Thursday, June 17, 2010

Earl Grey Progress


I thought I'd share a little accomplishment...all of the flowers (except one) have been stitched, and I've started on old Earl himself! Here's a pic:

I think it's looking pretty good so far :-)

June seems to always been a crazy month, doesn't it? In my family/circle of friends it seems to be rivalling Christmas for first place on the busy scale. One of my closest friends has a birthday, my brother has a birthday, I have a birthday, my Mom has a birthday, there's Father's Day (which is on my birthday- kills 2 birds with 1 stone!), my cousin is graduating from highschool, there's a memorial party, Paddlefest, National Canoe Day, a concert, and a myriad of other things. I'm counting down the days until July when I'm finally free! From some things anyways!

My dog doesn't seem to be handling all the stress and busyness very well. He's been working on a hole very diligently, and it's up to his neck now. He likes to just go down into it and lay there, hiding from all of the commotion. It's very cute. But we're afraid the whole house might collapse into it hahahaha.

That's all for now, I have a lacrosse game to get to! Yahooo!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Twilight Weekend

I just got back from a relaxing weekend at Holly's cottage. Caitlyn turned 10 last week and for her birthday, she requested a "girl's cottage weekend" with her friend, me, and Holly....which quickly turned into "Twilight Weekend" given the girls' obsessed with the books and movies. And I'll admit, Holly and I are a little (a lot?) obsessed as well now. It was really fun!

We hung up Twilight posters, made chocolate covered strawberries- milk chocolate for Team Jacob (Holly and Tomi) and white chocolate for Team Edward (Cait and I), we drank "blood" all weekend....fruit punch for the girls and Wild Vines wine for Holly and I, and we put Twilight tshirts on and watched both of the movies.
I'd like to say the weather was good, but it wasn't! It rained all weekend and was so cold today that we all stayed inside wrapped up in blankets wearing hoodies and wool socks. It cleared up a few times and when it did we ran outside to go for walks...but it never lasted.

We also ate a LOT...actually, I don't think we stopped eating all weekend...LOL it was awesome, and now I won't be eating anything for several days hahaha. We made bracelets from my bead collection, watched a ton of movies, and, since this IS a "crafty" blog, I should also mention that while we were there, I knit a dishcloth! And I was harassed for doing so. Every so often someone would look at me, sitting in a rocking chair, wrapped up in a blanket, knitting away and say "Grandma's knitting again!" Hehehe. Although they have no right to judge! Holly is the one who taught me to cross stitch in the first place LOL!

Here it is:

Nothing very impressive, and I've knit too many of these to count in my lifetime and am certainly bored of them. But, there just happened to be a ball of yarn and the proper needles stuffed into my bead basket from another time and I forgot my cross stitch at home. So knitting a dishcloth it was!! I'm pretty impressed that I managed to do SOMETHING crafty though hehehe.

I'm on a bit of a mission this week to hunt down old plates and stuff, smash them up and cement them onto my herb planters outside. It'll be difficult because I didn't think of doing it until I already had them planted so it'll be tricky....but it's my new crafty mission nonetheless!

Hope everyone out there in cross-stitching blog world is doing well, and had a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My Race

I did it! I actually ran, finished my race, and did it under my goal time! It was an amazing experience...there were SO many people there! I finished (approximately) 4000 out of 8000 people, according to the gun time. Of course, it took me about 5 minutes from the time the gun went off to actually walk to the start line and cross it. That's when the chip in my shoe started recording my time. There were just so many people that it was impossible for everyone to start at the same time. So my chip time was 34:26.8 minutes. I usually run it in about 33, and my goal was to be under 35. So I'm very happy with the results! Here are some pics:

Me before the race

This is taken from where I started- you can vaguely see the start line way down there...

About to cross the finish line...

                                                                         My medal!                                  
                                                     My friend's medal after running 21.5k!

So...that's that! Next race: July 23rd, Heydenshore Hoedown. It's the graduation race for my 10k clinic that I'm in right now. Instead of a tshirt you get a cowboy hat, and afterwards there's beer, wine, a BBQ and country music! Yeeehaw!! We're both doing it...and hopefully I can actually run 10k by then!!

Now it's back to work, and back to stitching :-)