I’m nearly done with the top of my Diamonds Galore quilt. This one has been a huge challenge for reasons I can’t even figure out! There are a ton of pieces in each block so perhaps that’s part of it, but I have really struggled with accuracy — despite using paper piecing for a few of the more complex sections, which usually gives me fantastic points! But there are so many little parts that don’t match up and lines that should match up but don’t. Last night I finally put the rows together that you see above and even though I see a lot of bobbles, I felt very relieved to see that overall, I think it’s going to come out pretty nicely in the end despite everything else.
I’ve been in a really good fitness routine for the last couple months. First, I’ve been going to Orange Theory once a week since December and I still really enjoy it. I usually go on Sunday morning but I switch things around as needed, and the fact that I can reschedule classes easily is super helpful. The only hiccup I’ve had was last month when I had to cancel a planned Sunday class on Saturday afternoon because of the unexpected ISS failure that resulted in me working on the weekend. The new billing month started only 2 days later and I wasn’t able to fit in another class before my membership renewed, so I ended up wasting a class. Boo! But it couldn’t be helped.
I also get up and run ~3 miles before work twice a week. The day varies based on what’s on my schedule on any given week, but I’ve been sticking solidly to at least two days. It’s hard to believe that after all these years I’m turning into a morning runner…but it’s true! I get up at 6, am out the door by 6:15, and home by 7 to shower and get ready for work while Jose gets the girls up. On my flex Fridays every other week, I’ve been doing longer runs of 5-6 miles.
I’m not working out as much as I have at some points in the past, but I’m doing it consistently, and that feels like a definite step in the right direction. Running’s going to get tough for the next few months with the increasing heat and humidity but hopefully I can stick to these new habits.
I started parent-child swim lessons with Charlotte again this week. I did them with her last summer but we stopped after that session. Emma has been going to lessons once a week since she was Charlotte’s age, and I plan to do the same thing again — which means parent-child lessons until she’s ~2.5 and then hopefully she’ll be ready to do them on her own. It went reasonably well, although Charlotte’s preferred position in the pool was to have arms and legs wrapped around me as much as possible. She complained (“no, no, no!”) when I tried to hold her out in front of me, and cried when it was her turn to go with the instructor. This was all pretty much as expected, and hopefully she’ll get used to it as we go.
Emma, on the other hand, is doing really well and I’m impressed at her swimming skills so far. She can cross the pool by herself, and easily flips over onto her back when she needs to take a breath. I took both girls to the neighborhood pool on Memorial Day weekend, and while Emma’s not ready to be let loose, I did feel comfortable letting her swim in the big pool without her floaties as long as I was in the water as well.