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2005 New Year’s Resolutions

  • Posted on December 29, 2004 at 11:58 pm

I may think of some more by the time Friday and/or Saturday comes, but here’s what I have for now.

    2005 New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Stop (or at least severely limit) swearing!
  • Don’t be a stress puppy. Try not to overreact to situations; take lots of deep breaths; listen to music to help distract and soothe whenever necessary
  • Establish a stitching rotation and stick to it!
  • Start stitching Christmas presents early
  • Start making Christmas shopping lists even earlier
  • Finish Terry’s Mom’s stitched project and frame before Christmas (see resolution number 3)

2004 Resolutions in Review

  • Posted on December 28, 2004 at 8:18 pm

So, it’s almost the new year again and that means it’s time to review this year’s resolutions and see how I did.

    2004 New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Stop Swearing – FAILED
  • Gain Weight – SUCCESS!
  • Leave work at work and don’t take work matters too personally – Work in Progress 😉
  • Start stitching Christmas presents early – SUCCESS, but I need to add an addendum next year to stop thinking of new ones late in the year!
  • Finish Terry’s mom’s stitched project and frame before Christmas – FAILED
  • Work on Fairy Moon project at least once a month – FAILED
  • Organize stitching materials – SUCCESS!

Not too bad, really. Only one major failure that I consider to be truly important and that was to stop swearing. I blame that partially on my stress level, so that one’s tied to other initiatives about work.

Now to set goals for next year! 😀

Phoebe’s Christmas Story

  • Posted on December 27, 2004 at 10:36 pm

Here’s a recounting of the past few days from our little furbaby’s point of view:

Woofy Christmas, everyone! The past several days have been quite a whirlwind around our house. It started with Mommy and Daddy taking the two days before Christmas Eve off from work. I was all excited because this usually means more playtime and attention for me! Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Instead, they spent Wednesday and most of Thursday running around the house, stirring up dust, making banging noises on the walls, spraying smelly stuff all over the place and using those loud machines on the carpet that scare me. After all of this, I was ready for a nap, but instead the doorbell rang and in came Grandma, Grandpa and Aunt Ginny! They also brought with them their tiny little furball, Celeste, who doesn’t like to play with me. 🙁 I was excited and overwhelmed by all of the people and all of the presents they brought for under the Christmas tree! Mommy and Grandma stayed up really late that night while Daddy and I went to sleep.

On Christmas Eve, Mommy spent most of the day in the kitchen with her mixer and popping things in and out of the oven a lot. Grandpa helped by running lots of water and clanking dishes together while Daddy spent a lot of time in the basement making noise. I just sat in the living room with my head on my paws, watching Mommy walk back and forth from the oven to the island to the the refrigerator. Whew! She and Daddy looked really tired by the time they were done.

Last Minute Preparations

  • Posted on December 22, 2004 at 10:14 pm

Well, we’re not quite ready for company, but we have to be by tomorrow afternoon… or else it’s too late! 😉

The lights are on the tree and it’s ready for ornaments. The presents (all of the ones I bought and wrapped, at least) are waiting to be piled underneath, the spare bedroom is spotless and ready to go. Just need to clean up the music room, but Terry has to wrap his gifts first. Still finishing up the main bathroom. Terry finished painting the trim, so it can be installed tomorrow. Then we just need to cleanup, install the door and hang a little stitched bellpull over the toilet.

Everything else will be what it’ll be. 🙂

Body Count = 0

  • Posted on December 21, 2004 at 8:14 pm

Yes, that’s a good thing. It means that I managed to get away from work for the holidays before I managed to kill someone. It’s funny how these times that are supposed to be joyous and wonderful can be really stressful. Especially at work, for some reason. But hey, here I am and it’s almost Christmas. While I can’t promise that I won’t do any work over the holidays, you can rest assured that I’ll think about it a lot less! 🙂

It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas!

  • Posted on December 20, 2004 at 11:37 pm

Yes, the tree has finally been put up tonight. I cleared my scrapbooking stuff all out of the dining room and one small corner of that room is now clean and ready for company. The stockings are hung and the wreath is on the door (though not plugged in yet). With any luck, Terry will be able to put up the garlands on the front porch on Wednesday when it warms up a bit. The Christmas cards are all neatly displayed near the front door and everything is slowly coming togther.

Now off to do the last of my gift wrapping!

The Elves are Hard at Work

  • Posted on December 19, 2004 at 11:23 pm

It’s Sunday night and I’ve spent the weekend finishing a lot of stuff. As I’ve already posted, I completed the scrapbook and wrapped it tonight. I also finished the four total ornaments I had lined up and wrapped them, as well. The scans are all posted in my 2004 Finishes album. Finally, I framed the other piece I had left and wrapped it. I still haven’t mustered the courage to sew those two pillows… we’ll see what happens. The large one isn’t as immediate, since I have two other gifts for the recipient (I’ll probably hang on to one for next year), so I can give the pillow sometime later.

Time for bed! Early morning tomorrow at work, a coworker and I are off to brave Walmart first thing in the morning to finish shopping for our adopt-a-family. Promises to be interesting…

It’s DONE!

  • Posted on December 18, 2004 at 12:50 pm

I can hardly believe it, but the scrapbook for my dad in Florida is actually done! After scrapbooking for 6 hours nonstop last night, until 1:30 AM, I have a finished product that’s ready to be scanned and then packed up to go out Monday morning. Now to finish their Christmas ornaments.

Lots more to do… gotta go!

My Model Stitching is on the Web!

  • Posted on December 16, 2004 at 5:13 pm

Woohoooooooo! I have finally seen one of my finished models for The Silver Needle! I figured that I would never see one unless I went to Tulsa and visited the store, but… lo and behold, I was perusing their site, looked at their Just Arrived section and found the JABC (Just Another Button Company) freebie design that I stitched for them a month or so ago. It looks so nice all finished up! I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing – my own work. 😀 I had to bring up my scan from my Model Stitching album and scrutinize every detail to make sure it was really mine!

Race to the Finish

  • Posted on December 15, 2004 at 1:42 pm

Yes, that’s right! At this point in the game, I have more pieces on which I’ve completed the stitching, which are awaiting finishing, than I do pieces left to stitch! And that’s even if I’m ambitious and stitch another small piece for my mom. 🙂

I’m happy, but that leaves a lot of finishing for me to do and it’s not my strong point. That’s 1 purse to make up, 2 ornaments, 2 miscellaneous (ornies, scissor fobs, who knows?), 1 large pillow (and I’ve never done a pillow before), 1 tuck pillow (did I mention that I’ve never done a pillow before?) and 1 piece left to frame. For some reason, I’m nervous about all of it, even the things that I’ve done before. But, I have to take the plunge and sooner is better than later, so I’m not fretting about it at the last minute.

Time to drag out the sewing beast!

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