Posted 20 November, 2012 by Trish in Crafty, Reading Nook / 17 Comments

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Today is November 20th. I have no idea what happened to the other 19 days in this month. And really, part of me wants to cry when I think about only having 10 days left in November and then 31 days in December and then it will be 2013. Except I’ve already been drafting my 2013 Things in my head and I am looking forward to that!
But back to November…where the heck did you go?  Last week I was in Orlando for a work conference and being out of town for a total of two weeks in the past month has left me feeling rather unorganized. I finally got the house mostly back in order this past weekend, but this blog, my bloghopping, and my email are all sorely suffering (who am I kidding…the email always suffers). I thought that we’d be staying in town for all of Thanksgiving weekend but turns out we’ll be headed out to my in-laws’ place on Wednesday night. It’ll be a short trip, but still…
I have been doing things, though! And while I so badly and deeply would like to take some time to write some original posts, I’m sorry to say it’s just not going to happen this week. I’ve come to realize most of my content lately has been because of various link-ups, but I hope you’ll forgive me.
 Reading Front….

Bleak House Baby! I’ve actually decided that Bleak House will be my last book of 2013. I’ll squeeze in one more book club book for this month (I’m Down by Mishna Wolff), but otherwise am done. I’m really enjoying Bleak House so far and have forgotten how Dickens makes me chuckle. I’m listening to the audio narrated by Simon Vance, which is fantastic, but I’m also reading and actually went back and re-read everything that I initially listened to. About 145 pages. Yup. There are just too many characters to keep up with–but now that I’m about a third of the way through listening is a little easier so I’ve picked it back up again.
Exercising Front….

I have worked out more in the past three weeks than I have in months. Ideally I think that I need to fit in another workout during the week to make five times, but if I’m honest with myself I’d say that ideally I wouldn’t have to work out and could just be a skinny minny. I’ve been doing a combination of 30 Day Shred videos and Couch to 5K (trying to alternate every other day but have had to squeeze in some duel workouts on the weekend). Both of these programs are fine and they’re great at jump-starting working out, but they won’t do the job for me if I continue long-term. Working out 20 minutes a day is not going to give you the results that you’d like and I think that it’s misleading for Jillian Michaels to tell you otherwise. So a lot of words to basically say that I’m really just working the habit-forming stage right now. It’s really too bad that I stop working out because I do enjoy it and I love how it makes me feel. Ultimately it comes down to the time I need to find in order to get in a 30 minute workout. Boo. So next time I complain about not having the time–feel free to remind me how much I enjoy exercising.
I do want to give a big giant shout out to Joy, Kristi, Belle, and MJ for their support on twitter. Knowing that these ladies are working through the same exercises that I am and making time where they can find it has been a huge inspiration. And did you know that Joy hosts a weekly round-up called Reader’s Workouts? If you enjoy working out you might find some great support from other bloggers!
Sewing/Quilting Front….

The area of my 2012 Things that has been a complete fail this year is the quilting area. I did finish the quilt tops for Scott’s quilt but I haven’t quilted them together yet and at this point it doesn’t look like it’ll happen before Christmas. Again. But in a huge effort not to make this part of my life a total fail, I’ve pulled out all my Christmas scraps and have been slowly working on making the blocks for my Christmas quilt. You’ll remember that I started this quilt as part of a Virtual Quilting Bee last year, so I did not make all of these blocks (picture only shows a tiny fraction of the blocks). I figure I’m about halfway through and won’t finish by Christmas but I’m making a vow not to start any other sewing machine projects until it’s done.
Like how I said sewing machine projects? Well, that’s cuz I don’t want to exclude my hexy project which I’m very excited about! In case you missed my I’m Hexed post, I’ve talked Lisa into hosting a hexalong! The things I love about this project? It’s long-winded, doesn’t have any deadlines or time frames, and I can sit my butt on the couch and do it. I’ve even considered taking hexes to bed with me but decided against it (at that time). I’m also planning on taking them with me this weekend when we head to Coleman because I’m sure I can knock out several dozen in the car!
So, that’s pretty much it. I haven’t been doing a ton of cooking lately. Or really hardly any. I haven’t made any more progress on Hawaii or Ireland pictures. Do you ever feel like if you could just get organized than things would run so much more smoothly? I keep thinking this but it keeps on not happening. I’m a big proponent of the belief that if you really want to do something you can find the time, but at the end of the day it all comes down to prioritizing and choosing. Some days this really sucks. Although I guess I’d rather have too many interests than not enough?
Wow. I didn’t mean to write so much.  Here, I’ll sum it up for you: I’m reading and enjoying Bleak House, exercising four times a week, and trying to squeeze in sewing during spare moments. And Thursday is Thanksgiving and then the following weekend we’ll be in December. Let’s all scream together: Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!

Tell me what you’re doing for Thanksgiving? Don’t live in the states? Hmmm…how about the thing you’re trying to cram into the rest of 2012!

