My goal for today is to not have someone ask me if I made my shirt myself. I’ll keep you updated.
I finished up two shirts that I started the day I dropped my machine off for service (2 1/2 weeks ago – that’s a pretty short turnaround time for me from start to completion).
Pardon the headless shot - I hadn't put on makeup or done my hair yet, and my photographer was leaving the house.
The fabric was $5.98/yard, and this shirt used one yard, so… two shirts for $12! Good deal! (I’m counting the pattern as free, since I bought it many years ago to make a Christmas shirt.)
A few notes on this project: I have made Vogue 2611 before, though last time I made the fluttery-sleeve version, and I didn’t make it with a jersey. I like it much better with jersey – it is fitted just enough and drapes well. I did have to take in the sides just a bit under the arms, but I’m assuming chestier women would not have this problem. The front drape part is supposed to be finished, but since this is a knit, I didn’t do anything (it won’t unravel in the wash). Because it drapes so much, and because I didn’t finish the edge, I have it tucked into my bra, which actually works well to protect my modesty (otherwise I’d have to clutch at the neckline every time I leaned over slightly).
The drape at the neck is quite low (though not the lowest cut version of this pattern), so that might be an issue for someone with significant cleavage (I have no idea, having never had that problem). The back neckline and arm holes are finished with single-fold bias tape, which makes a nice edge. I used my twin needle on the bottom hem so that it looks like a store-bought shirt. I made both shirts at the same time, hoping to minimize the time it would take (assembly-line and all). It basically took me two evenings to complete these, not including cutting out the fabric.
I’m kinda bummed that the long-sleeved versions are wrap-front instead of the drape – they take significantly more fabric (3 yards compared to 1), and I really like the drape (it creates the illusion of a bust, which I always appreciate).
I also made those pants, but that was nearly two years ago. You can tell that I’ve lost weight because the pants are way too baggy – I think I need to take them in at the waist a bit so they don’t look quite so silly (though in person they look better, especially with short heels). I’m thinking two darts at the front will work (there’s a side zipper, so I’d rather not take in the sides) – there are already darts on the back. I love, love, love these pants. The fabric was $2/yard, and they are so comfy!
Total outfit cost: $11.50.
Admittedly, Friday night was a late one (and we were the first to leave the party! several people showed up as we were leaving), complete with multiple glasses of wine and champagne, and a fabulous dessert that took 12 hours to make. The wine was able to win a small victory over the large quantity of espresso powder in the dessert, and I slept in quite late on Saturday. I may have pulled myself out of bed by 10; I ate some breakfast, went downstairs, and within half an hour was back upstairs sleeping. I know, I know. Shameful.
Later that day, decided it was important that I know that while it may seem like my life is difficult, clearly his is more so.
An unmade bed is the comfiest, you know.
I tried to do some yard work, but I didn’t get very far. It was much too hot outside. I also slept in on Sunday. After doing some yard work (cleaning up all the branches dropped in the storms, pruning some bushes back too much, dead-heading the daylilies), I took a nap. Again, the cats felt the need to show me up.
Matea prefers the Poang in the bedroom,
while Korben again chooses an unmade bed (actually, it's partially made, in an attempt to curtail this behavior - clearly it didn't work).
I made progress on our bedroom curtains, though not enough to show you.
Instead, you get this cute picture of a chipmunk that Prince Charming took.
I also did some homework, played some piano, and didn’t vacuum like I should have. Oh well. I was seriously tired the entire weekend. And this morning was no better. Perhaps I should have stayed home – I really wasn’t worth that much here at work. I think it might be related to my allergies – is that possible? It’s either that or I’m dying. Whatever it is that I’m allergic to in the outside world (not my skin allergies, the other ones) is floating around in abundance right now. My phone app said the allergen index yesterday was 2.2 (on a 12 scale), but, as pointed out, that’s just a composite. It felt like at least 11 to me – I even started to get that itching inside my ears. No fun.
So, I didn't spend any time actually in my hammock over the weekend, but here it is all set up! We hung up my new hummingbird feeder just around the corner, on a low-hanging branch, so maybe I'll get to share some pictures of new visitors.
