Saturday, December 16, 2006


I gave notice at work yesterday. I am SOOOOO looking forward to having time to my self. I'll be able to work on my 101 things. I hope to complete quite a few of them the first month or so. I'll be able to get my summer reading list finished also. I'll be off for 4-5 months. At least I hope I'll be off that long. I should be able to get a job as a paralegal.

I've lost almost 10 pounds since I joined Weight Watchers. I still don't feel like I'm dieting at all. I still get to eat burgers and fries at least once a week. (Of course I only eat a whopper jr and small fries) I'm not looking for a fast loss. Just a slow steady one. I use the flex plan and it works very well for me. I like several of the Lean Cuisine dinners. I'm also going to try and adapt some of my favorite recipes for WW.

The new computer came yesterday. I LOVE it! It has a 19 inch viewable monitor. It's huge compared to the 17 inch one I was using. The old Dell I was using will go into the living room/library to be used as a night light/photo viewer. I use family photos in Webshots as my screen saver. That way I can see my old photos more easily. I'm trying to scan and get them all on a computer.

I had hoped that my Dad would come down for Christmas, but he is having cataract surgery on both eyes before the first of the year. I'm going to miss being with him this year. My family doesn't get together very often. I miss the old times when we got together almost every year.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Weight Watchers

I joined Weight Watchers on November 18th. So far, it hasn't been too bad. I don't really feel like I'm on a diet. I was a member many years ago and it has really changed! There are two plans to choose from now. The Core Plan and the Flex plan. I'm going to do the Flex Plan until after the first of the year and then I'll alternate it with the Core Plan. (So, I took another step in completing my 101 things.)

A couple of people I work with said they would join this coming Saturday.

One of the nurses I worked with is, I guess, no longer working at my facility. It's a shame too. She is one of the nicest people I have worked with in quite a while. She was one of the MDS co-ordinators. They cut one of the positions and she volunteered to leave the position, allowing me to stay. She worked short of hours in various positions since the end of September. She didn't work this week at all. I really enjoyed working with her and I will miss her a lot. However, she is one of the people who said she is going to join Weight Watchers. I will try to keep in touch with her even if she doesn't join.

I LOVE this time of the year. It's a little sad too. I don't have my Mom or my son, they died in 1998 and 2001 respectively. I miss them a lot and am thinking about the holidays we spent together. I don't see the rest of my family very often. I only see my sister when I go to her house and usually it's because my Dad is visiting. She hasn't been to my home since she moved to Florida over 10 years ago. And my brother lives in Georgia, but he will come to Florida and visit with my sister and not call me even though we live less than 15 minutes from each other. My nephew (my sister's son) will text me every so often, but we haven't spent much time together in a long time. We used to be very close. He is only 3 years younger than I am. My sister is 16 years older and my brother is 11 years older.

I'm thinking that I will try to "build" a family from my friends. I have one friend that I haven't seen in a couple of years, even so, I consider her my "very best" friend. She got married a few years ago and surprised everyone. Then a couple of years ago she had surgery, I think it was a lap band, and has lost probably well over a hundred pounds by now. After the first of the year I will try to contact her and see if we can have lunch or something.

And speaking of 101 things, I'm accumulating quite a pattern library to use to make my new wardrobe. I've ordered a two pieces of fabric one for a skirt and one for a pair of trousers. I also got a really pretty black sweater that has lace on it, a black/gray striped shirt and a white shirt.

I love pretty clothes. It seems I got away from a lot of things I love, pretty clothes, makeup, hair, exercising, going out, and a lot of other things. Yes, those things make me seem shallow, but there's more than just those, that I've lost. Sometimes I don't even recognize the person in the mirror.

