Sunday, March 8, 2009

Simple Joy Sunday

Okay, this is only week two that I'm doing Simple Joy Sunday and I nearly forgot about it! Sheesh. Make sure you check out other Simple Joy Sunday's over at Cool Zebras.

1. I've only recently just started working out again and I've been having a hard time keeping a regular schedule for it since I work such odd hours sometimes. (Yes, I know that sounds very much like an excuse.) But the few times this week that I did cardio in particular, it kicked my ass but I felt so great afterwards. Maybe a little sore, but I noticed how much healthier and more alive it's making me feel. Talk about something great for motivation.

2. I didn't think about this until halfway into the first week of March, but March is Women's History Month. I love that. I am continually inspired and touched by so many women and their accomplishments and deeds. My Woman Warrior blog posts were actually inspired by this month and the amazing women it honors. The fierce independent nature, strength, intellect, power of will and so many other attributes that so many women possess is a constant source of inspiration for much of the chain maille I make, too.

3. We sprung ahead one hour for Daylight Savings Time today. Of course neither Scott nor I remembered until late this morning nearly making him late for work, but I digress. I love it when we spring ahead because that extra hour of daylight makes all the difference in the world after I come home from a long day at work. I savor sunlight, so even to bask in it for a few minutes at the end of the day recharges and refuels me and helps me shed any office ickies. It's energizing and uplifting and I love it.

4. I started teaching myself a new skill today: embroidery. I won a blog contest hosted by Julie from Sew It's For You a while back and she included an embroidery pattern envelope from Sublime Stitching as part of the prize. I'm planning on using the kit she gave me to make some tea towels (for me and for part of my mom's birthday present), but in the meantime I'm practicing. I got a cheapie kit from Michael's clearance section that included the transfers, hoop, needle, and some embroidery floss. Since I fancy myself a beach bum, I started practicing with a pair of flip flops. I can see where I need to improve, but I'm learning! I love learning new skills and I love how meditative this embroidery thing is. Thanks for inspiring me to try something new Julie!


paintandink said...

Couldn't agree more about Daylight Savings Time - here I am at 6:20, still sitting at the patio table with the laptop, and savoring the joy!

Heather said...

I love the flip flops! Very neat to be learning a new skill. What a great way to be able to make special personalized presents for people.

I linked you up! Thanks for participating!

Cat (darklingwoods) said...

happy Sunday! Your embroidery looks lovely!

Kristin Aquariann said...

I think they should just leave the time where it's at now and never fall back again!! Longer light at night is the way to go. ;D

Cute flip flops! Yay for new creative skills.

sewitsforyou said...

great job with the stitching. I love the flip flops.

Athena's Armoury said...

Thanks, guys! I brought them with me to work today to fool around with. Ssssshhhhhhh. Don't tell on me.

Can't wait to get off work and enjoy some sun.

Yesterday was such a happy, enjoyable day. And then I remembered that I had to set my alarm for work. Oh, well.

Evie's Tool Emporium said...

Love the flip flops! My mom taught me to embroider when I was a little girl! On cold winter nights I pull out the thread and hoop!
You are so multi talented!
Enjoy your new skill!