A couple weeks ago when I did my last post of 2018 I was enjoying a planned week off from work…since the federal government shutdown has continued I am now enjoying my longest “vacation” since my son was born nearly 25 years ago! This year I turn 50 and I have to say this is a pretty great way to start 😀
I’ve definitely taken advantage of this situation better than the last time this happened – taking time for crafting, organizing, relaxing and using my gym membership as well as other things such as renewing my license at the DMV and organization tasks that have been on my to-do list for years.
Craft-wise I finished my Hocus Pocus quilt! I’m very happy with the way it turned out and proud of myself for keeping up with the weekly blocks. I covered the back in glow-in-the-dark bat fabric. I did a simple straight stitch machine quilt around the major blocks.
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After that accomplishment I took some time to clean and organize my craft room – which set up for the next bunch of projects! I had mason jar lids and wine corks stashed away for long-ago-pinned Pinterest crafts – a Champagne Cork Christmas mouse, red-white-blue mason jar canning ring wreath and mason jar lid pumpkins. I also have wine cork Christmas trees in progress and am on yarn roll #3 for DH’s crochet blanket.
In between glue-gun sessions I was busy going through the other rooms in the house – which I had kinda done last year but with time on my hands I really focused on what I was keeping vs donating/trash. The only area left is the garage, which with temperatures coming up later this week in the 50s will be perfect to get that done.
Thankfully I’m concentrating on eating well to continue losing weight so am not whipping up decadent cakes, cookies or casseroles on a daily basis. I finally tried cooking bacon in the oven and it was a huge success! I absolutely love the texture of baked bacon. The key is to cover the slices with parchment to avoid splattering your oven. I am going to attempt a brownie recipe that is made with medjool dates this week.
I’ve also taken time for reading – I finished the new Lisa M. Lilly novel “The Charming Man” (I received an advanced copy for reviewing) and am halfway through “Magic Hour” by Kristin Hannah. I’m participating in the Goodreads 2019 reading challenge to read 16 books – between our local library and unread books on my kindle this should be a breeze (haha).
So for now I’m enjoying this un-planned time off, I know when we get back work it will be very stressful as we will be so far behind our usual schedule.