Monday, April 28, 2008

My Weekend

Ah.... weekends. I wish I had more of them in my life. I am starting a new job after I graduate in June I am going to have to work on Saturdays, and I am having a really hard time reconciling myself to losing my Saturdays - after all, I only just discovered them!

Let me explain.... I have a horrible habit of working too much. I used to have three jobs, and for years I worked weekends so that I could have my weekdays for school. But last September I quit the job that I hated (best thing I ever did!!) and suddenly I had all these lovely, lovely weekends where I could go bowling with friends, sleep in and do the crossword puzzle with T, and just plain relax.

So, I keep trying to tell myself that it is going to be okay - that I *will* get enough leisurely brunches and back-yard hangout time on Sundays...

Unfortunately, I can't really enjoy the last few Saturdays I have left... you see, I am going to graduate in just five weeks! And I have so much left to do on my poor thesis project (which I have definitely been neglecting) and my portfolio. So it looks like I will be spending my next few weekends at school working. Bah!

But T had a wonderful idea. He came home from work on Friday and said that we needed to have a wonderful weekend - sort of a last hurrah if you will - full of all the things we love to do!

And we did!!!!

On Saturday morning we did a little antiquing (definitely more my fun than T's) and found these awesome metal drawers... after a little cleaning (they were covered in spiderwebs and rust!) they became the perfect shelves to house my little pitcher collection.

We caught up on Season 3 of 24 (thank God for netflix - we could never wait a whole season... the suspense kills!)

We also went dumpster diving.... and found a great stash of old pallets and 2x4s - perfect for fueling our fire obsession. (the forecast calls for rain all next week - and we have to keep the kitties warm!) T was so proud of me - I swung that hammer and pulled out nails like a pro! (but boy oh boy am I sore today!)

And then on Sunday morning we had the most amazing *Huevos Rancheros a la Robinson* as we dubbed them. Scrambled eggs with tons of fresh red peppers and sun dried tomato, black beans, and to top it all off - a super yummy *salsa* of avocado, orange, and mango.


Friday, April 18, 2008


I just finished reading Gluten Free Girl by Shauna James Ahern, and all i can say is Yes, Yes, Yes! Shauna writes about a way of life that is all about finding the yes answers. Instead of letting her gluten intolerance destroy her world (can you imagine never again being able to eat bread, soy sauce, boca burgers, or drink beer??? ) Shauna has learned to live more fully, more adventurously, and much, much, more deliciously!
Her words are powerful, her message simple. Her recipes make me drool, and her mantra of Yes, Yes, Yes inspires me:
I want to learn how to slow down and just appreciate: the spring air, the act of living. I want to learn how to make more whole foods with my own hands. I want to discover more tastes and textures.
But most of all:
I want to learn how to view life and all of its difficulties (from Celiac Disease to low self esteem, to having a bad case of "senioritis") as opportunities, not obstacles.
Thank you Shauna.

Friday, April 11, 2008

#2 and #3

I let the success of my last quilt go to my head a little... and it is now baby-quilt crazy in our house! I recently finished two, (we'll ignore the three others that are in various stages of being done) and am planning many many more. They make up so quickly - perfect for my instant gratification needs. They are super inexpensive (4-6 fat quarters plus batting and 2 yards fabric for the back) - if I hit a sale I can make one for less than $20! And I am playing more and more with combining colors and patterns (definitely check back soon - I have an awesome yellow and green polka dot / banana leaf in the works!)

I am loving the organic cotton batting - I use it straight from the package (I may have to invest in some yardage if this obsession sustains) and the 5% shrinkage gives the coolest puckering effect - it makes my quilts look old and well loved in just a washing! I have also started to branch out and play with quilting in patterns - a big departure for me and my "simple is better" MO.

and then - because I had leftover scraps, I had to make this little dress:

This was a huge adventure, since my only baby pattern was for an A-line dress. So I altered it a little, and now have to wait a few years till someone I know has a kid (please let it be me soon!) to check the fit! And can I tell you how much I love the mis-matched buttons?

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Love in the Bedroom...

Finally - a blank and boring space gets a makeover!!

A big thank you to Chelsea (thats her in the middle picture!) for her help... I probably wouldn't have finished it in a day without her!

(ignore the brown ribbon in the last picture - it isn't staying, I was testing to see if we wanted to paint the stripe a different color - but we stayed with the cream)

Next up - paint the bathroom, and then on to the kitchen!!!