Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Where have I been, you ask?

So last week, I pulled one of the muscles that goes under your boob around your rib cage. It hurt so bad, the first night I was convinced I was having a heart attack. Except it was on the right side. I ended up spending a couple of days just sitting still on the couch, healing and reading. Ben's orders.

And yesterday and today, I have been crocheting like a mad woman in order to get my entry done for the craftster challenge. Here's a sample to whet your appetite.

Now go here and see. You can vote for me too, if you want. :D

I'm not so sure I like blogger's new picture set up. I prefer to put the picture in the text, not first of all.

We went and saw Phantom of the Opera at Gammage Auditorium on Saturday. It was pretty good, but I guess I'd seen the movie too recently because it just seemed a little bit predictable. Yes, I know. Feel free to laugh at me.

Anyway, I'm back now, it's totally time to get back into my routine! Tomorrow, I might even have pictures of that stupid pajama set. I just have to do the buttons. And on Friday, I got the SWTC sweater all assembled. All that's left is to sew the zipper in. I think I'll try to use the machine for that. Wish me luck.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Tuesday, Tuesday

Well, I had a good weekend. On Saturday, I went to the Goodwill because it was fifty percent off day and got stuff to use to enter this craftster challenge. I'm not sure if my plans will work because I've got other stuff to finish before I buckle down and work on that. I would post a pic of what I bought, but I can't seem to find the camera. Maybe it's in the car.

We made cherry jam on Sunday. It turned out pretty well. I want to figure out a way to do little tarts or pastries or something with the jam. I don't know if you'd put the jam in then bake it or what. I'm pretty sure you'd use puff pastry, not just pie crust.

Yesterday I had a nice day. I did pamper-y grooming things. I performed my hair removal regimen, lotioned, all of that kind of thing. I worked on the pool some too. It turned green in a matter of a week. I think we have a swamp thing.

I finished hemming the pajama top today. All that's left are the buttons and the button holes, but I have to buy buttons first. Turns out that I don't have any that will work like I thought I did. But I'm going to Walmart to get my prescription so I can get them and have it finished!

I realized that the reason I haven't just made myself finish this sample before now is that I'm nervous about teaching the class. I get the feeling that someone will be all "I want my money back! You're just pretending to be a sewing teacher!" I talked about it with Ben, and he told me something interesting. He says that most everyone feels like they're pretending. Like pretending to know what they're doing, or pretending to be smart, or talented or whatever. It kind of made me realize that not using my skills in public for so long has kind of eroded my self esteem without me noticing. I'm working on telling myself more often that I can do what I make up my mind to, and all I have to do is actually take action to accomplish things. It's a better outlook than wanting to hide, lol.

So, since I can't work on the pajama sample till after I've been to Walmart, I'm going to work on sewing together the SWTC sample sweater this afternoon, and do some experimenting with my Goodwill raw materials. And I'll probably read some too. I just started this creepy book called Thief of Souls, that's all scary and creepy, but a good story so even though I won't be able to sleep well for a week or two, I'm interested enough to not want to stop reading it.

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

nana nana nana nana nana nana nana: BATMAN

Ben got home yesterday. I slept so well last night it's not even funny. I didn't wake up, not even a little, until he came to kiss me goodbye when he left for the office. I was like a rock. And/or an island. I was really glad to have him home. I like having someone around to feed and such. I'd hate to live alone.

We saw Batman Begins yesterday. It was quite good. But I could be biased considering that Christian Bale has been my boyfriend since he was in Newsies. Yeah, he and I have been snuggle bunnies for a long time. We might get married. He sure grew up hot, but then, he knows I've always liked him no matter what he looked like. Except when he was emaciated and a murderer... well, maybe a little when he was a murderer.

Ben, Adam, and Greg liked it too though, so even people who aren't romantically involved with Christian Bale will enjoy it.

