Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fickle, Tired & Lazy

It's been a long and busy work week and I'm tired. Next week promises to be more of the same. Not too much happens in the sewing room when work is like this. Sigh. I think I used to have more stamina. I know part of the "fatigue" is being a little depressed (not clinically, so no advice for doctors or drugs please) with my son gone at basic training. I miss him. It's normal. I'll get over it. But in the meantime, it makes me feel even more sluggish. And then couple that with the monthly hormonal week and well, it has not been pretty. ;-)

So, what does this all really mean? It means I haven't progressed further than initial alterations and a second muslin on the "new" Burda jeans pattern from the last post. It means that I'm re-thinking whether I want to spend the time to get this pattern into shape or just set it aside and pull out a TNT. (The Burda pattern is promising, but it will take a little more fiddling.) It means I'm not in the mood for fiddling and if I am only going to be sewing on weekends for a while, I will end up running out of time before making the things I want to take with me to my son's graduation. It means I realized I do actually have some decent full-length pants hanging in the closet that I forgot about and do I really need new jeans at all? (Yes! I always "need" new jeans! LOL!)

So, I'm in the midst of rethinking and trying on stuff from my closet. Anything made with my old stand-by TNT pants patterns still fit the best. I think I should heed the signs. However, I may just start on the jacket instead and let the pants issue simmer a little longer. But because I *am* feeling quite fickle, who knows what will happen in the sewing room this weekend. Hopefully, I'll progress on something and not just overthink things per my usual tendency. Being excited about a project will actually give me more energy, so I need to come up with a plan that ignites a bigger spark.

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But my son *is* doing great. His letters are arriving with wonderful regularity and he's still got his sense of humor and positive outlook. I love his letters! He's doing well with all the tasks at hand, both mentally and physically. He's now moving into Phase II and has seen the newest recruits to arrive and bumble their way through what he was watching, which made him realize how far he's come already. We are so proud of him!


  1. Debbie, I married a Marine upon his return from Vietnam on 1/10/70! His next duty station was MCAS Beaufort, but we lived right by Parris Island on Battery Park Drive. I was just amazed to see that the tiny houses, previous base housing, are still there, at last some of them! I enjoyed it somewhat, but it was the first time I was away from home and I was homesick to death! It's a beautiful place, tho, and I would love to go back. Please give Gail's regards to Beaufort when you go! LOL

    Gail D., Hemet, CA

  2. I wish I had mojo. :( I'm beat and not interested in sewing at all. Especially since I have a sewing "job" to do in the next week. Blah.

    I'm glad your son is doing well though. That probably helps mom alot!

  3. So glad to hear how well your son is doing. We stop in Beaufort twice a year to visit my cousin on our way to and from FL. Those young boys become admirable young men and make their families and their country proud.
    In the meantime, i vote for droping the pants for now and put time into an enjoyable project instead. I think there's different kinds of sewing and it sounds like you would enjoy some up, fun time at the machines right about now.

  4. I'm so glad he's doing well, and communicating so regularly. And hey, I imagine even prolific producers like yourself need to recharge and step back from time to time. If you choose to sew anything, make sure you enjoy the process.

  5. I think it's a good idea to take it easy, take care of yourself. Definitely don't do anything too fiddly.

  6. I say get working on that jacket in the floral, I also have same pattern waiting to sew up in a fall floral... want to see how your's works up.

  7. Debbie, I am so happy to hear your son is doing so well. Sending two away to college, I understand a bit of a mother's sadness, it is so hard and you miss them so much. Your situation is much different with the military but I remember not having the desire or want to do much of anything. Hang in there, thinking of you.

  8. I so hear you on this one. You are absorbing a big change in your life and that's draining. When my boys go away (youngest out of town at college this fall) I just sit around and do mending, it's all I can cope with.

    So glad your boy is doing well.


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