Sunday, October 29, 2006


Back on October 7th I went to see Rosie Ledet at Cajun Cafe on the Bayou. The last time she was supposed to be there the show was canceled due to a hurricane. I have wanted to see her in concert for a while now. She is one of my favorite zydeco musicians. I just LOVE her! She writes a lot of her own music. There was a dance floor and it was crowded the whole night.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

It's been a long time

since I've posted. I'm being kept busy by school. Trying to find time to study and of course I have to work. I'd love to be able to take off from work until I finish this course. I'd like to be able to spend more time reading various text books and studying for the CLA exam.

I still have the 4.0 firmly in my grasp. I'm concerned that I'm putting too much stock in having it that if I don't keep it I'll be devastated. Oh well! I'll just have to use every spare minute studying. In fact, I have had some time off since last Thursday. I used some of my time reading a book about civil law getting ready for my first class in it tomorrow night.

All my other 101 goals have been put on hold pretty much. This weekend I plan to carve a jack-o-lantern for Halloween. Then I'll start working on some of my Christmas themed goals. I do plan to attend mass this year.

I do watch Dancing with the Stars, while I walk on the treadmill or ride my stationary bile.

And I try to keep up with the Saints. They are doing great this year! Unlike a local team which shall remain nameless. LOL!

Saturday, August 19, 2006


Its been several weeks since I've posted. Classes went well for this session. I have the 4.0 that I wanted.

I haven't done much on my list of things since I started. I need to try to work on at least one list item a week. I need to feel I'm making some progress on it. I can't wait until classes are over. I wouldn't have enough time to complete it. And I am going to complete it!

I finally finished one of the books on my list. I will finish that list too, but not in the time allowed. I'll be putting a review on Amazondotcom later today. I've misplaced a couple of the books I started, so I need to find them this weekend. I'm not sure which book I'll finish next. Maybe a short one not on my list. A book by Louise Hay. I should be able to finish it today even with all the chores I have to do.

My Dad came down last weekend. We will be going out to Ponderosa for an early dinner this evening. I haven't gotten to visit with him as much as I wanted due to class. He's staying with my sister while he's here.

The past couple of weekends I've gone shopping. There is a shop called Whim-so-Doodle that sells scrapbooking supplies. I went there a couple of weekends ago. I found lots of things I can use for my altered art. I also went to Joann Fabrics and took advantage of their pattern sale last Saturday.

I want to get some new shoes next weekend. I saw a cute pair of ballerina flats in a Seventeen magazine at work. Now...I'm not sure who it belonged to, because none of us there are anywhere near the age of 17! LOL I picked it up because it has been so long since I looked at one. Besides, I like to keep up with the fashions, whether or not I can wear them. And they have such cute clothes now!!

All in all I'm really enjoying my time right now, even though it's very limited.

Sunday, July 09, 2006


I was off from school but not work, last week. It was, however, very nice since I'm no longer working weekends. The job is a little stressful since I still need some training on a small portion of the paperwork. I'm sure it will all work out in the end.

I study as much as I can. I am determined to graduate with honors. Tomorrow I'm going to approach my instructors about work for extra credit.

101 Things Update:
I think I need to have a better way of documenting what I have accomplished on my list. #50--I did the second chapter in Photoshop Elements. It's still just the basics. I'll get to the meaty stuff in another chapter or two. #2--I'm still slowly working on my SWAP. I'm getting everything in order, even though I probably won't sew until I'm closer to #81 (losing weight) being completed. #19--I was half way finished with this one, when I failed to do a crossword puzzle one day. So I'm back to square one. #13--I have 4 pages added to my website. I'm becoming more familiar with HTML while doing this. I need to get my graphics on this pc and learn how to put them where I want them. I'll try to work on this next weekend. #11--I have a list of all the states and countries with their capitals printed up. I know a few of them, and have crossed them off the list. #33--I've made a bracelet with items from Fire Mountain Gems. They have lovely things.