I got one leg of my jeans all flared yesterday... I'm still very iffy about the outcome, but I'll finish them before I decide whether it was a success or not.

I'm going to sew together the swtc test sweater this afternoon, so if I don't run into problems tomorrow should bring pictures. And I've got a few ideas for some new crochet patterns running around in my head that I'm thinking I should at least draw out or write down sometime.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Back to normal

So I had a good day yesterday. I did my normal housework and all in the morning, and then I spent all afternoon reading. A bit extreme, I know, but I used to spend all day in the summer reading when I was living with my parents. (I was going to write "in grade school" but that's not true... I never grew out of it.) It was nice, and I had stocked up on library books just for the occasion. I also watched Nanny 911... It almost makes me want to have kids right now, because I know I would have normal kids who are polite, not crazy monster children who scream and punch me. I checked out that new series, Hell's Kitchen, too. It was really good, I'll have to remember and get Ben to watch it with me. He'd like it, I think.

I may just spend a few hours reading again today. It's a treat, really. But I also want to finally try my idea about my jeans, and I should try to fix Ben's pants. I'm ignoring the pajamas... not good I know... but I just don't want to do those today. I'm compromising. I'm going to work on writing up the paperwork for the class instead. I have to have the handouts just as much as I have to have the sample when I go in, so good compromise to me.

I'm trying to vacuum the pool today. It made a really bad noise when I turned the filter one, like it was running dry. So I'm running more water into it, in case the water was too low. If that doesn't fix it though, I guess it just won't get vacuumed, lol.

Just because I'm in a showing off mood:

This is a little baby outfit I made last summer for on of my cousins when she had her baby.

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So, who wants to be the first to tell me that it's crazy to assume that because your husband doesn't answer his cell, he's slipped and is lying on the bathroom floor of his hotel room bleeding?

Ben called and let me know that he's fine.

I'd delete my panic-y post, but it's a good example of how my mind works. I get the bad idea in my head, and then... it's like whatever the worry is, it's already happened. And I try to tell myself that just because I think it, it's not going to be true. Anyone know how to get rid of anxiety disorder? I'm a lot better than I used to be though. I hardly thought about murders trying to get me while I slept at all last night. lol Really, I was just worried because in a space of ten minutes (during which he was supposed to call) he dissappeared and couldn't be reached. So I don't know... overreaction? Justified?

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If there's some possible way at all to worry about something, I will find it and worry.

I spoke with Ben this morning, for just a minute. All we talked about was an eyelash in his eye and that he was getting ready. He asked if he could call me back in five minutes and never called, so fifteen minutes later, I tried him. I didn't get him on his cell. So I tried fifteen minutes later. Then I waited about an hour and tried again. He's not picking up his cell. So I called the hotel. He didn't answer the phone in his room, but that not surprising because he was supposed to be at breakfast. But he still wasn't answering his cell either. So around nine I called the hotel and asked them to check his room. They called me back and said they'd tried to reach him several times and couldn't. I said did they go in the room. And the guy said that he couldn't tell me that. So I asked if he had the sign on the door, and then guy said he couldn't tell me that either. So I said, if you'd opened the door and he were injured, would you tell me that? And he said yes. But I have no idea if they even checked the room or not. His cell is ringing a bunch of times, not going to voicemail right away like if it were off. I don't know if his boss would go looking for him if he didn't show up or not. I know that to most people this wouldn't be a big deal, but I'm worried sick about it, and I just want to hear from him.

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Monday, June 13, 2005

Not Pregnant

The title is just a public service announcement.

So no one thinks my kitty is the cutest thing on earth? That's okay, I understand that I'm biased.

Ben and I watched Citizen Kane on Friday. It was a pretty good movie. I liked it anyway. I'd never seen it before, and we bought it from a library sale once a long time ago when we still lived in Kalamazoo.

