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!
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. http://heavenandearthdesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=160_12&products_id=2496