Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Nathan and I had a wonderful weekend in Annapolis. We went down for a friend's wedding at the Academy and the Annual St. John's College vs. Naval Academy Croquet match. For those of you who don't know, Nathan went to the Academy and I went to St. John's, so all in all, it makes for a great time. The wedding was wonderful and Nathan had a chance to catch up with some old friends he hasn't seen since commissioning and it also gave us an amazing chance to enjoy the beautiful weather. While we didn't get a chance to go sailing like we planned, thanks to a scheduled regatta, we did get to spend more time with friends and have a wonderful weekend. Here are some pics.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Rainbows, Reading, Relocation and Rest

Yesterday was a good day. There were no significant events or accomplishments, just a nice day. Much of the day was partly consumed by my culinary delicacy of rainbow Jell-O. While it's definitely a little gross and more of a dessert for kids than Nathan and me, I craved it none the less and labored to create 12 perfect layers of Jell-O. During this time of Rainbow making, I picked up a book that I've read before and have wanted to read again, "The Poisonwood Bible". Sitting in my favorite corner of the couch I read for several hours, feeling any stresses of my life melt away as I escaped into the characters lives. After reading, I focused on relocating, my straight pins, that is. I never understood people who spent time making their own pin cushions. I couldn't see how it would ever be worth it to spend the time on something so incidental. My feelings have changed, as of late, due to my growing tired of pulling and poking pins from and into my generic tomato. Due to this change of heart, I made a flower pin cushion in order to give my pins a new home. At the end of the day when I was done with rainbows, reading and relocating, I laid down on the couch, stretched out and rested. It was a GREAT day!

My oh so flavorful rainbow jell-o

My favorite couch corner



Saturday, April 4, 2009

April showers bring...Aprons!

For the past month and a half I've been sewing a lot. A LOT! That being said, I've had little desire to complete the one project people were relying on me to do, the aprons for our easter house activity for Young Womens. I even finished my friend Danielle's Baby quilt completely, machine quilting and all (which I'm dying to post a picture of but should probably wait to give it to her first!), and she's not due for a few months. Last week I finally made a big step and made three out the eight left I needed and then last night, in true Amanda Procrastinating form I finished the last five, just in time for the activity this coming Tuesday. Like most things, once I actually worked on them I had a really fun time, especially since I had classic movies from my childhood like the Goonies on in the background. All in all, I'm happy with the result and am glad I could do a little something for my Young Women!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Three more months

After four months of thinking we'd be out of upstate NY in the beginning of May, we've been extended once again to the end of June. I've been so excited to have only one month left, but now it's three. While the time goes pretty quickly and I know it's not a huge deal, I'm kind of at the end of what I've got as far as patience goes. I'm so ready to move to a more permanent location, get a dog, a house, and hopefully a more stimulating job that this little delay seems huge. Oh, well, I have this sneaking suspicion that whether we're in the Navy or out there's a whole lot of uncertainty in life. At least it's beginning to look a lot like spring, despite the promises of another snow storm tomorrow, I'm almost done with my aprons I'm making and I've always got Nathan, even if I only get to see him for 20 minutes a day a lot of days. Despite this little set back, life's great and I'm still a happy girl. That's got to count for something, right?