Friday, February 27, 2009

In 2 days

I will get to post pictures of all the things I've been working on! My sister and her husband's baby is due in March and we are throwing a baby shower for her this weekend. There will be about 30 people at our house tomorrow! I'm so excited! There is so much cleaning and rearranging and baking and decorating to do tonight and tomorrow. There is nothing like a baby shower to have an excuse to get together with friends and plan and shop and do all sorts of fun things! My mom recruited me and Becca to run the games for the shower and I have had fun getting together with her and planning and shopping. And of course talking about all the crazy stuff going on in our lives right now. Thank God for friends!

I have been sewing like a madwoman these past couple of weeks! I have found that, like other crafters, I like to show love for people by making them things. Putting time and thought into a gift just for someone is something I really enjoy. And getting something handmade is really touching too. So tonight I will go home and wrap up my gifts for the shower and start in on the baking that has to be done by tomorrow afternoon. We are having too much fun getting ready for this baby!

This will be the first grandchild/niece in our family. I cannot tell you how excited I am to meet the newest little member of our family! We've been praying for this baby since before it was conceived and I cannot wait to see what she looks like and to watch her as her personality develops and as she grows and discovers the world around her. For someone I have never met (though I have felt her kick a few times!), I love her so much. And in about 3 weeks she is due to arrive.

And then I'll probably be so busy staring at her and begging to hold her that I won't be making very much stuff at all! So it's a good thing I've been getting it out of my system now!

I'll be back in a couple of days with pictures!

Have a happy weekend. :)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

whew! What a week!

It's been one of those weeks. Stress levels are running high. Our hygienist put in her notice at work. My boss is really stressed out and I feel like it's affecting the office. I found out my plans for school have been changed. 10 more people are coming to the baby shower this weekend so Becca and I met up last minute to change our plans for games, which was nice and I am pleased with the alternative games we chose.

Sigh. I am so ready for this than that...this time to be over. I can't stand not knowing what is going to happen to me. I can't stand waiting and waiting to find out what my future is tentatively going to look like. I'm so frustrated and I feel so alone. And I feel scared too. I hate feeling this way.

This past year has had its share of highs and lows. I've struggled with a lot of things this past year that have caused me to be kind of down. But when I am very stressed out or struggling with something, somehow God provides encouragement for me. Sometimes it is through a conversation with my mom or sister or a friend. Other times it is in unexpected places. I was browsing through blogs (so what else is new?) and on one of the blogs I was looking at the author posted part of Psalm 37. And it was exactly what I needed to hear (or read). I'm going to post pieces of the Psalm here, but you can view the whole Psalm by clicking on
this link.

Psalm 37:3-8, 18-19, 23-24

3 Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.

5 Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
6 He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

7 Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act. (so hard to do!)
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.

8 Stop being angry!
Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper—
it only leads to harm.

18 Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent,
and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.
19 They will not be disgraced in hard times;
even in famine they will have more than enough.

23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.

Oh my, those last verses are the part that I really NEEDED to hear! I get so anxious about making decisions and facing unknown situations. Knowing God is holding my hand and directing my steps and delighting in every detail of me life is such a comfort. And even if I stumble, Jesus won't let me fall. What a beautiful promise!

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Not that I need another sewing/craft book. I have a whole stack of them that I haven't made good use of *yet* and I couldn't justify buying two more. But if I could, I would want these two.I think the cover alone is just so inspiring. It's springy/summery for one thing. It makes me want to don a yellow (a color I am liking more and more lately) skirt and climb a tree just like the girl on the cover.
I have the other Sew What! books and I particularly like the Sew What! Skirts book. The Fleece one is good too, but fleece is pretty expensive so it's not as practical for me. This one looks like fun too.

What are your favorite crafting books?

Thursday, February 19, 2009


The past couple of days I've been really stressed out over work and school situations. I hate not knowing what my future hold. For the past couple of days I've been especially anxious concerning my job. I wonder if I should just try to find a new job altogether as my current one doesn't seem very stable and it also causes me considerable stress. Now more than ever I feel motivated to get a job in something I am really interested in and want to do. But the idea of looking for a new job and possibly moving out this fall to go to college worries me too and I find myself thinking endless 'what if' questions and it's not like I have any answers to my questions. My eye is twitching hasn't done that in a long time and it only happens when I'm really stressed. I think I need to take a breath and just chill. Unfortunately this isn't something I am really good at.

This verse is comforting though.

