Ugh. It's been ages since I last blogged. I hate when I do that! I could just dive right in and start blogging about whatever I'm up to now and pretend the last two months didn't happen, but I'd rather try to catch you all up. And I'd like to have it "on record" for when I forget and want to go back and read it all later.
So here's what we've been up to, since I last posted (almost exactly two months ago!) . . .
My husband and I had a lovely night away in Portsmouth, NH. We had a nice, late dinner at Mombo . . .
and breakfast the next morning at The Friendly Toast. Both great, but if I had to choose one, it would be The Toast with their funky atmosphere . . .
and homemade, thick Anadama toast with my asparagus and goat cheese scrambled eggs.
Frank broke his leg skiing. It was his second time skiing, and he was with my 17 year old son. We weren't even there. We were an hour away at home, so they had to deal with the whole thing by themselves. Boy did I ever feel guilty.
We met them at the hospital as quickly as we could, and Frank is feeling much better. He has a boot now and healing well. I feel like I'm doing okay with this being the first broken bone in 47 collective years of parenting.
My mom, sister, and I have had several (okay 2) shopping excursions in Kittery and dined both times at the When Pigs Fly restaurant. I love that place.
My mom and I found matching coats . . .
How cool are we? For the record, we were most definitely NOT shopping at that store in the background.
Oh yeah, and I got a new job. I'm still working at the same company, but I'm in a totally different role and department. I'm loving it so far and am just a bit worried it's too good to be true. I'm able to be a bit creative in my job as a developer (instead of managing developers) which I didn't realize I'd missed until I started doing it again. I liken it to living in Maine - you have to go away and come back to realize how much you love it (although I really do question that every February and March). I felt a little bit like I was going backwards in my career and giving up on being a manger (which I really think I was not bad at), but I now realize how silly that was. I'm a thousand times less stressed out and can actually leave work at work and have room in my head to think about other things rather than obsess and worry about work.
My older daughter had lots of Irish Step Dancing events in March. 'Tis the season. Then just last week, I took her to the World Irish Dance Championships in Boston.
I thought it was going to be crazy - like regionals times ten - but it was actually really well organized. Even though we spent the better part of 3 1/2 days there, it didn't seem so bad. We had two days off in the middle, so we went shopping with my mom (that's what the girls in my family do) one of the days and the other day, I went on a bit of a foodie excursion in Cambridge/Boston visiting the famous Flour and picked up some gorgeous bread . . .
and Formaggio Kitchen and bought some fancy flour to make my own bread (or pizza dough as it turns out), and couldn't pass up these gorgeous macarons . . .
In the midst of it all, we decided to do a major rearranging of the house, so everything is a total mess, but yesterday, I finally got my craft room back in order. I feel like a new person! We still have a long way to go. Only one of the kids currently has a room that's not complete chaos.
I really haven't been all that inspired creatively, but since I last posted, I did make my sister one of Noodlehead's Open-Wide Pouches for her birthday. Of course, I had to make one for myself, too while I was at it, or as I told myself, to learn from any mistakes.
I didn't even take time to take a proper photo. I was going to try to edit one, but why not just let you see my craft room in it's true state?!
I've been knitting a bit. I made my sister a Dogwood hat for her birthday and Frank an Insulate hat. (He's a Dr. Who fan. I like how the pattern is pretty subtle.) I'm working on a Judith sweater for myself.
I just finished the body, now on to the sleeves.
I've been kind of in to cooking lately, but more on that another day.
My husband and I started the Couch to 5K program and are actually in our 6th week. I'm quite proud of us considering I've started this about a dozen other times without making it past week 1.
I ordered some seeds. I'm hoping to garden again this year. Last year, I just knew I wouldn't have time, and the year before, I was in Australia during four of the big gardening weeks. I've ordered from Seed Savers Exchange in the past but decided to go with more local Fedco this year. I'm anxiously awaiting for them to arrive in the mail now, so I can start the tomatoes inside.
I'm sure I'm missing some things, but I think that mostly covers it.
I feel like I can take a breath now and think about sewing. I'm hoping to make a top for Spring Top Sew along, and I definitely want to make some things for Kids Clothing Week (except I think I might be out of town that week. Ugh. Maybe I can bring my sewing machine.)
Hope you're all well. Thanks for still reading after all this time.