Sunday, February 2, 2014

My basket of accomplishments

(The title of this post is inspired by a job interview my friend once had where she was asked what she would put in her "basket of accomplishments". FYI.)

At the end of December/beginning of January we decided to sleep train L. At that point he was almost 7 months old - later than some people do it, and then there are some people don't ever do it. We decided to go for it when we thought L. was good and ready, and since then? OMG, it's awesome. Sleeping through the night is a magical, wonderful thing. I hadn't really had a proper night's sleep since January 2013, because sleeping through the night while pregnant is rare. Did anyone tell you that? I mean, people say "get your sleep now before baby comes!" but that's absolute nonsense because you can't sleep through the night while pregnant. So, get your sleep before you conceive, that's my advice.

Anyway, so imagine not getting a proper night's sleep for a year. Yeah, that sucks. But you convince yourself you're ok with it, that you can function on these broken nights. And your brain suffers for it. It really does. Now we've enjoyed a month of near-perfect nights, and I am like a new woman! And I have gotten back into doing things. For example:

1. I read a book.

Yes, I read a few over the summer while on maternity leave, but since going back to work I've struggled to keep my eyes open through more than a page at a time. But I did it, in a matter of days too. And this book was so good, yet so sad and so hard to read at times. But a very very good book.

2. I sewed something.

I feel conflicted about posting this photo. My couch has really suffered from excessive cat and kid trauma. Poor thing. However, I wanted to show my new cushion covers. Ignore the couch though.

Yesterday I used a gift card I had form a local sewing shop and bought some cute fabrics.

We had these old orange cushions that were super shabby and I've been meaning to make covers for them (or buy new ones) forever.

Skanky old orange ones.
I made simple envelope-style covers, using the guidance of Martha Stewart. They were very easy, took about 30 minutes, and are washable - which is good because (need I remind you) cat and kid.

The fabric is Lotta Jansdotter Glimma Canvas.

I'm happy with the result.

3. I cleaned and organized under our sinks.

I will spare you a photo, because yuck. They were scary. No, I really mean it - they were scary and I approached those caverns of cleaners and old sponges and bugs with a flashlight and rubber gloves. I bought some cheapie baskets from the dollar store, and now they are so clean and organized that I actually keep looking at them to admire them.

There you have it. 3 accomplishments for the weekend. It's like I did the whole "January Cure" in 3 days, because I'm awesome and am sleeping through the night.

Now here's a treat for you: two cute faces.

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