I did have a lovely extended birthday celebration, all the way into Sunday (we forgot to go get ice cream on Saturday, so we went to Coldstone on Sunday!). We had some major storms here over the weekend (including the one on Friday night that made a ton of people late for the party), so not only did I not get the rest of the weeding done, our yard is full of mushrooms. I should be happy that the plants are all thriving in all this water, though, right? The squash, cucumbers, lettuce, and peas are all doing quite well. The carrots are slow-growing, and the tomato plants are making progress (I did finally cull out one of the plants that was overcrowding the really healthy looking one). It’s almost time to start trellising some of the vinier ones.
I seem to be finally waking up – perhaps lunch will help. I’m kinda wishing I could re-introduce caffeine into my system (on a regular basis, Friday night’s dessert notwithstanding). Instead, I’ll just remind myself how much I enjoy not itching and not wearing elbow braces frequently. And maybe I’ll take myself for a walk.
I am very tired today – I took multiple naps over the weekend, so I’m not really sure what’s going on. At any rate, I’ll leave it up to other people to provide today’s entertainment.
Birthday cards flooded our mailbox last week, several with very humorous sentiments written inside. This first one was in a card from Grandma:
Thanks again for helping Alison with the brunch. You are quite a baker. Go Girl Go! You are so thin (do you eat your baked stuff?).
Next up, this one from one of my aunts, also reflecting on the family brunch:
It was also quite clear that Grant and see the two of you as their fav aunt and uncle!
I wasn’t the only one to get funny mail. got a thank you and passed this on to me:
Grandma’s comment – “I didn’t know Kelly could bake.”
Can’t beat family, can you? Love it.
There’s too much hate in this world. Just sayin’. I am not exempt to this. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all just take it down a notch?
Also, I finally remembered to Google “what’s wrong with my oak tree?” and actually found the answer! We actually have a fungi infections, but it is not damaging or treatable (at least not by the homeowner). They just make the tree look less pretty. (If you’re curious, we have Oak leaf blister. The important thing is that we don’t have Oak Wilt, which is bad, bad, bad.) The second weird thing with our tree? Apparently it’s flowering. That’s what that brown, mossy, falling in clumps stuff is. Weird. Not exactly the stuff bouquets are made out of.
Apparently getting little sleep makes me sensitive to sound. One might say “irritable.” Maybe that’s a “duh” statement, but I swear for the first half of the day every noise someone made brought me this much closer to snapping. Again, the White Noise app saved the day.
Last night, I was quite sure that I had lost the 4GB memory card for our camera. I thought I’d brought it to work, but tore apart my purse twice and couldn’t find it. Then I looked around the house, I retraced my steps this morning… nothing. Plus, we couldn’t find the 1GB card either. So, no picture-taking.
And then, this morning, while going through my purse for a third time, there it was. I swear someone was playing a joke on me, because I’d looked in that same spot at least half a dozen times. I’m quite glad that the dorky pictures I took of myself to commemorate my birthday aren’t roaming around there for someone else to mock. No, I will not share. You got enough dorky pictures yesterday.
[Editor's note: I totally took a picture of myself this morning to share with y'all, and left the memory card at home. Bummer. So, I've included a photo montage of strange pictures of myself at 's wedding. Also, since I had so very many parenthetical thoughts, I've italicized them to help you keep the train of thought. You know, as much as possible. ]
Me, looking like a dork, just weeks ago.
I am 32 today. And, I think I’m OK with that. Let’s see… yes, yes, life is pretty good. I have more bad hair days than good, my skin finally cleared up, I’m the same weight I was at 22 (I weighed myself yesterday to see how much damage my uncontrolled love of Caramel Nut Clusters had done, and the answer was none – I’m totally wedding day weight still – high five!), I have a job and a husband and a house… I think there’s nothing to complain about.
My father-in-law gave me a gift certificate to a fancy seafood restaurant downtown, so that’s fun. doesn’t like seafood, so my consumption of it dropped dramatically upon marrying him (it’s OK, his consumption of spaghetti and Manwich dropped too). Fun to have a night out (plus, don’t good seafood places usually serve steak too? no one will starve). My mother-in-law made me a necklace, which I have not photographed, but it is lovely.
gave me a cutting board (a replacement for an earlier one that was warped by the dishwasher) and bird seed (in the hopes, or perhaps knowledge, that someone would be getting me a bird feeder).
gave me a hummingbird feeder (so exciting!), an iTunes app store gift card, and a pair of socks. Yesterday several birthday cards came in the mail. I’m feeling pretty good about myself. (I should totally share with you some of the comments in cards I’ve gotten lately, because they’re awe.some.)
