Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Catching my breath

I don't know why I do this to myself.

I arrived home on Sunday after a miserable travel day (5:15 AM wakeup call to catch an early flight, plane malfunction - discovered while we were in the air!, diverted to a new airport and switched to a new plane, turbulence that resulted in the lady behind me breaking my eardrums with her screams and the gal next to me dousing my lap with her drink, and when we finally arrived - late, of course - no luggage!). Monday, I was swamped at work, then had 2 karate classes and grocery shopping to do. Yesterday I was so strung out at work that I never stopped for lunch AND worked late AND brought my computer home to get some more things done.

However, when I arrived home with my kiddos, the sun was shining, there was a gentle breeze dancing over our mountain, and I said "ENOUGH!" I got a tall, frosty glass of ice water, pulled a picnic blanket out of the car, and settled myself down on the lawn with some books to read to the kids. I had to catch my breath - all this running hither and yon gets to be too much sometimes. We finished reading HOLES (just in time, too, because the movie is supposed to arrive from Netflix today!) and read DONKEY DONKEY, a book that I remember loving when I was a kid, so I ordered it online (can I just say that I LOVE Amazon Prime! I ordered the book on Monday afternoon, and it was in my mailbox on Tuesday!). I petted the cats, I brushed out the dogs. I caught my breath.

At that point, I could have gotten some work done, but I was on a roll now. I helped the kids with their homework, and then headed downstairs to prep some sewing to take on my next trip. (I leave tomorrow morning for Mexico, Costa Rica and Ecuador - another early flight with a 4 AM wakeup call, sheesh!) I sandwiched the little pink and brown doll quilt and stuffed the pillow to go with it (oops, no photo). I made another pillow for Rosabelle the dog (oops, no photo again, but it was nothing fancy anyway), and in between times, I worked some more on my current Leaders and Enders project with 1.5" scrap squares.

These blocks are 6.5" unfinished, and I'm not sure where I'm going with them. The point is to use up the black floral that is surrounding half of the blocks. I had a whole stack of 4.5" squares of that, and I wanted to use them up.

So, for this trip, in addition to packing the doll quilt and my September Birdie Stitches BOM to work on, I'm going to pack these, which I also ordered from Amazon on Monday, and which also arrived yesterday:

While browsing on Amazon, I saw that there are 2 Clare O'Donohue books that I don't yet own and a new Jennifer Chiaverini book coming out in November. Can you hear me rubbing my hands together in anticipation? I LOVE QUILT FICTION! Reading and quilting are two of my favorite pasttimes, so putting them together is a winning combination for me!

If you like batiks, don't forget to enter my birthday giveaway for 2 half yard cuts of batiks from Ghana. I will choose the winner tonight before I go to bed, and pop the box in the mailbox tomorrow on my way to the airport.

Do you know the "law of tenfold return" - give and you shall receive back tenfold? (I'm paraphrasing, I don't know the exact quote, although I am pretty sure it originated in the Bible) I know this to be true, and yet another example of this was waiting for me when I got home this weekend. I bought some fabric to give to others, and in my mailbox, from my mom and younger sister, was a box containing this - a pattern for Skiers in the Air and yards and yards of FLANNEL fabric to make it!!! Thank you, Mom and Kerry! Great gift that I will DEFINITELY put to good use!

And wanna see my favorite card? This is from my college roommate for my birthday this year:

I'm glad she thinks I'm remarkable - I'm going to need to be remarkable to get done all that needs doing today! I'll be out of the country until October 8, so I need to get all my affairs in order today, then on October 9 I have a group of 13 students visiting campus at my invitation for 3 days. And during the 28 hours between my return on the 8th and their arrival on the 9th, guess what is happening? Some of you probably guessed it - a cub scout campout!

I'll end the way I started...I don't know why I do this to myself!


Char said...

Oh my Erin I'm tired just reading your post. Love the card and that is a wonderful gift from your mom and sister.
Thanks for the tip on the books.
Have a safe trip!

beth said...

Love that card! You ARE an amazing woman!! Keep up the good work.

jan said...

Hi Erin, nip over to my Blog when you get the chance....

Cheryl Willis said...

Happy Bday kiddo! I was thinking about you last night at quilt nite, we cut flannel to make a baby quilt and i said- I know a gal I can send the scraps too- lol

sorry to un-gift so quick, SIL has a pattern for premee clothes so we are going to try make a few before we tire of the kid prints flannel.

you will get the scraps, do you want them cut in 2 "sqs"?

Michelle said...

Happy belated birthday!! Enjoy your books. You'll enjoy Threading the Needle. I'll look for the other titles at the library. I just don't have space in the fifth wheel and my e-reader seems to be broken!

JanetK said...

I can totally relate to your post - it makes me feel better that I'm not the only woman trying to work full-time with travel, volunteer for stuff, be a good mom and wife, and try to fit in some creative time! Have a great trip - travel safe.

Becky said... travels, girlie. Take a deep breath every once in awhile! I love the Skiers in the Air....and the fabrics. Can't wait to see it come together.

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

I'm worn out just reading what your schedule has been and what it will be! I don't know how you do it. Safe travels to you!

Shay said...

Happy Travelling Erin. Your life makes me tired sometimes just hearing about it. I don't know where you get the energy!

Wendy said...

I forgot to say Happy Birthday when I sent you to BaBa Blanket. Happy Birthday. Your kids will slow you down long enough to know about the good things in life.

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Erin, you are always such a busy girl.. I don't know how you do it. Take care and be safe. Hope you have better luck with your flight next time.

Kelli Fannin Quilts said...

Have fun in Mexico City.. I did not know JC had another book coming out in November! This makes me happy!! Have read all of her books. Loved Union Quilter.

Julie Fukuda said...

Well, I had to get out my notebook and sketch that wonderful solution for using ine-inch pieces. Then I had to pull out another notebook to list more reading i will hunt up if I get to the states. Your schedule makes me tired and I would probably skip it all for the Cub camp. Have a safe trip.