"...for we put the thought of all that we love into all that we make" ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Monster Sunflower :)

As many of you probably know or have guessed, I love, love, LOVE sunflowers! So when one started growing in a really weird spot in front of the house, I just couldn’t pull it out. I think it was planted by a squirrel or a bird.


It’s HUGE!! It’s nearly as tall as the house, actually. And it’s just starting to open!


I ♥ it :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Playing :)

My new laptop has Live Writer! I’ve heard a few people say that they really like writing their blog this way, so I’m testing it :)

Check out this picture I took this morning on my way to the Y (don’t worry, I was at a red light!)


It was storming at home, but 20 miles south in Sycamore it was broken clouds. It’s funny how weather can be so different from one place to another!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


So, I've been really busy lately. Going to the Y takes a LOT of my energy right now. Cooking healthy meals and not eating junk takes more of it. Add in cleaning the house and doing yardwork in the ungodly humidity we've been having, and you end up with one tired, worn out Jennie.

I haven't even turned my sewing machine on since Sunday >:-(

In the meantime I've been...

My Special Treat :)
Drinking iced caramel macchiatos, trying to both keep cool and get a little energy boost...

My New Toy :)
Playing with my new laptop (it just came today!)!! It's already beat me at Scrabble. Which isn't hard, but anyway...

Prep Work

Prep Work
And packing fabric for the yard sale my friends and I are holding the first weekend of August! More details about that to come shortly, but if you're in the Chicago area you might want to think about stopping by :)

I'm also cleaning and planning- friends of mine from back home in New York will be here next weekend!! I'm SO excited to see them!!

I hope to get sewing soon- I have so many projects I want to make!

Monday, July 12, 2010

My {First} NASCAR Experience :)

This past weekend my sister-in-law brought my nieces and nephew up to Chicago to spend some time with family and go to the Nascar races at the Chicagoland Speedway. My dad had tickets for the Nationwide race on Friday and the Sprint Cup race on Saturday. Because of schedule issues, he ended up with an extra ticket to each race, and I was invited to go along!

Now, I confess to having harbored some Nascar prejudices: I thought it was pretty much loud, beer-drinking, tattooed redneck guys and their equally loud, beer-drinking, tattooed, bikini-wearing wives/girlfriends. I was really not looking forward to going. But I don't get to spend a lot of time with my nieces, and I'd never seen my 9 month old nephew. So I thought I would go, and it would be a way to bond with them, and I'd hate the race, and that would be the end of my Nascar experiences.

Well, I was wrong. It's NOT all loud, beer-drinking, tattooed, bikini-wearing people (although believe me, they're there!). It's pretty family oriented, really. And I really had a fun time. So much fun that I would like to do it again. Soon! With more money. The racetrack is pretty much set up to perform a "cashectomy" on you every time you turn a corner.

I digress.

The NASCAR experience :)
The first thing I did was buy a Matt Kenseth hat. He's the favorite of most of the family, and I needed a hat because it was really sunny and I'd forgotten mine. And it's pretty. And purple :)

Merchandise is sold from "haulers", which are trailers with sides that open. When the race is over, they get closed up, hooked to semi tractors and hauled (hence the name...) to the next race! When my nieces first asked where the haulers were I asked them what that meant. They looked at me like I had 12 heads and 15 eyes. I reminded them that I'd never been to a race before. And then they began educating me about Nascar :)


My NASCAR Experience :)
Dad got us some pretty amazing seats! We could see the whole track, and the flag tower and all of the pits.

#7 Danica Patrick :)
For the Nationwide race (the Dollar General 300) on Friday we pulled for #7 Danica Patrick. Because she's a girl race car driver. And 5 of the seven of us at the race were girls :)

NASCAR Baby :)
The only boys were PopPop and my nephew. They enjoyed the race too :)

On Saturday night we went to the Sprint Cup race (the Lifelock 400), which is otherwise known as the "race that has drivers I've actually heard of". We were a bit more varied in who we were pulling for. My dad, sister and I were pulling for Matt Kenseth. My niece Fiona was pulling for Kasey Kahne (because "he's dreamy"!) and Zoë was pulling for Carl Edwards (he finished 2nd. Zoë was VERY happy!).

Family At At the Sprint Cup :)
Some nice people sitting behind us took this great picture of us with the track in the background!

My sister got some great pictures of all of our favorite cars.

#17 Matt Kenseth
#17 Matt Kenseth

Carl Edwards In The Pits
#99 Carl Edwards

Kasey Kahne In The Pits
#9 Kasey Kahne

Finish Of The Lifelock 400
And all of our drivers finished in the top 15!

It really was a great weekend, and I enjoyed myself SO much more than I thought I would. And I was able to spend some time getting to know my nieces. Which was the most important thing (to me, anyway)!

PS- I forgot to show you my Matt Kenseth toes!! I had a mani/pedi the night before the first race, so I had Terry paint my finger and toe nails purple (Matt's car is black and purple)!

Matt Kenseth Toes