We went bowling on Saturday. It was so much fun. I decreed that we would bowl once a week from now on. So I want to find some bowling shoes... rental is $4 and that seems like it would add up to a pair eventually, so I'm looking for some cheap ones for now. Anyway, I bowled 107 in my best round, which doesn't seem so bad considering that I haven't bowled in at least two years. But I haven't been able to move normally since then. I thought I was getting into better shape... HA.

We've reinstated pizza night too. We used to do pizza night every friday night in Grand Rapids, but we hadn't made pizza here ever till friday night. I always do the same on mine, ground beef browned with garlic. And cheese. And no sauce. Ben changes his every week. But we'd forgotten how much fun it is to do pizza night. We're definately going to keep making it. But they don't have jiffy crust mixes here. At least fry's and albertson's don't have them.

They also don't have Zagnuts here... and I'm having a craving for one. I have been for quite a while too. Maybe I can get some when we're home in July.

I'm feeling a lot better now. Of course I still haven't finished the pajama top... But Ben's finally organized our trip home, and I know that I should have the class start in August, not July, so it's not a huge deal anyway. I have time. I'm going to plan on having Ben's pants hemmed tomorrow and working on the pajama top, at least finishing its hems.

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Friday, June 10, 2005

Pickles Plays Fetch

Ever heard of a cat playing fetch? I'm sure some people have, but I've never actually had one that would till now. Our cat pickles likes to play fetch using the rings off milk jugs. I've taken some pictures because I just can't get over how cute it is.

Isn't that just too cute? She walks around like this.

Her favorite place to play is with us on the bed and throwing the ring out the door to the hallway. But since I'm a bad throw, she'll get it where ever it lands. She jumped onto the quilt rack to get one once.

She brings it up onto the bed and drops it by us and then sits there and looks at us.

Here's a really good action shot of her leaping off the bed right after I've thrown the ring. She was a really good sport for this, since I woke her up to play just so I could take these pictures.

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Because I'm so Proud

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There was this tiny little furry spider on my desk. It was by the base of my monitor. It looked exactly like a mini taratula. I was pretty sure it was dead. When next I looked, it was gone. I know, I know... sorry about the squirmy feeling you're all having right now. This happened to me a few days ago, and I have to admit, I still think about where the damn thing might have gone. And then I worry it's in my hair.

Something else that I wanted to write about a few days ago:

"What will I regret more later in the day, exercising or not exercising?"

That's a quote I read a couple of days ago, and it kind struck a chord for me. I've come to realize that it's sort of a universal truth that can be applied to most things. Like vacuuming. And taking vitamins. And completing a report. And crocheting. And finishing or working on just about any goal you have. So maybe I'll have to make a poster. And live by this sentiment.

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I've never been pregnant, and I highly doubt I am right now, but I was saying to Ben this morning that I wouldn't be shocked if I were considering how bone deep tired I've been. It's so strange. I even fell asleep and napped yesterday afternoon, and I never sleep in the day time. But considering how emotional I was the other day, and that I'm supposed to start my period this weekend, I'm sure that it's just hitting me harder than usual. I'm glad every month isn't like this.

So my Mother in Law sent me an email. It said, among other things, if you want to get rid of your slow cooker, Aunt Joni doesn't have one. Um... What? I just don't know. Must be something Ben said to her?

I'm going to move the ears on the panda hat. They're too close and high. And then I'm going to work on the test crochet sweater. Maybe I can finish it this weekend. But that's not until this afternoon. This morning I'll probably finish this albatross of a pajama set. And of course there's all the normal housework, the dishes, the floors, the laundry, the trash and litter... but that's stuff that I do every morning now without noticing really.

I hit five times of exercising this week! I'm up to 33-35 minutes every day too. Now if I could just kick the junk food habit, lol. I'm out of princess stickers now though, I put up the last one this morning. Guess I'll have to look in my cards and stuff and see what other stickers I have. I seem to remember some animal ones.

