I remembered today that I have a BLOG, so hi! How YOU doing?
It’s lunchtime in Los Angeles and I have closed my door and furtively turned my attention to this here record of my 2018 Goals which for April were pretty much:
- No walking, thanks to the torn tendons in my right ankle, BUT I have had the pleasure of announcing my ankle brace is actually a house arrest bracelet on like 14 occasions so not all is lost.
- No planking, I am so very done with planking for 2018.
- A pretty good attitude, though, all things considered.
- I haven’t bought one stitch of clothing all year and we are going on five months now, so I have to say this is a world record and also I am sewing like a mad scientist obsessed with dresses!
It was a nutty but overall very nice April. Things at work are on Total Austerity Mode Lockdown because of the will-they-or-won’t-they merger and for my group it means we actually have a manageable pace of work instead of the usual frantic race between five-alarm fires. Notice I have used none of that time for writing on this here website but instead have chosen to spend my evenings cutting out patterns and reading sewing books and taking classes on Craftsy and generally making a gigantic mess in all rooms of my home.
So much focus on sewing has made me HAPPY. There’s this really great high you get from figuring out a new stitch or a new way to do a thing and at the end you have a finished garment or pillow or new entry to the scrap basket. I made one dress last month that was a total failure but I learned a ton from that one sad sack of cotton. I also started trying out all the decorative and weird looking stitches on my new machine and using all the presser feet and I’m getting much more comfortable taking apart my machine (is that good or bad? Hmmm.)
There’s something to that whole 10,000 hours concept. I can tell that my skills are solidly and rapidly improving. It feels great to be able to figure something out without agonizing over every drawing in the pattern booklet. I mean, yes, I still do that… but just a lot less often these days.
May is going to be full of more garment-making adventures, and me and Mr. Me are going on a fun adventure to Rochester! It’s for a conference, and it’s for literally one day, but I am excited about it because we got upgraded and because I have never been to Rochester, NY. Or any Rochester that I am aware of. I cannot take my sewing machine because that would be crazy (?) but I’m planning to pack some me-made stuff and also eat carbs. Yay May!