17 Responses to “ReExerSewing”

  1. Les

    I hear ya! My to-do list is always far too long and I can’t remember the last time I said I was bored. I have 4 reviews to draft, at least 2 years of pictures to edit, a basket-full of paperwork to file, leaves to rake, Christmas shopping to tackle (buy, wrap, ship), etc., etc. I’ve managed to get my butt on the treadmill a couple of times this past week and hope to get back into the habit. Even dragged out the free weights and did some abs this weekend. Like you, I enjoy exercising, but it’s tough to get motivated after being on my feet for 8 hours during the week. Just need to make it a routine…or re-join the health club and go there straight from work.

    You know where I’ll be for Turkey Day! Can’t wait! Hope you have a good one, Trish. Cheers!

  2. Yep-I’m totally there with you in feeling like if I could be more organized, I would get more accomplished. I’m so impressed that you’re reading Bleak House! I think I might have a goal in 2013 of reading at least a few classics :)

  3. For everyone hoping that you would get more done if you just got organized — I took a big chunk of the last week getting organized. And it doesn’t help me do more. It does help me calm those thoughts that I should be doing something different than whatever I am doing so it was worth it. But not as magical as I hoped.

    Great job, Trish, on getting back into the exercise habit. I’ve been having so much fun on Twitter. Thanks for joining Readers’ Workouts.

    I love your Christmas quilt. That’s going to give you years of pleasure even if you only work on it at Christmas time. Eventually it will be done and you’ll always remember that it added to your Christmas experience each year you worked on it.

  4. I hear you. I’m not getting to everything, either. But you’re making good progress on a number of fronts, so yay!

    We’ll be with family here in town for Thanksgiving. We still haven’t figured out what dessert we’re taking … but cooking (for other dishes) starts tonight.

  5. I am loving your Christmas quilt. Its another thing that I want to do. I think the next year is going to be a little better. I think the thing that is overwhelming me about the end of the year approaching is that I don’t have a clear plan. Once again you’ve inspired me to put something together.

  6. Yeah, it’s entirely possible that I’m going to have to stop working out come Dec through like March. Just until things calm down on the new baby front. I’m not looking forward to that because I do enjoy my workouts, however, I’m going to enjoy my little daughter more. ;-)


  7. I like your copy of Bleak House–pretty! I’ve been blogging in fits and starts lately, but I’m not too worried about it. In the meantime, I’m getting some good reading done, which is kind of the point. As for exercising, I’ve slacked off completely on my running but am still doing yoga regularly and feeling strong. I find it harder to get motivated during the colder half of the year, and while exercise dvds sound like a good solution, I’ve never been good at sticking with them. I have the 30-day-shred video but it always feels really hard on my joints when I do it, especially my knees.

    Anyway, your quilt looks beautiful! Good luck with your pre-Christmas projects and see you around #bleakalong. :)

  8. WOW, you have been busy! Simon Vance’s narration of Bleak House was so good that I bought his version of David Copperfield during audible’s last BOGO sale. Now I just need to find time to listen. Exercise has not been going well for me lately. Had such great plans for the fall, but it just hasn’t happened. I miss my treadmill listening time, so maybe I should find a really good mystery and hop back on.

    Just check out Lisa’s excellent tutorial. I’ve always wondered how to do hexagons and am definitely intrigued, but can’t even think about it now. I want to dust off my knitting needles this winter… and maybe even learn to crochet, too!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Trish!

  9. I think about exercising. Does that count?

    Thanksgiving is pretty low key at our house. Arlo Guthrie’s “Great Thanksgiving Day Massacre” (Alice’s Restaurant) is a part of the tradition though, our nod to the quirky kids we used to be.

  10. Ah, all this sounds so familiar! What fun projects though. I wish I could find something to motivate me to make exercise a habit again. I’ve fallen of the wagon big time. Your hexes look awesome! I think I’m catching on to it! So fun.

    Thanksgiving for us staying in the area and eating at the in laws, hanging out with the kids, going to movies, reading I hope, putting up the lights, and shopping a bit. That’s about all we’ve got planned so far!

    Have a good one!

  11. I’m loving Bleak House, but I keep getting frustrated with how often I have to re-listen. I feel like I’m wasting time when I zone out. Oh well, and yes, I always forget how witty Dickens is until I start another of his books.

    Yes to what you said about Jillian Michaels DVDs. They aren’t really enough, but it is a good starting point. That said, I do like her exercises because I feel like I get the most out of that 20 minutes since my heart rate stays up and I get in the strength training. I have tried some of her longer workouts and do like them. I think one was No More Trouble Zones and it’s maybe a 45 minute one.

  12. Cram into 2012? hm… Actually reading, trying to get the last 5 states for my postcard project, taking pictures, etc etc.

  13. My faux aunt has made each of my kids a quilt when they graduated from high school. I know they take a long time but I had no real idea of the amount of time until I started reading blogs. It really is a huge time commitment! I hope everyone you make one for realizes how much love has gone into it.