Friday, December 29, 2006

Nothing to do but wait

It has turned out be a really bad end of the year for us. Yesterday A had some sudden medical problems come up and ended up at the urgent care clinic because her doctor's office could get her in and felt she needed to be seen immediately. We're still waiting on some of the tests to come back, but the initial ones only showed low sodium. Then to add to that, I noticed a lump on Scooter's chin last night and so he went into the vet today. The vet isn't sure what the lump is beyond it not being an abscess or hematoma so Scooter will go in next Wednesday to be sedates have x-rays taken and have a biopsy done. The vet said we won't really know if it's serious or not until all that is done. He said it is a good sign that Scooter is eating and drinking normally and acting normally. Well, as normal as Scooter can act. He's an odd cat with a lot of little quirks.) I ended up spending most of last night hugging Mr. Gobbly and trying to keep from doing too much what-iffing. Of course it didn't work and I've been walking around in a bit of a fog since then. The only things I have to hold onto is the fact that we don't have a firm diagnosis and Scooter survived a head injury no one thought he would.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas wrap up

Christmas went very well. I enjoy giving gifts as much as I like getting gifts, so a lot of the fun is waiting to see what people think of the gifts I've found for them. The large, intricate pop-up books, one on dinosaurs and one on sharks, we got for my niece were a big hit. Well, at least for as long as anything holds the attention of a four year old. We adults did not exchange large gifts, we just did stocking stuffers but that was fun, trying to find little things that we thought the others would like. I really did well for the guys on that with wide selection of tools.

A was really surprised by some of the things we got for her especially the replacement coco maker,an addition to her Anubis collection a bunch of software and the purple lanyard with parrot charm that I had made for her. E was really surprised by a number of things we got him, particularly the bathrobe (A's idea), the new travel kit (my idea) and the amount of software we got for him.

I got. . .well I got what I really wanted plus a few surprises. I got the usual stocking stuffers, particularly really nice socks from my mother and a selection of bath stuff and hand cream my sister swears is the best ever. E had warned me that he hadn't got me a lot of gifts but he thought I would really like them, so I was a bit surprised to see the number of gifts that I had. It turns out that a few were supposed to go in my stocking but didn't fit so they got wrapped. There was also the not quite a gift card which was money taped to the inside of a card, which was put in a Chef Boyardee pizza kit box, which was then wrapped and put in a gift bag. (Yeah, we don't do gag gifts in my family, we do gag wrapping.) The best part was the two gifts themselves though. I got the 30 GB iPod I had asked for (and didn't expect to get at all because of the cost). E ordered it from Apple directly so he had it engraved with my name and got it in black, of course. The other gift, well for it to make sense is going to take a bit of back story. A few months ago I had found this picture and just fell in love with it. For one I have always been into dinosaurs and the idea of a raptor with a beloved stuffed animal appealed to my sense of the absurd. Yesterday I was particularly intrigued with a very light present, I joked that it a box of air. It ended up being a stuffed T-Rex and as I pulled it out of the box E said "And now you have your own Mr. Gobbly." That's really one of thing I have always loved about him, he is able to come up with unique and absolutely perfect gifts.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Viva Las Vegas (part 2)

The original plan for Tuesday was that we were going to go off strip and end up at the Rio because we had a coupon that was for one of their shows plus $10 off their seafood buffet. We ran into a snag when E re-read the coupon and noiced that the coupon wasn't good on Tuesdays because the show was dark that day. We already had plans for Wednesday night which meant that we were left with the choice of not going to a show that night or trying to find a different one that was running. E pulled out his laptop and hopped on the internet to go to the LVA site to look up the list of available shows there. I have been wanting to see one of the Cirque du Soleil shows for some time now so I suggested one of them. E hemmed and hawed, like he has when I've suggested it in the past, but I pushed a bit more and he went to look online at the tickets for Ka. After a bit of waffling on how much we wanted to spend E went with the best tickets available for the late show. I will admit when we got to the theater I was a bit apprehensive because we were directed into the lines to go in by a lady in costume, and the lobby area was full of people in costumes almost doing a pre-show show. I started to think it was going to either be absolutely amazing or really cheesy. We didn't have to wait very long, and the doors to the theater proper opened after one of the costumed characters announced "Travellers form all nations, I welcome you to the village of Ka". The knot of people began to move through the doors and fell silent. When we walked through into the theater it was like walking into a Myst game. There were metal towers connected by different walkways and connected to short towers that came down from the ceiling on both sides of the ampitheater. The stage area also had similar towers on each side. and was open except for a walkway that ran around the front edge of the stage. While we were waiting for the show to start, gouts of flame and puffs of smoke shot up from the void. Part of the fun while waiting was watching the ushers, they were all in costume and actors in their own right. The tickets had said that you had to be in your seats by 9:15, and right about that time things started to happen. I first noticed a figure on one of the towers pulling a bucket up out of the void. E noticed a figure on a platform below the towers to our left. They started to yell at each other and then other figures began to appear to take buckets from the figure I saw and carry them along the walkways between the towers. The yelling continued between the original figures and the new ones and eventually there were figures perched on the railings between the seating sections. And then. . .well we're reaching the end of my ability to describe the show in any coherant fashion. There was too much going on and too many things to try to describe. The basics are that the show follows the adventures of a set of twins trying to find each other and win back their kingdom. The costume and makeup design was heavily influenced by the Chinese and Japanese cultures and probably other Asian cultures as well but I wasn't able to recognise those influences. I spent most of the show sitting there with my mouth open and I would definitely see it again because there was so much going on that I'm sure I missed something. It was absolutely amazing.

On Wednesday morning I went to he spa for my hot stone massage and in the afternoon we took advantage of another coupon and went to see the Mac King comedy magic show. It was somewhat free, you got in after paying for one over priced drink, but that meant we got to see a very good show for $19.98. It was a fantastic show, Mac King is an excellent magician and very funny, and I prefer his style of magic show over the overly pretentious ones. Wednesday night we met up with one of E's co-workers , B, and his wife for dinner. Since B is really into Star Trek we took them to Quark's at the Hilton for dinner and drinks. We then went back to the Imperial Palace to do a bit of gambling.

Our flight home was Thursday night, so we had a little bit of time to do things after we checked out of the hotel. We went over to the Forum Shops to get lunch and then wandered over to the Bellagio to see the conservatory which was beautiful. It was the one thing we saw where we could take pictures and we didn't have the camera with us. Luckily I have a camera phone and was able to get a few pictures. Since this is getting a bit long I'll post those separately later today. After that it was back to the IP to gamble a bit before we went to the airport. The final cab ride was quite interesting, the driver took a a back route and we had a few tense moments as he dodged around trucks and through small gaps in traffic. He got usthere in record time, and in one piece and we were off to check in with Frontier and wait for our flight. We finally made it home a bit before midnight.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Viva Las Vegas! (part 1)

I'm back from our Vegas vacation and I think I'm caught up with most of my email and such. I'm still working on getting housework done and trying to get back in the swing of normal life.

