Saturday, January 30, 2010

An exciting new project!

I wasn't planning on working on The List today until Mr. K offered to cut the foam for the cushions in the window seat.  Don't turn down an offer like that.  I didn't.  He is so great!

Luckily we have a sheetrocking T-square-very handy.

Mr. K using a X-Acto knife.  "Not as cool as a bloody mary," he explained to K1-K5.

Now he is cutting the edges off.

Isn't he wonderful?

Now I get to buy more fabric to make the cushion covers.  Yay! I already bought a few pieces to make covers for the throw pillows.  It will be so nice to have that done.

Ever since we decided on these house plans, I have day dreamed about sitting in the window seat with lots of soft, fluffy pillows and a cozy quilt.  I am sipping hot chocolate and reading a good book, occasionally glancing out the window at the beautiful trees. dreams are coming true.

Just call me Starr.

Friday, January 29, 2010

I have become obsessed!

I love to sew.  I learned from my mother who learned from her mother.  My grandma was an amazing quilter.  I remember going to her house and frequently seeing a quilt on the frames.  When I got engaged she took me into her spare room and showed me a closet full of quilts and afghans.  She made one of each for all of her grandchildren and I got to choose which ones I wanted.  I have the quilt on my bed right now and I just love it.

I have tied many quilts and even pieced a few tops with 5" squares.  Last year I did a strip quilt for my mom but I still haven't put the border around it.  (That is another of my resolutions:  Finish the quilt!)  I have always wanted to be a quilter but I just haven't gotten around to it.  Until I found this Buggy Barn quilt on and fell in love!  You know I love stars.  :)  Natalia from Piece-n-Quilt has made some amazing quilts.  I love her style.

Anyway, after a little bit of sleuthing I found which book this pattern was in and ordered it.  I think it is called The Three Star Quilt.  I am so excited.  I have been checking out quilting blogs, quilting guilds, thinking about quilts, visiting quilting stores and dreaming about quilts.  I am becoming obsessed.  This quilt making obsession doesn't really fit in with my Finish the House list.  I guess I will have to carve out some time once my book comes.  In the meantime, I have some caulking to do.

Just call me Starr.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I just reorganized my sewing closet!

Hello, my name is Starr and I am a fabric-a-holic.  Now you all say, "Hello Starr!"

I am getting a little bit crazy over here.  I have been needing to reorganize my sewing room for a long, long time and I finally did it today.  I sorted all of my fabric according to type and put it into boxes.  I have a lot.  It was so fun and inspiring.

I had a few Sterilite 3-drawer organizers sitting around, so I stacked them up and filled them with elastic, trims, velcro, zippers, ect.  Then I went upstairs and stole some wire shelves from Neverland. (That is where the lost K-boys live.  Now I need to get rid of some of their toys, lol.)  I stacked bolts of fabric on the side and top and folded up the pieces that I will be using soon on the lower shelves.

Doesn't it look great?  Now I want to sew all night long.  Maybe I will.

Just call me Starr.

Monday, January 25, 2010

2009 Ragnar Relay

This post was from June of 2009.  It must be retro week here at Starr-Power.

We ran the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay last weekend and it was so much fun! Here we are right after we crossed the finish line. (We are standing in front of Mr. K's dream van.) We had 12 team members who each ran 3 legs for a total of 188 miles from Logan to Park City.
My first leg was only 3.5 miles that was mostly flat and rated easy. I ran it in the late afternoon and it was very hot. I didn't take my iphone with me so I didn't know how long I had been running or how far I had gone. I was not having very much fun and was ready to be done with that leg. I figured that the exchange had to be at the top of the little hill that was in front of me but when I got to the top all I saw was a long straight road with no exchange in sight. I almost started crying and I slowed way down because I was running pretty fast. Then I heard Mr. K cheering for me and saw the exchange was down a road to the left. I was so happy to see him!  That is him with the bulging biceps. 

After he and my older sister ran their legs, we drove to East Canyon Reservior and camped on the grass by the water for a couple of hours. (I think I only slept for about an hour though.) Then we were back on the road.

Mr. K, me and my sister.

When it was my turn to run again it was about 4:00 a.m. It was 7.7 miles, rated hard. The air was cool and the stars were out. I think that was the best run of my life. I ran fast and still had enough left at the end to stride in. I was pumped full of endorphins on a runner's high. It was awesome!
While the other van ran their legs, we drove to the next exchange and tried to get some sleep.

