I don’t know where January and February went. I really don’t. If you see them, can you tell them I need those weeks back? This year is absolutely flying by. Between my two little sick buddies (we’re finally over our double dose of bronchiolitis and ear infections!), and a super secret quilty projects, I’m pretty much eye balls with things I can’t blog about. Ha! Well, something like that.
Anyway, since last week was so crazy with my new shop launch, I delayed posting an update about what March holds in our “Beyond The Block” Sugar Block Club series this year, so want to offer that up today. This month’s block was a really fun, spinny version of an old classic.
I’m really loving using my Liberty of London quilting cottons in these classic blocks. I can’t quite tell if they feel vintage or new, which for me, means success.
The kids and I really enjoyed making our special dessert this month- a classic apple cobbler- thanks to this magical contraption. I borrowed it from a friend, but despite my moratorium on any new kitchen paraphernalia, I’m thinking I might have to snag one of these thingies for myself. It couldn’t have taken me more than 5 minutes to core, peel, and slice about 12 apples, and let’s be honest- it’s just plain fun.
I might have had apple cobbler for breakfast. If fact, we all did!
So, after last month’s emotional rollercoaster over the Mercy Challenge post (so many tears writing that one!), I decided that this month’s challenge would be much lighter, and a whole lot more fun. But despite the the fun, I’m still finding it to be so challenging! I’m curious as to if you feel the same way.
Do you ever notice your days melding together into one big, mundane routine? I definitely do. Dropping the kids at school, checking email, cleaning, making the same dinner I’ve made 692 times before. It’s so easy to fall into this convenient rut of habit- eating the same things, going to the same places, sewing the same quilts. For heaven sake, my husband and I practically go to the same restaurant every time we go out on a date, despite living in one of the most culturally vibrant and diverse cities in America! Why? It’s so easy. It holds no risk. We may not love it, but we know we won’t hate it. No reason to mess with a good thing, right? Wrong!
It’s a huge world, with limitless things to experience and enjoy! When we are willing to get out of our comfort zone and explore, we open ourselves up to discovering something out of this world awesome. And even if what we find isn’t so awesome, the learning and growth we experience is. Sometimes trying new things can be more about supporting and connecting with someone we love, than it is about us. I loved my husband’s guest blog post last year where he wrote about why he decided to make a quilt… “The world that Amy and I share just got a little bigger.”
But how? I don’t want to shake things up! I like my grande-half-caff-no-whip-cinnamon-dolce-latte. Fine, you can keep your coffee drink, but here are some fun ideas to help you find the explorer in you this month!
- Take a new route home from work, church, or school. Notice the shops, restaurants, and neighborhoods you’re driving through and make a plan to visit them at your next opportunity.
- Plan a double date, or outing with friends who you haven’t seen in awhile or don’t regularly hang out with. Cook their favorite meal, or eat at their favorite restaurant.
- Visit a park or hike a trail that you’ve never been to.
- Cook a meal in a cuisine you’ve never tried before.
- Listen to a radio station or musical artist you’ve never listened to before.
- Try a quilting technique, or use fabrics you wouldn’t normally use.
- Plan a family day or night out, where your kids choose all of the food and activities.
- Plan a weekend getaway to a place you’ve never been. Maybe it’s a short road trip to a town in your area that you’ve never visited, or even a different state or country that you’ve never had reason to visit.
- Read a book about something you know nothing about.
- Redecorate a room in your house using a new aesthetic, that you’ve never tried before.
- Visit a quilt guild you’ve never been to before.
Do you have any fun ideas to help get out of a same-old-same-old routine? Any fun tips or stories? Please share! However you decide to explore this month, I hope you have fun!