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

In these uncertain times this verse is certainly encouraging. I hope it encourages you too.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


1. I am addicted to chocolate. I know this is a sad truth. I have tried several times to shake the addiction, but so far I have not been successful.
2. I suspect that someday chocolate will be considered a drug you can only get through a prescription. Maybe.
3. I used to get mad at my parents because I thought we moved too much. I mean why couldn't we just stay in one place like 'normal' people.
4. I really want to move. Really. Want. To. Move. I love my home and my family and my friends here, but sometimes I just feel like I need a change.
5. I love that 'little darlin' song. (it's Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles)
6. My favorite books are A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Pride and Prejudice, and The Hobbit. I can read them over and over again.
7. When I was younger (like 6 years ago) I really wanted to be able to do contortions. My goal was to be able to sit on my own head. I was inspired by Cirque du Soliel's Allegria. (I never was able to do it)
8. I used to want to major in history. I read (most of) The Historian and watched National Treasure and just thought it was so cool how they knew SO much history. Not that I believe in Dracula or a real national treasure, I just thought it would be fun to be a history teacher. I would be cool. Like Linwood Thompson. And give cool homework.
9. Then I met the history teachers and other history majors at my school and immediately changed my mind.
10. In addition to those choices of major, I also wanted to be a nurse, a math teacher (I, an interpreter, a teacher, a nurse again, a chef, a teacher again, a nurse again, a dental hygienist, a teacher again, a dietician, a dental hygienist again and now a dietician again.
11. I am you can probably tell. It's a plague I tell you!
12. While I don't think I have middle child syndrome, I do believe that birth order can cause people to develop certain personalities.
13. I wish I read poetry and classic writers, like Charles Dickens. Or rather, I wish I enjoyed reading classic writers and poets. I think my favorite poet is Edgar Allen Poe. He's not the classiest classic.
14. I have a messy room. Always.
15. I have good intentions.
16. I am not a good speaker.
17. I say 'like' all the time without realizing it.
18. I procrastinate. Especially when it comes to homework.
19. Some people would say I am under-ambitious.
20. I don't really care what they say.
21. I guess. Most of the time. Unless 'they' happens to be my parents.
22. I work in a dentist office. I know I complain about my job sometimes, but I really am grateful for it. It is an interesting job and I a wonderful boss and co-workers.
23. The places life takes us are often times so weird.
24. I truly believe that God is in control of everything.
25. So in theory, I don't have to worry about anything in life. But because I'm human and sinful, I do. Even though the Bible commands me not to.
26. I get awful allergies. Mostly in the spring, but lately I have developed fall allergies too. Pretty tragic.
27. Obama's stimulus bill has me very worried.
28. I am hoping to buy a better camera eventually.
29. I talk a lot, but I am actually very shy about sharing the things I really feel and think.
30. I can't even describe how dancing made me feel. It was like everything was still, but everything was chaotic at the same time. And everything was peaceful, but I have never felt more energy. In some ways, you never even heard the music, instead, you practically became part of the music. I've never felt that way before and I miss dancing so much.
31. I miss our weimaraners. Very much. Someday, I might get my own. If I ever finish school and get my own place and have time for a dog.
32. I plan to finish college, but what I really want to do is get married and have a bunch of kids and be a homeschool mom. Last time I checked you don't need a degree to do this. But just in case that ever changes, I plan to be prepared.
33. I think only one of my friends is actually my age. The others are all either older or younger by a little or a lot. They are A.W.E.S.O.M.E. people. I love them.
34. I have met a lot of people on my job. Here is something I learned through them: there are a lot of hurting people out there. I heard so many stories about kids who were being raised by their grandparents or aunts and uncles because their parents were in jail because of drugs; men and women whose spouses had either passed away and/or left them with kids to raise; folks who had lost their jobs; parents who had children who were wounded in Iraq; foster parents who had to give the kids back, cancer patients, disabled folks...and learned that while there are a lot of people out there who are incredibly irresponsible and selfish don't know what they're missing out on (family etc.,), there are a lot of people out there who really care about others. It was an honor to meet some of them.
35. I'd love to go work in an orphanage overseas.
36. I'd like to adopt kids from other countries.
37. I'm taking yoga again and enjoying it!
38. I still want to run a 5K someday. Emphasis on 'someday.'
39. Autumn is my favorite season!
40. I do not like todays actors and actresses. There is not a single one I admire.
41. I go through phases where I try to eat healthy, and then someone buys a pizza and I cave.
42. For years I really wanted to be taller. Now I don't really care.
43. I love sweaters. They remind me of fall. Which is my favorite season, if I haven't mentioned it,
44. I spent the 4th of July in Austin and San Antonio TX with my godmother. :)
45. I spent New Years Eve in DC at a Marriott with 1000 college students. It was a Campus Crusade for Christ event. It was great!
46. I can only listen to talk radio at certain times. Like during an election or something. Other than that it really annoys me.
47. I sing in the car. Loud. And probably off-key.
48. I love that I live in a historic area. It's amazing to walk in old towns and battlefields.
49. If the area wasn't in such turmoil, I would love to visit Israel. Talk about walking on grounds where history was made...the most important history in the world was made in the middle east. I would love to go to Israel and try to visit the historic places mentioned in the Bible.
