So, this is me writing about being thirty. It feels just about the same, save for the badly sprained ankle that is healing quite nicely, actually. The more time I spend with it elevated, the better it gets. (I'm not that awesome about elevating it, but the fact remains that they are related. )
I don't know if it's because I turned thirty this year or if it's just the six year itch (I can change it to six years if I want), but this is the year that I feel like I'm beginning to know exactly what I want from life. I've spent the last 4-5 years very content here in the desert, knowing that one day we would move away from here, but was happy here. That has changed, and it feels like it came on me overnight- I didn't even hear it tip toe-ing in. A few months ago, I started craving the beach terribly, and now I'm longing for museums that each piece of art & history does not have the same theme of southwestern. I'm a midwestern girl that is starting to finally feel out of it here in the land of sand. It truly has nothing to do with not loving people here, because we, and I, individually, love so many here, but goodness, I'm feeling very 'fish out of water'-ish lately. It's just a me thing. So yeah, I'm missing it. Maybe the missing will leave as quick and quietly as it came, but I'm beginning to think not.
I had decided over the spring that I'd be making a comeback to college. I applied and began doing the things you do in order to get that ball rolling, and then, very loudly, it seemed, I got the news that my job is entirely less secure (did that sound like something that one of the Bennet's would say in Pride and Prejudice? I think so. ;))than I thought and that plans are only plans, not cemented-down for sure things, and so I'll now not be attending classes this fall. Not because I think I can't or anyone else thinks I shouldn't, but because I think that this is a short season in life that I need to be very present with other things that are going on. We're going to be moving again (again!) in the next two months and oy, if that's not a lot of work, I don't know what is. I also have some other goals that I'm working on that afford a little more leniency than an instructor might, so this is the semester that I will not be attending (plus oh, the last 8 years or so. ;)). I'm feeling good about the changes that will be coming this year. This move will be much different than the others. We'll still be in Albuquerque, but it is going to be very different than before.
I have been doing a lot of sewing lately, as it's an approved activity for my ankle, well, for me, too. So, I thought I'd share just one of the things I finished over the weekend. Sidenote: it's surprising how much you can sew over a weekend when you have a husband that studies for at least six hours a day and a bum ankle and not being allowed to do much.
I stopped into Hip Stitch on Saturday because I had a Brilliant Idea the day before. I'd noticed some pretty grey and white striped linen-like toweling a few days before and I thought to myself that I could make the perfect unlined tote with it, as the edges were already hemmed and finished! SO, that's what I did!
It took less than an hour, and had I decided to be more sensible about the placement of the straps, I think I could have made it in about half an hour. I sewed the sides together, boxed the bottom, and then made it more difficult & time consuming by doing something strange with the straps that I am not even sure I like. :)
Anyway, it was fun to make, but since I really don't need another bag, I thought I'd give it away!
For a chance to win this fun tote, which would work nicely as a library bag or market bag, leave a comment telling me what you did over the weekend. If you'd like another chance to win, tweet about this giveaway, or link up on facebook and then leave another comment. That's it.