March Miscellany


It has been a busy couple of weeks here at the “Mads” house, although no sewing has been accomplished.

Truthfully, I had begun drafting a much different post a few days ago, but am relieved that I do not have to post it. Our senior cat, Tycho, somehow managed to eat quite a lot of foam flooring bits around 10-14 days ago (we think). Had his amazing, heroic, compassionate, best-vet-that-ever-vetted vet not swooped to his (and our) rescue, we would have lost him. Bullet of devastation, dodged. Presently, our majestic first fur baby is in the hospital recuperating from his operation; we are hoping he will make a full recovery and come home soon. Good vibes, positive thoughts, and general sentiments of goodwill are welcome and very much needed as we wait for tomorrow’s post-op update from the vet. Saoirse, a physical stresser like her crazy momma (yo), has given herself a UTI from the anxiety of him being gone. Mulder is still totally healthy and cute and oblivious, just like a good dog should be.

Such innocent, very ginger. Wow.

Such innocent, very ginger. Wow.

It’s not all dark here, though: I GOT MY BRACES OFF TODAY!!!

Minus braces, plus retainer...I'll take it!

Minus braces, plus retainer…I’ll take it!

(Sorry, but I’ve got to shout about that.) I am so relieved. This is the moment I’ve been waiting for since they went on 13 months ago, and I’ve purposely hidden my teeth in all my photos since then. (Braces are not shameful, of course; it’s just been hard for me to go from hating my teeth to loving them, and back to hating them again. Self-confidence at the “Mads” house was at an all-time low, so you all got “stuck up, closed-mouth half-smile” photos until morale could be improved.) The bad news is that some of the braces may have to go back on, since the roots of my front teeth are out of position. >=(

On the plus side, I now know quite a lot about what my skull looks like:

Inside "Mads": Cranial version

Inside “Mads”: Cranial version

Seriously, though: I can see my brain!!! I love it.

My final and most surprising bit of news is that this little blog was mentioned by none other than Rhonda Buss over at her site, “Rhonda’s Creative Life.” I am flattered, honored, shocked, giddy, and shocked again! I cannot be sure why Rhonda felt that my unintelligible ramblings were worthy of being mentioned and linked (although I suspect Mulder and his adorableness have something to do with it!), but seeing her post completely made my day. And if anyone is reading this as a result of Rhonda’s act of internet signal-boosting kindness, welcome to my lair! (And apologies for the lack of sewing activity…I’ll be sure to have a harsh word with myself later! :-D)

So all in all, things are looking up around here. I start my next Nina class in 2 weeks, and will be commencing work on a Cooper bag for myself sometime this weekend. And there’s still the matter of muslining my pants. So much to do, so little time!

In Which The Blogger Retires The Phrase, “I Never Win Anything!”

“See? My ridiculous luck is starting to rub off on you!”

That was my husband’s response to my greatest raffle victory to date: this summer, I won a brand new Janome 7330 Magnolia sewing machine, having been one of dozens of people to enter a ticket in the grand prize drawing at the “Grand Opening” event held by a wonderful independent sewing boutique in our neighborhood. (It’s within walking distance of my house–how great is that?!?) In between high-pitched shrieks and screams, I reminded him that I don’t really believe in “luck.” Stuff happens. Some of it is good, some of it is awful, some of it is just…stuff. It can be caused by our own actions, the actions of others, the structure/faulty nature of our society, or blind chance and entropy, or any combination of these things (and more). Obviously, this rapturous news is one example of good stuff, and I got myself down to that shop the next day they were open and picked up my prize, smiling like a fool.

I almost never bother to enter drawings anymore, mostly because when I did enter them, I never won. Not a big deal. When I stopped by the sewing boutique that day, I fully intended to enter that drawing (which they advertised in advance, because DUH, PEOPLE WHO SEW LOVE FREE AWESOME SEWING MACHINES). I already had a sewing machine at home, but come on: few sewists could resist the chance to win a new sewing machine! Plus, this one was higher-end than the one I had gotten for myself (albeit with fewer extras), which made it even more appealing. Once I got the machine home, I set it up and played with it. I compared it to my Brother CS6000i, and decided that I preferred the Janome, even though the Brother had come with lots more feet and stitch options. Maybe it was the euphoria of winning something so significant that helped me decide, but I haven’t regretted it. The CS6000i is still sitting in my dining/sewing room (and is now in need of repairs, but that’s another story for another entry) and I’m hoping to get it fixed up and sell it for no more than I paid. BUT I DIGRESS.

You would think that, having won just about the best sewing-related prize possible, I would quit while I was ahead. But no. When the delightful and talented Kathy over at The Nerdy Seamstress announced she was having a giveaway featuring not one, but TWO lovely Colette patterns, I entered. Thinking I had surely exhausted all of my Universal Karma points with the sewing machine drawing, I certainly didn’t think I’d win this one. I was wrong. I was so shocked (and COMPLETELY EXCITED) about my win that I was inspired to write this post! So thank you once again, Kathy, for your generosity. Hopefully my finished garments turn out even half as nice as the things you have made!

In light of this utterly ridiculous “lucky” streak that I’ve been on this year, I really will have to stop complaining that I “never win anything,” because now it’s a lie. I’m okay with that. 🙂