Unfortunately my summer reading has suffered. I'm no where near where I want to be with that goal. I have several books started. I keep one in the truck to read when I'm stuck waiting. Another at work for when I get a short break. And one in the bedroom I read before I go to bed at night. Got to get going on this. I wish I could spend a couple of weeks at a summer house on the beach and do nothing but lie in a hammock, drink iced tea and read. Oh! and visit a great beach bar at night!

AND, I'm also starting to work my way through the book,
The Artist's Way. I'm going to start working through
The Triumph of Individual Style. It's on my summer reading list. Both books are rather small, but there is a lot of information in them. Both books require reading and doing the exercises to get anything out of them.

I still need to get 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey and The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. It may be a while before I get around to reading them, but I want to have them when I'm ready.

It seems as thought there is so much I want to accomplish. I feel like I've wasted a lot of time and now I have to make up for it.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Life is Good!

I've been in my new position (I hope it becomes permanent) for a couple of weeks now. I've also been taking classes for the paralegal course. I'm loving both of them!

I work from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and was in classes from 6 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. I tested out of my BUS105a keyboarding class (at app 65 WPM, I have two more, BUS105b and BUS105c. I need 55+ WPM in BUS105c to get an A. So all I have to do is maintain this speed to get an A in all three classes) on Thursday so I only have to go from 6 til 8 on Tuesday and Thursday. Now I have time to study for my Wednesday classes on Tuesdays.

When I worked nights I was always exhausted. I never got fitful sleep, when I WAS able to sleep. I was always depressed. I really didn't like my job. I NEEDED something new. Something to look forward to. Now I have it! I actually look forward to going to work now. And I REALLY look forward to going to class.

I always liked school. It was the only time I was able to be around children my own age when I was young. We lived in the country and my sister and brother were a lot older than me. So I had no one to "play" with. That was back when children actually went outdoors and played. I also loved going to highschool. I had been out of highschool 10 years before I was able to go to collage. I loved that too! I have always enjoyed learning new things. I wish I had taken more classes over the years.

Now that I am working days, I should be able to start Body for Life. I should be able to workout 5 days a week if I'm lucky. I won't be able to go to the gym, but I have weights, bench, stationary bike and treadmill, here at home. I bought protein powder and protein bars a couple of weeks ago. I have my old diet plan, I can use also. I start out on Atkins and slowly work into Body for Life. I don't want to have a weight gain when I start eating carbs again. I'm already drinking my water.

I had Word when I took a nine month computer course a few years ago. So the wordprocessing class isn't very challeging. That's ok though. I haven't used some of the bells and whistles in Word in quite a while. And I've even learned some things I didn't learn about in the other class. I've made a list of a few of the keyboard shortcuts and I'm trying to use the keyboard more. I think it's more efficent than the mouse. My instructor said I should become Microsoft Office certified. She said I already know alot about it and it wouldn't take much to learn the rest. I'm seriously considering it because it could mean more money when I go to work as a paralegal.

101 Things Update:
#60--I made the Butter chicken last Sunday. It was ok....nothing special I could taste. So, I probably won't be making it again. #1--The most important item on the far I'm getting an A in all 4 classes. This is soooo important to me. I know I am capable of getting that 4.0 and the honors certificate. It will be more difficult this time because I'm working. I didn't have to work when I went to nursing school or the computer course. #14--I have a few of the quarters. I just have them in a jar though. I need to get something to display them in. #48--Get on a regular sleep schedule-I will mark this as completed if this position becomes permanent. I'll know in a couple of months. #83--Do a plot analysis on a movie-I'm going to change this one to get Microsoft Office certified and put the anaysis on my next list.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Weekend

I'm enjoying my weekend off. I can't remember the last time I had a weekend off. I'm really gonna enjoy these new hours.

I got up early Saturday morning and went to Joann's Fabrics. I got a Doll Reader magazine and a couple of patterns. They had Simplicity patterns on sale. I used my 50% off coupon on the magazine. I didn't find any fabric I really liked on first glance. I didn't have time to browse. I had to get back home for a mini-physical for some insurance I'm getting.

