Jump, Plunge, Run

posted in: Day In The Life 18
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, really, it’s a plane! Photo: Wikipedia.



I like to have extraordinary days. Yes, extraordinary is the goal. Extraordinary in big ways, extraordinary in small ways — whatever the way, when it comes to how I spend my days, I want that “extra” in front of that “ordinary.” I would also like extra sprinkles.

The last seven days have been so extraordinary, though, we’re getting into a weird area. If stuff with work keeps being this cool, I’m going to pop. I was on two location shoots with Quiltfolk in a week, working in the marvelous mode of making editorial decisions minute by minute, running to catch planes, etc. I’ve been in two states, six locations, and … Look, it’s a pet peeve of mine when a blogger spends time apologizing for not writing sooner, or when she explains all the reasons why she couldn’t post a post before this one, etc., but I’m going to do it: I’m sorry I haven’t posted more in the past week but I’ve been really far away from a computer, both physically and psychically.

Here’s a list of what’s happened since last week. All these things are true.  In the past seven days, I:


flew in a tiny by-plane to a fairly remote island
met a legendary artist
saw a raw manuscript for a recently-published book
hung out with quilt world royalty
drank two tasty cocktails too fast because I was nervous
drove 20+ hours
was interviewed for a podcast
hung a quilt off a bridge
rode in the back of a pickup truck
ate bag of jalepeno potato chips (*over the course of 3 days)
saw an alpaca
took four ferry boats
ate coq au vain at a brasserie
yelled at someone (*not bad)
carted my dry cleaning across state lines


… the last one made sense at the time. I’ll tell you all more about all these things soon. For now, it’s time for bed. I got home tonight; I wake before dawn to head to Atlanta for a wedding. So I’ll see you in Georgia. That’s the one with the peaches, right?

18 Responses

  1. Mary Veneskey
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    Mary, this is why WE LOVE YOU!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  2. Anne Davies Sommerville
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    No apology required, we read your life, not anyone’s place to make expectations about a blog. Sounds like you’ve had some fun! Good on you!

  3. Jo Chalk
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    Life is a wonderful adventure made up of extraordinary days (some better than others). We breathe the air, see beautiful things, hear songs and voices, taste chocolate, smell flowers…ahhh. Live it Mary.

  4. Judy Holmgren
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    I haven’t ridden in the back of a pickup truck for years – wish I had been with you!!!

  5. Barbara
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    You are an extraordinary person, Mary Fons!!!!

  6. Karen
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    You deserve every single bit of extraordinary you can get. Happy for you!

  7. Helen Marie
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    I’m guessing the state of Washington. But there are other possibilities. Hmmmmmm.

  8. Cindy
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    Does Quiltfolk have any openings?!!

  9. Heather
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    I’m going to a wedding in Georgia today too! I’ll think of you when they say, “I do!” 🙂

  10. Nancy Pederson
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    Reading your blog makes even the ordinary days seem extraordinary, Mary. As long as you are enjoying yourself, and stay healthy, you can have as many extraordinary days as you want. We’ll still be here when you have time to write.

  11. Tammy
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    Way to go Mary!!!! Cherish all these moments. Travel every chance you get… see this beautiful world and then tell us about. By the way do you need an assistant ????

  12. Cathy
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    Oh Girl!!! I love your posts and I was smiling all through this one!! I received my first Quiltfolk yesterday (I know, what rock have I been under!) and I love everything about it! Knowing what it must take to publish this amazing work of art, it was fun to see the expansive list you posted!! Thnak you for all you and your team do!!!

  13. liz hinze
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    I bet I know where you were, looking forward to seeing that issue of Quiltfolk : )

  14. Bob Collis
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  15. Pat
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    Thank-you for sharing the joy.

  16. Charlotte
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    Oooh, did you get to talk to Gwen Marston at her home?! So awesome if you did!

    • Mary
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      mmmmmmmmmmaybe …


  17. Melanie
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    I, too, hate when people start a post with an apology for not posting. Don’t like that tone. And “raw manuscript”? Yum! Only thing that would make it more delicious is if it was handwritten.

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