I had been praying for rain so my last leg wouldn't be so hot and it was cloudy. I started my last run which was only 4 miles but rated very hard and nick-named "Ragnar" because it is straight up the back of Deer Valley Mountain. I had set a goal to run the whole thing and not take any walking breaks. It was so beautiful and I was thinking about how this was what I had been training for for 6 months. It made it so much easier. Then it started raining. That helped me even more. A lot of people passed me but I didn't care. I just focused on my run. At the top there was a flat stretch before the exchange and I ran as fast as I could. It felt so great to sprint through the rain and know that I had conquered the Ragnar!

Just call me Starr.

Holy Pinole Batman!

So Mr. K just finished reading a book called Born to Run.  Apparently every runner who's any runner has read it except me.  It is about a tribe of Mexican people called the Tarahumara who regularly run 50 to 100 miles for fun.  One of the main things they eat is called pinole.  They also eat a lot of chia seeds.  (Yes, the same kind you plastered all over your chia pet.)  Mr. K being the chef that he is, decided to make some and see if it gave him more energy.  Now he swears by it and makes it every couple of days.  I think he has perfected the recipe over the last few weeks.

He toasts cornmeal in a hot skillet and adds assorted grains like quinoa, buckwheat, millet, flax seeds, hemp hearts (don't ask) and/or chia seeds.  Then he stirs in craisins and dried blueberries.  It smells so good! 

He adds a little bit of brown sugar or molasses and some water and stirs it while it simmers.

Then he puts it onto the cookie sheet and lets it bake for a while.

Here they are cooling. 

I think they taste really good.   I may start eating them more often when I start training for the Ragnar Relay next week.  I am so excited to run it again, not that I've found a team yet.  Speaking of the Ragnar, maybe I will try to copy the blogpost I made about it last June on my old blog.  We will see if it works.  I am not a super genius when it comes to computers.

Just call me Starr.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate

The sample lady at Sam's Club told me that these Brookside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate delicacies were good for me.  (Of course I already knew that just from looking at them.)  As I placed one in my mouth and slowly chewed it as she told me that the 100% pure dark chocolate was a natural source of flavanol antioxidants.  I had to close my eyes while I ate it so I could fully savor the morsel.  I believed her.  I bought a package.   Something that delicious couldn't be bad for me.  In fact, I decided they are even healthier if you drink water with them which is what I am doing right now.  Free radicals beware.

Anyway, I have been making some progress on my list.  I now have nine items marked off.  I am so proud of myself and I am having so much fun.  I made all of my measurements for the baseboards in the half bath and the pieces of trim above the 11 doors that are still missing it.  Then I painted 12 6"x10' pieces of trim (two coats mind you.)

 I love the smell of fresh paint.

I also did some painting in the boys bathroom which is my least favorite room in the house.  There are many reasons why but I won't go into them right now and I am not going to post a picture.

I am going to take the weekend off and go on a date with Mr. K.  I asked him out and he said yes.  We are going on a double date with my brother and his wife to see The Avatar in 3D and get some yummy Hawaiian food afterward.  I will start back on The List on Monday.  I get to use power tools.  :)  Stay tuned for pictures...

and by the way, I think your flavanol antioxidant level is low.

Just call me Starr.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Finish the House!

When I printed off my Finish the House list I used purple cardstock because I love purple.  When I look at it I feel happy so I wanted to show you so you can feel happy too.  I already have 3 things X-ed off with a sharpie.  I love sharpies because they are so permanent.  X!!!  

Speaking of sharpies, did I ever tell you the story of the little girl who found the sharpie?  I'd better tell it to you.  (I wish I would have taken a picture.)  Once upon a time I was babysitting my friend's daughters.  V was 3 and E was 3 months old.  They were so good and fun to play with.  About 20 minutes before their mom was due back, baby E needed a diaper change.  Suffice it to say that it took me a few minutes to get her all taken care of.  When I started back up the stairs, I was greeted by quite a sight.  V had found a sharpie and colored all over herself.  Her face, neck, arms, belly, legs and feet were covered in black lines and zig zags and swirls.  My jaw dropped and she began to cry, "I want my mommy!"  I looked at the clock - 10 minutes until impact.

Have you ever tried to get permanent marker off of your skin?  Here is a tip:  The sooner you scrub it off, the better.  Her face seemed like the most important place to start.  I grabbed a washcloth, squirted some liquid soap on it and went to work.  V stopped crying and started chatting up a storm saying things like, "Mommy says we only color on paper" and "We don't color on skin."  Where was she getting this "we" stuff I wanted to know.  I asked her if they were getting their pictures take anytime soon and she said yes.  Oh dear!  

