Thursday, March 31, 2005

Today's Plans

Today's plans include: finish unpacking, do laundry, wash dishes, clean litter mess in bathroom, sit on the couch and watch movies and crochet a throw out of the lion brand homespun I bought to make a hoodie for myself on the knitting machine but then found out that brown homespun won't go through the knitting machine like the cute pink and purple did. Ribbed top is on hold till I find a nice yarn that I'd want a summer top made of that will also make good ribs. I was going to email Pam and ask her if I could have a ride to the knitting meeting tonight, but since I woke up still completely congested and hacking, I think I'll stay home and watch the apprentice and wallow in mucus instead. Though I really do appreciate her brave offer to be my new friend. ;)

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

sick. so very sick

Okay, I'm pretty sure I have a respiratory infection. I've got a little fever, really swollen glands, and there's so much gunk so low in my chest, I'm feeling it rattle around when I breathe. Very high on the yuck factor. But I also have orange juice and a dr. appt. on Friday, and no where I have to be between now and then, so things are good.

I contacted Jonelle from SWTC today to find out about doing some testing for crochet patterns for them. She has a project she needs done, but I have to find a way to get there and get it. Turns out they're about fourteen miles from the house, so my bike is out of the question, lol. I'll probably be able to go before the dr on Friday. That'll be so cool to be paid in yarn!

As for my ribbed sweater things started optimistically, but it's not being nearly as ribby as needed. Cotton ease acts very differently from Simply Soft in the stitch I'm using. I made a hat with Simply Soft in this stitch and it was so awesomely stretchy and ribby, but the cotton ease isn't pulling into ribs and hence won't stretch one bit. I guess I'll have to do some swatching tonight and see what I can come up with.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

No place like home.

Well, I had a nice trip. It was really cool to be home and see everyone. I didn't get the wedding presents done in time, but I'll send them when I finish. I made the wedding cake, and I think it turned out awesome, so that was like a gift its self.

I'm totally sick now, I don't know if it was the cold weather, or the traveling, but I'm all achey and congested. I think I might have an infection, my glands are so sw0llen. Luckily, I don't have to go into work anymore, so I won't have to call in. I do have to teach a session of my tatting class tonight, but I'll probably cut it down to about an hour long, so it won't be a problem.

My sister told us all that she and her husband are splitting up. I hate it, but it's not my business, so I'll be supportive of whatever she needs. I'm sure we'll be talking on the phone more often now that I'm not working, and she's going to be feeling a little lonely. I told her that we each have to set goals of making new friends. Neither one of us is very good at just making friends, but I'm all the way out here and need to have people to hang out with, and she definately needs to have someone she can call up and go shopping with or whatever when the kids are away with her husband this summer.

I got a bunch of lion brand cotton ease that I'm going to use to design a ribbed sweater. I have some ideas involving a square neckline, but I'm not exactly sure how to get started. I might try cutting it from fabric first to get some idea of lengths and stuff. I went to this store with my mom and my brother's girlfriend that sold yarn. It wasn't really a yarn store, more of a gift store with a yarn section. And they had this duster style sweater up as a sample that was so pretty. Marissa loved it, but it was made from Noro Silk Garden and when she realized that enough yarn to make it would cost her more than two hundred dollars she about had a heart attack. The next day though, she said that she'd even had a dream about it, she liked it that much. So I know my mom would make it for her, if we could find the yarn at a reasonable price. Reasonable being about 100 to 150 dollars. I don't think we will though, that stuff is expensive.

So, all in all, it was a good trip home, my brother ended up good and married, and a lot of Jimmy John's was eaten.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Last Day!

Today was my last day at work. So yay. I think that Bill's happier to be rid of me than I am to leave. He's such an old grump. He's turning new guy into a mini bill. I think he totally needs to cheer up. Or at least stop being proud of being in a bad mood. Example: I was happy because I'll get to spend my birthday with my family this year. Bill's reaction: "I left home and didn't go back for 48 years." I mean, that's sad. Like, just because he was dysfunctional doesn't mean I should feel stupid to be excited to see my family.
He's like that all the time. So here's the big question. Why do I care how he feels about me? See, I get these thoughts about how Bill doesn't like me / is glad I'm gone, and then that makes me feel like I'm crappy. Well, I know I'm not crappy, and I understand why it would make me feel a little bad to think he doesn't like me though, because, everyone wants to be liked. So I guess it's just an imagined feeling of rejection.
I will choose not to feel down on myself.
I will choose to remind myself that just because someone who has a bad attitude may be happy not to work with me, I love being me, and, really, I'm the person who counts the most when it comes to spending time with me.

