Friday, August 22, 2014

Playing Hooky

Last night I played hooky from my Kimono Jacket class and kidnapped my husband from the train station instead. While this sounds kind of drastic, my husband was happy to be "kidnapped" and taken to Pizzeria Uno for dinner (I treated), where he enjoyed a 20 oz Sam Adams on draft and a steak and shrimp combo. I had the Chicago Classic mini pizza and shared a cookie sundae with Mike for dessert as he finished off his giant beer.
This photo has absolutely nothing to do with my blog post, but it does add to the visual appeal.
From left to right: Elvis, LarryPug and Romeo share the large dog bed in my office.
I chose to skip my last class since I was running late at work and would have been late to class AND I really don't like my jacket in progress. So I've decided to take it apart (it's only basted) and cut it out using a pattern that fits me well which will look better than the unshapely work in progress. Had I known that the class was based on "no pattern", I wouldn't have signed up for it. An unstructured jacket made of four rectangles may look good on a skinny to normal size person, but it doesn't flatter a plus-sized goddess like myself.

In keeping with my playing hooky theme, I am also skipping the last session of my Glacier Star class tomorrow morning. This class proved to be a little too much for me for the following reasons: 1. It's a 45 minute drive from my house (I know that those of you who don't live on the East, will not think that is far, but I hate to drive); 2. My class mates are cliquey (one woman is positively hateful) and I don't feel welcome (in fact it feels a lot like fourth grade); 3. There is too much homework and I haven't been able to keep up. For the record, I'm not giving up entirely, I have all the directions and will attempt this again when I'm not so stressed at work. My quilting paradigm is: if work is stressful, do easy quilt projects; if work is easy, do more challenging quilt projects. And right now work is stressful, so the projects need to be easy.

So tomorrow, I will sew with Marion and I will work on easy projects and all will be right with the world. And the next time I sign up to take a class, remind me NOT to unless I enlist a buddy to take it with me. And if you ever need help with rationalizations, give me a buzz, I'm great at them.

Pugs and kisses,


  1. I totally agree with your hooky playing! A no pattern garment would drive me nuts and a class with a group of mean girls sounds torturous. I agree with your theory about the more stress going on the easier/no-brainer my quilting projects need to be. Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Good for you Nancy! You made some very wise choices. I think Quilting should be your happy place or at the very least, good therapy.

  3. I agree I hate cliquey groups. I would not have went either.

  4. For the reasons listed is EXACTLY why I stopped going to classes. I think your buddy system is a perfect idea. Quilting is our release from keeping it happy is ideal! ANd hey congrats on your viewers choice award at the Pets on QUilts....I'm so happy for you!! (and the pugs) Big smiles for sure!