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Closet Rebirth

  • Posted on March 28, 2005 at 4:22 pm

Well, we were supposed to run a whole slew of shopping errands today, but the weather has caused a change in plans. It’s a bit wet out for being outside. I was out for a whole two minutes to sprint down to the mailbox and back and I got drenched. Made me realize that I need to wash my raincoat because the water is no longer beading up on the Gore-Tex shell. I think that washing is supposed to help renew the water repellency. I’ll probably ask someone in Fabrics when I’m at work on Wednesday.

Coincidentally, today’s entry in my “Simple Abundance” book is about cleaning out your closet. I’ve been contemplating this for a while and what better time to do it than a junky, rainy day? Everything that’s too old and worn, doesn’t fit or isn’t something I really like or would want to wear – goes. I have two piles, one for trash and one for donations. Fortunately, the donation pile is significantly larger than the trash pile. Most of my clothes are in good shape, I just don’t like a lot of them. And I have A LOT of turtleneck and long sleeve shirts on which the sleeves don’t actually manage to make it to my wrists. Plus, a lot of old t-shirts and baggy sweaters and so it goes…

I figure that this is good time to clean out, since we’re going shopping tomorrow. I’m ready to start adding new clothes to my wardrobe that fit a little more with my internal image. Time for a change!

22 Funnies

  • Posted on March 27, 2005 at 6:05 pm

1. How Do You Catch a Unique Rabbit?
Unique Up On It.

2. How Do You Catch a Tame Rabbit?
Tame Way, Unique Up On It.

3. How Do Crazy People Go Through The Forest?
They Take The Psycho Path.

4. How Do You Get Holy Water?
You Boil The Hell Out Of It.

5. What Do Fish Say When They Hit a Concrete Wall?

6. What Do Eskimos Get From Sitting On The Ice too Long?

7. What Do You Call a Boomerang That Doesn’t work?
A Stick

8. What Do You Call Cheese That Isn’t Yours?
Nacho Cheese.

9. What Do You Call Santa’s Helpers?
Subordinate Clauses.

10. What Do You Call Four Bullfighters In Quicksand?
Quattro Sinko.

Last Day Before Vaca!

  • Posted on March 24, 2005 at 2:59 pm

We decided to capitalize on having Good Friday off tomorrow, so I came up with the brilliant idea to take all of next week off. That means we get 10 days off for the price of 5. Not really, since we both have to come in to work on Wednesday for meetings and such, but close enough.

In fact, I can’t remember the last time we took time off just to hang out at home and relax. I don’t know that we’ve ever done it, but we definitely need it! So, I’m looking forward to being able to sleep in, eat junk, play games, stitch and whatever else I feel like doing for several days. Woohoo! 😀

However, I’ll probably end up doing some computer work. I think I’m ready to take a shot at redesigning my personal site again. I’ve had a rough sketch of the graphics done for a while, but am just too chicken to even try to figure out how to realize my vision in Photoshop. Now, I have some vague ideas of where to start, so I may give it a try. We’ll see what happens!

Manic Friday!

  • Posted on March 18, 2005 at 4:11 pm

I am WOUND UP today, I tell you! Not sure what my problem is, maybe it’s sleep deprivation, maybe I screwed up my meds, who knows, but I am high as a kite, talking 90 miles a minute and making people laugh until we all have tears leaking out of our eyes. 🙂

Of course, I was up early today, so I fully expect to crash later. Especially now that my belly is full of food, finally. Oh yes, there’s a yawn…

Oh well, it was nice to be so chipper and full of energy for 8 hours!

Work VS. Prison

  • Posted on March 17, 2005 at 11:32 am

I’m sorry but these were too funny for me to be able resist posting them:

IN PRISON… you spend the majority of your time in an 8X10 cell.
AT WORK…you spend the majority of your time in a 6X8 cubicle.

IN PRISON… you get three meals a day.
AT WORK… you only get a break for one meal and you pay for it.

IN PRISON… you get time off for good behavior.
AT WORK… you get more work for good behavior.

IN PRISON… the guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.
AT WORK…you must carry around a security card and open all the doors for yourself.

IN PRISON… you can watch TV and play games.
AT WORK… you get fired for watching TV and playing games.

IN PRISON… you get your own toilet.
AT WORK… you have to share with some idiot, who pees on the seat.

IN PRISON… they allow your family and friends to visit.
AT WORK. you can’t even speak to your family.

IN PRISON… the taxpayers pay all expenses with no work required.
AT WORK… you get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.

IN PRISON… you spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out.
AT WORK… you spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars.

IN PRISON… you must deal with sadistic wardens.
AT WORK… they are called managers.

Have a Great Day at WORK.

Top 10 Puns

  • Posted on March 16, 2005 at 11:34 am

Here are the 10 first place winners in the International Pun Contest:

1. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, “I’m sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.”

2. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says “Dam!”

3. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.

4. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says “I’ve lost my electron.” The other says “Are you sure?” The first replies “I’m positive.”

5. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.

6. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. “But why?”, they asked, as they moved off. “Because,” he said, ” I can’t stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer.”

NAS Weekend Failure

  • Posted on March 15, 2005 at 3:34 pm

Well, I had good intentions to finish all of the NAS project this past weekend. What I didn’t plan on was being such a wreck on Sunday that I couldn’t stitch. So, I am still working on the other two projects.

