Friday, 25 September 2009

While the Boss is Away...

Guess who get's to look after Sawmillers Quiltery for the next four weekends??? I do !!!

So if you happen to be in Upper Hutt or heading over the Rimutaka Hill - stop in and see me, to check out the new fabrics and perhaps even purchase a few goodies to replenish your stash.

If you don't need to rush away, you could even bring some handstitching so we can sit and chat awhile.

The quiltery is open from 10am to 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday AND Carol is looking after Stonestead Tea Rooms - so there will be lovely hot scones and a wonderful cuppa for you to purchase and enjoy :)
See you soon

Did I tell you...

.... That I've signed up to the gym for a month to do an intensive programme to get over my 'hump' of not being able to jog without feeling like my lungs are going to explode and to see some progress?

With the last duathlon we did at Trentham Memorial Park - I so struggled with the run, even though DD1 and I had increased our running. Well I was getting myself into a quandry of this is all too hard and just about chucked it in... then I read "Going the Distance" by Tracey Richardson (a story of a kiwi mum, who was depressed, overweight, completely run ragged (has 2 children with CF - who had endured way too many hospital stays, treatments etc) and two toddlers... anyway Tracey's story is about her turning point and the goals she set herself to have tackled in two years from the date she wrote that list (at probably her lowest point). One of her goals was to become healthier and fitter, and from reading the back of a cereal box one morning decided to compete in the Special K Triathlon, the week before that event, Tracey and her two older children were in Taupo to watch a Canadian lady with CF compete and win the women's section of the NZ Ironman, while watching that event another light bulb went off and she decided that she would compete in the following year's NZ Ironman (and later while she was training for the NZ Ironman decided to use it as a fundraising event for CF). Tracey's story is heart felt written, which includes glimpses into the private struggles of fitting 'it' all in (life, training, husband, kids, setting up a business, fundraising, hospital visits, treatments for her older Children etc). Tracey competed in the NZ Ironman (March or April) and later went onto compete in the Hawaii Ironman in the October of the same year (which fell on the 2 year date from when she wrote her original goal list) and even bettered her time by 30 mins.

Long story short I decided I haven't finished my mission with the Duathlons and I wasn't going to let this running hump set me back (plus I havent whipped my sis-in-law's butt yet - I've got to beat her in an event!!!), so I decided I needed help from a trainer and a programme set to get me back on track. Including today I've had 4 sessions at the gym - plus a long bike last Sunday, and have to say am starting to feel some benefits - yeah - love progress...

Tomorrow morning am going to hit the pavements and just go, not worry what I look like, not worry if I have to stop and walk a bit - just get out there and go!

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Just like the words of U2's song...


The sun is shining, there is a slight crispiness to the air and the birds are singing. So have got the washing machine going with its first load while I'm having porridge and banana for breakfast (and cuppa coffee - can't forget the coffee!), then will get changed and head off for a nice long bike :)

This afternoon will be house chores, groceries and hopefully time for some sewing :)

What have you got planned for the day?


Sunday, 13 September 2009

Stitching and Sun...

Binding is finished on the shop sampler cot quilt for Sawmillers Quiltery. This is a panel (that you can purchase from Yvonne), that I sandwiched together with batting and backing fabric, then quilted (mainly stipple, and stitched 1/4" around the main features of the panel) and then added the binding. Was a quick project, the longest time was spent hand-stitching the binding LOL (not my favourite part of quilt making).

When I dropped the quilt into Yvonne this morning, my eye caught the new fabrics that had arrived... they are the most cutest fairy fabric, pop over to her blog to check it out... so tempted to add to the UFO pile...

So loving the BLUE skies at the moment and the WARMTH of the sun on your face and back. Went into Welly today to meet two friends for lunch at Mac's Brewery - took a couple of pics as I wandered over to join them.
The head cold is much better, so I guess that means no more excuses will be back into the exercise this week.
Well its back to surfing the job websites etc and applying for roles... I just know something will come up soon.
Have a fantastic week.

Flight of Summer...

Stunning day in Wellington today, here's some photo's DD1 took of her BF today. Check out that blue sky and the freedom to fly... and yes there is a trampoline that BF is landing on LOL

Friday, 11 September 2009

Rejected... Cold... Bust...

Rejected... yes that is what I am. There was only two left in the race for the job I'd been vying for... and found out this morning it wasn't me (out of the 2) that they picked [big sigh]... I know there will be a permanent job out there for me, I will continue my search, and thankful that I've got a job at the moment (contract runs out in January)... I so wanted this one though...

Cold... Here I'd been all smug that myself, and the family had seemed to have escaped the winter lurgies of head colds, flu, piggie flu and any other bug that had been zinging around the atmosphere, then screeching halt to smugness - DD1 came down with a massive sniff, sneeze and head cold on Monday night... and yup you guessed it... moi came down with a thundering halt yesterday with head cold, spent day in bed today so was well enough to go out with girlfriend tonight to see...
Bust : Just got home from seeing "Busting Out" ... OMG what a great way to finish a day that hadn't started too promisingly. These two ladies had my girlfriend and I rolling in the aisles with laughter. Check out Emma's profile to get a glimpse into the show. Now ladies if you enjoy good clean humour and lots and lots of laughs this show is for you and I totally recommend you go see it, if and when the show comes to a town near you.

Tomorrow's weather forecast isn't looking to grand, so yippee will get the baby quilt binding finished (shop sample for Sawmillers Quiltery), promise to take picture for you to see, and then will work on a commissioned baby quilt (customer from Sawmillers).
Enjoy your weekend