All the ramblings in my head

Been feeling a bit itchy lately to delve back into this space. Just read back over some old entries and wasn’t even humiliated by them! Unlike that masterpiece blog I had in college which was mostly vague-post references to unrequited crushes. It is to be hoped that blogger has since taken back that space. Lol

Woosh. It has been one hell of a year. It started out pretty good with a trip to dear friends in HI and the delights of a new relationship…Then my body decided to hate gluten without telling me first. Welcome to Celiac Disease! The results of that put me pretty out of commision for months. I am finally close to back to normal and it is so good. I admit that even as someone who works in healthcare and interacts with sick people every day I had NO IDEA how much an autoimmune disease could affect one’s function. Or how hard it is to get proper medical care/attention even when you have good insurance. I mean, I knew conceptually but this really put a whole new spin on things.

So having weathered that storm with the help of family and the man-friend (who bless him didn’t run when I started having to sleep like all day…and couldn’t even get off my mom’s couch for days on end!) and friends I am so looking forward to finishing this year strong. Funny how I am back to the same sort of “get things GOING” place that I was when I first started this blog 3 years ago. Coming off a slightly different issue but here’s to getting back to doing the things I love to do!

In that vein…I have been on a sewing mission. Finished a cozy knit dress and a knit wrap top (that one needs some modifications) and have several other projects in the wings (next up is a McCall’s faux wrap dress). I am currently basically wanting to wear everything secret pajamas so all about the knits! I finally bought Victory Patterns’ Lola which I have wanted for ages and for some reason denied myself and also bought Paprika Patterns Jasper sweater. Told you: secret pjs ALL THE WAY! (Oh dear…this reminds me I also have to get around to making non-secret pjs…) I have also fallen hard for Closet Case Files’ new Clare coat pattern which is currently on it’s way to my hot little hands. So lots to work on. Hard to stop myself from planning to do all the sewing at once!

I am also diving headlong into beefing up my cooking/baking skills. Now that I can’t do gluten the biggest challenge is bread. Other baked goods are pretty easy for modification but good sandwich bread? Whole other story. THANK GOD I found Gluten Free Girl. Actually she has been such a welcome spot of gluten-free support through her blog and her boooks since I first got diagnosed. I felt like “ohhh…it’s gonna be ok! I am gonna feel better again!” And long story short her sandwich bread is freaking amazing and I finally don’t want to cry while eating my sandwich because the bread is gooey or sandy or some terrible combo of those two things. #celiacproblems Plus it is easy. More a batter than dough which makes the prep way easier and faster. Oh god I love that bread. #breadfangirl

So that’s the stream going on in my head at the moment. I don’t write enough these days; time to change that! Here’s to getting back into the blog and busting these thoughts into the world. More on sewing, crafting, gluten-free-ing, and thinking to come.

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Working On…

Highlights of the last couple months:

Starting up an etsy store with my mom. Yes, that’s right. We finally took the plunge. Now we just need some sales. ; ) It was overload production for a couple weeks there and now we need to keep the momentum going to make some updates and improve our products and site overall. It’s been pretty fun to get this going! We’ve got a blog started in connection with the etsy store but it’s still a work in progress. Yesterday I roughed up a weekly schedule for us so hopefully that’ll help keep us on track a little better. If you are curious, we’re at http://www.etsy.com/shop/CaffeinasBoutique?ref=search_shop_redirect (whaaat! I just finally figured out how to activate links. Oh dear me, I know, I know!)

Attending the Oregon Occupational Therapy Association Conference: Honestly, it was a good one this year! I won’t bore you all with details of our sessions but it was so great to connect with other OTs and gather all sorts of useful info. We also had a great keynote (Donna Beegle http://www.combarriers.com ) who talked about poverty and the culture thereof which was really interesting. She runs all kinds of workshops and conferences as well as just doing speaking engagements about poverty. If nothing else she makes you think about how much this issue affects the nation and how we need to do something about it!

Goals for the next month or so:

1) Complete 2 dress patterns. One is a Vintage Vogue fancy evening dress pattern that’s been in the works for a while. Aka I cut out the muslin mockup pieces, sewed like 2 of them together and didn’t finish. I have some lovely wedgewood blue crepe-back satin to use and am determined to get it sewn together!

The other is from Cake Patterns and is also pretty sweet. http://www.etsy.com/listing/110405305/tiramisu-dress-from-cake-patterns-multi Tiramisu Dress from Cake Patterns- Multi-Size 30"-50" high bust, 25"-50" waist

She also blogs over at http://3hourspast.com.  Much more faithfully than do I! I am really excited to try this pattern out! 
I don’t have fabric for that yet but am thinking about my options. What, an excuse to buy fabric? Oh, ok!

2) Keep my banana plant alive. Seriously. I moved it inside because it got cold but it is not looking so hot. Like the leaves keep getting all dry. I’ve been watering it! Maybe it needs a bigger pot? Maybe it needs a blanket? I don’t know. Any tips? Admittedly a banana plant wasn’t my best choice living in the NW but I was so taken with it’s lovely, dramatic leaves this summer! Does anyone have experience with this dilema?

3) Actually do some of the many projects laying around. Craft things, re-covering a chair I bought, hemming some pants.

4) Going to NYC! Family trip to visit my sisters. I have never been so I am excited/slightly nervous. This is the uber-small budget variety of trip so we are trying to carefully plan. Any tips on cheap/free places we should go? (We will be there in early December. So indoor activity would be best.) This week also holds promise of a shopping trip. Because apparently my scrubs and jeans/tshirts are really not good enough for December in NYC. ; ) (Kidding; I don’t wear scrubs outside work. Sweatpants, maybe sometimes. But only in my apartment!)

I cannot even believe it is almost Thanksgiving already! This year seems to have flown by. I have to say it has actually been a pretty good one. I am awfully thankful for many things….But that’s for another post.