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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

One Pooped Puppy

Well, the past two days have been incredibly busy. Did I say INCREDIBLY? Tremendously. Stupendously. I think I'm going to just fall into bed in a few minutes.

Of course, I don't know how much of that is due to the fact that I had no coffee today. Zero, zilch, nada, zip. And that's pretty amazing for me.

But I think most of it is due to the fact that I started out at NP (new place). Trip #1: had to drive to OP (old place) - a couple of miles' drive - to try to find out why I couldn't connect PC at NP to network at OP. They fiddle with settings. Trip #2, I drive back to NP, still doesn't work. Can't get OP help by phone, so trip #3 back to OP. Fiddle with more settings. Trip #4 back to NP. Partial success - one connection works, the other one doesn't. Trip #5 back to OP. One more setting change. Trip #6 back to NP. Sigh, same as before. Telephone call gets through this time. YAY, after some consultation, we figure out what the problem was, and connection #2 works! LUNCH at Fiesta Mexicana. Final trip (#7) to OP to fill out paperwork, turn in ID cards, etc., etc., and load up car with last pieces of old office and equipment. Trip #8 back to NP to unload, have a big meeting at 3:00, then finally go home for the day.

I'm beat. But it's over, and I'm ahead of the game (most everyone else is packing cars tonight, showing up tomorrow). I've already got my new cardkey, my office cube is semi-ready for work. Which is a good thing. Because the two senior people in my section for about a week or so each, one starting tomorrow and one starting Friday. I can't imagine having to cram in everything we still need to do tomorrow along with everything we've been doing the past two days.

I've put off answering the Stitchers' Five until tomorrow at least. I'll get back into a routine quickly, and everything will be grand. Maybe I'll even do some stitching - I think I can about guarantee it this weekend, hooray for holidays. :)

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

It's official

I am included in IT consolidation, transferring to another office location July 1. If I get a chance later, I'll answer the Stitchers' Five.

This is a good move for me, and I am a happy (although a little scattered with the move) camper.

Monday, June 28, 2004

Wow, that was fast...

Once again, the weekend has come and gone, and it barely seems like I had a weekend.

I worked on Storyteller a tiny little bit, because I soon realized I was kind of burnt out from working on all of the TW designs in a row. So I pulled out Snow Leopard and put a few stitches in him last night while we watched Spider-Man (the movie). Spider-Man, The '67 Collection (the full cartoon series) is to be released tomorrow and I am really looking forward to adding it to my collection. I loved coming home from school and watching those cartoons (and Captain America, Thor, Sub-Mariner, etc.). I realize that by today's standards, it may look a little hokey, but I still love it anyway. I've been waiting for this to come to DVD (or video tape before) for many, many years.

Details are still being talked about at work, but I've learned that I shouldn't need to stress over it anymore. Once things are finalized, I'll blog about it. Let's just say for the time being that the margarita I was having Friday night turned out to be a celebratory drink. :)

Friday, June 25, 2004

And continuing the TW theme...

Well, this has just worked out kinda weird, but I've been working on Teresa Wentzler designs for the past week+, and now I'm going to join in the 3rd Annual reunion SAL for Storyteller, so I'll be working on another TW design this weekend! :)

Annette, not that I doubted you, but you were right that Wisdom is going to take at least as much time as stitching the other two combined!
Wisdom's progress

Thursday, June 24, 2004

I made a new necklace


After recovering from a pretty bad bout of stomach ailments last night, I finally got my supplies out and made a necklace. I've been thinking about doing that for over a week now.

beaded necklace

I am thinking of a couple more simple necklaces I'd like to make. I still have cat-head beads that I used in one of my scissors fobs, and I'd like to do something with those, perhaps a Y shape.

I've finished square #16 of the 63 squares afghan. I may not make my goal of crocheting 5 squares this month, but I'm not going to stress over that - too much else to stress over for THAT to add to it.

square #16, granny square

Cross Stitch
Well, obviously I didn't do any of that last night. The desire was there, but the pain kept me from it. I'll probably work on Legends again tonight, then get ready to bring Storyteller out for the ex rotatio StitchALong this weekend.

I did start another book last night, having finished Remember Me by Sharon Sala, which was a pretty good romantic suspense. Now I'm reading The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov, part of his Robot Series. I've read it a couple of times before, but always enjoy re-reading it. They are science fiction, but also murder mysteries, combining a couple of my favorite genres. I'm still waiting for Dean Koontz' The Taking to come in for me at the library, as well as for Sue Grafton's R is for Ricochet to be released.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Stitchers' Five - Firsts

1. What was your first finished stitched piece?
That would be Welcome To Our Home.

2. What was the first piece you used beads on?
Some little designs from a Mill Hill Beaded Treasures leaflet. I haven't done anything with most of them - they are just sitting in my "beaded cross stitch" storage container. Actually, I did finish one into the top of a ceramic jar (very tiny) for my mother.