We’re going out to dinner tonight (Don Pablos – I had a craving – there will be a margarita), then pulling up part of our deck, and I have a massage scheduled at 9 (they keep calling because I have 7 massages saved up, and getting one on my birthday sounded like a fabulous idea). We’re going over to ‘s for dinner and a party tomorrow night (celebrating ‘s birthday* as well as mine). The fun never stops. Oh, you don’t usually spend your birthday working on your deck? Bummer for you. As it is, we have a plumber coming out tomorrow to install a backflow preventer, so that we can make progress on our in-ground sprinkler system. We’re DIY-ing, and I’ll probably photo-document the whole thing and share it with you when we’re all done. At any rate, in order for the plumber to be able to do his job, we need to pull up some boards on the deck so he can get to the faucet. Since Monday and Tuesday night I spent writing a paper, and Wednesday night I had class, so this is the only time to do it.
Fine, you can have a nice picture of me.
Since there’s no time between now and then to get some Coldstone (with cake in it, of course), do you think I can pull off a “birthday visit” on Saturday?
This is the first "couple" picture we've taken since the wedding. I thought it was time to update.
* – you may or may not be getting a gift from me tomorrow. Things have been ordered, but I only one has arrived, and I got a shipping confirmation today, so I’m guessing that one won’t be here by tomorrow; no shipping info on the rest. Sorry! I was indecisive and didn’t order your gift until Monday.
Note: I upgraded my theme, and I think everything should remain the same (for you), but let me know if you see anything hinky. It makes me very nervous to upgrade (which is why I was upgrading from 3.4.6 to 3.5.1 – missed a few in there).
Confession – I have not been getting very good sleep this week. I am fully cognizant that parents of young children (or any children living at home, perhaps), quite frequently get poor sleep, so I try not to complain. I think I spent more time Sunday night awake than asleep, but then I hopped on Facebook and saw that my friend had been up all night with contractions, and I thought my complaint wasn’t really that big of a deal (she had her little girl yesterday morning!). And while Monday and Tuesday nights were better, I’d really like to get a solid chunk of sleep in one of these nights. Maybe an early birthday present from the sleep gods?
Last night, I did actually get my paper written, and it was printed out by 8:30! I think that it is a solid paper; not perfect, but I completed the assignment with grammatically correct English. It was a rough one, as I’ve said before, and last night I resorted to using the White Noise app on my iPhone (I think I downloaded it thinking I might get to use it at work), which I had not used yet. It worked quite well, and I listened to thunderstorms for 2 1/2 hours while I wrote. I may or may not have grumpily shooed out of the room so I could get started. And… we’ll get the next paper assignment tonight. No rest, I tell ya.
Though I haven’t had a chance to sew anything lately, I have been dreaming up ideas for Doll Quilt Swap 9. It’s a secret swap, meaning that my partner has no idea who I am. As long as I don’t give too much away, I can post as many pictures and thoughts as I want.
These were my first two ideas, evidencing my amazing drawing skills. I'm a fan of the small one (which might be hard to envision from this sketch and my description), as I've never done fussy-cutting and think it would work well with my partner's requests.
I was looking for some possible images to embroider for those half-square triangles above when I came across these guys…
They're called brownies, and aren't they cute? Summery and playful? I had Prince Charming draw the sun for me, which you understand after witnessing my abilities above. The bottom right corner I'm keeping as a surprise.
The discussion on Flickr was strongly in favor of the brownies, so I think that’s the direction I’ll take. Now, to pick out fabrics that my partner will like…
I’m hoping to get a grant project wrapped up today at work. I have class tonight, so nothing too interesting going on – pretty much your average Wednesday over here.
OK, I wasn’t going to post anything else today, but I cannot get these songs out of my head!
