Monthly Archives: July 2009

Really great weekend..

Boom wants to start getting some of our many home projects done in the next few month. This weekend, Boom worked on painting the insides and shelves of the glass front cabinets.  He is nearly done, after working 8+ hours on both Saturday and Sunday.

On Sunday, Yarbs and I spent most of the day together – had lunch then did a bunch of shopping.  I ended up getting quite a few items, but the sales were so great that I got them all for excellent prices.

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Here are Yarbs and I – I am wearing the awesome new sunglasses Yarbs gave to me for my birthday, and she is sporting her new Hollywood Intuition sunglasses – very cute and quite a value! I love getting to spend time with my best gal – she is just the best!  I wish we could see each other more, but we are both very busy.

After Yarbs left in the late afternoon, I decided I should start getting some baby crafts out of the way – OMG – the two blankets I made came out SOOOO cute!  I love them!  and they weren’t too difficult.

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I combo’ed two tutorials so that I could use what I had on hand – one from Purl Bee and one from Martha Stewart – and made the two blankets above.  One side is off white / light yellow flannel and the other side is light weight polka dots and a slightly heavier weight
green toile.  I found the slightly heavier weight fabric worked a little bit better.  The rick rack really makes the blanket – it is a little hard to work with to make sure it shows up on the edge, but I figured it out and really like it!

I need some more flannel to make more blankets!  I also know 2 ladies that are expecting (3 babies total!) so I am sure I’ll be making them a blanket or two – I hear you need lots of them once the baby arrives.  I think making some washcloths would be good as well.  and maybe blankets with cotton fleece – so many possibilities!

I haven’t touched my sewing machine in probably 4-6 months.  It felt really good to start crafting again!  I hope I can keep up the momentum!

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A little dumber for having read it…

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I can totally see the value of light, summer reading, but this book was really too much (or just too little, I guess).  I had some time on my hands when were were on vacation, so I finished three books.  One I loved (more on that one in a separate post), one was fine, but this one was just ri-donk-ulous!  I hated Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City book (though I did love the TV show!) and so I probably should have known I’d hate Shopaholic and Baby.  I have never read The Devil Wears Prada, but I bet I’d feel the same way.

Not to say I hate all light reading – I didn’t hate Baby Proof by Emily Giffin, which I also finished this vacation, or The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg.  I finished that one before we left – it was recommended by Augusten Burroughs on NPR.  Ok, well, maybe that last one is not exactly light reading, but it was definitely easy reading – I didn’t love it but I certainly didn’t hate it.

Currently I have Other Voices, Other Rooms, by Truman Capote in the queue, also recommended by Augusten Burroughs, and am in the midst of The Good Parents, by Joan London, also an NPR recommendation.  I am glad I am reading more again – I was off the reading wagon for longer than I would like to admit.  Just need to stay away from the books that make me feel like I am getting dumber…

Va-Kay…

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We’re out of h-e-double-hockey-sticks heat of H-town for a little over a week – so not much time to post when I can be reading, napping, walking on the beach, etc.

I am really loving this cool weather!  I feel bad for the folks here not from an extremely warm place – as it has been downright cool (and rainy) most days and nights.  But I can get plenty of sun when we go back to H-town, right now I am just enjoying sleeping with the windows opens, and being chilly!

Lots of family time, but ’tis a good thing, since Boom doesn’t get to see them all much.  And lots of good food – I think tonight we are having baked stuffed lobsters and home made clam chowder!  Good thing I am not on a diet or anything.

Today the final sister will arrive with the twins, so then there will be 6 kids, under the age of 10.  I love that I’ve known Boom, and his family, for so many years.  It is just great.  I really feel bad for people who don’t like their in-laws, everyone on Boom’s side is quite nice and I am quite fortunate to have married into such a nice family.  Perhaps I should try to learn how to make clam chowder today… that might be a task too daunting…