Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I'm Still Here...

just a frazzled trying to be into the Christmas spirit tired-ass scrooge-ette! Not to mention that the posting everyday for NaBloPoMo was HARD so I am taking a little blog vacation.

Thanks for all the kind comments on the Letter G reveal. She's on her way to the other coast so it can slowly makes it's way to Italy where *the boy's* niece lives. I have the feeling the niece is too small to really appreciate it all but her mom, who's also a G, will probably be surprised and super happy. My sister saw the big reveal too and she's asked that I do the C for my niece so that will be added to the assembly line in the new year. She'll be sent to Jill and will become my niece's Sweet Sixteen gift. My sister also asked me for "something red that can be put in the kitchen". Ummm...yea, I have no idea what that can be. Sounds like I'm be working my fingers to the bone between her requests, my BAPs and trying to do at least an ornament a month.

I've come to realize that I just don't have enough hours to the day and I've either become a very slow stitcher or just pile too much on myself and I get stressed out over something that almost always makes me happy and relaxes me. But when I have deadlines, self-impossed deadlines, I get frazzled and stressed out. Case in point would be my brilliant idea to make four ornaments at the last minute so that I can send off. They were tiny ornaments...cute...no frill. Easy peasy. Yet...omg, it seemed to take me forever and in the end, I only finish-finished two of the four. Last night, I decided not to finish the other two because I really just had to get the packages in the mail. Even *the boy* was telling me it was ok to not do it because I was obviously not enjoying the process. He got a good deal of "ugh, you called me and I'm in the middle of blahdeblah". I swear that guy has the worst timing about things. You know, wait and wait and then decide to heat up dinner and the phone rings right when I'm going to take my first bite. *sigh* So I finished two ornaments and didn't take a picture. One went to Kelly my wonderful massuese and friend. The other to *the boy's* mom. I gave him explicite instructions to take a picture of it on their tree and sent it to me to share. I'm a little bummed I couldn't get the other two done but I'll be ahead for next year now.

In the process, my apartment seems to have upchucked all over the place so I'll be spending lots of my free time the next couple of days getting things back in order. It quite embarrassing how messy it's gotten!! Maybe if I get motivated enough, I'll drag the little fiber optic tree out of the closet and set it up.

So no wonderful pictures to show. I've watched some movies though. On Sunday, I watched Everybody's Fine with a friend. We thought it was a comedy but people...that is one sad, slow movie! If your curious about it, wait til it's on video and make sure you have some tissue nearby! It seemed slow to me but it did have some heartwarming scenes. Then that evening, I watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on video because my apartment manager lent it to me. When this came out, I had no interest in watching it. It sounded weird and was anti-Brad Pitt. But since it was literally handed to me, I said why not! It was a wonderful film. Seriously...rent it! It captured my attention up to the 2-hour mark and I have the attention span of a jackrabbit with movies. And even at the two hour mark, I wanted to see how things turned out. The acting, makeup, wardrobe and storyline were all superb. You'll have to devote 2.5 hours to watch this but it's seriously time well spent.

I've been a little lax with my exercise routine despite seemingly eating my weight in cookies and chocolate! I ellipticaled twice last week and then went to 25 stores and shopped til I dropped on Friday so I'm counting that as a workout too. This week...nothing so far and my exercise partner is taking today off to have a boozefest so I am debating between working out alone or getting a manicure. You tell me what sounds like a better choice! lol I'm thinking manicure and a lovely relaxing evening watching Four Christmases. Reviews don't look so hot on imdb so I'll let you know what I think.

This is longer than I anticipated and I applaud you if you've reached the end of this. I'll be back soon to post about my TUSAL...final photo of 2009! Besides the cleaning, I'm hoping to put a few stitches in Newton, Mary and start a PIF.

Until next time...

9 comments:

Angela P said...

Sounds like you have been busy! I am behind in my blog reading but I just had to say I love your letter G finish and the Plum Street Sampler finish is lovely too :) I hate feeling stressed by deadlines as well!

Natasha said...

I vote for a manicure and a movie,We watched four christmasas I would give it a 3 1/2 out of 5 I love Reese. I just watched star trek a non holiday movie but WOW I did not think I would like it it was great.

Daffycat said...

Deadlines always stress me out too. ***hugs*** I'm terrible about deciding to do things at the very last minute, then I get upset when I get stressed. Sheesh!

Get your home cleaned...you'll feel better!

Margaret said...

I don't blame you for taking a blog vacation after NaPoBloMo (or whatever it's called). Lots covered in your post though. I bet the letter G is going to be highly loved when it arrives at its destination. And the ornaments too. Sounds like you need to stitch more for yourself and less for requests from relatives. lol! I loved Benjamin Button! The short story it's based on is wonderful as well -- it's by F. Scott Fitzgerald. There's another novel more recently written that was based on Benjamin Button -- it's also wonderful. Can't remember the name offhand though. As for exercising, yes, I've been bad recently as well. I think it gets tough around the holidays. It does for me at least!

Jackie said...

I hate setting deadlines for myself - it just takes the fun out of it and things then seem to go wrong. I've been successful is not setting deadlines for myself. If I plan on giving handmade items for the holidays, I generally start them early in the year. This year that meant that very few got a handmade gift from me.

I too would count going to 25 stores as exercise!

Melissa said...

Oh Valerie, this is the season for stress isn't it? All those expectations. We want to do so well for other people...listen, I haven't even sent cards out I've been so tied up with work this year. Never mind any stitchy gifts. I hang my head in shame!

So you are well ahead of me by 2 ornaments!

Mary Elizabeth said...

Watch the movie and do your nails! but have a back up movie... like ELF or White Christmas. 4 Christmas not so good. But ELF is great!

Laura said...

I'll be looking for your start on the letter "C" because I'm thinking of doing that one for my daughter. You've talked me into Benjamin Button. I was never that into Brad either but I will give it a try. Go for the manicure, it's Christmas!

Michelle said...

Sounds like you've been very busy. It's hard at this time of year to get everything done, wrapped, mailed, etc. and STILL be in a good mood! Hope we get to see photos of the ornaments though!