50. Books are almost always WAY better than the movie. I think this is a scientific fact.
51. I am actually a good student, believe it or not (for all the complaining I do about school). I was on the President's list twice and the Deans list 3 times (it took me an extra semester to get my 2 year degree).
52. My orthodontist said my braces might come off as soon as April! Woohoo!
53. I sleep with 6 or 7 blankets at night. My room gets really cold in the winter.
54. I don't like it when people act like because I'm young my thoughts or opinions aren't that important. It makes me mad.
55. I have the fondest memories of watching my Grammy make stuff. She made us blankets, dress-up clothes, doll clothes, aphgans...she could do it all. She inspired me to make things too.
56. I am a pretty mellow person. I am trying to be braver and more assertive.
57. I hate getting up in the mornings. I guess I need to take more vitamins.
58. I have glasses, but I don't wear them as often as I should.
59. May I just say that Cesar Milan (the Dog Whisperer) is AMAZING!
60. In 2008 I got laid off, visited TX again, started a new job, went back to school, found out I was going to be an Aunt, was a part of Campus Crusade for Christ, got to go to DC a couple of times with Cru, finished my 2 year degree, started blogging, said goodbye to my weimaraners, almost moved to Ohio, met new people, backed over my parent's grill, and did a lot of other things too. It was a busy year.
61. Being the middle kid can have it's disadvantages, but I am the only kid in the family who can look at my siblings and say, "you are my favorite older sister, you are my favorite brother, you are my favorite little sister, you are my favorite brother-in-law" without offending anyone. Cool huh?
62. I hate scary movies. When I was 8 or 9 I watched Abbott and Costello and the Haunted House and I hyperventilated I was so scared. When I was 16 I saw Wallace and Grommit and the Werebunny and I dreamed rabbits were chasing me. Those aren't even scary movies!
63. I used to want to be really busy because I thought it would make my life more exciting. Now I want to take time to smell the roses (we don't have roses...make that a chrysanthemum.).
64. When I was 9 I killed my hermit crab because I forgot to give it water for at least a week.
65. If I were to ever get another hermit crab I'd name it Kermit the hermit.
66. I hate driving during the day without sunglasses. Even when it's cloudy outside I have to wear sunglasses or my eyes hurt.
67. I love sewing and knitting. I crochet too, but I like sewing and knitting better.
68. I haven't used shampoo in years and my hair has never been healthier.
69. I like making lists. That's why I'm doing this.
70. I went on my first 'business trip' this year with my doctor and coworker. It was fun. Sort of. :)
71. I have been sneezed on by a horse. It was an unpleasant experience.
72. I can't wait to be an aunt. I have all kinds of ideas for baby stuff I want to make. It's going to be fun. :)
73. I crack my knuckles and wrists.
74. Today the checkout lady at Khols told me I look like I'm 16.
75. I'm 20 years old.
76. When it comes to natural disasters and wars, I haven't got an adventurous bone in my body. During hurricanes Dennis and Floyd I was probably living with an ongoing panic attack. On 9/11 I went into my room and cried because my sister wouldn't turn off the TV and I was terrified.
77. Weddings are exhausting. I found this out after being a bridesmaid in my sister's wedding. If I ever get married I think I'll just elope.
78. I got really close to doing a variation on King Pigeons pose in my yoga class. My form was a little bit off. I felt very...stretchy.
79. I love saying 'shock and awe' whenever it's appropriate.
80. I want to move out west someday. Go west young (wo)man, go west!
81. Our house was on the market for a year, but now it is off. We are not moving to Ohio anymore.
82. I once dreamed my eyebrows were as long as my regular hair. I was really disturbed.
83. I have taken glamour shots of my dogs.
84. I think they actually came out pretty good albeit a bit tacky.
85. I like working with kids.
86. I don't like working on kids who are screaming at me. I volunteered at the office for Give Kids a Smile day and the kid I was trying to get xrays on threw up right in front of me. I didn't like that either.
87. I like to help pull teeth. It's my favorite part of being a dental assistant.
88. I forget that not everyone likes to help pull teeth and talk to my friends (who don't work in a dental office) all about it. Then I feel embarrassed.
89. I hate cussing. I understand that people get tempted, but it's SO annoying. People are intelligent, they can find other ways to express themselves.
90. My crafting materials are taking over my room and my parent's house.
91. I need to either make stuff and get rid of it, or throw out a lot of my crafting stuff.
92. I try to drink a lot of water. It doesn't always happen.
93. I get a lot of headaches. It is not pleasant.
94. Aspartame gives me a headache. That stuff is seriously bad for you.
95. I like the name Jemima, but whenever I say so people groan. Oh well.
96. I think Jericho would be a cool name for a boy. Doesn't it sound manly?
97. I love Sarah Palin. 2012? ;)
98. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.
99. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. You get to make food, visit with friends and oftentimes listen to Christmas music all without the presents. It's like all the advantages of Christmas without the stress and fake-ness. It's good. :)
100. When I was younger we used to go to my Mom's friend's house to visit. Her friend was from Russia and always had hot water for tea whenever we came over. She had a large family and there were always extra kids there who were visiting. I loved sitting with them and drinking tea and listening to their conversation (and occasionally putting in my own 2 cents worth I'm sure). I still love sitting with them and drinking tea. I always wanted to be that kind of adult. The kind who drinks tea and has tons of kids running in and out of their house.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Scenes from Winter 2009

