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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Tomorrow, tomorrow!

I fly off to Columbia, then drive down to Myrtle Beach for my class. Am I just a little excited?! Try A LOT!!!

New stash - I ran up to one of the local Hobby Lobby's last night and bought 2 kits (with my 1/2 off coupon) and 2 clearance leaflets. I was proud of myself for being very practical about what I would really stitch and what just looks pretty. Especially considering all of the current stash I have waiting for me. :D

There was an IT Community meeting held today, where some more of the consolidation was discussed. Questions were asked and some answers were given, but we still don't know exactly where WE stand. The director is supposed to meet with our Chief pretty soon, and hopefully we'll get some more concrete ideas about just who is to be consolidated, and what will happen to the rest. As I've been reading some blogs lately, it seems as if job uncertainty (cuts, layoffs, etc.) is a recurring theme. Here's hoping we all come out of it unscathed.

But I shan't think about that until next week. I'm off to finish packing and getting everything ready for the trip - I don't know if I'll have any internet access while I'm there, but I don't plan on it. So I'll probably chat again early next week!!

Monday, February 23, 2004

I'm so excited...

The countdown is on for Myrtle Beach - I leave Thursday morning, and I just about can't contain my excitement.

I went to my LNS's Market Day yesterday - of course, I already knew pretty much what came out from Nashville Market from all of my research on the web. So I knew what I wanted, and just glanced around at the rest. I got Mild Menagerie from Cross My Heart - love Sherrie Stepp-Aweau's kitties (Smokey-Moonstruck is one of hers too).

Speaking of Smokey - I have a new progress scan.

The little boy is coming along quite nicely, methinks.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

But the photo doesn't do it justice

I took it this morning, because I wanted to share my big hair, but it doesn't look as big on film as it does in the mirror (or in person - because I've had quite enough "big head" jokes from DH, thank you).

Suffice it to say that it's much bigger than what he's used to with straight hair...

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Update: no poodles...

but "big hair" is back!

Seriously - I'm sure that once I've had the chance to wash it and style it myself, I'm sure it will be fine. Sherry just loves to "play" with my hair, so it's a little big tonight. I'm off to get pizza and then we're back for a Stargate and stitching evening. Nope, not gonna think a whit about work. Gonna work on a Smokey boy (Moonstruck) so hopefully I'll have some decent progress to show first of the week.

Going to visit my parents today

and I've got an appointment for a body perm to give my hair some much-needed oomph. Here's hoping I don't come out looking like a poodle... :D

I'll be back to stitching tonight afterwards - and I just want to thank you all for the supportive comments. I'm keeping my fingers crossed I'll make it through without losing my job, having it change drastically, or lose salary in the process. Y'all are the best!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Not much going on today

Well, we've actually got quite a lot of *stuff* going on at work, with an IT consolidation effort underway, and thus my attention has been focused on that a bit over the past couple of days especially. We have not been able to get answers as to exactly which positions will be consolidated, and with the budget cuts that must be planned for, many positions may have to be cut. But again - we have no details on which positions those may be. And we're being told we should just "leave our concerns to the decisionmakers". I'm sorry, but that's just not an acceptable answer to me.

So, I'm a little distracted. I hope to get a little stitching done tonight, but I don't know if that will happen or not. C and I are planning to go out to dinner with a friend who has to make a career/life decision in about a week - his company is closing their operation here in Tennessee, and they've offered him a job at their operation in Arkansas. And he has about a week to make up his mind whether to 1) sell his house here and move to Arkansas where he knows no one, 2) not move to Arkansas and become jobless at the end of March - trying to find something comparable here where he has friends but no family ties, or 3) not move to Arkansas and become jobless at the end of March - sell his house, and move back to Chicago where he has family. And none of those options seems very palatable at the moment.

