Monday, January 24, 2011

Keeping Busy!

It's been a few weeks since my last post.  I'm terrible at keeping this up!  I don't do much better with my own personal journal either.  See!  I'm consistent with being inconsistent!  LOL

The weather has been crazy lately.  Sunny one day, rainy the next.  A few days of really intense cold (lows in the 20s, that's pretty intensely cold for the South) and then warming back up to the 60s.  I cannot wait for spring to arrive!  Sunday was pretty nice weather, sunny and in the 50s, so I spent some time on my patio cleaning up some of the damages of winter.  I swept up a garbage bag full of leaves.  I live on the 2nd floor so as you can imagine, the wind has been kind of wicked this winter!

The last 2 Sundays, I have cooked dinner for my parents.  Typically my Dad always cooks Sunday dinner but I've done it the past two Sundays.  The first Sunday I made rosemary chicken with red potatos.  It was sooo good and easy!  Yesterday I made chicken cacciatore.  Once again, sooo easy and good.  How was it so easy?  (ready for a commercial?) McCormick Recipe Inspirations.  Ever heard of them?  They are packets of spices that are required for a meal.  The packet includes all the spices, a grocery list of other ingredients and then the actual recipe.  It really is simple!  Even my Dad liked it! And he's a tough customer!

Job Hunting
I am still looking for a job.  I keep on sending out resumes.  I've had a few interviews but nothing "good" has come along yet.  I'm hopeful though!  One of the guys in my apartment complex has been unemployed for the past 3 years and last week he finally landed a job!  I take that as a good sign that things are starting to turn around in the economy!

I've been exercising for the past 2 months.  Yep, I can't believe that I've kept it up for 2 whole months.  I hope that this is a habit that I can continue!  As much as I hate to admit it, (Jill is laughing to herself to hear this) it does help take the edge off the stress and I feel much better after a good brisk workout!  Makes me look forward to the spring when I can take the workouts outside!!!

I've been stitching.  I've already accomplished 1/2 of one of my stitching goals.  I have finished the 2nd page of Queen of Hearts!  Yay me!  Of course it has been pretty easy stitching as it was only 4 colors but you can start seeing items instead of just "blobs".  In the bottom right corner you can start to see one of her wings emerge!

The other WIP I picked up this weekend was The Kiss by Mirabilia.  I couldn't remember the last time I stitched on it so I did a little searching of the ole blog here.  The last time I posted an update was July 2009 (click here for the last photo and post of The Kiss)!!  Yep, over a year and a half ago!  Wow!  And it is such an easy stitch!  In the post I stated that I had run out of one of the threads.  Guess what!?  I still didn't have it when I pulled it out on Saturday.  When I realized it, it was about 2 pm, my LNS closes at 3.  I jumped off the couch and ran right out to get the kreinik thread I needed to continue.  As you can tell by this updated photo, there is a ton of kreinik threads in it!  It has been so long since I've started this project I don't even know what color fabric this is or who I purchased it from!  What a shame because it is sooo pretty!

Update: Jennifer asked where I got the pattern for Queen of Hearts.  I got it from Heaven and Earth Designs.  Just click the link and it will take you to the pattern.


htimcj said...

Great stitching!

Shelley said...

Kudos to you for sticking to the exercise! I just started and am happy to already start seeing results on the scale.

Your stitching looks fabulous :)

Vicky L said...

Your stitching is wonderful! I just love the colors in Queen of Hearts. The fabric for The Kiss is beautiful.

Terri said...

They both look fantastic

AFwife99 said...

Good work. Glad you got started on your lost WIP again. Keep up the good exercise routine. Hoping you get a job soon.

Jo said...

Great stitching, love the fabric for The Kiss.

Jennifer said...

I love the progress you have made on both The Queen of Hearts and The Kiss I have wanted to do The Queen of Hearts for a long time just never found the pattern where did you get it? And congrats on your exercising keep it up! :-)


Pointed Stitcher said...

Nice stitching. I love the fabric you're stitching The Kiss on.

Katrien said...

Your stitching looks beautiful. Congrats on the exercising!

Carol's Stitching said...

Great progress in your stitching. The fabric for the Mirabilia piece looks like Picture this Plus and their fabulous dye lots. Looking forward to seeing these pieces completed!