Friday thoughts

Oh, please! My first thought is; I'd really rather not think at all today. We've been pushing to get a document to the state since we missed our deadline last Friday. And, again yesterday. For some reason, this one just won't come together for us. But, we'll get there. I'm hoping it can go this evening or tomorrow at the latest. But, in the meantime, we've all been busting it and I can tell we're all tired and ready for it to be over.

It has been a great week for me to reflect on the gift of feedback. Okay, read that as: I was gracious to those that were overly critical and whose attention to detail was making me nuts!!!

It's been a rough week for my poor family, too. I've been very stressed and have had not time for anything. We've had our discussions about what we're planning in the yard this spring. Rob is a planful gardener and I am a haphazard gardener. He thinks the project starts when you begin the plan. I think it starts when the shovel hits the dirt. We're both ready to start a project, but we mean different things when we say that.

Sydney has been having an "I'll show you..." week. She had some bad grades and had to read a passage and summarize it for me as a consequence. In the process, I found out she couldn't read a passage and summarize it. I'm trying to teach her how and she thinks I'm giving her additional consequences even though the grade has come up. So, we've both dug our heels in. I don't feel the need to argue or raise my voice. After a couple of hours of sniffling last night, I just brought a book to the table and started to read. She realized I really wasn't gonna give in and quickly wrote what she needed and now we're getting along famously. This can take all night, or it can take 15 minutes. Her choice.

I lost another pound, although I do not know how. I've been very lax on my exercise and I've been on a digestive cleanse that has me so thoroughly hydrated that I was sure my weight would have increased. I feel like I'm floating on water most of the time.

And, I'm flying through quilting that baby quilt. All the ditchwork is done and the basting. Now I can take out the basting pins and go to town with some free motion quilting.

Take care and have a great friday. That overly critical person is back and I have to go. I'm sure she has some more "valuable" feedback for me.



lw said...

I'm having a similar work day out here in CA. I think both of our days will get better between 5-6PM this evening.

Becky said...

Hope tomorrow is a better day!

Cynthia L. said...

Hi there in Austin! I found your blog while looking at Quilting in my Pyjamas! I have been looking at your blog and love your quilts and love that you, a man, quilts. I lived in the Dallas area for about 15 years and have visited friends in Austin. I think it is a wonderful city! I look forward to following your blog and seeing your other creations and reading more about your life! I would love it if you would visit me also!!

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

I would say you lost the other pound because the de-tox worked? Or because you're probably stressed about work? Whatever..another pound is a great loss.

I hope you get the work stuff done so you can relax a little. Enjoy your weekend. I'm planning to cut some fabric for a new quilt this weekend since I'm machine-less - if I can drag myself off the lounge long enough!

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

hope your day gets better!

viridian said...

I stopped by your blog yesterday but could not leave a comment for whatever reason. I just wanted to say, Hang in there. Your followers are reading and are supporting you.

Shirleymac said...

I know where your pound went to Lane. I didn't know they could travel this far. I was so proud of myself, I lost 2lbs. It doesn't sound like much but it can make a difference when you're jeans waistband is cutting into you! Anyway, I was lax on exercise too and back they came, darn it.

I don't mind criticism as long as it's constructive. It's not helpful and doesn't make me productive when someone is over critical or picky.

You deal so well with Sydney. She's such a lucky kid.