Fun-Sewing Friday

A couple of months ago, I tried to start something called ‘Fun-Sewing Friday.’ Terrible name, I know!

The goal of ‘Fun-Sewing Friday’ was that one day a week, I would focus on sewing something fun. By fun I meant something I wanted to make for enjoyment, or for my own wardrobe, but nothing work-related. In my mind I would come in, briefly check the computer for anything urgent, and then settle down for a day of blissful pleasure sewing. Doesn’t that sound ideal? Add in a warm cup of tea and some good music, and that’s a perfect day!

I bet you can imagine how the story ends. I never, once was able to do a Fun Sewing Friday! I don’t even think I even started sewing on a Fun Sewing Friday. Something always came up, or I felt too guilty spending precious work time doing anything that wasn’t focused on the business. I’d think “I don’t really need to sew, but I do need to pack today’s orders, and answer emails, and pay my bills…” and before I knew it, the day with be over. Or I could have chosen to sew on a Friday rather than work, but I knew that come Monday, I’d be regretting that day spent sewing as the work would still be there on Monday and I’d be behind.

I managed to do a few Fun Sewing Saturdays, coming in on the weekends just to sew, but I never accomplished as much personal sewing as I’d like. There’s no sewing machine at home, only at the office, so if I want to sew, I have to do it here!

For most of November and December, my office was piled sky-high with boxes, leaving no room for Fun-Sewing Fridays even if I had the time!

I also used the sewing table for other things, including packing patterns or storing supplies. Even putting away the sewing machine frequently sends the message that sewing can wait, as the other work is more important.

So this year, I’m going to try to squeeze in more fun sewing. Fun Sewing Friday is back! Or maybe even just Sewing Fridays, even if there’s work-sewing in there too. I can go weeks without touching my machines sometimes, and I feel the urge to reconnect with fabric and sewing, watching the magic of constructing a 3-D garment from flat fabric and paper pieces. I want to smell freshly-ironed muslin. (So weird, but I love that smell!) It’s sort of like dating. You start out dating, spending extra attention on someone and learning little things about them. Just like dating, you learn and explore and find out where you fit in the world of sewing. Then once the relationship is established, you can fall into a routine and even a rut. I’ve been having a love affair with knitting, learning and experimenting and taking things to the next level. I want to flirt with sewing again!

hazel and parfait - possible fun-sewing friday projects?

One of the weirdest things to understand about  being your own boss is the illusion of freedom. I think I’m harder on myself than any boss would be! Sure, I can work on anything I want. No one is going to tell me to stop sewing and get back to work. And yet, I think that’s what makes it even harder to do things that are a little more fun, a little less work. The work parts are obvious when they need to be done, and I’m the only one who’s going to do them, so I focus on those tasks as the most critical. It’s harder to identify the times when I need to get back to sewing and touch fabric again, get inspired, and remember that feeling of fabric running through my machine. I need to recharge my creative side just as much as I need to ship out orders and stuff envelopes! So that’s why it’s even more important to stay balanced in a creative job. The manual and technical work will always be there, but it’s equally important to feed and exercise our creativity.

I bet some of you are thinking, what a lucky girl! And it’s true. I am very lucky to be able to even think about spending a workday sewing! Even if it’s just a half day, I want to be able to sew more. I always wish for more time, but in truth I am the only one who controls how I spend my time.

Here’s hoping I’ll be able to fit more Fun Sewing into my work week! And if you think of a cuter name than Fun Sewing Friday, please let me know!


54 Responses to Fun-Sewing Friday

  1. Andrea January 11, 2013 at 6:11 am #

    Remember, the success of your company also depends on your creative spark — you need to nurture it. :D

    Right now you’re thinking of it as playing hooky, but your “free time” sewing also feeds into your business. Taking a fresh look at patterns from other companies, or trying new fabrics, or just bringing some idea that’s been kicking around in the back of your head to light could inspire your next pattern!

    I say block out some time on your calendar (so that you’re committed — you have a meeting with yourself!) and start researching!