So, if you have 10 minutes and need to be entertained, here you go… KS95 re-made Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” into “Minnesota Girls.” If you haven’t heard the Katy Perry version, here’s the video on YouTube*. Here’s the KS95 version, which cracks me up. If you take out all the Minnesota-isms (“ya, you betcha” and “oh sure”), it pretty much holds true for most midwesterners, so as long as you know a Minnesotan or anyone who lives in the midwest, you should find it amusing.
*I haven’t actually watched this video, as that is inadvisable on my current internet connection. I assume that it’s PG-13, but can’t promise anything. The KS95 version is rated G (in my opinion).
brought me some goodies when she came over this weekend, and I thought I’d share.
Dad's sock monkey, just chillin' on the piano. Yes, that's my crewelwork that I finally framed there in the background.
Maybe you couldn't see this guy clearly. A train. A pony train. Of my name. Bet you don't have one of these. Bet you're totally jealous. (Yes, it needs a bit of work - some sanding or painting perhaps, but I think it's supercute.)
I think it's completely appropriate on top of the piano. Not that there was any doubt it belonged to anyone else. I didn't have anything else going on the top of the piano right now anyway (except for a bunch of nails sticking out of the wall behind it, left over from Christmas decorations - I really need to pull those out, because they're driving me crazy).
And, here’s a picture to justify why I don’t have any more content to share with you today:
This is how I spent my evening. Trying to turn these diagrams of that book into a paper. It didn't go well. (Correction: Two paragraphs, nearly one whole page, are written. It only has to be 5 pages long, so at this rate... ugh.)
Thankfully, the next section of class will not require diagrams or philosophical thought (we’re studying the New Deal).
[Editor's note: before I forget, it's 's birthday today! Happy 29th!]
Going through Google Reader, I’ve come to the conclusion that my weekend did not have nearly enough cake in it. In fact, it had NO cake whatsoever. Granted, this is how I could describe 95% of my weekends, but still. I did, however, have some donuts that ‘s dad brought over, and they were tasty. Regardless, I think I will attempt to have some cake next weekend. (I’m leaning towards cake cake, not cupcakes. I know they’re the same, but they’re not. Who will help me eat a whole cake though?)
I spent a good portion of the weekend weeding, which is exactly as exciting as it sounds. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 hours. In that time, I got 90% of the south gardens (front and back) weeded. I didn’t even touch the north landscaped areas or the ones in front of the house. I had declared war on the weeds, however, and I think I won. I will continue fighting the battle by 1) finishing up the job, and 2) going back out next weekend to remove any stragglers that I missed this weekend. Since I had declared war on the weeds, volunteered to take my turn at mowing the lawn (genius on his part, really, since it means I didn’t ask him to help weed). By Sunday night, we were looking much more respectable.
I did pick up my sewing machine on Friday night, and it is absolutely perfectly clean. Not a speck of dust on it. But, if you remember last Friday’s excited post about getting it back and making up two shirts, you can laugh at me now. The machine made it into my office, but it’s not even plugged in yet. Well, I did have better and more important things to do.
It was a great weekend, despite all the chores and homework (I finally gave up and decided to re-read the book, and attempt to diagram the arguments, so that I can write my paper, which I’ll be doing tonight). I didn’t put on a speck of make-up or turn on my curling iron, so it was a very… informal weekend. I think the only time I left the house was on Saturday when we determined we didn’t have a marinade for dinner (and those 15 minutes at Cub barely qualify as “out of the house,” especially since I didn’t bother to put on a bra or fix my hair or switch out of my sandals).
came over Sunday night for a gift exchange. I had the other half of her wedding gift (a wall decal that reads, “All because two people fell in love”), and she had my birthday present (as well as a thank you for doing stuff for the wedding present, and a few of ‘s things she didn’t want anymore – pictures of those will appear later this week). We talked about nails and honeymoons, and had a lovely stir-fry (I can say that because I made it).
I only watched bits of the World Cup games, which were disappointing. And, it took us two evenings, but we watched Ponyo finally, which was supposed to be great, but we didn’t get it. Oh well.
And that’s about it. Pictures later in the week, because I didn’t have time to take them this morning, and it was already dark last night when I thought of it.
