this summer* i...

-finished Theo's Calvin and Hobbes embroidery in the nick of time

-threw an awesome cat-themed party for Theo's 8th birthday

-had fun watching the C&H piece go viral for about a week

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 -went tent camping for the first time as an adult

- took trips to Michigan, Colorado, and Arizona

-saw the Grand Canyon

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-read Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work by Austin Kleon, felt super inspired to start trying some of his suggestions

-started this website for myself

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-had a quilt hanging in the International Quilt Festival show

-finished a mini quilt and a baby quilt

-started a massive quilt for our bed

-contacted 3 publishers about possibly getting said massive quilt in their magazine (still hoping to find the right fit)

-caught up on stitching signatures onto my tablecloth

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-socialized with my guild ladies in and out of meetings

-successfully registered for QuiltCon

-met Rossie, whose quilts and writing I love and respect the hell out of

-spent as much time as possible with neighborhood friends

-took kids to the planetarium, the Mexican art museum, a Janelle Monae concert, and more

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*summer here is defined as my kids' summer break from school

 

Overall this summer has been pretty good.  I wish I had lost weight.  I wish I had engaged more with the boys some days, instead of focusing on my own projects and letting them watch so much tv.  It's been hard not to compare it to last summer, which was over the top awesome.  But as I look at this list I feel like we did a lot, and I did a lot to further my own goals, which feels good.  I think the boys had fun.  Now I can't wait for school to start so I can really dig in to some quilts.  I hope the boys have a great school year with great teachers and classmates and experiences.  But, yeah.  Let's get this school year started.  I'm ready.