hold today because I'm starting on Ben's tie for the wedding. And I got some fabric to be a tablecloth, so I have to hem that today too.

Anyway, it's a good thing I'm feeling more human today because I've got lots I want to get done. I want to get Ben's tie cut, and put together at least to the point of the hand sewing in the back. I have to hem the tablecloth and decide if I'm going to embroider on it. I'm headed out this morning to see about getting my dress altered. I'm planning to bake some muffins, and I'm putting together a boiled dinner for tonight. So, I've got lots to keep me busy today.

Columbo has found a new favorite place to hang out. He's going to be sad when I find a permenent place to store that for the summer.

I want to learn to quilt. I've always had very little interest in it, preferring clothing projects. But I was reading a book the other day and the characters were hand-piecing a quilt and that really appealed to me. I don't know why it didn't occur to me sooner that I could make the whole quilt by hand, but that sounds fun to learn. Maybe I'll sign up for a class at the quilt store down from the Curves. But after the wedding. I'm not crazy enough to start something new right now.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Somewhere over the Rainbow

Just something I found for Ben because he thought I was making up that this song is pretty on steel guitar.

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Not only have I managed to keep this miniature rose plant alive since Valentine's Day, I have managed to keep it alive enough to actually produce roses. These are not the blooms that came with it. These are new. And that has to be some kind of miracle for me.

Yesterday I was so tired, I could have just cried. In fact, I might have a little. I didn't sleep much at all the night before, and I had a much busier day than usual at work, so I was just exhausted by the time I got home. But last night I slept so well, so today I've been getting lots of housework done. I'm doing three loads of laundry, lots of dishes, vaccumed the floors and the couch. It's just so much nicer and more restful to be a really clean house.

I don't know what I'm going to make for dinner tonight. We really need to get some groceries, but I don't know if I have the energy for that on my bike today. I'll have to go with the car when Ben gets home.

I finished the pillowcases completely and they're on the pillows on the bed right now. They look so pretty and match our quilt.

Regular readers may remember a project from around March two years ago. A set of heirloom pillowcases for Wayne and Jolee for their wedding that took a terrible turn and had to be hidden. Well, I've worked up my courage to fix those mistakes and got them out on Monday. I took out the embroidery that was misspelled, and am going to work on putting the right spelling in today. The main pillowcase part was also a big disaster in this project because I stained one of them with fray check. So I got some new fabric over the weekend to make different main parts. Now they will have a navy blue pillow with a green tatted insertion with a light blue cuff with embroidery. I hope that turns out pretty. So the plan is first to re-embroider, then to sew new cases with the new fabric, then to stitch the pillowcase to the insertion to the cuff. That will have to be done by hand because I can't stitch the tatting on the machine. Well, I guess I could stitch the tatting on the machine, but I just wouldn't be able to bring myself to do it. Hopefully I can post some new pictures of this project later.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Pot vines and pillowcases

Okay, I've never actually seen pot growing in real life, but my crazy sweet potato vine is making me think of it every time I look at it. Or I think, "What the heck am I going to do with that huge thing that's taking over?"

Here's the pillowcases. I really am almost done with the second one, and then I'll just have to wash the hoop marks out. Hopefully I can finish up the second one on our trip this week. I'm planning to nap and knit and embroider and get a massage tomorrow. And I'm looking forward to it super hard.

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Still Tired, but Feeling Happier

So, I'm having a pretty good week. I'm still very tired at the end of everyday (and through most of the middle of it), but I'm not feeling as down about that. I guess I'm just getting better at getting things done when I have the energy and resting when I have to. I just can't stand when the house is messy, so I never feel good resting even if I do feel exhausted when there are dishes to do, etc. But I'm learning to think ahead with that.

Work is going well. The new owner takes over completely next week. That's a little strange and new, but I think it'll be fun. She seems pretty nice and fun, so that's cool.

I've been having photographer angst for the convalidation ceremony. At first I was worried I wouldn't be able to find one we could fit in the budget. (Thanks again for the tip Pam, but Michelle doesn't do weekdays or wedding type things.) A few different leads fell through, so I was a little frustrated. Not to mention, did you know that professional wedding photography costs THOUSANDS of dollars. Ugh. BUT, one of the ladies at Curves suggested I check craigslist and now I have my pick of amateur, part-time, and student photographers who are all very nice and affordable. So now my problem is knowing how to decide on the right one. Oh man.

So, I've got a beef with wedding planning. In fact, I had the same problem when I was planning our original wedding. I think it might actually be morally wrong to pay as much as five or six thousand dollars for pictures. Or five hundred to a thousand for cake. Or ten thousand on a dress. And this is not me being cheap or worrying about budget. I'm seriously debating the morality of the money spent on weddings. It's like as soon as a service hears "wedding" the price for the very same service or product will triple or quadruple. Because they use some kind emotional blackmail to make brides demand things. And brides demanding things is one of the most powerful consumer forces ever. At least I think.

