Sunday, January 1, 2017

Back From My Blog Hiatus!

Well, this is embarrassing. "Summer Wrap Up" is my last post and I put it up on September 15.

I guess I could say that I needed a break but in reality, life took a bit of a turn this fall. Work became extremely busy this fall, between a reorganization of our department in May, summer vacations, and the  work partner for one of my clients leaving the company unexpectedly. Lots of overtime and stress to deal with, so that affected my sewing time--actually my personal time in general.

On a lighter note, my workplace switched to a jeans everyday dress code, and that's had an impact on my wardrobe and my sewing. That seems like a good thing, right? However, my wardrobe needs changed quite a bit and it's taken a while to come to terms with that. I'm starting to move forward with sewing again and have decided to focus on shirts, jackets, sweaters, and tops. I can buy jeans that fit and don't have much desire to make them. I've only made a couple of projects since September but I'm looking forward to coming up with some new projects now that I've identified my wardrobe needs.

I'll be working on self-care this year since that's taken a back seat for the last several months. I need to take time for myself and things that are important to me because I'm feeling a bit frayed around the edges, if you know what I mean.

I'm happy that I bought an Instant Pot during Amazon Prime Week! (Thanks, shams!) I've been experimenting with it quite a bit and having creative fun converting recipes and making new ones. I'm even taking lunches to work instead of eating at the cafeteria, definitely a good thing! We bought a new stove too, but I confess that I haven't used it a bit since it was delivered.

DH and I will be starting back with morning walks now that the holidays are over, and I'll also be signing up at the neighborhood gym. I tried going to the gym at the office. It worked for a while, but I think something closer to home would be better. Plus weekends!

Like many of you, I'm glad 2016 is over, and I'm looking forward to a better 2017 in spite of the uncertain times we're in! I'm hoping that some personal re-tooling will go a long way toward that goal!


Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Hey glad you're back! And so understand about the going to an all jeans dress code. As each season comes around I need to reassess what I'm wearing because like you I can buy a pair of jeans I want...I just need to figure out what goes on top of them!

I'll be watching what you sew and possibly stealing some of your ideas!

Happy New Year!

BarbaraShowell said...

Heh heh heh.....there's always quilting Nancy and Carolyn (kidding. Kind of). Both of you already sew so well that some of the less dressy wardrobe staples must seem boring at times. One of the things I love about some of the higher end (and Chico's/Talbot's if you will) is how they will slip in some little embellishments. Maybe that's something to work into your sewing that would keep it interesting. Me, I'm still happy if I can complete any project while it's still feasible to use.

Anyway, I enjoy the blog so I hope you keep posting.

Congrats on the pressure cooker, I love mine. Who knew?!

Cherie said...

Happy to see your new year post! I bought an Instant Pot also this fall, and as I write my husband is cooking a chicken dish in it!

shams said...

Heehee, I love to enable InstantPot purchases! I love mine but haven't been cooking lately.

I HEAR you on the need to retract and refocus, as I've had a similar season. And you do need to figure out how to sew for new requirements. That all makes a lot of sense to me. I hope your transitions go smoothly, Nancy! Happy 2017.

NancyDaQ said...

Thanks for the comments, everybody!

It's nice to be back. Carolyn, it's interesting that you and I are both exploring the casual workplace. I'm mostly liking it so far. Casual can be more tricky than it seems at first.

Barbara, Cherie, and shams--thanks for the Instant Pot support. It's a lot of fun to play around with.