Sorry if I seem a little perturbed, depressed, out-of-my-usual-sorts. I would really like the work life to settle down a bit. Frankly, (since I have to work for a living) I just want to go in, do my job, come home, and not have to think about work once I leave there. Most days I like my job, but unlike Taneya (who is VERY fortunate indeed) and some others who have truly found their calling (and get paid for it too), I am not completely fulfilled by what I do for a living. And the really sad thing is I truly don't know what sort of career would fulfill me. Probably the most fulfilled I ever feel is when I connect with other stitchers and can pass along my experiences and knowledge and know that it has truly helped them. I also enjoyed working at the library branches and helping people find what they are looking for, but that really isn't an option here, because I do not have a MSLS degree, and if you don't, then you can't get paid squat. Which is partly how I came to be in the IT field. It's a long story. And too involved for this blog posting. If you made it this far, then I thank you for listening. I don't usually ramble on about this except with one very close friend. I guess I'm just frustrated and needed to vent just a bit.

I'm going to go drown my venting in a margarita - hope you all have a great evening, and I'll chat with you again later.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Smokey boy came out to play

No new progress scan yet, but he was meowing so loudly at me last night that I just had to work on him. I got a little more of the white fur on his chest stitched before we called it a night.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Nice long weekend

Of course, I'm never satisfied, no matter how many holidays there are, and as much as I like my job - I never have enough time off work.

Friday night, I worked a few more stitches into Dragonflies.

Saturday, as mentioned in my previous post, I worked on Nova and finished Row G.

I got Dragon Heart out again and worked a little more on the blue dragon through Sunday.

And yesterday, I started working on this, a nametag for the Myrtle Beach stitching retreat. I don't think it's quite finished yet, but I don't want to string it out too far and not finish it in time.

Is it Friday yet? :)

Saturday, February 14, 2004

Row G is complete!!!

Yes, you read correctly - I finally got back to working on Nova and finished up row G today!!!!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Friday, February 13, 2004

I love my WIPs but...

I'm starting to realize that having so many going at once can really be a pain in the tookus. Especially with all of the gorgeous new designs coming out - knowing that I won't be able to work on new ones for a while, because if I do, then I'll have even MORE WIPs and less time to devote to each one... By the time I get to start one of the ones that are new today, there will be even more new ones that have come out that I'll probably want to get and work on. It's a vicious cycle.

[insert image here of Carrie from Sex and the City sitting at her laptop typing]... Is there something to be said for being a one-project-at-a-time stitcher?

What spurred me into this bit of thinking was seeing Dette's post on the TWBB that she has already finished "Duke" aka Dragon Rampant, TW's freebie from Nashville Market 2004. He's gorgeous. And she's a one-at-a-time stitcher, from what I've seen. Because she doesn't have a list 30 miles long of projects she is currently working through, she can start a brand new project as soon as she's finished her last one, and feel absolutely no guilt whatsoever. And it can be TW's latest design (several of which have come been released since I started working on Storyteller, Magical Night, etc. in 2002, and for which I have the charts but can't possibly bring myself to start until I finish some of the already-in-progress ones).

I have justified my 2 starts this year by the fact that they are gifts. Maybe I shouldn't feel bad that I am neglecting other WIPs, but sometimes, like now, I do. They are all screaming at me for attention, and I want to give each of them what they deserve. It probably doesn't help that they are mostly LARGE projects. Sigh, if only there were more stitching hours in the day. :)

Friday at last! And a 3-day weekend!!

We get the President's Day holiday off work Monday, so it's a 3-day weekend for me, yippee!

On my way home from work, I was actually able to accomplish several things I've been meaning to do but either haven't had the time or just plain have been forgetting. C now has more than just a week's worth of socks. I dropped off that extra yarn at my LNS for their charity projects. And I stopped by the library and picked up The Masterharper of Pern on audiotape for car-listening. I'm still slowly reading Moreta, because I have to choose between reading and stitching for it, and even though it's a really good book, stitching has been winning over reading most of the time lately.

Then I worked on the Dragonflies last night while watching more of season 4 of Sex and the City. I'm nearly finished with the top part of the blue/purple flower, and have almost finished filling in the dragonfly's wings.

