Adventures in Unschooling

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OK. So I need to rev up my calorie burning to lose the weight that has been sneaking back on since I started working in a very sedentary type job again (I miss the flexibility of home…).

I don’t eat on my lunch hour because I snack on fruits, veggies, salads and nuts all throughout the day instead. So I have a half hour to kill at lunch everyday.


How about I start running at work?

Oh wait. I don’t really have a pair of running shoes.

So I went and got some. I also bought a nice running jacket so that I wouldn’t be freezing my arse off on the chilly days.

Now I need a place to store that stuff.

So I made one.

Here is my gym bag:

I have been keeping that mesh for a long time and finally found a good use for it. The mesh will keep my shoes airing out so that they don’t get all of my stuff stinky. There is also a smaller pocket for my hair elastic, headband and deodorant. I have a towel wrapped in there for wiping myself off a bit (if needed) and for drying off my shoes (if needed).

The shoes are comfortable. I hardly ever come across that. In my attempt to “break them in” I  have been wearing them all day. I went for a run around the block after lunch and was able to finish a full lap without slowing down (which I have never done before). I am sure that has very little to do with the shoes. Just sayin’…

And I also worked up a sweat on the elliptical and trampoline. I’ll wrap up with some core exercises for my flabby mid-section, have a hot shower and head off to bed.

Tomorrow we are hoping to burn up the tennis courts a bit. Weather permitting. We do live in Canada after all.

We haven’t played since it started snowing and now that the snow is almost all gone we are ready for some racquet action. I need to get my racquet re-gripped this year. I am wondering if I would do a good enough job if I did it myself.


I don’t have a lot to talk about since we have all been sick for three or four days now. That means a lot of time on the couch watching movies.

My kids have all spent many hours sleeping on that couch which is why I have encouraged movie times. It gives them a great excuse to lay down with their blankies and get some much needed rest.

We did go to the book sale at the Public Library here and we will go again for the box sale ($10 a box!!!). It’s a great place to get reference materials.

Otherwise we aren’t doing much at all. I have been reading a lot about religion and nonviolent communication. Can’t wait to get back to normal.

To wrap up this non-post, here is a picture of Anna using chop sticks. I was using them and she wanted to use them too. What a sweety!

And here is one of my unfinished sewing projects that I started a couple of days ago (won’t get finished until I find time to take my machine in since it has been eating fabric):

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Productive trips to the library.

Seriously though. Are there any other kind?

I love the library. It often makes me sad though. I think of all of those works of creativity or philosophy or research sitting mostly unused in a city full of people who don’t appreciate them.

We have become a generation of Internet users who want our information to be found quickly, be summarized in as few words as possible and if convenient, accurate or unbiased. Tall order right?

Here’s to all of my fellow library perusers who love books for being books!

I also love my dress form, my new yellow sweater and my many unfinished sewing projects. You know, the ones you start during a moment of inspiration but rarely find the time/inspiration to finish.

I have more of those than I’d care to admit. The problem with this pink top is that my machine started eating the fabric when I was trying to insert some darts on the sides. So frustrated I set the whole thing aside about a week ago and I haven’t picked it up since. 😦

I have to figure out what’s wrong with it since the needle is new and everything has just recently been cleaned.

And the last thing on my list of things I love today is my newly replenished acrylic paint stock. Doesn’t it look so cheery?

Hope your day is a colourful as mine was!

So Anna’s doll has blush and eyes now. At this point in time I am considering leaving her mouth-less because I have no idea how to tie the mouth off without it looking sloppy.

Here she is:

There was a point there that I thought I would never get this doll done. Here are many things about this doll that have turned out less perfect than I had hoped they would and that has been discouraging to me. So it’s a little miracle that she is finally done and ready for the easy part: the clothes.

Anna’s gift will be ready in time to box and wrap for Christmas.

I can tell you that the amount of work (combined with the high price of the materials) have made me think that I am not going to attempt a Bamboletta again. If you are thinking of soing this, do yourself a favor and buy one. Ha ha ha.

But out of all of the toys that Anna has ever received she is the most excited about this one. I showed it to her this morning and she gave it a great big hug. Much, much more recognition than her other stuffed toys have received.

Anyways, more to come.

Well she is all sewn up and she has hair. Hip hip hooray!

I used the hair tutorial from Crafty Sheepto inspire me for the hair. It was much simpler than what I was originally going to do.

Now I just have to finish her face. I am not a competent embroider and I am not sure how to seal off the mouth etc. without it showing. I have been putting this off for a long time because I am so nervous about it. If anyone has some advice on this I would really appreciate it. 

The clothes are going to be incredibly easy after all of this.

This is my last sewing project for today.

I made this dress for my daughter without a pattern.  I couldn’t find what I was looking for so I just made my own.

The fabric had been bought with her in mind a long time ago so this one isn’t as free as my last projects but it probably only cost me about $7.

The lace was also from the Reuse Centre.



Oh don’t get me wrong I am still sick as a all get out but I am one of those people who can’t stand not being productive. So after a relatively decent sleep last night I was ready to get back to doing something…anything.

So I started sewing. These four projects cost me a whole $4.

They were altered from patterns I already owned and made with fabric that was obtained at no cost. The corduroy came from the reuse centre (which charges a fee but the sheer volume of stuff I came home with made the price of this fabric virtually nothing). The Penguin material was given to me from L and the patches were bought months ago and were about $2 a piece. Enough jibber jabber though. Here are the pics:DSC06690




    • withoutloveweallperish: 50 books for $10!! As a book lover, that sounds like Christmas come early! Lovely library set up, need to set up one of those for myself!
    • theworldismysoyster: Sure. Just none of my kids. :)
    • goobrobinson: Hi! I'd like to seek your permission if I can reuse one of your pictures for my next post? Specifically the second picture.