♥ Weekending ♥

Three day weekends are always awesome for me.  This weekend, five things I’m excited about:

  • Goodfellas.  I think I used to be a mob-wife in another life.  I just don’t get my fascination with these and boxing movies.  Must get it from my dad.  😀
  • Good ole West Indian brunch — saltfish, ackee with spinach over sweet potatoes.  The only thing American about this is that I’ll be using my mandolin slicer to cut the potato into fries.  😛

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My mother gave me a spinning wheel for my birthday last year.  Ask me how much I’ve spun.  The answer: nothing!  Why?  I was so enamored with all the colourfully decorated Kiwis in the Ashford Kiwi forum on Ravelry, I inadvertently delayed my learning because I wanted my wheel to look like some of those fancy duddy ones on the forum.  Three months later, I still haven’t painted it but time is moving along and I need to stop comparing my baby with others.   Painted or not, she’s already perfect.  What’s more, I don’t need her (Olga) to be decorated in order to spin.  Maybe some other time I’ll paint her, but for now, she’s uniquely mine and just as perfect as the painted one.  So this weekend, she’s going up.   I’m staining her with natural wax today then I’ll put her up tomorrow.

OlgaAlthough this lesson became obvious because of my spinning wheel, how many times have we all compared our selves and resources to others and come up short?  Robbing ourselves of the joy in being uniquely us.  Here’s to lessening the incidents of comparison that debilitate instead of inspiring us.

Hope you each had a good week and here’s to an awesome weekend.  😀

14 thoughts on “♥ Weekending ♥

  1. Creatively Motivated January 28, 2014 / 12:32 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever had saltfish and ackee, but I hear mention of it all the time that I feel like I need to go out and find some to try. I’m late to the party but this sounds like a great weekend.

    And chile, you already know the trip I had with comparisons. I need to be free to be me. Wise words as always. 🙂
    -Nizzy

    • Nicky January 28, 2014 / 6:00 pm

      I owe you some ackee and saltfish next time you come to NY!

      As for comparison, we all deal with it but taking three months to find a perfect design … I’m clearly crazy! *smh sadly*

  2. Andi January 25, 2014 / 12:29 pm

    You always seem to be on the same page as me when it comes to food. Now, you have me craving Ackee.
    I agree with most others, Olga is so beautiful in her natural state.

    • Nicky January 25, 2014 / 11:33 pm

      True! So now I owe you ackee and curried chicken. 😀

  3. Pearl January 22, 2014 / 6:38 am

    Well, I’ve compared you to every other mob-wife I know and you are definitely the cutest 😉 All kidding aside, when I read that little mantra, a penny dropped for me. An excellent idea, well-timed. Thanks.

    • Nicky January 24, 2014 / 10:21 pm

      LOLOL! Thank you and you’re welcome.

  4. Preeti January 20, 2014 / 3:41 pm

    She’s gorgeous in her current state and I bet she’s just waiting to be taken out for a spin 🙂 Oh the yumminess in your kitchen!!!

    • Nicky January 20, 2014 / 7:11 pm

      LOLOL! Love the pun. I’m really trying to finish her before the week ends so I’ll have two weeks practice before the Winter Ravellenics. Although I haven’t formally announced, I’m going to try to get the spinning medal. 😳

  5. QuaintrelleNoire January 20, 2014 / 12:26 pm

    Ackee & saltfish is on my bucket list of west indian dishes to try. That and jerk pork. I’ve had that before years ago when I worked at a drugstore & a customer brought some in for the staff. Haven’t had any since, Can’t even find a place that makes it.

    I made cinnamon rolls years ago a couple times as a kid. It’s not that bad if you’re used to baking. Croissants though will really test your love of baking. I made them from scratch once & it almost did me in, lol

    Can’t wait until Olga starts telling you to go to Rhinebeck, or Stitches East to buy wool. ‘Cause you know, she’s gonna need some work to do, LOL

    • Nicky January 20, 2014 / 7:15 pm

      Ackee and saltfish — super easy, esp since ackee in the US is usually found in the tin. The fresh ones are better but what’s a good W.I woman to do.

      I love baking, but I’m not ready for croissants yet. Wooooo! Just thinking about the crust is testing me.

      Leave Olga out of your shenanigans alright!!!!! 😛

  6. savethestationery January 20, 2014 / 4:56 am

    I can hardly wait to see your first spinning results on your new wheel . 🙂 Also I need me some cranberry bread in my life and cinnamon rolls. I clearly need to find myself at Nikki’s place for a holiday 😛

    • Nicky January 20, 2014 / 9:42 am

      I can’t wait for it to dry either. Right now, I have to run a second coat on the back side of the pieces now drying then add wood “feed” to finish it off so I probably wouldn’t be able to put it up today. But by next weekend … it’ll be on baby!

      I heard that a person’s first yarns are not that great but I’ll be keeping those puppy’s to show progression in the skill.

      LOLOL! I was talking to my mom on the weekend and she said the same thing about the food I made. 😀

      • savethestationery January 21, 2014 / 9:12 am

        You food is AWESOME. It always makes me feel hungry. lol

        • Nicky January 24, 2014 / 10:18 pm

          LOLOL! 😀

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