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Pinterest: Tried it Tuesday #2

I have had a fantastic 2-week break from work!  It was definitely needed.  I am moving forward with my life in many ways and it is sometimes scary.

However, this post is about another recipe I have tried from Pinterest.  I tried (and loved) the avocado, tomato and fresh mozzarella salad I came across on Pinterest.  It is a very simple recipe.  I was leery of making it for some reason; maybe because I was not used to those flavors together.
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But this one was a hit!  At least with me it was.  I even thought it was tasty with chicken added.  The twins wouldn’t touch it either way.

I also tried a variation of the recipe with cucumber added.  Ehh, I’ll pass on making that again.

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Long Time Gone

My goodness, it has been a long time since I posted here!  I haven’t even been checking other blog posts.  I opened Bloglovin’ the other day and there were over 700 unread posts!  I just closed it back…  I have been on Pinterest a lot though.  And keep trying out a lot of the recipes on there.  There’s some yummy stuff on there!

Things have been a little *ahem* hectic since I began working full-time as a teacher assistant in a high school special education classroom.  I think I’ve sewn 1 thing since I started work.  Pitiful.  Thankfully, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel soon and I hope to get back in the saddle of blogging and sewing.  There may be more life posts mixed in with sewing posts.

This commercial reminds me of my life right now.  Indeed.com commercial

Two Hands

Wow, it’s already May.  The year is flying by.  I have been working at the every school day since the end of January, which is good.  And my substitute assignments will continue until the end of the school year.  That’s good too.  For everything except my house, that is.
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Here is what my living room looks like right now.  The walls still need a (3rd?) coat of paint and I pulled up the carpet in there.  And found some icky-ness.  I’m planning to treat/deep clean the subfloor and see how far I can get with the paper bag floor treatment this weekend.

But what does two hands have to do with anything?  I only have them.  And, contrary to what I believed when I was younger, I can only do one thingat a time.  So, if I choose to sew, there will be no dinner cooked.  If I work on the house (and there are still at least three major projects to complete), there will be no sewing or cooking.  And if I choose to go to Aqua Zumba class – which is 40 minutes one way – I will definitely not get any housework done.  Two hands, one thing at a time.

I do have a couple of things to photograph and blog about, but that will have to wait until the floor is finished…

Food For Thought: Are You Rich? Believe It Or Not, You May Be

Still no sewing photos… This post is a really great way to put things in perspective.

My Foray Into Food Storage

In the 1990’s, US News & World Report had a “Rich Test” in the side bar of one of their articles on the richest people in America.  If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions, you are in the 10% (in terms of wealth) of anyone who has ever lived on the Earth.

The questions were:

  • Do you own more than one pair of shoes?
  • Can you choose what you will eat today?
  • Do you have your own mode of transportation?
  • Do you have more than one pair of underwear?

If you answered “Yes,” you are wealthier than the majority of people who have ever lived on the Earth.

I own shoes, therefore, I am wealthy. I own shoes, therefore, I am wealthy.

True wealth is not determined by your bank balance or how large your home is or what car you drive.  True wealth, the kind that allows one to be truly happy, is made…

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Because Sewing is Not Portable

Simplicity 6725

Simplicity 6725

The past two weeks have been eventful.  I got a pretty bad cold just after I decided to join Rosie Wednesday’s Shift Dress Sew-along.  I worked on drafting my sheath dress sloper to look like Simplicity 6725 sewed up a muslin.

Then I made some adjustments to the pattern and cut out my fashion fabric version during our snow day (2 inches of snow!).  After some front skirt attachment issues with the muslin, I thought basting the final project would yield better results.  And then I promptly sewed the wrong sides of the side back to the right sides of the back pieces.  The Little Mister laughed at me, but he couldn’t tell the difference between the right and wrong sides either :).

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Right sides and wrong sides together

I’ve been substitute teaching every day lately and found a better way to keep my hands busy than completing word searches.  I’ve been fascinated with kumihimo since the kids made friendship bracelets with cardboard looms and embroidery floss in fourth grade.  I’ve made 4 so far while subbing – it’s much more socially acceptable than bringing large sewing pieces to work on.  Now I need to attach clasps to complete the pieces.

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