Monday, August 31, 2009

Scenes From My Weekend & Catching Up

Friday night my husband and I took Indy and headed down to Rocky Point for dinner al fresco.

There's nothing better than sitting on the waterfront eating cod and chips in a paper cone. That right there is a West Coast summer in a nutshell for me.

I love the design of this water park.

I also love taking water shots-you just never know what you're going to get in terms of the pattern of spray and it's always interesting.

And now by way of an update:

Reading: I still have The Third Man Factor on my bedside table. It's been there all summer, which is something new for me. I've had some pretty severe migraines as a result of an ill advised medication change. (It's a long story, but I am in the process of undoing that change.)

What this meant was that my vision has been blurry and my head's been killing me much of the time, so reading was completely out. So was watching TV for any length of time or being on the computer. August was pretty much a disaster. I am hoping to be able to finish this book over the next few days.

It's a great book-really interesting. It talks about how in times of extreme stress, in life and death situations, adventurers have had the sense of a presence, a "third man" who would accompany or guide them until the danger had passed. The book is part interview, part reference to scientific studies, part anecdotal stories of mountaineers, divers, arctic explorers and pilots.

Watching: When I have been able to watch TV, I've been enjoying the post season 3 part wrap up series of Deadliest Catch. I have also been watching Departures, which is a series about two young guys travelling around the world, with seemingly no particular plan as to where they go next-they went from Chile to Mongolia, for example-they are not doing it in any linear fashion. It's an interesting series because they go well off the beaten track and so you get to see alot of things most travel shows don't even touch on. It's not about the tourist traps.

Listening: A couple of friends sent me some mixed cds and I've been listening to those the last week or so and perusing iTunes on Mondays when they change their new music offerings to see if there's anything I have to have. There really hasn't been anything really exciting album-wise out this summer-none of the artists I enjoy have put a new album out lately, aside from the Indigo Girls who had Poseidon & the Bitter Bug a few months back which I really enjoyed.

Drinking: I've been living on iced coffee all summer. I make my own. YUM!

Anticipating: The arrival of Autumn, my favourite time of year. I wait all year for it, like a kid waits for Xmas-I love it that much. It's the best weather, the leaves change colour and I get to haul out all my favourite sweaters. I make alot of homemade soups and stews and bake biscuits and all that good stuff. I spend alot of time outside enjoying the crisp winds and I can't wait to take Indy to play in the leaves now that he's a bit older. It also means my wedding anniversary is just around the corner. We celebrate 19 happy years this year!

Dreaming: About gearing up for the 2010 Olympics training and preparation. It will be beginning soon and I am pretty excited. Uniforms and accreditation is supposed to take place in Sept./Oct. and I am dying to see what we're going to be wearing. I hope it's a great design. They have yet to unveil the uniforms, but it should be happening real soon! The Paralympics has a totally different set of uniforms and since I will be doing both, I will have both. How cool is that? Over the weekend, I bought myself a nice red large moleskine journal to keep during this whole process, however I am not the world's best paper journaller-I prefer to blog, so we'll see how that goes...

Doing: I've been cleaning the studio the last day or so. It was so dusty I could hardly stand it and stuff was just piling up. It was time to put the paper shredder to use and get rid of junk. The recycler is full and I can actually see the floor again. (I had piles all over the place.) It was good to tame some of the chaos. Now I just need to tackle the closet and re-sort some of the stuff on the shelves and then it will be neat and tidy again. I cannot work in a mess and this is the longest I've ever let it go.

Creating: I am working on four projects at the moment. I am in the middle of altering a bra for a breast cancer fundraiser. I am 3/4 finished. I am also working on a 20 page zine for an exchange and I have that about 1/2 done. Waiting in the wings are two projects that will follow-one is an exchange with my ATC group of small party favours inside paper cake slices and the other is gifts for the 12 days of Xmas exchange I host every year. Lots to do in the next few months! I am hoping to get inspired and be ahead of the game!

So how about you? What have you been up to?


sherry ♥ lee said...

Yes to fish & chips in a paper cone!!!! Bliss!!

I'm sorry the migraines were so bad but I'm glad you are getting the medication changed.

And you are chemo free and looking forward to 2010...what could be better?? ♥

Jeanette Janson said...

Sounds like a full summer, I can't wait for Fall, too. It's actually in the 60's here this morning...lovely!
Can't wait to see your bra!
xo Jeanette