Why this topic? Well, I've been thinking about our sacramental ceremony and how it might be nice to have some of the things we couldn't afford the first time, like limos and a professional photographer and a professional cake. And I think I almost fell for the whole "most important day of your life" line. Which is silly, because you can only have one MOST important day, so which one would I pick? Anyway, we might get the limo, and of course, we'll hire someone to take pictures, though not a flashy photog. But I will be making the cake again, and I will be doing my own flowers again. And I'll probably do my own hair and makeup. And I might just get a flash of self-satisfied pride (which I'm sure is as serious a sin as decadence in the first place) for not falling for the popular culture attitude that places a bride as head consumer and makes consumerism for the wedding as important as the marriage.

On a less rant-y note, tonight Ben and I are headed for Tucson. He has a conference to go to, and I got invited along to stay at the resort too. We'll be there till Friday morning. I'm thinking exfoliating treatment and massage tomorrow. Oh yeah. I've been promising myself a massage as a reward for working out regularly since Oct. I think it's time I've earned it. So that's pretty awesome.

Project wise, I'm about seventy percent done with the second pillowcase of the set. My dress is still no farther than being a bunch of pieces. I need to start a knitting project for the trip, because I think that'll be easier to travel with than the embroidery.

I'm promising pictures later. Pictures of my crazy sweet potato vines that are taking over the kitchen and the pillowcases. And maybe Logan's birthday present, because I'm feeling proud of it. But for now I have to get to work, so pictures this afternoon.

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Friday, April 06, 2007

No One Likes My Ministry

Okay, I'm sure that's not it. But no one came to the meeting last night, so we're going to have to try a new tactic. Ben thinks kicking things off with a pot luck and a mailer to lots and lots of people will be a good start. And I'm always up for a pot luck, so that'll be cool.

Diamondbacks Stitch n Pitch is on May 6th. I'm going to talk to Ben about going, but I totally want to, it was fun last year. And Detroit has their's in Sept. so I think I should buy tickets for me and ma and whoever and fly home and go to that one too. Oh yeah.

I've been having fun at work lately. I'm so glad that I found a job that I like doing. I still get a little weird about leaving the house, I'm not sure why that gives me anxiety. Probably because I hardly ever left the house for four years. So it's just habit not to want to, I guess. But once I'm at work, I always have a good time and I'm not watching the clock constantly or anything. My favorite part is training new people on the machines I think. I guess I do actually like teaching.

As for projects, I did cut a piece of tulle into one long strip and started knitting that into a scrubby square for the kitchen. And I've been working on my pillowcase. That's what I did last night while we waited out the meeting time. It's going to be pretty when I finish. I have not started sewing my dress, which is a shame, as it's all cut out and ready to go. But maybe next week. I'm not sure what I'm going to wear for Easter this year. I'd wear my new wedding dress if I didn't want to not wear it before the wedding. But I think it'll make a nice Easter dress next year.

If you know anyone who does photography part time in the Phoenix/Chandler area, please let me know! I'm on a search. This is where last minute decisions leave me, but I do have faith that I can get anything done in a month if I put my mind to it.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Recess Games

Ben joined a kickball league. Last night was his first game. He made a pretty good kick, but then he fell down on his way to first base and hurt his knee. I think his knee is doing better today, he spent the night with it on pillows and with an ice pack. This will happen every week. Well, the game will, hopefully the falling down and hurting himself will not.

Things have been going fairly well. I'm having a frustrating week because I'm hormonally emotional, which I've been trying my best to remember are not real emotions. Also, all I want to eat is nachos with guacomole. Just typing that made me hungry. Ugh.

I baked some muffins the other day from a recipe in the Curves magazine, diane. They turned out really well, and are a much easier alternative to oatmeal and fruit for Ben's breakfast, as he can take it with him and doesn't have to sit down to eat it. And I don't have to get out of bed for him to have a muffin for breakfast. I think they will be instituted regularly.

I've got my dress, we went to Tucson to pick it up at David's Bridal this past weekend. Now I just need my new bras to come from Lane Bryant so I can figure out if I have to do anything with the fit at the bust.

At the moment, I am planning to make the cake and do the flowers. And there will be lots of food all weekend for our guests, so it's going to be a busy time. I think I should start making lists and see what I can do ahead of time. The cake I can have done by Wed even. Buttercream is amazing when it comes to keeping a cake moist and fresh.

Ben has Friday off because it's Good Friday, so we'll probably go to Mass that day. I'm trying to figure out what I should do for Easter dinner. I'm definately leaning the way of ham and mashed potatoes and biscuits. Yummy.

Today, I'm doing a little baking of some treats for the Newly Married Couples group meeting tomorrow night. I'm planning brownies and celery with peanutbutter and deviled eggs. Hopefully someone will show up to eat them. I'm going to keep it all at a minimum just in case we end up having to finish it all off ourselves.

Project-wise, I've gotten my new dress all cut out but have not started construction yet, and I'm still working on the first of the pair of the pillowcases. I'm hoping that after my cleaning today, I can get to work on either of those. I don't have anything particular started on the knitting scene, but I do have lots of projects in stash stage, so I should probably go shopping in my yarn for something to have for knitting. I was wishing that I'd had some knitting last night, as my embroidery just seemed a little TOO dorky to pull out among the "cool kids" at the kickball game. Or maybe I should just stop having such a hard time being myself when it comes to people my own age.

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