30 before 30 – Month 6

6 months in to this already! It seems like it is going by really quickly.

4. Plan our next big adventure. We actually went on our big adventure. We visited New York City and Boston over my Spring Break.  We had a blast, even though it was very cold in Boston and we were completely worn out. (Boston pictures coming soon.)

6. Cook something new each month. I am sure that I cooked something new but I can’t come up with it. Ooops….Fail.

7. Decorate our house. Ok well, maybe it was my office. But still, doesn’t that count?

9. Make a new type of quilt. I finally found the style of quilt that I enjoy making the most, at least so far. I finished a couple of quilts this month that fit into this new style and helped me get my sewing groove back! There are even a couple more in the works already.

15. See a show in the theatre. While we were in NYC, we had the opportunity to see “The Lion King” on Broadway. It was my first time to see a show on Broadway, which made this even more special.

18. Attend one special function at church. I haven’t had a chance to share about this one yet but we did have Steve Angrisano at our church for the Parish Lenten Mission. More to come on this one.

29. Read at least 5 new books. I always have a stack of books by my bed. When we were getting ready to head off on our trip, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to take the book that I had been reading because the content was a little too heavy for train travel. My brother – in-law had gotten me “The American Heiress” for Christmas. Well, one week later I have finished the over 400 page book. Needless to say it was a great read.

 

Spring Break 2014 – New York City

After going through a rough time at the end of January, Sean surprised me by telling me that we were headed to New York City and Boston for my spring break. He had really wanted to go over Valentine’s Day but for me to go during that time would have included a little unnecessary stress at work. Honestly, I am glad he held off and we went this week. I think it was probably a little bit warmer and a whole lot less snow.

What all did we cram into our short adventure to New England? Well, let me tell you. (P.S. we were exhausted when we got home.)

We started off the trip by riding the train from Wilmington to NYC. Penn Station in NYC is a crazy place. For those of you that are more familiar with flying, it is comparable to LAX. That is the best comparison I have for Penn Station. It is crazy.

Upon arriving we went straight to the hotel to drop off our luggage and then we started our adventure. We started with a late lunch at Sarabeth’s. I feel like this was where we first started to get a taste of the crowds of New York. The wait was about 30 minutes and there were a lot of people crammed into a very small space.

(We might have stopped by the Plaza so we could send my brothers an awesome Snapchat of Kevin McCalister asking for a room. P.S. it really is fabulous!)
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It was unfortunately a little rainy but we had less than a mile to walk to the Guggenheim Museum. Sean knows how much of a fan I am of Frank Lloyd Wright and knew that I would enjoy seeing this building. The building was really interesting and very cool to see, that was where it ended, well kinda. The first gallery we walked into was one of Mr. Guggenheim’s original collection which included Monet, Picasso, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Renior and a few more. This was very cool to see. I was proud of myself too that I could still pick out the artists from the art history course that I took my senior year in college. The main exhibit, on the other hand, was interesting but looked like someone had way too much time on their hands. Speaking of time, that was completely what the exhibit was about, the painting of dates. Starting in 1964, dates were painted every day, people met were documented, postcards were sent to people, and mpas of where he traveled were documented. It was interesting for a little bit and then it wore off.


After that it was off to 5th avenue, Apple store, FAO Schwartz, and Tiffany’s. It was incredibly fun to look around but no buying. I was perfectly happy looking. Large lego displays and large diamonds were on view everywhere.

Next stops included St. Patrick’s cathedral and Radio City Music Hall. Unfortunately the cathedral was under major renovation on the inside. The main outside doors though were absolutely gorgeous.

Radio City Music hall was fun to see from the outside! The New York Spring Spectacular was showing which features Derek Hough from Dancing with the Stars. Had I known that I think I would have tried to get tickets.



It was back to the hotel to figure out dinner after that. We decided on Quality Meats, which was close by the hotel. It was great choice!
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Sunday, we were up early to start our day. We were hoping to squeeze in as much as we could. A walk through Central Park led us to brunch at Loeb Boathouse. Unlike Saturday, Sunday turned out to be a much better day. The view from the boathouse was beautiful and I am sure it is even more beautiful during the summer months.
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Even though we knew what all we wanted to accomplish for the day we had no clue what order we were going to mark things off the list. We chose to go to the Top of the Rock next. Talk about an awesome view of New York City. We both really enjoyed it, even though the wind was very brisk on the top. The views were awesome though.
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Off to Times Square after that. There were so many people everywhere. We went to M&M World, the Disney Store, and Toys’r’us. The stores were huge.
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We had more time than what we thought we were going to have so we ended up heading back over to 5th Avenue to go to the American Girl Doll Store and the Lego Store. Both were fun visits even though Sean doesn’t have many nice things to say about the new lego sets. He is still stuck in the 1990s and those Legos.
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We made a quick pit stop at Rockefeller Center to see the ice skating. I can only imagine what the Christmas tree looks like there. I am sure it is amazing.
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We headed back over to the Minksoff Theatre just off of Times Square. We thought that we were going to be able to get into the theatre early than what we were so we had to figure out something to do in the meantime. Well Guy Fieri’s restaurant was across the street so we took it to “Flavor Town” and had drinks.
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Back at the Minksoff it was time to see my all time favorite show, “The Lion King”. It was almost better than I remembered it 11 years ago at the Kentucky Center. We had awesome seats too. Sean did an amazing job picking out the show and the tickets. I loved it!
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Dinner on Sunday was at 44 1/2 on our way back from the theater. It was a little bit more than we expected but it was good food. The atmosphere was just a little interesting.

