I have not been well since about last Thursday night.  Overnight my tonsils swelled up, and by 11am on Friday, as my voice faded, my colleagues were telling me to go home (we’ll gloss over that I stubbornly stayed, albeit quietly, until my normal departures time).  Well by Saturday it was developing along and by Sunday I knew I was down with one of my standard winter chest infections, with a side order of tonsillitis/voice loss/oh, and cold.  I have asthma, it sucks, and I catch everything going *sigh*.  I’d hoped I’d have got a lot more done this week – I’m not sure how much was because of the ick, and how much was just vast underestimation on my part on how much I wanted to get done right enough o.O  So anyway, that’s my excuse for this week, ‘k?

Oh, and before you get caught up in the excitement(?!) of this week’s progress, come back tomorrow when I’ll be announcing a couple of big upcoming projects.  Here’s a hint, if you’ve always wanted to paper piece, but been too afraid to try, this might be your thing…

Finishes This Week:

My February block for Piece Bee With You.  Lynne wanted aquatic creatures, so of course I had to choose the octopus…

I’ll also share a finish from last week that I didn’t have a photo of before.  Dad managed to be in the same place at the same time as mum and the skirt (no mean feat, can I tell you) and got this for me:

I also got my last 3 blocks done for the Japanese x and + swap, which I need to post out to Sarah ASAP:

In Progress:

The infamous rainbow windmill!  I now have it pieced, made up to 20″ square, and fusible fleece applied to the back of it, I just have to decide how to quilt it.  I’ve had loads of suggestions, and I got a hera marker a few weeks ago, so I’m going to have a play and see where it goes:

I got block 9 of the SHQ QAL done:

And I got all my cutting done for my Stained QAL/granny’s birthday quilt:

No Progress:

I’m kind of frustrated as Royal Mail is currently foiling my FTLOS making, as it’s holding some of my fabric hostage – grrr!

The bag I started 3 weeks ago, although I will hopefully get to that in the next few days…

To Be Worked On This Week:

The bag I started 3 weeks ago

My FTLOS items (hopefully!)

The big project reveal for tomorrow

Weigh In Progress:

Weight loss goal:  26 lbs / 11.8 kg  

Stage: 4 weeks complete

Week’s loss: 1 lbs (0.45 kg)

Total loss: 14 lbs (6.4 kg)

Distance to goal: 12 lbs / 5.4 kg 

Exercise done: Running up and down the escalators at the station x 1 
                           Walking up and down the 120 stairs at work x 3 round trips, plus a couple of little jaunts between the 3 floors we work on 
                           Walk to/from work:  x2 @ 3 miles (4.8 km)  total and @ 1 hr total 
                           Lunchtime walks x 1 @ 45 mins solid walking, plus 1 shorter time

Total time exercising: about 1 hr 45 mins walking 

Given that I’ve been ill for most of the week, and therefore unable to exercise, I wasn’t expecting anything, but hey, I’ll take a pound!  Hopefully by the weekend I’ll be feeling up to having a go at the Wii Fit…

Linking up to:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced    Weigh In Wednesday