The vain side of me really hopes you noticed I took a break in this space for a few months at the end of the year. The logical side of me knows this post is just a way to update my mother on my life without having to actually call her. (She loves when I tease. Hi, Mom!)
So let me catch you up on what I’ve been doing while I wasn’t here. I’m thinking by the month?
In July I decided to leave my position with the health department and move over to a more traditional marketing job at the Department of Defense. Leaving ASPR was a really tough call to make because of the great people and the wonderful work I got to do. But I also knew I had to move so I could continue to grow in other ways. I left ASPR near the end of July right before my daughter came to visit. And also, this started a much needed three-week break between jobs.
This was probably the busiest month. I spent a couple weeks with my daughter who was visiting from California and ended my time off by meeting my dad in New York to take in some Yankee games. (Isn’t he handsome?!) At the end of the month, I suited up and started my new job. Oh, and I started taking flying trapeze lessons.
Emily Visits the East Coast!
I love my daughter to death, but boy do we make a mess when we’re together. In two weeks, we made at least a dozen visits to the quilt store, JoAnn’s, and Michael’s. There was crap everywhere. One of my favorite projects we worked on was this little pineapple. We each made minis for our own sewing studios so we could think of each other while we sew. Awe!!
We also made the rounds to wineries – she’s old enough for tastings now! – and our annual girls’ day at King’s Dominion. She is just so much fun to hang out with as a “grown up.”
Every year, my dad goes on a baseball trip. Most times it’s to stadiums where the Yankees are the visitors, but this year it was to the beautiful Bronx! DC is just a three-hour train ride away, so I crashed boys’ weekend with him and his friend, Bob, to take in some games with my pops. He is the reason I love baseball so damn much (and sports in general).
We went to two games and sat in the bleachers both games. If you don’t know what it is to be a Bleacher Creature, definitely look it up. My friend, Sri, came to crash boys’ weekend for the second game, and we met the bleacher captain for the day, Patches.
But the Bronx in August wasn’t my only dip into baseball this year. I ended up at four different stadiums this season: SunTrust Field in Atlanta, Nationals Park in DC, Camden Yards in Baltimore, and Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. If I plan out my travels for 2019 right, I’ll get to seven stadiums! I buy a hat from each stadium I visit. Here’s this years travels!
Fly, Joni, Fly!
So I was driving around southeast DC in August when I passed by the Trapeze School of New York. What?!!?! This is a thing?!?! And I can do it?! So of course I flew for the first time two days later. I’ll talk more about this later because it turned out to be awesome! It ended with a recital in November, and here’s my amazing flying class.
I’m a couple weeks on the new job, and I am exhausted! Between having to keep a normal person’s schedule again and everything there was to learn, my brain was fried nearly every day. I didn’t do any sewing once that month.
Well, flying took a bit of a set back. I had a bad landing – totally my fault, and I know what I did wrong – and got a good case of whiplash and a concussion. I had to take a serious brain break, which meant no screens and no sewing. Now I’m starting to get antsy.
I’m back in action at the flying trapeze rig just in time for our fall recital. And I was able to reach my goal of catching a back-end trick in the show. Here’s my straddle. Our group’s theme was Looney Tunes, and I was Tweety. This night was so much fun since it was my first circus event, and I loved showing off for my friends. Here’s the video of my trick. It was so exhilarating, and I am definitely running away to join the circus at some time in the future!!
I also traveled to San Francisco to visit Emily for Thanksgiving and her birthday.
Now it was time to get serious about my Christmas quilting. I had two complicated quilts to finish for my parents and Emily, and I literally finished them just in time! Everyone was happy with their presents.
Home for a week and then it was off to Hawaii for a few days of R & R with Sir. I’m usually not one to get into the Christmas spirit. I rarely decorate anymore, and I can be a real Grinch about the whole season. But as I was walking through our resort in shorts and flip flops, I found myself singing along to every song and taking pictures of every tree. The moral of this story is that I need 80 degrees and sun to really get into the holiday season!
Christmas quilts are done, and I finally make a commitment to head into the studio on a regular basis to get back to this art I love so much. But I found myself uninspired by the projects on hand. I had spent so much time over the past two years really knocking out some old UFOs, that I barely had any left. I decided that I’m not a one-quilt-at-a-time woman and resolved to add more UFOs to my list this year! So I jumped on some quilt along band wagons and definitely have more than enough to keep me busy and inspired.
Of course this happens just in time for me to pack up my studio and move!
My moving truck came on February 1, and Sir’s came on February 8. While I’m grateful we didn’t combine our homes by having two trucks on one day, it felt like it took us forever to get moved in and settled. Last Monday was the first day I felt like I lived in the house instead of in service to it. We have everything set up just how we like it, and I’m ready to get into our joint studio to start creating quilty awesomeness. That’s right! He’s an artist too!!
Now that my life has settled down a bit, I’m happy to report that I’m loving my expanded UFO list, the studio where I get to create, and the calendar I’ve created to keep my quilting, blogging, and teaching on schedule. I’m excited to see what’s next!