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One Year Later

On February 28 of last year, our San Francisco apartment was packed up and we started the journey to Tennessee.
What I remember most about that day was the mix of anxiety and excitement swirling together. While we were waiting (and waiting) for the movers to arrive, I took one last walk around the neighborhood and tried to process everything. I tend to focus on the task at hand, and not so much the processing part… so I don’t even remember feeling particularly sad or excited, but mostly just anxious to get the show on the road.
The Amateur Librarian // One Year Later
The Amateur Librarian // One Year Later
The Amateur Librarian // One Year Later
A number of things threatened to make the whole day difficult…
  • The construction by our apartment building blocked the street parking.
  • The weather was rainy and gloomy.
  • The moving company was running late and didn’t have the correct address to pick up a couch from storage.
  • We didn’t have an exact destination for our stuff, since we didn’t have an apartment in TN yet.
But then…
  • The construction work shut down due to the rain, leaving an empty street with plentiful parking.
  • The sun came out.
  • The moving truck arrived and found a parking space right in front of our building.
  • Three weeks later, we had an address and we had our stuff.
Somehow, everything worked out the best possible way in the end. How’s that for a metaphor for life?
One year later, I’m so happy to be here. I like my job, our apartment, our new city. I feel like I plugged into the community a lot faster this time around, and I feel like we’re in a place with a lot of opportunities still to come,. A lot of that comes from living closer to family and friends again, which is the best part of our move.
The Amateur Librarian // One Year Later
The Amateur Librarian // One Year Later
The Amateur Librarian // One Year Later
Today I’m getting another routine colonoscopy. The prep is never fun, and there’s always anxiety centered around the question: Am I sick again? But I’m feeling the best I have in a long time, and 2014 was an entirely pain-free year which feels like a small miracle. I don’t really dwell on my chronic illness much these days, mostly because I have the luxury of feeling pretty “normal” with the exception of regular infusions. I guess this post is my way of reflecting on where I am in life right now… and I’m happy to be here!
The Amateur Librarian // One Year Later

Meow Monday: So Helpful

I’m still working on my low volume black cats, and the cats have been helpful assistants along the way (of course). Some are more helpful than others…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

High Five for Friday!

High Five for Friday!

I’m sharing the highlights of my week… five to be exact!  I love the idea of focusing on five little things that made me happy… definitely a fun way to recap the week and stay grateful.

The Amateur Librarian // H54FThe Amateur Librarian // H54F



1 – Winter Fun. It flurried a bit Wednesday night, but the bulk of the icy weather is over (for now). Before the snow melted entirely, I got out the portable sleds my parents gave us for Christmas… they came in handy!
2 – Oscars. I love our annual tradition of making predictions for the Oscars with our friends… and betting a free drink to whoever guesses the most correctly :)  (I was rooting for Boyhood… yay for Patricia Arquette!)
3 – WWE. I’ve never been to a wrestling show before (or “sports entertainment”) but it was a fun diversion from the regular Monday night!
4 – What If? I gave this to hubby for his birthday… but I may have taken to picking it up myself to read the absurd hypothetical questions and the (equally absurd) scientific answers. It’s available on Kindle Unlimited too, bonus!
5 – Black Cats. The Music City MQG meeting was cancelled last weekend due to weather, but I still got some sewing done. I dove into my black and white fabric stash to start a new project: little black cats, of course.

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Nashville City Sights: WWE Wrestling

Hubby’s recent hobby has been watching WWE wrestling… I think it started as part joke, part nostalgia, but the enjoyment is real. So when WWE Raw came to Nashville… so did we. Quite an interesting show! I didn’t know what to expect, and our seats were pretty terrible, but it was a lot of fun. All the fan favorites showed up… Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, the Bella twins, etc. etc. It actually seemed quieter than TV makes it seem, without the sound effects and constant narration from the announcers.
Small photo dump ahead:
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
 More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

WIP Wednesday

Let’s check in on some works in progress! I usually have some kind of crafty project going on (sometimes a few) but I usually wait until it’s finished to share on the blog… but this seems like a fun idea, so I’m jumping on board Freshly Pieced‘s linky party.

I love the low-volume trend and I finally have a bit of a stash (thanks to some Music City MQG ladies!) so I decided to jump in with some QAYG cat blocks. I used the block pattern from Oh, Frannson’s Catvent quilt to churn out some cute little black cats using low volume prints for the background fabric. I’m still thinking about whether I want to make a mini quilt, lap quilt, or table runner… and I’m leaning toward table runner because I loved having the patchwork tree table runner on the breakfast bar during the holidays.

