Monday, September 24, 2012

I'm still here...

As much as I daydream about exotic holidays in far-flung places, I haven't escaped. I'm very much here.

I've just been very, very busy.
Along with trying to organise the logistics of attending the International Quilt Market in the USA next year (including all sorts of passport application nonsense and red tape), I've been writing a new book ...and notes to myself that I can't read.
 I've been building bookshelves...
 (..ahem.... because it was time....)
 ..making bags...
 
...travelling about the place, teaching classes...
 ...marvelling at what can be done in a day...
..making use of airport time, page-load time...
 or just think-time...
..and trying to be the best parent I can be, even if it means pita bread pizza for dinner some nights.
I've been single-parenting for several months now, and although this isn't the place to discuss it*, it's definitely having an effect on the amount of time I (don't) have to spend in blogland or answering emails, and I feel the need to explain myself.  Quick posts to Facebook are about all I seem to manage lately.

*(And I really, really don't want to discuss it.)

Life is very full, my brain is very full, and I'm sorry that the blog has not been very full at all.  Please know that I'm here is spirit all the time, showing you pictures and waffling on at great length about myself.  I just can't seem to involve the keyboard in the process.

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...And that escape key up in the top photo, there.... it's a true escapee.  We found it in the office but can't find the keyboard from whence it came


22 comments:

Carmel Morris said...

I'd like to think that escape key is like the ruby slippers. If you close your eyes and press really hard...

Fiona said...

Life can become very complicated ... don't feel you need to apologise as it happens to us all at some point. Virtual hugs.

Pomegranate Quilts said...

We can just be very zen about the whole blogging thing - you can think it, we can imagine it... and behold, we're together in spirit! Sending you a bottle of time and a jar of energy. (Let me know if it works, I'll send some to myself.)

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Have a hug - and a spare, unlimited supply.

I've been working with denim too - mine does not look like yours.

My scribbled cutting lists/measurements/diagrams look something like yours, but mine are slightly more legible. To me.

hurrah for knitting and sitting.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

and that new bookcase?

there is space on the top shelf.

oh dear oh dear oh dear.

Katy Cameron said...

ROFL, love the escaped key, and the new bag looks fab (although I don't think anyone will be stealing the design in photo #2 for anything any time soon ;o) )

Can I just say, you get HUGE pitas over there, the poor child would need about 3 to herself here lol

Breakfast Jo said...

I'm with Fiona, love the escape key, mine is taking me to Melbourne tomorrow!! 5 Days of catching up with friends and family ( beloved daughter)a visit to my mum's final resting place, hopefully some shopping :O) Don't stress over the blog ( or anything else)We know you're busy, we're all juggling and muggling and just doing the best we can...Love Ya Work xx

Chiara Z said...

I love the thought of an escapee escape key and I'm a big believer in pita pizzas--even when there aren't small people to feed. As for the rest, I wish I could send you strength and energy for all the big and little things. Looks like you're covering lots of bases! All the best with it all.

Amanda said...

I am sure the escape key is just a reminder for when you need it. Don't feel bad about the blog, sometimes you just to have priorities. Love red silk purse looks gorgeous

Leonie said...

xox

yardage girl said...

Never fear ~ we all know you rock!

velosewer said...

You deserve a hug!

Lal said...

Oh Nikki I knew you had been dealing with stuff but the 'single parent' line took me by surprise. Your business and no need to explain. It's not our business. Just know people do give a shit. Wereallydo. Regards, Alison, Ballarat

Tania said...

1. Your escape key is one after my own heart. I'd be blu-tacking that to my fridge or something - even if only to remind me to KNIT.

2. No-one will be stealing your designs anytime soon. Unless they happen to be some kind of code-breaker.

3. Sometimes I reckon we're all our own worst enemies. 'Superwoman' is an impossible act to maintain. 'Perfect' is a myth. Best refer back to that inspired escape key.

XXX (in capitals).

PS. GAH! I never responded to your sweetest-ever email - I just realised! GAH! Too many balls in the air to think straight.

Lisa M said...

Pita bread pizza is more than acceptable for dinner, my family get that.

My friend asked on FB last night if chocolate coated honeycombe was a reasonable dinner - her children did not complain.

I fed my family cocktail frankfurts in mini bake at home rolls tonight, topped with cheese and ketchup/sauce (depending on preference of child). More nutrition in your pita bread pizzas I'm sure.

As long as the wee one knows you love her, some 'easy' dinners won't harm her. Go easy on yourself.

Laura@buy a sewing machine said...

Yeah. There's just times that you really want to escape from reality when life gets so busy, gah! I feel the same way this very moment. xOxO -Laura

Shelley said...

Hang in there Nikki.

I remember thinking to myself the other day how courageous you are, and how exciting (and frightening) life must look like from time to time.

Enjoy the sunshine today!

Shelley
xoxox

KathyB said...

Hi Nikki, You're a wonder woman, just don't let things get on top of you. I always wish I was as well organised, talented and determined as you are, looking forward to attending your class in November. We are on the last 2 weeks of our 3 month EXPEDITION through NT and WA.
Chin up
Kathy(Blairgowrie)XX

Michelle said...

I think you are such an amazing person.

And you make such beautiful things that inspired so many of us to create!

Don't be afraid to use that esc button every now and then. And there's nothing wrong with pita bread pizzas. They cover all the majoy food groups, you know.

xxxxx

rachelmp said...

I would love to esc a bit too. Let me know if there is anything at all I can help with x

Vegan said...

I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I love your blog. I'm a blogger too, and I know it's not easy. No need to explain yourself, really!

Jules said...

Wonderful mental image, that escapee esc key! And gosh, you juggle more balls (and post more often) than most people i know, so no need at all to apologize for anything- you're amazing!

xx