April 19, 2010

What's bugging you?

I recently turned out some soft bug books on "craft night". Craft night is supposed to be every Wednesday. It ends up being about every other Wednesday due to sickness or general fatigue. But the idea is that instead of turning on the TV after babe is abed, hubby and I each go off and work on our own creative pursuits. It is nice to look forward to that time even if all I do is arrange fabric into stacks, rearrange those stacks into other stacks, and eventually shove it all back into the drawer it originally came out of.

I'm not sure blog land is good for my mental health. On the upside, reading everyone's blogs on my way to and from work each day makes the bus ride more palatable. On the other hand, it leads me to compare myself to others. On some days it seems like everyone is doing this parenthood thing so much more gracefully than me. I have to remind myself: I'm working four days a week. We have no family in town. We make the time to make healthy dinners at home instead of takeout. It's ok that the quilts are few and far between.

I talked to my grandma recently and she reminisced about a family member who would respond to the question "what are you doing lately" with "oh, just watching the children grow up!". That sums it up for most days. In an effort to get more sewing done I am baby proofing the craft room so the little one and I can both play in there. I also recently had a night of sewing at a local sewing studio with the Portland Modern Quilt Guild. I hope to make it back this weekend again. Being around other people who are excited about sewing and setting aside the time to focus on sewing is so infectious!

So what's bugging you lately? Do you compare yourself to other bloggers? And how do you mama quilters get it done?