Vacation is good for the soul!

Seriously. For a chunk of money, you can temporarily have few responsibilities. For my husband, that means no work worries. For me, that means no sweeping, mopping, cooking, dishes, or laundry. Ahhhh-mazing!

We just returned from a fun, short vacation in Sedona, AZ, where we relaxed. My husband can attest to the fact that I don’t relax often. I measure the goodness of a day on productivity, which is something I have been working really hard to get away from. Even when it comes from a place of joy, there is something so depressing about ending a day saying (literally, out loud) “today was a great day. I finally put away all the laundry, and got to mop AND bleach my kitchen counters!” I’m not a particularly tidy person, but motherhood has made me overly conscious of dirty, messy, or untidy areas of my home.

And if I can’t kick the productivity=self worth habit, at least I can be more exciting with it. For example, just before leaving town, I was able to alter two knit dresses so they fit better, switch out the waistband on one of the pairs of linen pants I made a while back, and fully sew two fun halter-style sundresses. Woohoo!

And, I even got a bit of exercise in on my vacation. I swam laps in the hotel lap pool, and went on several beautiful hikes. I even managed to keep up on my 30-day plank challenge and am proud to say I can now do a 170 second plank. I lost my 30-second lead, and am a little shy of the current time goal, but I am still really happy about how far I’ve come.

So, all in all, I’d have to say that the past two weeks have been great weeks, and not just because of productivity, but because of remembering to enjoy a lack thereof.

And those halter dresses I mentioned? I got to wear them on vacation!!




And we’re already half way through July!

Whew! I blink for a moment and the next thing I know, five weeks have gone by, with no update! I assure you it is because I have been busy, and not because I have been a victim to some strange shift in the space/time continuum. After my last post about plans, I did a few things:
1. I went shopping. Ugh, I already lectured myself. I couldn’t help myself. I bought more knit fabric, several more cotton woven prints, notions, and even (*gasp*) a $15 pattern.
2. I cut. A lot. I cut two actual patterns (which I NEVER do), traced and cut the tracings of three more patterns, and cut fabric for two dresses and a muslin for a third dress.
3. I exercised. As the monsoon season kicked in in Las Vegas, temperatures have finally started dropping a little. I went on an 8 miles trek two weeks ago, and have gone on shorter 1-2 mile jogs a few times, as well as gone swimming (once, for a mere 17 minutes before the pool closed, but it still counts!). Additionally, since I failed miserably the last time I tried a 30-day fitness challenge, I am excited to say I’ve been successful at a 30-day plank challenge. I am currently at 90 seconds, and at the end of the month I’ll be able to do 5 1/2 minutes. In case my participating friends read this, I have been adding 30 seconds to each day since I started off capable of holding planks for a minute.
4. I planned a vacation. My anniversary is coming up next week. The hubbs and I will have been together 7 years, married 5. After much debate over what we wanted in an anniversary vacation, as well as what was in budget and what would accommodate a toddler, we decided to stay closer to home. We’re staying in Sedona, AZ, which is within driving distance, and we are finally seeing the Grand Canyon!
5. I sewed! I made a dress from the plans list, and started two more dresses, plus mended some beat up favorites. And since I never showed you a newer tank I mentioned in my last post, here’s a picture of that, too.