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:58 am #

      It’s true, I do think of it as ‘playing hooky’ a little bit even though it’s all related. I will try blocking off time and making it a priority!

      • Sophie-Lee January 11, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

        Why don’t you treat yourself with a sewing machine for your home? Do you not have the room? That way you’d give yourself a definite separation of work and pleasure – so when you’re at the office, it’s work stuff. You would probably find it reasonably easy to leave work half a day early to go home and sew.

  2. Lisette January 11, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    I totally understand what you mean about being your own boss. At my old day job in retail I would have rather worked a 4 hours shift than 6 or 8 hour shift even if it meant less money because I just didn’t like the work or care that much. Working for myself as a costume designer I usually am working by 9:30 and will work until 11:30 at night with only small breaks here and there without even realizing I’m doing it. Then I go to bed exhausted, cranky and unable to fall asleep because I’m worried about my work for the next day. It was really hard to start making myself stop at around 7:30 (dinner time) and just wind down and be in bed by 10:30.

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:57 am #

      Wow! I’m glad you enjoy your work and can work all day without realizing it.. I hope it doesn’t stress you out too much! I’d imagine you have tight deadlines in the costume design field. I know the feeling of not being able to sleep out of worry. For the early part of 2012, I’d often have trouble shutting my mind off at night. It’s better now as I’ve become more organized.

  3. Carole Mellin January 11, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    It sounds as if you are well on your way to being successful. As the owner of a small business myself (I’m now retired) I noticed that the only people successful in my field were the ones who were harder on themselves than if they had a boss! In fact, they treated their business as if they in fact did have a very demanding boss (which they did—themselves!)

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      Thank you! I hope you’re right, I am a relentless and demanding boss! :) I kind of have to be, as no one else will. Plus if I let things slide with my business, I’ll have to go get a job again and I’d miss you guys.

  4. Linda January 11, 2013 at 6:26 am #

    Whenever one takes a leisure activity one loves and turns into ” work”…that is what it becomes ….and there always seems to be less time for the idle fun of it. Now if you start a knitting company you will be in big trouble!

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:51 am #

      Oh I know! I think I’d never start writing knitting patterns for that reason. I love knitting because there are no rules or obligations attached!

  5. Vicki Kate January 11, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    Think of it as research. If you don’t stay in touch with the process and end product of what you’re business is all about how can you keep going forward with such fabulous designs?! Sewing for yourself is a way to investigate how other people (maybe in other decades) do the same thing, but with no pressure on yourself or your business.
    Who knows what sewing up a new something will inspire – either from the fabric, or a technique or detail? It’ll also give you some time for your head to ‘free-wheel’ and think in a subconcious way (well, that’s what sewing does for me!).
    The nuts and bolts will always need doing (emails, paperwork, bills, order packing and shipping) but that all comes because of your ability to translate an idea into paper pattern that can become a garment we all want to make and will love wearing. Your personal sewing is kinda like a foundation stone if you see what I mean as that’s where it all started.
    Anyhoo, long story short, you business was built BECAUSE you love to sew and wanted patterns that fit and flatter you. We all love your ideas and designs! So, to nurture your business you’ve got to nurture your sewing side too beyond product development, and that goes beyond drafting and testing your own patterns (fabulous as they are). So sew something new, and if necessary justify the ‘work’ time as research!
    And on a purely selfish note, I love seeing your vintage patterns made up and the cute details you add into a garment to make it unique!

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:51 am #

      Thank you for the great comment! It is research, amazingly fun research but still research. I get some of my best ideas from problems I’ve encountered, patterns that frustrate me or fabrics that were difficult to work with. You’re right, the nuts and bolts will always need doing but inspiration needs room to grow.

      I hope to be able to make up more projects to share with you guys too, so it’s not all Sewaholic Patterns all the time!

  6. Tasha January 11, 2013 at 6:50 am #

    Good luck on the challenge to yourself! I find I fail miserably at things when I say I’m going to do X every day, or what-have-you. But now that you’ve spilled the beans you’ll have to let us know how it goes. ;)

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:49 am #

      Haha, so do I! I can’t give myself ultimatums, as then I rebel against my own rule. Oops. That’s partly why I spilled the beans about this, because I’ve been trying for months unsuccessfully!

