Saturday, December 29, 2012

Back in the Saddle ... Kinda

It's that time of year when all the cool bloggers seem to be doing 2012 In Review type posts. Dare I say I'm not a cool blogger? Or is it just because I'm just a lazy blogger? The truth is I can't be bothered to go back and look at the last year on the blog from this laptop (my home desktop is on the edge of dying and I'm not ready to spend bucks on a new one when I have all I need in that at work and the lappie is technically just fine). It's hard enough to type without hitting the stupid touchpad every other sentence. But I digress.

I know I sewed some things during the year cuz I've been wearing most of them to death. But there were some changes in my life in 2012 that seem to be closer to the front of my brain. Separating, moving, officially being hired at my dream job. Yeah, I'd say those were some major rollercoasters, but I'm on the other side and only see a cloud of dust in the rear view mirror. I'm having a ball. Life is good. :-)

Christmas week and beyond has been great. I actually got a wild hair and pulled out the decorations for the first time in years. It's amazing what being happy does for motivation to decorate with tacky Christmas stuff. ;-) Alex got in the mood too and strung lights all over the outside of the house. Which means we weren't the neighborhood Scrooges like I thought we'd be. Go us!

Tyler arrived 12/20, dumped his stuff, and started visiting all his friends. Mom who? ;-) That's OK, I was expecting it and I had to work through Friday anyway. He's been in/out over the last week but we've actually seen him a lot. We spent all day Christmas Eve car shopping and he did manage to come home with exactly what he wanted. Let's hope that this time he doesn't total it within a month. ;-)


Alex's gift to us was tickets to Blue Man Group at Universal for Christmas night, which was a blast and also means that I actually was at Universal Studios for two Christmases in a row since Alex and I spent all day there Christmas Day 2011. Who wudda thunk? Yes, Life Is Good.


Also from the Life Is Good Department, shopping today. For moi. I'm not gonna lie ... love those me-shopping days. But jeez Louise, remind me to NEVER go near the mall the weekend after Christmas. I knew enough to stay away BEFORE and did all my shopping on the lappie, but I thought I'd be safe by now. Hah. Joke was on me. But I had a DSW gift card just burning a hole and off I went. I seriously needed some new black heels and I'm happy to report success. And then some.

Pair #1:


Pair #2 (Please ignore the dirty stuff in the sink back there. I know I am.):


Pair #3 (totally impractical but so pretty. And comfy):


Uh ... my name is Debbie and it's been 10 hours since my last shoe purchase:


I'm almost embarrassed by this. Almost. And there's at least 30 pairs you can't see at the ends of those shelves and the floor to the right. Shoes and fabric. What can I say?

Also for me today ... another wild hair but this time at the nail salon. Aren't they cool? I've been inspired by nails on Pinterest lately and decided to just go for it today. Love them! (Hate the old lady hands.)


And speaking of fabric. A trip to Joann's today for purple thread also yielded this, which will become a top to go with the purple ponte Magic Pencil skirt I'll be making tomorrow when I actually get into the sewing room again and back in that saddle.


Yes, Life Is Good.

23 comments:

Vicki said...

Shoes!! I might have bought some too..oops. No fabric though. Happy New Year - hope 2013 is even better for you than 2012. :)

Chris Lucas said...

I love those Me Shopping Days too.... and OMG the shoes you got are divine!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I think you did the perfect review of 2012 since it held so many life changing events for you! Personally, I'm so glad that you're happy that I'm actually overlooking the fact that you don't sew as much as you use to! *LOL* Happy New Year!

dizyben said...

So good to read (hear) your chirpiness (is that a word?). Happy New year and may 2013 be even better :)

M-C said...

After the year you've been through, I think you can be forgiven for skipping the obligatory memory posts :-). Remember only that you sewed valiantly through it all, coming up with an entire new wardrobe in the middle of moves and uncertainty. A new wardrobe that seems to fit your life and body just fine, which is an accomplishment in and of itself. And to hear you say that life is good after all that is very heartwarming :-). So here's to 2013, which can only be much better!

pdiddly said...

I sort of agree with you on the effort of going back over the whole year to do a review.

Glad you are seeing the light at the end of a dark tunnel - been there, got the T-shirt.

Happy New Year

Karin said...

Kids, shoes, holidays, family, and sparkly nails! Life is good!
I hope you have an even better 2013!

Kristine said...

Shoes and fabric: a woman after my own heart! Happy New Year, Debbie! So glad that "life is good"!

Little Hunting Creek said...

Great shoes, love the fabric. Happy New Year!

Sewfast said...

Glad to see you Debbie and so happy that life is good for you! you deserve it girl! Shoes and fabric? The good things in life!

Myrna said...

I'm so glad your year is ending on a high note. Wishing you all the very best in 2013.

marysews said...

YAY for an un-Scrooge-like Christmas! You have much to be happy for!

Karen in VA said...

Love the nails!!!! If I could get mine to grow out all at the same time, maybe I'd do that....right now, I'm thinking about dying my hair purple.....although can't do that until after I move out of the DC area and out to Shenandoah where I'll be working remotely.....and hopefully have time to sew....Isn't it amazing how a great job improves life???

gMarie said...

Oh yes, life is good. I'm glad things are going so well for you and that you are happy. May 2013 continue to bring you the same. g

garnet128 said...

Life is Good is an understatement! I could actually feel the 'HAPPY' jump out of the computer. Good for you!

Rebecca Grace said...

Debbie, it's so nice to hear that life is being good to you and your loved ones! You know, you have sent so much kindness out into the world over the years, taking the time to write all those great tutorials with clear explanations, tips, and photos for those of us who STILL don't get it... I wonder how many thousands of new sewers you have helped, people who might have gotten frustrated and given up without you? When you send that much love out into the world, some of it is bound to come right back at you! Merry Christmas and may 2013 be your best year ever.

PS: Don't be ashamed of your shoes -- be ashamed of the "dead" wall space between those shelves! I think you should embrace your shoe thing, respect it, and look at some better storage solutions for the shoes you own, as well as the shoes you know you're going to buy in the new year. Life is too short to feel bad about your shoe collection!

Kyle said...

It is so fun to read your blog!

LOVE the expression on your dog's face in that first photo.

Happy New Year!

Sue said...

Spending time with your boys, loving your job, having fun, and life sounds great. It was a great year-end wrap up. Enjoy!

Valerie said...

Congrats on everything going so well! That pic of the guys and dogs is adorable btw. And there is nothing wrong with having shoes...we have feet don't we? We must clothe and protect them right? So there ya go.

cidell said...

pinterest and blogs are why I have 100s of bottles of nail polish now, LOL! I remember not doing a year end post because I could not be bothered to look up all the pictures. From then on I kept a separate folder of finished pics. What a year you've had. Congrats on your dream job!

Sue said...

Hope in 2013 your happiness levels only continue to improve! I have enjoyed following your blog and look forward to lots more lovely creations in 2013!

Gorgeous Things said...

If it makes you feel any better, my DS the eldest is still in high school but he seems to abandon us all Christmas vacation.

Glad you were able to get some "me time".

murfomurf said...

Wow- glad I'm not the only one who hasn't the heart to look back over the year in detail! Sounds as though life is almost ideal for you now- hope mine can get into line pretty soon too. Have a great New Year and make as much stuff as you can. I managed to only complete one simple skirt this year and cut out two more things- life is either down or full or both!