Wednesday, July 06, 2011

This and That; Here and There

That's been my life the past couple of weeks. Very social. Very busy. Very tired. I think I need a break from being social and am planning on a hermit weekend. Will save me a little money too as this being social business can be taxing on the pocketbook!

I've been to open to the public brewery night which resulted in a spirits tasting and countless pints of beer. Ok, 3 pints but I kind of lost track because I did that cursed (but yummy) spirits tasting first thing. I had to ask my drinking mate the next day how much I actually drank since things around that second pint got a little fuzzy. Great beer, fun music, great company. It was a great night and I'd do it again. Just need to plan better and make sure I have a big lunch that day...like a burger or a burrito...definitely not a salad! I also have to remember that I can't keep up with the guys...I've gotten a little too old and lightweight to keep up.

I've been to Tales of the City. If you read the Armistead Maupin series, they made a musical out of it and it was fun and fab. It ran a little long and so that made for a really late night on a school night but I survived the next day with lots of coffee.

And I've been to the symphony because I couldn't resist the 2 for $20 deal they offered. So I invited a friend and we went to one of my favorite pre-symphony eateries and had fun cocktails and coq au vin.

I met up with another friend I hadn't seen in almost a year and he taught me how to play chess. I think I've forgotten now. So many rules...these move up and down and those move diagonally, these can move multiple spaces but these only one at a time. I need a cheat sheet! But he was very patient and was nice not to kill my queen right off the bat and we had a nice little game which I of course lost, since I've never played before but I made a valiant effort and want to play again! I just need a cheat sheet. Throughout the years, I've asked many people to show me chess and no one ever did so I was very happy that someone finally took the time to spend an afternoon in a pub with me and teach me chess. We got lots of strange looks at the pub but there's plenty to do in a pub besides drink and watch the game(s).

I went to acupuncture. My earpopping is still driving me nuts so I've turned to modern medicine and am taking claritin for that. It's getting better but still happens. I've never had this happen with summer allergies...it's so strange. My mood is better assuming annoying exs leave me the hell alone but the getting out and being social is hugely beneficial for me at this point.

I met up with an old coworker and his lovely wife one afternoon for lunch at Barbacco. It was nice to just take Bart to the Financial District. It was a glorious day and the food, company and conversation was great. I am having fun reconnecting with all my old friends. I hadn't seen so many in so long it's a shock to see some of them as they seem to have changed. And it was also nice to try a new place...I definitely have to go back to this place. The pork meatballs and lasagna were delicious!

I went to the Fillmore Festival which is my favorite out of all the ones offered in the city. I wandered, people watched, had a margarita or two*, listened to music, ate and caught some rays. It was another scorcher in the city and this meant I had to run to the drugstore to buy sunscreen otherwise, I'd have ended the day looking like a lobster! Thank you Neutrogena SPF70!

I went to the beach and breathed in foggy, misty, salty air and watched the pups run in and out of the surf and chase down their balls. And did a quick lunch with a new friend and had a sweet, buttery, cool crab roll.

So...I've been busy and very little stitching has taken place as evidenced here. I'm on my third week and only have half of the header for Christmas Rules stitched. It's a very sad sight!

I also think that my stitching mojo is fading. I haven't been in the mood to put more than a couple dozen of stitches in at a time. I guess I'm having too much fun being social and running around. If I'm not social, I'm trying to finish reading my book (which is now overdue at the library), watching a bit of tv, spending too much time on the computer or sleeping.

I'm tired!

The TUSAL jar looks about the same except with the bright red, white and green from Christmas Rules. I frogged so there's lots of red in there.

Well, that's about it for me. If you got to the end of this short story, I did want to say that I finally managed to complete my collection of Just Cross Stitch Ornament magazines(yay!). In trying to complete it, I had to buy a small lot and have an extra copy of the 1998 Just Cross Stitch Ornie edition that I would like to sell. This is a hard to find magazine as can be indicated by the current $30 and $65 starting bids on eBay. Those people are nuts! I'm a reasonable person (despite being a total stash hoarder). Please email me if you're interested and we can discuss price. I can take payment via 123stitch gc, paypal or trades. The first person who emails and agrees to price and payment gets the magazine. Easy peasy. (Magazine has been sold!)

Well, I don't have a free night to myself until Friday. I can.not. wait. I'm looking forward to my hermit weekend. Should I watch tv? Stitch? Finally clean out a closet? Organize stash? Hmmmm....

I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July and Canada Day! Hope the week has transitioned to an easy one!

