Friday, April 29, 2011

...crocheted a whizzbang...

...which is a twisted, springy rope of a crochet chain, then turned and crochet two single or double stitches into each loop.  It twists really pretty.  My Babygirl is at astro camp this weekend, and needed an orange string to mark her luggage.  I have some screaming and screamingly cheap acrylic orange yarn, and looped her up a twisted luggage i.d. string which of course, since SHE had the camera all packed already, I couldn't take a picture of it.  On Sunday, with any luck!

Today I plan to spend a peaceful late afternoon watching Freaky Friday ghostie shows with my son while hand-sewing on some wonderful trim to the hem of a skirt. ( I basted it on last weekend.)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

need to lose some weight.

I need to lose weight.  Eating has become a way of coping with stress for me, and when I weighed myself for the first time in a few years I was shocked to discover I was 15 pounds more than I thought I was!  Shocked, I tell you.

It's a challenge to organize a formal diet in a food-centered house, and since this is really the first time in my life I've had to watch what I eat I have no - NONE whatsoever - NO fortitude or will power when it comes to food.

So I was ruminating about this over the weekend and this is what floated to the cosmic surface:

  • Sleep 8 hours every day.
  • Water.
  • Fiber.
  • Eat intelligently.
We'll see how it goes.  So far I can do this.
I love apples.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

... graded papers.

...and graded and graded and graded....

Oh, and had a lovely Passover dinner at the MIL's with Hubby's family.

...and graded some more.

Grades are due on Tuesday.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

... got ready for school tomorrow.

  • The earth science kids are taking a quiz and then probably watching a video.  (Gotta find a video....)
  • The astronomy kids are learning about eclipses. I really like the PowerPoint I prettified from the original I snagged from our lead astronomy teacher.
  • I got into my classroom this afternoon and it's all set up.  All I have to do is appear and plug in the projector.  Whew.
  • Hey!  I think I have time to redo my toenails!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

didn't just go shopping.

I also brought my poor helpless circa 1974 Singer Portable to the nice people at Sewing Arts Center, who will tune her and make her tension all better after I mucked it up.

I also completed my student's crocheted octopus for our Facebook challenge.  It's adorable.

My darling son, bless him, helped me bring my portable to the repair people and then indulged me in one of my favorite stores - Fabric Planet, on Lincoln between Venice and Pico. (The link will take you to the FP downtown, but save for the address, the info is parallel.)  For five dollars I bought a future scarf, shantung pillow covering and brocade a-line shirt. I DO need to go back and get trim for the pillow covering, though...

I also brought along some carved stone amulets I've had for years, and bought some suede trim to hang them from.  I think I'll re-open my etsy account and post these for sale.

Today I need to tidy the house - I have two larger kids to help with that - and start on the pile of grading I need to do before spring break ends.  I also want to sew trim on the ends of my remnant for a scarf  and start cutting out a few simple patterns in anticipation of my sewing machine coming home on Friday, all fixed and pretty.

was busy SHOPPING!!!!

Dear hubby came into some long overdue money this week, and gave me his blessing to update my wardrobe, which is, like the best birthday-Christmas-Valentine present ever!  I haven't really made any clothing purchases which don't replace a totally worn-out essential for about three years, and was pretty much desperate to have a wardrobe that wasn't faded, stretched out or pilled.

I was very, very careful.  First place I stopped at was Target - I've had good luck buying essentials there before, and have learned that if I find something that fits and makes me happy - not a given, as I am neither as thin nor young as I used to be, and Target does not cut its clothing with a lot of "give" or forgiveness to them - buy multiples.  This was one of those days where it was Me Time at Target.  I bought three very simply cut jersey skirts in black, gray and stone.  I also love Target's current fling with patterned cardigans, and purchased this lovely one.  I also grabbed two of the lovely draped-collar sweater-style tops, sort of like this one but without the cords in the back and less expensive, in black and stone.  With a couple of $8 tees, all of a sudden, I have nine NEW basic outfits.  For under $100 bucks.

Oh, and the most miraculous find of all - a pair of Target jeans that fit my pear-shaped body! Twenty-five bucks. Comfortable, too.  I was nearly hyperventilating when I looked in the mirror.

A few days later I took my personal stylist - my 13YO darling Babygirl, who has more style instinct in her little finger right now than I have ever had in my whole body in my whole LIFE - to Kohls.  With her unerring taste and eye for fashion she outfitted me in this shirt dress, in a dark taupe and a lovely geometric-patterned surplice dress (for which I can't find an image.) Plus two more tees in bright &  dark turquoise, and yet another miracle, a pair of Levi Jeans, which I haven't been able to wear since I was 18 and grew thighs.  (In-store purchase was cheaper, too.)

I haven't had more than one pair of fitting jeans in six years.

For this reason and so many others, I love my daughter SO MUCH.

Friday, April 1, 2011

made haiku.

Los Angeles spring -
Perched on Japanese maple,
English sparrow sings.