My plan for the weekend includes more stitching on Dragonflies, watching some more Sex and the City (thank you Taneya for letting me borrow it!), the Daytona 500 (of course!), hopefully a bit of quilting, and maybe even some stitching on Nova. C and I are planning to go out to eat Saturday night at one of my favorite restaurants (Casa Fiesta), provided it's not jam-packed with other Valentine's Dayers.

Initially I thought that machine-quilting would go much faster than hand-quilting. Now I'm not so sure. I have my sewing machine set up in my craft room, and I have a tv with a vcr to keep me company, but I miss being able to sit in the living room on the couch and work on it (which is where I do most of my stitching/quilting/crocheting). It is true that when I actually sit down to sew/quilt at the machine, it goes fairly quickly. But it seems a lot harder to make myself go do that. I guess we'll see how things progress, and that will help me determine whether or not I wish to pursue more machine quilting projects.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

I Spy... a dragonfly...

Although this one doesn't seem to be going as quickly as the first. But then, the blue flower is a little bigger too.

Oh, and did I mention that during our Stitch Day at Melanie's last Saturday, Taneya gave me her extra copy of the World of Cross Stitching magazine which has the Lighthouse I've had on my Wish List? She's such a sweetheart!! I plan to do both the lighthouse and the windmill (from the issue I already owned). One day, anyway...

Lighthouse Windmill

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Update on Voyage at Sea

I see an hourglass!

I'm so ready for this work day to be over. I want to be home stitching on my dragonflies. We've started watching Stargate SG-1 over from the very beginning, and tonight will be another SG-1 and stiching marathon if I've got anything to say about it (and I do - game night has been cancelled for the 2nd week in a row).

I've got a weird muscle twitch going on in my left hand. It's more annoying than anything else. Weird to watch (I'm visual, remember?) this little bit of jumping that I'm not controlling. Have I said lately how I'm ready to be home stitching?

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Fun February!

Yep, this month is just fun, fun, fun when it comes to hobby-related things. Last night's seminar with Doug Kreinik at the Stitchin Post was as informative and entertaining as I'd read it would be. Getting to actually see many of the models up close and personal was a real treat, and I was amazed at the versatility of all of the Kreinik metallics, silks, etc. Everyone got a Kreinik goodie-pack - here's mine:

What you can't see from that image are the facets, petite facets, japan threads, and iron-on ribbons which were also included. Cool, no? :) I was a good girl last night. I was tempted, but I didn't buy anything extra, even though all of the Kreinik kits and supplies were 10% off. I'm saving up for Market day/night (whenever it is - I really should find out).

I did get to see Taneya's Wedding - it is SO much more gorgeous in person than the photo. It really is incredible. And I got to see my Tannenbaum, waiting patiently for me to pay for it so I can bring it home. It's huge. I don't think I realized just how big the frame would be. I'll have to find a good wall for it for Christmas.

One huge disappointment is that I talked to my LNS owner, and she said she didn't get any of the fantasy freebies from Market, so I'll HAVE to find them somewhere else. I just have to have TW's new one. I can't believe she didn't get any.

Monday, February 09, 2004

Just Another Manic Monday

Thank you Bangles. :)

I got a letter in the mail over the weekend regarding our Stitching at the Beach retreat at the end of the month. We still don't know what the projects will be, but we have our schedules. I found my clover cutter pendant last night, and put it beside my little hang-around-the-neck light, so I won't have to search for it when I start packing. Do I seem just a little excited? :)

Here is the latest progress on Dragonflies (click the photo to see a larger version):

I got some good progress in over the weekend while Taneya and Melanie and I got together and watched part of season 4 of Sex & the City. Tonight I don't expect to get any more done on it because I'll be Doug Kreinik's class at my LNS - I can't wait to see all the goodies that I've heard he brings to his classes.

