They were just AWFUL

We went out to dinner last night, to Coco’s. They were terrible. They didn’t listen. They were LOUDLOUDLOUD, and at one point, Chunguita tackled Pulguito on the booth bench. We’re considering military school.

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Today is My Birthday

I’m 40!

After talking it over with the shrink and thinking about it, I decided that Sabrina would not be a good sponsor for me. I don’t think she has an eating disorder. She says that portion control is really her only problem. I considered asking Nora, but she has a new baby. The shrink says that I should have someone who has had at least a year of recovery, and that leaves Nora out. Nora would be good. I think she has a very similar problem to me, and she’s worked the steps. Hali was an option, too, but she would be long distance sponsor which the shrink doesn’t think is good for someone starting the steps. So …

I really have to go to another meeting. It’s just so hard to find the time. I resent having to be away from the kiddos in the evening. I just don’t know what I’m going to do.

Birthday

Gosh, I’ve been busy. I usually can post every other day or so, and it’s been a whole week!

We’ve got presents ready for Christmas. I put a few under the tree last Friday, and it took Chunguita a day to find them. One was immediately ripped, which she reported as soon as it happened. When I took the present to fix it, I asked her if we needed to “hide” the presents. She said, no. Before I was done fixing the ripped paper, she came back to me and told me we needed to hide the presents. So she and Pulguito helped me clear off a shelf in my closet and carry the presents out of the living room to stow in the closet.

On Saturday, we had accumlated a large pile of wrapped presents in the garage, far too many to fit on the closet shelf. DH and I talked to Chunguita about where we could put the presents and have them safe. She didn’t think they should be in her reach. We decided to put them on top of the cabinets that separate the dining room from the kitchen.

That afternoon, we celebrated my birthday with a fruit tart, and I got to open my presents. Pulguito was very excited and helped me open them. Then he climbed up the back of his chair to get the xmas presents down to be opened. Very cute.

Yesterday, we went into Oakland to have an early dinner with David, Mom, and Dad. Everything was going well, when Chunguita threw up all over Robert. He was able to get cleaned up and finish his meal, but we decided to go home early. Oh, well. That’s why I became a parent.

The other side of the purse

Were you wondering if I was going to share the other side of the purse? I’ve been so busy. Chunguita has been sick with a tummy bug. We celebrated my birthday this weekend. I’m 40, today. Anyway, I celebrated on Saturday with DH, Chunguita, and Pulguito. They gave me an espresso machine which I LOVELOVELOVE. On Sunday, we got all dressed up and drove into Oakland to meet my family at Kincaid’s. Kincaid’s used to be my favotire restaurant, and this time it was okay, but not great, kinda salty. The last time, it was just awful, but I had totally forgotten that. Right when the soup and salad arrived, Chunguita threw up on DH. He had managed to get her away from the table, so she threw up on the floor and on him. So we ended up leaving early. I remind myself that it was to experience things like this that I had children. I didn’t get any sewing done this weekend.

I started this side of the bag with the same burnout panne as on the other side. On this side, in addition to the unstable stretchy panne problems, I had problems with a polyester silky fabric. I didn’t have trouble with it on the other side. I think the difference is that on the other side, it was an interior fabric; that is, it was sewn down on all 4 sides. On this side, it was at the edge. I had terrible problems with it bagging. I don’t know if I stretched it or what. Note to self: interface this sort of fabric before using for crazy patch.

I used decorative stitches on the seams. On one seam, I sewed down a wide velvet ribbon. It looks like another bit of the patchwork. On top of everything I couched yarns and threads. I used to really like this look, but I think I’m ready to move on to something new.

Gift Bag

Things are so busy that I haven’t touched my sewing. My cutting table is covered with boxes that came in the mail for xmas gifts. I had a few seconds before the kids came home, so I snapped a couple of pix of the bag for you-all.

The recipient of this bag suggested green, navy, and black as her preferred colors. She’s the second person to request green, and I’m starting to run out of green scraps (time to shop!). So I used blues beyond navy. The center patch is a polyester stretch burnout panne from Joann’s last year (see t-shirt to the left). I don’t usually use knit fabrics for crazy patch. They are too unstable to support the embellishment process even when backed with muslin. If I could remember things for more than 2 seconds, I would have interfaced this fabric before using it. Alas, I did not. On this side, it didn’t matter so much because there isn’t much embellishment on the panne.

I really like the way the tulle appliques came out. I used a decorative stitch along one side the attach them. If I do this again, I must remember to embellish the seams BEFORE doing the applique. You can hardly tell, even in person and upon close examination, but the seam embellishments go over the appliques.

 

13 Things about me

THREE NAMES I GO BY:
1. Jennifer
2. Jen
3. Mommy

THREE SCREEN NAMES I HAVE HAD:
1. Neefer
2. Oaktree
3. Jennifer in California

THREE THINGS I LIKE ABOUT ME:
1. I’m a good mother.
2. I’m smart.
3. I’m creative.

THREE THINGS YOU HATE/DISLIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
1. I’m fat.
2. I’m disorganized.
3. I fritter away the time.

THREE THINGS THAT SCARE ME:
1. Fire
2. The idea that my children might suffer anything.
3. Spiders

THREE PARTS OF YOUR HERITAGE:
1. I’m Mexican. Pancho Villa hung a cousin of mine.
2. I’m Scottish, MacCourtie is the name, but I don’t know the clan.
3. I’m western European: German, French, & English.

THREE OF YOUR EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS:
1. Decaf Cappucino.
2. Hugging my kids.
3. Talking to my husband.

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1. Sandra Betzina full pull-on pants in purple polyester charmuese.
2. A bra that is too big.
3. Silver earrings from San Diego’s Old Town.

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE BANDS:
1. Jefferson Starship
2. Journey
3. Boston
Is my age showing?

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE SONGS AT PRESENT:
1.
2.
3.
Hm….

THREE NEW THINGS YOU WANT TO TRY IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS:
1. Princess seam full bust alteration.
2. The new swimming pool in town.
3. My very own laptop.

THREE THINGS YOU WANT IN A RELATIONSHIP (love is a given):
1. Someone to talk to.
2. Someone to lean on.
3. Someone who needs me.

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE:
1. I have naturally curly hair.
2. I was arrested for a felony.
3. I drive a convertible.

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS ABOUT THE OPPOSITE SEX THAT APPEAL TO YOU:
1. Little butts.
2. Tall.
3. Dark hair.

THREE THINGS YOU JUST CAN’T DO:
1. Lose weight.
2. Keep my sewing area clean.
3. Stop procastinating.

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES:
1. Sewing.
2. Gardening.
3. Neopets.

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO REALLY BADLY RIGHT NOW:
1. Eat a donut.
2. Finish my xmas shopping.
3. Take a nap.

THREE RETIREMENT LOCATIONS:
1. Half Moon Bay, California
2. Portland, Maine
3. Alameda, California

THREE PLACES YOU WANT TO GO ON VACATION:
1. Disneyland
2. New Zealand
3. Italy

THREE KIDS NAMES:
1. Chunguita
2. Pulguito
3. Annette

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:
1. See the northern lights.
2. See my children grow up happy.
3. Lose weight.