Aren't these kind of creepy?

We were trying to purge a lot of the excess things we have at work that are never used and these masks were part of the 'purge' pile. I know they are supposed to be cute, but I can't help but feel like they are kind of creepy. I grabbed a couple and brought them home with me to photograph because...well...because. Because I'm strange like that. Blogger does weird things to you. That's all I have to say. Suddenly you find yourself photographing what you had for dinner and what you bought at the store so you can blog about it. Sometimes my friends make fun of me. :) But that's okay. Some of those friends have started blogs too and they get to join in on the fun!

Finished project:

A yoga mat bag! For my yoga class this semester. I enjoy yoga so much that I decided I would make a bag for my yoga mat to make it easier to transport.

It's made out of canvas and part of an old dress I had that I never wore. I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out. It does its job well, which is the important thing.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

WIP scarf

I've been working on a scarf for my friend who is away in school (or Uni as those charmin' Aussies put it...I think that's so cute) and it has been slow going. I just haven't consistently worked on it. I figure by the time it's finished she can wear it for her last year of school. Better late than never, right?It's just made with acrylic yarn and knitted in in a single rib stitch (my favorite stitch). I think I could finish it up rather quickly if I'd just put my mind to it. Whenever I work on it I get a lot done, but then I put it aside to focus on school or I am just lazy and don't work on it. I think it will look nice once it is finished. I'll take a picture of it to post once it's done.

Completed project!

This was my last project of 2008 and my first project of 2009. I made it out of 2 fat quarters and some suede-ish fabric and also a sweater that a friend gave me. I loved the color and texture of the sweater, but unfortunately it looked terrible on me. Now I can still 'wear' it and I think it is much more flattering this way. I'm pretty pleased with the way this project turned out. The handles are a little bit crooked and it looks a little bit lopsided, but it looks much better in person. You'll just have to trust me on that.

One of these days I am going to get a 'real' bag (maybe) instead of using these floppy fabric ones (maybe I should start to use interfacing?) even though I enjoy the versatility and fun of handmade bags. But I think that when you get to be a certain age you should probably get a good quality bag that will last you awhile and can be appropriately carried at all times.

But I'm not in a big hurry. For now I'll just enjoy this one.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


I have worked on some projects since I last posted here. And while I would love to post pictures of what I was working on, I am instead going to just browse through blogs while snuggling a very new and rather weak puppy. My dog (unexpectedly) had 5 puppies on Friday night and we lost one on Monday morning. We took the other 4 to the vet to have their dew-claws removed and they gave us a feeding tube so we could help the one who was too weak to nurse get enough food to survive. It's pretty common to lose a puppy or two, especially during the first litter. Brandy (the mom dog) did very well, but I think a couple of the puppies went too long before they got to nurse and I think that just that much time can make a huge difference in how well the puppy does. Thank goodness for science and medical intervention! On Monday night I spent about 4 hours snuggling this little puppy between feedings. I hope so much that he will be okay.
Tomorrow I am meeting my friend and going to a "green store." It's not a health food store, but it is an all-natural/organic product store. Woo hoo!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Drooling over Ravelry

I went to a knitting party at my friend Becca's house last Saturday and while I was there Becca and I got to look through knitting books and magazines and I decided that I MUST make a knitted skirt. Now, I go through phases where I MUST do something and then it never happens because I'm a lazy crafter, especially when school is in session. But I've been looking on Ravelry (which is an amazing website! Go ask for your invitation now!) and they have some amazing patterns. They even have dress patterns! I tell you, there are some very talented people out there!

I really want to knit a skirt. That is the main point of this post. Oh, and the other point is to tell all you knitters who haven't already joined Ravelry to do so immediately!