Monday, January 28, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Olive Oil and Broccoli
Tuesday - Better The Second Time Seasoned Chicken and Mixed Vegetables
Wednesday - Lean Crusine Pesto Chicken and Corn
Thursday - Black Bean Veggie Burger topped with Fat Free Cheese and Vegetarian Baked Beans
Saturday - Chappell Hill Sausage with a Vegetable
Sunday - Grilled Chicken with a Vegetable

Monday, January 21, 2008

WIP Mother's Bliss - 50 Hours

After completing another 10 hours on this piece I have completed 50 hours so far. I realized that the last time I touched this piece was last March and I swear it feels like yesterday, time surely does fly when you are busy with life.

40 Hours March 07

50 Hours January 08

Menu Plan Monday - January 21st

Monday - Time Saving Tortellini

Tuesday - Better The Second Time Chicken Quesadilla's (I use a 98% Fat Free Whole Wheat Tortilla) and Fat Free Refried Beans

Wednesday - Turkey Bacon, Eggs, and Whole Grain Toast

Thursday - Shake n Bake Chicken with a Vegetable

Friday - Turkey Pepperoni Pizza (Whole Wheat Crust, Turkey Pepperoni, Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese, and Reduced Fat Pizza Sauce)

Saturday - Leftovers

Sunday - Seasoned Chicken with a Vegetable

Dessert - Pillsbury Reduced Sugar Yellow Cake

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Dear Diary

I completed one of my goal's so far this month. I framed a piece that I finished on July 31st of last year today and it is now hanging in my living room. I really love the Colonial time period and hope through time to have things representing that time period in my living room. I stitched this piece on 28ct Monoco Champagne using DMC threads.

Friday, January 4, 2008

2008 Stitching Goals

This year I decided to give myself goals for the upcoming year on what I want to accomplish stitching wise. Some things I have already started and I want to complete by the end of the year, others I want to start and finish this year, one I just want to start and make it a project that I stitch during the holiday season in hopes of completing it within two years, and the last thing is finally framing completed pieces that I have been planning on for at least a year maybe more. I will do my own framing since it is cheaper that way and I am always pleased with how it turns out. So sit back and enjoy your journey into my stitching word in 2008 with updates every month of WIP and completions.

1. Finish Mother's Bliss

2. Finish Enchanted Fairy

3. Finish Colonial Houses

4. Finish The Bakery

5. Finish The Stitcher

6. Stitch 4 Ornaments for me

7. Stitch Old West by Little House Needleworks for M

8. Stitch Christmas Elf Fairy and Easter Fairy by Mirabilia

9. Stitch Cirques des Cercles by Ink Circles

10. Stitch one Halloween Piece

11. Start one Christmas Piece

12. Frame one completed piece each month

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Year In Review

I saw this on another board and thought though the new year has begun it would be nice to recap 2007 in order to put it behind me and move on to a better 2008.

January - Was living in AR working at Jackson Hewitt for my second tax season wondering how the bills were going to be paid since losing my job in October and collecting unemployment since then. While doing this I was finishing up my Associates degree in Business Administration.

Feburary- Tax season was in full swing and thing were going along rather nicely. Getting ready for my big move to Texas in May and preparing for graduation in May as well. Spending my weekends with M and enjoying every moment with him.

March - Tax Season was winding down from the initial rush of early filers and school was right on track. Still spending my weekends with M and reminding people that I did not need to date in order to have a fulfilled life.

April - Tax Season ended and I had a month to finish school and prepare for my move to Texas. Spending as much time with M knowing we would be apart for a month until he was in Texas at his dad's once school was over.

May - Graduation came and went and I was the proud recipent of an Associates Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. M's dad and step-mom had their twins early on the 1st and things were rocky for them. I moved to Texas two day's after graduation ready to begin my new life in a new city.

June - Settling into life in Texas and unpacking box's in the new apartment that I finally got after two weeks in a hotel. Looking for a job and welcoming M home after being apart for a month while he was finishing school. The ex was remarried at the end of June and a new chapter started for him as well as me.

July - This was a very hard month for M and his daddy. Money was starting to be tight with no job prospects in site. I was spending lots of time with M while his daddy and step-mom adjusted to married life and the twins. Sadly at the end of July they lost one of the twins to SIDS and that moment changed so many people's lives. M was to be sent back to Ar to spend time with his grandmother while his father delt with his life and I got myself back on my feet financially.

August - A little sun shined for me in August with me obtaining a full time job working for a company doing Accounts Payable. M turned 7 at the of end of the month and I went back to school again.

September - School was in full swing and I was slowly rebounding from not working for almost 4 months. M was doing well in 1st grade and dealing with the loss of his baby brother.

October - I turned 28 at the beginning of the month and wondered where the years went to. I saw M two day's before my birthday and I have missed him so much. School was on track and I was adjusting to my new job.

November - I passed my 90 days at my job and started to relax a little finally there. I spent Thanksgiving in Ar with M and his Nana.

December - This month brought a raise, a bonus, and the time of the year I love the most. M spent the last two weeks of December with me celebrating Yule, Christmas, and the New Year. Watching him leave was the hardest part and so bitter sweet.

I know I just need to hold on for 5 more months and then he will be back again and for good. Watching his father lose a child this year made me want to hold on to him a little tighter and made me realize how quickly we can lose things in just a blink of an eye. I close the door to 2007 hoping that some things will be left there and never repeated again. It was a year of big changes, good and bad. I look forward to a calmer more peaceful 2008 making new friends and settling into a stable life in Texas.