How remiss of me

Seeing Serv’s post about my competition and the fact I haven’t posted about my Richard Armitage cross stitch project in MONTHS made me realize just how long it’s been!  Crikey!!  Thanks, Serv, for the nudge!  lol

Okay, confession time.  I have not touched Stitchin’ Richard since the middle of August.  *hangs head in shame*  I took an independent study course in Italian last fall, World of Warcraft came out with a new expansion in November, I’ve been working on an enormous afghan for my son, I’m addicted to e-books….can I come up with any more excuses??  Maybe just one….I saw a specialist who wants to do surgery to relieve me of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome.  All of that is true, but SR is so close to done!!  I should buckle down and Just Do It!!

But what will my next project be???  I think angsting over that decision is a major part of why I put SR in the closet.  Yes, I actually did that.  I stashed him in the closet and put him out of my mind.  I am a bad, bad fan and a bad, bad stitcher.  Someone should take away my fan card and my needle too.  (Please don’t!!!  I would be really sad.)

Sooo…..  A bit of a recap.  Last time you saw Stitchin’ Richard, he looked like this:

SR 2014.07.29

Now for the update (such as it is).  The following week, he looked like this:

SR 2014.08.08

And he still does, folks.  Roughly 2400 stitches left to go.  Two, three, maybe four days of stitching if I get serious about it (again.)  I dug him out of the closet this morning and hope to get a bunch of stitching done today.  Wish me luck!

Oh, and if you haven’t seen the competition you should go check it out!!  Thorin done in sepia tones.  Yumm!!  Three days of updates so far and I cannot wait to see the next one.   :)

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How cool is that?

Both my boys put “a Nintendo 3DS” on their Christmas wish list.  Guess what they got?  Pretty cool, yeah?  They each had a list of games, and they got three games apiece.  The youngest got a game that wasn’t on his list.  How uncool is that?  Well…   lol


The game *not* included on the wish list.

Yeah, Mom may have been interested in that one.  *sheepish grin* (To be fair to Mom, the boy had pointed it out at the store; he just didn’t put it on his wish list.) The boy is really enjoying it, which is cool.

“Mom!  They’re playing music from the movie, too!  COOL!!!”

And, after accomplishing certain objectives, the game goes to cut-scenes where the little LEGO dudes actually act out parts of the movie, with voices from actual Hobbit movie footage!  (Pretty cool, in my humble opinion)

The very best part is having a 9 year old who is willing to snuggle on the couch with Mom and let her watch him play his new game.  How cool is that?  Yeah.  Pretty darn cool.

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A good day to be me!

Bday loot

All this and spending time with my family….what more could a girl wish for?

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My latest endeavor

Literacy is something I have always taken for granted. I love to read – I taught myself when I was four years old.  My husband loves to read.  I read to our babies and now that they are older all three of them love to read on their own.  One of our favorite places to go is the bookstore and we rarely come home empty handed.  We love books!!!

Not everyone looks upon reading as we do.  In our county there are 17,000 illiterate adults.  The county has a literacy program designed to help reduce that number.  They have a sign near my college campus, asking for volunteers.  Guess what I did this summer?  Yup, I finally attended an orientation session and signed up for tutoring training.

Two weeks or so ago, I received a shiny certificate proclaiming that I finished my training and I was assigned a client.  I met him today, and we will begin working together on Monday.

I’m shaking in my boots.  I hope I can help him.


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A wonderful friend went to London…

and all I got was a lovely Richard Armitage poster!!!

The Crucible Poster RA

Many thanks, Judiang!!!!  You ROCK!!!!!

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I cannot wait to get one!!

LEGO has new sets for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and I really want set #79017.  There is a new Thorin figure – the King Under the Mountain!

LEGO Thorin set 79017

I found a good description of the set (and lots of cool photos) at Bricks and Bloks.  The Hobbit Battle of Five Armies (#79017) set is due to be released in October, but it appears that some Toys R Us stores already have it on the shelf.  It retails for $59.99.  I know what will be on my Christmas list this year!

Gotta have that new Thorin!!!   ;)

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To the one I could call King

1 Campfire

“We were leaderless.  Defeat and death were upon us.  That is when I saw him.”

“A young Dwarf prince facing down the pale Orc.  He stood alone against this terrible foe…”

2 Thorin and Azog

“…and I thought to myself then there is one who I could follow.  There is one I could call King.”

3 Ledge

4 Cake2


(Graphics made with characters created by Itsy within the World of Warcraft – and Photoshop.  Love that Photoshop!!)

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