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I have been a busy bee the past few days. On Friday I started the “Go Shiggy Go” 30-day challenge which was started by a friend of a friend. There are 2 rules: 1) Exercise for at least 30 minutes everyday for 30 days, and 2) Post an action shot on Facebook everyday. At first I thought that posting pics was weird, but I decided that I was inspired enough by other people’s pics to take on the challenge so maybe my pics will also be inspirational! It seems doable, fun and a great opportunity to get my rear back in gear!

Day 1 was Friday and an old high school friend and I went to Mission Cliffs for a little indoor rock climbing. EEEEK. I’d never done this before and it was a little scary, but I did get to the tippy top of the 50 foot wall twice! I made it 1/2 way up 2 other times, but my arms gave out and I couldn’t go any higher. I don’t have pics of me climbing because I wasn’t skilled enough to climb and take a pic at the same time. Anyhow, I swear I got to the top twice! My buddy was more adept so there is a pic from his POV on the wall. Day 2 I was in Napa and did a 4-mile walk/jog (definitely more walk than jog), and today I had a mat Pilates class in SF!

Whoop! Whoop!


Here is my 1st attempt at an Owl Tote bag. I ordered the pattern & tutorial online from this site on Etsy for $6.50. (If you order online be prepared to wait a week because Paypal takes FOREVER to process payments). I’ve decided sewing in circles is not for me so in the future will figure out how to glue the eyes on. I’m pretty happy with the overall structure of the bag and I only had to do the wings twice! Yay me!

Oh, if you need to kill time (not at work, of course) peruse Etsy for a bit. So many great ideas for anything and everything!

Last year (2010) my Dad gave me an awesome sewing machine for Christmas. Since then I’ve made a few wine bags and a lot of sachets. I decided now that the holidays are over and I have a little extra time on my hands it’d be a good time to work on my sewing skills. Plus, there are so many things I want to make!

Today I took to making an owl. I downloaded a free pattern from the blog Toad’s Treasures which also provides tutorials. What a find! Toad’s Treasures is full of fun craft ideas and the sewing patterns and tutorials being free is amazing. Especially for a newbie like me who needs a lot of practice.

Here’s my first attempt at a stuffed owl. I have to say that sewing the eyes on is the hardest part. Those darn circles. I sort of think it looks like an Angry Bird, but as long as it’s in the bird family I’m happy.

#1 Finished!

I decided I could surely do better. The second one was easier except that I put the feet on upside down. Oops.

#2 finished!

What a great way to get through the post holiday doldrums and start the year off right. The PBS Miniseries Downton Abbey is back! Season 2 started last night and it is so good I don’t know how I’m going to make it another week until the next episode.

The costumes are amazing.

Like Anna, I too fancy Mr. Bates.

I think most of all, I love Maggie Smith as Dowager Countess of Grantham. She is quite the stubborn matriarch. I’m not the only fan…check out the Countesses Facebook page!

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