  7. karla January 11, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    I pretty much agree with what has already been said – sewing for yourself is an important part of your work and should be scheduled into your week. Perhaps you need to treat yourself to an ‘at home’ machine to make the work/fun separation clearer.

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:48 am #

      Perhaps one day, if we had a larger place! I’ll try to work it into my work days or weekends for now. It is so important to stay ‘in love’ with sewing, you’re right!

  8. Agneta Olofsson January 11, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    I wish I had such a great boss in me, as you are! I’m too lazy doing anything, this last week just watching Downton Abbey every day all day, and at night, me and my husband watch Walking Dead.

    Me too wanna make the Hazel dress, but it feels like one of those dresses where you have to get the absolutely right fabric. :)

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:47 am #

      Ha, it’s both a good thing and a bad thing to have such a strict boss (me!) I’m productive but I have to remember to have fun, too.

      I think the Hazel dress would be lovely in so many fabrics! It looks so simple to construct that if you weren’t in love with your first fabric choice you could make a second one quite quickly.

  9. Anthea January 11, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    Besides a full time job and a quite extensive sewing course with lots of homework I find it hard to find time for relaxing i.e fun sewing time. I often feel guilty about not doing other things like house cleaning or making my homework.

    In order to stay focused on your job or get inspired (again) you have to take a break from your job and take time to relax and do things just for fun. Maybe it feels like wasting time, but I think this fun time is quite precious.

    I hope you can find the time for fun sewing and really can enjoy this time!

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:46 am #

      I hope so too! So many good ideas in the comments and so much encouragement coming from you guys. It makes me feel like, of course I will make it happen!

  10. Trudy Callan January 11, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    How about having a basic machine at home and no work-related items there? Then you could sew for enjoyment at home and there would be no distractions of work pulling you away.

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:46 am #

      I’ve thought of this and tried it with a borrowed machine – but the problem was space, and supplies. I set it up in the bedroom and had to keep bringing tools home from the office. In the end I gave back the machine because I wanted the bedroom space back and because I didn’t want to buy new scissors, pins, etc for my home sewing centre.. so at home, I knit! (Works well for my knitting hobby, not so great for my sewing hobby.) If we ever had a bigger place or if Mr Sewaholic didn’t have his office in the spare room and it became a spare room again, it’s a possibility!

  11. Tina January 11, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    Google allows its employs to work on their own projects one day a week. It can be anything related or unrelated to their primary function or to Google itself. But, the catch is that they have to tell their manager about what they are doing and if anything valuable comes out of it, that Google will maintain the rights to monetize it.

    That one day a week is consistently mentioned as one of the most important factors in making Google both a highly desirable employer with very high employee satisfaction, but also in Google’s profitability.

    So, if its good enough for Google, I would say that it is good enough for you.

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:43 am #

      Oh I like this – I’ve heard this before, and it’s a great idea! It’s true, that would be so satisfying for employees. Don’t we all have things we’d improve about the companies we work for, if we could? Thanks for that – if it’s good enough for Google it’s certainly good enough for me!

  12. Linda January 11, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Maybe you could call it ” Sew Free-day”……since you will to be free to sew to sew whatever your heart desires…

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:41 am #

      I like it – sewing freedom!

  13. Katie January 11, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Fun-Sewing-Friday sounds marvelous! I hope you will share your fun sewing adventures with us! :)

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:41 am #

      Of course I will! Let’s hope I’m able to make it work into my schedule so there’s something worth sharing!

  14. Sabs January 11, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Fun-tabulous Fabric Friday?

    Fab(ric)ulous Friday?

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:41 am #

      All possibilities for Fun-sewing Friday! Thanks!

  15. Seraphinalina January 11, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Think of it as professional development. At my work I have meetings where we share projects or tips or tricks, we take time for training sessions and lunch & learns. How is this any different? You are continuing to build your sewing skills by doing.

