Happy Monday!
First things first …

I know not everyone is {lucky enough to be} on Instagram. I plan to list any items still available between noon and 1PM MST on my Facebook page.

I’ve got a few irons in the fire so to speak for posts/shop business this week, but none of them are quite ready to share at this hour {Sunday night as I write this}. So … I thought I’d do my monthly bit about what I’m currently up to in life outside the sewing room …

I’m currently::

Watching:: I just got all caught up on Nashville & Gray’s Anatomy {2 of my 3 ‘current tv’ shows I watch. Parenthood is the other and it currently on a break … what is the deal with that?!?} so I’m contemplating re-starting Gilmore Girls, because that never gets old and always seems to make me smile. Seriously need a bumper sticker that says “I’d rather be in Stars Hollow.”

Reading:: I FINALLY finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and I can not say enough about it. Such a good read for so many reasons … witty, charming, heart-felt, clever, thought provoking … just so, so good. Go get it and read it NOW. Up next is City Girl, Country Vet … hoping it’s a quick light read before I delve into something more serious again.

Listening:: My running playlist A LOT.

Making:: Sewing for the shop re-fresh {April 28th}, sewing samples for Robert Kaufman AND making baby shower invitations.

Feeling:: Good. Just plain good with life. Trying to take each day or week and make the most of it and not be overwhelmed by the rest of the month, year or life in general. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t … I try to soak it up when I’m in the good spot.

Planning:: “In a word … May. May is going to be wonderfully full.” But I forgot to add May also involves planning a baby shower, celebrating Mother’s Day and my birthday. Again, wonderfully full but needs lots of planning to avoid feeling stressed and crazed!

Loving:: My new best friend … the foam roller. Why oh why did I drag my feet getting one of these?!? I love it. I had to cut my running mileage back last week due to the start of two lingering pains … one in my buttock {your welcome, I know you come here to here the nitty gritty … just be glad I don’t talk about my running trots every time those happen!!} and my Achilles tendon. Well I’ve used the roller 2-3 x a day for the last 5 days and my buttock pain is GONE and my Achilles is not getting any worse, even after my 8 mile long run Saturday. Whoo-hoo. Now I feel like I need to name it since it’s like having my own personal masseuse. Ideas?

Speaking of running … here are answers to the few questions I got on my half-marathon post::

Tonya asked, When you’re not training for a marathon, how many times a week do you try to run? ~ I usually run 3 x a week if I’m being realistic. I’d love to shoot for 4, but 3 just seems to work better. I typically do {2} 3-4 mile runs and then a longer {5-6} mile run on the weekend. My body seems to like a day or two in between runs.

Robert and Lindsey asked, When you started running, did you do a certain program? And what type of shoes did you use? Any advice for someone starting? ~ I used the Couch-to-5k program {6} years ago and had NEVER been a runner. In fact I didn’t think I could run. This program proved me wrong and stirred up a love of running. I started in basic off-the-rack ‘running’ shoes. They did see my through the program and my first 5k, but in hindsight I wish someone would have recommended going to get fitted for good shoes at a running specialty shop. This ties in with my advice for someone beginning. First I would recommend picking a training program, then finding a race around the time you should be completing the program {if you can talk a friend into doing it with you that’s even better} and getting good shoes. They really are the only ‘must have’ piece of equipment for running and it’s amazing how they can save you from hurt and frustration. Most of all, have fun and enjoy the process. We all have to start some where so don’t go comparing yourself to a 8min/mile marathon runner. Just enjoy YOUR running journey!

And last, but not least, the winner of this month’s Happy Bundle is …  Robin J.
Congratulations … you should have an e-mail and happy mail will be on it’s way soon!


  1. I’m so glad you like Guernsey! It’s one of my favorites! I just downloaded a book from the library last night called Baking Cakes in Kigali. I’ll let you know if you need to add it to your list. I have The Kitchen House on hold but I was number 11 on the list so it may be awhile before I get it.
    The foam roller is my new bff! So thankful you mentioned it the other day! It helped my back and calves after the first time I used it! I’ll be inflicting another 40 minutes of torture on myself here in a few minutes and I’m already looking forward to using it when I’m done! :)
    I’m excited to flip the calendar to May next week too! Lots of good stuff going on!

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