Wildflower Hearts has been slow going, with a lot of frogging (rip-it, rip-it), first in the reverse fagot (no, that is not a slur, it’s the name of a stitch!) stitched diamond and then a couple of times on the third set of Rhodes stitches. Bah! I sat down last night and stitched all of the third set of Rhodes stitches. Of course, I figured out about 3/4 of the way through that I had started in the wrong direction and then turned the fabric and started going another direction, but at least it’s somewhat symmetrical. The stitches finish across the horizontal on the bottom half of the piece and across the vertical (the way that they should) on the top half. So, guess what… they’re staying just the way they are, so tough. In theory, I only need one more night to finish the outer bands of satin stitching on Wildflower Hearts and then I can move on to the last piece, on which, coincidentally, I need to work on the outer bands of satin stitching. Good thing the satin stitching is different between pieces or I would be bored out of my little skull. 🙂

So, yeah. I guess this is why I can’t go on a stitching retreat, regardless of any other circumstances holding me back. At least, not until my body stops betraying me, or I can stop forcing it to do so.

I’m doing well this week, so far, though. Allowing myself to completely veg on Sunday must have allowed me to purge my system of the after-effects of Friday’s migraine and too much stitching on Saturday. I’m just lacking in focus this week. Feeling ADD-ish. 😉 Speaking of feeling ADD-ish, I should get back to work.


NAS Weekend

  • Posted on March 12, 2005 at 12:59 pm

Don’t expect to hear much from me this weekend. I had to leave work early yesterday with a migraine. I had a headache all day, as did at least 3 other people with offices near me, but it got really bad around 3 PM. I got dizzy and nauseous, so I finally gave up and went home. The ride home was miserable…

Anyway, the headache is gone now, but this weekend is NAS (Not Attending Savannah) stitching weekend. A group of cyberstitcher friends are at a stitching retreat in Savannah, Georgia this weekend, so some of us who weren’t able to go are trying to not only live vicariously through the attendees but we’re also attempting to reproduce the experience by stitching a project from each of the 3 designers who are teaching in Savannah this weekend. (Wow, what a run-on sentence!)

It’s an ambitious goal to finish all 3 projects this weekend, but we’ll see. So far, I have only finished the first project – a free bookmark design from Thea Dueck of The Victoria Sampler called Friends Count. I’ve scanned and posted a photo of my finished product.

Now, back to the second project – Wildflower Hearts by Catherine Strickler of Indigo Rose…

You Gotta Love Blonde Jokes

  • Posted on March 11, 2005 at 1:12 pm

Two Sisters and a Bull

Two sisters, one blonde and one brunette, inherit the family ranch.
Unfortunately, after just a few years, they are in financial trouble.

In order to keep the bank from repossessing the ranch, they need to
purchase a bull so that they can breed their own stock.

The brunette balances their check book, then takes their last $600 dollars
out west to another ranch where a man has a prize bull for sale.

Upon leaving, she tells her sister, “When I get there, if I decide to buy
the bull, I’ll contact you to drive out after me and haul it home.”

The brunette arrives at the man’s ranch, inspects the bull, and decides
she does want to buy it. The man tells her that he can sell it for $599, no

After paying him, she drives to the nearest town to send her sister a
telegram to tell her the news.

She walks into the telegraph office, and says, “I want to send a telegram
to my sister telling her that I’ve bought a bull for our ranch. I need her to
hitch the trailer to our pickup truck and drive out here so we can haul it

The telegraph operator explains that he’ll be glad to help her, then adds,
“It’s just 99 cents a word.”

Well, after paying for the bull, the brunette only has $1 left. She
realizes that she’ll only be able to send her sister one word.

After thinking for a few minutes, she nods, and says, “I want you to send
her the word, ‘comfortable.'”

The telegraph operator shakes his head. “How is she ever going to know
that you want her to hitch the trailer to your pickup truck and drive out here
to haul that bull back to your ranch if you send her the word, ‘comfortable’?”

The brunette explains, “My sister’s blonde.”

“She’ll read it very slow.”

Another Stitching Finish

  • Posted on March 10, 2005 at 12:56 pm

It feels like all I’ve been stitching lately are models. Oh yeah, that’s right… that’s most of what I’ve been doing, that’s why! I just finished a shop model last night, which will go into the mail today for return. Of course, I scanned it, front and back.

I don’t know that I’m getting to be any faster at my stitching, but I have to admit that I’m pretty proud of the quality of my work. Besides, it’s not like I’m getting paid a ton, so as long as the shop doesn’t care that I’m not blazing fast, then I’m happy with whatever I can manage. 🙂

Now maybe I can start my stitching tonight for this weekend’s “Not Attending Savannah” stitching marathon. A bunch of gals on one of the boards I’m a member of are going to a stitching retreat in Savannah, Georgia and will have a wonderful time with 3 different designers teaching exclusive pieces. I’m so jealous… Anyway, any time there’s a retreat like this where a lot of people from the board are attending, those of us who are not attending try to stitch some appropriate projects. This time, it’s a project from each designer who’s teaching at the retreat – Cindy Valentine of Cindy Valentine Designs, Thea Dueck of The Victoria Sampler and Catherine Strickler of Indigo Rose.

The retreat starts tomorrow… hmm, does that mean I should take a vacation day and stitch? 😉

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