So this woman comes to my house to ask a few medical questions, get my BP, weight and draw blood. She looks at my arms and asks me if "they" use a butterfly when "they" draw blood. Now, I have vessels the size of a water hose, no one EVER has difficulty getting my blood. I don't know what she did but, it hurt like a bitch when she took the "needle" out. Now I have a HUGE dark purple bruise (okay, hematoma)on my left arm, and it hurts a LOT when I straighten my arm.

This morning I went to my sister's house for a while. I tried to get her PC unfrozen. Rebooted several times, but it still came up on the same webshots pic. No desktop, no task bar. It didn't freeze until she downloaded one of my pics I had displayed on the webshots site. It's an old PC, with Windows 98. I loaned her a laptop.

101 Things Update:
#98 I spent a few minutes picking up pots and putting away the hoses so the front yard doesn't have the PWT (poor white trash) look as much as it did. I've got to get measurements next weekend and make a graft to plan out the landscaping.

#78 I will learn more than 50 new words with this paralegal course. So, I'll mark this "in progress".

I'll try some of the recipes next weekend. Butter chicken and maybe Crème Brulee or Tiramisu. I might make some bath bombs too!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Tiny Rant

Question #1. Why do women spend so much time sewing beautiful garments, then when they post pictures on pattern review, don't put on shoes? It takes only a few seconds to slip on an appropriate pair of shoes and makes the whole outfit look better in the pic. It isn't like they are modeling swim suits or beach wear. Some of them have on very pretty "dressy" dresses. I can't believe all these women are making some sort of "statement" by being bare foot. I can understnad when the children aren't wearing shoes, heck, sometimes it's difficult enough to get them to even put on the clothes.

Question #2. Why do women spend so much time sewing beautiful garments that aren't flattering to their body?

Question #3. Why does this even bother me? Have I been watching What Not to Wear too much? Am I too critical? Is it just me? I dunno. Sometimes I just wonder what people are thinking when they get dressed. (Yes, I know that was more than one question.)

OK, OK. I know I don't always wear the most flattering clothes either. But how flattering can scrubs be? I wear them almost 100% of the time I'm awake. I was hoping to dress nicer for class, but I don't have time to change after work.'s scrubs for class too.


Last Friday night at midnight I received a call from the director of nursing where I work. She asked if I would mind changing positions, from floor nurse to doing "MDS-es" i.e. "paperwork", on a temporary basis. One of the coordinators is going on maternity leave, I would be replacing her, and the other one is going to another facility. I've done this before and it's a lot less stressful, so I jumped at the chance, plus it's M-F 7-3. So, I worked the 12 hour night shifts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Twenty-four hours to recover. I woke up at 4:30 this morning totally exhausted. As though I hadn't slept at all. And my paralegal class was to start tonight.

Class was canceled due to Alberto. Why on earth? It didn't come anywhere near us! Just a little wind and rain....yesterday!

So now, I'll have less time to study and work on my 101 things (and my 43 things, which is a condensed list). But, the absolutely BEST PART is that I'll have every weekend off!!!! I'm sooo looking forward to that after working almost every weekend for the past four years.

Friday, June 09, 2006


I've been putting line drawings of the patterns I want to use in my SWAP on my website. It's just very difficult to decide which ones to use. Which ones that would be flattering on my body shape. Which fabrics to use with the patterns. What colors to use.

After I decide which ones I definitely want to use I need to alter them so they will fit properly. I don't have any TNT, tried and true, patterns that have already been altered. I haven't sewn clothes for myself since my weight gain. It's going to take a while to get the clothes made. I won't have as much free time as I used to have.

I could try shopping again, but I'm still stinging from the disappointment from the trip earlier this week.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


I went clothes shopping today. First, at Penney's. It's interesting, I stepped into the larger sized department and the clothes became dowdy and appeared to be designed for much older women with NO fashion sense at all. I tried petite's for trousers, but no luck as they don't have my size.

