Sunday, January 09, 2005

The beauty of stitching

Hum de dum dum.

I know my blog has been pretty quiet lately, but I just don't have a lot to report lately. Pretty much my life has consisted of work, work, work, more work, sleeping, and the occasional few hours of stitching thrown in for good measure.

Yesterday I slept in until 11 am, and then spent 10.5 hours stitching. Seriously. I stitched for 6.5 hours on Sweetheart and then 4 hours on Summer Faerie. I can't even remember the last time I stitched that long continuously, but it's been a few years. I didn't leave the house. I did shower and walk the dogs, but other than two loads of laundry, I didn't do anything productive other than rest my mind and concentrate on making little tiny crosses. It was fantastic! And I slept great last night.

Stitching is a beautiful thing. I first started stitching when I was nineteen. I used to be a waitress and I'd wait tables all night after going to class all day. What would end up happening is that I'd come home at night, wired and hyper, and wouldn't be able to go to sleep. My mom had suggested that I start stitching the summer after my first year in college, and I just really jumped on it and ran away with it. Stitching was my way to wind down at night so I could sleep. And ever since then, it has been the best therapy I can ever find for anything that is bothering me.

I love my rotation. My projects are so much fun. I have so many colorful ones in it, and I am really enjoying them all so much right now. I have 15 projects left to go, and then I'm either going to start another round or do a "baby" rotation, not sure what yet. I had thought when I was pregnant that I would pull out my baby projects and do a small rotation of like six to get them finished quickly, but now I'm not sure if I'll do that. Still thinking about it!

The only problem is that it requires a lot of sitting. It is now official...I feel fat. If you subtract a few pounds of water, I've gained ten pounds. I'm now one size above my normal one. I can't find an ounce of motivation anywhere. Ten pounds compared to the seventy I lost is a fart in the wind, but yet I can't seem to find that inspiration, willpower and motivation that got me so far in 2003. I'm still looking for it.

I got a raise on Friday...8%. I was extremely disappointed. I really expected that I would get more like 10-12% considering how much I worked in 2004. But I guess I should just be grateful.

Here's my Sunday Brunch for a change...

1) What color (or colors) is your home painted on the interior? It is pale jade in our workout room, lavender in our office, juniper blue in our bedroom, pale blue in our bathroom, and this nasty eggshell white throughout the rest of the house since we haven't gotten to it yet.
2) What color (or colors) is your home painted on the exterior? A disgusting peach color. It really needs to be repainted as well.
3) If you could paint your car any color with no loss in value, what color would it be? Turquoise!
4) Do you paint your fingernails and toenails? What is your favorite color for each if you do? I do...and my favorite for my toes is bright red because it shows up well, pale pale pink for my fingernails because it looks delicate and feminine.
5) Have you ever played paintball? Have you ever wanted to? Never have, never wanted to.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Erica!
I was in a way relieved to read your comment about not finding your motivation in working out, because that is exactly where I am now. I gained a few pounds back over this winter and I really *WANT* to take it back off... so why is it so hard to just DO it? Very frustrating. I always enjoy your stitching updates, keep it up! It's better than Zoloft! ;)

Carrie in Colorado

10:54 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Erica, I hear you on getting a lot of stitching done yesterday! I worked on Giggles in the Snow girl for the Mira BB SAL during the day, while doing a couple loads of laundry. In the evening, DBF and I watched 4 episodes of season 2 of "24" and I stitched all through that on the project I have at his place. It felt good to get that much stitching done!

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Erica,
nice to meet you :D. I didn't read all of your blog, but a few blogs back. I love your story about the 10 hours stitching! I wish a could... but I feel so guilty if I take that much time for a hobby. But I would if I got a chance.
Have a nice day
Anneke, from the Netherlands.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Mindy said...

I haven't been motivated to get to the gym either, now that it's open. I'm spending the money so I really should get my butt there!

I love stitching marathons. I did one today and worked a little on variuos Mirabilias while watching a "Fawlty Towers" marathon and then LOTR. I'm so glad you had a chance to have one this weekend. It really does help one relax and sleep well at night :)

7:42 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Maybe this will get you motivated....I lost 80 pounds five years ago. When I later gained 10 I couldn't find the motivation to get rid of it; I delayed and prevaricated. I have now gained all the 80 pounds plus an extra 15 on the top. So plese, don't do what I did - get it off while you can. You did so brilliantly to lose so much - don't let it go to waste :-)!

5:48 AM  
Blogger LittleRach said...

I'm sure you'll find your motivation again soon. Sometimes we just need to take a day out and just stitch, or read or do nothing.

7:10 AM  
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