Crazy Runs Deep

And she is freaking me out….

 

Let me explain

 

I have a group of friends I met at work. We started a book club in the hopes of stimulating our brains and making friends. It worked! The book club evolved in to our Tuesday night sewing adventures. We haven’t invited any new people into our book club but we are pretty open to having newbies to sewing night. To be honest I love to share my passion for creating with other people. We have a great time and are productive. We all look forward to sewing night each week…except for Barb who will ditch us if something better comes along (and sometimes even if something less fun comes along but we still love her)

            Some new additions to sewing night work out very well. I think I speak for the collective group when I say that it would be hard to remember sewing night with out Emily or envision it being the fun it is with out her. However some new additions do not work out well at all….we will call her “Abby” (Name changed to protect the identity of the real person and protect me from libel lawsuits)

 

“Abby” heard Babs and I discussing sewing at work one day and emailed me some sewing questions she had. Why she didn’t just asked them since she sat right next to me seemed odd to me but that will come into play later. I answered her questions and we continued to email back and forth about sewing. She expressed an interest and I invited her over to sewing night. She said she needed help picking out fabric for a project so I invited her along to our Ihop/fabric hopping trip scheduled for after work. She got off before we did so I sent her over to Herrshner’s and told her to ask for Emily (I am so lucky one of my best friend’s works at the local fabric shop!)

            We had a nice evening and she seemed to fit in well. Perhaps she was a little over eager but no judgment from me since I am the queen of over eager/over enthusiastic. We ate yummy junk food (you must have the stuffed French toast) and yapped for a couple hours. As I recalled Barb said V@gina really loudly and we felt Christin up (don’t ask, we are strange birds) I recalled thinking it I was glad it was going well since I was worried it would be really awkward with “Abby”. The reason for my concern was because for all the time we had worked together in a small office she had never spoken to me. I had to pass her desk on the way to mine each day and I would smile at her and it was never returned. I thought she was mean but I then figured maybe she was shy. Ok, I really though she was a w!tch….but let it go.

            “Abby” started coming to sewing night and continued to be very enthusiastic, coming up with group projects and things we should do. Now, we are a super laid back group of girls and the group projects didn’t go over very well since we all wanted to work on our own projects. She didn’t take this very well. Also “Abby” still didn’t really interact with us as a group or talk to us at work. She would email us individually on occasion but that was it. It made her very difficult to get to know and made us a bit uncomfortable. Then came the Emily issue….yes, it is ALWAYS Emily’s fault. Just kidding. “Abby” was in the process of converting to a certain religion the Emily feels quite strongly against (actually Michael does also). We are used to a very open environment as none of us are easily offended and we discuss such a wide variety of topic. Apparently Emily’s comments we excruciatingly offensive to “Abby”. Now when someone offends me at sewing night I either argue/debate/share my opinion with them or kick them out (just kidding) and I feel comfortable doing that since these are my friends and I have come to realize that I can not bend them to my will as we are all unique individuals with free will. But that is just me…. “Abby” decided to text message her displeasure to all of us individually (except of course Emily). I don’t know what she expected me to do, I mean this isn’t 7th grade nor am I Emily’s mama….Anyway, I think that left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. Why wouldn’t she just tell Emily to knock it off (which wouldn’t have actually worked but she didn’t know that). I told her to address it with Emily as I had no intention of censoring a friend in my own home. After that the only one she would really communicate with was Christin.

            Then she decided she does not feel welcome at sewing night and she is not going to come anymore. That is her choice as I have no intention of begging her to stay but if she wants to she is welcome to. Christin explained very diplomatically that sometimes it takes awhile to form a deep connection with people and we are still getting to know her which is why it is awkward since it is hard to “read” her at times. She became very offended at that revelation. Now keep in mind that she has formed relationships with other people in our department and consequently “broken” up with them over various differences. A phenomenon I must confess is not ideal in a small glass enclosed office. Anyways she has broken up with us. She has some things she left at my house which she said she will come and get however she made it apparent she intends to do that when the whole gang is there and I pray that is not so she can confront us on our wicked ways. I respect her decision to now want to play on our playground. What I have trouble accepting is her passive aggressiveness and dare I say childishness. Example, She emailed Christin asking for the phone # of someone else in our department because she was suppose to go hang out with them…..after she said she wasn’t going to be our friend. Who does that?

 

I wish her the best and I hope she finds happiness.

I blackmailed them with idle threats

to pose pretty and not to run and hide! These are my best friends Margaret and Michele. I told them if the ran and hide I would post ugly pictures of them on facebook. He he he. They ALWAYS run and hide.

