Easy Kimono Dress (Pattern Runway)

I’ve completed my first dress for 2014: Pattern Runway’s Easy Kimono Dress! A little misleading, perhaps, since I began working on it in December. I first made a test piece of the top and then I spent about an hour cutting out the real fabric and ironing the interfacing.

I started sewing it on January 1 (and finished it on January 2). In total, it probably took me about 8 hours. It would have taken less time if I didn’t have such trouble with the rouleau band. I could not, for the life of me, flip it right-side out. It seemed to be too narrow to do it. The suggested way (using needle and thread) was no help at all, and the other way I tried was taking too long and then I couldn’t flip it all the way. Argh! So I ended up making a new rouleau band, slightly wider, and used a knitting needle to flip. And it took no time at all!

I’ve discovered I’m not really a fan of hemming, but it has to be done.

In the end, I was happy with the work I did: neat, clean, and well done (in my humble opinion), but I just don’t like the way it looks on me. I even tried it with a belt so it would cover up the seam between top and bottom and also pull it in at the waist a little more, but I still didn’t like it. I think it’s too boxy at the top for me. I felt like I was wearing a hospital gown or something. Maybe it’s just my body shape…

I think it looks great on the hanger, though!

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I love the color and the material (Milos stretch poplin royal blue—the picture is slightly misleading as it’s a bit darker in real life). It’s a thinner material, so it would definitely be for warmer weather. But it has a nice stretch. However, it also seems to be easy to wrinkle but I’ve learned it’s easy enough to iron!

I have material left over, enough to make something else, so I’d like to use it for something else. Suggestions?

How did 2014 get here so quickly?

UntitledI can’t believe that 2014 is literally tomorrow. The year has flown by and so many things have happened (I’m only focusing on the positive): tons of engagements (most notably, mine :) ), births, weddings, starting our wedding planning, finally getting my driver’s license…

So with that, I’d like to share my goals/resolutions for 2014

Go to the gym 3 times a week (minimum) 
I can make this work — there’s a gym on the first floor of my building at work, and I have a membership!

Eat healthier
This is where I really need to step up — I need to stop being afraid to cook!

Save money/Set a budget
I need to be more mindful of my spending and stop spending money on things I really don’t need.

Sew more!
Make at least 5 wearable garments.

Knit more!
Not sure where to go with this — just want to do more!

Read at my own pace
I’m not signing up for any challenges in 2014. I think I’ll be busy enough with wedding planning, and focusing on my other goals for 2014. I don’t want to be stressed out. I’ll read at the pace I want (but hopefully slow down some from this year. As I’ve mentioned, I feel like I’ve been reading so fast and I don’t really remember the books I read earlier this year).

Blogging: Post twice a week (minimum)
My goal is to have 1 book-related post and 1 craft-related post per week. I’d like to be more present on here (I have been reading posts, just not posting any of my own). I like connecting with all of you, and love to get feedback and comments on things that I’m writing/doing; especially getting tips and feedback on the crafty things I do from those of you who are so good at crafty things!
What are your goals/resolutions for 2014?

(image from Google Images search)

(image from Google Images search)

Year in Review: 2013

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Reading

Number of Books read: 82

Number of 5 star ratings: 6

Reading challenge progress (% complete)
What’s In a Name 6: 100%
Historical Fiction: 100%
2013 Reading Goal: 109% (goal=75, 82 read)

Crafts

Completed Knitting Projects: 4 (visit my Knitting Projects page to see)

Completed Sewing Projects: 13 (visit my Sewing Projects page to see)

What’s Ahead in 2014…

(stay tuned for a Goals & Resolutions post coming up a bit later today with more details)

Reading

Originally, I wanted to keep my reading goal at 75. I was pumped I surpassed that goal in 2013. But then I was thinking that I’ve read so many books and so quickly, that I realized I wasn’t really remembering the books from earlier this year all that well. So I’ve decided to just read at my own pace, however frequent it may be. (I’ll still set a goal on Goodreads, though!) While this is a different approach from the last couple of years, I also have other commitments to address throughout the year (mainly planning and preparing for my wedding later in the year.) However, as I mentioned in this post, I kind of like the idea of doing a post of mini reviews and then selecting one book per month to do an expanded review.

