Thursday, November 29, 2012

Once again!

Today I became an Aunt (again).  My Brother and Sister in Law welcomed their second child into the world a beautiful Baby Boy!  How I wish I could be there to celebrate with them but such is an army life.  My little niece is excited to meet her little brother.

All are doing well!

Congratulations on your new addition!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Problem Filled Sewing Experiment

I decided that I needed to get my butt in gear and actually sew something more difficult than a burp cloth.  Enter a Double Sided Quilted Halloween Table Runner.  I know I am reaching for the moon here but I will never know if I can do it until I try.

I think it started out sort of shaky.  My biggest problem seems to be in cutting, which you do a lot when you are making subway tile shapes out of fabric.  I'm sure my inability to stick with the initial design didn't help much either in this area.  At any rate I got through with most of the fabric rectangles being the correct size and shape.

I laid all the squares out on the table how I wanted them to be.  This is when the second problem I learned.  Always always always iron the fabric before cutting.  Now that I think of it I wander if that would have helped with the cutting.  Anywho I proceeded to iron each and every piece of fabric so that it would be easier to sew.

After fixing that problem I moved on to sewing the pieces of fabric into strips.  You guessed it insert problems three and four.  Problem three was obvious but only after completing the first strip and laying it neatly down on top of the backing.  It was shorter than I had expected.  Yup I forgot about that little thing called seam allowance.  Yup I'm an idiot.  So I guess the project just lost a few inches all around.  Problem four was again another stupid error on my part.  I wasn't paying attention to which pieces I was sewing together.  When I had finished another strip I laid it down in place and sure enough the fabric in that pile were out of order.  For this project I wanted them in a specific order, which when I got distracted by the phone call or the dryer, not really sure which I managed to mess it up.  Luckily, I had cut extra pieces for this very reason.  I am now thankful I did that.

Next step was to iron the tiny seams flat.  This isn't so much a new problem but rather an annoyance.  The seams were small because of an earlier error in not taking into account the seam allowances.  Oh well nothing I can do now.

The last bit I did for the day turned out to be sewing the strips together.  one would think this would be easy but due to my horrible cutting skills and wobbly sown lines this too was yet another problem.  When I started I had the idea that subway tiles in a brick pattern would be best.  Sure enough I second guessed myself and went with a lines so they would be "even" (HA!).  Boy was I wrong.  With a bit of tugging, stretching and, resewing they were even.

So now I have 1/2 done Halloween Table runner that is still incomplete and full of problems.  I guess it could be considered a jump on next years project?  Right?

Sewing project - 1,278
Jenn - 0

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gift Giving Season

is quickly approaching.  My birthday and Christmas are only a few weeks apart so I send out my list which I am going to share with all of you.

I have a decent amount of cookbooks this one caught my eye.

When we did our wedding registry we picked up several Rachael Ray Cookware and Bake ware.  This Lasagna Pan and its smaller square version is needed.

Can you tell I like Italian food?  Well I have been wishing for a pasta maker for a while now.  Hunter picked this up on Black Friday for me from Crate and Barrel.

I need another scarf like I need a hole in my head but it's far to pretty to pass up on.

Who doesn't need more chick flicks?

I'm shocked I haven't already picked this one up.

This is a 1 3/4 Remington Instant Curls Curling iron.   

Bare Minerals holiday eyeshadow set.  need I say more

Stila's holiday set. Another must!

Unii Palette is something I have wanted but couldn't think of purchasing myself.  Guess this works for a gift.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Black friday recap

I am one of those crazy people that go black Friday shopping.  I have for the last 10 years.  It started out helping my aunt and grandma, then somehow it morphed into shopping for myself to save money on things i needed and now shopping for our family and friends.

I make it a goal of mine that if i am going to go brave the crazy holiday shopping I am going to be done with ALL of my shopping before I take my afternoon nap on Friday.  I even go as far as wrapping and label things as soon as possible as well so that I don't have to worry about anything on the week leading up to Christmas.

Last year this worked out perfectly.  We got everything needed and then some.  This year...  well lets just say it didn't go according to plan.

Where I was on line

This is where I was in line at Target at 6:30pm on Thursday.  Not to bad.  We weren't interested in any of the huge ticket items like TVs so we were sitting pretty.  That was until target was unable to control the crowds and piss a lot of people off by letting people standing on the sides in before those who had waited hours to get in.  Doors opened at 9pm on Thursday.  We had purchased our goods and were in the car at 9:40pm.  This is where I realized that this opening time is absolutely lame.  Not just for the obvious reasons you have heard people talking about all week but because the next store I wanted to go to didn't open until midnight.  I was not about to wait another 2 1/2 hours to go to another store.  

Honestly, if the stores all open relatively around the same time you get more customers.  For the simple fact that if I had waited until midnight to show up it would sure I would have hit up several stores but Target or WalMart that open incredibly early would have been too picked over for me to even bother going there.  

