Finished up my 10 hours on Mario last night (and got about an hour in on Middle Earf) so here goes.
Not NEARLY as much as I hoped, but there are some light cream stitches that are a little harder to see. The blob of red in there is Lakitu's mine that he's throwing down at Luigi and Princess Peach (who will make an appearance in the next row down). It's my first time gridding on Mario as well and I have to say I'm never going back! It makes a world of difference.
On a personal note, some of you know that I've been kind of down lately. I've been doing a lot of thinking (always dangerous) and kind of working myself up and bringing myself down. The thing is, it's really stupid. No, seriously, it's stupid. I'm doing this to myself on purpose. Why? I don't know. My life is FAR from perfect, but I have so much to be grateful for. I'm in a position right now where I can choose not to work and can, instead, spend some time to figure myself out and decide what I want to do (and stitch!). I'm learning so many things about myself, my passions, my likes and my dislikes. This is all at the sacrifice of earning money, but perhaps this is more valuable. I have a family who loves me, and even though they're crazy, annoying, overbearing, and very often hard to stand, they're also loving and caring. I have a Boyfriend who is absolutely amazing. I mean honestly, I have no complaints. We've been together for almost a year and I would not change a thing about him. Not one. I have had the benefit of being able to travel to some crazy places (Poland, Germany, Italy, Iceland, road trip through the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Austria, trips to Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Iowa, the list goes on!) and I'm only 25. I'm educated, which is a chance I was given that not many people get. There is just so much for me to be grateful for that it's time for me to stop griping and worrying about the past and the people in it. I'm "deleting" them from my life, so to speak, and not looking back. They've played their roles in my life, because without them I wouldn't be the person I am now, but their parts are done and I'm moving on.
Thank you to those who have had to hear me vent via e-mail, especially a huge thanks to Joyce, Lesli, and Anne who have had to bear the brunt of most of my whining (and Boyfriend, of course, since he has had to deal with it as an immediate presence). And a huge thanks to all of you who take their time to come here, look at my stitching, read my incessant whining, and leave a comment (or not!). You are all lovely people and I'm so very glad I started this blog and can share my love of stitching with people who have appreciation for it instead of scorn for my "old lady hobby."