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She’s Started!!!

  • Posted on January 31, 2006 at 11:37 pm

Of course, by “she,” I mean Mirabilia’s Fairy Moon! It was my goal to start her this month and I just barely made it. I pulled the scroll frame out last night and put it onto a lap stand, but I didn’t put in any stitches. I decided that I wanted to start with her hair and face, but I wanted to change her hair color, so I made the color changes last night, with Terry’s help. I was going to choose colors close to my own hair, but that was too boring, so I went with an auburn, with lighter red highlights. I even added copper Kreinik blending filament to the highlights to make them shimmer. I hope it doesn’t turn out to be too much! I think the new colors do go better with the fabric. The jury is still out on that one, though, so I’m asking you, my fair reader, to weigh in. It’s not the best photo in the world, but here’s a reasonable closeup.

I’m such a slow stitcher, it’s not even funny. I started stitching after dinner, a little after 7 PM. I stitched all of the highlights in her hair, but I didn’t finish the main hair color itself. I then switched to start her face, but didn’t come close to finishing that, either. It took me more than 3.5 hours to get not very far! I think this is why I don’t stitch larger pieces. *sigh* She’ll look great someday, though! I’ll try to post a photo with more accurate colors the next time I post an update. For now, these will have to do, since my camera decided to throw a fit when I put in new batteries!

Monday, Monday

  • Posted on January 31, 2006 at 12:03 am

I’m still not feeling hot, so don’t be surprised if you don’t hear from me much this week. I want to send a hearty thank you to all of you who have left comments for me. I don’t like to whine excessively, so I don’t want to continue to talk about my headaches. I see the neurologist on Thursday and I’ll update everyone on what happens then.

On a good note, I went to the dentist today. Yes, I’m wierd. The dentist is usually a pleasant experience for me. I like my hygienist a lot. She’s just a couple of years younger than I am and she recently (the day before our wedding anniversary) married a guy who works also works in IT at the company I work for. She’s a real sweetheart and has been working on my teeth for years. We get along really well and I work with her husband every once in a while, so we always have a good little gab while I’m in the chair. Which reminds me – I promised to send her some cookie recipes. Anyway, the news was all good. Everything looks fine. Woohoo!

No new stitching to report. I did frog the cross on Heirloom Memories Sampler, to be replaced with a heart. I’m still trying to get Terry to decide on the personalization for the sampler. I’m leaning towards his mom’s full name, plus birth and death dates. I also brought the frame with the new fabric for Fairy Moon downstairs and put it onto a lap stand. It won’t fit on the floor stand because it’s so big and heavy; it would probably tip the stand. I’d actually like to put at least one stitch in it before January ends (i.e. tomorrow). 🙂

Weekend Plans Gone Awry

  • Posted on January 28, 2006 at 8:13 pm

I had high hopes for this weekend. Training finished well on Friday and I had a lot of fun. We beat Diablo’s butt last night and ate a lot of pizza. But I woke up this morning with pain in the right shoulder, neck and head. Took two Excedrin and laid back down. Woke up a couple of hours later, went downstairs and stitched for a while. Ate breakfast, took two Fioricets and laid down for a nap. Woke up a couple of hours later, ate some more food and stitched some more. I still have a headache and my head feels like it’s going to explode, so I think it’s about time to take the mega migraine medicine and lay down again.

Needless to say, we did not travel to see the baby today. Fortunately (or unfortunately?), Terry doesn’t feel so hot either, so it’s not all my fault that we can’t go. We’ll drive over to see them next weekend, once we’ve both recovered. In the meantime, I seem to be paying for the week of training and the excessive gaming last night. I’m glad that I’ll be seeing the neurologist on Thursday.