I'm flying home tomorrow, it's super exciting to be getting away from work and have a vacation. I'm not going to think about anything or do any crafting except stuff that I really want to do because I enjoy it. Well, except the wedding cake, but that'll be fun because it'll be special to Wayne and Jolee. Ah, vacation here I come! I will miss the cats though, but I'm sure they'll be fine. I'll just call the cat-sitter and bug her about how they're doing.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2005


I just spent all afternoon putting together pillowcases to embroider on for wedding presents. Just two, but yes, it took that long. I'm being ambitious and doing the embroidery on a lined panel that is finished on both sides with a rolled hem, and then the panel will be sew to a length of tatting insertion after it's embroidered, and then the lace will be sewn to the rolled hem on the bigger part of the pillow cases. Well, I sewed together the bigger pieces, seamed the lining and the panels together, did the rolled hems on the tops of the panel where I'll have to hold the lining and panel together to whipstitch it to the lace, and got all ready to transfer my design. I'm not sure that it'll work, but I've got high hopes. The transfering is where my discouagment happens though. I've already spent a few hours making the design on the computer, then tracing the printout with my iron on pencil, and now, as I'm trying sooo hard to iron it on without it moving, it won't transfer! I had the iron there at high heat so long I was afraid that I'd burn the fabric. I guess I'll have to go over the design with the pencil a few times and get lots of iron on stuff on the paper. I could try the marker, but it's black and transfers in a really dark bold line that's super hard to cover with embroidery. Anyway, I'll just try the pencil and hope it works because I had just enough fabric to begin with.

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Some thoughts on blogging and vomiting

Warning: Somewhat Graphic talk of Puke follows

I am feeling so sick today. I'm not sure what's wrong because I thought the side effects from the gloucophage had finally worn off. But I was up last night puking and feeling all room spin-y. The really bad kind of puke too, not the kind where all you feel is relief, but the kind where you just want to die to make the puking go away. I think I'm going to call in for work. Bill will be really mad because that will mean that he has to help the customers, but at least I'm not leaving them with no one there. And my last day is Tue. Not like they're going to fire me. It's better than throwing up at work, that's for sure.

Puke talk finished.
So I've been thinking about my blog. I was thinking about how it's way more fun to blog when people read it and then comment and then you comment on their blog and etc. But how the more people you have reading your blog, the more you feel that you should edit yourself. Like, you wouldn't say mean snipe-y things about someone's blog if you knew they'd read it. Or you wouldn't complain about your friends being annoying if they were going to comment. You might not talk about your political or religous beliefs if the other people you play with in blogger land don't agree with you.
So that got me thinking about real life. And how you do that every single day in person. I don't tell my boss that he has got to totally chill out and quit being so much of a stressball. Even if I think he should hear it, I don't tell him because I know that people don't take that kind of thing well. I don't tell people about my worries or ask questions that reveal my concern for details, like exactly how and when and where, because I know that makes me seem insecure. Or I feel like it does, which proves I'm insecure about new things.
The point? Not sure... that's what blogs are for in my mind... a sort of sounding board, a trophy room, a chronicle, a planning session, a portfolio... all rolled into one.

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Thursday, March 03, 2005

so good to have a day off!

We've been behind on the orders at work recently, so I've been working extra hours to see if I could help us get caught up. And there have been so many people calling and being all mad because they're stuff isn't done. It's so nice not to be going in and dealing with that. It did cross my mind that I could go in Friday and do an extra day, and then I suddenly wondered when I started caring. But it's strange, I do care. But, I also deserve my days off, and I've got way too many projects going at the moment to be wasting a day off at work.

I got some books on tape at the library yesterday, that's always a good way to get myself to sew. I don't know when I got so hooked on a constant stream of entertainment, but I can no longer just crochet or sew or embroider. I now have to have something good to watch on tv while I crochet and embroider and tat. And since I don't have a tv in my sewing room, I never find myself sewing in the afternoons, I'm always working on the less urgent tatting/crochet projects instead because then I can watch tv. So, I figured, why fight my nature? I'll have auditory stimulation while sewing this way, and I'll get some things done.

Ben and I went to the Japanese festival this past weekend, it was sooo fun. I got some fabric with that cute little lucky kitty on it and some books at the doll and toy museum that was there where the festival was held. And some silk kimono remnants. So pretty. It really was such a good day. We shared a giant half and half snow cone. Grape and sour apple.

On the crochet front, there hasn't been any hooking since I finished my hat, but I did to a lot of tatting. And here are links, because I can't figure out how to just make the pictures show up in my blog.

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