Then I go Macy's. SAME THING. I get off the escalator, a turn to the left and there was BEAUTIFUL tiny clothes. A turn to the right and I was in polyester town. Seriously tasteless clothes! A person would think that Macy's would have something in larger sizes that was stylish. As I was leaving, getting off the escalator, I saw beautiful business suits, stylish with gorgeous lines, but none in my size.

Off to Lane Bryant.

What happened there? I admit it's been a while since I've gone clothes shopping, but...honestly. I couldn't even FIND a dress trouser there. It was all summer styles. Gauzy and floaty, tanks and halters. Nice clothes, but not suitable in my mind for school and eventually working in an attorney's office.

I gained some weight, but I didn't lose my fashion sense. So, I am very disappointed.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


I made pics of the front yard. It ain't pretty. But it can be with a little landscaping. The pics have been posted on my webshots page.

I'm thinking I should shop at nearby garden centers, instead of from catalogs. Centers nearby should be knowledgeable about xeriscaping also. I've got an image in mind.

I prefer plants to flowers. So I want plants with colored leaves. There are some beautiful plants with colored leaves. I'll try to post pics of the plants I'm thinking about later. I need to draw a grid also. So I'll know exactly where to plant each plant.

This could be a cute little house with a lot of work. The only problem I have with it is that there aren't enough windows. It's kinda dark. Oh, and nothing, but nothing is standard. I think the elderly man who live here must have done most of the work on it himself. When we moved in I was able to scrape at least 10 distinct layers of paint off the kitchen window sills. There were more. Apparently, according to a neighbor, when he painted, he painted everything, inside and out. There were shades of yellow, white, pink, blue and I know there were others.


I went to orientation last night. My class is now going to start on the 13th. One of my instructors works for the attorney general. This is going to be an interesting course.

101 Things Update:
I converted one, that's it, one, CD since I started. I figure if I can do 4-5 a week I should have them done by the end. I need to get started scanning pics again. Got to get them on webshots and burned to a cd. I also need to get the ones on my digital camera organized. I haven't started my one pic a day for a month yet. I'm still doing a crossword puzzle a day. I have a stack of them I've saved.

Later today I'm going to take pics of my front yard to document the changes as I landscape it. There isn't a lot of grass due to shade trees. Last year my ex-husband decided to have someone do the yard work. They used a weed whacker on what little grass we had and killed most of it. He had the trees trimed earlier this year. So now we have sun. I'm researching xeroscape plants so we can have a green yard with little water needed. We always have water restriction every summer, making it difficult to keep things green here. I think I'll use the pics and document it on my website, as one of the pages (# 12)

I got an Altoids tin from one of my co-workers for an altered art piece. Also two small "BBs" I want to use on it. I haven't decided the theme, but I still have a lot of time.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

#s 44, 66, 67 and 68

I've always been a girly-girl. I love make-up, clothes and shoes, especially high-heels. Always loved dressing up.

I'm doing a What Not to Wear type wardrobe. I want to love and wear everything in my closet. I want to look great in everything I have. I also want to have clothing appropriate for every occasion. I've already purged almost everything I can't/won't wear. I have a few things that have sentimental value. Things that my Mom bought me. I'll never part with those. I'll keep them put away. So I consider #66 completed at this time. As I lose weight I'll get rid of the clothes that no longer fit and they will be replaced. As I sew and replace those items I will put the reviews on Pattern Review.

I watched a Tyra Banks' show a couple of weeks ago. A guest's makeup and brushes was cultured. OMG!!! You wouldn't believe the vermin growing there! It was truly disgusting! So, I decided right then to replace all my make-up and brushes. Currently I don't wear make-up very often. I used to wear "full face" every day. But I will when class starts. So looking forward to that!

LOL I comment on that paralegal class in almost every entry.