Crafts

Knitting: I’d like to get a few projects done in 2014. At least one item for myself. The crafters group at my work has decided to collect hats and blanket squares (to be donated to local charities) on an on-going basis, so I’d like to make a couple of hats for that next year.

Sewing: I’d like to complete a few articles of clothing, including 2 dresses and at least 1 top. Also, I’d like to make random, fun things, too. (whether they’re gifts or for myself doesn’t matter— though I do love being able to give homemade gifts!)

Get Fit!

Even though I decided to get rid of this segment, I’m sure I’ll write about things related to this throughout the year. I really do want to get in shape, feel better, have more energy, and just lead a healthier life overall. I know I can get the support I need from family and friends, it’s just a matter of self-discipline that I really need to focus on (especially when it comes to sticking to an exercise routine and eating better).

Homemade Gifts

I’ve always thought homemade gifts were a great idea. When little kids give you something homemade, it’s adorable (even if you’re not quite sure what it is.) As an adult, though, you kind of have to hold yourself to a higher standard…

Since learning how to knit and sew my goal has always been to give some homemade gifts at either birthdays or Christmastime (basically, any gift-giving time). The winter I first learned to knit, I was a broke college student. I only knew the knit stitch, so you can bet I made a dozen basic-knit scarves for family members for Christmas. (they all claimed to love them…) But I never really got beyond that for homemade gifts.

I can make excuses (that I ran out of time — which is true, but mainly because I was lazy and waited until the last minute), but really, I just need to be dedicated to doing it; I need to make the time for it throughout the year so that by Christmastime, the gifts would be ready.

Last year, I ended up making only 2 gifts. The 2 gifts went to 2 of my cousins (one had just had a baby and the other was due a few days after Christmas). So I made the diaper pouch and changing pads.

This year, I planned to make 5 homemade gifts: initial pillows for my niece, nephew, and my 2 cousins’ children (recipients of the diaper pouch and changing pads…moving forward they will also be called niece and nephew, to make it easier to type and read) and a (still) secret gift for my sister (I ran out of bias tape that I need to finish, so I haven’t been able to give it to her yet—and in the off-chance that she reads this, I don’t want to give it away!).

I ended up having to finish the last 2 pillows on Christmas Eve (surprise!), but all 4 were ready for Christmas day. I was excited to give them to the kids, and everyone loved them. Some people were surprised when I said I made the pillows. (I always like to surprise people – in a good way).

In addition to the initial, I personalized it further with the fabric. My 10-year-old niece likes sparkles and things, so I chose a fabric that had different shades of pink flowers with sparkles on a black background:

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My 4-year-old nephew LOVES all the superheros and currently his favorite is Spiderman:

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My about-15-month-old nephew LOVES Mickey Mouse. He loves watching the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse TV show and whenever he sees Mickey, he starts saying “hot dog” because of the Hot Dog song at the end of every episode. So getting Mickey fabric was a no brainer:

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And last, but not least, the pillow for my almost 1-year-old niece (she’ll be 1 tomorrow!). My cousin sometimes calls her “her little monkey” so I found cute, soft monkey fabric that I thought would be perfect:

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I had been thinking about making these for a long time and at first searched for patterns to follow. However, I couldn’t quite find something that mimicked what I saw in my brain. After thinking about it for a while, I realized that my first thought wouldn’t work out so well, and decided to go a bit easier: find a font that I really liked and print it out on large paper so I could use it as a pattern. So I browsed fonts and came up with ones that I liked. I wanted to do the letters lowercase and some fonts looked better than others depending on the letter, so I’ve used a few different fonts to make the pillows.

I then traced the letters onto pattern paper so I could test them out before using the real fabric. The original print outs were too small to my liking, so I made modifications to make them larger. Then I folded the fabric and traced the letter, pinned the 2 letters together, and sewed as much as I could except for an opening where I could stuff with the fiberfill. (I wish I had take pictures of this process, but I didn’t).

Originally, I had chosen a capital “G” but then realized I didn’t like the way it looked. I ran out of printer ink so I couldn’t reprint a lower case “g”. So I got creative: I took the “a” print out, flipped it, and stretched the hook so that it became a “g”! (I was so proud of myself for doing that — it’s the little things, people!)

