Monday, March 31, 2008
Tonight, while waiting for Mike to get home from work, I worked on my second skirt. This might have turned out to be unwise, considering how I'm feeling, but it looks okay so far. It's a straight skirt, as opposed to an A-line, which I made last week. It also has a side zipper, which I must say, went in much more easily and attractively this go around than last.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
I think I could use one too!
Monday, March 24, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Afterwards we went to Brewster's for ice cream. I had never been there before; the ice cream I had (cake batter) was delish!
Hello!W and Hobo exploring the Great Outdoors.
W is looking for leaf treasures beneath the tree.
Bopper's Broccoli Cheese Soup
[This is a recipe from one of my mom's nearest and dearest friends]
Put a stick of butter/margarine in a large pan over medium heat. Saute 3 ribs of celery, 2 grated carrots and 1 (cut up) bunch of green onions. Add 2 cans of chicken broth and 1 pkg. frozen, chopped broccoli. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Add the following:
- 3 cans cream of potato soup
- 8 oz sour cream
- 3 tbsp cooking sherry
- 1 tbsp chopped jalapeno peppers
- 8 oz grated cheddar cheese
- Tabasco sauce as desired
Simmer 30 more minutes. This recipe will serve 6-8 people. This soup is good with or without cheese. The soup we had last night did not have cheese in it. Also, try using the reduced sodium soups whenever possible!
I definitely "made up" the marinades for the kabobs we had. I didn't measure anything, but here are the ingredients and approximate amounts of each for both marinades.
Beef Kabobs (3 lbs chopped beef)
- 1/2 c Wostershire sauce
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1-2 tsp "Slap Ya Mama" seasoning (use Tony's or whatever else you like)
- red cooking wine (about 1/4 cup??)
- freshly ground black pepper
Shrimp Kabobs (3 lbs peeled shrimp)
- 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil (or whatever OO you have)
- 1/3 c white cooking wine
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1-2 tsp "Slap Ya Mama" seasoning
- 1/4 c lemon juice
Again, those measurements are approximate. "Just eyeball it," as Rachael Ray would say! Both meats marinated for about 4 hours in the fridge.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Okay... So here's my dad's question: If a person thinks Obama is the antichrist, why would they vote against him? I mean, the Bible has already "spoken" as to what the end will be like. So why would a person try to change God's will? By voting against Obama, the person would essentially be going against God... Wouldn't the person who was so sure that Obama was the antichrist be certain of their salvation anyway? Why delay that?
Think about it.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
While I was on the Coast, my MIL helped me draft my skirt patterns. I made a prototype with some scrap fabric she had; it turned out pretty nicely. I am feeling optimistic about this project.
We are back in Brandon now. I cut out the Amy Butler skirt fabric this afternoon. Unfortunately I can't work on the skirt while I'm here since I have to put in the zipper first and Mom doesn't know where her zipper foot for her sewing machine is. Bummer.
But I did get a huge piece of Aida cross stitch fabric to work on the birth announcement for my sister-in-law's new nephew (who was born last week). The thing is going to be huge. She said that she stitched the one for her other nephew on 12 count (which I don't think actually exists--I think she did either 11 or 14), but she said she used 3 strands of floss as she stitched it, so that tells me I'm in the right ballpark, size-wize. It's quite the project...
Thursday, March 13, 2008
- finish embroidering little boy's Monkey t-shirt for April 5 church silent auction
- start and finish embroidering little girl's t-shirt for April 5 church silent auction (design TBD) should it be a kitty cat? a flower? butterflies? any suggestions?
- finish stitching Summer Line-Up (The Trilogy) and make into throw pillow
- finish sewing W's jungle animals romper (hem shorts, add buttons)
- cross stitch birth sampler for sister-in-law's nephew (see below)
- get measurements (ick!) to make first skirt pattern (yay!) using Sew What! Skirts
- make first skirt
Here's the Summer Lineup that I'm currently working on and plan to make into a pillow:
And here's the fabric I ordered the other day for my first two skirts: The first one is called Blossom Cotton Terra Cotta; the second one is by Amy Butler (Lotus Star Paisley Lime). Both are from fabric.com.
I finished the book I started the other night. It was really excellent. I'm taking it down to MS so that my mother-in-law and mom can take turns reading it. I think it's one they'd get into.