It was definitely a fun trip as always, but we did a few different things this time. We stayed at the Imperial Palace which is mid strip and for a long time was one of the last few independent casinos left. It's since been purchased by Harrah's, but it hasn't changed much. Over the last few years we had accumulated a pretty good amount of points in our players card account so we got a really good deal on the hotel room, the first three nights free, and then ended up using our comp dollars to pay for the final night. The hotel room wasn't bad at all beyond being a bit small. I do have to say that the bed was one of the more comfortable hotel beds I've slept in and the water pressure in the shower was excellent, even with being on the 16th floor. (Keep in mind though that E and I are not too picky about hotel rooms, we just want a clean room with a bed and a shower. I expect that the rooms at the IP wouldn't work for everyone.) Sunday after we got settled in we wandered over to Caesars Palace to wander through the Forum Shops and made our reservations for dinner for Monday night. Then we did our usual first night in Vegas dinner at Hofbrau Haus and then went over to the Hard Rock casino for a bit of gambling. The Pocketbook of Values E gets with his membership to the Las Vegas Advisor has a coupon for $10 in free machine play on certain machines that I like to use. It doesn't work in a lot of the slot machines, but it does work in the video poker machines which is just fine with me because I can get a lot of play out of that $10 at video poker.

Monday morning we got up and hopped on the monorail to go down to Mandalay Bay to eat at House of Blues (excellent food, and a place we discovered due to a coupon) because we had some shopping to do down on that end of the strip. After breakfast we walked back over to Luxor through Mandalay Place and stumbled on a fun little shop, Lush Puppy. It's a hip little store with stuff for dogs and cats and their people which gets big points in my book for having a store dog. We, of course, had to get stuff for the animals and then I found a great little book the cat owner's manual which has turned out to be informative and a very fun read. Unfortunately, the rest of the shopping didn't go quite as well. A had asked us to look for a replacement for one of her Anubis statutes that was damaged and we couldn't find a single one. Then we walked back through Excalibur so I could stop at a little jewelry store there I liked and discovered that it had changed. That was particularly disappointing because I have started getting one piece of really nice jewelry during our Vegas trip and the old store had carried the type of jewelry I like. We headed back to the IP and gambled for a bit before we went over to Caesars Palace for dinner. We got there a bit early, so I talked E into go back to a jewelry shop I had seen in the Forum Shops the night before, Australian Gems. Back in the back they had one case of opal and silver jewelry, all of which was 40% off regular price, and I found the perfect bracelet so I still ended up getting my piece of jewelry. Dinner that night was at Hyakumi which was a new experience for me. E had gone there last month when he was at Caesars for a conference and had talked it up so much I thought it would be fun to try for our really nice meal. We did the Teppan Yaki-style meal and it was amazing. It took around an hour and a half to two hours long and you start with an appetizer of tiger shrimp and vegetables cooked in front of you on the hot plate, followed by soup, then by a cucumber salad and then the main course which was chicken, steak and lobster cooked on the hot plate with vegetables. The steak and lobster were the best I have ever had, perfectly cooked and tender enough that they seemed to melt in your mouth. The meal ended with green tea and strawberry ice cream. It was fantastic, the food was perfect and the pace of the meal was great because we had plenty of time to really enjoy the meal without feeling rushed. It's definitely something I want to do again.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

A voice from above

One of the cats, Camille, is very attuned to people coughing and sniffling and being sick particularly at night. If she hears you coughing she has to come check on you and she has a very distinctive little mew she makes when she's doing it. Last week when I was so sick I had a coughing fit while laying in bed one night and as expected heard Camille, but it wasn't from on the bed next to me. It took a few minutes, but I finally figured out that she was on the top of the headboard above me. My first thought was that I hoped she didn't jump down into the middle of me like her sister would. When I told E about it he said his first thought would've been, "God?" which struck me as a bit funny although an orange feline god doesn't seem like it would be too bad. Very insistent, and in the way at times, but not too bad.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Oh yeah, I need that on a plane

E and I will be leaving for our annual trip to Las Vegas on Sunday and in preparation, I have gone out to look at the TSA website to see what the new restrictions on carry on items are. They have a very nice set of charts showing you what can be taken in a carry on or not, and I learned a few things. I had no idea it was ok to take pliers under 7 inches in length on a plane in your carry on. That's good for me to know if I ever have to travel with my jewelry making supplies. Some of the other things they have listed really make me wonder, because you know they are one the list because someone tried to take them them on a plane. There is an entire section on tools and it includes axes, hatchets, crowbars, hammers, drills and drill bits (including cordless portable power drills) and saws (including cordless portable power saws). Now, even prior to 9/11, why would anyone think it was a good idea to take power tools or a cattle pod on a plane in your carry on? I know it's rough dealing with the crowds, but what use would a cattle prod be? And power tools, guess it's useful if you plan on doing some carpentry projects during your flight, but otherwise it doesn't make sense to take something that bulky on a plane as a carry on? Under food there are a lot of things that make sense because they are common snack foods, but then you have whipped cream listed. Even on a flight with a meal, what would be the purpose of bringing whipped cream in your carry on?

In the end it really makes me wonder what kind of weird things security people at airports run into. And it makes me wonder if they end up wondering what people were thinking at the end of the day.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

A note in passing

I'm sorry I haven't been really good about posting lately. We leave for vacation this coming Sunday and I'm running around like a madwoman trying to get ready. Getting sick last week really set me back both at home and at work so I haven't had much chance to post or work on any of my projects. (And of course, I took on a couple of projects that have to be done before we leave. I have got to get better about saying no to these things.)

Anyway, hopefully I can post something else before we leave especially since I have some funny things that have happened or that I noticed. I'd like to post about some of them before I forget them completely.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Commercials that set me on edge

I'm home sick again today and that means I've been watching a good amount of daytime TV. In doing that I've been reminded of couple of things.

The first is that I a profoundly grateful for the fact that we have digital cable because it means that I can watch the type of shows I prefer when I'm home sick.

The second is that I hate most jewelry store commercials with a white hot burning hatred. I hate the implication that all women want diamond jewelry and that the only way a man can show his love is by giving the woman/women in his life is to give them diamonds. Here's a news flash folks, not all women like diamonds and some of us prefer to have our loved ones pick gifts based on what they know we would like rather than a guilt trip from a jewelry store. I also hate the idea that the jewelry from one store is somehow superior to what you'd get anywhere else. Unless you are getting a custom piece that you have commissioned there isn't going to be that much difference. The most important thing is that you find the right gift based on what you know a person will like, no matter what that gift is.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Observations on cats IV

Cats want to be completely involved in everything you do. I'm home sick today and decided to inhale steam to try to reduce the pressure in my sinuses. I got myself set up over the bowl of hot water with a towel over my head and was about halfway through when Cami joined me and insisted on laying on the towel. Nowthat I've stopped she has gotten complete comfortable ad islaying here purring.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Stop picking!