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Margaret is mom to Max, Oliver and Naomi and Michele is mom to Becca and Bryce. Just so you know who the children I always talk about belong to.

In the background you can see Margaret’s husband Jason who only smiles if he thinks he is not actually in the picture….I tried several times to no avail to get a smiling picture of him today. Lucky me found he was captured unaware…

We were celebrating Max’s birthday at the super park here in town after church.

I have a couple groups of friend whom I love very much however I feel closest to these gals. I feel like I can tell them anything we a have reassuring comfort surrounding our friendship that is refreshing. We also share the same faith in Jesus and go to the same church!

Just a little spotlight on my friends….

It’s a beautiful day in my neighborhood

I figured it was time for an update lest you think I have crawled under a rock and disappeared or worse….retreated to my bedroom with all 7 Harry Potter books which is exactly what I do when depressed/overwhelmed. It is my “head in the sand” activity. You know that thing you do when you can not bear to actually face reality. But that is not the case now, I just have been very busy…honest….I have proof…..

 

The revival was a blessing and I am sort of sad it is over but also glad since it was extremely exhausting. We knocked on over 1,000 doors in our community, prayed with/for a lot of our neighbors, offered food and encouragement and washed a lot of dishes…. Actually Michele and I was a lot of dishes. Note to self, Elders must provide dishwasher next time we have something of this magnitude. Seriously.

 

The ten days of the revival following this schedule more or less for me.

 

6 am: wake up throw on clothes (think to self I should really take a shower but don’t have time) and go next door to make breakfast

 

8am to 10 am: Serve breakfast, have devo, prayers, campaign updates and start cleaning up from breakfast.

 

10 am to 12pm: Finish cleaning up after breakfast and start lunch. Most day Michele and I would take turns either running campaign errands or going door knocking since we were short missing several women who were supposed to show up on local volunteers and women. (I will not actually discuss this issue as I am attempting to rise above it and be more Christ-Centered)

 

12pm: Serve Lunch

 

1pm-4:30pm: Clean up from lunch and start dinner. Also due to lack of women, Michele and I would often take turns going door knocking which left the other person often time solo for preparing dinner for a lot of people. Sometimes we had help though and that was great! Margaret came in the afternoons when she could which was a big help and Laura came for a few morning sessions. Mona stopped by on Tuesday and Thursday. We appreciate the help.

 

5pm: Dinner

 

6pm-7pm: Dinner clean up

 

7pm: Revival Service

 

8:30-9:30 ish: Fellowship and game playing. We had a great time with the Farming game and Dominos.

 

I also managed some extra credit activities during my down time (funny right)

 

Such as this skirt for Miss Becca. Becca is very tall and very skinny for her age so finding things are a good fit can be a challenge. Especially since she went and developed some hips a couple months ago. She also wants all her skirts and dresses to be very long. The clothing that is marketed to this age group is often too shy of modest so I am glad she likes me to make her things.

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She looks like she is miserable here but in reality I snapped the picture while she was telling Oliver not to do something. Such a little mother already.

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This is the first time I self drafted a skirt (No pattern, just made it up) and my first yoga-waist band. There are many lessons to be learned but I am pleased with the first draft.

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And since I am playing stash game I needed to get my notion points in there…also she wanted it longer. I know the picture is kind of blurry (still using my sister’s camera) but can you see the fun lime green rick rack? I love it

 We also had Max stay the night. He was such a sweet boy although I suspect he was trying to move in permanently. I think the fact that he gave a guest a tour of “his new room” was the first clue….We enjoyed having him stay though.

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We let him take a bubble bath with Sami the Parrot and the he slept with Piper the Parakeet. Then it was time to read a story. He loves Winnie the Pooh (Max is also a fan)

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Then we said our bedtime prayers.

 

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And a very happy and sweet little boy!

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See I haven’t just been wasting all my time playing Farm Town on facebook! Just most of it…..

My new guest room

is starting to look really pretty. I am very happy with how it is turning out. A BIG shout out to Christin for quilting the quilt for me. It was a great help and she did an amazing job. I also made a pillow case, a throw pillow and curtains. All from soem of my favorite fabric Heather Bailey’s Freshcuts which is sadly now discontinued. However, I am super impressed with myself for using fabric from my stash and not buying ANY for this project!

Look closely and you can see the results of the magic pixie dust I sprinkled on my thrift store finds from a couple weeks ago.

I got a bit carried away with the picutres…. humor me, I am happy with myself

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Here we go….

Our church campaign and revival has started! Keep us in your prayers. We are going to be so busy but hopefully we will reach a lot of people and introduce them to Jesus and His love!