Summer Stitch and Bitch plans

Mr. BCA is away from the computer negotiating a contract that would put him in Kirkland part-time for the next month. We may try to piggyback down with him before the school year starts up again. Its been a weird couple of days for both of us to adjust to this new arrangement after he’s been home all summer. The time is right and the time apart will be healthy for both of us but its still tough to get used to so quickly. Thankfully I have no problem with the bus and being withou the car when school begins up here, even though we have a lot going on, its all busable or walkable. I’m even getting the wheel on Ti’s bike fixed today so we may even experiment with riding to school. Crane is getting better about walking places too and in general is less clingy, thanks to two parents being mostly around all summer. We didn’t do enough house work and re-org because we are giant slackers and super procrastinators so we need to spend the precious few days before he leaves getting cleaned up.

He is awesome and I love him and I’m glad we got to rearrange our relationships this summer. Its amazing how time flies when you’ve got kids, our 5th wedding anniversary is this week. I am so jealous of friends who have been spending weekends away together without kids to celebrate that kind of thing, but our family has gone all diasporic. We’ll get our day. In the meanwhile I’m just glad we enjoy each other so much, even through all the petty house stuff, kid discipline, fights, and general weight of years of being together. We barely fought with him home this time and that was a big change. He’s got the hang of what it means to contribute to the house and kids and even better, fully supports me not pursuing the engineering thing even though I’m sorely tempted to give him a break. He likes my energy and what I exercise on our whole little nest by being outside the straight job/life thing, an din someways its good balance for him because even when he complains I can’t imagine him not off at work power-mongering. Despite my lack of organization, I am still holding a candle for my fiber arts collective work and lots of things are moving on that front right now. I may have an art partner/understudy (and our families click) and am getting the basement ready to host stitch and bitch and coop projects next month. Gah! It beautiful outside, and I’m going back in the basement.

all that advance warning

and I still am a day late to wish a Happy happy Birthday!

We are enjoying a two parent summer and generally enjoying life. Mr BCA helped me organize a bunch of stuff in the basement and now tonight a fiber artist is coming over to use my serger, but its really a ruse to meet each other and discuss sharing the studio space in the basement. Although I may be returning to school and/or work in the next two years I am really excited to be adding a bi-monthly stitch and bitch night downstairs this year. Despite having two volunteer jobs I also hoep to put together a simple project for a spring afterschool enrichment class for 6-9 year olds. I have an 8 year old boy who can’t wait for me to teach him to learn to sew and it would be great to get 5 or 6 kids into a little group to learn. I am on the PAC executive as secretary (essentially the PTA) and still doing the co-op preschool thing but I may not be on that executive this year, so hopefully I have trading sewing time at one meeting with babysitting for another. Also in the works, new raised garden beds in the backyard (by a landscaper, no I am not attempting to dig up 20 feet of day lilies again this summer). My partner and I are learning to develop ourselves independantly and he is rocking on the guitar and I am doing lots of dyeing and sewing and quilting…I hope some of it sticks with us when school begins and he (theoretically) returns to work sometime before Christmas. Whew that was a lot of big plans, I swear to god I have been slacking in all the best ways. For now we are weathering out the wait in Vancouver as if there is no downside.

Here comes the deluge of job possibilities with no sure things yet, but its a start. I just met with a woman in my quilt guild to wrap up this sidejob I’ve been doing that involves data entry and designing a small database, so that was mentally gratifying. And now we have hopes for several jobs for the Poker Stud, none of which are offer letters yet but at least its encouraging. And I am looking forward to working tonight even though mammatoni and MIL are going to watch the kids while Studly’s meetings run late and he gets some board members to buy him dinner. Good luck out there, you gelding! And now to lunch, mush mush. When the dust settles from the last year I am so getting my tattoo, especially because his Saturn return is still on the way, too.

Roman Stripes binding

I am sewing with Pete in the bouncey seat while the best daddy in the whole wide world spends the day with his other daughter at the zoo. Too bad we’re not supposed to be having sex, because he has looked lip-smacking good lately. And his beaming “new daddy” attitude helps. I am quilting and participating in an Internet quilting retreat where they do things like play bingo for fatquarters on the honor system…too cute. All I’m doing is trying to finish granma’s binding and get Pete’s top and backing ready for basting, so I can begin hand-quilting all over it. I am such a freakin’ nerd! My diapers are sundrying on the clothesline for the second time in two days…Pete is blowing gaskets right and left. I am proud of the dryer time I save, but the Prince hates the “white trash” look, even though no one can see it from the street. I hope he’s not too sorry he married a hippie. It provides us with endless hours of argument fodder.