Stitching, Meals, etc

Every time I open my blog I see the picture from the wreck; I guess I ought to be writing new entries so that it eventually falls off the page. We are STILL waiting for the check from the insurance company so that we can purchase a replacement vehicle. I think Jay is leaning towards a Subaru Outback that he found. It’s two years newer than the old car was, has about 10K fewer miles, and costs less than ours did when we bought it. Even with what we owe on the old car we should break even. My back is still bothering me so I’ll be seeing a chiropractor tomorrow. I’ve never been to one before but Jay has been a few times now since the accident and said the guy is really good. I just want everything to be better and be done with this!

On a positive note, I was fortunate to receive the fabric two days ago that .Jenny mailed me for the Christening Gown that I’m making for my best friend. She finds out the baby’s gender this afternoon (if he/she cooperates). She’s due at the end of May so I am hoping I can finish it before then. The pattern is by Kayann’s Kreations and is all white on white hardanger. It’s been a couple years now since I’ve done hardanger, but I have the Janice Love books so I should be able to get through it alright. This is the same pattern that Jenny used to make the gown for her daughter (thanks again for the pattern, Jenny!). I will probably have my mom sew it together since she is a wonderful seamstress and could probably sew it in her sleep.

I thoroughly enjoyed my Monday off. I went for a four mile walk/hike in the morning and then spent the afternoon watching Return of the King while stitching on Noah’s Sub. I’ve finished a fair bit since the picture I posted last week; I plan to work on it when I’ve had all I can bear of the white on white and need a brief, colorful break.

I was pleasantly surprised last night to receive a RAK (Random Act of Kindness, from the Wagon BB) from Goldie of Just Nan’s Holly Noel. I guess I’d better update my wish list! Thanks again, Goldie; I hope I can start it soon since it is fairly small so I stand a chance of actually finishing it in a timely manner.

I am now up to 117 miles on my way to Rivendell. In addition to my four mile walk on Monday I also made it to the gym Tuesday evening and walked three miles on the treadmill while reading The Hobbit. I think I’ll be reading/walking on the treadmill more often. It accomplishes two things at once and the exercise goes by so much faster. Tonight is kickboxing night; I haven’t been in awhile and I’m hoping my back is up to it. I really need to start doing my normal routine again, and that class is part of it.

Inspired by Faith Ann I have been trying to plan more meals at home and stop eating out so much. We eat out far too often and I know it’s expensive and unhealthy (well, it’s not *always* unhealthy since I do eat better at Panera than I often do at home, but it is usually expensive). We have eaten in the last two nights and I have dinners planned at home through Monday. Not all of the meals are super healthy (ie, tacos on Saturday) but it is a relief to not worry about figuring out dinner every night. I know I’ll still end up eating some lunches out with co-workers, but if we can at least get the dinners under control it will be a big step in the right direction. I also haven’t gotten breakfast out since the first day we were home from vacation (there was nothing in the house so we got bagels). If I can make this work for a few weeks then I think I’ll get a new cookbook or two and start branching out somewhat.

Well, that’s all the excitement going on in my life. I look forward to spending this weekend getting my home cleaned up, exercising, and stitching. I am happy to have a nice, boring weekend for a change.


3 Responses to “Stitching, Meals, etc”

  1. Jenny Says:

    You’ll have to post some progress pics of the christening gown as you get some more done. 🙂 Hope your back is feeling better soon.

  2. Faith Ann Says:

    I don’t feel like a very inspiring person when it comes to eating, but I’m trying 🙂 I’m glad you were encouraged to plan a few menus too. I find that it *really* helps me avoid the lure of eating out if I have things planned. Good luck!!

    (We don’t always eat healthy or new things either, you have to come back to the good ‘ole stand bys now and again!)

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Glad you’re eating at home more, Jill. It’s so much better financially and healthwise. DH and I eat at home constantly now. When he and I were apart my DS and I ate out constantly! I plan it all on the weekend and post the menu on the refrigerator. That really helps! Take care,Susan in SoCal

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