Monday, September 26, 2011

feelings - for real

Sometimes, I feel frustrated.

Sometimes, I feel lost.

Sometimes, I feel lonely.

Sometimes, I feel insignificant.

Sometimes, I feel like I don't know how to feel.

And then, I always feel grateful that I got to marry my best friend, because, without him, I might feel these things usually, or always, instead of just sometimes. 

"God gave me you for the ups and downs. God gave me you for the days of doubt. And when I think I lost my way there are no words here left to say, it's true. God gave me you."

Is this unnecessarily mushy or a downer? Maybe. But I don't care. It's true, and if this blog isn't to record what's been going on in all aspects of life, then I don't know what it's for...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

more projects...

Well, I opened up my browser today and realized that none of my favorite bloggers have updated in the last few days. I thought, They really should update... How else am I supposed to stay entertained?!  Then I realized that this is probably what other people (Hi, Grandma!) think about me updating my blog. So here ya go!

Despite the fact that my posts might make it seem that way, headbands are not the only thing I've been sewing lately.


I made a cute little reusable snack bag for a coworker who gave me the pattern. I'm still waiting on the final verdict (size, and whether the lining needs to be something other than cotton) before I make more. But I most likely will make more. It took hardly any time at all... and would have taken less if I had the right velcro.


I also made myself a new school bag out of some fat quarters. It has three pockets inside, one of which is divided for pens/pencils/etc... Yes, it's my second one so far this year. No, there's not anything wrong with the old one. I just like sewing them - and I figure out ways to improve every time I make one.

I'm also pondering a new and improved camera strap cover. My old black and white one is stained... somehow. :(  (And while I'm at it, I'll probably sew a few more headbands, just for kicks.)

My next trip to the fabric store (or maybe my next raid of my mom's stash) is going to be for supplies for a laptop sleeve. I have a pattern that I've pretty much memorized, so I'm excited to try it out...

So I guess now I'm wondering (since y'all got me thinking about selling stuff)... would you buy one of these things? Or a headband? How much would you pay? What else should I try to make?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

winner, winner...

Thanks to all who entered. I loved the random facts. The winner of the headband give away (courtesy of random.org's random number generator)....

Comment #2:
Stacey said...
It was good to see you tonite : )
Stacey - either comment on this post or facebook me or e-mail me to let me know which one you'd like. (The one second from the top does have flowers on it - they just blend in since it's monochromatic.)

And this is great for Stacey because I don't have to ship it (just bring it to church), so she might have it sometime in the next month. :)

You should all know that, thanks to your encouragement (and other random comments from others I know and Brad's enthusiasm), I'm tentatively planning to have a "booth" at my church's craft bazaar in 2012 (November) with headbands and a few other projects I'm experimenting with. I definitely don't have time to stock up for this year's, but if I set that goal for 14 months from now, it might just happen. So here's my unofficial commitment.

The only problem is... if I have a booth at a craft fair, do I need a "name"? I'm now taking suggestions. Please!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Time... management?!

The most fascinating thing about these headbands is that you have time to make them. I would like to request an upcoming entry on time management. -Hannah

Time management... Well, I hate to burst anyone's image of me as a totally with-it, especially if it's my sister's. Truth be told, the headbands don't take long to make. I do it in steps over the course of a couple of weeks, stealing time here and there.

But it's not so much that I manage time as I desperately try to grasp at it as each day slips away.

I get up at 5:15 a.m. Five days a week - every day I work. It sounds early, I know. And to tell you the truth, I've never been a morning person... you can ask my mom. Or pretty much anyone I've ever lived with.

The funny thing is, though, now that I'm getting up so early, I'm more awake the rest of the day. As an added bonus, I sleep better at night, too. Who knew?! All I needed to feel more rested was to get up earlier. And, honestly, I would probably sleep awesome every night if I got up at 5:15 even on the weekends. But I just can't do it, which means it takes me longer to fall asleep on Sunday nights, after two mornings of sleeping in. 