Monday, May 29, 2006


I've been looking at the 101 things list. There are a few things I have changed. I decided that they just weren't important to me. Such as the top 100 movies or books. These items have been replaced. I removed enlist the help of a life-coach. Let's face it...I know what I have to do. I know how to make a plan to accomplish what I want to accomplish. I also removed analyze my successes and failures. I've decided failure isn't an option!

Looking at my list, I see I need to have a plan. I can't just go willy-nilly (great word! lol). So now I have another list of things I need to buy, things I need to research and appointments I have to make. I seem to want to accomplish everything at once, so I need to set up a time frame also. Some things I know I can't do until I have finished the paralegal course and change jobs. Other things on the list depend on completing a few listed items, such as diving and doing a mini triathlon after I learn to swim. I am off to a slow start but am sure I will be able to complete everything in the time allotted. It would be awesome if I could complete it early!

I'm also thinking some of these things need to become habits. reading the paper and the Bible, getting my nails done, facials, taking photos, cooking new recipes...etc. These are all things I used to do on a regular basis.

I seem to have gotten out of the habit of doing a lot of things I use to do. It's like over the past few years I have lost me. I'm not the person I used to be and I want to get back to being that person.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

101 Things in 1001 Days

Another "challenge" I discovered from another blogger is 101 Things in 1001 Days. This is a list of 101 things that could realistically be accomplished in 1001 days. Her list included educational, professional, charitable and just for fun things. Soooo....I am taking on another challenge...101 Things in 1001 Days.

You can see the rules here. This is apparently where it started a few years ago.

I love the idea of making this list so that I have something to look at to remind me of the things I want to accomplish. Many of us see something on tv, hear about it on the radio or read about it and think, some day I'd like to......and promptly forget about it. We live out our lives day to day and only look forward to major events. I think this is also a way to celebrate the little things as well as the big things.

As I complete an item I will make it bold. My list is greater than 101 items. Some of the things I've been working on for a while, such as cataloging my photos, CDs and DVDs. Some things are just important to me and I think needs to be on the list.

I can do this!

What fun!

Ever the one to get distracted when reading email, I managed to find a blog where someone was challenging others to read 1-2 books a week. Each person will make a list of the books he/she is planning to read. Now, at the beginning of the year, I vowed to read one book a week. I haven't kept up with the reading. I believe that making myself accountable to others may make it easier to get all my reading done. Some have also suggested books to read, such as books by the same author, or books of poetry, books with the same theme, books on the same library shelf etc...I will try to complete the books I have already started. I've only started two that are on my list. I have a LOT that I want to read.

I buy, on the average 5-6 books a month. I have books on a variety of subjects. The "Dummies" books are some of my favorites. But I think most of them might be too long to read in a week. I don't particularly like to read novels. Maybe that should be my challenge, to just read novels. I do have a few of them.

One of my other challenges for this year was to take a knitting class. I learned to knit when I was 11-12. I wasn't very good at it and soon other things occupied my time. The local Joann's has classes and it would be fun to socialize with others who are learning also. The person that suggested the reading challenge is a knitter. I hope we don't have to be a knitter to join!

I'm continuing to work on my SWAP storyboard. Just when I think I've got a working one, I see where it could be improved on. I've also ordered more fabric. A lovely pink, gray and white striped lightweight stretch poplin for a shirt. I'm waiting for a sale at Joann's to get patterns. Simplicity patterns will be on sale next week. I keep a list of the ones I want on my PDA.

Well, off to do some work on my story board!

Friday, May 19, 2006


I really dislike staying up at night when everyone else is sleeping. But, I need to so I will be able to sleep on Fridays, to stay up for work Friday night. It just seems to add to my depression.