Yesterday afternoon was much more exciting than I had wanted it to be. A few weeks ago I had damaged the nail on my left thumb at the bottom down by the cuticle and it ended up with a detatched portion. I had carefully trimmed off the detatched portion and thought things were going well because the surface underneath was a bit irritated but still hard. This last week, that layer got rough and irritated and I started picking at it (yes I know I shouldn't, it's the worst of my odd little compulsions) and then it got caught on something and some tore off. The area then got inflamed and distended and by yesterday was very swollen and sore. I was concerned that it was getting infected so we went into the Urgent Care clinic. I had forgotten the interesting range of people you see in the waiting room there. Eventually I made it back to see the doctor and it turns out there were a number of things going on. The first was that the hard layer I had noticed when I first took the damaged portion of the nail off was actually the bottom layer of the nail. When that got damaged and torn this week it irritated everything underneath which caused swelling and blood and other stuff also started collecting which is what caused the area to get distended. I agreed to let her to lift the swollen area and lance it which was an interesting experience. She did a digital block, which is doing injections of a numbing agent at each side of the base of the finger, and after everything was numb went in and did the draining. She said it looked like it was starting to get infected, so I left with a prescription for antibiotics, a dressing that made my thumb look like a small sausage and instruction to change bandages twice a day unless it got wet, and soak the thumb when I do the change.

So, what have I learned from this?

1. The main thing is the title of this post: don't pick! If I'd left it alone I would've been just fine and I could've skipped this whole ordeal.

2. A digital block takes a long time to completely wear off. I was pretty impressed with how good my thumb felt a few hours afterwards, what I didn't realize is that the digital block hadn't completely worn off, when it did my thumb felt like someone had smashed it multiple times with a sledgehammer. Thankfully it feels a lot better today.

3. It's really hard to soak a portion of your hand in warm water when you have cats in the house. I had to keep shooing Rogue away from the water, she seemed to thing it was there for her to drink and play with. The good thing is that the soaking seems to reduce the pressure even if I do have to have feline supervision to do it.

4. It is really hard to do much of anything, particularly make dinner, with your thumb wrapped up to look like a small sausage.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Weird weekend

Friday was nice, I slept in, got some errands run and got a good amount of housework done. Saturday I got up at my normal work time and went down to a gem show with some friends. Today I slept in and finished up the housework. At this point my inner clock is completely out of whack. On top of that I ran out of steam this afternoon and didn't end up working on any projects at all. Hopefully I can get something worked on some time this week. I really have got to get back into working on jewelry in particular, because we have so many materials at this point. I also had some sewing I wanted to get done too. I'm just going to have to get myself organized and just get started on things I guess.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The short weeks season

Short work weeks that is. Saturday is Veteran's Day which means that as a state government employee I get Friday off. Then in two weeks we have Thursday off for Thanksgiving, then in a little over 4 weeks we have Monday the 25th off, a week later we have January 1st off and then a couple of weeks later we have Equality Day (Martin Luther King Day) off. Then there are no short weeks until Memorial Day in May. I like having the occasional short week, but it is just crazy this time of year. Add to that our annual Vegas vacation in December and I end up feeling like I will never get caught up at work. The only saving grace is that the day after Thanksgiving ends up being very quiet because people assume we are closed when we aren't and I can get a lot done then.

No big exciting plans for the day off, I have some errands to run, and a bit of early Christmas shopping to work on and then housework and work on some projects for my Etsy store. I hope things will start to sell there, but again I feel like I am in a gulf between trendy, hip handmade items and needlepoint canvas tissue box covers. Maybe I can be a trend setter of sorts, which is really a scary thought, or maybe just open things up for other people. Who knows, but at this point it's nice to get back into working with leather, I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. I also need to get back into working on jewelry, come up with a project for the snopester craft challenge since I initiated the whole thing, plus I'd like to work out away to do a beaded lanyard for my badge for work. On the lanyard I have a pretty good idea of how I'm going to make it, but I need to figure out a couple of things. The first is how how the badge will attach, but I have orders some findings that should work, I'll just need to experiment. The second is coming up with a release for it so it falls off if it hooks on something or someone grabs it. That leaves me in the odd position of trying to find a clasp that will fail, which is the exact opposite of what you look for in a jewelry clasp. I'm going down to another gem and mineral show on Saturday, I'm hoping to get some different styles of clasps that I can test. Once I start working on the lanyard project I will, of course, discuss the process over on my project blog.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Observations on cats III


It's not easy to do crafts that require laying out and cutting the materials when you have cats in the house. I didn't get the camera fast enough to get a picture of Cleo laying with her tail across the ruler and suede. She also laid next to me while I glued the lining onto the tooling leather pieces. I was a bit worried about the glue, but she didn't do much beyond sniff in the general direction of the bottle. Of course the lining pieces have cat hair on them now.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Never mind how it happened

It's been a while since I last posted. I was sick last week and E was sick the week before and it threw everything off. I think I'm finally getting caught back up, but since this is one of those times when we get paid mid week, we're rapidly running out of food so we have to go to the store tomrrow night, which means no serious blogging until the weekend most likely.

One odd little thing that has come up recently is that I've sudden gotten the urge to buy several pieces of art. One of them I understand why I like it so much, it looks like Scooter. The others aren't quite so straightforward. One is because the juxtaposition of elements is silly and just strikes me the right way. The third one does that as well but there's a bit more to it. To explain it I'll need to link to the picture which is here. It definitely stikes the silly side of me, but the more important part is that I identify very strongly with the hamster that is tangled up in the toaster cord. Why? Well I'm a klutz and I seem to have a chaos field, and I can completely see that happening to me. If there's money left after the bills are paid and groceries bought I will have to get that one

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Observations on cats II


Cats are not much help when you are trying to take pictures of the jewelry you've made. (This picture is an improvement over the one where Whiskey had her whole head in the way.)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Cold and snowy

The forcast for today said snow and the weather actually paid attention for a change. It ended up alternating between really fine flakes and huge, fluffy looking flakes, but it did snow most of the day. The dog seems a bit irriated with the fact that we got her trimmed last month so she can't lounge out in the snow, but in the end it's a good thing. (She is a Husky/Shepard mix and her undercoat grown much quicker than the top coat and tangles and mats as it goes. )

My big excitement for the day was the fact that my latest order from Lands End came in today so I get to try out my new winter coat tomorrow. Like any other coat it makes me look a bit bulky but it seems like it is going to be nice and warm, plus it is a bit longer which will save me from ending up with a cold wet butt from sitting in the snow that fell on the seat of the truck when I opened the door. Another one of the items I got is a corduroy cardigan style jacket which will be nice for work since they seem to have decided this winter the office will be cold. I'm not complaining too loudly though because I would prefer it over how warm they had it last year. I never ended up wearing any of my sweaters, and I had almost forgotten that I had them. I can tolerate dressing for a cold office if it's also cold outside, it's hard to get the right balance then it's freezing outside and inside it feels like summer.