The Amateur Librarian // WI{P Wednesday

 

The Amateur Librarian // WI{P Wednesday

Pro tip: an empty Naturebox box is the perfect place to keep fabric for a project in one place and safe from curious kitties!

The Amateur Librarian // WI{P Wednesday

An ongoing project… organizing scraps. That big bin on the right is where I throw everything leftover, and I’m (very) slowly making the scraps more useable by cutting them into 1-1/2, 2-1/2, 3-1/2, and 5″ squares and strips (based on Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet’s system).

The Amateur Librarian // WI{P Wednesday

Since we’ve had more couch-time recently with the bad weather, I’ve had more time to cross stitch too. I’m ahead of the game and stitching March’s block already on the Woodland Creatures cross stitch.

The Amateur Librarian // WI{P Wednesday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

This isn’t exactly something I’m actively working on, but I guess you could call it a work in progress… my ORT jar! ORT = Odd Random Threads, and I’m keeping mine nearby to collect from my embroidery projects this year. It’s filling up fast!

The Amateur Librarian // WI{P Wednesday

And that’s about it!

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

 

 

Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch: February

I’m working on another yearlong cross stitch project (see last year’s Once Upon a Time sampler here) but this one is a bit more laid back since it’s an older pattern and I don’t have to wait for the mystery blocks to be revealed each month. I love Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Woodland Creatures sampler, it is so super cute!
February features an adorable raccoon peeking over the frame. The night background was a bear to fill in, but the ice days last week gave me a bit more time to work on it. So far the blocks are less of a time commitment than last year’s sampler, and I’m loving it!
Below are a few progress pics:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Here are the finished months so far:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Two blocks down, ten to go!
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
I’ll be sure to share my monthly progress, similar to last year. Stay tuned!

Meow Monday: Snow Days

The ice finally melted over the weekend and the temps are back to normal-cold, but the cats enjoyed the days of snow and ice while they lasted.

Plenty of staring out the window…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Napping on the couch…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Assisting in the sewing room…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

And plenty of lounging around, of course!

High Five for Friday!

High Five for Friday!

I’m sharing the highlights of my week… five to be exact!  I love the idea of focusing on five little things that made me happy… definitely a fun way to recap the week and stay grateful.

The Amateur Librarian // H54FThe Amateur Librarian // H54F

1 – V Day. While my parents were in town this past weekend, we saw some sights, visited with family, and ate some good food. As the box of chocolates we found said, “There’s no one else I’d rather spend this annual obligation with”… ha!
2 – Snow Days. Two (and a half) days to work from home this week was quite a nice break from the normal routine. I also had to reschedule my annual colonoscopy… can’t say I minded!
3 – Tassel. I love tassel necklaces… and this cutie was in the grab bag from Love, Poppy that I opened for V Day. It goes with a lot more than I thought it would!
4 – Parenthood. Finally watched the finale this week… and I’m still not ready to say goodbye yet! I loved this show so, so much and I’m sad to see it go.
5 – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I needed a quick read for colonoscopy prep day (a good distraction is key)… but when the snow days kept us inside instead, this was the perfect treat! I love a funny YA romance that feels like a favorite rom com.

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A Doodle a Day Update

Almost two years ago I challenged myself to a doodle a day, but that challenge pretty much fell by the wayside in the hubbub of moving across the country and starting a new job. I haven’t shared an update in quite a while, but I’ve been doodling a bit more lately with the help of Craft-a-Doodle, edited by Jenny Doh. I’m working my way slowly through the 75 different prompts from lots of cool artists, so here’s an update on a few recent doodles… some from around the office, some at home, and some inspired by the book (review coming soon!)

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

More doodles coming soon!

Icemageddon 2015

This past weekend was pretty cold, but the clear skies were a drastic change from the snow forecasted for Monday. The snow never came, but a layer of ice sure did, and with it three Ice Days to work at home. I was scheduled for my annual colonoscopy yesterday, with the liquid diet/prep day on Monday, but the steady freezing rain and icy roads changed my mind.

The Amateur Librarian // Icepocalypse 2015

One ice day turned into two, and I thought we’d be back in the office today… but the snow is finally falling.  Even more ice and snow are forecasted this week, so we’ll see what happens…

 

The Amateur Librarian // Icepocalypse 2015

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // Icepocalypse 2015

 

I can’t say I minded postponing the colonoscopy prep for another few weeks. Although I still had to work, the comforts of home were quite cozy… I had time to catch up on my podcasts, do some baking, cut fabric for the upcoming paper piecing workshop with my quilt guild, and consume plenty of hot chocolate!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Icepocalypse 2015

 

The Amateur Librarian // Icemageddon 2015

 

Not bad for Icemageddon 2015… so far. Stay warm out there!

The Amateur Librarian // Icepocalypse 2015

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