Thursday, February 7, 2013

Really Random Thursday, 2/7/13: Hopefully this phase is almost over

I'm in a phase. I hope it ends soon. I'm having a hard time getting myself to write. I thought it would end once the holidays were over. But it's still hanging around. *sigh* Does that ever happen to you?

The only sewing I have accomplished in the last couple of weeks was this block. For the second time. The first one, which was sent to the fabric designer, never arrived. And since it has been nearly a month, we both agreed it likely never will arrive. Repeat sewing--not quite as exciting as the first time around.

 For our family Christmas, we each were assigned a letter of the alphabet and had to buy a $25 gift card from some place beginning with that letter. So our son, Aaron, was assigned the letter M. He purchased $10 at Mossetti's, the local baseball card shop, and $25 at Max's bar and grill. I was the recipient of the dual-gift card. Now think about that. Mossetti's baseball card shop? Other than Aaron, and his children by extension, no one really has an interest in purchasing anything from that shop. Which almost guaranteed that any recipient would kind of "deed" the results of that $10 shopping spree back to him. Clever, huh?  Well, this year's baseball cards were released last week. Aaron picked me up after work and we went there together. I was able to purchase five $2 packs of cards. He seemed pretty excited to see what cards he would get to add to his collection I had gotten. They were actually pretty cool. If you have young boys in your family, or older "boys" (Aaron is almost 35), you know that green refractor cards and die cuts are pretty cool. I kept them all overnight so I could really enjoy my Christmas present. And then gave them to Aaron and Levi for safe keeping. But the real present? It was the time I got to spend with Aaron at Mossetti's. Seeing his continued excitement with his favorite pasttime, baseball, was really fun--and that was the real gift. 
 Saturday picnic time.

We found all of Aaron's old Transformers in the garage rafters this weekend. Remember them? And now the next generation gets to play with them.

Mark and I found these interesting streets in one of the new developments in town.

If you are musically inclined, one of these would be a good street to live on:
I'm pretty sure none of these would apply to me:
I tried imagining giving my address to someone over the phone and saying I lived on Trendsetter Street. Um, no.
But I would definitely like to live on either of these streets!
Your turn.


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Sara said... #

Sorry your block seems to keep disappearing in the mail:(

That son of yours has some real tricks up his sleeve! Like you said though you were able to spend some quality time with him and THAT is what REALLY counts!

Transformers are SOOO cool!!!! My 5 yr old loves them!

Anna Hall said... #

Oohh...I would also love to live on Creative Dr. I really hope your sewing mojo comes back soon!

Kim P. said... #

I totally understand you and writing. I was absent for a few months, just posting randomly. I was feeling bad that I haven't kept up but realized that that is how real life is. Everything has a flow of up and down and in and out. I write when I am happy and have something I really want to share. I love how your son was sneaky! Since I have two grown boys (men), I understand what happened~ Of course, I would feel the same way you did about spending time with him and seeing how it could still make him happy. I bet your grandchildren were so happy to see his old "transformers." I wished I had saved some of my kids toys. Kudos to you that you did!

Debbie said... #

oh bummer about the missing block! And about the lost mojo. But it happens. Just go with the flow and one of the days it'll be back!

ChristaQuilts said... #

I really like that block - so original!

Pieces of Cotton said... #

On the plus side, that is a REALLY pretty block!

Katy Cameron said... #

He's not daft, your boy ;o) Will link up when I'm home from work...

Celtic Thistle said... #

That is one smart son you have there!

Some of those street names would be very hard to live up to.

Lee said... #

I hear you on the lack of motivation, I've been suffering from the same thing! I just haven't been motivated to do much sewing lately. Like you, I hope this phase ends soon!!

Rachel said... #

Those Transformers are pretty valuable! My 37 y/o husband has many of his, and our boys are not allowed to play with them.
Sorry to hear about lack of motivation. Hopefully something comes along that you just can't resist doing!

Needled Mom said... #

Our boys absolutely loved their transformers when they were younger. How nice that you still have them for this generation.