Monday, October 16, 2006

The first sign of the holiday season

I picked up the mail today to discover my portion was made up of 7 catalogs and one piece of junk mail. That's what tells me we are coming up on the winter holiday season, the annual catalog avalanche. I know I only have a short period of time to get the shelf I keep catalogs on cleaned out before I get completely buried. I do the majority of my shopping online so I only need 3 to 4 catalogs from a given company in a year just so I get notified of new products each season. There are a couple of companies that seem to send me catalogs every week. It's just crazy.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Can you be a jewelry geek?

I'm just wondering because I get excited about getting jewelry related stuff the same way a gaming geek gets excited about the latest book or a computer geek gets excited by the newest computer gadget. This time I'm excited because my jeweler's loup came in. It's not top of the line, but it does what I needed it to do. In the process of doing some research on mahjong tiles last month I came across several discussions on how to tell bone tiles from ivory tiles. Apparently a lot of old bone mahjong tiles are passed off as ivory and there are pretty specific ways of telling the two apart. This got me to thinking about the pieces of a bracelet Mom had given me years ago. She had gotten it as a gift from someone who had bought it in Hawaii and had told her that it was made of ivory. She had worn it up until the elastic in it broke, and then the ivory ban came into effect and she left it in her jewelry box. At some point she gave it to me, and I had held onto the pieces not sure what to do with them so they got stuck in a box and put in the back room. I dug them out and took a closer look at them using the criteria I had found and wasn't able to tell for sure, so I ordered the loup. Using it I am now sure that those are high quality bone carvings rather than ivory which means I can actually use them in pieces. I guess that means I better get my act together and start working on stuff again.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

October already

Wow, how time flies. And how behind I still am on my list of projects, plus I have two jewelry commissions, one of which has to be done byefore Christmas. E and I went up to Blackhawk at the end of last week and stopped by Tandy on our way home so I now have the buckle to work on the belt I promised A some time ago. I also ended up getting a belt cellphone case for E so which pute me a bit more behind project wise, but it's an easy kit and something I should be able to get done in a weekend. The commissions I have worked out for the most part in my mind so I just need to sit down and work on them. Of course there are other things I need to get to work on like sorting through all of my craft supplies in the back room and decicing what is worth keeping. I already started this weekend with some of the old beads I had, the only problem is that they are small so I didn't gain a lot of room. It's a start at least and it will get easier when we get the door for the closet. I also need to get both E and I motivated so we can go through the food storage area and get rid of the old stuff and get him going on moving his computer down into the basement.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

A normal Sunday afternoon

It's the usual Sunday afternoon here, working on housework and puttering around on the web which is nice after all the excitement last weekend. I got finished counting beads yesterday, with help from A who sorted and weighed the bag 'o mixed silver beads. I made the final entries in the spread sheet this morning. The bad part of all of it is that I'm pretty tired of looking at beads so I really don't want to work on anything. Hopefully that feeling will pass because we have a lot of new materials to use up.

I'm adding a post on some earrings I made earlier in the month to my project blog today too.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

I survived

We went to the bead show and the gem and mineral show this last weekend and as always it was an experience. We stopped by the bead show first thing on Saturday since it was on our way into town. It take place in a hotel and the vendors are spread out between the ballroom, the atrium, and a side meeting room plus there is an entire hall of hotel rooms that have vendors set up in them. Last year we had wandered around and grabbed stuff that looked cool, which meant that we didn't always get the best deals. This time we did much better at doing some comparison shopping and looking for new and unusual beads. After we got done there we went to the gem and mineral show for a few hours. Again we did pretty well at finding some good deals and I found bracelets made out of bone Mahjong tiles strung on elastic that I can take apart and work into my own jewelry. The next morning we headed back to the gem and mineral show. Again we found some wonderful deals, although I think that had less to do with good comparison shopping and more to do with it being the last day of the show.

It's always interesting to me to go to these shows because it seems to be it's own little world. Have you ever seen shows on the diamond trade, with deals being sealed with a handshake and that's all? It is almost like that. If you pay with a credit card you end up with at least that receipt, but if you pay with cash, you are lucky to get an adding machine receipt. Usually what happens is they write it on the bag or you get nothing at all. Thankfully we only had one with nothing at all and I remember the price on that. This is the reason why it is taking me forever to try to get all of the new stone beads inventoried, because unless I remember what was a specific price, or we have one of the rare itemized receipts I have to sort out what cost what. The pearls are a bit better because they tended to be the same price per strand. I'm still not sure how the silver will be since it is by weight. I think it will be a complete pain to sort, but will be easy to work the price out on. Time will tell on that though.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

It's been a while

Lots of odds and ends of things going on here. I had a leather project that I finished up last week and that kept me pretty busy. I've also been doing some experimenting with using silver wire for jewelry, but I need to get more materials and better tools to do more with that. Next weekend is the Gem and Mineral Show and Bead Renaissance show in Denver so we will have a fun weekend of shopping for stuff for the business and I'm hoping to find what I need there. If not I've located some of it on the internet and order it when we get home.

This weekend I'll be doing some canning. It doesn't look like it was a good year for pickling cucumbers, all I could find at the farmer's market today were small ones. I got a quarter bushel of the cucumbers and I'm expecting 8 to 10 jars out of it. Thankfully I had already done 5 quarts of pickles using cucumbers from our garden, and we have another batch that will be ready soon, so I think we should end up with a decent number of jars. I've decided that I like doing it in smaller amounts like this, it is a lot less stress and work for me so we may end up planing one garden plot of pickling cucumbers next year so I can just do a few jars at a time.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The downside to being focused

One of my greatest strengths has always been that I have the ability to get really focused on a project and see it through to the end. In the past it meant that I'd get done, go through a let down period, maybe be a bit sore, need a bit more sleep and be fine the next day. Now it means that I am completelywiped out and that I've probably worked past the point that I should. I hadn't really thought about it until tonight when I worked on painting part of my current project. I was only painting a small portion, but right now, I'm exhausted, my eyes feel both glazed and sanded at the same time, my right hand has settled into being warm and very achy (and I know it is going to really stiffen up by tomorrow morning) and my left ankle is sore because I sat with it hooked behind my right andkle for way to long. Now that I've realized this I need to realize it is the trade-off for continuing to do my crafts and plan for it.

