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Stitching Catchup (Long and Photo Intense)

  • Posted on May 24, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Believe it or not, I have managed to get some stitching done while I’ve been on my blogging hiatus. First up are four princess initials that I stitched in March. The first three were for the three girls that a coworker and her husband just adopted. The fourth was for the daughter of another coworker. All four were stitched from the charts from a Dimensions kit called Princess Alphabet.

After completing these, I apparently started stitching up a small storm. Something I didn’t realize until I scanned everything in preparation for this post. So, here come the rest:

Ink Circles – Celtic Ice

JBW Designs – I Love to Shop at the Silver Needle

JBW Designs – A Very Merry Summer

Just Nan – Jingle! Biscornu (Top)

Just Nan – Jingle! Biscornu (Bottom)

Just Nan – Jingle! Tin Topper

Just Nan – Crystal Heart

Lizzie*Kate – Woof Blocks Flip-It

Just Nan – Flower Girls

Lorri Birmingham – Irish Needle Roll

And then there’s this one that I started and finished yesterday:

Lorri Birmingham – Crystal Pink Pincushion

And this one that I just finished a little bit ago today:

At this rate, there are more to come!

This Weekend Sucked, But It’s Okay

  • Posted on May 11, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Any time you are actually happy to go in to the office on Monday because it will actually mean less work than the weekend that you just spent working… well, it’s just a bad sign.

It started with me signing in from home to work around 7 PM Friday night (yes, after putting in a full day at work). I did a bunch of things, then twiddled my thumbs until midnight, when I had to do some more things. Then I got a break until noon on Saturday, so at least I was able to get a full night’s sleep, even if it was late. Then the real fun began. Someone made a mistake, which made what should have been 15 minutes of work for me into the rest of the weekend worth of work. I was going to have to work on other things anyway, but this meant that I had to juggle a full load of work on two different systems, instead of just the one. I got less than four hours of sleep early Sunday morning.

Anyway, I survived. 🙂 And I managed to finish my final project for my last class (for now, at least) and get it turned in before heading off to bed around midnight last night. Now to strap on my boots and prepare for a very busy week. We’re going through another practice exercise at work consisting of 24×7 work for everyone on the project to go through a mock run of what will be required to bring the system online at the end of July. That means a little bit of a break for me today and then really intense and odd hours Tuesday and Wednesday.

But hey, I’m almost done with my class. Since I turned in my final project last night (two days early), I just have 3 critiques to write on Wednesday. And then I can breathe again. I’ll be so happy to just go outside for a while on Thursday. I don’t even care what the weather is going to be like, as long as I’m not in front of a computer of some sort! 😀

Thanks to all of you for continuing to read and for all of your supportive comments. I really appreciate each and everyone one of you!

She’s ALIVE!?!

  • Posted on May 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Wow, has it really been 3 months to the day since I last posted here? I’ll be curious to see if I even have any readers left after that kind of absence…

So, what have I been up to, one might ask? Well, let’s see. My work has been slowly but surely creeping into my personal time and is now up to around my ears maybe? Yeah, that sounds about right. My stress level has increased at an even greater pace and has now completely enveloped my entire being. I have gone through several bouts of stress-related health incidents. I had a sudden, severe onset of restless leg syndrome that left me unable to sleep until after 6 AM on the worst nights. That persisted for several weeks and was resistant to any of the medications that multiple doctors tried. It slowly subsided on its own and is thankfully completely gone now. Right as the RLS was starting to subside, we went through a 24/7 practice run of our software go-live plan for work and I experienced 3 major migraines (requiring my maximum strength prescription to kill) in a period of a week and a half.

I very nearly lost my mind during that time. Seriously. I’m still not sure how I managed not to snap like a twig. But I came really close. I guess my little mind isn’t quite as fragile as I thought.

I am extremely grateful for my network of caring and understanding coworkers and friends who have helped me to cling to what shred of sanity I actually have left. I was pretty upfront about my health issues while they were occurring and I was given a lot of latitude around what hours of the day I worked and from where. Meaning that since I didn’t get to sleep until 6 AM, I ended up working odd hours and from home. I am lucky that my job position afforded me to do such without causing any issues. I am even more grateful for a wonderful husband who has truly been sticking by me through thick and thin. He really picked up my slack around the house and continues to do so when my work hours get particularly out of control.

So, where does that leave me right now? Well, to be honest, I’m still clinging by my fingernails to a tiny little log in a tumultuous river of stress. But the rapids haven’t pulled me under yet. And I don’t intend to let them.

I made a very difficult decision this week. After the class I’m currently taking ends in the middle of next week, I am officially withdrawing from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division for several months. This massive project at work that is eating into my personal time so heavily will be implemented by the end of July (fingers cross that the timeline doesn’t slip). Terry and I are planning to spend our 10th wedding anniversary at Walt Disney World in late September. After that, I should be good to go back to school.

I think that I made the right decision. Something had to give and I prefer that it not be my health, physical or mental. I discussed it with my husband, I discussed it with my friends, I discussed it with my family and I even called my therapist and got his opinion. I am extremely unhappy that my work load has gotten so far out of control as to force me to have to make this decision, but it’s a done deal. Or it will be, as soon as my advisor puts through the paperwork. I made sure to let several key people at work know this week that I had to drop out of school, so my point has been made. And everyone so far agrees that it stinks. But, of course, no one can do anything about it.

I just have to survive the next couple of months and then the raging flood waters that currently dictate my course in life should stop threatening to overflow their banks and subside to their normal levels.

Then I should be able to start living again, instead of merely existing.

Is anyone still reading?

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