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Thursday, April 21, 2011

You Should be Kissed Often and by Someone Who Knows How

Ahh, Gone with the Wind! I absolutely believe in that sentiment! It's important in a marriage to not forget the "little things". I've seen the saying "Always kiss me Goodnight", which is a nice thought, but honestly; half the time James and I don't even go to bed at the same time, or else we both collapse on the couch; so there's not a lot of Good night's going on in our house! I say; kiss when you can! Somebody should put that on a coffee mug!

I've got marriage and weddings on the brain right now because my anniversary is coming up, and yesterday I realized that my mother's wedding is in nine days, so I really need to finish her dress this weekend. I'm coming right along with it, the skirt is bias cut and has five pieces, so getting those contoured seams perfect is crucial to the flow of the dress. The skirt is put together, and the bodice and facing are done, I just have to put the lining together and do the zipper and the hem. And the train...and the waistband....And the straps....EEK! I must work faster! I don't have any pics yet, because...well, it doesn't look like a whole lot yet, so I'll wait until it's at least recognizable!

There's no point in saying I'm busy; or tired; so I won't! I'll just say that I'm feeling very hopeful about the way things are going business-wise; and I'm trying to not sweat the small stuff. I heard that song on the radio today, the one by Tim McGraw called "Live like you were dying"; which basically is about living your life to the fullest, as if each day were your last. Certainly if everyone followed that to the "T"; there would not be a lot of bills being paid or laundry done; but I appreciate the message. Truly, getting my darn laundry put away doesn't help anyone (much); but having a (relatively) calm mother helps my boys tremendously. My final hang-up about the "letting it go" method is because of ingrained habits and attitudes, and the (unfounded) fear that if I don't keep up appearances; so to speak; James will not see the value in what I do. He's told me a million times that he would rather have a happy wife than a clean house, so I suppose it's really all just me. I have a tendency to be pretty hard on myself, and others; and it's hard not to have the cleanest house and the best cooking and be the happiest, busiest Mama in the whole world! I guess it's just admitting I'm human, and fallible, and recognizing that I don't have to be perfect to be a pretty good person.

Must sew tonight! As soon as the dress looks like a dress, I will be sure to post pictures of it, and I really hope my mom's not reading this; because she'll think I won't have her dress ready in time! (It's ok, Mom; I'll get it done, no matter what!).

Tomorrow's Friday; have a great one!


  1. I love your blog!!! I must start a Blog!!! Now, I just need to learn HOW to do this!!! Gosh, since I had cancer, I am CANCER FREE, the chemo kinda gave me Chemo Brain, not a good thing when you are trying to remember how to do things that came second nature to you before you started chemo/radiation treatments!!! I will conquer the chemo brain!!! lol xoxo

  2. Thank you so much! Wown, congrats on being cancer-free; what a gift! I'd be happy to offer any tips on blogging, I didn't have a clue what I was doing when I started either, it'll come to you!

  3. You can put that on a mug!! Go to www.cafepress.com . I made myself a mug last year and I use it every day. Mine reads "I can't stop drinking the coffee. I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and walking and words-putting-into-sentence doing."

  4. Sounds like you have a great support system there. And wow, can't wait to see that dress.

  5. Hi, Brandi! I've meen MIA for a while so am just now getting to catch up on my reading. Your dress sounds fabulous! And I completely know what you mean about putting a lot of pressure on yourself for things to be perfect-ish. I am definitely a perfectionist and have just recently learned over the past year (as stupid as it may sound) that I don't have to be perfect or do everything perfectly...it's okay to not be super-human! Hope you all are doing great!

  6. Hi Liana, and everyone! Yes, I'm doing well and am relieved to say the end is almost in sight to my crazy week! I have the dress nearly finished; my sister took my boys to the zoo today....so I SAT DOWN and ATE LUNCH and READ! It was amazing1 I'm writing a new post right now, and I have pictures of the (wrinkly) dress!