Monthly Quote from the Calendar

“Everything has its season, but no season is without color and life, wonder and surprise.” – Hal Borland (Beyond Your Destiny)

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Over the Weekend

Ever had those weeks where nothing could go right at work… and then you get sick?

It’s not as fun as it sounds… I promise. It was pretty much long hours and little sleep. After all, who sleeps when they’re not feeling well? That would just make things better.

This weekend we went and stayed with my family.

After shopping with my grandmother in the morning we joined the rest of the family for a breakfast/lunch at IHOP. For some reason the lunch food always looks/sounds so good on the menu, but when you actually receive it. It’s usually a let-down.

That night we went out to Langley Speedway to sit in the company’s sky-box and watch some races. Our cars weren’t racing that day so it was not crowded and we were able to sit back and enjoy watching people try to kill themselves to obtain trophies, cash and local fame. It was great fun!

Then we came home and re-potted the basil… which by the way is flowering… who knew?

~Emme

Over the Weekend

This weekend Mr. Wonderful and I decided to try out some local activities. Our first step had been advertised everywhere… the Virginia Beer Festival.

 The art of crafting wine and beer is very interesting and we have journeyed to many a brewer and winery to learn more about the processes involved and how they have each started and where they wish to be. We have been also been to several wine festivals.
What we expected from the beer festival: attended by several breweries, learn about different beers/beer making processes, meet some interesting people, and to try several beers from one location (just like wine, you do not always enjoy every beer from one vendor).
What we expereienced: long lines at every tent, Budweiser products mascaraing as craft beers, having volunteers pour who knew nothing about the beers they were pouring, being able to try one beer at a time at each tent (vendor)… then having to go stand back in line.
After about two hours we gave up and went to Johnny Rockets. 

Sunday we went strawberry picking!

 In total we picked about four pounds of strawberries to freeze for our morning smoothies. Yum!
This would definitely be a good activity for well-supervised/well-behaved children. Those that followed a one parent – one child ratio seemed to really enjoy themselves and did not bother those around them. Those that came in a big mob of children did not seem to learn anything from the experience and went home with bags of squished strawberries… which, by the way, is what happens when you whack other children repeatedly with your strawberry loot… who would have thought?
Mr. Wonderful did not wish to take a hay ride with me… sadness…
~Emme

Musings

I don’t think I can ever say how much I love the Container Store. Just moments ago I received the best catalog ever… It’s title: “Life’s More Fun When You’re Organized!” Everything in this catalog is bright, clean, pressed… perfect. My cleaning fairies would be rather upset with me if I expected Home Base to look like that when I got home from a day’s work…
It is not that I do not love organization, I really do, it is just that you can look through the catalog and never feel like it is organized and lived in… everything is just organized. While I admit there are people out there who can and do keep their homes looking like a show room at all times… there just are not enough hours in a day! At what point does organized become obsessive? When do you have to step back and walk away.
That is probably the hardest question I have had to deal with since moving in with Mr. Wonderful, as I am sure it is for most people who share their space with anyone…We each have our own systems for doing things and different definitions of when the organization is finished. What we do and choose not to do defines Home Base as what it is. Right now we are in transition… waiting for a potentially quick relocation. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long.

One of my current ongoing missions is to organize long-term apparel inventory storage. I have made good use of the Container Store’s wonderful selection of clear boxes that make it easy for others to see what is in the boxes. Another easy step is to label the boxes with inventory numbers to keep track of the quantity of each item type and size in an excel worksheet or access database. The easiest label-maker I’ve found? The Dymo LabelWriter 450 Turbo High-Speed Label Printer:
Just download the easy to use proprietary software and you’re good to go. It integrates with Microsoft products and is really incredible.
~Emme

My schedule is broken…

Yesterday I was supposed to be sewing. In my defense my machine is still at the shop being serviced… or admired for how crazy wonderful it is… here is a picture from Amazon so you can fully appreciate how gorgeous it is:

… oh how I miss my sewing machine.
Well anyways… I had been gone from home base for almost 12 hours yesterday so there was no way I was going to sit down and hand-stitch on my hex-quilt. One day I will post a tutorial on how to do so… so that you may learn to do it the right way… from someone else. Nonetheless, it is a fabulous project do when when you’re traveling… it is known to be a successful project on planes, bullet-trains and cars. I have yet to try freight trains, boats, Segways, moving sidewalks, scooters, motorcycles, etc…
A little preview of my quilt (yes, it is hand-stitched)
Today I will not be going to Blueprint Class as it has not yet started… but I will prepare for a secret agent conference that will take place Thursday and Friday… super excited…
~Emme

Monday Update

It’s Monday night! While I would usually argue that Mondays are just like any other day… today was extra long. With severe health problems hitting a crescendo in my parents’ home, living in moving limbo as well as having a never ending pile of work to do on both my work desk and my desk here at home base… yikes!

From my last post… the Margaritas were a complete flop. We tried Bobby Flay’s recipe from the Food Network. While I admit to refusing to use top shelf orange-flavored liqueur and tequila (as per the recipe)… no matter what we did it was either too strongly alcohol flavored or too strongly lime flavored. Hmmm… we’ll try Real Simple’s next time… it looks more our style.

As per my schedule I posted last week… I should be grocery shopping today. There are no new groceries in our fridge for a few reasons:

  1. We have enough leftovers for at least 2 meals.
  2. Tomorrow is buy one get one Tuesday at our Qdoba.
  3. We have soup that we can make and some ingredients for a few basic dishes…
  4. It would be nice to use up some pantry supplies
  5. I didn’t feel like going tonight
As I have no related pictures for tonight… here’s a picture where I look fabulous! I was getting ready for a top secret shindig (last year’s wedding of the century) in a top secret location (Richmond) on a top secret day (early May)…
~Emme