Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring Craziness and a Sneak Peek

I haven't posted to my blog in over a month, and according to the posts that have been showing up in my feed, it looks like other bloggers have been away from their computers as well. It's been a wild month.

We're selling the house, and I'm joining my partner in Illinois in August, where I'll be starting grad school (library science!). We're leaving Ann Arbor and our first home and our wonderful neighbors behind, and I'm really hoping that where ever we end up (Illinois is just a brief stop on the road) is just as great as this place has been. Also, I can't even express how much work it is to prep a house for sale. Unless you've sold a house, you have no concept of all the work that goes into it. I'm super grateful for my parents and friends who have helped me out. I wouldn't have been able to do it on my own!

I wiped out on my morning bike commute a few weeks ago (hit a patch of gravel going way too fast for that particular ripped-up stretch of road), got a concussion, sprained my wrist, tore my blouse, and scraped up the right side of my body. I was wearing my helmet (as always) and am sending good gratitude vibes to the inventor of the helmet, because that person may have saved my life.

One of my dogs (Onyx, the almost-three-year-old black male) had a bad reaction to his flea and tick medication, and we had a fun vet visit and five days after that. By "fun," I mean, he hated every minute of it, he tried cowering behind me at the vet, he wouldn't let me spray the medication on the sore without squirming like crazy to get away from me, and he now has a bald patch in between his shoulders (I'm really, really hoping the fur grows back. If it doesn't, that company is going to hear from me).
As I said: wild. But Onyx and I are both still alive and healing, our prospects for selling the house are looking really good, and I got to spend two weeks of March with my partner (one of which was unexpected). My sister started to tell me that I was so spoiled for being able to spend an entire week with my spouse at the beginning of the month and another whole week in the middle, then she stopped herself and instead commented on how absurd it is that she'd even think I might be spoiled by seeing my spouse for two weeks out of a whole month. Really, though, I am so grateful for all that time. And I'm so looking forward to August, when we'll all be living under one roof again!

At any rate, because of the recent craziness and my own plodding slowness, it's been a while since I've finished sewing anything. Or really, since I've even spent any amount of time in my sewing room at all. Over the weekend, I finally got a chance to really sit down with some fabric and my machine, and even though I'm not quite finished yet, here's a little sneak peek of what I've been working on. After all, no post is complete without a photo!