I probably shouldn’t have stitched today, but I get SO BORED when I have a migraine! I can’t really watch TV because it’s hard on the eyes (and the ears), I don’t want to sleep all day, I don’t think I could read for the same reason as not watching TV, so what does that leave me? Not a whole lot. So I stitched, whether my body liked it or not. I started the Alchemy Stitchcraft mystery sampler. Part II was released this morning and I hadn’t even had a chance to work on Part I during the week, so I caught up by stitching both parts today. This photo doesn’t show the colors accurately at all. It looks so much nicer in person and I’ll probably lay it on the scanner at some point to get the best representation:

[Photo removed. See finished project.]

Now that I’m caught up, I took that project off of the stand and put my Twisted Oaks Designs Hearts and Flowers Hardanger Collection on the stand. I’ll try to work on that tonight if I’m still bored or tomorrow when I’ll hopefully be feeling much better. Of the other two ladies with whom I was doing an informal SAL on this set of designs, one has completed all of her stitching and the other has actually finished all of the pieces into their final form. I’m waaaaaaay behind on this one and I like the designs, so I want to get moving on it.

For now, though, I’m hungry again, so I’m going to get something more to eat and then think about taking some medicine. I hope that everyone else is having a great weekend!

Happy Dance, Baby! Plus, Weekend Planning

  • Posted on January 26, 2006 at 10:08 pm

Awwwww yeah! That’s right… I’m dancing. Go Jenna! Go Jenna! 🙂

I just finished my World Trade Center quilt panel and I’m so very excited, I can’t even tell you. It will go to the post office on Monday, along with the SBEBB Valentine Exchange gift that has been sitting in my craft room for weeks waiting to go out. With the WTC quilt, I’m happy to have been able to contribute to such an incredible effort and commemorate the lives of 18 people who died in the attacks. I’m also happy to be done with all of my obligation stitching for a little while so that I can finally get to stitching some of my own projects! WOOT! 😀

I ripped through this panel in exactly a week. I started last Thursday, spent my stitch-a-long weekend working on it and have done at least 1 name a night since. Despite being completely exhausted every night this week from the training. I’m amazed I didn’t make any huge mistakes!

Tomorrow night is computer game night at a friend’s house. We will be hunting down Diablo and giving his evil, demonic behind a sound thrashing; hopefully finishing the last act of the game (this has been an ongoing saga for 5 of us for over a year; we just don’t get together very often). Tomorrow promises to only be a half day of training, as we’ll need to let out early for those who have to catch flights home and we’re almost through all of the material on the agenda. Which means we get to come home and take a nap before sitting in front of computers all night and into the wee hours of the morning, stoked by pizza and soda (water for me, thanks) and me probably relieving my stress by yelling random obscenities at the monsters on the screen while I shoot arrows into their leathery hides. Woohoo! 😈

We came home to a message on our answering machine from good friends of ours who are going to be visiting this weekend with the mutual friends who recently had their first child, a son. So, we’ll probably be driving over there (in the new car; much better gas mileage and a little bit of show-off value if I can remember to run it through a car wash before we get there) on Saturday, after we drag our weary behinds out of bed… probably sometime after noon. I’ll take stitching and/or knitting with me in the car.

And, of course, after all of the excitement all week and on Saturday as well, we’ll most likely totally crash on Sunday. Hmmm… I’m having a premonition here… I see myself not getting out of my pajamas all day!

Oh, and by the way, all of this training has been a bit of a snore, but it has an up side. I’ve been finishing all of the labs before just about anyone else in the class, so I resorted to playing games on my cell phone this afternoon. BUT… the leader of the team has noticed how well I’ve been doing this week with the software we’re being trained on and wants to make me an official developer on the team. Of course, Terry is THE official primary developer and has been working with the stuff for years, so it’s not like I’ll hold a candle to him. But, recognition is everything in this company. The more people see of me and what I can do, the more valuable I am and the more I get paid. And this is going to be a huge, global project. Woot!

Sorry, too many woots in one post. And now that I’ve actually slowed down enough for my mind to start catching up with how tired my body is, I need to think about going to bed in a little while. *yawn*

Busy, Busy, Busy

  • Posted on January 25, 2006 at 9:20 pm

This week has so far progressed pretty much as I expected. I get through the busy day, come home, eat and crash out on the couch. After a nap, I get up, stitch a bit and then go to bed. Repeat all week. 🙂 So, don’t be terribly surprised that you don’t hear much from me this week.

