Friday, April 8, 2016

AWOL Sewjo

Gah. I hadn't realized that it's been nearly two months since I've posted anything here.  I have gotten a few messages and emails wondering where I've been, and I thank everyone who has sent those.

The truth is that I've been dealing with Life for the past few months and a disturbing lack of sewjo. The lack of sewjo has killed any desire that I've had to blog about sewing, and with my nearly non-existent free time, I've been writing about other non-sewing related things (not writing on a blog or anything, though).

I am really hoping that this is all just temporary, but in the past few months, I've been dealing with the following things:
  • My preschool-aged daughter has started getting up a lot earlier in the morning than she used to. If you'll recall, I used to get up and sew before work in the morning. That hasn't been happening because I'm usually putting on my "mommy hat" as soon as I'm waking up these days. 
  • Husband has turned into a gym rat and typically goes in the evening after I get home from work. This means that I need to be a mommy after work and thus, there goes any evening time that I had to sew.
  • Husband also had surgery related to his chronic acid reflux issue, so there's been that, too.
  • And here's the big one:  My mom moved up to the Seattle area and lives about 10 minutes away from us now. (If you've been following my blog for a while, you might recall that we lost my dad to cancer about a year ago.)  Having her so close by and trying to help her adjust and keep her spirits up has been a learning experience. Yes, I know that I need to set some boundaries, but I'm still not yet sure what boundaries I'm comfortable with yet.
On a related note to the last item, I've started a personal writing project related to my dad and what we went through with his illness. It's something that I've felt like I needed to do for a while but wasn't emotionally ready to tackle until recently. I may or may not seek to do anything with it beyond letting it sit in Google docs--I'm really hoping to put a humorous spin on some topics that people don't really talk about publicly (at least in the US). We'll see.

So that's the deal with me. I am still trying to sew a bit here and there, but it's going monumentally slow, which is frustrating. I've been working on the same shirtdress (from a McCall's pattern) for the past month. I have finished a few things that I haven't photographed or blogged--my favorite of which has been the Blank Slate Rivage Raglan (okay, I was a tester for that one), which I love because it has the PERFECT amount of easy--not too baggy and not too tight. Sometimes you hit a homerun with a simple pattern!

I am hoping that when my life calms down a bit and I figure out what sort of time management adjustments I need to make, my sewing will become more inspired and I will want to start blogging again. In the meantime, I am still writing my occasional posts over at the Curvy Sewing Collective, which I know that many of you follow. :)