When I was doing the Friday Fill-Ins earlier, I really wanted to write that I was looking forward to picking up my sewing machine tonight, but I knew that was highly unlikely since I dropped it off last Friday and they told me two weeks. Strangely, I had a feeling that I would get it tonight, though I had no reason to think this and I’m not prone to premonitions.
But the shop called 15 minutes ago to let me know I can come pick it up tonight.
So, there you have it.
Last night I cut out two shirts (might as well get clothing prepped to be sewn even if I can’t actually do the sewing), and I was planning on cutting out a pair of capris tonight (I hadn’t thought past tonight, but I have quite a few things matched up that I could prep). How exciting that I can sew up the shirts tonight (or sometime this weekend)! They’re very simple, just a front and back piece, so two side seams, shoulder seams, and some hemming. Plus, they’re knit, so no need to go to the extra work of French seams or anything complicated.
What else do I get excited about? Pretty blue cars (I really need to get over that – there are so many more important aspects of a car), chocolate, the new Starbucks Frappuccino that I can get in decaf (I can’t tell if they’re just not as good as they used to be, or if, since giving up caffeine nearly two years ago, my tastes have changed that much – they’re still tasty, but not as good as I remember them), jeans Friday, flip-flops, Dairy Queen Blizzards, watching my garden grow, fitting into my pants (perhaps in contradiction with some earlier mentions), my nephews, sunshine (it’s been a very rainy June), the cute animal pictures sends me during class each week, 3:45 pm (I’m off at 3:50)….
What silly things make you happy?
- Ideally I’d get to the bus station before 6:58.
- It was the reason, of course, that mattered most.
- Hiding my geekiness is something I no longer feel the need to do.
- I have another errand to run, then we can play more Super Mario Brothers Galaxy 2.
- Don’t look to others for happiness… just go find it.
- What were once vices will always be vices (just under-control vices).
- And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to nothing (I have no plans), tomorrow my plans include attempting to grasp the main concepts of a book so I can write a paper on it and Sunday, I want to wake up to a house that is magically clean (so I don’t have to vacuum – hey, a girl can dream)!
Via Friday Fill-Ins
I have so much to be thankful for today! While I mentioned most of it earlier today, some of it is new, and I’m in a good mood, so I’m sharing.
- Good hair days.
- Job security.
- Getting spoiled. (When I got home from class last night, there was a path of candles leading me outside to where had set up my hammock for me. How cute is that?)
- Food. I really like food. (I’m hungry right now, can you tell?) So thankful to not be dieting anymore.
- Great friends.
- Funny, funny family members.
- Awesome in-laws.
- All those who fought hard for the world we have today. (We’re studying the 1934 Truck Driver’s Strike in class, and it is just amazing to think about not having the right to unionize, or a 40-hour week, or unemployment benefits.)
- Finishing projects, even if 20 more are waiting in the wings. Doesn’t it feel good to be done?
- Some fantastic co-workers.
- The amazingness of having blogged for 7 years now!
- My grandpa turned 97 last Friday, and on Sunday, my 91-year-old grandma drove the two of them an hour to ‘s house for a Father’s Day dinner. There are so many things about that sentence to be thankful for.
- Mr Clean Magic Erasers – is there nothing they can’t fix?
- Our house. I love our house.
- Two snuggly kitties.
- Everything that I take for granted.
- Every one of the 11,687 days I have been on this earth (yes, I took leap years into account). Not all of them were fun, but they have gotten me to this place and made me the person I am.
Wow. It’s not every day that I come up with over 11,000 things to be thankful for. Must be an awesome day.
Photo overload! Finally, I have some pictures to share with you. took all of these, but I snagged them and edited them myself, so they’re not the official pictures (does that make sense?). But, I couldn’t wait any longer and wanted to share, so hopefully he won’t mind.
There wasn't a rehearsal dinner, so we ran through the ceremony before guests started showing up (and, obviously, before most of us decided to change into our dress clothes).
The boys didn't come super early with Alison, but they were still quite early, and spent some time hanging out.
And it seems I am not the only one who cannot stop taking pictures of them. Can you blame any of us? Sometimes I just want to eat them up!
Then, the main event, the reason we were there (and wearing uncomfortable shoes), was finally upon us. Here they are, exchanging rings.