With that, I need to go grab a painkiller and get ready for bed so I'm not a complete zombie at work tomorrow. I hope my stash of anti-inflammatories and painkillers at work is full.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Observations on my cats

It's been interesting being the one here at the house all the time with the cats. It is a rare time when I am not under feline supervision. (I'm not right now come to think of it, but it appears to be pre-dinner naptime.) A lot of the time it entails sitting on my desk watching me work or getting in the middle of what I'm doing to get attention, but today Rouge got up on my shoulder and laid across my neck while I was at the sink washing dishes. I'm sure it has to do with her general fascination with water, but it was a bit weird having little head next my left ear watching my every move.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Milestones

I generally don't do a very good job of keeping track of milestones. I can barely remember the date E and I got married much less how many years we've been married and I only remember his birthday because of some song lyrics. Very occasionally a milestone pops up into my consciousness that really strikes me. That happened yesterday when I realized that Sunday the 20th was the the fifth anniversary of me starting at this job. It made me think back a bit over the past 5 years and a few things really struck me. The first is how far I've come in that time. I have a job I like, with a good salary and a lot of stability. The second is how grateful I am that things worked out the way they did. I guess to really be able to explain why I need to give a bit of background. My previous job was as a travel agent in a call center and while I had enjoyed it to begin with, the fact that we had really unrealistic goals and an atmosphere where the average worker was never rewarded had really started to wear on me. I was starting to reach my breaking point and get ready to look for a new job but hadn't quite gotten there when we were called into a meeting where it was announced that our call center was being closed in 3 months. My first thought, which I guess is completely natural, was to think that it couldn't be happening. Luckily I went through that stage for maybe 5 or 10 minutes and then snapped out of it. It was like I heard someone saying to me 'This is really happening and you need to figure out what you're going to do' and I took it seriously. A lot of my co-workers went to the bar for a drink after the announcement, when they asked me if I wanted to join them I said no and came home to dust off my resume and start looking. It still took me 2 months after that job was over to start this job as a contact employee, but it all worked out in the end. I don't think I would be where I am now if I hadn't have gotten that big cosmic kick in the ass to go do something about getting a better job, and for that I'm really grateful.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

More observations on animals

I recently realized that I don't really know much about the people in my neighborhood but I definitely know the pets. The event that really brought this home was noticing that one of the dogs hadn't been around for a while. The people kitty corner across the street from us (next to the duplex with the dog I talked about a few entries ago) have had a small fluffy white dog and a grey tomcat for as long as we have lived here which is getting close to 10 years now. The other day I noticed a black dachshund in their yard and realized that I hadn't seen the white dog for a while. The white fuzzy dog had to be at least 9 years old, if not older, so it isn't surprising to think that it has died, but it was a bit of a shock to notice the change in my animal neighbors.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

On the downhill side

I started out the week with a few bad joint days, but that is starting to clear up and I have a nice quiet weekend to look forward to. The only down side is that my allergies seem to be in full swing. Hopefully I'll be a bit more up to posting as I get towards the end of the week. Right now between the end of the joint inflammation and the allergies I'm pretty foggy.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Well that's over with

The craft show was today and it went OK. We didn't have a huge amount of sales but a lot of people stopped by. E thinks part of the problem is that it isn't obvious that we are using silver, precious and semi-precious stone beads, especially when there were two other booths with bead jewelry that was mainly from glass beads. A thought part of the problem is that we were using new displays and people didn't feel as inclined to look at things. At this point I'm wondering if it doesn' t have to do with the location we set up at. Of course, it could also have nothing to do with any of this. I just find it very frustrating that people don't have a problem with paying a lot of money for a piece of jewelry from a catalog or in a store but they don't seem to want to buy it directly from the craftsperson for even a fraction of the price.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Much better day

Today has bee much more productive than last night. I slept in a bit, had a nice relaxing few cups of coffee this morning and got 3 more bracelets made. I'm planning on working on earrings this afternoon when A comes over. The only thing I really have left to worry about for tomorrow is getting the rest of the stuff packing and I may need E to dig a plastic bin out of the basement for that.

I'm going to be putting another batch of pictures up on my project blog today too and I hope to get at least on picture taken tonight of the triple stand aquamarine and silver bracelet I made early in the week. That's one I want to make for myself now, but I have to wait for the silver beads I ordered to come in since we didn't have enough left. (Plus the design uses enough of them that I'm not comfortable taking that many away from the business. I bought this batch of beads myself and I'll just use what I need and give the rest to the business.)

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Procrastinating

I really need to be working on stuff for Saturday but I'm not. I just can't get fired up to do any of it. I'm sure part of it is the stress and part is that I'm keyed up from my day at work but it's a bit annoying because I've only gotten one piece made this whole week. I do have all day tomorrow, but I'd really like to get some more done tonight.

I guess part of the edginess could have to do with the fact that E and A are flying back from Vegas tonight and I'm a nervouse about that with the big terrorism scare. Yes, I know it had to do with flights originating in the UK and I know that Vegas wasn't on the list of destinations. This is like my fear of unnaturally large spiders, it's not rational at all but I am freaked out. I think I'm going to go have some of the brandy filled chocolates I've been hoarding. (A very funny aside on those. I had been talking about them with my supervisor around Christmas one year and we ended up drawing each other in the gift exchange and got each other a box. She ended up opening her box to share at work and we all ended up being a wee bit buzzed the rest of the day. My box came home and has sat in the fridge for emergencies. Like tonight.) If they don't work I may have to work up to a cider or something. they should help though, and they have a lot of good memories attached to them.

Hopefully they'll bring a bit of inspiration too.

Update: The brandy filled chocolates helped relax me, but now I'm troo relaxed so I gave up on working on stuff tonight. I did add more pictures to my project blog though.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Observations on animals

I came home from work today to discover that the birds had partially chewed apart one of their toys. Parrots are pretty destructive so I wasn't surprised about the destruction, just how fast they had done it because the toy was mostly intact this morning. It's been fun having them here. A has been working on encouraging whistling and cheeping over sqwaking, so I've spent a lot of time responding to their whistling with my own whistling. I don't always whistle very well so I expect they think I have an awful accent, but it's interesting because I feel like we're having a conversation.

In other animal related observations, I've realized what the dog across the street was trying to say. I suppose I should back up a little bit. Our house is on a corner and directly across the street is a duplex. It's front door faces the cross street so we face the side of it. In the past couple of months new people moved into that side and they have a medium to large sized dog that has a Shepard/Akita sort of look. He was in a dog run and spent most of his time barking. He used to bark at me when I walked into the front yard but I could get him to calm down by saying something. Recently I've noticed that he's had free run of the yard if his people are at home and he doesn't seem to bark as much. I'm starting to think when he was barking before he was saying "Hey! Hey, you! You with the opposable thumbs! You wanna come over and open this gate for me!?!?"

Sunday, August 06, 2006

All alone again, more or less

E and A left for their Vegas vacation today so it's me, the cats, the dog and the birds until Friday. E called a little over an hour ago to say they had made it and it was really hot, so I'm glad I'm not there with them since I don't do well in the heat. The birds are doing well so far and the cats haven't been bothering them too much so far.

I got up a bit earlier than usual so I could be sure to have everything ready, and be somewhat awake, when E and A stopped by with the birds so I've gotten a lot done today. I'm about ready to eat dinner and then I think I may work on some jewelry. I had a really great idea come to me last night as I was falling asleep and I'm hoping to get it worked out and made this week. Hopefully I can get a picture from that one before the show.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Popping in for a bit

It's a quiet morning and I'm the only human awake right now so I thought I'd take a minute to post an entry here. Yes, I am neglecting this blog a bit for my one on MySpace. I'm still not sure if that's a good or bad thing, but I've getting a bit angsty over there about the upcoming craft show so it may be good.

