Taking Stock – January

Playing along with Meet Me At Mike’s Taking Stock

Making : I actually finished some embroidery this month and I’ve started another one (pattern by Follow the White Bunny).

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I’m not totally happy with this so far, I did Nicole’s shading course last year (the year before that?) and I’m rusty.

I had decided that 2016 was going to be about large projects; big cross stitch projects, making clothes, blankets, hand stitched quilts, quilts in general, pretty much all of those already started over the last year or two but often neglected. But the Shakespeare embroideries I did for a teacher at Girl Lacer’s school was such a nice, relatively quick project, I couldn’t resist doing another embroidery just for me. But I have also been working on at least one big project, I’ve made good progress on the Mario map for Boy Lacer.

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It took me ages to finish that section of the cliffs and it was extremely boring but for some reason stitching the sea was nowhere near as tedious, it was actually quite fun – I’ve got an awful lot more blue to go though, so I may not keep thinking that (pattern from Box Cat Shop)

I have also been working on a commission for a client.
Cooking : my cooking mojo has pretty much failed me this month, having a messy kitchen for most of the month did not help.
Drinking : I bought myself a Nespresso machine for my birthday, so lots of coffee! I like espressos but my favourite way of drinking it is as single shot lungos, I love the foam!
Reading: I’ve read quite a lot this month, mostly murder stuff, I’m in a grisly reading mood.
Wanting: I know I say this every month but I want the date for my next surgery, it’s been 8 months and waiting now.
Looking: we went to The British Museum of Food for my birthday, just a small pop up museum (which is now closed), it was okay, I wouldn’t recommend their massage chair experience though! I also popped into the Natural History Museum instead of the V&A this month prior to one of my regular hospital appointments, although I discovered quite a bit of the museum is currently closed off for refurbishment, which is definitely about time, a lot of the museum hasn’t changed since my childhood!
Playing: Plants vs Zombies of course, although they’ve just released a new world and Crazy Dave is back in the modern world, I am surprisingly (or maybe not that surprisingly) gutted about that. Also more Scroodles.
Deciding: on a how we’d arrange the living room, as Mr. Lacer broke our sofa, so we need to get a new one.
Wishing: I didn’t have such a sweet tooth or should I say a sweet tooth habit, as I think it’s mainly that.
Enjoying: daily drawing with Creativebug.
Waiting: (see wanting).
Liking: my new cheese toastie machine (a Christmas present), cheese and jalapeno toasties are nectar from heaven.
Wondering: (see wanting and waiting).
Loving: the combination of coffee and cinnamon and raisin, particularly hot, dripping with salted butter, cinnamon and raisin bagels, that is one of the nicest things ever to cross my taste buds.
Pondering: career stuff as usual.
Considering: doing the Capital Ring.
Buying: stuff for Boy Lacer’s residential field trip *ouch*.
Watching: Silent Witness, although me and Mr. Lacer are always wondering why we still do, it’s getting increasingly unrealistic (the forensic person in on the police interview, come on!), the main characters behaving completely OTT and most of the storylines are crap. However there still is a good storyline occasionally, I think the main thing that keeps us watching it, is that there is nothing else on TV at the moment.
Hoping: that I can get some of my care transferred (still).
Marvelling: Boy Lacer learnt zip up on his coat this month, yay!
Cringing: I’ve had to write an email of complaint this month and although it was perfectly justified and I did it because I hope the NHS department that did this to me won’t do it to anyone else, I still hate complaining to anyone formally.
Needing: to tidy this flat.
Questioning: can I stop myself going on Twitter so much?
Smelling: coffee.
Wearing: as well as being behind on the housework, I’m also behind on the laundry, so whatever I can find that is clean (mainly tracksuit trousers).
Following: @NYBakeryCo and @NespressoUK (my favourite anytime snack combination) plus @Highgatemums, as it’s funny / cringeworthy.
Noticing: the sky (Boy Lacer has got me started on that).
Knowing: our weather is screwed.
Thinking: about whether I need to be stricter with myself on sugar again (I should do).
Admiring: Girl Lacer for growing into a lovely young woman (thankfully many more years of growing to do).
Sorting: the flat out (very slowly).
Getting: new shoes, a new pair of Converses and a pair of DMs, both cherry red.
Bookmarking: my last three likes were

Coveting: the iPad pro.
Disliking: mud.
Opening: boxes of coffee pods.
Giggling: at The News Quiz.
Feeling: stressed.
Snacking: when I’m not mainlining coffee and cinnamon and raisin bagels, I, along with the kids, can’t get enough of sliced Granny Smith apples.
Helping: Boy Lacer pack his suitcase for the residential trip and wishing he took more after his sister who does her own.
Hearing: dubstep from blinking Geometry Dash.

This will be my last Taking Stock, as I have an idea for two regular blog posts that will start appearing here from next Friday (one weekly, one monthly), which will sort of cover stuff that I talk about here each month, keep an eye out!

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