Monday, July 23, 2012

Thirty and a(nother) Giveaway

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.

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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! 
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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. 
I hope you have a fun week!! I'll choose a winner & announce on Thursday in the Summer Date Night post!

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The winner was announced here.

21 comments:

  1. aw, I know what you mean about that fish-out-of-water feeling...we moved an hour away from our families for hubby's work, and it's not *that* far, so we still drive back & forth for church & such. I feel very stuck in the middle of two places... I don't have any friends here, but I'm a little too far to hang out with my friends "back home" every day... I don't know, it's just a weird feeling. =\

    ((hugs)) to you, dear!

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  2. We went to the air show in Sioux Falls, SD. Did some swimming at the hotel too!

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  3. What a super cute bag! I had a very boring weekend. Swam and crafted. Well crafting is not boring but everything else was! But I did get quite a bit accomplished :)

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  4. I had a very crafty weekend! I made my first dress following a pattern . I quickly found out that following an intermediate burda pattern is very hard. Especially if you are a beginner. But with a few adjustments and lots of internet research, I was ablle to make a beautiful dress, that is only waiting on a zipper, before I can do final alterations!
    If you want to you can check out a picture on twitter. @mommywinston. There will soon be a blog post about it on my site. www.mommywinston.blogspot.com

    I love your bag and can't wait till I have increased my skills well enough to be able to finish a craft project in an hour.

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  5. Went to a beautiful wedding! :)

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  6. Yep. Fish out of water. Comes and goes in varying degrees but this concrete jungle and subdivision world is not my heart's home, it's just where I lay my head for now. :)
    My kids are borrowing an old tote of mine for a library bag so...yeah. And I love the strap placement! But I can't sew, so I have no idea why they are hard, lol.

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  7. What a lovely tote! Wish I could whip a tote up in less than an hour. This weekend I had my online copywriting class, went out with some friends in Pasadena and worked a whole lot. ;)

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  8. I also sent out a tweet for ya!
    Happy Late Birthday friend!

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  9. Awesome tote---we are working on fixing up our bathroom, but took a nice break to get to the pool amidst the summer heat!

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  10. that bag is so pretty! this weekend i took my girls to a parade and carnival..it's utah's founders day so there's been a lot of fun and celebration and remembering the pioneers.
    i twisted my ankle about 6 months ago and it STILL swells up almost every day. i need to be better about elevating it :/

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  11. it's funny how you feel like a fish out of water there. i feel like that and i'm home. maybe because i know deep down i dont want to be. i mean, i dont want to move away, but i want to move out. thing is i have no idea when that will be possible. it bums me out like you have no idea.

    the bag...that bag is awesome. library bag was totally what i thought. also, i have a bit of sewing envy. you can sew! ;)

    i went on a date to a drive-in! it was my first time. though it was crazy hot in the car and we totally messed up in not bringing our lawn chairs, it was a really fun time. dark knight was ok and ted wasn't funny at all. hopefully we'll go back soon for worthy movies!

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  12. Hey! Cute tote! On Saturday I drove 3 hours each way to pick up my daughter from camp. Yay!! Sunday I went to work at church. Came home, took care of chickens and took a long nap!!

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  13. We went to San Francisco on Friday where we ate a ton of food from the food trucks. Saw the Inks on Sat & ate more food

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  14. I tweeted about the giveaway! Love the bag, by the way

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  15. I am so elated that you're 'thinking' of coming back to the midwest somewhere...........that's the best news I've heard in a long time! I'd love to see you more than (if I'm lucky) once a year! Seems like it's been soo long! Love you Sweetie!! G

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  16. That bag is really cute! I spent Saturday helping my hubby clean out some of the basement, tried out my AS chalk paint, and my parents brought supper! Sunday we went to church, I took a nap and then spent the evening blogging!

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  17. I love this bag!! It's darling :) We took a trip to Kansas City & went to the Exploration museum...fun, fun, fun!!

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  18. What a great bag! On the weekend I spent a little time on sewing a tank top for my son, and doing some landscaping. :)

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  19. tweeted...
    https://twitter.com/CGeates/status/227640442638958593

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  20. Cute! I love its simplicity. Over the weekend, I went to a Tigers game, hit up the farmers market, cleaned, did a teensy bit of shopping, and worked on some new pretties :)

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  21. so cute! I love the summer fresh look of white! This weekend I road my bike to church and laid around the rest of Sunday like my parents taught me :)

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