So...I've worked on my story board for SWAP tonight. Since I will be starting my paralegal class in a couple of weeks, I figure I will need a totally new wardrobe. Jeans and scrub tops just won't be appropriate. The old plan for summer just won't work. I've taken a lot of ideas from WNTW's Stacy and Clinton. I've made notes on what I know to look good on me and will try a few of their ideas for my body type. I love to dress up and can hardly wait to start the class, meet new people and have a new job.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

That '70's Show

Okay. I admit it. I LOVE That '70's Show! It reminds me of my high school days. We even had the cute foreign student. I'll never know how he ended up in Dalton, GA though. Hank was from India and spoke perfect english. Our "Hyde" was named Dave and had the requisite curly hair and smoked pot. We had a Jackie, Eric and Donna, although ours wasn't as good looking. It brings back strong feelings of nostalgia. Back when life was fresh and young and anything could be accomplished. It's sad to see the show go. Yes, I know there are repeats and it's on DVD. But it's just not the same, just to know there won't be any new episodes being made. Well, I can hope there will be reunion episodes.

There are other shows that are having their last seasons...Will and Grace and ??? I have only seen one episode of that show. Looking back at other sit-coms.....I haven't watched many of the more popular ones. I watched Friends once or twice and Seinfeld maybe twice.

Lots of shows are having their season finales this week too. The CSI' those shows. Especially the one set in Las Vegas, Grissom is my favorite. OH! and love, love, love Horatio Kane on CSI:Miami!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

more thoughts

After having this blog for 2-3 weeks, I realize that this will be more than just about my sewing and creative yearnings.

Okay. So I haven't started Body for Life yet. But, I am riding my stationary bike and reading while doing so. Multitasking. I also half-heartedly listen to a tv program.

It seems as though I don't have enough time to do all the things I like to do. My nursing job just leaves me exhausted. It takes me a day or two to get over working weekend nights. Have I commented on how much I am looking forward to getting out of nursing and working as a paralegal? LOL

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


Everything is set for me to start the paralegal course on June 6th. I can hardly wait! I've got to get a business casual wardrobe. Nothing I have is appropriate. So, I've got to go shopping. I'll probably sew some items too. I should use this for my SWAP.

I'm also thinking about starting Body for Life again. I did great losing weight when I was on it before. I really do like to exercise, but I just got out of the habit after I had knee surgery. I have a stationary bike, a treadmill, some free weights and a gym membership. So there is not a good reason I can't be working out.


Work was a bear this past weekend. All the paper work has to be changed over for the beginning of the month. In a 12 hour shift I barely had time for a 15 minute break to eat something. I was so tired when I got home I just fell into bed. And on top of that I contracted a respiratory infection.

Yesterday I went for the admissions interview for the paralegal course. Today I have to take my paperwork for a Sallie Mae loan. I'd rather just sleep all day. Classes start June 6th and run until August 1, 2007. They are night classes. I wish they were during the day. The class wouldn't last as long and I could get out of nursing sooner.

On the bright side, I have a stash!! I have acquired several lovely onionskins from Emma Onesock. A couple of cottons from Candlelight Fabrics and a nice lycra piece from I also got some swatches of fabrics that I like a lot and will order some next week.

I've been thinking about the storyboard for my SWAP. It's taking a lot longer to get together than I thought it would. Due to the fact that I have to order fabrics and wait for them to arrive to see if they really coordinate. I haven't really found anything I like at Joann's.

I order books from Amazon about twice a month. I've been reading a lot about altered books and journals. So, this last order included Altered Book Collage and The Decorated Journal. I have tons of ideas for altered books and the like. I'm starting to collect items such as paints, tissue papers, charms etc for these.

Thursday, April 20, 2006


SWAP is Sewing With a Plan. For those who aren't familiar with SWAP, it is a capsule wardrobe where each piece coordinates with all the other pieces. I have been working on my storyboard and deciding on colorways. I don't have a stash like so many other sew-ists. I'm working on a casual summer wardrobe for now. If I am able to take the paralegal course, I'll need more business clothes. All I wear now is scrubs. I'm looking forward to being able to dress up.