Well, to make a short 10 minutes shorter, most of it came off her face.  When I finally started on her arms and legs it didn't come off as well, maybe because it had more time to soak into her skin or something.  I wasn't looking forward to the impending arrival.  Good thing her mom is awesome.  She just laughed.  She is still my friend and we lived happily ever after.

That story kind of hijacked my post.  Perhaps I should change the title to "Maybe I don't like sharpies as much as I thought I did" or "Semi-permanent facial tatoos" or "I promise I am a good babysitter."  Nah.

Just call me Starr.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I love Micheal and Fiona

Here is an interesting fact about me: I don't really like watching television shows or movies.  Such a waste of time.  They are so predictable and have no depth.  I feel dumber after watching them.  But, I'll admit to one thing, I love Burn Notice.  Who would have thought with all of the guns and fighting.  I like it so much that occasionally (in real life that is) I think I am being followed so I don't go straight home and I try to ditch the tail.  Luckily I have always gotten away without any confrontation.  I have even had dreams where I am Fiona and I am working on a case. That is easier to type that than to say it out loud.  :)  Anyway, no point to this post other than to say I am excited for the new season to start next week.  Then I will be back to date nights with Mr. K at home on the couch drinking non-alcoholic mojitos and watching the latest episode after the 5 Ks are in bed.  I am getting kind of wild in my old age.  Watch out!

Just call me Starr. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

One of My Resolutions

Four years ago this month, we moved into our dream home.  We were living in a three bedroom apartment in our triplex with our four little boys and we needed more room.  We couldn't find anything for sale that we liked so Mr. K suggested we build.  I had read Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander and Mr. K had a book called The Not So Big House by Sarah Susanka.  We found some house plans on Sarah's website which were perfect after some alterations to the main floor and the 3rd level.  I became the general contractor and we got to work.  Mr. K had to teach me how to spit without getting it all over myself so I could fit in with the other contractors.  ;)  Anyway, it was a crazy experience getting bids, scheduling everything, making a million decisions and ensuring my subs were doing a good job.  We did a lot of the work ourselves.

We were finally able to move in the end of January, 2006.  That was the good news.  The bad news that always seems to follow the good news was the house wasn't actually finished.  The appraiser estimated that it was 90% complete.  I figured 90% is an A- and I am good with that.  My friends who had built houses before warned me not to move in until EVERYTHING was done or it would never get done but of course I didn't believe them.  I knew that I would continue to work every spare minute to get it all finished.

Fast forward four years later and it is about 90% complete.  They were right and I was wrong.  I am able to admit it.  I've made lots of excuses about how come I don't have time to finish the house but I am done making them!  One of my New Year's Resolutions is to "git 'er done."  (That is contractor language for finish the house.)  And what is a goal without a plan?  Another year at 90% that's what.

Today I typed up my plan.  I listed each room or area in the house, excluding the unfinished basement because that is the least of my worries right now.  Then I put a bulleted list under each one of everything that needs to be done to finish that room.  I love making lists btw.  Now all I have to do is pick one little thing and do it.  Then another and another and then someday my house will be done.


Ahhhhhhhh!  I feel better already.

Just call me Starr.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

My First Post

This is my second attempt at blogging. I started a blog in 2008 and I am now up to 11 posts. I never knew what to blog about and just who was even reading it anyway. It was just one more thing to do and believe me, I have plenty to keep me busy. (More on that later...) This time will be better. I have a much better blog name :) and a better idea of what I want to say. OK, maybe not the second one but you have to admit Starr-Power is a cool blog name. I feel powerful just knowing that I am the author.

My first post on the boring blog was about coloring my hair by myself. I didn't do a very good job and I ended up with some orange and some red and some ugly. It just didn't really work out. I think I will try it again though after I cut my hair. I cut it by myself last August because the stylists never cut it how I want it. I have to tell you, it was so liberating! I put it in a ponytail and snip, snip, snip it was 10 inches shorter. Then I just evened it up and cut chunks out wherever I felt like it and I was done. No more than 5 minutes and I loved it. Cutting your own hair is empowering. If you are ever feeling helpless or overwhelmed, maybe you should cut your hair. Don't blame me if you don't like it. ;)

Just call me Starr.