Trying to figure out how much I could close up and still be able to flip right side out was a little trial-and-error for all but the “s”. (The “s” was pretty straight forward, just leave one end open!) For the “m” I figured out that I could stitch up almost the whole thing except for the end of the middle “leg”. For the “a” and “g”, I ended up sewing the whole outside shut, but had to leave the middle circle open. I first stitched the “g” and realized after I started stuffing that I could have handstitched some of the circle closed before I started stuffing. So I stopped stuffing to close the circle as much as I could. Then after I finished stuffing I closed it up. I took what I learned from the “g” and applied it to the “a” in the beginning: close up some of the circle first! (I thought the circles would be a pain to handstitch closed, but it was actually easier than I was expecting– yay!)

I’ll post about my sister’s gift once I’ve finished it & given it to her. :)

My homemade goal for next year is to make more special, personalized gifts for my friends and family.

Do you like to make homemade gifts? What’s your favorite gift you’ve made? What you’re favorite homemade gift that you’ve received?

Monthly Wrap Up: December 2013

monthly wrapupI’ve decided to do my December wrap-up early since I have a few other posts I’d like to get out before year-end and I don’t want them all posting on one day!


Reading

Number of Books read: 6
I’m currently reading 2 others, and since it’s mid-month as I write this, I’m going to go out on a limb and say I’ll finish them by year end. So let’s say 8. (and that’s the number I’ll use below in the challenge progress)

Favorite book read this month: A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron (sequel to A Dog’s Purpose whose main character made it on my top 10 all time favorite characters list last year at number 4 but if I had to pick between the two, I’d pick A Dog’s Purpose)

Number of 5 star ratings: 1 (A Dog’s Journey)

Reading challenge progress (% complete)
What’s In a Name 6: 100%
Historical Fiction: 100%
2013 Reading Goal: ~107% (goal was 75 and I’ve read 80)

Reading Challenges Completed: ALL!
I’m excited – I finished all my challenges this year — but didn’t really do much blogging. I’m pretty pumped that I went over my 2013 reading goal, and am kind of amazed that I’ve read that many books this year!

Crafts

Completed Knitting Projects: N/A

Completed Sewing Projects: Initial pillows for nieces and nephews for Christmas! I don’t want to post pictures before Christmas so they can be surprises to everyone. (At this point in time, I’ve finished 2 of the 4 pillows, but 4 will be completed by Christmas.) Also planning to finish fabric gift card holders in time for Christmas gifts…and I definitely have enough time! Pictures will be posted after the holiday.

Get Fit!

I’ve decided to remove this section, but I will restart my way to a healthier me anew in January. I really need to in order to get in better shape, feel healthy/better, have energy, and look my best for the wedding in October!!!!

Monthly Wrap Up: November 2013

monthly wrapupReading

Number of Books read: 7

Favorite book read this month: The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Number of 5 star ratings: 0

Reading challenge progress (% complete)
What’s In a Name 6: 100%
Historical Fiction: 100%
2013 Reading Goal: 96%

Crafts

Completed Knitting Projects: A baby hat for charity
Recently joined a group at work called the Charity Crafters. We will get together periodically to make crafts to be donated to local charities. This year we made hats and blanket squares. (we meet on Dec 2 to collect all of our creations)

Completed Sewing Projects: 0
Working on making some Christmas gifts, though!

Get Fit!

Number of Gym Days this month: 1

Personal Record: When I took an equipment orientation at my work gym, I ended up lifting 100lbs in a “Romanian” deadlift set of 8 reps (and it was the last set…the first set was 40lbs & the second set was 70 lbs)!

Where Are the Book Posts?

As you can see from my “About” page, I intentionally started this blog to write about the books I read. And for the most part, that is what I’ve been writing about since I started this blog just a little over two years ago (can’t believe it’s been that long already!) But as I’ve grown more comfortable with the blogging process, I’ve found that I have written fewer book posts and more crafty (sewing or knitting) or “random” posts. Of course, every month I have my wrap up post that does a highlight of my month in reading, crafts and “getting fit”, but lately, that’s been the only post related to reading (and it’s not even a lot of info about what I’ve read).

While I’m enjoying writing non-book posts, I want to bring those book posts back, but still keep the non-book posts, too.