3. What was the first piece you used blends on?
I'm pretty certain that was Teresa Wentzler's The Castle.

4. What was the first piece you used speciality stitches on?
Autumn Blackwork Cat, by Pam Kellogg - blackwork. But if you don't consider blackwork a specialty stitch (after all it's pretty much just backstitching done a little differently), then it would be Just Nan's Peacock Majesty.

5. What was the first piece you stitched on evenweave or linen as opposed to aida?
Oddly enough - a piece I designed for my Mom & Dad - taken from a photograph of their house (which my dad built). 114 Leeanna Lane
I've been working a bit on Wisdom from Legends of the Dragons. For now it's just a mishmash of pretty colors, but I'm working on the wings. I've also almost finished a crochet square (granny square) for the 63 squares afghan - need to put the edging on, and then take a scan... Is it Friday yet?

Monday, June 21, 2004

Monday, once again...

The weekend was pretty busy, so it didn't seem like I had much "time off". I finished up a round on Castles by the Sea, and started in on Wisdom from Legends of the Dragons.

Next weekend is the Storyteller 3rd Annual Reunion Stitchalong, so I will be diverting from my rotation for 2 days to put a few stitches into that project. I've participated every year, and didn't want to miss out on this one.

We're still waiting on an announcement about consolidation at work, but rumor is that the first stage will begin, coinciding with the start of the fiscal year, July 1. Which reminds me, I need to take my stomach medication.

It's really easy for someone to say, "Don't worry." It's really hard to put that advice into practice. If I seem a little distracted, I have a good excuse.

Friday, June 18, 2004

Friday, once again!

And it's about time...

I was looking over my rotation again. I'm already halfway through the second round, and all seems to be going really well this time. I'm not bored yet, because I seem to have enough variety without the number of projects being overwhelming. I'm also seeing some really good progress on several projects. :D

I'm even thinking about which projects will go into each slot once I finish the one already there. I REALLY want to get down to a more manageable number of projects so that when something new comes along that I REALLY want to stitch, I won't feel so guilty about the 30+ others I already have on the go, just waiting for their turn in line.

Castles by the Sea is getting some more attention now. There is a verse, backstitched, mostly over 1, that I am currently stitching. One nice thing about this project - it's pretty easy to divide it into sections for each round of a rotation. I only wish I could show you how pretty it is - ah, well, maybe next year!

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Stitchers' Five - Others and Stitching

1. Is your DH/partner supportive of your stitching?
Absolutely, 100%. C's always interested in what I'm working on, and he's good at enabling too. :) He's even asked me to stitch a couple of things for him.
2. Do you ever stitch in company?
All of the time. It's pretty much a given, even around acquaintances, but especially around friends. They've all come to expect me to be stitching or crocheting or quilting on something, and if I'm not, I'm often asked if I'm not feeling well. :D
3. Been to a GTG (Get ToGether)?
I've been to a couple TWBB GTGs and there's the weekly Sit n Stitch at the Stitchin Post. Plus, every once in a while, a couple of friends and I will just get together on a Saturday or holiday and stitch while we watch dvds.
4. Does anyone complain about your stitching?
Not to my face. I've had a complaint (whine, whatever) get back to me that I was being rude by stitching at someone else's house where C and I went to watch a race one Sunday afternoon (we were invited, a very informal thing). I can carry on a conversation just fine while I stitch and watch a race, so I really don't see how I was being rude (and this wasn't the first time for doing that), so now I just stay home and stitch and watch the race and carry on conversations with C and whoever decides to join us. Those people who look down their noses and say, "Oh, I just don't see how you have the patience for that; I could never do it," even though they have never tried it just don't understand how relaxing it is for me, even after I explain just that... :-/
5. Ever had a stranger comment on your stitching?
Quite frequently - because I carry a project with me nearly everywhere I go. So I've had people comment at work, in doctors' offices, at the airport, and in auto service waiting rooms. I've actually had quite a few men comment on my stitching, especially when I've been working on something like Dragon Heart or other fantasy-themed design. I think they're quite taken with the fact that it's not just hearts and roses, LOL.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Mini Mystery E is finished!!!