I have a headache tonight. Brought on by stress. I was pulled into an impromptu meeting after a team meeting that I missed today and the results sent my blood pressure (I assume) and stress level through the roof. Have you ever noticed that interactions with certain people always end up being stressful? I’m starting to figure things out. The more patterns that I can decipher, the more I can avoid things that trigger the headaches.

Okay, time to stitch. I got another name done on my World Trade Center quilt panel last night; 4 left. After tonight, there will probably be 3 left. At this rate, I can easily knock it out in time to mail it next week. Woot!

Stitch-a-Thon Weekend and Busy Week

  • Posted on January 23, 2006 at 11:39 pm

Well, I had a busy, but successful weekend. It was stitch-a-thon weekend on the Friends Gather BB, so I chose to work on my World Trade Center quilt panel since I have not been motivated enough to work on it at all lately. I started with just one name stitched on Thursday night when I posted my before picture.

When I finished stitching late last night, I had 12 names on my fabric, meaning that I stitched 11 names this weekend at a rate of about 1 hour per name.

I also got through three loads of laundry, from start to completion, including folding and putting everything away, with Terry’s help. I also washed a load of dishes by hand and put away all of the Christmas decorations (again with Terry’s help).

I also realized when I woke up this morning with a headache that I had successfully gotten through at least 5 days in a row without a major headache! Some minor twinges, but nothing big until this morning, and even that went away with the help of some food, a Fioricet and some tea. I’m really trying to relax myself consciously, when I think of it, plus I’m doing Core Program exercises and neck stretches almost every night. I’m happy to be making some significant progress. It should be helpful to report to the neurologist next week. Plus, I’m glad to have some relief from the head pain!

I’m in training every day this week at work. We accidentally woke up at 5:30 this morning (we were aiming for 6:30), but I wasn’t sleeping well anyway because I was anxious about being late for the training. *sigh* The training ran for 9 hours, though I finished a little less than a hour earlier than everyone else. 🙂 It will be a long week, with only Friday ending early so that the out-of-towners can catch their flights home. I’m meeting new co-workers, though, and hopefully making a good impression. I’m having fun so far!

Regardless, it is time for me to go to bed. Once I get cleaned up, do my exercises and stretches, I’ll be lucky to get to sleep by midnight, so off I go!

Doctor Visit Results

  • Posted on January 19, 2006 at 7:24 pm

For anyone who might have been anxiously awaiting the results of my visit to the doctor (haha), she referred me to a neurologist. I’ll call in the morning and see how soon I can make an appointment. I’m in training at work all next week, so the soonest I’ll be able to go in will be the week after next anyway, so hopefully they’ll be able to get me in then. Until that time…

SBQ – January 18, 2006

  • Posted on January 18, 2006 at 10:03 pm

Today’s question is:

Have you had a happy dance yet this year? If so, tell us about it! (Or just point to the entry that talks about it.) If not, when do you predict it will be?

Yes, I’ve already had 2 happy dances this year, but only 1 of them I’ve been able to share (the other was a model). The first one I was able to share was my made-up Hearts and Flowers Hardanger bookmark. And now that one exchange gift has been received, I can share that, as well, but since I finished stitching it last year, it’s not a current HD. I’ll share it anyway. 😉

I stitched Just Nan’s Tall Flowers design for Katrina in New Zealand. I had the design in mind when I first signed up for the exchange, but when I was given Katrina’s name, using a Just Nan design became that much more appropriate. I also had the needleroll finish in mind when I picked the design, but that turned out to be just right, too! I must have known ahead of time what would be just right for my partner. I feel like I didn’t include nearly enough goodies after receiving my package from Tammy, though. I’m always at a loss for what to include. 🙁 What I decided to do for Katrina was to make a bar of soap for her (it wasn’t complex, Katrina; just melt and pour – sorry!) and then I included a skein of GAST and the chart for Tall Flowers, as I know Katrina likes Just Nan and I thought she might want to stitch it herself sometime. Now, if only more people would fill out their wishlists (*hint-hint*) and maybe I could do better with the extras! 😉