Until next time...

*I may sound like a boozer in this post but I usually don't drink that much.

21 comments:

Lisa said...

Phew...you are one busy girl in the big city :) I am so glad to hear that you are getting out and about. Sounds like a lot of fun activities...and a good variety. I am sure that your stitching mojo will come back, but it is good to take a break and get out.

I am also enjoying the little break in my crazy busy life, evenings at home is priceless right now...and looking forward to a trip to the local farmer's market on Thursday evening,something that I haven't had too much time to enjoy.

Enjoy life my friend! Take care.

Margaret said...

You've definitely been busy! I would love to see the Tales of the City -- loved the books! Would love the symphony too! I love all the stuff you've been up to! A hermit weekend is always good to take a break though. Your stitching looks reallly nice, even if it's not much. Hope you get your stitching mojo back soon. Enjoy all the sociability too!

mainely stitching said...

That hermit weekend sounds great to me! :D

Barbi said...

Busy is good! And you picked FABULOUS things to keep you busy! And no you don't sound like a boozer, you sound like a woman that is having a good time out with friends :)! So there!
Good for you!
the Christmas Rules piece that you've just started is on my "to do" list. I figure....2023! LOL

Jackie said...

Whew! I'm tired after reading all that you've been doing. I need a hermit weekend too...thinking of actually taking an extra day. I've come to realize that some times I'm really busy and sometimes I'm not but I do need to try and balance it out.

Stitching mojo will return naturally when it's ready. Oh...no boozer disclaimer needed! :)

Catherine said...

Just reading about all you have been doing has tired me out - I think I need a hermit weekend now!

Gabi said...

Wow, you're been really busy. Having fun is so important. But I can see why you need a weekend to get a bit of rest. :)

mbroider said...

What a busy girl you have become!! I agree you need a hermit weekend:) no tv though. I would suggest stitching of course. Also organise stash so you can decide what wants to get stitched next etc...

And then you can give us all some stitchy pics...

Theresa said...

You have been one busy girl!!!!! I can totally understand why you would like to have a hermit weekend!!!! I would want that after so many activities~~ But it is nice that you are out socializing~~ Can't blame you on not stitching. I'm sure you will get your stitching mojo back eventually~~

KarenV said...

Sounds like you've been having lots of fun :) Glad that you're reconnecting with old friends and getting out and about but I'm not surprised that you're doing less stitching - it doesn't sound like you have much spare time!

Enjoy your hermit weekend!

Giovanna said...

Definitely enjoy your social life :-) But I hope you get some stitching mojo back too - your start on Xmas Rules looks great!

Rachel S said...

Your adventures sound like a lot of fun. But exhausting! Hope you have a good hermit weekend.

Melanie said...

That all sounds like great fun!!! I wish we had a bunch of stuff to do like that around here. :(

Branlaadee said...

Wow Val! Sounds like you are having so much fun! I didnt know Tales of the City was a musical now. I remember reading those when I was a teenager.

Enjoy your hermit weekend. Do whatever feels good. :)

Vonna said...

Valerie - you boozer *LOL!* had to do that because of your post script =)

Beer, good food, good friends = fun times! YAY!
I love Christmas Rules and everytime I see one in progress I get an itchy finger!!!!

You know what I've been wondering??? Have you gotten a cat yet?

Carol said...

Gosh, Valerie--with all of your social activities, I'm amazed you got any stitching done at all! It sure sounds like you ate, drank, and enjoyed your week away :) Oh, to be young again...

I think a hermit weekend sounds ideal--stay in your pjs, disconnect all electronics, and read, stitch, and eat to your hearts content.

Hazel said...

Enjoy your hermit weekend - it sure sounds like you need it lol!! xxx

Marie-P said...

Your social life makes me tired! LOL
You deserve a rest after all of that fun activity.
Enjoy your "hermit" day and I hope that you get
a lot of stitching done.

Sally said...

Glad to hear you are getting out and about and enjoying yourself:)

Enjoy your weekend :) Hope you get lots of stitching done.

Valerie said...

WOW! You have been one busy girl. I hope that you have enjoyed your social time and are making memories to last a lifetime!

I know what you mean about losing your stitching mojo...it comes and goes with me too. There are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done and sometimes my stitching takes a hit. At leas I have the blogs so I can live vicariously through other stitchers!

Continue to enjoy your "Social Summer" and keep us up to date!

Katrina said...

Wow you've been busy!!! Glad you've had so many fun things to do :-). Enjoy your stitching time too.