I went to the doctor yesterday for my annual exam and it went really well. By their scale I've lost 10 pounds which is good news and she felt every thing looked really good. I also have a shiny new prescription for my Zoloft so I'll stay my normal cynical, sarcastic, yet cheerful self.

We worked on jewelry again last night and I got a few pieces done. A did the pricing on a bunch of pieces when she got back to her place and will bring everything over today so I can tag things since I have the better handwriting. She wanted to try to get it done before she and E left for their Vegas vacation on Sunday. Since they will be taking the camera I'm hoping to maybe squeeze in getting a few pictures of some the new pieces tonight that I can post in my projects blog over the next week.

I think that's it for now. I have a large ginger cat on my desk insisting on having my attention I should go before she tries to help me type.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

New aqusition

Back on the 27th I mentioned that I had gotten a new bracelet and I finally got the camera and tripod so I could get some pictures of it. Both of the pictures are pretty close up, but it shows off the inlay work nicely. I also have to make a small correction, it is black opal, not blue opal.





While I had the camera I also got pictures of more of the bracelets I've made, so watch my project blog over the next few days for those.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Random musings

Some random thoughts, but honestly, that's the way my brain works. I usually try to keep in toned down for my entries here, but my mind is going in a million different directions all the time. If you've ever seen Eddie Izzard, that's the way my brain is, with a bit less cussing.

At any rate, it's the end of another Sunday and I'm sitting here listening to some Mannheim Steamroller and relaxing. The chores are done except for folding and putting away the last little bit of laundry, I've had my shower and the living room is starting to cool down. E and I got paid this weekend so I had the momentary thrill of feeling rich before I started to pay the bills. It isn't that bad even after paying the bills really. Even before the recent raises we made enough to pay the bills (and even pay extra on a number of them), put money in savings, get groceries and other necessities and have money left over. It just amazes me how quickly the money slips away, but I try to remind myself that we are paying stuff down and we are really close to paying off three debts, which means that money can be put towards another bill and so on. At some point we will have enough stuff paid off that we will have more extra money. I never thought we'd ever get to this point, but here we are and it feels pretty good.

Friday, July 28, 2006

It's starting to hit me

The craft show is two weeks from tomorrow and I'm definitely starting to feel the pressure. I've stopped worry about if we're going to have enough stock, I'm now worried about getting everything else done. Stock need to be priced, displays need to be made and signs need to be made. The only thing I can do myself is the signs which makes it very hard to push the panic down.

It is an interesting study into how my brain is working on the medication. I'm feeling a bit stressed right now but I'm still able to be rational and talk myself down off the wall. I'll be curious to see how things go as we get closer to the show itself.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Is it over yet?

We are coming to the end of our big influx of tourists am I am ready for it to be over. Thankfully we live, and I work, pretty far away from the center of it but there's enough going on that it gets frustrating especially for me since I don't like crowds. E and I made out annual visit out to the fair grounds Wednesday to see what was going on out there. It was pretty much the same as any other year, although they had some new food vendors and had taken out a building so the layout was a bit different.

I'm always the most interested in the jewelry vendors but for the most part it is the same old thing every year: supposedly authentic Native American pieces, odds and ends of beaded items and over priced mass produced items. This year was a bit different. We stumbled on a booth run by a Dineh (Navajo) gentleman who was selling pieces made either by himself or by members of his family and he had some absolutely spectacular pieces. I've always been fond of the look of the traditional stone inlay jewelry but I never really found a piece that jumped up and demanded I take it home until now. He had a bracelet that was rectangular panels of opal inlay separated by round opals that jumped out at me. I just couldn't resist and the whole thing got even better when I found out that he was the artisan who had made the bracelet.

I wore it to work today and I just kept staring down at it and watching the opal dance . I guess it's my inner raven coming out and being drawn to the sparkley things.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

What a day

I tried something new today. I did all of my chores first rather than spacing it all out over the course of the day. It seemed to work pretty well, although today wasn't a standard Sunday since we had to run some errands this afternoon and that took up a couple of hours. I think on a normal Sunday it would work really well and would give me a several hour stretch where I can just work on stuff because I managed to get an hour of working on jewelry in today. It was also really nice to know it was all done and I didn't have to try to get anything else done.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

A new to look at the body

Today we finally got to see the Body Worlds 2 exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. We were supposed to see it last Saturday, but there was power outage and we had to reschedule for today. It was a fascinating exhibit and I'm really glad that we went.

The exhibit is laid out in sections based on body systems, with different displays that show aspects of that system in cases including thin cross sections, plus the large full body displays that usually get the most attention. The most amazing section to me was the displays of the circulatory system that were just the web of veins and arteries and capillaries. The way they were preserved made it look like they were made out of lace or spider webs. It was remarkably beautiful and at the same time it was awe inspiring to think that my circulatory system is that intricate and that beautiful.

There were parts of the exhibit that really got to me, but not because of any squeamishness on my part. There were a number of the displays that had to do with cancer, particularly lung cancer, and those were hard because of my uncle and the family history of cancer on that side of the family. There was a section where you could touch a plastinated liver and it was a bit weird sort of plasticy and waxy, and I think that definitely had some ick factor. The other section that really struck me was at the end. There was a section that dealt with pregnancy and fetal development and it had a full body display of a woman who was 5 months pregnant. The description indicated that she had a medical condition that she knew would kill her before she was able to give birth and she chose to donate her body for this purpose. For some reason the fact that she made that choice really struck me. I'm not sure why, but it seemed to be such a strong thing to do.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Tylenol, ice packs and caffeine

Just a quick entry since I noticed that I haven't been good about keeping this blog updated. I'm going through a bad joint period since we just had a low pressure system go through and it does a number on my hands, wrists, feet and ankles which then leads to an increase in fatigue. I'm trying to make it through the day by using a liberal combination of tylenol, ice packs and caffeine, when I get home I'll probably use the paraffin spa too. Horrible timing since this is the night for A and I to work on jewelry and we're going to Denver tomorrow.

Hopefully things will settle out a bit over the weekend and I can post more.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Weekend of ups and downs

Another busy Sunday here. I've gotten almost all of my chores done so I may actually try to work on jewelry some tonight. I really need to since I didn't get much done Friday. I also got some more pictures added to my projects blog, this time of some of the silver bracelets I've made.

