Thursday, October 11, 2012

#1 (36 to 36)

Number One on my list is now complete!  Very excited to tick this one off:

Get the cross stitch I did for Little Spring (that I started before she was even born) finally framed.
 On the way home from work, I picked this up from the framers:


The framers did an absolutely amazing job.  I am so, so pleased with the result!  It's such a good feeling to FINALLY get it completely finished and hanging up on the wall!

While I was getting the Pooh cross stitch done, I decided to finally get the gorgeous little picture below framed as well, which has also been patiently waiting to be framed.

I got this quaint little cross stitch from my beautiful cousin, Tammy (from the States).  The framers were wonderful in helping find the perfect frame, being an off-white, distressed one to make it appear like you were looking out of a country cottage window.  We were both totally on the same page and I'm very happy with it.

The framer ended up using "museum" glass in this piece - he had an off cut left over from another project so put it in this frame... so, Tammy, your cross stitch is fit for a museum... ready to showcase your talent!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Update on 36 to 36

I've been fairly quiet on my blog.  Even so, I have been busy completing a few of my 36 to 36 tasks...

Number One...

Get the cross stitch I did for Little Spring (that I started before she was even born) finally framed.
This is currently at the framers... finally!  I should hopefully have it by the end of the week, so I'll let you see the final result!

Number Five...

Enroll Little Spring in 3 year old Kindy for next year.
Well, I haven't actually completed this one.  Due to the fact that I got a new job very unexpectedly, Little Spring is now attending day care.  Instead of enrolling her into 3 year old Kindy next year, we'll keep her at day care.  So, in some ways I did complete this task, enrolling her in Kindy-Day Care this year, but in other ways, this task has become irrelevant.

Number Ten...

Increase my Avon client base (I was going to put a number of how many clients to reach, but I can't control that entirely, so won't put a number.  I'm currently at 46, so will update you on how many I have this time next year!).
Hmm... another task that has kind of become irrelevant.  Instead of increasing my client base, I'm actually in the process of reducing it.  Even though it isn't hard to run my Avon business, and doesn't take up lots of time, it does take up some time.  Time that is taken away from spending it with my family, or time I could be spending on housekeeping, or preparing meals.  For this reason, I've decided to make my Avon business a completely 'online' affair.  I'll no longer be giving out brochures, but any client who wishes to do so, can view the brochure online and email me with their order each campaign.  This isn't suitable for a lot of clients, which is fair enough, but it means my client base will be reduced significantly.  I definitely won't be increasing my client base!

Number Twenty-Three

Go through Little Spring's clothes and send some to a dear friend who's just had a little girl.
I recently sent off my 2 final bags of clothes to my friend and her gorgeous little girl.  It's lovely knowing that many of Little Spring's clothes can continue to be loved by close friends!

Number Twenty-Four

With the rest of Little Spring's clothes, either sell through a pre-loved sale on FB or give to charity.
Many of the clothes were sold on Facebook.  And they were all bought by friends or family, so I'm very happy that strangers won't be wearing Little Spring's clothes!  Not that it really matters, but it does help when 'saying goodbye' to them.

So, 36 tasks, 8 crossed off, a few in progress and still many to complete!  We'll get there! :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

April 2012 Date

Sadly, the "April" part of the title of this post is not a mistake.  This is, in fact, the update on what was meant to be our April Date, that we only got around to doing in September.  Big disappointment about that, but this is what happens when life gets in the way of, well, life!  For any new readers, or to remind some old readers, check out my Christmas Gift Box for Big Spring that gives some background to this date...

The Date Envelope:

Gift Voucher to Sizzlers
Gift Vouchers to the movies
Coupons for popcorn and drinks combo

The Plan:
The problem with planning dates well in advance is that things can go wrong/change.  For almost all of our dates so far, there's been some sort of hiccup!  Our April date was no exception!

We started off our date having dinner at Sizzlers.  One small hiccup there was that we'd both ordered steak with mash potatoes.  As soon as I ordered it, I was hanging out for that yummy mash.  When our meals were brought out, the steak came with fries instead.  When I asked about the mash, the waitress said that she could get a replacement, but it would take about 5 minutes.  We had a movie to get to, so I didn't want to risk running late, so decided to forgo the mash.  Never mind!

We got to the movies in plenty of time and went up to redeem our vouchers... sadly, the movie tickets I bought had expired at the end of July and were no longer valid.  My plan to pre purchase cheaper tickets and therefore having a cheaper date, fell by the way-side when I had to hand over money for 2 full priced tickets, not to mention the cost of the original tickets which were now useless! *sigh*!

We decided to look passed this, were grateful that the popcorn and drinks coupons were still valid and headed into the theatre to watch "The Bourne Legacy".  We've watched the first 3 "Bourne" movies many times (own them on DVD) and had been eagerly awaiting this next one.  We weren't too sure how it would go without Matt Damon and Jason Bourne no longer being the main focus of the storyline, but we quite enjoyed it and look forward to the next installment, whenever that may be.

So, despite the hiccups along the way, we enjoyed our Date Night and the time that gave us for some one-on-one quiet time was lovely!

The Memory:
Unfortunately I forgot to grab my phone off the kitchen bench before running out the door, so the photos below are a little low res as they were taken with an iPhone 3s, instead of my iPhone 4s!

Dinner at Sizzlers

Photos without a flash, sorry!  The happy couple above and below... popcorn and drink - what trip to the movies is complete without that?  Some people may argue that it wouldn't be complete without a choctop, but I've never really gotten that.  Icecream in a movie theatre just doesn't seem appealing to me!  Chocolate, for sure, but icecream?  Each to their own, I guess!

So, we have just entered the month of October, and I reluctantly report that we still have June and July's dates to complete... and for that reason, haven't even opened August or September's envelopes... nor Octobers come to think of it.  :o(