Love the street names!!! How many people must select the street before the house? LOL

Krista Schneider said... #

I've been in that phase for a while now, too. Started when I met my fiance and suddenly my time became much more valuable, meaning that finding time to SEW is difficult, let alone time to blog about it. I think instagram has a lot to do with it too!
Losing stuff in the mail totally sucks! That's happened to me (sending and receiving) before and it really is no fun to redo stuff, but your block is so lovely it's totally worth it!
It's a lot of fun seeing my nieces play with the little people collection from my childhood that I haven't seen in years. How fun to see your boy's toys again!
You definitely should live on "inspiration" street, it fits you perfectly!

Unknown said... #

I've missed you! I was thinking of you the other day and I was going to send you a quick email....but then I forgot. :P

I hope you're doing well, other than the lack of motivation! (Right now I'm trying to motivate myself to get out and run....but the temps are in the teens.....)

Terriaw said... #

I do get writer's block on my blog too. Usually happens every few months. It's a little unsettling at first, but after I figure out what's going on, I just try to roll with it. How nice of Aaron to get you a present that he would like! Love that huge pile of transformer toys. I never played with them, but I love the movies. And I love those fun street signs. Nice to see city planners being clever.

Lucy | Charm About You said... #

Your block is gorgeous! Shame the first one was lost :(
We are big transformers fans so that looks like a lot of fun! Toys should totally be played with!

Wacky Woman said... #

I have lived in two different parts of the state in areas with college names for streets. I doubt if by any sublimination on my part. Shoot, I'm up for Happy Street or even Contentment Lane.


Deb@asimplelifequilts said... #

Ooh to be on the corner of Creative and Inspiration... love it! Refinement and Nobility not so much! Bummer about your missing block...

Susan said... #

Love the collection of Transformers! My 29 year old son would be very jealous, comparing it to his meager stash! I'm sorry about the loss of the mojo loss. I'm sure you'll find it one random Thursday, or Friday.... !

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

Thank goodness we don't 'do' baseball, although my son is desperate for me to make my Lego Falling Water model; I wonder why!!
I find those street names a little bonkers, although 'Exhausted' and 'Need a Holiday' Avenue would be where I would end up!

Anonymous said... #

I kinda felt that way after I moved into my new condo in November. I didn't really have all my stuff organized and I didn't have a great space to be creative. Maybe I just needed a break, and maybe that is all that you need too. Don't be so hard on yourself. Enjoy the process. Pick out some fabrics that make you crazy happy and make something for you...with no pressure to get it done.

Keep Swimming!

Salley said... #

Loved reading this . . . . .Brought a smile to my face!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said... #

I hope next Christmas you get assigned F (for fat quarter shop) or some such! It's funny how other people's enthusiasm is so infectious and lovely that those toys are being played with again. Hope your mojo's back soon :)

LIttle Penguin Quilts said... #

I loved your Christmas gift idea with letters of the alphabet! Sounds like a fun way to find something different!

CitricSugar said... #

I hope your funk subsides but don't push yourself if it takes longer. It'll take as long as it takes. :-)

Cheeky Aaron with that gift card! LOL. At least you have a positive outlook on the process. Jealous of his transformer collection!!

I think I might feel self-conscious if I moved into that new development…. I'd be nervous my lawn didn't live up to Refinement Cres standards or fear the social pressures on someone from Trendsetter Dr… Can you imagine the great expectations put upon a mixed CD mailed from Harmony St? LOL. I should see if there's a Curmudgeon Lane for me to move to. :-)

Rene' said... #

We all go through these phases. I am sure you will emerge from your funk soon. So sad about your beautiful block getting lost in the mail. I love seeing photos of your family, and am glad that you are enjoying family time.

Chase said... #

sorry that you are having hard time with these moment of phases now. I always have them around holiday times when I am not with my families. It will soon come back to you. I always feel better when the spring time approach us and summer time arrives... Hope your great phases return soon.. xc

Carla said... #

Bummer. Having to re-do that block and sounds like you are in a slump? Perhaps you are experiencing a bit of burnout. Hope not.
Take care

felicity said... #

I totally understand the ennui. I am having it too, to a degree. Hang in there.

I may be the lone dissenter but I find those street names a little too "precious" for lack of a better word. Cute to look at but rather a bit too much for actual use.

Mama Pea said... #

Great random post, as always. That totally bites about your block getting lost! Argh! Hang in there!