Tall Flowers

Tall Flowers Finished

Another Person in the World

  • Posted on January 18, 2006 at 9:46 pm

A hearty welcome to Charles (Charlie) David Bates, born on January 17th at 6:18 PM, 5 pounds 14 ounces, 19 1/2 inches long. He’s a couple of weeks early and had some trouble clawing his way into the world, so he’ll be spending a few extra days in the hospital after a stressful delivery via c-section. They knew from the ultrasounds that the cord was wrapped around his neck and his momma is an awfully small lady, so the doctor had already prepared her for the probability of delivering via c-section, but it sounds like there were some additional complications during labor. We’ll get more details when we can actually speak with them. The mom is fine, but any well wishes, positive/healing energy and/or prayers for the baby would be appreciated. I’m sure he’ll be fine and home soon!

Guess I need to get moving on that baby afghan… 😉

My Car is HOME!

  • Posted on January 18, 2006 at 9:28 pm

I can hardly believe it. After one last test drive and a couple of hours worth of paperwork at the dealer, I got to drive my beautiful new car home tonight! Yes, I will get some pictures in the next couple of days. I might actually include myself in them, for once. 😉 I didn’t even have the checkbook with me because we didn’t know what we were going to do about a possible trade-in on my car. The salesperson was very honest with us, though, and said that for as great a car as he imagines my old Grand Am is (less than 45K miles on a 10+ year old car in excellent condition; it’s a cream puff!), he thinks we’d be much better off selling it privately because we’ll get more money for it in a private sale. So, I thought we would be going back tomorrow for it, until the finance manager mentioned that they could take a credit card for the down payment. Well, there’s only one of my cards that I was sure had a big enough limit to handle it (they’re all at $0, but I don’t know the limits on the older cards), which was my Disney Visa, so we’ll be on the way to earning some credits for our next Disney vacation. I’ve put in the transfer order to move some of the money out of our ING savings account into my checking and then I’ll pay the credit card off as soon as the money transfers and the amount hits the card. It should all be a done deal within a couple of days and then I can breathe a sigh of relief, as I want to make sure I don’t pay any sort of interest. 🙂

In the meantime, Terry is having lots of fun playing with the navigation unit and reading the manuals. I just wanted to drive it. The rest will come in time. You have no idea how important it is for me to feel comfortable driving again. I don’t like driving Terry’s SUV because it’s so large and it’s hard for me to know where the ends of the car are and it maneuvers like a tank. So, it’s been an ugly combination for a little while. I don’t like to drive the truck, but we carpool and inevitably, I have a meeting in another building from time to time that requires transportation, so Terry drops me off and then I have to call him to come and retrieve me when I’m done. It feels (and probably looks) unprofessional to me, so I am highly, HIGHLY relieved to no longer require a chauffeur. The excellent gas mileage that the car gets may have been the driving (sorry for the pun) factor behind the purchase, but regaining my independence and professionalism means a lot more to me. I will no longer look like the mousy female who can’t drive herself anywhere.

Of course, we have a radar detector ready to go into it and we will NEED it. This car rides so smoothly that I was going 60 MPH without even realizing it on the way home! COP BAIT! 😈 Of course, we have to go back to the dealership tomorrow to redo the financing paperwork because the finance manager received some information from Honda just after we drove off the lot that will reduce our monthly payments slightly. And we may be back on Friday to drop the car off to have the accessories installed that we still need (fog lights, bass speakers and a day/night mirror with compass). Fortunately, they offer a shuttle service, so we’ll be able to drop off the car, they’ll drive us to work and then come back and pick us up later. It seems that we’ll be very friendly with the dealer for just a little bit longer…

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