Yesterday was an odd day. We went down to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to see the Body Works 2 exhibit, but when we arrived we found out that there had been a power outage and the museum was closed. We did get some vouchers for free admission to an IMAX show and were told that we could reschedule for a different day or get a refund once the museum reopened. It seemed silly to drive all the way home right away so we went up to Central City, had lunch and did a little bit of gambling. Today I called the museum and was able to reschedule our tickets for next Saturday so hopefully we can actually get in to see the exhibit then.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Another weekend done

End of another quiet weekend in my neck of the woods. Got the usual housework done, worked on some of the pendants on a cord for the craft show and today I did the final tagging on all of the items that are going to the museum store. A finished the invoice yesterday, the final amount was $847. That is the wholesale price too, which is half of what we would normally charge, and I was a bit surprised because I didn't think we actually had that much made up. The majority of that was items I had made, mainly bracelets. A lot of that was because A broke her wrist last summer and had gotten behind. At this point A is coming over every Friday night to work on items and we're starting out a little more evenly, although I run the risk of falling behind because I can't make as many pieces in a sitting. I need to work out another night or two I can work on things, maybe even come up with a schedule of some sort so that I can get a good variety of things made. Thankfully I've already got a good number of book thongs made so that is something I don't have to worry quite as much about making more of them and the pendants on a cord are pretty quick and easy to put together.

I also have visitors of a sort for the next few days, Thwacky and Whacky, the traveling fish of the ULRP messageboard. (You can see a link to the blog detailing their travels in my links list to the right.) I'm still trying to figure out what I'm going to take them to see, but it should be fun. It also means I have the camera so I have some more jewelry pictures to add to my project blog. Probably not tonight since it's getting close to my bedtime, but sometime in the next few days.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Where did all the nuts come from?

I'm relieved it's finally Friday it was a week of stupid questions and weird people at work. In all honesty, I'm really not suited to work with the public. I don't have much patience and I get too frustrated when they don't seem to be able to understand simple concepts. I've always been like that and it means that as a rule I'm happiest if I can avoid dealing with other people. The one blessing is at this job we all end up venting about that sort of thing so it isn't as bad as my last job where hardly anyone got as frustrated as I did and didn't understand why I needed to vent. (Of course at my last job a lot of my co-workers frustrated me because they were just as clueless as the people who called in. I don't have that problem with my immediate co-workers at this job.) The one thing that has remained the same is that there are certain things that the people I have to deal with say that really frustrate me and this week I got most of them. The worst one, and the one I hate to say, is people who have to pepper their conversation with 'God bless you'. It's not because I'm heathen either, it's that it seems so very insincere to use it a lot in a conversation and for very little things. It makes sense if I've just let you know the case for a catastrophic injury to a family member is open because it's good news at a very stressful time. It doesn't make sense if I've just told you that the injury report you filed isn't in the system yet and I will have to review it before I make a determination. At that point I've just politely said you're in limbo, why say 'God bless you' at that point? It just raises all sorts of red flags for me and I have several people who did that this week.

Ah well, at least it's over and I have a weekend to recharge before I jump back into the fray.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Kitty paradise

I think I created kitty paradise quite by accident today. Since I had the day off today I did some chores that I hadn't had time to do recently. One of those things was washing the quilt. When I took the quilt out of the dryer and went to put it on the bed Camille had to help me. I got the quilt arranged and right at that moment Cami realized that it was still warm and flopped down and rolled around with a look of bliss on her little kitty face.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Odds and ends

It's Sunday afternoon and I'm still working on getting my chores done. I'm almost done with the laundry and have gotten the dishes done, the sheets changed and the bird cage cleaned. The only things I have left to do is clean the cat boxes and get the bills mailed. We had a pretty impressive rainstorm this afternoon so I won't have to water tonight which is nice. (It also means that I have to worry less about any fireworks the neighbors might set off tonight.) I feel like I've finally managed to get a good pattern for how I work on the chores, since I can't just push my way through and get them all done at once. I try to start the laundry early so it's all done, and then I space everything else out with breaks so I can recharge. It also helps that I've been trying to get up earlier on the weekends so I have more time to get things done.

Next week is going to be odd. I have Tuesday the 4th off, but not Monday, so I work tomorrow have a day off and then work the rest of the week. The break will be nice, but it always makes it hard to get back in the swing of work for the rest of the week. I will also be watching the birds for a couple of days which makes things a bit different too.

I'm still trying to work out how and when I'm going to work on jewelry for the show in August. I will still work on it at the same time as A does on Fridays, but I can't get as many pieces done in one sitting as she does. If I don't figure out other nights to work on things then I'll end up getting behind. The trick will be working which nights would be better.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

No rest for the wicked, or something like that

Last spring E suggested that A & I take some of our jewelry into the State Museum store because the manager is always looking for items made by local craftsman. A took what we had in and the manager bought a good chunk of it. This was a bit of a shock because we had also decided to do a craft show in August so we ended up in a huge rush to try to make more stock. This was complicated by the fact that right around that time A broke her wrist and ended up in a cast which made it hard for her to work on things. After that experience we decided that we would work to get a good stock of stuff together so it wouldn't happen again. I should've known better. A stopped by the Museum store yesterday to see if the manager needed to stock back up since we are in the middle of tourist season. After going through about half of what we had and wanting every piece she said she'd take it all. It's a huge sale for us, because I know there were around 30 to 40 bracelets, including the all silver ones which the manager really liked (even suggested A try making some all silver necklaces), plus around 20-30 necklaces and chokers, multiple pairs of earrings and 3 pairs of hairpins. The problem is that now all we have for stock is what we made last night, plus two pairs of earrings I made last week. I'm glad I didn't have any huge plans for the next month.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Another day, another infection?

I survived the crud that is going around at work and still ended up with a sinus infection. I know I should be used to this pattern by now, but it still get frustrating. This time Doc M* decided to run a scope into my nose to get a good look at eveything and that's not something I want to go through again. He couldn't get into the left sinus at all and had a darn hard time getting into the right sinus because of the inflammation, both of which worries me a bit. He didn't seem too worried about it, but I'm vaguely paranoid about things like that. I end up wondering if it's something I've done wrong or a problem I've caused, I guess it's probably and aspect of the obsessive part of my brain because it's so hard to let go of those thoughts. It's better now than it has been but I still wonder and worry a bit. He did say it looked like another infection and sent me on my way with my usual prescription for antibiotics so hopefully I can get it taken care of for a few months at least.

The good thing is that my sinus infections are very responsive to first line antibiotics. For one I'm allergic to some of the higher end ones (the class Cipro is in so no anthrax for me) and two it means that thus far I've avoided ending up with any nasty resistant strains. It does take a pretty high dosage and a longer course than normal though which generally shocks people, but I've been dealing with sinus infections for so long it's necessary. Thankfully I don't some of the adverse side effects like yeast infections, but I do have problems with my stomach towards the end of the course so I'll have to get yoghurt when we go shopping this weekend.