I'm super excited about the new oven. We're making homemade pizza tonight. And maybe I'll bake a pie. I'm warring with myself over that one. I mean, it's bad for you, but, but... new oven! I don't know, guess it'll depend how long it takes to finish the jammies.

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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Lost Day

Where did today go?
I spent all morning packing up jams for father's day presents and making them shippable. Then we went and mailed them. Then I took a two hour nap. Then I layed on the floor for an hour looking at Ben while he was working in his office. Then I looked at internet things for an hour. It is now just about six.

Now I'm unexplainably and vaguely nauseous. Payback for bothering Ben? Result of not eating dinner yet?

Actually, (except for the nausea) it's been a pretty good day. SWTC sent me the Fur Real to finish my test crochet, and that new series, The Cut, is on. It's like Tommy Hilfiger Apprentice, so that looks good to me because maybe there will be some sewing. And the people are installing our new stove as we speak! Yay!

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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Finished Project

I didn't finish the pajamas today because I ran out of the right color thread. Which is sad because I was using the wrong color anyway. But now I've got to finish with what I started with, so no more sewing that until I get more. I do have to hem Ben's pants for him. He wants me to keep the cuff on them... that's a whole different bother.

I did finish the panda hat though! Here it is in all it's panda-y glory:

Just ignore my weird forehead, lol.
I think I might use this pattern as a freebie in the sampler once I get more patterns for sale on my site, to advertise. If they'd let me do that sort of thing that is.

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Stupid PMS - Feminine Problems Post... you've been warned.

So yesterday Julie was having a confrontational day and everything was Stupid something or other. I know that feeling exactly. By the time Ben got home yesterday, and I tried to make crepes for dinner and they wouldn't flip and that made me cry, I realized I had an overload of hormones.

I just can't figure out why they don't have something to help that pms problem... headaches, cramps, backaches... all of that they have medicine for. But I don't get any of that. What I do have is crazy uncontrollable irritability and teariness. And that has no medicine.

At least it's not every single month and it rarely lasts for more than a day or two. But I had such a bad evening (I should definately have known better than to try to have a conversation about planning our trip home in July considering how much Ben's family's attitude pisses me off...), and then didn't sleep so well. I'm not nearly as emotional as I was last night, but when I woke up this morning, I couldn't walk a straight line and felt like I'd pass out. I'm sure this is attributed to not sleeping well and not eating dinner. I'm feeling a lot better now after two glasses of apple juice and some oatmeal. But I'm still going to just sit and sew and not worry too much about any house work today. Hopefully, it'll be a nice relaxing time, and I'll be able to post some pics of the finished pajama sample later.

On a completely unrelated note, I'm thinking of turning my jeans into flares. They look tapered, even though I would never in a million years buy a tapered leg jean. Anyway, they bug me and I think they look stupid, so I figured, what could I hurt by trying to alter them. I'm thing slash into the center front and back and both side seams as high as the knee area and put in godets (triangles of fabric) to make them flare. But, what kind of fabric should I use? That's the big question of the day. The other big question, which might be even more important is: Will it look super stupid?

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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

What a Concept

So I'm working on a theory. Here it is:
No matter how tried you feel in the morning when it's time to get up, if you don't go back to sleep, you'll feel better than if you do.

Here's my evidence:
Yesterday I was really sleepy when the alarm clock went off and Ben left. So I went back to sleep and slept until seven thirty-almost eight. This is sleeping in for me, I'm usually awake by five thirty or so when Ben gets out of the shower. Not up, but at least awake. Anyway, all day yesterday I was dragging, I had a headache, I was so sleepy I couldn't concentrate, not even on tv, etc, etc.

So today I was still really tired when it was time for me to get up. But I got up anyway, and got on the treadmill right away after Ben left. And now, I've done my exercise, gotten showered and dressed, and gotten a lot of the housecleaning that I do every day all finished. And I'm not tired. I'm actually feeling really good and can't wait to get started on my projects.