Note: look at those heels! Every time I felt uncomfortable in mine, I looked at hers and told myself to stop complaining. It worked for most of the day.
And, here's the happy couple! A bit blurry, and quite cropped, but you can see the look on their faces, and it explains everything.
Me and the best man
Alison and the groomsman
There was a lovely reception in the church narthex (the area outside the sanctuary). I got to talk to my family - pictured here are Aunt Jane and Uncle Darrell and Uncle Ed. (I was introduced to the woman in the black top, I don't remember who she is - from the grooms' side definitely).
There was a lot of baby holding during the reception. OK, Joey's 15 months old. Is he really a baby? My arms were killing me when I finally put him down!
There is also a photo of me holding Grant as he eats a cupcake (the tables were super tall and there were no chairs), which everyone thought was quite brave of me, especially since pictures hadn't been taken yet. They didn't even know about the Easter cupcake incident. It all turned out fine - not a drop of frosting smooshed into my dry clean only dress. There is a picture of this, somewhere on a relative's camera.
There was a second reception for family only, a family dinner. The room we were in had a door to this nice little outside area, so some pictures were taken.
Us girls. (We debated about how we should hold our arms, and I think we could have chosen better. Oh well. We're all smiling and no one is blinking, so we'll call it a win.)
And then there was some goofing around. I think Mom was channeling her inner Alison for this one.
This was taken while we stood outside getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. I like this one because the look on my face is quite funny - why is it that I am always captured with disapproving looks? Perhaps I'm just pensive in this one, deep in thought about what Aunt Sue is saying.
Sunday, and I hosted a brunch for our family (there were 9 of us) at ‘s house.
The food got rave reviews. I have already received thank you cards from these two (Grandma and Aunt Jane), and the recipe for my cinnamon rolls has been requested. (It is posted here on the site, if you look around in the Recipes section, I believe.)
Grant and I spent some time in the play house playing "dinosaurs." This consisted mostly of tickling each other with his new toys (ah, the joy of being 3).
Congratulations! We are so happy for you both, and welcome Jim into the family with open arms.
To make up for the recent lack of pictures, I have two (2!) posts today that are chock full of pictures.
I managed to snag these just before I left for work this morning. (I drove, because I have class tonight, which gives me a little more leeway than the bus schedule permits.)
This is the new garden area this year, and it's where most of the action is. It's probably too small for all of this stuff, but we'll see what happens.
Lavender. It was at the farmer's market, and I couldn't resist. In the master picture above, it's in the bottom right corner.
Rosemary. Looks a lot like the lavender, doesn't it? This plant is right next to the deck, because supposedly rosemary deters mosquitoes, and I hope to landscape (gardenscape? plantscape?) the whole area with a variety of plants that will make mosquitoes flee.
Carrots. These are some of the oldest plants, since they were started indoors and transplanted. They're still not that big, but I can wait. I looove fresh-from-the-garden carrots.
I might not be a stellar photographer yet (judicious cropping and deleting of photos might lead you to believe otherwise), but check out the water droplets on the carrots above! If you go to the large version, you can actually see a reflection in them!
Tomatoes. I don't know why they're growing sideways. Perhaps towards the light? They are much smaller than the ones we had last year, because these were started from seed. Kinda cute with the furry stems.
On the bottom, there are two batches of lettuce, planted three weeks apart. At the top are the cucumber plants (which had a blossom last week!) and the tiny carrots. At the edge of the picture at the bottom, you can almost see the cilantro (left) and lavender (right). Ignore the grass - I didn't have any way to edge this garden.
I was relatively certain that that these were peas, until I did some research on the plants below, and now I'm not sure. They're either peppers, peas, or Brussels sprouts. I didn't leave myself a map when I seeded. In the end, it won't matter - it will be fairly obvious once they start to produce.
I really thought these were the Brussels sprouts (which I would have to thin out considerably), but when I looked at pictures of them at this stage of growth online, they look nothing like this. So, peas? Peppers? I looked at pictures of those, too, and they don't look like this. What did I plant? Or, is this a weed? Time will tell.
My squash patch is coming along nicely. I've lost one of the five varieties, and have no idea which one (again, no map), some come fall I may be very sad about what we're missing. There's always next year, and the chance that the missing ones are just slow starters. These were from seed, and only planted three weeks ago.