I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to do starting in the new year and these are the goals I’ve come up with so far:

1. Maintain the book log (obviously) (I have a few ideas about re-vamping my log, too)
2. Write & publish one book review per week, instead of trying to review each book I read (that can get overwhelming!)
3. Write & publish one multi-book review post. It would recap the books I’ve read with a quick 1- or 2-sentence review (except for the weekly post review). (this idea is basically brand new – I came up with it as I was writing this post!) I haven’t decided on the frequency yet..monthly, every other month, quarterly…? what do you think?

And that’s it so far. Clearly, it’s a thought-in-progress kind of thing. I have some time to work out the details and really form a plan.

Do you write book reviews on your blog? Do you write a review on every book you read, or only certain books? If only certain books, what helps you choose which books to review?

Excuses, Excuses… & A Bridal Show

Well, not even a week into the NaBloPoMo challenge and I’ve already missed a day. It’s not because there was a lack of topics or anything, but it was due to lack of time. For this challenge, I’m trying to not pre-plan/draft posts, but instead actually sit down and write and publish at the same time. (This is usually what I do for my book reviews, though it has been quite some time since one of those has been posted!). I’ve gotten better about the pre-planning/drafting because it certainly helps. But I feel that for this monthly challenge, it would be good to actually write out each post each day.

Having said that, obviously there will be days where my schedule is hectic and may not allow time for writing. So, can I do two posts the next day? Why not? Just because I’m not drafting up posts doesn’t mean I’m not thinking of (or making a list of) topics to write about. My original intent for the November 6th post was going to be about the event that kept me from writing. So I’ve decided to make the November 6 post do double duty: make my excuses, and then talk about the event. :)

Yesterday, I left the house for work at 6:45am and did not return until 9:30pm. By the time I got home, all I wanted to do was take a shower, grab a quick bite to eat and go to bed. Which is what I did. I just didn’t have the energy to write.

Onto part two.

The reason I didn’t get home until 9:30 last night was because my mom, sister, future mother-in-law, and I all went to a bridal show. There were door prizes and giveaways to pre-registered brides-to-be. I was a pre-registered bride-to-be. I won nothing. :(  But it was still interesting. It started at 6pm and the drawings were at 8:30pm. Never having been to one of these things before, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. It was smaller than I thought it would be, but there were still quite a few vendors.

The fun thing was that it was held at my venue, so if nothing else at least my family got to see where the reception would be — and they all liked it! As I was wandering around to the different vendors, some asked where I was having my wedding and when I told them it was at that location, every single one praised the place and/or the coordinator there, so I was very excited to get some glowing recommendations.

There were some fun prizes from the vendors, but everyone was there for giveaways for the pre-registered brides-to-be: $200 in cash to 5 lucky ladies, $500 cash to 2 & an all-inclusive honeymoon in the Bahamas to one very lucky winner. As I mentioned: I won nothing. :( (but at least the tickets to the event were free!)

There is going to be another, larger bridal show at another location in January so I’ll probably sign up for that, especially if it’s free: doesn’t hurt to try and win stuff, does it? :)

Lesson learned: we don’t need to be at those bridal shows for the whole time — really just enough time to wander around and check out the vendors, enter the door prize raffles and hang out for the drawings. (so an hour, tops!)

Have you been to bridal shows before? What’s your favorite/least favorite part? Have you ever won anything at a bridal show?

Breakfast For Dinner? Yes, Please!

Breakfast is really the only meal you can eat in place of the other daily meals. I especially love having breakfast for dinner. (but not every day — it wouldn’t be special if it was all the time!)

When I say breakfast, I mean pancakes, french toast, waffles (with a waffle iron), eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, hash browns… Not all at once of course, but I’m just trying to say I don’t consider a bowl of cereal the ultimate breakfast for dinner.

When I was little, my mum would sometimes make breakfast for dinner, usually on nights when my dad had to work late.  (it was almost like an unofficial tradition) She would make either pancakes (and when we were really little it was Mickey Mouse pancakes) or french toast or eggs and regular toast. And she would include hash browns, potatoes, sausage patties/links or bacon.

It was always a special treat to have breakfast for dinner because it was out of the ordinary way of things. As a kid it was fun to do something different and get fun shapes for pancakes. I remember my mom telling me that when she was little if they ran out of syrup they would use sugar instead (only on the french toast, not the pancakes), so sometimes, to change it up, my sister and I would use a little bit of sugar instead, too.

