Friday, February 28, 2014

Children Lessons: Never Judge a Book by its Cover

Today Brooke and I had a mommy daughter date night. We went to a food truck rally at MOSI which is the Museum of Science and Industry. After feasting upon delicious food and playing on the playground we decided it was time to leave, as you are walking out they make you walk out through the gift shop. We have done this before but this time we stopped to browse a little a she finished up her mini donuts. There was a large container of polished gems that caught Brooke's eye; she really really wanted these. Next to those polished gems was a bunch of "ugly" rocks that Brooke wanted no part of. I decided to use this as a chance to teach her a life lesson, and I bought her the "ugly" rock. On the 10 minute drive home we talked back and forth about judging a book by its cover, and why she didn't want this rock but loved the others so much. Simply put the others were pretty and shiny and this sad rock was ugly. I explained to her why we must never judge a person or anything for that matter by its outside appearance as it is what is on the inside that counts. She pondered this until we reached home where I had her fetch me a hammer. We wrapped her little rock in a cheap towel took it to the porch and under the light I hit it. It broke into 3 pieces and I gathered them up in my hands and dropped them into Brooke's. She gasped as the light hit the pieces and she saw the little crystals inside. We went inside and she sat by the light moving the pieces back and forth and talking non stop about how beautiful it was. Maybe now she has a slightly better understanding now of how what matters is on the inside. Thank you little geode for helping me teach my daughter a life lesson.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Weight Loss Adventures.

This is hard for me to write as I don't like to admit my failures, no one does, right? It is important that I do though as I think accepting and owning up to it is a huge step, so here we go.

I have been a bigger girl most of my life, the smallest I ever was in the couple years before I got pregnant with my daughter and I was between 140 and 160 (I'm 5'9 mind you). When I got pregnant I also quit drinking, smoking, and everything else destroying my life at the same time. I settled down with my then 3 month boyfriend and we started our life together. Before this point I had been a runaway consuming only what people were nice enough to give me normally a sandwich or piece of pizza a day. More people we willing to give me alcohol and cigarettes as it seemed that was in excess with the people I hung around with back then.  I walked everywhere because I didn't have a license or car. So settling down with a job, car, and loving partner was something very different then what I had been dealing with. < A much longer story I still don't like to share.

During those 9 months of being pregnant I gained 100 pounds; I think a mix of quitting everything at the same time and having money to buy food aided my poor eating habits and quick weight gain. Since the day I had Brooke I have been trying to shed that weight... well in my head I was trying to shed it, in real life I was eating fast food when I was able to escape work for a few minutes, drinking frozen coffee drinks filled with sugar, gouge on fried foods, and not exercise. A couple years ago we decided to go healthier and we started eating what we grew, as well as local pastured meat, but the fast food still found itself in my belly a couple times a week, the coffee sometimes multiple times a day as work wore me out more and more.

At this point we are talking 5 years after my daughter was born and the only thing I had managed to do was gain an extra 20 pounds. I was ashamed I hated full body pictures of myself, I would look at the older pictures of me and cry. I had to make a change so about 6 months ago my husband and I decided to go healthy. We joined a gym and started going twice a week, we started eating even better, we made an effort. 2 months ago we ditched our deep fryer and now baked everything, we started eating low sugar, low fat foods, we ate less bread, more veggies, we cut out red meat (for the most part).

That brings us to the current. We work out twice a week, I stopped fast food but once in a GREAT while when I am so exhausted I just want to sleep, we eat pretty healthy, no more frying our foods, and we started monitoring ourselves. Since making slow changes 6 months ago we have improved our health, I can dance around the house with my almost 6 year old without tiring, and I have lost 22 pounds. I have a goal of being under 200 pounds by the end of the year and I will work towards that. Last week we had a cheat week, we went out to lunch and dinner a couple times and I gained 4 pounds, so I felt miserable but now I am back on track and ready to knock this out!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sewing Projects.

Since breaking out the sewing machine a couple weeks back I have been coming up more and more projects that I want to create. Right now though my main focus is a Black Mage cosplay costume for my dear friends husband. I am super excited about this challenge because it allows me to try new things like sleeves. I officially HATE cutting sleeves, I am sure I will hate sewing sleeves even more when that time comes though.

Current list of sewing projects:

Curtains for Brooke's room: She has already picked out and we purchased her fabric; its a lovely flower pattern in pink with glitter on it. We are going to do half window covers (also known as cafe curtains) to let more light in since our house is lacking natural light.
Curtains for the kitchen and living room: Once again we are doing cafe curtains in these windows since there is only 1 small window each and I like the sun but also like the privacy. We have not yet decided on a fabric for this yet.
Black Mage: Currently working on this as its a paid project and I am really excited about it. Sleeves have been designed and cut and soon I will being working the body and popped collar.

This is the black mage from Final Fantasy whose blue robe I am designing. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Adventures in Sewing: A Skirt for the Daughter

I broke out the sewing machine after 7+ years and dusted it off. After finding a simple skirt to try out I got cracking...
First I measured my little Brooke around the waist then added 10 inches then divide by 4.
Then I measured how long I wanted the skirt to be (since this is my 5 year old down to her knees was appropriate) then added 3.5 inches.
 I cut out her rectangles and got sewing. After 3ish hours I had a finished skirt for my Brooke to wear and I think she rocks it!

What to Plant in Zone 9: (Feb)

Plant Seeds of:
English Peas
Beans: Bush, Pole, and Lima
Sweet Corn
Sweet potatoes
Green onions and shallots

What to do:
* Make sure Fall-planted strawberries are getting enough water so they produce fruit.