Friday, February 06, 2004

Update: GTG tonight cancelled

Because of timing issues - hopefully we can get together again next year. So instead, I'm going to go to a moving-away GTG for a friend of ours who is moving to Texas.

Is it time to go home yet?

TWBBers GTG tonight

It will just be a few of us, but since the Nashville (Needlework Retailers) Market is being held this weekend, we're going to get together for dinner. I'm looking forward to meeting a couple of new faces. We had a good time getting together last year too.

I worked some more on the Dragonflies last night, but didn't bring it in to post a progress scan. Hopefully I'll get some serious stitching in on it this weekend at Melanie's stitch day. I am just SO glad it's Friday.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

I'll stop keeping you in suspense...

The project I started is Dragonflies by Mike Vickery.

Click on the progress photo to see a bigger version:
2 days' progress Model photo

I just think the shading and colors are so pretty!

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

The diagnosis is confirmed...

I have serial starters disease. The cross stitch doctors don't think it's fatal, because I do finish projects every now and then, but it can certainly hamper my progress on current WIPs.

After visiting one of the stitcher's albums or web sites (and darnit, I can't for the life of me remember whose it was, and of course, I can't find it today), I went searching for the free chart that they had as a WIP. I found it, downloaded it, printed it out, and pulled from my stash last night the fabric (scary that I actually had what it called for - delicate teal jobelan) and floss. And I got to stitch on it for about an hour. It's probably a medium-sized project with 3 flowers and 3 dragonflies, and I've decided it's going to be a gift for a dear friend of mine. I'll post a piccie when I've got a little more progress.

Maybe that little voice in the back of my head will shut up now...

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Countdown is on

February should be pretty stitch-o-rific. We're having a Stitch Day at Melanie's this Saturday. Monday night is the class with Doug Kreinik at my LNS, Stitchin Post. I might be getting together with some TWBBers who are coming to the Nashville Needlework Market (for retailers only, so I don't actually get to attend that) for dinner one of the nights this weekend. Market Night at my LNS is scheduled for the 19th. And last, but certainly not least, the Myrtle Beach Stitchin at the Beach is the end of the month.

I worked a little on Dragon Heart last night, but didn't make much progress - I was just worn out after doing the grocery shopping (and then putting it all away). At least we've got food in the house now - and a new pot of (regular) chili should be on the menu this weekend too.

I've still got that little voice whispering about starting a new Sweetheart Tree or Just Nan project. I'm still trying to ignore it. I don't know how successful I'm going to be... tonight I'm hoping to get a few more stitches in Dragon Heart. I've got a chiropractor's appointment right after work, and I'm planning on making stuffed shells for dinner, which will take a little while, but it wil be worth it - I'll have yummy lunches for at least a week or so.

Monday, February 02, 2004

You can't do a whole lot of stitching if you don't have all your supplies

And that is why I had to work on Voyage at Sea yesterday during the Super Bowl instead of Dragon Heart. I left my floss box for DH sitting on an end table in my living room, while the rest of it went with me to Lavergne. Fortunately, I had decided to take VAS with me, just in case I needed something lighter to work on. Good thing, or I'd have been in a tizzy.

It was a shame that the Panthers lost - I'm a Steeler fan, but was pulling for Carolina since my team wasn't in the Super Bowl. It was a pretty interesting game though.

Now I'm really ready for race season to begin - GO KENNY!!!

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Where did January go?

I just looked at the calendar this morning. January is already gone - wow, was that fast.

I've put up a new scan of Arabian Woman. I already had a little of this done, so it doesn't just represent my progress over the past 2 days. Anyway, back to the WIP shelf she goes, and back out comes Dragon Heart (I'll be toting that with me to a friend's house for Super Bowl stitching - it's a little difficult to drag Nova on the rocky giraffe over there).

I keep hearing this little nagging little voice in the back of my head. **you need to start one of those little sweetheart tree hearts or a new just nan sampler** ahem. stop that! go away!! alas...the voice doesn't usually obey me very well....