Overall it was the worst experience I have ever had black Friday shopping. The stores I wanted to go to are an hour away from me.  That was the first clue I should have stayed home and shopped online.  Target had no crowd control and extremely rude people.  I have never experienced that before in New York or in North Carolina.  Aggressive sure but flat out nasty, never.  

Sign number two came from the fact that after leaving the 2 stores we went to we only had 3 gifts for us and 1 for our families.  I was no where even close to being done Christmas shopping.  See this year we are staying home with each other.  This basically means we have to mail any physical gifts we purchase to the family member directly.  In the end it would be cheaper to purchase online verse in store to save on shipping.  

When we got home I did just that.  I jumped online and ordered far too much stuff.  I am not totally done holiday shopping though.  I have some one gift card to get, one items left to buy, and 2 stockings that need to be filled.  

Our biggest scores were a fire pit half off and all of the Harry Potter movies in blu ray for super super cheap.

part of our goods we scored super cheap!!!

Next year, I'm most likely staying in and shopping online.  I'll trying going out shopping once we move to a better location.

Anyone go Black Friday shopping or shop online?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Gobble, Gobble

While facing difficulites in life I think that it's sometimes hard to step back and be thankful for what we already have.  I openly admitt to have been in an incredibly grumpy (that's putting it mildly) mood which means that I am nit picking everything that is wrong.  Focusing on the negative.  Today at least I would like to try and focus on the positive.

I am thankful ...

... For a warm, cozy house that we both love

... For two puppies that listen the majority of the time

... For the cooler "winter" weather in the deep south

... For Amazing friends

... For The many visits from family

... For having been in the same place as my husband for the past 3+ years

... For being able to not have to travel for the holiday's this year

... For finally having a good nights rest

... For my husband

... That Mason (the Honda) is still going strong after 10 years of abuse from me

... And my iPhone for that matter

... For amazing health care that covers just about everything

... For making through this past year

... For actually being at a real Post

... For the yummy deep fried turkey that only took 25 minutes to cook!

... For the days off

... For the relatively short drive to New Orleans (bring on Christmas vacation trip!)

... For the black friday sales so we can save some money

... For finally feeling better!

... For the Holiday Season

... That the house has remained relatively clean so that I will only need to touch things up before company comes.

... That we only have a bit over 2 years left here in Louisiana

Saturday, November 17, 2012

new motivation + 30 Day Shred

I find it hard to motivate myself with working out.  Then I stumbled onto this.

This is an old picture but one that pushes me to get my old body back!  Total awkward pose taken about 8 years ago.  However, there was a flat stomach with the beginning of abs starting to show.  Obviously it's not in this pic so you will just have to trust me when I say they were there.  

With renewed motivation I start Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred.  Again.  My first attempt failed miserably.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Throw back post to keep me going

Every now and then I look back at old posts.  This one reminded me why I started to workout again.  


Everyone I feel has those moments in their life when then know in their heart of hearts that they need to make a change.  While getting ready to go out I hit my breaking point.   I got dressed and went to put on my makeup.  I looked in the mirror and wow.  wow. wow. That's all I could think before tears started to well up in my eyes.  I looked horrible.  And before you start the doubting and saying "no she really couldn't have looked that bad".  Well, I did.  I looked that bad.  This was not just my imagination or hormones or anything else.  And let me assure you I'm not writing this looking for sympathy.  I'm in a sense venting and stating my breaking point.

In fact that moment standing the bathroom, was my realization that I need to make a change.  A serious change.  Staring at myself I could no longer just chalk up my extra weight to getting comfortable in my marriage, water weight, my period, the medicine I am on, last nights pasta dinner, the dryer shrinking my clothes, a miss sized garment, or any of the other million excuses I tell myself.  This is me saying that overall I need to be a significantly healthier person, not just say that I do!

I have been working out but not nearly as hard as I'm going to be. My workouts are very lackadaisical.  I do the minimum and expect the result.  Hello when has that ever worked for anyone?  It has never worked for me and it's never going to.  I'm only kidding myself here.

I think its about time I dust off my workout dvds and get going even though we are in the middle of a move. 
I might just be walking or running for the next week or so but its more than I am currently doing. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Passing it on

Occasionally I find a post that is just too good to not send you all there.

Now, I haven't talked about this on here before and I don't know if I really ever will but I am currently just shy of a two year journey struggling with infertility.  I bring this up only because I know that there are many of my friends both in real life and online that are going though this very struggle.  My heart goes out to you.

Now on to the post I was talking about.  It is often hard for other to know exactly how to react or respond to those going through infertility.  Trust me it isn't easy on either end of things when an off beat comment comes flying your way.  So to keep you from getting tripped up when trying to help support someone who is struggling with infertility I beg you to read the article below and really think before offering up some half thought comment or joke.

A special thanks to Paula From Infertility Wars for sharing this on her blog (where I first saw it!)

Barbie Hair Fixes Part 1

Let's jump right on into it.   Every doll hair fix tutorial I could find started with brushing out the dolls hair.  It may look worse...