Anyway. That was kind of a tangent... I don't really consciously manage my time. A typical weekday for me looks like this (times are approximate):
5:15 a.m. - cheerfully hop up drag my weary body out of bed
5:25 a.m. - run with the dog. (I'm not sure how we're going to get her enough exercise when it gets too cold for this. Hmm....)
6:05 a.m. - get ready for work
7:00 a.m.ish - leave for work (the work day in and of itself is a whole different post...)
4:00 p.m. - leave work for home (I try to get almost everything done at work. Some days I do. Other days, like today, I just give up and take it home.)
4:15 p.m. - take a few minutes to catch up on my social media, blogs and facebook of course
4:45 p.m. - start homework
5:30 p.m. - either continue homework or make supper, depending on what we're having. BK usually cooks because he doesn't like to clean the kitchen, and I'm not fond of cooking.
6:00 p.m. - eat supper, clean up kitchen
6:45 p.m. - homework, grading, lesson planning
7:30 p.m. - daily "chores" (me and/or BK, depending on the day/chore)
8:00 p.m. - either more homework/grading/planning OR time to relax
9:00 p.m. - get ready for bed, if I last this long

Following this schedule during the week means that on weekends, I don't have to do much cleaning (other than laundry). Or homework (although maybe I should be working a little harder on this). Or grading/lesson planning. So I can make headbands and sew with my mom and play piano and blog and take pictures and bake and consider the possibility that maybe I have too many hobbies...

I don't read much during the school year. If I do, I end up staying up too late or neglecting things that need to be done. I spend lots of time during breaks and in the summer catching up.

Oh! And I definitely don't have kids. I'm pretty sure that makes a difference...

p.s. There's still time to enter my give away!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Give away!

Well, faithful blog readers, I've decided it's time. Time for a give away.

I've mentioned a few times before that I am getting carried away with this headband stuff. You'd think I was stocking an etsy store or something.


(Which I'm not. I'd have to think of a name that doesn't suck. I'm not creative like that. And I'd have to ship things in a timely manner... my sister's birthday present (from August 31st) is still on my piano. I gave my other sister her present last Tuesday when I saw her in person. My name is Megan, and I have  a problem with getting to the post office.)

So I need to give some away.


To win a headband of your choice (I will post a picture with all the options when I announce the winner), comment on this post by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21... tell me how you found my blog or ask me a question or tell me a random fact.

For an additional entry, "follow" my blog publicly by clicking the "join this site" icon on the left-hand side. It's all the way down at the bottom, under my blog archive. Leave a second comment to let me know you're a follower.

Blog lurkers, this is your chance! Leave me a comment to let me know you're hanging out.

If you don't know how to comment... no worries! Just click on the comments under this post. You don't have to have any special account, either. Choose the Name/URL option and type in your name (no url required). If you really want, you can choose Anonymous, but leave your name so I can choose you!



Saturday, September 17, 2011

Random Saturday

I've been up to a lot of random things today. Brad's gone fishin'. Literally. So I'm trying to be productive. So far, pretty good... I got groceries, took the recycling, ran other errands, did four loads of laundry, ironed, baked bread, sewed some headbands (I may be getting carried away with these), picked up, consolidated/confiscated clutter (I'm down to one box of wrapping supplies and one drawer of crafty/scrapbook stuff - which obviously doesn't include sewing supplies/fabric)...

Thursday's sunrise at school.

I also finished a paper this morning. It's due tomorrow. I'm not sure I've ever procrastinated like that before... I'm not behind, but I feel like I am because I'm not ahead. Maybe I shouldn't admit that. It makes me sound like a nerd. (I have to admit, I sure haven't put any effort into getting ahead this semester. I'm just working to stay on top of things. That's okay, right?!)

I'm constantly in search of the pattern/fabric for my next quilt (and any sewing project, for that matter).I really like Summer at the Lake, but I'm not sure how it would look in different (not pastel) prints.  Stay tuned for a possible give-away and a post about my recent sewing adventures. There have been quite a few.

I love homemade bread. I don't know why I don't make it more often. Also, while I'm on the subject of grains, I found bagel thins at Dillon's today. Who knew?! Probably everybody but us... (We discovered them when we went to Einstein Brothers Bagels this summer. I didn't know you could but them in the grocery store.)