Well, at least the stitching part is finished - I still need to finish it. I need to go take a look at some bellpull hardware and make a tassel. Woohoo!!!

Mini Mystery E

If you haven't guessed by now, I LOVE TO DANCE, especially Happy Dancing!! :D

Well, today was fun

Fumes Evacuate Criminal Justice Center

So, after an unproductive morning, we had a pretty unproductive afternoon with servers down. Several people got sick from the fumes, but I think they were closer to them than me (I work on the top floor).

In stitching news, I've started working on Part 3 of Mini Mystery E and hope to finish it tonight. It's just so pretty. :)

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Hey, that's cool

I have a Yahoo email account in addition to my work email and ISP email, and when I logged in this morning, I discovered they've given us 100 MB of space (instead of 4 or 6), and tweaked the interface a bit. Cool!

We went to see Harry Potter yesterday at the IMAX - only got to see half of it there because of a computer glitch, and had to see the last half in another regular theater. But at least we got to see the whole thing! C hasn't read any of the books, just watched the movies, and this is his favorite so far. I feel an urge to read them all again.

Dragon Heart has a little more progress now. This round, I worked in the lower left corner and finished up most of the gold dragon (except for some beads and a little metallic braid) and almost half of the lower left border.

Friday, June 11, 2004

Nova through Row I

It's still hard to believe how quickly it seems to be going now. 40% done and counting!

3-day weekend's almost here

And I'm looking forward to having Monday off, because we're finally going to go see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Of course, I know this will make me want to go off and read all 5 books again. ;) I'm looking forward to sleeping in on Monday too. And hopefully there will be lots of quality stitching time.

I worked on Dragon Heart some more last night, stitching in some of the lower left border while we watched Stargate SG-1 episodes on DVD. We might actually get through season 7 (on tape) before season 8 starts up in July on the Sci-Fi Channel.

I'm still trying to decide whether I should take a new photo of Nova after every row is complete, or after 2 new rows are complete. Opinions, anyone?

Thursday, June 10, 2004

I spent most of the evening last night working on budget stuff, but I did get in a few stitches to Dragon Heart. I hope to work on him a lot this evening when I get home.

I still haven't taken a new photo of Nova. I'm tempted to wait until I have another row completed, which should be in another month or so.

Is it Friday yet?

Wednesday, June 09, 2004


Our house has been host to a couple from out of state recently for a couple of days (and as I understand it, will be again in a couple of days). I struggle with the right word to use to describe them. We only see them every couple of years or so, and I would call them acquaintances, but the guy used to be pretty good friends with C before the couple moved out of state 8 or so years ago.

Anyway, to have extra people in our house and altering our regular schedules is very draining to say the least. Even our kitties have been affected. Candy would not come out of the bedroom the entire time they were here, and while it's not unusual for her to hide for the first couple of hours when someone new is in the house, it is unusual for her to hide in the bed covers and not come out at all for a couple of days. Even Smokey was acting like he was sick yesterday until they left. Then when I came home after work (they were gone by that time), he came tearing around the corner like he normally does. I think what drains me the most is the constant chatter and bickering. I am so thankful that our relationship is nothing, I repeat NOTHING, like theirs.
Trying to recover from lack of good sleep, I'm a little grumpy today (but not as much as yesterday). The good news is that we were able to relax with each other in the peace and quiet last night and watch Harry Potter 2 on dvd (we watched the first one a couple of days ago, before company came). So now, we are really ready to see the third movie on the big screen.
I finished up row I on Nova last night, also, though it was too late to take a new photo. Maybe I'll do that tonight. Let's see, what's up next?... Oh yeah, Dragon Heart!

Monday, June 07, 2004

Stitchers' Five - Finishing

1. Do you give away any of your finished stitching as gifts?
Yep. In fact, several of my most recent finishes were or are to be gifts - Dragonflies has already been presented to my friend Sallie, and Voyage at Sea and Guardian Angel are to be Christmas presents for my brother and sister-in-law, respectively.

2. Do you sell any of you finished stitching?
I've only sold a couple of stitched pieces - they had been gifts to my ex-husband, and he threw them back to me in the divorce. Since I didn't really care for the style of the designs nor the memories associated with them, I put them in a yard sale. Good riddance, all!

3. Do you give any of your stitching away to charities?
I haven't at this time. Not ruling it out in the future - but I've got so much going on, I may never get around to it.

4. Do you keep any of your stitching for yourself?
Absolutely!!! I've gone from stitching mostly gifts for others to a mixture of stitching for others and myself now.

