Sunday, July 26, 2009

Reboot & Simplicity 2724

Cute angled view of Simplicity 2724

I am feeling calm. It's been a while since I've felt that way. Things feel under control. House doesn't look like a disaster. My personal to-do list isn't huge. Maybe my general outlook has something to do with the giant reboot I had on Friday evening.

Well, first, let's talk about the chiro. He is now away for 10 days. The day he comes back he's already fully booked. That means...I will not see him for 2 full weeks. Cue "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?" You know, Michael Bolton? He probably remade it. Was it Diane Warren? Too lazy to Google that now.

We talked about the best way to stand (which, in his opinion, is to put one foot up on something. Doing dishes? Put one foot on a phone book. Teaching class? Put one foot on a chair and lean forward, resting on your leg (very professorial pose). Keep switching legs.

Best way to pick something up off the floor? He said, to let someone else do it. Basically, lunge for it, rest one knee on the ground, pick thing up, use strength in both legs to stand back up. I tried it; it was really really difficult for me to do that--I have lost so much strength in my legs. It was pretty shocking, especially when I think about what I used to do in toning class 6.5 months ago. Alternatively, I can squat with each knee out to side, not together.

He told me a story--said it was time for a lecture. When he was 37 or 38, he was sideswiped by a car while he was riding his bicycle. He said it took 3 or 4 years for him to recover to the point where he was back to the fitness level he was at when he was hit (he's a triathlete). He said it's going to take a lot of time for me to first just get back to the point where I can do the things required of everyday living, the things I have trouble with now--like squatting to get clothes out of the dryer. He said as I gain mobility, I will do more, but my body will let me know when I've gone too far (like the flare-up I had with the dishwasher). When I do go too far, he thinks my body will pull itself out of the pain in 2 days or less.

I came home and then talked to Pete. I think it was around 7:30pm when I decided to take a nap. I woke up at 3am! Windows wide open, still dressed in my work outfit, teeth unbrushed, unshowered, supplements not taken. It is surprisingly quiet outside at 3am. It was 60F, nice temperature for sleeping. I fell back to sleep by 4am and woke again at 7:30am and got on with the day. Crazy! Usually that kind of thing happens when I'm jetlagged. I hadn't taken any naps all week, maybe that's why it happened.

I decided to start taking glucosamine supplements to see if it helps with my knees.

I stopped sewing on Sundays because I usually had a lot of chores to do. Well, today the list wasn't so long and I have time to sew.

Today I finished Simplicity 2724 from yesterday. It's a Project Runway mix-n-match pattern. I didn't use a collar; I used bias tape and treated it like a facing. I didn't make the sash as long because I prefer knots to bows; I love the way the ruffle is sewn on and may replicate that in the future on a shirt. It's a really nice shade of turquoise. Not too crazy about the pleats on the butt. I played around with the side zip to get it to an ok point. I cut 4.5 inches off the bottom and made a 1.25 inch hem. I sewed the 14 and then trimmed the bodice down to a 12 during sewing. It is done!
Close up view of front of Simplicity 2724
Simplicity 2724 side view
Rear view Simplicity 2724
Direct front view of Simplicity 2724
Another cute angled view of Simplicity 2724
Time for a haircut, eh?


  1. I was thinking more "How Do I Live Without You?" (a la Trisha Yearwood or Leann Rimes, you choose) as opposed to the Michael Bolton. Wouldn't surprise me if it was Diane Warren; she is decidedly a more sentimental pop songwriter than, say, David Foster or Burt Bacharach.

    LOVING loving loving this dress -- on its own it was cute, but on you it is impressive! Really great execution.

  2. OOoo... pretty dress! The color is very lovely on you!


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