Right here are 11 finished headbands. Ai-yi-yi. So, like I said, stay tuned for a give-away and a post about my recent sewing adventures.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

carry on



"We Carry On" Tim McGraw

He hasn't seen a drop of rain for months it seems
Rollin' river is nothing but a trickling stream
The crops are dying in the harsh sunlight
The dust on his tongue is dry
The fatted calf is down to skin and bones
We carry on
...

And we carry on

When our lives come undone
We carry on
Cause there's promise in the morning sun
We carry on
As the dark surrenders to the dawn
We were born to overcome
We carry on

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Melvinism 1

I'm starting a new "series." It will be irregular and will depend solely on my Grandpa Melvin. I'm calling it Melvinisms, because he says hilarious things. You can read his comments about our dog here. Seriously... last night I laughed until I cried at this one:

My mom was talking about their church's 200th anniversary celebration (of being a church, from the old country to the new, not of being a church in America). My grandpa lamented that he had missed one part because he was still in the cemetery.
My mom asked, "Were there still a lot of people out there?"
My grandpa thought about it...
Dad interjected with, "Well, I'd hope so. I hope they're not climbing up out of the graves."
Grandpa just had to add, "Eh... I pushed 'em back in."

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

gettin' crafty

Once upon a time, a long time ago, I went to Kansas City with friends. The day before the Warrior Dash we went shopping and found some really cute headbands in a store...

But they were $20. That's kind of a lot of money...


...for something I could make myself...



...in whatever colors I want (and have in my scrap drawers)... in less than 30 minutes...


I even put my own spin on them and made three different designs.

So there's my new little craft project. It's pretty therapeutic. Who knew sewing could be so relaxing?! I usually have to rip out a few seams, but not so far with these little pretties (knock on wood). So far I've finished six. And worn two - one time each. I have several more that are waiting for flowers and leaves. And I plan to make more when I have some spare time (whatever that is). I may have gotten a little carried away...

So who wants one?!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Library Day!

Every other Tuesday, for half of our language arts block, I take my students to the library. Our librarian teaches them a lesson, which could be anything from how to find library materials to a standards-based lesson. Then, they get to check out books and read on the couches.

Today was library day.

I've always loved my library days, but this year they seem to be even more special. I feel like I'm becoming a respected reader to them, through read aloud, reading during their time to read, commenting on what they read, and giving book talks to the class. I've slowly added to this list throughout the years, and I finally feel like I'm "getting there." Of course, as soon as I get there, I'll figure something else out. (Because I hear that when you "get there," it's time to get out.)

This year I added something new... After reading through interest surveys, parent questionnaires, and reading surveys, I came up with a personalized book recommendation for each of my students. From what I observed today, they love it. And I had a great time helping them find their books, search for alternatives if it was checked out, and even teaching them how to put a book on hold.

It was so wonderful to have these conversations with my students. 

Two more weeks until our next library day... In the meantime, I'll be starting reading conferences and student book talks. I can't wait to see what this year holds for my readers.

Monday, September 5, 2011

luck

We're nothing short of lucky to get to spend time at my grandparents' cabin on Beaver Lake in Arkansas. I've been there most summers of my life. This summer we couldn't make it down because of classes, but we nabbed a reservation for Labor Day weekend. We even took Friday off work (what rebels!)

This weekend was amazing... relaxing... peaceful... quiet...

We enjoyed a Northwest Arkansas Naturals game, a little fried chicken on the way down, fishing, some classwork (for me), and even a little grading (but as Brad said, "I'd rather grade papers here than anywhere else.").

 I know this picture is in the collage, but here's the view from the cabin's patio.

And here's the view from the dock to the end of the cove.

This was probably my favorite moment of the weekend - pure dumb luck that I was able to drop my book (onto the dock, not into the water) and grab my camera in time... and even more luck that the settings were good to go and the zoom lens was on.

Many thanks to my Grandma Lu and Grandpa Varden for building this place way back before I was born... what a great family tradition - even with the many ways that tradition has evolved as we've all grown older.