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MIA. OMG. WTGDHHH (What the Gosh Darn Heck Happened Here). LOL.

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Holy cow. It has been a long time.

Just kidding. I still spin and run obsessively.

I have a big birthday coming up at the end of this year, and I am trying not to feel down about it. MID LIFE CRISIS, Y’ALL. So I’m listing the good. Luckily, it comes as an update on what I’ve done over the last 2 years.

  • I still run a lot. I have run the Napa Valley Marathon (again–did I post a re-cap? Maybe I will. It was a trip); the Two Cities Half (the Clovis one! Tequila at mile 8!); The Kiawah Island Half (best birthday weekend a girl could have imagined); The End of the Trail race (both the 10k in 2018 and the half in 2019); The Santa Rosa Half (I left off with training for the full. That….didn’t happen. Oops.); a bunch of 5ks, 4 milers, 15ks, etc. Plus a LOT of long miles solo with me and my favorite podcasts or books.

Sometimes I run. Sometimes I fly.

  • I still lead spin classes. Over the last 6 years (SIX YEARS??!?!?) my class profiles have whittled themselves down to about 12 different, really solid profiles that I rotate through with whatever music is speaking to me at the time. Spoiler alert: Not EDM.

What’s a holiday spin class without a kindergarten style visual aid?

  • I still sew a lot. Do I sew fun things for myself? LOLOLOLOLOL. But I sew beautiful things, beautiful dresses, working with beautiful brides who for some reason believe in me when I tell them it is all going to be ok and they will both look and feel exactly the way they want to look and feel on their big day. And the STORIES!

So that about covers basic updates. My goal is to write down all those race recaps I’ve been dragging my feet on, get more spinning profiles out there( maybe it will help inspire others in the oh-crap-what-are-we-going-to-do-for-spin-tomorrow rut.), all the amazing stories that come from being the safe person who gets to bond with brides before her big day, recap my current running challenges, and pretend the wider world cares deeply about what I’m doing.

Will puppy pictures inspire you to check in more?

But mostly? This a record for me. If my Jesuit education taught me anything, it’s that in reflection we can always find the lessons to lead us forward.

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The Torpedo Missed

I woke up feeling different this morning. Maybe it was skipping spinning in favor of sleeping in ( thinking I can go at 8…and then woke up at 8:10.) Maybe it was just plain getting enough sleep. Maybe it was having a relaxing weekend with my husband–a genuinely relaxing weekend not weighed down by preparations for Christmas/visitors/whatever.

I woke up ready to start altering dresses again.

It was finally time to go back to the bridal shop and ask them to take me back.

I have been terrified of this. I cut off working last April very suddenly. I wouldn’t say that I left them in a lurch per se (they don’t do alterations in house, they just refer people to local businesses.) I was the number one place to which they referred brides, and then I was gone.

I was certain I’d be told to go screw myself.

I am shocked–shocked–when I was welcomed back with open arms (and tears! The manager cried! Tears of joy!). I had no idea alterations professionals were so hard to come by in this town.

I am so grateful. I was certain I had destroyed my business when I hit the skids last spring–and with that, a piece of myself. I’ve missed it.

Cliche as it is, I know that this time it will be different. I have an office with an entrance that is not in our house. No more disruption to the whole family whenever I have appointments. I know my limits better. I’m also much, much better at altering clothing in general–faster, sleeker, more streamlined.

I have experience and outside entrance on my side.

I celebrated with a 7 mile run wearing the awesome jacket my mom and dad got me for Christmas. The sleeves are the absolute perfect length. Note the angry puppy who wants to go for a walk in the corner.


Operation Irish Dance Dress–RESULTS!

She loved it!
From this research:
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To this rendering:
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To the final result!
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Sadly, I did not get a picture of the tiny matching dress for her American Girl doll. Fun, time consuming project–and no alterations needed. I feel like a badass.

Enjoy, Miss Emma!!

Operation Irish Dancing Dress

A friend recently asked me to make her daughter an Irish dancing dress for Christmas and a matching dress for her American girl doll with this kind of flavor (or at least, this is one of the pictures she sent me):

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I’m excited–and a little intimidated. I have never seen an Irish dancing dress in person, but am pretty confident in my abilities to make one. It will be a tough project without an embroidery machine (I’ll be faking that part), but it should be interesting.

Here is the design.
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Thank goodness the husband is going to be out of town this week–I can’t wait to get down to working out the embroidery and designs. Just me, the puppy, and hopefully only a few late nights. Pictures to come later.

A Room With a View–Finally

From this:
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To this:
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To this:
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To this:
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To this.
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I had my first official appointment in my new office today. I can’t describe how wonderful it was.

No one walking through my living room to the bedroom.
No one cares if my dishes are done or living room is perfectly dusted (except, of course, that it always is, right? Right…)
No worries that my dog’s loud barking in the next room will disturb the fitting.
The chickens! No more of their squawking right under the window.
No worrying if someone is going through the desk drawers or eyeing our valuables for evil.

Best of all–appointments don’t disrupt the whole household.

Thank you, husband, for all your work. Enjoy remaining on the couch in your undies while I meet with clients.

Musings of a Sunday

I have made peace with the treadmill.

I used to hate–HAAAATE–the treadmill. Five minutes would feel like an hour, and 3 miles a marathon. Today, I found my zen at 4 miles. Not more, not less. Running at about a 9:05 pace, 4 miles takes just under 37 min. I am pleased with this.

However, I really felt the pressure was on. Why? Because in the nearly empty gym where at least 35 of the 40 treadmills were available, I had people choose the two machines right next to me.


One was a girl from my spin class. Now she knows how running at that pace makes me gasp like I’m dying. Running at that pace is not easy, and it makes me want to do this. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
Paranoia that someone is checking out your pace/calorie count/time sucks.

Speaking of running, big congrats to my baby sister, who ran her 3rd hold marathon and PRed today!!! I’m so proud of her–she’s been rocking the paleo diet lately and has lost 20 lbs. What an inspirational Rockstar!!!

On the dress front, I had 5 appointments today. 3 bridesmaid dresses–perfect. Wedding gown 1–perfect. Wedding gown 2-a bit too tight. Simple to adjust, but the real magic was when bride 2 put on her dress. It had been about 6 sizes too big, and when she put it on and it fit for the first time (granted, a bit too tight), she cried.

That’s the beauty of doing bridal alterations–the moment when something off the rack becomes YOURS.

What’s better than pretty?

Shiny and pretty.

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Today I spent my lunch hour sewing a custom veil to metal comb for a client. This is my favorite type of lunchtime project.

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