tr.v. thwart•ed, thwart•ing, thwarts
1. To prevent the occurrence, realization, or attainment of: They thwarted her plans.
2. To oppose and defeat the efforts, plans, or ambitions of.
I am trying my darndest to oppose the evils of aliens and age!
Firstly, I am attempting to finish off some UFO's (otherwise known as UnFinished Objects!) that those extraterrestrials may have left behind.
Last week, I finished the scrap quilt which I posted all ready....
I figured I was on the right path to getting some more UFO's out of my sewing room so I pulled down a project that began in 2004 or 2005 (Yikes! is that how long I have had them?!) with a swap on a Pat Sloan Yahoo Group... pink and brown nine patches.
I even pieced them together within the year of receiving the blocks and sandwiched them! I started quilting the project at a quilt retreat 2 years ago but never finished.
But when I pulled the project off my sewing room shelf last week, I was really not pleased with the quilting so, I ripped it out and started all over again.
This time, I made up my own overall swirly type quilting pattern...
and now, another UFO is done!!!!
Take that (or is it ZAP?!), you aliens!!!!!
Believe it or not, I also found some time to work on my Dear Jane blocks (I now have 44 done)!
I am trying to find some blocks that have an element of hand work (applique but not the piecing)
so I can keep my hands busy when I am sitting around...
Which leads me to the other evil.... AGE!!!!
Around the time of my last birthday, I began to experience some signs of aging.... like some hot flashes (which I haven't had again..... yet!!!), the sudden lack of regularity of my cycle (bimonthly, every second month, ....) and more recently, the ease with which I can add some padding to my midriff. ARGH!
The first two signs I have handled okay.... so far! But the fact that I may be developing a muffin top (aka spare tire) is very, very frustrating and downright upsetting!
So I have decided that I will have to keep my hands busy with various projects and out of my mouth! That means there may be a whole lot more UFO's done in the near future, a few more Dear Jane blocks completed, and probably the start of a new project or two (or three)!
And, I really have to keep my fitness routine going!
Many of you can't imagine the day-to-day routine that I keep. Mr. U and I usually rise about 4 AM and I am out the door by 5 AM (some days are easier than others), headed to the gym about 5x per week (while Mr. U heads out to hike a mountain).
Generally, Tuesday and Thursday is an hour body pump class...
and the other days, I run on the treadmill and use some of the weight machines..
To burn calories, you really have to sweat! and boy, when I run my 4 miles (in less than 40 minutes), I sweat! Now if I can only thwart the consumption of those carbs I love, I will be all set!!!!
Getting up that early also allows me some time to myself (before the kids are up and my day really begins). Some times I sew or read or e-mail and I always have a cup of coffee!
I'll keep you posted! I will need a lot of willpower! Maybe those aliens ("take me to your leader") have some ideas!
PS.... I think this is my 296th post (yes, I do have the gift of gab) so I am thinking we are due for a giveaway in one of the next few posts!