There's something about May. The days are longer, everyone in my department pledges to leave the car at home for the entire month, we often have our first heat wave of the year, and my allergies make me feel like I have the worst cold of my life - everyday. But the biggest thing about May is my overwhelming desire for change.
It never fails. I'm usually desperate for a spring vacation because I've (almost) stuck out the long dry spell between winter vacation and summer vacation. I also have the urge to purge - the closets, fabric, clothes, dishes. You name it, I'm ready to use it or lose it. May is my January 1.
Enter Make it in May - my chance to get a little focus and change things up in a public forum. It's sort of like telling people you're on a diet. Once it's out there you need to stick to it. As with any successful change, you should really have specific, measurable, attainable goals. These are mine:
Creating - Sew/craft/knit/create at least three times a week. And no, fabric shopping doesn't count. Neither does looking at fantastic items on Flickr.
Eating - I will make my lunch and dinner 3 times a week. I used to cook all the time but somewhere between work and living walking distance to everything, we fell into a bad habit. Currently, I make lunch approximately 0 times a week. My dinner record is far superior coming in at about 2 times a week. Although my blood pressure isn't high (yet) I imagine that it's only a matter of time given how much sodium I consume. It will also help me get ready for Warrior Dash. And think about all the extra money that will be available should my craft fund need a boost! I will not, however, give up my morning soy chai latte. It's my guilty pleasure, makes me immeasurably happy, and starts my day just right.
Blogging - And, because things are better in threes, I will blog. More.
So, why do you care? Because, I figure that this is the perfect time to do my first blog give away (I don't think the Japan one counts). Tune in tomorrow to find out what you can win by helping to keep me on track!
Today's success? I made a casserole to have for lunch and dinner for the next few days. Now i just need to remember to pack it! Doesn't everything look better in pyrex? even 9pm photos.
I also tried making some Japanese + and x quilt blocks for the QAL (not starting until June). I love the center block in the top row, not so keen on the others. But, I'm experimenting with colour, so it's all good. Love them or not, the quilt will be awesome. When I first saw the original quilt back in January, it never crossed my mind to copy it! What a novel idea ;) I thought drooling was the only option. Here's hoping that my experimentation with colour will eventually pay off.