Seamstress, I Am Not

Though, I’d like to be… I have daydreams about making my own dresses and skirts, rendering hours-long shopping trips utterly futile. Never have to try on clothes again? Where do I sign up?

I made curtains once. Well, twice. Because, well, I needed curtains for two windows. Now, it’s worth mentioning that all four curtains differ in length. They each have loose threads by now. And, my mother threaded the sewing machine for me.

Not one piece of this equation indicates that I ought to undertake another sewing project.


The couch we bought when we married is looking… er… bad. It looks bad. It’s just… bad. The edges are threadbare. There’s an ink stain that’s been there for almost as long as its resided in our home. When the humidity rises above 75%, it goes all pockmarked with normally well-camouflaged stains. Bad, I tell you.

But it continues to be enormously comfortable. Most days.

And it’s as useful as we’d always hoped it would be. On rare family movie nights or when company comes a’calling.

I would love a new couch, which we of course would shop for with all of the wisdom of having shopped for our old couch. Read: buy a couch and its matching freaking slip covers.

Alas, a new couch is in the distant future. And so we make our way back to the subject of this post: sewing. Yes, I (and my mother, thank the heavens) are going to make slip covers for my family’s L-shaped (with chaise longue understorage) trundle pull-out couch.

God help us. Wait, I mean, YAY!!!

At least I get to pick a new color…

A broken promise and My Blue Hair

A few weeks ago, I wrote of a renewed obligation to writing here. And then I promptly dropped the ball… again.

I now have it in my calendar to remind me that I have promised to write weekly.  My next step is to do is figure out my topics… Simple, right?

I started TIFM with a real intention and goal. And now that all of my everything from then has been switched around, I’m thinking of renaming the page, though I haven’t quite figured out what that will be.

In the meantime, I mentioned my blue hair. Do you remember? Well, since about the time I was 13 I’ve wanted to do wacky stuff with my hair, but wasn’t allowed to. I remember being grounded when my mother discovered I’d shorn a couple of inches of the back of my head and was using Crayola markers to color it in. (Blue and green worked best.)

And now here I am, with a life I can firmly and confidently call my own. So, I tossed the idea to my main ginger (a.k.a. My Husband) of cutting my hair off and dying it blue. He said to go on ahead. So I did. And it’s everything I ever hoped it would be.


A New Something

My gosh, it’s 15 months to the day that I last wrote a post here! Time certainly does fly. I’ve graduated college, taken and left a job, rejuvenated and renewed my love of cycling, among many other ups and downs. I’ve even cut all of my hair off and dyed it blue, but more on that another time, Maybe.

I was struck with the idea today that this blog here could use a little attention. I initially began writing Take It from Meg as an advice blog, the idea being that I might strike it famous somehow with all of my wisdom and insight. (Arrogant, Moi?! Well, I never…)

This spring I had the humbling and divine inspiration to let go of all ideas of fame and fortune, to merely live my life and make a difference wherever I can. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Gone is the idea that I have to make a lot of money in order to relax in life. Gone is the constant wondering if this-that-or-the-other friend/family member/acquaintance is going to be my ticket to consistent income. Gone is the arrogance that Dammit, people should WANT to pay me for my wisdom. (I know!!! Holy crow with the ego!!!)

The idea and hope that I’m going to be the next Glennon Melton or Deb Perelman has finally left me.

I’m reinventing this blog as simply the space for sharing. Authentic sharing. It may come in the form of a recipe, a photograph or video, a book or song I love, or some anecdote. I’m not going to try to wow you with grace every damn week. But I’m committed to being here, one week at a time, and seeing what gets uncovered and discovered.

I invite you to join me.

You are invited!

I am very proud and excited to introduce to you my college Capstone project!

“Listening Is The Answer” is a one-day seminar that trains people in effective listening by distinguishing defective patterns and habits, and identifying key tools for being an excellent listener; it includes an opportunity for one-on-one coaching.

I am piloting this seminar for free as a three-session conference call, which will take place on April 29, 30, and May 6 at 7:00pm EST. If you are interested in participating in this training or have any questions, please email me via the Contact Me page or by filling out the form below.

Seating is limited, so RSVP no later than Sunday, April 27.

It’s so real!

Oh my goodness, guys! I threw out the idea on Facebook of piloting my Capstone project communication seminar as a free conference call training and I already have five people on board! I was hoping to max out at eight so this is really exciting!!! If you want to spend a few hours with me going through the rigors of what is and is not excellent listening then message me NOW! Like I said, I only have three spots left. Two months ago this was just an idea that I hoped to make happen before I graduate in May and today I’m scheduling the training! It’s so real! You can reach me via the Contact Me page or on Facebook. I can’t wait to ‘meet’ you!