Taking Stock, March 2018

Making: a doll plus a boatload of accessories, from this fabric that I bought a long time ago.  I picked Olive, after a lot of deliberation.  Hopefully it will be all done by H’s 4th birthday.  I am not very good at stuffing soft toys, so we’ll see how they turn out

Cooking: a lot of cakes, lately; pound cake, blueberry muffins, kiwi muffins, blueberry sour cream cake, cinnamon buns...my freezer is stuffed

Drinking: rum and Coke, what can I say?  I need something to scare away the cold viruses

Wanting: to ditch my toque and heavy Sorels

Looking: for non-candy ideas for things to stuff into plastic Easter eggs (I’ve come up with stickers, pompoms, jokes...)

Playing: with portable gym equipment (like free weights, kettlebells, Bosu balls, stretchy bands, etc.), which is kind of neat.  I don’t know why it surprises me, but people are into some weeeeeird workout stuff

Deciding: whether I should indulge in the Buttercream Clothing spring collection.  I love the new fabrics, and everything I’ve bought from them is so high-quality.

Wishing: I could find a pair of jeans that fits and flatters!  Eternal struggle, right, ladies?

Enjoying: Elizabeth George’s Inspector Lynley series, still.  I accidentally skipped from the 5th book to the 16th, but by the time I realized (which took me an embarrassingly long time, actually) that I’d skipped ahead I was way too deep into the mystery to stop.

 A current WIP (Barley Sugar, by Ysolda Teague)

A current WIP (Barley Sugar, by Ysolda Teague)

Waiting: for Easter!  I love the smells of spring, melting snow, my Easter Feaster (™ me) meal (eggs, ham, heavy cream, asparagus), and chocolate

Liking: Girls Trip (the movie)...I can’t say it was all wonderful, but there are a lot of funny and endearing moments (mostly courtesy of Tiffany Haddish)

Wondering: if I could really declutter like The Minimalist Mom talks about...she is right that kid clutter is actually parent clutter

Loving: all the nicknames my daughter comes up with for herself - Princess Leia, Elsa, Emma (the yellow Wiggle), Tap Your Little Heart Out

Pondering: whether we should choose swimming or gymnastics for the spring quarter...it’s nice to have choices like this

Considering: buying cookbooks, specifically Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi and her Dorie’s Cookies, as well as the new book from Smitten Kitchen

Buying: some prints on paper and on canvas to brighten up the house for spring.  How often do you switch up wall decor in your house?

Watching: our solar power collection rack up, up, up...we have an inverter system that we can monitor with an app, so we can see instantaneous and historical data on how much solar power the panels on our roof have produced.  So neat!

Marvelling: at how happy it makes me feel to have more hours of sun and to see everything melting

Feeling: pressed to plan out the summer, booking trips and organizing meetups and activities

Needing: a little break from dancing -- it’s great exercise, but it’s not easy on your body to dance your little heart out twice a week

Questioning: why it keeps snowing, then melting, then snowing...ah, early spring

Wearing: light boots!  Finally out of those heavy Sorels (I love them when there’s snow, but I’m always relieved when the snow melts and I can stop stomping around)

Noticing: how cool Calgary Olympic Park is...awesome to have a facility like that right in the city, though it is showing its age now.  We went to the tube park there and it was pretty fun

Thinking: that I should get going on designing if I’m going to design six patterns by the end of the year

Admiring: the woman who runs the Tours for Tots program at the Art Gallery of Alberta - she’s amazing with the kids, and she comes up with art activities that are perfect for preschoolers, and the program is free with admission!

Sorting: through toys, trying to declutter so I can sell things at a used-kid’s-things sale in April

Bookmarking: Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran, which I had never heard of until last week.  I'm curious to see where it goes

Coveting: a new backpack, specifically this one -- but do I really NEED another backpack?  The answer is pretty much always no

Disliking: these shoulder-season colds!  I always seem to get a cold when the weather is very changeable (spring-like one day, blizzarding the next)

Giggling: over Ramona the Pest, which my husband reads to H at bedtime.  I’d forgotten how funny she is!

Snacking: on Greek yogurt, cream puffs, and cinnamon buns

Listening: to a lot of CBC Radio 2 lately