The projects:
The shirt for the pajama set. Finally. I got it all cut out yesterday, I made myself. So I can just start sewing on it today and get it going. I'm always a lot later than I say I'll be with this stuff. Probably because samples for my classes don't interest me. I'm not really sure how much teaching the classes interests me. I think I enjoy it, but I'll have to do it more to make sure.

Sew the ears on the panda hat! It's been sitting in it's various pieces for about a day and a half. All I have to do is sew the ears on and take pictures. Not rocket science.

The other project I want to get going on is for Christmas. I realized I've only got half a year left, and I'm going to be behind in the making things dept if I don't get going. Other than that all I can say is this. I don't know who reads my blog, so I'm being stealthy.

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Saturday, June 04, 2005

New Stove! Almost...

We went to sears yesterday and ordered a new stove. I'm really excited about it. It has a flat top. It'll be so pretty. But it'll be a week before I get it too. Oh well, I'm planning a lot of baking for then. Lasagna and pie and pizza... you know, oven food.

We went to a farmers' market this morning. It was okay, but not the most thrilling thing. Then we went to Ikea. Wait, that sentence should look like this:

Then: we went to... IKEA.

Ikea scares me. It's huge and it was like some kind of temple or something out in the middle of a huge empty lot with a parking lot a mile long on TWO sides of it. And it was just filled to the brim with wandering people buying things without thinking them through well. You could just tell. But, I'll probably still go back someday. Probably not soon, but someday. They did have nice things that were affordable.

I made a stupid move at Ikea though. There was a painting. The kind that Ben likes a lot with bare trees and a misty path. It was in the "as is" section. I checked the price. $15. Holy crap. Yeah, we can get it. Well, I'll just come out and say it. I looked at the price upside down, it was $51. Ben paid for it anyway (I was in the bathroom while he was checking out.) because he wanted it. Well, I guess if he likes it that much, but I totally don't $51 dollars worth of like it. I was kicking myself. Talk about not thinking things through. That store is a monster.

And on a(n?) hilarious note, Pam did this cool thing in her blog where she put text in Babelfish, translated it to German, then to French, then back to English. What comes out is really funny. Song lyrics are great. Here, guess:

The night sharpens, increases every feeling, churns noircissement and an alarm clock an imagination. The directions fix calmement their defense. Slowly easy unfurls nuoce its spledor. If the seized ones, interrogation they, tremulous and tenderly turns far away your ace of the sharp light of the day turns far away your thoughts unfeeling of the cold light.

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Thursday, June 02, 2005


I got the fabric yesterday for my sample. I'm doing a pattern for pajamas that comes in all sizes, from kids to mens. These are the fabrics I picked.

The stripes are for the bottoms and the solid pink is going to be the top. I think I'll be able to get the pants all finished today.

This afternoon I'm going to be working on a pattern for a hat that I've been commisioned to make. (that sounds official, huh? even though I can't spell it.) It's black with little black and white ears on it. Like a panda. I got the yarn yesterday, so I'm set for an afternoon of the extras from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and crocheting.

So those are the exciting things in my life today. That and figuring out what we're going to have for dinner. Suggestions? Remember, the oven's broken. Makes it harder doesn't it?

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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Girly mall day!

Well, I was out of black yarn, so I didn't get the hat started yesterday. I was going to got to Craftmart and get it, but my bike seat is all wiggley, and I couldn't get it tight enough, so I gave up and started back in on the tank top again. I forgot to have Ben fix it last night, so that means I'll have to ride his bike today, so I'll have to stop and put air in the tires before I go far. I also have to go to Craftmart and get yarn and fabric before I go to the mall, I just don't have a choice about that one. But after that, I'm going to the mall! And I'm going to sit in Barnes and Noble and read books I don't intend to buy, and probably see the sisterhood of the traveling pants, and have something yummy for lunch. I'm planning on having a very good day. I'll be sure to post how that turns out.

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