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:39 am #

      You’re right! It’s exactly like professional development, I’m developing my sewing skills. It’s even market research by sewing up other patterns and working with their instructions! It’s just hard to see it like that when there are pressing to-do lists – although, I am the only one that can change that mindset!

  16. Tasha @ Stale Bread into French Toast January 11, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    I’m also self-employed, and I totally hear you! It’s hard not to feel guilty about every moment that I’m not working. But, I have found that if I do nothing but work, I just work slower and slower and it gets harder and harder, until it feels like I’m moving though molasses. My solution has been to give myself a set amount of time (usually and hour) to make whatever I want, every day. It can be hard to stick to, but I know that it’s not an unreasonable amount of time to have to myself. And when I do stick to it, I just feel so much better and come up with more new ideas, it feels like I have more mental space and freedom. Good luck!

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:38 am #

      Oh, I can relate to that… the working slower and slower with increased feeling of panic because of the slowness! It’s unproductive and stresses me out. An hour every day sounds manageable AND enough time to enjoy the benefits of fun sewing. Thanks for the feedback! So great to hear I’m not alone!

  17. Catholic Bibliophagist January 11, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    I too was going to suggest having another sewing machine at home for the fun sewing. If you sew at home, the stuff at the office won’t be mentally clamoring for your attention. (I have a sewing friend who only sews when she’s at my house for our once weekly sewing session. I also sew during the week, but she doesn’t because the chores at her house always seem to be calling her name. Luckily, I am deaf to housework.)


    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:36 am #

      I thought of this but I’d have to buy a second set of everything! Scissors, pins, tape measure, etc etc. I had a week or so last year with a borrowed machine at home and I kept having to bring supplies home, then back to work. Plus, we don’t have enough space. (I had the sewing machine in the bedroom, that did not go over well..)
      Deaf to housework – ha! love it! I unfortunately am not deaf to housework. I hear it way too well!

  18. Azure January 11, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Here’s my advice. Set up a formal internship program with a three month commitment. Put the ad up in as many places as possible. My biased view is that stay at home moms looking for recent job experience, older people looking to reconnect to social groups and military veterans make great interns. I’ve had the worst experience with just-out-of-college people even though they seem to brim with energy at first. Try to pick someone who is self-directed and dependable. Let them know it is unpaid but that they can work just one or two days a week and if they do the job then you will give them an excellent reference with a fancy title for their job search/ experience for their own business goals. Load them up with busy work and do your own sewing with the saved time. Remember that the ideas you have while you are sewing for fun are different and probably more valuable than the ideas you have when you aren’t working on sewing for fun. It could really mean the difference between your business succeeding or failing long-term.

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:35 am #

      Thank you for the suggestion! I have thought of looking into getting an intern, we are lucky to have several fashion schools in the city that involve internship programs. (I did an internship as part of my fashion degree and remember learning a ton!) At my old job too, we worked with a handful of interns over the years. You’re right, some are high-energy and fizzle, some are excellent workers and interested learners.
      Having Caroline help with sewing and emails does take a bit of the pressure off but I am getting close to needing more help! There’s certainly enough busy work here. I agree, sewing for fun helps stimulate a different part of my brain, when it’s not about business but back to the simple making of things. Anyways I’m rambling now, but I do appreciate the comment!

  19. Thea January 11, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    How about ‘Creative Fridays’? No alliteration, but at least it would reflect the fact that it recharges your creative batteries, and is kind of work-related, like the others have said. Or you could go easy on your workaholic side, and do a half-day? Come in, sew in the morning, get lunch, then tidy up chores so Monday isn’t awful to come back to? Not sure if you’d find that helpful, but I’m a morning person and love to have mornings to potter around more than anything. Also, this way you can tell yourself you can do anything terribly important later. Best of luck and happy sewing!

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:31 am #

      I’m a morning person too, I like the idea of a half-day so that the really important stuff gets done but I can still work the sewing into the day. Thanks for the suggestion!

