Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stitch by Stitch

I feel so terribly sluggish. It's been a month since I worked on quilty things, posted anything creative on my blog, commented on anyone's blog or replied to emails.

I'm just feel stuck right now. I have lots to do, lots of time to do it and yet the only thing I want to do is snuggle under a quilt and watch the fourth season of The Tudors or similar. I've also seriously exhausted everything cool Netflix streaming has to offer.

In case you're in the same boat, I highly recommend: The Maiden Heist (an adorable heist movie staring Christopher Walken and Morgan Freeman (and someone also wears a dress made from Katie Jump Rope fabric!)) and How to Murder Your Wife (a scandalously titled yet clever 1965 comedy staring Jack Lemon.)

So, anyway, I think I've finally reached my do-nothing limit. I don't really have much to say but I'm slowly feeling more creative. I even picked out fabrics for a little hand quilting project.

hand quilting project
Which I started this weekend.

hand quilting

While I finished The Tudors and watched various other movies. For hours and hours. The hand quilting is taking forever but I'm enjoying each slow stitch.

As for the other things...I'm making it a priority to send emails tonight and comments tomorrow. Slowly, day by day, stitch by stitch, I'll be myself again.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Confessions of a Sturdy Ballerina

Last Thursday Karrie and I went to our very first ballet class. It is an odd thing, this ballet. I've done ballroom dancing before and I was always able to get the steps down after just one try. I expected to be good at ballet in much the same way.

Because, you see, I've always been the sort of person who can see something done once and repeat it. I like being good at things but mostly, I like being good at things right away. I enjoy improving my skills after my first attempt but there's nothing as exciting as finding out I'm pretty good at something I've never tried before. I actually crave that moment of superiority when I realize I'm better at being a beginner than other beginners. I love discovering that I'm even more talented than I thought I was.

Are you all waiting for something to take me down a notch? Well, here it is: after one class, I'm not a super great ballerina. WTF, right? I did fine but I was not the best in the class by any stretch of the imagination.

That should be hard to admit, given how full of myself I am. But in truth, that's not the real confession. For the first time in, well, ever, I'm actually okay with not being the best. I'm (shockingly!) not a ballet prodigy nor will there ever be a role in Swan Lake for a sturdy, 29-year-old beginner ballerina.

And without the possibility of being the best (right away or at all), the old Crystal would have given up the project entirely. But the new Crystal (who is trying to be less "black and white") is going to give it her best.

I've decided to focus on what's important, to really enjoy each class and each movement. I want to focus on making myself better, improving myself inside and out.

I will do this even though I'm not the best in my class. Even though there is zero potential for prima ballerina status. Even though I am the sturdiest ballerina in the room.

Monday, January 3, 2011

There and Back Again

"Dwight, if you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?"

"I
can travel anywhere, except Cuba, and I will travel to New Zealand and walk the Lord of the Rings trail to Mordor and I will hike Mount Doom."

In the spirit of Dwight Schrute, Ian and I completed our quest to Mount Doom this weekend. We never left the house but it was exhausting all the same. We managed to finish all three (extended edition!) Lord of the Rings movies in just over a day (we fell asleep two hours short of our goal and had to finish up in the morning).

It was a good thing we planned a day's worth of Hobbit-inspired meals to keep up our strength!

Breakfast
breakfast
Egg, Cheese and Tomato on English Muffin
Coffee


Second Breakfast
2nd breakfast
Star of Elendil Fruit Salad
Kir Royale with Raspberries


Elevensies
elevensies
Olive and Cheese Plate with Homemade Crackers
A pint!


Luncheon
luncheon
Mushroom, Tomato and Cheese on Grilled Bread
Coleslaw Salad


Afternoon Tea
afternoon tea
Tea with Homemade Shortbread Cookies


Dinner
dinner
Aragorn's Hearty Bean and Mushroom Stew

Supper
supper
Gandalf's Stuffed Mushrooms


Dessert
dessert
Homemade Grapefruit Sorbet in Sparkling Wine


Eating like Hobbits was a little more...intense than I imagined it would be. It was fun and delicious but all that cooking and eating was nearly a full time job. Yes, it was a heavy burden to bear...but we did it all for the Shire!

The End.