Wow. It’s been a while since I’ve done a list of ing words that illustrate what’s been going on in my life. Shall we?
Waiting on lots of schools. How did life go by this quickly in that at present, we are waiting to find out how many law schools offer admission to my daughter (so far there have been at least four, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Notre Dame and St. Thomas University), and waiting to find out how many schools offer admission to my hopefully soon-to-be undergrad, Cole (so far there have been three, University of Redlands, Colorado State and the University of Minnesota–Duluth.) Aidan is waiting on a few more. Cole is waiting on a few more. Mama wishes she could find a pot of gold next month, so I’ll be on the hunt for a leprechaun.
Hoping that Cole makes the US World Ultimate team for ages 20 and under, competing late this summer up in Ontario at the World Championships. He and his two other captains from his high school were among the 200 invited from across the country to try out for the team. This would be a huge honor for him, but either way, he had a great trip out to the Bay Area earlier this month for tryouts. (Not familiar with Ultimate? Here’s a video voiced by a man with a lovely British accent who explains it pretty well.)
Making lots of cards. I did a blog post about cards last year, and it more or less captured why this whole foray has been so satisfying for me, but the reality is: it’s just freaking FUN. I love playing with all this card stuff, people. It’s kind of like trying to tell non-scrapbookers how much you love scrapbooking. It’s the same thing with card making and it’s also pushing me to learn new things, as well as dive into the world of hands-on, how-to videos (have you subscribed to my YouTube channel yet?) It also lets me work my cleaner, simpler aesthetic into the process as well, like the image above, which is pretty simple if you ask me, but was really fun to make. Oh, and the other fun part? BUYING ALL THE THINGS.
Watching a lot of YouTube videos, but especially those by my new friend Gina K. of Gina K. Designs. If you want to watch someone who films her videos in real time and really shows you some gorgeous, do-able techniques for cards, subscribe to her channel! The Thinking of You card and the one directly above? All Gina K. products! (I used the Hearts & Flowers Stamp TV kit, plus her Innocent Pink cardstock and matching envelopes. I used her Cherry Red cardstock and her Fine Detail Gold powder for the You Have My Heart card. I have been watching videos from Gina pretty much every day. She has over 600 of them, I believe. Check her out if you’re interested in card making. She’s absolutely adorable and will make you think, “Hey, I could do this!” Plus, she’s a woman running her own business and I love, love supporting my fellow crafty entrepreneurs.
Loving the Olympics. I can’t help it. I love ’em. I don’t care what’s on. Just turn that TV to Olympics. Slope Style? Perfect. Bi-athalon? Bring it ON!
Having fun on Instagram. I have two accounts. One is @czdesign and the other is @cathyzielske. The latter is my original IG account, but the CZ Design one is where I feel like I have all the fun. I wanted one account where I could share crafty shit with no apologies. As you can imagine, the CZ Design account is hopping these days; the other? Not quite as much. Plus I get SO many creepy men sending me direct messages on my other account. For some reason, they haven’t followed me over to the crafty one. Plus, I post to my story almost daily and sometimes it’s entertaining. What can I say? I don’t get out much. And yes, my hair is another thing I’m loving. For some reason, it looks less gray and I swear, I didn’t touch it.
Working on myself. There’s a lot of stuff brewing in this 51-year-old head. I hope to get my thoughts around some of it and write about it at some point. Suffice to say I’m grateful for this life of mine and I want to be a woman I can admire. So there’s that.
What are you doing these days? Share, if you’re so inclined.