Winding down

On December 8, 2010, in It's a All About me, She's Crafty, by elisabet

One holiday down, two more to go. Thanksgiving was great. It was simple and stress free which made it all the more enjoyable. Checkout the turkey:

Reilly, Christopher & Courtney

I was also busy making these quilted advent calendars for the kids:

Reilly was asleep when we dropped them off but he woke up at 5am the next morning totally excited and tried to wake up Jack who was fast asleep.

School is almost over, finals on Monday. And thankfully we can use notes! I can do it if I have notes. I really struggled with the last few weeks of this algebra class but I think it more of how the instructor presented the material. I’m used to having a syllabus and everything outlined ahead of time, this instructor didn’t do that. Then he decided not to follow the chapters in our book. I was pretty much flying blind at this point. I can’t wait for it to be over.

I have many more crafty things to get done before Christmas. I’ll post pics the day after.

Enjoy the holiday season!

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Keeping my head above water

On October 12, 2010, in It's a All About me, by elisabet

I have slacked a bit on the blog posting lately which is part of my overall problem, I have too much going on.

I had a really great visit with my sister and my niece Maggie. Maggie is growing up to be an amazing young lady. When she looks at the world she sees rainbows and twinkling stars. When I was her age I had so much more to deal with, I’m glad that Maggie has the opportunity to stay young. The twins loved having someone around to play with, its funny to watch how they act around her. On our way to the movies Reilly asked me if Maggie was going to visit him in the hospital. I said yes, she and Jack were going to visit. Reilly then whispered in my ear that he didn’t want Maggie to visit, when I asked why he said that he didn’t want Maggie to see him in the hospital. It seemed as if he was thinking that he didn’t want Maggie to see him connected to tubes, like he didn’t want to scare her. Such a grown up thought for a five year old. Reilly is recovering just fine. You would never know that he had heart surgery.

School and work have been keeping crazy busy. I just finished one project and now another one is gearing up. This project will have a great deal of visibility with upper level business types which makes me nervous. I came in to the project at the tail end for the pilot phase and as we are looking at the numbers I wish someone would have brought me in much earlier. There are so many roadblocks trying to make sense of all the numbers, it’s like they didn’t realize how the design was going to affect the reporting numbers. So frustrating. School is going well, nothing out of the ordinary which is good. The more I progress through the semester the more apparent it is that this is the road I am suppose to be on.

I got some bad news last week, the therapist that I have been seeing for the past eight years passed away suddenly. She went in for knee surgery which went as planned but during recovery her heart gave out. I don’t think I’ve fully processed that she’s gone. She was HUGE part of my life, she helped me deal with my daddy issues, my confidence issues, and everything that life throws at me. The last few years she became more of a life coach for me, I don’t think I would be where I am without her help. Now I’m on the daunting task of finding another therapist, one who gets me. I have an appointment at the end of the month with a new therapist, hopefully it works out.

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The next 365 days

On August 26, 2010, in It's a All About me, by elisabet

I’m 39 today, 365 days closer to 40. Normally getting a year older doesn’t bother me but this birthday feels so different. The last year has been a draining emotional ride. Going from not being able to get pregnant to two miscarriages almost sucked the life out of me. I’m still not hopeful that a baby will be in our future. I decided that we’re not going to do anything extreme to have a baby, no IVF or insemination. And there is an end date for how long I will focus on this goal, 365 days. If it doesn’t happen by the big 40, then it just wasn’t in my future and I will move on. Even as I am writing this I’m in tears, I’m saying good-bye to a dream but I believe that giving it an end date it will help me see the light at the end of the tunnel which will keep me sane. I’ll trade in the minivan for a mini cooper and drive off into the sunset.

At the last minute I decided to go back to school. I’ve been wanting to finish getting my BS for a long time but something else always got in the way. I’m going part-time, two classes, algebra and sociology. Classes started this week and I’m the oldest person in the class. Things so far are going well but I’m only two days in to it. Give it three weeks and I’ll be pulling my hair out. It’s all good though, I feel like this is the path I should be on right now.