Sometimes she still cooks breakfast for dinner and I’m pretty sure my sister does it for her kids. I make it for myself occasionally, too (usually nights when fiancée is working late or, like tonight, at the Bruins game with his uncle), but not like the full meal my mom made/still makes. For me, though, it’s kind of boring/basic: usually just a couple of pieces of french toast or maybe some scrambled eggs and a couple of pieces of regular toast.

(Tangent: Thinking of regular toast at night makes me think of my grandmother (lovingly known as Meme). Sometimes when we would sleep over, she would make us some toast with a little bit of butter before bed. I remember she sometimes dipped her toast in orange juice and I thought it was the strangest thing. She was a fun lady, I miss her. Maybe I’ll write a post about her someday)

Tonight I made myself a few pieces of french toast (with syrup, not sugar) and had a glass of milk. It hit the spot. :) (I don’t usually take pictures of the food I eat, so no photos of my yummy french toast)

What is your favorite breakfast food? Did you have a favorite meal-time tradition growing up?

How Much Do I Love Fall? Let Me Count the Ways…

Fall is my favorite season. I love the colors, the smells, the food, the comfy clothes, Thanksgiving, a whole slew of birthdays… well, I could go on. But really, I think it’s a wonderful season. I truly think there is no better place to be in the fall than in New England, it’s absolutely beautiful as the leaves begin to change.

(Luckily, Mark also enjoys the fall and so it was a no brainer when we were picking our wedding date: early October — getting colorful, but won’t be freezing yet! — and of course this will be another thing to add to the list of things I love about fall)

Now let’s talk about the different things I mentioned above in more detail…

the colors
such lovely, rich colors – yellows, oranges, reds, browns, and even the remaining greens. What a beautiful color palette – really, if you’ve never been to New England in the fall, I highly recommend it (come for mid-October to get the full effect: lots of leaves changing, but not tons of bare trees, and it’s not too cold yet).

the smells
yes. there’s a smell to the coldness in the air – it’s lovely. But let’s not forget the other good things: Autumn Leaves candle by Yankee Candle, apple pies baking, cinnamon (but not strong cinnamon-y smelling things), fireplaces…

the food
I mean seriously, who doesn’t love soups, stews, and basically anything with apples in it: pies, turnovers, crisps, pastries? yumm, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it all. It’s the delicious comfort foods that I love.. oh and the ones like a stew that you cook in the slow-cooker all day long…

the comfy clothes
Aside from the stretchy pants we all wear on Thanksgiving, there are some really comfy clothes in the fall — my favorite is a big comfy, cushy sweater. Curled up on the couch with a blanket, a glass of wine or hot chocolate, a good book or settling in to watch a movie as the wind blows outside? Nothing better. (I guess this could also be said for the winter too, but this is strictly a fall post!)

Thanksgiving
I started writing about Thanksgiving and the paragraph just kept growing, so I’m going to save that for a separate post later in month (perhaps, fittingly, on Thanksgiving itself?) – Stay tuned! (I’ll link it back here once I’ve posted it)

birthdays
Birthdays are fun. My birthday is close to Thanksgiving (and I’ll talk about that a bit more in my Thanksgiving post later this month), but mine is not the only November birthday in my family. Let’s see: there’s an aunt on the 7th, my future aunt-in-law’s on the 10th, my niece’s on the 13th, mine on the 20th, my sister’s and a cousin’s on the 22nd… okay, I think those are all the birthdays. (my parents’ wedding anniversary is on the 19th – I was born 2 years and 1 day after they got married and my sister was born 2 years and 2 days after I was born — and not even planned!). I love finding the perfect gift for someone, I love giving gifts!

Yes, fall is definitely one of the best things.

What do you love about the fall?

One Million Dollars

NaBloPoMo Day 3 - If you found one million dollars in the morning and had to spend it by nightfall, what would you do with the money?
(This is the prompt from BlogHer for Day 1 — since I kind of used an intro posting for that day, I figured I’d use this prompt today)

It doesn’t say that what we buy has to be done/taken home/completed that day, so I’m going to be a bit flexible with this…

Here’s how I would spend the money (and in this order):

1. Pay off all my student loans
The bane of my existence! This is always my number one thing whenever I talk about having money (such as when we discuss what we would do if we won the lottery). Especially if I would have to continue to work! If I could pay it all off, that’s a good chunk of change back in my bank account every month that I could put toward something else! (good riddance Sallie Mae!)

