Archive | July, 2012

Mini challenges…

27 Jul

I found this wonderful etsy site and I’m going to challenge myself to finish 5-10 of these projects before the Summer’s out! That’s two months away. I can do it!! (I don’t think I’m going to win the challenge of finishing Chanel by the end of July seeing as I haven’t read one word since my blog post! :p August it is!!!)


Fitness Update:

I’ve completed the Couch to 5K: C25K app and I can officially run 30 minutes at a pace of 5mph!! My bottoms don’t fit.  I lost 11 pounds.  I’ve lost 57% of my body fat (from 26% down to 15%) and I LOVE IT!!!!! I can’t believe I’ve done it. Now it’s time to start week 9 of Couch to 10K C210K register for a race, and build up some speed.  My next mini challenge for fitness is a 10 minute mile (6mph).



I got a sewing machine!!

25 Jul

I finally got a sewing machine!!!!!!!

Craigslist to the rescue. Yesterday I met a nice lady in the parking lot of the nearby Michael’s and gave her my hard earned money for a brand new brother Project Runway Limited Edition sewing machine! 😀


This video of a young woman opening up her sewing machine (Exact same machine) is basically how happy I was:

Last night I went to the brother sew and vac which just happens to be minutes from my house and purchased machine oil because I (#1, read the instruction manual!) and want to treat my baby right! MMM! I was so excited to start playing and learning and messing up and learning what to do and what not to do.20120726-094644.jpg

It’s like buying your first pair of golf clubs and now you’re ready to hit the green! I have so many little sewing projects in my head. Number one is learning how to take in clothes since I’ve lost 12 pounds and none of my pants or skirts fit anymore. Yay running!

I also took a second beginner sewing class a couple weeks ago where I learned even more than in my first class. The Silver Spring Sewing Society holds sewing classes at the Wheaton Library. It was only $20 for a beginner sewing class, plus $5 machine rental (but I won’t have to pay that anymore!!) The instructor covered machines, techniques, measuring ourselves, reading patterns and more! I will definitely be meeting up with these ladies in the future!


Our super cute professor!


We learned how to properly measure ourselves, and each other.


Group shot! What a great class.



12 Jul


The first biography I’m attempting to conquer is that of Mademoiselle Coco Chanel!

The back panel grabbed me and with my new interest in design I couldn’t wait to learn about the life of a famous fashion icon like Chanel. I’ve had this book since January so obviously it’s taken a lot of effort to get through this. If it weren’t before this “journey” who knows when I would have finished this book. :p

So I’m still in the beginning of this very big and dense book but I love it so far. She came from very humble beginnings as an orphan, rebelled against everything expected of her, took crazy chances and even faced abortion and was a fantastic Equestrian. Anyway, I’m only 8 or so chapters into this million chapter book and I’m already inspired. I mean she’s still just a woman living with a man and his mistress at this point, with so much in front of her. It’s like she doesn’t web know how awesome she will become! I can definitely relate to that thought! I am always inspired by the success stories of people who “broke out” a little later on in life. Proves to me that it’s never too late to become the person you were destined to, or to start over, or to do something amazing!!

I’ll keep on reading and update later on!

What a day!

4 Jul

Last week, At a social work training at the University of Maryland in Baltimore,my co-worker and I ventured outside for lunch to find amazing treats! We split two crepes, spinach and egg, and Strawberry, banana, and nutella deliciousness.


On a walk around the campus after lunch we discovered a church with a cemetery in the back and we wandered on in. To our shock the first thing we see is Edgar Allen Poe’s grave!…along with his family members and other Baltimore elite. How randomly and creepily cool!

It pays to wander sometimes.