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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

10 Things I'll Miss About Illinois

So lately I've been pretty focused on moving and court dates and signing papers and getting the heck outta Illinois. I've never liked living here. I don't have any specific reason for this, except that Illinois is not New York. and I ♥♥♥ New York!!

Today I decided to come up with some things here in Illinois that I will miss when I move next week. Here they are, in no particular order:

10: The Fold, a wonderful yarn, spinning and knitting shop in Marengo, IL. This place is truly amazing and everyone who works there is SO friendly!

9: My Lucky kitty. She's staying with the soon-to-be ex. She likes him better anyway, and I know she'll be well taken care of. But I'll still miss her!

8: Michele. She's been incredible. She helped me move all my stuff... to her house, where she's letting me store it until I can move it to New York. And she's been incredibly supportive, letting me talk and get my feelings out and making me laugh. If I could pack her in a bin and take her with me I would :)

7: Trader Joe's. This one almost made me reconsider moving! I ♥ Trader Joe's and the closest one to Rochester, NY is in Pittsburgh. UGH!

6: My quilting friends. I will miss them SO much! We have always had so much fun together at lock-ins and retreats. I will truly miss the 3am Barry Manilow dance-alongs at retreats :)

5: Hong's Delight. This is the Chinese food restaurant in Marengo. They have the best food ever!

4: The Kishwaukee Family YMCA in DeKalb, IL. This place is so great- it's always clean, the people are always friendly and I will truly miss the lap pool. I plan to join a Y out in NY but I don't see how it could possibly be nicer than this one.

3: My doctor. He's a really great doctor and I'm going to miss his care. I hope I can find a doctor that's half as good as he is when I get to NY.

2: Michele's hot tub. Not joking. It feels SO good!

1: Proximity to Wisconsin: this is because my parents and sister live in Wisconsin. It's been nice living close enough to make day trips to see them. It's a 15 hour drive from Rochester NY to Madison WI.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Yesterday we had some storms move through. I was watching the clouds and when the gust front started coming through, I decided to take some pictures.


And I think this picture is pretty cool! The sky was very dark, darker than this shows.

But then….

I was taking a picture of a different angle and got this shot!


Check out the lightning bolt towards the right! This is my first ever lightning picture and while it’s not very good (hey, a Blackberry camera is only so good, you know?) I still love it!

Packing is proceeding very well and I predict that by next Wednesday I’ll have everything I’m taking out of the house. Everything is still amicable and the tedious stuff like bills and car titles has already been taken care of. It’s just a matter of waiting for the court date at this point, and I’m hoping that’s very soon. I want to get out to New York and get settled and start looking for a job as soon as possible!

Thank you all for your lovely comments and e-mails and cards! I just love you all and the support is very much felt, I assure you :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Major Changes

There is no easy way to say this, or to sugar coat it, so I’m just gonna blurt it out.

I am getting divorced.

There. I said it.

The process has been started and I am now starting the process of sorting and packing my stuff, since I will not continue living in Illinois once this is all said and done.

I will be de-stashing fabric on Etsy. I’ll let you know once I get that going!

I would really appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

Everything is amicable and I want to state for the record that I do not hate my soon-to-be ex-husband and have no desire to “bash” him. What’s happening is just the way it is and he is no more to blame for it than I am.

Needless to say my crafting will be curtailed for quite a while. I hope to be able to do some sewing but so far I honestly haven’t had any desire to do anything.

I do plan to keep blogging, if I have anything to blog about. But my posts may be few for a while.

Hugs to all!


Monday, September 6, 2010

In NY Again…

Actually, I’ve been here for a few days! A few very action packed days. The most fun day so far was Saturday. We drove up to Alexandria Bay in the Thousand Islands and took a boat cruise. We also stopped at Boldt Castle on Heart Island. That place was seriously awesome :)


How’s that for a living room? I wonder if Hubby will let me re-decorate… :)


Maybe we’ll add a little skylight to the living room…


And of course, we’ll need new dishes!


This place was seriously huge.


And of course, we can always build on a little area for entertaining… This actually contains a movie theater, and a bowling alley.


And then at the end of the day we can relax on the porch :)

Hope y’all are doing well! I’ve been trying to keep up with my blog reading while I’m here :)