rewards of parenting

One of the things I find most rewarding about parenting is watching my children enjoy things that I enjoyed in my own childhood. Yesterday, my younger son and I went to see the local middle school’s production of Annie. It was really good and he fell in love with the songs and asked me to put them on his iPod. I flashed back to my own childhood and my cassette tape of the Annie soundtrack which I am pretty sure I listened to until it fell to pieces. I can’t actually remember if I ever got to see the play but I know I saw the movie in the 80s and liked it almost as much as I loved that tape.

Today, my older son had his friends over to play Dungeons and Dragons. That has become a regularly occurrence. They play after school once a week but recently they have also started coming here once a week for a few hours. I didn’t play much actual D&D but I used to play RPGs in high school and college. We would play our games in a marathon in my friend Jeff’s basement, and we were older so there were smoke (not for me) and coffee (yes for me) breaks. It’s nice to see this group of kids that I’ve known since they were kindergarteners as high school students doing something so much like what I did in high school. They even sometimes play board games and let me play too.

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contemplating sewing

I drove up to San Francisco today to meet my mom at Britex Fabrics. They are moving and were having a sale. I was looking for knit fabrics because I have my eye on a serger and want to make tunics and/or dresses and possibly leggings. I found some knit that I think will work for a tunic/dress.

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It has tiny stripes that I hope don’t drive me crazy. Fingers crossed!

I do want to try my hand at pants and leggings one of these days too but the knits with enough stretch weren’t marked down very much and I also don’t want to get ahead of myself.

stepping it up

Those of you who know me probably know that I am slightly obsessed with my FitBit. I keep a close eye on my step count an often also on my ranking in my friend’s list. I find that my mood is much better when I am getting 10,000 steps a day. Knowing that doesn’t always help me get there, however.

This morning, I walked with the dog down to the dog park so he could run around a bit. It doesn’t get me as many steps as a hike but it wears him out. While we were there, a friend texted and invited me to a hike, so off we went to that as well!

hiking view
California has awesome skies

I tried to get a picture of the Stanford Dish but I don’t think you can see it. The sky was pretty awesome and at one point we could see all the way to the bay. I love living in the Bay Area.

The result of this hike was that I hit my 10,000 steps at 11 this morning! That was much better than the past few days when I’ve only gotten to about 6,000 total. Now, to make that happen again tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that, etc.

it’s good to give

I gave blood today. This was my 24th donation since I started donating regularly in 2013. That’s three gallons! I give blood because I am able and because I know there are many people who aren’t able for a variety of reasons, whether they are health related or due to their life history (like my husband who grew up in Europe).

blood donation

I give at the Stanford Blood Center. I would urge you to donate if you are able. You get free cookies when you are done.

Sunday is my shopping day. I start off at the farmer’s market and often then go to a grocery store as well for other things. Today I also went to Target and to the fabric store for a ribbon for my dress for my husband’s work’s holiday party. Because of all of that running around, the dog didn’t get much exercise, so I took him to the dog park where he spent most of his time stalking squirrels.

Not much chasing, just stalking. Needless to say, he is running around the house right now trying to get someone to throw his toy so he can chase it. Silly dog.

new sjsa blocks and coco

Note: I wrote this post on 11/11 and hit publish then, but it didn’t show up and I have no idea why!

I received two more blocks to embroider from the Social Justice Sewing Academy. This time they explicitly said I could share photos in progress, so I will!

I only got one the previous time and these seem more complicated. I guess that means they liked my work! I need to figure out what I’m going to do with these ones.

They also sent me a patch. Now I think I need a sewing back to put it on.

Social Justice Sewing Academy

My cousin works at Pixar and invited us to a friends and family preview screening of Coco. My kids and I have gotten to see Inside Out and the Good Dinosaur this way as well. I feel very lucky that he invites us to enjoy these movies ahead of their release and in the Pixar theater. When you attend these screenings, they give you commemorative tickets with a picture of the character on one side. I still cherish my Sadness one from Inside Out. This time we got Ernesto de la Cruz, Hector, and Pepita.

coco tickets

Pepita was handed to me but Stefan claimed it. I’m okay with that.

thor and more poncho progress

I took my 15yo son and some of his friends to see Thor Ragnarok this afternoon, since they had the day off from school. I enjoyed it a lot and agree with one of my son’s friends who said it was better than the first two Thor movies. I am officially a big fan of Tessa Thompson. She looked familiar so I looked her up and she was also in Dear White People (the movie, not the series) which was really good. The series is good too, but she wasn’t in that. She was also in Creed, so maybe I should get around to watching it, finally. I have never seen any of the Rocky movies but this seems like a good one to start.

In knitting news, I am making progress on my poncho. See?

more poncho