Monday, April 30, 2012

Off the Grid

This past week, I decided that I needed to take back my weekend. I was starting to feel burnt out and exhausted. The result of being social too many weekends in a row and not allowing enough quality "me" time to decompress. By Thursday, I felt super rundown and exhausted which prompted me to go home sick and  sleep the rest of the afternoon. It was just what I needed. Sleep and quiet.

I had already taken Friday off because I had plans to do an Anchor Brewery tour and tasting and they only do them during the day and during the workweek. It was a ton of fun! And then I had dinner plans at a fun place I hadn't been to in a while. Dinner was delicious, the company was fun...it was the perfect social fun day!

Saturday was stay home and stitch day so I assplanted in the recliner most of the day and stitched on Fairy Moon. I do have to say...I stitched and stitched and stitched. I stitched a lot! More than I have in months and yet...

...it doesn't really look like I stitched that much. Although I did. I have a lot of fill-in left to do in the wing. It's moving right along. I'll get excited once I get her really shaping up to look like the fairy she is supposed to be. I am not excited about tackling her monstrous white dress though so I'll need lots of cheering once I get to that point.

I was so focused on getting as far as I could with Fairy Moon that I didn't work on any finishing and did minimal winding of bobbins. That's ok though. It'll all get done...eventually. Just hopefully sooner than later.

Things aside from stitching are good. I'm holding steady with my weight loss. These next five pounds seem harder than the last seven. I'm hoping to lose them by the end of May but we'll see what happens. I know it's dependant on how many workouts I manage at the gym and I've only been able to fit in 1-2 gym visits a week. I still get lazy...although I consider it more tiredness from the crazy go, go, go schedule I've set for myself. But I'm devoted to yoga for the week and need to get back on my cooking schedule.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Until next time...

28 comments:

Barbi said...

Oh come on!!! Every stitcher knows that you stitched TONS! So don't dismiss the pic! I love it! Congrats on plugging along with the weight loss.
Something that I must do, but can never manage too :(

Dee said...

Lovely colors on your fairy!!!

I'm recommitting to my diet/excercise routine starting tomorrow. I always have a little more self control if I start things on a "first".

Glad to hear your diet is going well.

carol fun said...

This piece is so pretty! Sounds like you are making progress in lots of areas - good for you! Every little step and stitch helps.

Margaret said...

I think you've stitched a lot this time! Looking great too! Glad you took time for yourself to rest up -- sounds like you needed it. Good for you on the weight loss. Hope you mange to keep on losing and get that cooking going!

Melissa said...

The Fairy piece looks very pretty! As others have said, you've stitched way more than you'd thought!

You sound like you're doing great with your exercising. Way to go!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I think you're doing well, both on the stitching front and the exercise etc. It's not easy to keep up a regime when you come home from work feeling tired.

Julie said...

Looking ood Valerie, she has grown lots.
Hope you have a lovely week.

Daffycat said...

Beautiful stitching, Valerie. It never seems like much gets accomplished on large projects ~ at least we all know it's just an illusion, right?

You take care!

Chris said...

Hey Valerie! It sounds like you definitely needed the rest. I think that you have mad a lot of progress on Fairy Moon. She is looking great. congrats on the weight loss. I know that you will get rid of the next 5 pounds.
I hope that the rest of your week is great!

milly said...

Hi Valerie

I'm a new follower.

Your Fairy Moon is so pretty!
Congrats on your weight loss!
Happy stitching.

Jackie said...

To me, it looks like you got a LOT done! I scrolled back and looked at the last picture you posted. It seems this project is really coming along quickly!

Sometimes we just need to hole up in our house and truly recharge!

Lanie said...

Hi Valerie, you are making great progress on your Fairy Moon, your stitching is beautiful! When I have stitched one of these designs, I've noticed the transformation from a piece of linen and floss to your "fairy" happens after their faces are stitched. I know all the hours you are putting into this project will be worth it and result in a piece to cherish!

Kate said...

Hi, I had a great weekend too even with all the downpour of rain. I am glad that you reclaimed some of your me time. I am at that stage right now and as its bank holiday this weekend, i am seriously considering isolation. Fairy moon is looking good :)

Carol said...

I know just how you feel about needing some quality time for yourself now and then, Valerie... I need a lot of it--it seems like more and more as a I age, in fact! Glad you were able to find some on Saturday. It looks to me like you got a lot done on Fairy Moon--those colors must be a joy to work with :)

And wonderful news on your weight loss--I'm so proud of you!!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

So glad you took time for yourself. Fairy Moon is looking beautiful!
Linda

Natasha said...

Hey girl....Glad you are having such fun but it is always nice to have a little time for yourself.. Fairy Moon is looking great. It seems like ages since we've chatted. I've been busy also and then came down with a sesonal cold.

Can't wait to see more of your progress on FM. Have a great Tuuesday!

Littlebit said...

Your stitching time sounds heavenly!! Oh my, I do love that Fairy Moon! I really much enjoy fill-in work. Beautiful stitching.

Mangogirl said...

gorgeous stitching :D

Natalia said...

Love your progress on Fairy Moon. I love the combination of colors between the fabric and the threads.
Glad you took some time to relax and rest, we all need that from time o time.

Veronica said...

Anchor Brewery Tour sounds like a fun thing to do. Wanna hear more about it ^.^

Oh, I can definitely see a lot of progress on your Fairy Moon. She's shaping up beautifully. Is that bird I see on your fabric a needle minder? It's so pretty!

Hugs,
Veronica.

Patty C. said...

Awesome progress ;)

Catherine said...

I want to take my weekends back too! But, alas, baseball season is still going strong!
As others have said, you have made a lot of progress! I know what you mean though, on some projects, no matter how much you really get done, it still doesn't feel like much.
Hugs!

Rachel S-H said...

When it looks like you did nothing, that is when you are most productive.

Sally said...

Your fairy is looking so pretty! Love your needleminder too :)

Michelle said...

Great progress on your fairy!!! And you're doing great with your weightloss too!

Anne said...

Being super social CAN be exhausting...I'm in the same boat and can't wait til this weekend when I have nothing planned. But being social can also be soooo much fun :D

I think fairy moon is coming along nicely! All those colour changes take time. Ahhh, winding bobbins. So glad I'm caught up with that!

Hugs

Deb said...

Your Fairy Moon is looking great so far. If you did all that this weekend, you really got a lot done!!!

It's good that you got some quiet time. I think that we all need that once in a while!

Melanie said...

Congrats on losing weight! Go go go you!

I definitely see a difference in the fairy from the last time. You'll get there. :)