2. Pay for my wedding & honeymoon
So this is where the flexibility I mentioned above would come into play: my wedding isn’t until next October, so I would pay all my vendors in full the day I got the money.

3. Buy a house & furnish it
We currently rent, so this would be the next thing I’d do. The house has to have at least 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a fenced-in yard and a garage. One of those rooms would be my craft room. I would furnish it to have everything I need for knitting, sewing, scrapbooking… The other rooms would be our bedroom and bedrooms for our future children. The fenced-in yard is, of course, for Sonny. The garage is for Mark; he can store his tools, turn it into a man-cave—whatever he wants. Aside from my craft room, the other room I would definitely want top-of-the-line furnished is the kitchen (complete with a KitchenAid mixer and all its attachments!)

4. Buy a car
I’m not a huge car person, so I wouldn’t buy anything too expensive, (especially since I’ll still have to pay insurance, etc.); but I would definitely buy a new car — not really sure what kind, but a nice little one, good on gas, nothing big and crazy! Definitely a 4-door.

5.  Throw a catered dinner party with friends and family
I would love to have a big, catered dinner — what kind of food? maybe a few different places to get all sorts of foods. I would hope I found the money in spring or summer so I could rent a big tent and have it outside.

6. Buy season tickets to the Bruins
This is another one where I’m being flexible. It would be fun to have season tickets — love those guys! (just one season)

7. Make donations to a few charities
There are lots of charities out there that could use the help, so I’d pick one that helps animals, one that helps children, and definitely the American Cancer Society.

Of course, these could split a number of different ways based on how much I’m willing to spend on each of the above. (The only one not open to negotiation would be the student loans — those are getting paid off in full, no matter what!) And when I originally did a rough estimate breakdown, I was still left with around $45,000 (but I decided to put that toward the house).

Oh, if only fantasy could mirror real life sometimes, huh?

I’ve always said that If I could hit the lottery for the exact amount of what I owe on my student loans, I’d be happy. I don’t care that I would still have to work; as I mentioned above, that’s money I’d be able to put away every month once those were paid off.

(Of course, this is still probably what I would do with the money even if I had more than one day to spend it all.)

What would you spend $1,000,000 on if you only had one day to spend it?

Boston Red Sox

NaBloPoMo Day 2

Topic for today: Boston Red Sox

So I used to be a huge baseball fan. But over the last 5 or so years, I’ve moved away from baseball and am much more into hockey. But this post is going to be about baseball and more specifically the Boston Red Sox. (I find it fitting since today was the “Rolling Rally” — aka the Duck Boat Parade celebrating the Sox World Series win — the 3rd in the last 10 years, I might add).

Anyway, I used to go to a few games a season, with family and/or friends. The Boston Public Library used to do contests to win Red Sox tickets: anyone aged 7 through 17 was eligible, we just had to read some books and write a brief “report” on our favorite book, and we could win 3 tickets. My sister and I did it for a few years and always got tickets (I’m pretty sure anyone who entered got tickets). Anyway, we would get 6 tickets so it would be us, my parents and we would each get to bring a friend — fun times.

I remember the summer before 12th grade, 2 of my best guy friends and I waited outside Fenway overnight (for a total of 10ish hours) for tickets to a Sox-Yankees game. We each got 2 standing-room only tickets. So 2 of us brought our dads and because the third dad had to work, one of their sisters came along — it was fun — both the waiting over night AND the game itself.

I’ve always found sitting in the bleachers to be fun because of the atmosphere (even if it was super easy to get sun-burned!).

Personally, I’ve always enjoyed going to a game more than watching it on TV, and again I think it’s all about the atmosphere.

The last 2 Red Sox games I’ve gone to were this year — (hey, wow, I just realized I went to 2 games this year!)  Anyway – I actually only went to the game because I was able to sit in the box my work gets — and that’s a great way to watch a game! The box is on the first base line and it’s a great view. It’s catered, so we get food and drinks — I definitely socialized with my co-workers more than I paid attention to the games…

Okay, so let’s talk World Series now….