Monday, March 10, 2008
The story is set in 19th century China, in the Hunan province. It chronicles the friendship of Lily and Snow Flower, two women (young girls at the start of the book) from different backgrounds, who find common ground in their assignment to one another as "old sames" or soulmates. This seemingly chance assignation is actually a very calculated match, meant to bring both women to marriages that will improve their respective social standing. At some point in their relationship, a rift develops between the women. I have not yet reached this misunderstanding, but things are already beginning to become complicated in the relationship. Perhaps the most interesting part thus far has been their utility of nu shu, a 1000-year old Chinese tradition of secret writing between females. It is (perhaps) the only language in the world developed by women for the exclusive use of women. Through nu shu characters written on a fan, Snow Flower and Lily share with one another the trials and triumphs of their respective lives. This uniquely fascinating tradition, along with detailed accounts of (tortuous) footbinding and a thorough look at the expectations of females in 19th century Chinese society, makes for an extraordinary read.
Also of interest: Yesterday the NYT ran a column that (in my opinion, accurately) commented on some Americans' prejudice when it comes to Barack Obama as a potential president. The column voiced the thoughts that have been swirling in my head for the past few month, which basically can be summed up as this: Are Americans more or less willing to accept a black as president than a woman? Why or why not? Why does race/gender even matter at this point in time? Moreover, why does religion play a part? We all have certain prejudices, it's true, but to what extent should we act on those prejudices? For an interesting and thought-provoking read, click here.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
While I was at the rehab center, I really came to believe in God's existence. While raised in a church-going home (Methodist), my family was far from devout, and I had always been taught to question things. In college, I lapsed into agnosticism. Sure, there might be a god, but who can be sure? During my time of being active in my eating disorder, I felt that God, if there was such an entity, had deserted me. It was during my last few weeks at Renaissance that I "rediscovered" God. I was dealing with some pretty heavy issues. As I recalled a particularly traumatic event from childhood, my eyes, so to speak, were opened. God was there, and God had been there all along. God had protected me then, and God was there to protect me whenever I needed it. I came to see God as a sort of "bug screen", if you will. The God I know is like a window screen--you open the glass part of the window to let in fresh air and the attached screen keeps out bugs and other potential home invaders. That metaphor might be a little silly, but it works for me--and I think that's what God wants: for us to see God and accept God on a personal level.
Coincidentally, the day that I left Renaissance (April 9) was the 6-year anniversary of a dear friend's suicide. That bothered me at first--I wasn't sure how I felt about combining such a happy occasion (release!!) with a day that held such sad memories for me. My therapist there helped me to put that in perspective, though. She said, "This is the anniversary of the day your friend chose to die. But this is also the day you chose to live."
Monday, March 3, 2008
Besides the seasonal throw pillows I plan to do, I am also planning to make some spring/summer skirts. I ordered a cool book the other day called Sew What! Skirts and it has 16 "easy" skirts you can make without a store-bought pattern. You just take your own measurements and plot out your own pattern on the backside of wrapping paper (or whatever else you have around). I'm pretty excited. I've already found some cool prints that I'm thinking about ordering to make skirts out of.Flowers and Birds on Brown-Sierra
Zinnia Black- by Alexander Henry
Black Butterfly--Sofia by Robert Kaufman
I'll keep you posted on my progress (if any) in this endeavor.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
So what have I gotten done? Well, let's see. W and I went to the library to get some items we had requested last week that had been delivered. We picked up a book for Mike that he has been itching to read--it's the second novel by "James Church," which is the pseudonym of a guy who remains anonymous because he's a former intelligence agent of some sort that still dabbles in top-secret stuff. Mike wanted the book because it's set in North Korea. He read the first one by this guy last year (The Corpse in the Koryo) and enjoyed it, so he is pretty excited about this new release. We also got Sesame Street Old School, Volume 1, discs 1 and 2. Our library (for some odd reason) only has disc 3, so we had to request 1 and 2 from a different library. These DVDs show episodes from the very first Sesame Street shows (1969-1974). The third thing that was on hold for us was for ME. It's a book about crewel embroidery but with a modern twist. It's called The New Crewel (by Katherine Shaughnessy) and it got rave reviews on Amazon. I've never tried crewel before but I have a couple of pieces that my grandmothers did and they are absolutely gorgeous. The designs in this book are funky and colorful--I can't wait to try my hand at crewel.
A few days ago I finished two little stitching projects. They are both t-shirts. One is for W and one is for his cousin I's first birthday. On W's t-shirt I embroidered a little monkey eating a banana. On I's shirt I embroidered a dog on a skateboard. Both designs came from an iron-on set I got at the craft store a few weeks ago. They turned out great. I can't wait for the weather to warm up so that W can wear his!W's monkey shirt--
I's dog shirt--