  20. scuffsan January 11, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    I’m with Tasha. I know a full day of fun sewing probaly would be the most fun in a way, but by taking an hour (or 30 minutes or even 10 minutes) every day for a fun project that isn’t directly related to work is not only a well deserved break. It will help you keep your passion for sewing alive. It is so important to do things just for fun, and using a shorter amount of time every day will add up over the week but you don’t have to fall behind by en entire day. Might be hard to stick to every single day, but maybe worth a try?

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      I agree, this might be a good way to do it instead of an ‘all or nothing’ mindset. I will let you guys know how it works out!

  21. Rachel W January 11, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    I’m a self-employed costume seamstress and I’ve been struggling to make time for personal sewing, too! I’m gravitating toward ‘Self Indulgent Saturday’ for myself. :) I’m also trying to take a day off during the week to work on my pattern making skills.

    It’s rough to be your own boss: on the weeks when you haven’t accomplished enough, you think “I don’t deserve to take this time away from being productive.” On weeks when you’ve done a ton, you think “I’m tired of this sewing nonsense, I’m gonna watch Downton Abbey and make a pie instead.” And then there’s the guilt– I’m convinced that my customers are waiting just outside my windows. Watching me take time off. JUDGING.

    All of which to say, I totally understand! I’m trying to think of fun sewing as a time to recharge and learn new skills: valuable things for a growing business. :)

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 11:28 am #

      Oh Rachel, I can totally relate to this: “And then there’s the guilt– I’m convinced that my customers are waiting just outside my windows. Watching me take time off. JUDGING.”

      Which is crazy talk, you guys are the nicest people in the world! I have the coolest customers and the best readers. (You probably do, too.) Of course you aren’t judging me! (You might even be hoping I sew more interesting stuff and talk about it!) Why do we have so much guilt when it comes to taking care of ourselves and recharging our creative sides?

      Today it’s Friday and I’m struggling with – do I work on instructions and drawing diagrams or do I start one of my pretty Colette dresses? (Or should I just come in tomorrow and do both?)

      Thanks for the comment, it’s so nice to know I’m not alone!

      • Aline January 13, 2013 at 5:09 am #

        About the judging: of course we don’t judge! In fact I was very surprised about your shipping speed. You shipped my pattern order extremely fast. I usually order from an online pattern shop that does just that, shipping patterns. They usually take waaaaay longer than you do. So no worries on that front!

        About “(You might even be hoping I sew more interesting stuff and talk about it!)”: ABSOLUTELY! It’s always nice to see what other people make and things they learned from it. After all it might keep me from doing the same mistakes. Therefore you might look at it as extended customer service!

  22. Merry January 11, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Free-Sew Friday? There’s alliteration!

    • LauraMJ January 12, 2013 at 9:59 am #

      I was also going to suggest “Free-Sew Friday.” It “frees” you up to do any kind of sewing…whether it be work-related or personal, just as long as you are sewing!

      I also like the idea of taking just a half day or maybe less, depending on your particular needs for the day/week. I work in special education and we have year-long goals for each of our students. We don’t expect them to perform to the level of the year-end goal at the beginning…we implement steps gradually in order to work up to where we want them to be down the road. Maybe if you start small (setting aside a 1-2 hour block on Fridays – or whatever suits your needs right now) and experience success with the system then you can increase the block of time in a month or so and work your way up to a half day or full day of sewing.

  23. Arlene January 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Good idea to protect a day for enjoying sewing!

    Serious question for you: i bought 3 yards of a lovely rayon during a Christmas trip to the US. Summer flowers. Wondering if rayon would work well in the Cambie dress in view A? It is very soft and fluid. Lovely to have a local expert to ask. Arlene

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Hi Arlene! Rayon would be perfect for Cambie Dress in View B, the gathered skirt. For View A, it would work as well but the final garment would look drapier than my sample dresses. It may not have quite as much of an “A” silhouette, there would be more of a softer line to the skirt. As long as you’re OK with that, I’d say go for it!