I have the next two days off, I’m going to enjoy my special day with family and friends.

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Living fabulous

On July 23, 2010, in I am a Pop Culture Geek, It's a All About me, She's Crafty, by elisabet

When is it not totally crazy in the Hannafin household? The past few weeks have been just been busy. Busy, busy, busy. When I’m not at work, I’m doing stuff with the family, what little free time has been used up with getting crap done around the house. Even Facebook has been a victim and I can quickly update that from my phone, that is when the twins are not playing a game on it. Granny has been in town for the past week and it’s been nice to have time to visit with her. We babysat the twins over the weekend while their parents went to a wedding in Napa. I love those little guys with all my heart but Jesus Christ on a cracker, they can suck up what little energy my body can create in a twenty-four hour period! But I am happy to be there when they need me. We also enjoyed a lovely visit with Courtney’s cousin and her son who is a year older than the twins. The three boys got along great, like they had known each other for years. They are all in their tattling phase right now, so there was a lot of “Elisabet he took my book. Elisabet he hit me. Elisabet he won’t play with me”. Ahh those special family moments.

Since there is nothing on TV and my in-laws don’t subscribe to any movie channels, I had time to read. I started reading The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. If you haven’t been watching The Fabulous Beekman Boys on Planet Green you are missing out on some great television. The book provides a background on how Josh and Brent found the Beekman mansion and decided that they wanted to change their lives. I was truly touched and inspired by their story. It made me think more about how I want to change things in my life. If they can do it so can I! Of course I can’t drop everything and buy a farm, but I can make little changes such as building my garden.

The whole garden thing has been in the plans for a few months but in the horrible Arizona summer there isn’t much I can plant. I am cracking the whip on Courtney to get the beds made so I can be ready to plant next month. I have been researching what I would like to grow and what can grow in Arizona, it looks like I am going to go the heirloom vegetable route. Stuff that we eat now only better. I’m also working on a growing schedule so we can eventually can and freeze stuff to have during the hot summer. I’m actually excited to make my own pickles and can tomatoes. I used to do that with my Nana when I was kid, of course I hated it then. Maybe it will be something that I can pass down to Maggie and the twins some day.

The quilt has been basted and is ready to quilt but I haven’t had time to sit down to get it done. I started practicing free motion quilting on practice squares and I just don’t have the hang of it yet. I’m trying the stippling pattern, I keep trapping myself and crossing stitches. Practice, practice, practice. I’ll get the hang of it soon.

The other thing that has me a bit preoccupied…guess…Twilight: Eclipse! It’s simply amazing but did you think that I would say anything different? Ha ha ha. I’ve seen it five times now and I still cry at the same part of the movie. I can’t help it, seeing it on the big screen is exactly how I pictured it in my head. Waiting for fifteen hours to see was totally worth it, I can’t wait for Breaking Dawn!


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My 30 day challenge

On March 30, 2010, in It's a All About me, by elisabet

I’m headed back to the desert in about an hour. That trip was almost too long, it will be nice to get home.

I have thirty days left of my sabbatical and I have huge to do list that seems to be growing bigger everyday. One thing that I’m really motivated to do is stop eating out. Over the next thirty days I will cook all of our meals. I’m doing this to see if I can really do without the restaurants and to see how I can improve our eating habits. As a foodie I know this is going to be very difficult, how will I survive with out a weekly stop at La Grande Orange? But I do think this is going to be a good thing for Courtney and I. Another change, no more quick trips in the car to the Safeway across the street. If I need something, I will have to walk. It’s less than a mile, there is no reason to hop in the car. This will also help me plan my shopping trips better, getting everything I need at one time. Lots of changes in the Hannafin household over the next month…this is going to be exciting.

I have more pics to post and I’ll get to that this evening when I get home. Enjoy your day!

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