5. Do you stitch anything as part of exchanges or round robins?
I have in the past - I was part of an ornament exchange probably 7 or 8 years ago. I just don't have the time to do anything like that currently.

I have just requested a vacation day for next Monday - that's when C and I want to go watch Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Hopefully it won't be too crowded during the day, and we'll go see a matinee. We watched the first one again last night, and plan to watch the second one again one night this week. C saw a trailer for the PoA this morning and said, wow - they're a lot bigger in this one. I worked on Nova last night, and hopefully I'll get to work on it again this evening.

Work is work, still lots of rumors and speculation. I really wish we would hear something about consolidation. It's looking like we might not hear anything, though, until July 1. I'll keep you posted if I hear anything. One nice thing that happened - I got an ergonomic keyboard. I'm still getting used to it, but I really like it so far - I may have to invest in one for home.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Rotation: Round Number 1 finished!

And here is Snow Leopard's latest progress:

Back to the top - time to bring out Nova again!

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Hee, hee, hee... a happy dance for me!

Okay, I must confess - I started yet another project last night. But the good news is - I've already finished it, yippee!!!!

When I got several of these charts, I knew instinctively that I would love stitching them. Now I just need to kit up another one, so that when the urge presents itself to do a quick little project, I can pull it right out and jump into it.

Here is Shamrock Heart, by The Sweetheart Tree

Okay, now back to my regularly scheduled rotation, already in progress... ;)

Friday, June 04, 2004

Almost the weekend, and I'm SO ready

I really hope to be able to relax a bit this weekend. And I plan to work on Snow Leopard a bit more before I swing back around to Nova. I took him to Sit n Stitch with me last night, and he purred very nicely around everyone. It was great, as always, to visit with everyone. Mary's planning a Stitch Day on June 19th, so I've put myself down as tentative - that's Father's Day weekend, and I'm not sure what our plans are going to be.

Happy weekend, y'all!

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Stitchers' Five - What?

1. What is your most treasured needlework possession?
If it's a tool, then it's my scissors in the beaded scissors case. If it's actual needlework, then I'd have to say my Fantastic Fall Bouquet. I smile every time I see it.

2. What is your greatest fear when doing needlework?
That I will leave out a needle or floss and one of my cats will swallow it. I try to be extremely careful when putting things down for a few minutes or for the evening.

3. What is your greatest extravagance in needlework?
Definitely the trip to Stitching at the Beach (Myrtle Beach) earlier this year. But it was SO worth it to meet the three designers (Teresa Wentzler, Karen Weaver, and Jennifer Aikman-Smith) and all of my new stitching friends (Hi Cathy, Annette, Jenni, Sue, Heather, Erin, Kathy, Judy, and Lisa!)

4. What is your stitching motto?
I'm also going to borrow Justyna's "enjoy the journey".

5. What do you dislike most about your needlework?
Never having enough time to do everything I want to do. I have over 30 projects (that's cross stitch alone) in progress, plus I quilt and crochet, and sometimes do a little bead work. Someday, I'd like to get caught up, so that when a new design comes out, I could immediately go get it, kit it, and start it without feeling any guilt whatsoever about all the other things I've already got going on.
I worked a bit more on Scott's quilt yesterday evening. I've gotten the first two rounds of the wave blocks pieced (there are 5 rounds total) - this is going to take a while to piece, and it involves triangles... I can't pick anything easy, no, I have to choose something challenging. Thank goodness I don't really have a deadline, because even when I work on it, it is slow going.

I'm planning on going to the Sit n Stitch tonight - I haven't been in a couple of weeks now, and I'm feeling the urge to be around other stitchers. Snow Leopard will go with me. :)

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

The good news is

that there is nothing new wrong with me. I've been suffering from some painful stomach attacks lately, on an increasing basis. The symptoms presented as possibly gall bladder- or pancreas-related. All of my tests have come back normal, and my doctor has concluded that it actually is another manifestation of my IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), brought on by all of the stress I've been under lately with work. I'll just have to take more of the medication that I normally take for combatting the IBS.

Hopefully the whole work-stress thing will be over soon. We keep hearing more people say words like "soon", "imminent", etc., so I have my fingers crossed (which makes it hard to type). Of course, the people in charge of all this aren't worried, and have said that we shouldn't be, but it's obviously not their lives we're talking about here. ::sigh::
I've started working on Snow Leopard. I can't believe I'm already almost through the first round of my rotation. It will have taken me about a month, and I think that's a really good time frame. This round I'm going to make some good progress on his back (although I don't think I'll finish it - it's pretty big - but I think I'll get close).