Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My bad math = giveaway

So much has happened this past week that I'm going to skim through it with bullet points just to get it all down without bogging you down in the details. Keep reading, though, because there is a giveaway in there somewhere.

  • I coordinated, along with my office, a 3-day on-campus scholarship competition for 182 high school seniors. A lot of work, but a lot of fun, too. Now that that is over, my work life should shrink down to a more manageable level.

  • One of my kids' fish died this weekend. It was their first pet to die, and I was dreading telling them, but it worked out OK. Donald perked up once I told him he could use my gardening tools to dig the grave, and Jason, my super-sensitive son, made sure there was a proper ceremony with the singing of the National Anthem (!?!) and Amazing Grace.

  • I fired up my sewing machine this weekend for the first time in what seems like forever. I needed a quick project to get me back into the groove. I started with another house block for BumbleBeans' Gather project - and I put me in the window again.

  • I also decided that this rocking chair needed a chair pad.
    I measured the seat. I sketched a design. I pulled out my plaid and homespun scraps. I got to sewing. And somehow, my math is ALL WRONG! So, while I love the chair pad, it is WAAAY too small for my rocker (even though the ties are in exactly the right location - go figure!). Back to the drawing board for me.

    It fits my kitchen chairs better, but with two of the messiest boys on the planet, there is no way I am putting cushions on my kitchen chairs. So, here's the giveaway: Do you have a chair that is crying out for this chair pad? (It measures about 13" square.) If so, leave a comment, and I'll draw a winner on Friday at 4 PM - something for me to look forward to this week.
  • I also managed to get some more of my scraps cut down to size and out of a baggie and into the tins where they belong. I popped some John Lee Hooker into the CD player, and by the time the disk was done, so was I.

  • I woke up feeling lousy this morning - sore throat, watering eyes, congestion, you name it. I went to work anyway, and ended up having to give an hour long group information session to about 50 visiting students and their parents. I really had to draw on my reserves to stand straight without weaving, clear the cobwebs from my head, and not come across as absolutely miserable. After all, while this may be my 348th group information session, it is probably the first one for them (at my school anyway), so I owed it to them to make it great. Which made it even that much more satisfying when my boss came up to me later to say that a trustee of the University had been in my audience this morning and was raving about how well I did. It was a great reminder to always do your best and treat everyone well. You never know - there could be angels (or trustees) among us!

      • Finally, I am working on another quick and scrappy project which I want to take with me to hand quilt when my twin sister and I do our mini moms-only retreat at the beginning of April. Photos to follow once I get it together.

      • I sure have missed you all - I can't wait to catch up on your blogs and see what you've been up to!


      Em said...

      Erin, I can't tell you how tickled I was to see you pop up on my "following Blog" that you had posted this! WELCOME BACK!!!!! I think your boys are so sweet and I would have to say my Fish Post is a GODWINK for them. LOVE to you all! Em

      Unknown said...

      Add another layer all the way around. That should widen the pad.

      The Cozy Quilter said...

      I like the house with "you" in the window! Glad to see you and your sewing machine are getting some time together again!

      Cheryl Willis said...

      I think your chair pad looks just fine the way it is. If you don't like it, then sit on it and you won't be able to see that it is a tad bit smaller than you hoped for. Leave it alone for a bit and it will grow on you.
      be good cw

      Lane said...

      Glad things are slowing down. I have one more week and then mine should slow, too. I love how you strive to give your best, even when you don't feel well. Lane

      Char said...

      Hi Erin, glad you're back. Love the chair pad.
      All of our snow has finally melted. How about yours?