Monday morning was an early morning to get ready for Boston.

Hello, Spring?

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I only hope that this white stuff disappears fast and we get warmer weather very soon. I just want it to be warm so we can sit on the front porch and enjoy days on the water.

For now, I guess we will deal with this.

If you are in warm weather though, happy first day of spring!

 

The office progress

If you remember back to last summer when we built the office in the basement it was plain white walls. I didn’t really have too much of a plan for how I wanted to decorate. I finally figured out what I really wanted to do and then it took a little convincing from the husband to go get the paint for me to actually paint.

 

Well, last weekend, we painted. I. Love. It. I had to do before and after pictures so I could see the difference and it was so worth it.   Untitled

 

The Fashion Gray by Behr was the perfect color. We weren’t sure if we should go lighter or darker but I am really glad that we went a little on the darker side. The rug came from Target and the polarids on the top part of the ceiling came from Paper Culture.

    I have a couple more ideas of what I want to put on the walls and a couple of other things. Maybe I will actually use it from now on after that! I think I just need the carpet to be done outside of my office so I can cut fabric on the floor and not on the cold tile.

 

Finding my Style

Last week, I finally felt like I got my groove back. This year at work has been an incredibly tough year on me and things that I normally enjoyed doing at home were not my favorite things to do anymore. There were many nights and weekends where I was much happier sitting on the couch watching tv or doing absolutely nothing. It took a toll on me big time. I didn’t feel like designing anything, I didn’t feel like sewing anything, I didn’t feel like being creative and sometimes I didn’t even feel like cooking. For many of you that know me personally, that is hard to believe. Unfortunately, it is very true.

After making a couple of big decisions with the help of my loving husband a weight felt like it was lifted off of me.

A couple of weeks ago, I suggested that we go to Joann’s because I wanted to look at a couple of new tools to help make the sewing process more proficient. (Sean had just gotten a bunch of new stuff for the trains….I only thought it was fair to spread the love.) Sean agreed to go with me. He was actually very helpful in picking out a new rotary cutter, a cutting mat and some measuring tools. I had been eyeing new patterns, that I hadn’t tried, on Pinterest and I felt like the new tools were going to be helpful.

I couldn’t have been more right and the process of cutting the fabric became much easier. In turn making the quilting process shorter and giving me back a small piece of my life that I had been missing for a while. Sure I had completed Christmas presents and they turned out awesome but the pure joy of sewing was missing from that project.

The new tools and the brightly colored fabric brought me back to wanting to sew again. I wanted to be back in my office sewing and creating awesome quilts. You know what is awesome though? I actually found the style of quilt that I like making best. Squares together with many shapes and patterns. Simple, I know, but there is just something to be said about how these turn out. In two weeks, I have now turned out a quilt, a burp cloth, a new bag, and another quilt. Granted both were baby sized quilts but they still take a lot of sewing since it is all squares.

The first was this awesome pink, orange, and gray quilt and burp cloth. I don’t know the recipient of this one yet but it is beautiful. I love it. The colors are fun and it really did turn out to be awesome.

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The second project was a bag. I had the fabric for a while but just didn’t have the motivation to make this one. I knew the time would come when I would want to finish this one. That time has come and the bag is really awesome!DSC_4144DSC_4145

 

The third one was very planned. A snow day that ended up being an absolutely gorgeous day turned into to a trip to the fabric store. Since I knew the baby girl that was on the receiving end of this one’s room was being painted navy blue and coral, I knew exactly where to go in the store. Once I started picking fabric and 12 different yards later, you end with this. DSC_4141DSC_4142Even though I knew momma of this little girl would be excited to receive this blanket, I almost didn’t send it because it was so pretty. Luckily, I have more fabric leftover from this one and you can count on another one of these being made.

A third quilt is already in the works and this one I am super pumped about. There may even turn out to be a big and little version of this one because I like the fabric so much.

Honestly, it feels so good to be back enjoying to sew and do creative things again. (We even painted the first wall in our house on Sunday too. Different post, different day. Be ready though.) I am gradually starting to feel more like Emily again and not someone who is dragged down by stress.

Fortunately, for me, I have the best husband ever and he has stuck with me through this rather difficult time. I can’t imagine what it has been like to deal with me for the last six months, I am sure it hasn’t been fun. I am just glad that it was only six months and not longer. He is the absolute best and I am so glad that this revelation came at the time it did as we leave this weekend for a short vacation, mainly planned by him. I. Can’t. Wait. Just wait until you see where we are headed next!

If you read all the way to here, sorry for the long and honest post, luckily it came with some awesome quilts!