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Thursday, August 4, 2011


It's August. It's been a long year. I've decided to take somewhat of a computer break for the rest of the month, as I think it will be cleansing. (minus things I need to use the computer for that relate the my job or school work, and probably Pinterest since I am an addict - you can find me on pinterest using the link on the right of this page, by the way)

I sit at a computer every day at work, for 8 straight hours. Every now and then I just need to remind myself that there is a big beautiful world out there, and when I am off work I should get off my laptop and out to where the fun stuff is. So I am challenging myself to stay away from the computer as much as possible, though I will pop on my email daily to make sure I don't miss anyone trying to contact me, and probably read up on my favorite blogs once a week or two.

But I plan to be back full force in the fall. And in the meantime I am still planning to tackle some projects and do some cooking, and photograph it all so I can update you guys on it later.

A few things I am planning to undertake:

Around the house:
  • Making a fabric faux headboard for my bed, using some awesome geometric dwell studio fabric
  • Updating my hallway bench with the same fabric to complete my foyer transformation (as mentioned here)
  • Completing my living room chair slip cover  (as mentioned here)
  • Updating my hallway storage closet with lots of functional shelving and hooks, and some major organization
  • Creating more useful storage in my bedroom with custom shelves and jewelery hooks
  • Making a big comfy floor pillow/pouf for my living room in some lively fabric
In the kitchen:
  • I've been having a blast teaching myself to cook Thai food, so far I have made Tom Kha Guy soup, Pad Thai, and Mangoes with Sticky rice. It takes a while for me to get comfortable cooking with ingredients I haven't used before, but so far everything I have made has turned out good and not been hard to make at all. I will post some of these dishes in the fall.
  • I've been daydreaming about a rustic peach or nectarine tart with reduced balsamic drizzle, will be making that soon for sure.
  • I plan to explore a bit more with local foods, find great summer recipes for the fruits and vegetables that thrive in Boston's short summer season and rocky soil.
  • And thanks to feedback from you guys when I posted my favorite recipe round ups during my blogaversary, I will definitely be aiming to post more vegetarian recipes!
Enjoy the rest of your summer, I hope you all get to get out there and have some fun!


  1. Thank you so much for the comment, Hannah, I didn't even know if anyone would read the post but I needed to put some of these thoughts down and risked opening up my heart.
    The economy is terrible, and of course, if I had any job offers, there's no way I could turn down a nurse's salary to quilt, loL! But that's just not happening, and it keeps seeming like the doors are opening ahead of me and I just have to try to get myself and my business ready.
    I can't tell you whether or not to go back to school, but I can tell you that despite student loan debt, I still do not regret my 4 years of nursing school and a bachelors' degree- I learned FAR more than how to be a nurse, I learned strength of character and determination and many other things vital to life.
    Have you considered starting back part-time and taking a class or two at night to get back into the swing of school and still be able to have some income before you jump in entirely?

  2. Hi Andrea! what you described with going part time first is exactly what I am doing now, but I am hoping to take the plunge and take on more classes. I am lucky in that the company i work for is willing to find me a new part time position, but even so it is a risk, and i think eventually the urge to get schooling done a little bit more quickly will tempt me to go full time at school and immerse myself.

    change is scary!

  3. Thanks for popping by my blog! I'm interested in finding out how to make one too. They're (pouffs) kinda expensive to buy, but oh so pretty! Have a great 'break'.


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