I had the day off from work today and so far it's been immensely relaxing :)
Normally I don't take off a Thursday because that's just silly, but today my younger son J had a new student orientation at his school. I didn't really think he would go if I left him to his own devices so I arranged to have the day off so I could drag, er, take him there. Once we figured out which class he was going to be in and he sat in the required section of the bleachers in the gym, I stood around and talked to two moms I hadn't seen in a long time. I discovered I didn't really miss these moms. I used to think my sons' schools were a place I could go and meet other people and make friends. Although I did make some friends/acquaintances I found I really didn't fit in with that crowd at all. So seeing them again was just a remembrance of why I let those relationships lapse.
Once J's class was called away to check out their homerooms and get lockers I thought it was best to leave. I didn't see any real point in following him around the school and potentially embarrassing him. After all, he's in grade 7 now.
Instead I went shopping :) I cleaned out my closet yesterday and even though I just cleaned all the junk out of my house recently, I was able to stuff another garbage bag with donations to Goodwill. My closet had so many clothes that don't fit or are out of style or I just don't know why I originally purchased them. Luckily I mostly shop at Winner's or second-hand stores so getting rid of lots of barely-worn clothes doesn't make me feel like I'm throwing away money. Not much, anyway. And I always have a donation bag on the go, just this time I filled it all in one sitting. The 'donation fling' is a remnant of an on-again off-again friendship. She had come across a website, FlyLady, and found the donation fling. Once a week we would go to Goodwill with whatever we could come up with to donate. It started to waver in her attentions, week after week she had nothing to take on our donation trip. I kept it up, although not weekly. Now I just have a bag that I fill up. When it gets full or when I have the clean-out bug I take it to Goodwill. And stop and shop :)
Today I found a blouse that I'll never wear but has beautiful colors in it (as pictured here). I bought it just to take pictures of the colors and manipulate them with PhotoShop. I will either donate it back to Goodwill or give it to my younger sister V. V does something called 'upcycling' or repurposing clothes. She takes different items and pieces them together to come up with one-of-a-kind creations that she sells on Etsy. So maybe she will like the blouse for the fabric or colors. Or not. We'll see.
Sewing is definately something I admire in my family. I have two sisters and both sew as does my mom. My aunt used to sew a bit but has moved on to other hobbies. I have tried to sew, I really have, but I am all thumbs at it. I can't seem to cut the fabric right or position it properly or sew it in a straight line. For a long time I felt bad that I couldn't master this hobby and even felt like I didn't fit in to my own family. Now I just see that it's really cool that they can create things with fabric. I'd rather oooh and aahhh over their creations and see the hard work they put into the piece than stress over trying to be like them.