  24. Sandra January 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    I have my own event management company and have worked many hours, in the office, at home (after the kids are in bed) and in the weekends – all in the name of perfection for my client and I really do relate to the comment about the ‘client watching through the window’. The only real holiday I get is two weeks over Christmas to turn off completely which is when I usually get time to sew … me, my sewing machine, good music and a nice cuppa tea! This year I’ve decided that I would like to sew and knit on a more regular basis as I did before I started my business. So, I’m committing to at least one sewing garment a month – this way I don’t put to much pressure on myself and allows me to keep it enjoyable. I am thinking of it as my treat to myself! We all deserve some ‘me’ time.

  25. Truly Myrtle January 12, 2013 at 3:31 am #

    I bet I’d be just like this too – but, as you know, creativity needs room to breathe. How about a Friday afternoon into the early evening fun sew? That way the whole day isn’t a right-off.
    Maybe even start an hour earlier, scrap that, half an hour… earlier on Friday mornings and just do the three most important things on your list. Then turn on the music, get your sewing ready over lunch and GO FOR IT!
    I speak as the mum of four small children who has learnt time management the hard way ;)
    And I still struggle to get any time to do MY stuff!!
    At school my kids have the latter part of Friday afternoon to have fun and play games. They call it Golden Time.
    My son suggested Breakaway Friday or Friday Escapes, my daughter suggested Fabric Friday or For Myself Friday!

  26. Sharon Twiss January 12, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Freedom Fridays! Not only is it a reward for all your hard work and a celebration of a productive week, but it’s also necessary time and space (and permission) to “replenish your well”.

    Your creativity comes from a vast array of inputs (other creatives, other industries, history, where you live, the music you listen to, your experience, etc, etc) and your creative spirit recombines and adds bits of this and that to create something new.

    I agree with Vickie Kate, that this time could be viewed as Research & Development. When you set aside some time for some agenda-free exploration (fun, play, “doing whatever you want”), you’re providing yourself with the resources you need to remain creative. If you don’t, your creative soul will eventually rebel.

    It seems to me to be more an exercise of re-framing. It’s not Frivolous Fridays. It’s not a day off. It’s being responsible to your creative self by making sure you’re getting what you need. It’s your job to do what’s necessary to keep your business vibrant.

    Once you view your Fridays as a necessary part of your business, you’ll find a zillion ways to make it happen, using the same creativity that helped you figure out the rest of your business.

    Ask your boss for permission to figure out how to make it happen ;)

  27. Lora January 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm #


    With you talking about work, I have to say, I am amazed with how much you are always doing. You are steadily coming out with new patterns modeled in several different fabrics. Then, you have knitted these lovely, lovely sweaters and socks. Do you ever sit down with your hands NOT doing something. I’m sure you skill level of sewing is such that garments go together pretty quickly, but still…you produce, girl! To think you brainstorm a pattern and then sew the garment…wow..talent! Your work ethic is most commendable. I love following your blog because it is always moving with new ideas and projects. It’s also pretty cool to watch you growing your business. In the few months I have been visiting your site, I have stumbled over Sewaholics in numerous other locations even all the way across the pond.

    I am curious about how you name your patterns. The names are so unique. Is there something about the garment that you key in to a name with? Naming patterns certainly sets your work apart in a distinct way.


    • Tasia February 4, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

      Hey Lora! Oops, I missed this comment, sorry! The names are all after Vancouver area places – street names, and area names. That’s why they’re so unusual!

      Examples: Pendrell blouse is named after Pendrell Street, the Crescent Skirt is named after Crescent Beach, the Minoru Jacket is named after Minoru Park in Richmond where I grew up.

      I think I mention the name origin whenever I release a new pattern, though it’s hidden in all of the pattern description text and photos!

  28. Amy January 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    What a good idea! Fun sewing sounds like a good way to take care of yourself and not get burnt out on sewing only for work! I don’t know if anyone else suggested this, but how about shifting the day? Thursday instead of Friday – then you would still have Friday to finish up some work from the week and you wouldn’t have what felt like an extra pile to start with on Monday?