Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Monday, January 18, 2010

Keeping busy

Yup, that's what I've been doing. Not with stitching, I really need to get going on that again, but with lots of other things. First, my daughter has been here visiting since Jan. 1, she'll be leaving on the 24th so we've had plenty of time to catch up and do things. We've caught a couple movies, Sherlock Holmes and Avatar, both of which I enjoyed. We've watched some old favorites on DVD and she got caught up on the Harry Potter ones she'd missed. In addition she got me hooked on Zoo. I don't do much on Facebook, pretty much the only reason I joined was so I could see the pictures and such she would post as Facebook was what she liked to use. However, she started playing Zoo on Facebook awhile back and so got me hooked while she was here. The animals are so cute, and we have a lot of fun telling each other what is coming up for adoption or gifting to each other on it so that both our Zoo's will grow. Amazing how much time can get lost in computer game land.

As many of you probably remember my daughter worked for Ringling Brothers, in props and then in lighting. Here's a couple pictures of her just having fun

While she's loved working there as she traveled all over the US and got to see so much she never would have otherwise, she's decided its been long enough. Her boyfriend went to another circus a while back and they've been struggling with not being able to see each other due to different touring schedules (and always seeming to be on opposite sides of the US). So.. she's off to Calif. where he's at now so they can be together. Which is why I got the lovely visit from her for almost a month as she's between places.

While she's been here she's also been making me go to the gym. We've gone almost every day since she's been here. While I haven't as yet lost any weight (major bummer) the amount of time I can last on the treadmill and the time on the weight machines has increased, so hopefully I'm getting healthier and the weight will be reflected later. To try and encourage me to keep it up after she leaves she got me this beautiful blue ipod nano. Sorry the picture's not as clear as I'd like, I put it in the protective case before I took its picture, and then couldn't figure out how to get it back out of the case for the picture so its still in it, LOL.
She figures exercising is more fun with good music of your choice (she's right on that one), and she went ahead and loaded it with tons of my favorite music. She even had it engraved as you can see at the top, it says

Just put one foot in front of the other :)

which is kind of my motto. In so many things sometimes I feel overwhelmed, but I just tell myself to just put one foot in front of the other and take it one step at a time. So she had that put on the nano, and it fits as not only my motto but also for exercise too, kind of a double duty saying, LOL.

Finally, while no stitching has been going on I finished three more cat mats. Actually the one in browns needs about three more rows, but it is so close I counted it as done and took its picture with the others.
Thanks for all your good wishes on the job interview. It went well, and there was a follow up last week. So.. waiting to hear what may be decided.


  • At 8:52 PM , Blogger Dee said...

    Glad you got to spend some quality time with your best girl.

  • At 9:03 PM , Blogger CritterLady62 said...

    Amber got you a great gift. I sure wish we lived closer so that I would have a gym buddy. I nearly passed out today and a trainer noticed, so they made me drink a full G2 and eat some string cheese. Ugh! I feel an extreme need to purge. I know they were trying to get my blood sugar up and then give me something a bit more substantial so I could finish my workout, but I feel like I just left the Thanksgiving table. Good luck with the job interview.

  • At 10:58 PM , Blogger Lynn said...

    How fun to get to spend some time with your dd!!! So if she's going to CA, does that mean she's no longer with RB?

  • At 3:09 AM , Blogger Felicity said...

    Daughters are special - of that there 'ain't' no doubt. I love the ipod idea of one foot in front of the other. I'd be doing that too, except that my poor ol' ipod was flooded while we were away. I'll have to get a new one. Anyway, I'm just dropping in to say Happy New Year. Thanks for visiting my blog so often in 2009. I hope to see more of you in 2010 with me visitng you more often, too. Hugs.

  • At 12:07 PM , Blogger claudia said...

    How exciting to spend that time with your daughter! What a great gift she has given you too...the getting to the gym and the iPod.
    It's good to hear that things are going good for you!

  • At 2:31 PM , Blogger Linda said...

    Hi, I am inspired to crochet cat mats for my local shelter. Please tell me hook size, directions, etc.
    Thanks, Linda

  • At 4:17 PM , Blogger Hazel said...

    Great pics of your dd! Sounds like you've been having a whale of a time. I saw Avatar too - amazing! I would go see it again. x

  • At 4:31 PM , Blogger Ranae said...

    Your daughter is beautiful.
    What a neat gift with the fav songs and the engraving. nothing like great music to get ya moving.
    Good luck to you on your weight loss and Good Luck to your dd in Cali.
    Take Care!!

  • At 2:08 AM , Blogger Kathy A. said...

    What a lovely young lady! Pat yourself on the back Mom for a job well done.

  • At 4:50 AM , Blogger Lili said...

    Looks like you had a great time with your beautiful DD :D
    Glad that the interview went well and keeping fingers crossed for you.
    Enjoy your ipod, it's a beautiful jewel.
    Hugs Sue,

  • At 8:20 PM , Blogger mainely stitching said...

    That's GREAT that you've had a month to catch up with your daughter! :D I'm so happy for you!!

    I also don't lose weight easily, no matter how healthy I try to live, but I try to remind myself that the numbers aren't the point of it anyway. ;)

  • At 1:11 PM , Blogger Cheryl said...

    I love the pictures of your daughter! Love that ipod too. Thats great you've been going to the gym so much-it'll be worth it!

  • At 1:57 PM , Blogger Pumpkin said...

    That's wonderful for you and for her :o) Will she work for the same circus as her BF? I'm glad you were able to have some special time together.

    A second interview? WOOHOO!!!! Keeping my fingers crossed ;o)

  • At 11:37 AM , Blogger Meari said...

    Glad you had a great visit with your DD. Loved the pics of her.

    Good luck with your exercising. You haven't lost weight probably because you're gaining muscle and strength. Muscle weighs more than fat. :) You're already seeing results, so keep up the good work!

  • At 11:08 AM , Blogger Lynn said...

    I love the pics of your daughter. It must have been nice to have such a long visit after all that time spent apart. And what a super gift!

  • At 7:39 PM , Blogger Jenna said...

    Your daughter looks like a really fun, energetic person. You must be so proud of her! I love her gift to you, too. A lot of good thought went into that. Love the cat mats you've been working on. You donate these to shelters, right? I thought I remembered you saying that one time, but I could be wrong. Either way, they are great! I hope you get some great feedback from your interviews soon!


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