Close-up of one of the squash plants. Lovely furry stems.
Last year, Prince Charming planted some Lamb's Ear under the tree. It did well, obviously, and has grown significantly this year already.
For context, here’s a picture to show you how big they are.
And, the hydrangea is blooming! Neither blue nor pink (it's supposed to be blue if we got the soil acidic enough, or pink if we chose to go the other route - magic hydrangeas), so I'm not sure what to do.
I hope your gardens are growing as well as ours (or better)! It has rained the entire month of June so far (OK, 2 days of sun out of the first 15), which has helped the plants, but I think they need some sun now.
…because I really don’t want to spend my time weeding. The rain has certainly helped all my veggie plants grow, but the weeds, they’re growing too. Apparently rain doesn’t discriminate.
Friday night I dropped my sewing machine off for a yearly maintenance check (it was free). Two weeks, she said, until it comes back. Two weeks? Gee I’m glad I did this now and not later in the… month (well, I had to do it before the 29th). So definitely no sewing for a bit.
Saturday we went car shopping. It was not nearly as bad as it could have been, but I could think of better ways to spend a rainy afternoon. We did get it mostly decided what make/model I want to get; now we just have to find one that has the right amenities (as in, one that doesn’t have stuff I don’t want/need and therefore don’t want to pay for).
Afterward, since it was right next door, we went to Joe Senser’s for a late lunch. We showed up just as the Americans and Brits were being led out onto the field for their first World Cup game. So, we stood around for quite awhile before we could be seated, but that is to be expected at a sports bar. We had fabulous burgers to fill us up as we watched the first half (we watched the second half at home, and were probably the only people that left the restaurant for the 2+ hours the World Cup was airing).
We spent a lot of time over the weekend waiting for the humidity to drop so we could work on our painting projects. now has the grill all repainted, and will be reassembling it this week once the replacement parts arrive. I also have most of the painting of my nightstand done! Just one more coat on top (I think), and one more on the drawer. I was going to get the second coat done last night, but I kind of forgot in all the goings-on. Oh, it’s not like we were busy. I worked on my paper, we ate dinner, we ordered groceries, we went to Target… boring stuff. But, we are both sick, and chores + sick = forgetful. (You won’t find that on the SAT, but it’s true nonetheless.) So, tonight it is. A trip to PaperSource might happen tonight too, if I get myself together.
It’s one of those days where my job is not fun. I think that’s safe to say, even if I have friended a co-worker on Facebook and posted this blog in my profile. Everybody has days where their job isn’t fun. I kind of debated not coming in today, on account of feeling sick, but I didn’t really feel sick enough to justify it. Then once I got here and sat in front of my computer, I was regretting that decision. I could barely keep my eyes open the first hour I was here. Thankfully, I’ve woken up a bit, but I think the Theraflu has worn off and I need to take some more before I annoy my co-workers by constantly clearing my throat. (OK, to be fair, there’s a lot of throat-clearing that happens here, so nobody will notice mine. But I still feel bad about being the source of potentially annoying noise.)
When is sick, he isn’t hungry. At all. I get hungry when I’m sick, but I have sick mouth, and nothing ever seems like it will taste good. Do you get sick mouth? Blech. I felt better this morning than I had the previous two, so hopefully this will be out of my system soon.
June is “difficult shopping for loved ones” month. Not difficult people, just difficult to shop for. There’s a big difference. I am feeling uninspired, and that’s bad, since anything online needs to be ordered by tomorrow to be safe.
In case you were wondering what to get me for my birthday* (it’s next Thursday, you know), I would like a bird feeder. I’m telling everyone in the hopes that I’ll get several, or at least one. I wanted one last year and didn’t get one, so I’m crossing my fingers for this year. That and gardening gloves that fit my man-sized hands. has been nice enough to throw a party for and myself this year (our birthdays might just be an excuse to have a party, but I wouldn’t blame her for that). We’re having dinner together first – what wine goes well with Italian? All of them? That’s what I thought.
*OK, I don’t really expect or need any birthday presents. I could easily buy myself a bird feeder. But, it was something to talk about.