2004 – Unbelievable year. Awesome! I was in the fall of my freshman year of college and everyone gathered in one of the quads — so cool. (though I still think everyone was more excited about the fact that we beat the Yankees and not even that we swept the Cardinals!) I had tinted my hair red shortly before the post season (not purposely for the Sox, but hey, we all know sports and superstitions, right?) I printed out each article from each game that post season. Because I was at school, I didn’t go to the parade that year. At the time, I was writing on livejournal.com, and wrote about some of that stuff. (click here to check out my post on the night they won — I’ll probably be thoroughly embarrassed by some of the stuff I wrote there….)

2007 – Fall of my senior year of college. Once again, everyone gathered in one of the quads. And again, because I was at school, I didn’t go to the parade.

2013 – Game 6 was probably the only full game all season that I actually watched on TV. And once the game was over (so late on a work night!) I clapped, watched about 20 minutes of the celebration and went to bed. No one was really talking about it at work the next day though — have we really gotten so jaded with winning sports championships?! I chose not to go to the parade today because there were going to be crazy crowds and that’s just a lot of people to have to maneuver through (I did go to the Bruins parade when they won a couple of years ago —- see? I told you I’m more into hockey than baseball now).

We watched a good amount of the parade on TV this morning. They did a really nice tribute at the Boston Marathon bombing sites. Dropkick Murphy’s were there to perform after they passed the bombing sites. They were on the Duck Boats and went in the Charles River…. and the weather was perfect for it! I couldn’t believe how packed some of those crowds were!

SO… are you a Sox fan? Where were you each of these World Series? Did you go to the parade today?

NaBloPoMo

NaBloPoMo Day 1

Dare I take the challenge?  Why not? I’ve been pretty MIA around here lately — though does committing myself to one post a day seem over-reaching? Probably! But hey, why not? Maybe I’ll get into a groove…

I’ve just added my blog to the blogroll on BlogHer.

I’ve made a short list of topics I can write about, but certainly not enough for the entire month – I’m hoping to get inspiration from my every-day happenings and will definitely be checking out the daily topics (both on WordPress and BlogHer).

So without further ado — here’s the badge for the month:

NaBloPoMo November 2013

(and you’ll see it in my sidebar as well).

The badge links to the intro post about NaBloPoMo on BlogHer.

Good luck everyone!

Monthly Wrap Up: October 2013

monthly wrapup

Reading

Number of Books read: 5

Favorite book read this month: didn’t have a favorite.

Number of 5 star ratings: 0

Reading challenge progress (% complete)
What’s In a Name 6: 100%
Historical Fiction: 100%
2013 Reading Goal: 87%

Reading Challenges Completed: 2
So far the goodreads progress bar is telling me I’m 3 books ahead — and I haven’t fallen behind once (at my best, I think I was around 5 books ahead)

Crafts

Completed Knitting Projects: 0

Completed Sewing Projects: 0

I was not very crafty in October…

 

Get Fit!

Number of Gym Days this month: ugh — i just looked at my calendar: I didn’t go to the gym once this month!  So bad!

Total inches lost: didn’t even bother measuring…

Personal Record: n/a

Monthly Wrap Up: September 2013

monthly wrapup

So I’m a bit delayed this month… I actually started prepping this post a couple of weeks ago, and then got totally side-tracked and didn’t post it on time — so here it is a few days late!

Reading

Number of Books read: 9

Favorite book read this month: The Winter Sea, Susanna Kearsley
I also truly enjoy each and every one of Debora Geary’s Witch Central books. They’re super quick reads, and I thoroughly enjoy them.

Number of 5 star ratings: 1 (The Winter Sea)

Reading challenge progress (% complete)
What’s In a Name 6: 100%
Historical Fiction: 100%
2013 Reading Goal: 80%

Reading Challenges Completed: 2

Crafts

Completed Knitting Projects: 1
Mittens! – my first pair ever :)

Completed Sewing Projects: 0

 

Fitness

Number of Gym Days this month: 6

Total inches lost: I didn’t take the measurements…

Personal Record: I took Zumba and Bootcamp classes for the first time and enjoyed them :)