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What I’ve learned about life from the gym…

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Warning…this post has almost nothing to do with quilting or sewing directly…but it has a lot to do with life lessons.

About 6 weeks ago, I begged my husband to join the local gym. It isn’t a national chain, but local to the bay area. It’s the nicest gym I’ve every been to. On top of the general workout gear, cardio machines, classes offered and personal training, they offer an amazing childcare center; a spa for manicures, pedicures, haircuts/color, etc; a cafe with coffee, sandwiches, smoothies and a lot more; a pool with hot tub; and a bar…that’s right…a bar. I can work out, shower, and then go have a beer or a glass of wine with the hubster all in the same place. It’s like a mini-date that we’ve already paid for at the beginning of the month. And the kids love to go, so I have no problem dropping them off for the full two and a half hours allowed :)

So here are some of the things I’ve learned from the gym in these first 6 weeks:

1) No one is really watching. No one really cares how you look or how much weight you can lift…because they are too busy lifting their own weights, or checking themselves out in the mirror. (I should probably mention that this isn’t a meat market gym…people are probably checking you out there).

2) This apparently applies to the locker room too. I’ve never seen so many naked people just doing their own thing (I haven’t been to any nudist events…so maybe my perspective would be a bit different otherwise). No body is checking out stretch marks or boobs or muscle tone. Everybody is just doing their thing, getting ready for the day.

3) The more you get into a class, the more fun you will have. Go ahead…grunt when you lift that weight…give a little woot woot when the instructor asks if you can feel it. Putting all you can of yourself into something really does give you a whole lot in return.

4) It’s ok to try something new…and fail. Try that new class…try a heavier weight…you might like it/lift it…you might hate it/drop it like its hot…but at least you tried it.

5) Showering without interruption is priceless when you have small kids. I pretty much knew this one before we joined the gym…but now I get to test the theory a lot more often.

6) I really like fruit-infused water. Not really a life lesson, but it ties into lesson 4…try something new…you might like it.

Be back soon with more sewing/quilting goodness.





Its about time…

Christmas 2010 Sunrise

Christmas 2010 Sunrise

It’s that time again…resolution time…

I know I’m getting to it a little late, but better late than never…

It might be a little cliché, but the new year always brings about a sense of renewal…that there are endless possibilities…that you can put last year behind you and move on.  So I’m taking that feeling and running with it.

While I do have the traditional goals of exercising more and getting healthier, a big one is trying to be a little greener at home.  I’m trying to make some baby steps like recycling, reducing our electricity usage, buying local and organic and just cutting back on our consumerism.  (that’s going to be the hardest…I LOVE me some Target). 

Going a bit greener ties into two of my other goals: spending less money and having more quality time with my kids.  That is probably my biggest goal…to really spend some good, quality time with my kids.  I still have to keep the house in order and find time to workout and cook and maybe brush my teeth before noon…but I HAVE to work on investing in my kids more.  There are a couple facets to this goal:

1) having more structured days.  I’m trying to wake up before the kids, usually by 6am.  Not going to lie…its only happened once since christmas but I’ve had an awful cold (I seriously didn’t know the human body could produce so much snot…y.u.c.k.).  The flip side to that is going to bed by 9 or 9:30…which I’m already breaking while writing this…I know…off to a fabulous start.

2) unplugging for the majority of the day.  Hello, my name is Liz, and I am addicted to the computer.  I am.  I will leave it on all day and go check every 5 minutes to see if someone posted something on facebook.  Maybe I got an e-mail.  Let’s face it…I am not that popular.  And to be honest…I think I should be glad I’m not that popular.  But my kids think I’m pretty cool (at least right now…maybe in 2 years they won’t) so I need to unplug and really get down on the floor and spend some time with them.  The other part of unplugging is turning off the TV.  I have been soooooo bad about letting my kids watch TV.  I used it as a crutch to let me get stuff done around the house…now it is pure habit.  I mean, we haven’t been watching the Exorcist or anything…but even educational TV doesn’t need to be on all day.  We are now on day two of unplugging (although I went for a haircut so I’m not sure if hubby caved).  There have been major times I’ve wanted to cave and just turn the happy glowing box on so the kids will stop whining…but I have resisted.  I’ll update on our progress…say a few prayers :)  I also have to cut down on the number of blogs I follow.  That is going to hurt.  There are so many talented and inspiring people out there.  But I think its time to cut the list down.  All for the greater good.

And to round out the list, I want to really explore my blogging…try to find my voice and purpose and still bring some killer quilts to the mix. 

Practicing my photography is on the list.  Starting Jan 1 I have vowed to take more pictures in Manual mode.  They look so.much.better.  Honestly. 

And Last but not least, Quilting.  I finished two awesome quilts before the holidays.  I’ve just been waiting on some pics to post to the blog.  They will be posted next week, along with some other projects currently in the works.  I’m hoping to get the nerve up to open an etsy shop this year.  But I’m not rushing it.

So here’s to a joyful new year!



Happy Turkey Day

mmmm...pumpkin pie...

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for…in no particular order

my kids

my husband

Reese’s peanut butter cups


my wonderful parents

my awesome brother

my great in-laws

my incredible sis-in-laws

my amazing friends

my entire extended family

my rockin’ sewing machine and my large fabric stash

and just life in general

God is good…Amen!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday!


oh poor neglected blog

I think my husband and i have decided to scratch 2010 and just move on to 2011. The year started out with the mysterious rash on my son’s face and hiney. March gave us my husband’s knee surgery which he is still recoving from. May gave us viral diarrhea for both the kids…which my daughter never recovered from. August saw us in the ER and then admitted to the hospital. We’re back at home for now. And of course I’m having issues that need to be addressed. And the cherry on top…our hard drive died :( hence no photo in this post. We waited too long to back up our photos onto dvd. My hope is that they will be able to recover the hard drive…at least the photos and the itunes music.

surprisingly, I haven’t had a complete meltdown yet. I’m trying to remember the blessings and that it could always be worse. We are still in relative good health. we’ve almost met our deductible and max out of pocket for insurance, so maybe we’ll stop hemmoraging money. We still have friends and family to call on in emergencies. DH still has a job. And we are all still able to laugh.

So while I really want to forget 2010 ever happened, maybe it will get better in the next 3 1/2 months…there’s always hope…right…

So, now I need to get to work recovering a drive and finishing a quilt…and somewhere in there fold the laundry and clean the kitchen.