Not Dead…Still Crafting

1 04 2015

Don’t you just hate it when winter takes over and you suddenly have neither the time nor the will to do anything but join a training program and run 20+ miles a week in the sleet, snow, muck and yuck until spring?

Wait, you don’t? That’s just me?

Turns out this is the first weekend I’ve not been utterly booked by running, climbing, and other events, and with the added bonus of a proper head cold, I can justify sitting on my tush to post something. I have been crafting in the past months, and there will be some short posts for them after this.

In the mean time, updating now to log where I am at this point. When I began running over a year ago, I was 127 pounds, unemployed, and fairly well medicated but unhappy. Now, looking back on a fun weekend celebrating my 27th birthday (dear god, the adulting is so hardcore now, I went to bed at midnight and called it ‘late’), I’m 111-ish pounds, finished my first year as a teacher, and am off the meds. I’ve run countless 5k fun runs with my running group and five proper 5k races and am in the middle of training for my first 10k in April. I’ve made friends in my running group and at work, and have a direction in my career.

All that, while still crafting. I’ll show off what I’ve made starting next week, but wanted to announce that I found some super awesome youtube how-tos and crafting blogs (vlogs?) to add to my links page. Go check them out, they’ll inspire.


Pirates! Aaargh!

19 01 2015

If you want to know anything about me, know that I love pirates, just about as much as I love zombies. Yes, they were the unwashed scum that came off the underbelly of the explorations of the New World, but they were also, until recently, culturally relevant and kinda cool. And I like the whole idea of democracy among scoundrels…

But so does, apparently, someone else from the Tidewater Virginia area! Because this happened!


Yes, that is a real functional boat that was hand painted to look like wood. With a mast. And sails. And a skull. And a tiny prow cannon. And rigging. And other nautical terms I don’t know. And you can tell it’s a real honest to goodness seaworthy boat by the license number painted on the side in fancy Olde Time-y script!

We saw it on the way home yesterday, and the picture would have been less shoddy had it not been raining. And I hadn’t been sitting in a moving vehicle.

Fun facts: “Pirates and privateers (thieves who had the blessings of their home countries) were major players in Chesapeake Bay history. For nearly 200 years, pirates roamed the Bay’s waters looking for prey and outfitting themselves to search for prizes in other parts of the world.”

(For the source of this quote and further information about pirates in an around the Chesapeake Bay area, look here!)


Other than that, the weekend was quiet. The creek was iced over, so we spent some time throwing acorns at it and taunting it with a stick. Then there was a fireside to read my books by. Many good thoughts were sent to a friend’s family, and tomorrow I’m going to try and get the last of MSDE Credentialing stuff together to finally get myself into the system.


The book was Garth Nix’s ‘Clariel‘, and quite worth reading. I’m looking forward to his next installment. Present readings are Mercedes Lackey’s new book ‘Closer to Home‘ and ‘30 Days of Night: Omnibus.’

In less interesting news, I have not actually worked on any projects of late, but I do have two drawers in my dresser dedicated only to socks. So I’ve gotta be doing something right.

New Year’s Day

1 01 2015

“Today I want
to resolve nothing.

I only want to walk
a little longer in the cold.”

-Kim Addonizio
“New Year’s Day.”

With the dog for company, it was really nice.






Make Tea Cross Stitch

28 12 2014

Process of the beginning and completion of a project. I’m trying to figure out now what I want to work on next, or if I oughtn’t take a break. I tried to start a couple somethings, but haven’t been feeling it.





Stylish Neckwear, Bats, and DIY Horror

20 12 2014

Having only just recently recovered from a bout of bronchitis, during which time I worked hard and finished the Palindrome Cabled Forever Scarf (it was just under 6.5 feet long), I thought I was in the clear. Not so, a week later, I got food poisoning. The bad kind. The kind with horror stories and possible need of priests, because ohman, there was some Exorcist-level yuck happening. I haven’t run in the four days since.

I have however, started and in about ten hours finished this little beauty that’s been on my backlog for over a year.


Which, while may be crude, to me it’s funny as all get out. It’s good to be back in the embroidery, even if it does involve me sitting on my tush for extended periods of time. A weekend broken up with that and cleaning and a long run or walk with the dog is still a good weekend.

Christmas is coming. Presents will be distributed. Cookies shall be eaten. Carols will be sung. Two days of work for me left and I’m home free for shenanigans. I am so excited.

December Plans

4 12 2014

It’s that time of year, when craft projects take over and carols are drug out and dusted off.

The scarf is just about five feet long now. Two feet short of my goal. The harp tuner is gone the way of the dinosaurs, so I’m tuning it by ear until a new one arrives. december to do

I have to admit. I’m excited about this holiday season. I’m not usually.

It’s probably the cold medicine.

Thanksgiving Misadventures from 2014

4 12 2014

IMG_20141125_121536938This will be brief, but amusing. A little backstory first.

For two weeks, pink eye was running rampant in my classroom. And since my one and only vacation of the year was coming up, I was doing everything in my power to avoid it. I washed my hands until they were chapped, I avoided hugs like the plague, and I twitched whenever anyone so much as sneezed. But, I remained IMG_20141125_121658396_HDRuntouched by the conjunctivitis, and indeed, whatever other colds and flus and general illness circulates my classroom on a given day.

Then I fly to Baton Rouge, for a blissful week of delicious Southern food and time with wonderful friends I hadn’t seen in ages. I left the house bright and early and arrived at the airport with an itch in my throat. And itch, which by the time I landed in Baton Rouge some twelve hours later, had turned into a head cold. Which got progressively worse throughout the week and resulted in partial deafness and a miserable flight home.

IMG_20141128_151753352I woke up the following Sunday morning with, you guessed it, pink eye. And an ear infection. And bronchitis.

And so, after another two days out of work and a total of five days on antibiotics, I’m still really phenomenally ill. There has been no running, and though I am probably signed up for an Ugly Sweater race at the National Harbor this weekend, I will be walking the thing, if I go at all.

But the time in Baton Rouge was not poorly spent. I did go to art galleries run by the LSU student body, I did eat a whole lot of food, I made two different pies for Thanksgiving dinner, and I did go to the Renaissance Festival that took place in Hammond.


Apple Pie with Oat Crumble Top


Slightly Scorched Pecan Pie


And yes, those men are juggling barefoot over live mousetraps. It was the highlight of the week.

Beth Morris

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