* This is to differentiate between my rheumatologist and my ENT doctor since they have the same last intial.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Office drama part 2

B was back at work today and I talked to her about what happened yesterday. She feels pretty badly about the whole thing because she feels like it's all her fault. I pointed out that while she made the initial mistake it's S and that group that are dragging it out and making it worse. I also found out that S hasn't actually come over and talked to B about it all. He got upset and went to his supervisor who then went to our supervisor who went back to B and then B apologized to S. To me that makes the whole petty incident from yesterday even worse because B has apologized, there isn't anything else she can do and S is doing this petty around the back attempt at revenge rahter than actually talking to B about it. I'm not surprised, because it seems completely in character for S, but I do find it funny because he's one of those guys that is full of talk and bluster. It's nice to see I was right and he really is all blow and nothing else.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Office drama

I can't really write too much about what I do at work, but I figure I can write about some of the odd things that go on behind the scenes as it were.

Right now we appear to have a situation going on. It started last Monday. I was out of the office sick, but apparently one of my co-workers, B, wanted to forward an email she had received from someone in another group, S, to our supervisor and gripe a bit because she felt that person was slacking off. Instead she replied and sent it back to him. It sounds like it was rather ugly at the time, but it seemed like it had settled down. Last Thursday I started wondering because a group of us get together to order breakfast on Thursdays and B is the person that collects the money and calls in the order. S and a few other people from that group usually order as well, but didn't. I wondered if it was huirt feelings, but it turns out that they had a carry-in for someone's birthday. Fast forward to today. B has been out sick for most of the week, so someone else did the order. When she called it in she found out that S had already called in a small order for their group, even after she had made sure go and ask if they wanted to order with us. He had told her no. Now it's possible that he didn't want to tell her that he'd already ordered, but that seems a really odd thing to lie about. It's also possible that he might have thought she had already ordered, but that doesn't explain how their order was put in before ours was. Those of us who know about the email fiasco think the other group is being petty and trying to get back at B. The funny part is that if they think they're going to get back at B this way they're in for a big surprise. It won't stop us from ordering as we can easily get a large enough order with out anyone from that group, plus it is better for B because she is dealing with a smaller order overall. I'm not sure if they realize it, but in the end it had backfired completely because it didn't hurt anyone, it actually would help B in the long run and they ended up looking like fools to other people in our office and the restrant we order from.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Wearing blinders

I mentioned over in my projects blog I went down to a gem show with some friends yesterday. The show was fun, and I got some new stuff for us to work with for the business. The drive home, however, ended up being rather frustrating. In the course of the drive we ended up in a discussion on documentaries and one of my friends, L, said he didn't think much of the History channel because he saw a show because he knew for sure what they had said was wrong because Buddhism was a newer religion. I mentioned I didn't think that was right, but he swore it was because he learned it in the college course he took on comparative religions 10 years ago. His wife, D, nodded and strongly agreed with him. I checked when I came home, discovered that I was right and emailed him to let him know the correct information. After a short email exchange he said it was important to know the whole story and then said he saw the show a year ago and may not be remembering it correctly. I'm resisting the urge to email back and say if he doesn't know if he remembered the show correctly then why did he use it as the support for his argueement. I'm also trying to keep from emailing back and pointing out that he has sidestepped the fact that he was wrong about the age of Buddhism and that was what I was correcting him on. E told me I should've expected that response because L always sidesteps or ignores things that don't fit in his view of the world and D will support him blindly no matter what sort of ridiculous things he says. I guess it works for them, L is very proud of the fact that they've never really argued about anything their entire marriage, but it seems too restrictive to me. There's no room for disagreement or correction, no reason to evaluate your world view, no reason to try to learn new things or discover you may be wrong about something.

It makes me very glad that E and I (and A and I to a lesser extent) are not like that. We disagree and have differing opinions on a number of topics and we aren't afraid to disagree in public or say something if we think one of the others is doing something dumb or has incorrect information. Yes it means that we don't present that united family unit front, but I think in the long run it's healthier because we have to think and consider and keep learning and growning. The only down side is that it is damn hard not to say I told you so at times.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

I'm not dead yet!

I definitely felt like it on Monday. Had some sort of cold-like upper respitory thing complete with congestion and feeling like someone had taken a rasp to my throat and nose. I decided to stay home from work and sleep on Monday and thankfully I seem to be getting over whatever it was now. I had to top that off by turning too quickly in my cubicle and jamming the pinky on my right hand into the wall. Fortunately I was able to find an ice pack and ice it down right away and it doesn't seem to be doing too badly right now. At this rate I'm getting a bit worried about what is going to happen on Friday.

The garden is continuing to do well, all of the seeds have sprouted and there's even a pepper on one of the pepper plants. The plan of watering every night for a short time seems to be making the difference, especially since it has been so hot lately. A is planning on coming over to help E weed on Friday and I'll be interested to see how it looks after that. (I'm not able to help much with the garden because of my joint problems. If I knelt down to weed I'd probably get stuck in that position. I'm the person who does the canning in the family so I work with the produce from the garden.)

The only other thing of note is that I think I've finally found the perfect sandals. I tend to pronate pretty badly and I've found that I need shoes with good arch support which is hard to find in sandals. I thought since I like Merrell shoes and the amout of arch support they have that I'd try their Palmetto slide in black and I'm in love. I wore them to work today and they were so comfortable that I finally took them off just a little bit ago. I only do that when a pair of shoes is really, really comfortable. Now I have to figure out if black sandals really do go with everything.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

We really have a garden

We've got little vegetable plants coming up all over the place in the garden. The only thing I haven't seen is dill, which is a bit disappointing but I haven't given up hope since it is a weed. It does mean that we have to have a different plant growing where it isn't supposed to be for this year. It turns out that it is corn. Seeds from the old corn cobs got scattered on one side of the garden, then got tilled in and now there are little corn plants coming up all over the place. I think the fact that I have been trying to water the garden every night rather than doing a huge long watering we did last year has helped quite a bit. It's also a lot easier when I only have to work around my own water usage. I'm really excited to see how it all turns out and hopefully if we get a good yield I can work on trying to do a bit more canning. I have promised A that I'll try to do some tomatoes without salt that she can use for the birds and I'll do pickles of course. I will try to do jam again too, but I'll wait until I can get fruit or berries at Farmer's Market for that. I'll try to keep from letting it boil over this time too.

Friday, June 09, 2006

More money stuff

I had mentioned a week ago that E and I will be getting raises starting next month. Today we got the final word on it more or less. I'll just be getting the basic 3.5% raise, but that's really what I expected. E is getting reclassified (three years after they started the three month study on computer related jobs) and he found out today that they are asking for the high end of the wage band he will be going into which will be a nice amount of additional money. At this point we have a rough idea of what we want to do with it, more into savings and investing, a bit to bills and then E would like some for stuff for himself. We'll have to wait until we get our checks at the end of July to finalize the plan but we've at least an idea how we want to work things out. It's funny, we're just too practical to go out and blow all of the raises on something silly. I am glad that E decided he wants a set part of his raise for himself. For one, it's his money and he has every right to spend some of it on himself. The rest is that he hardly ever wants to spend money on himself and I think it's a nice he wants to now.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

On comfort and shopping and not having much money left

E got the AC unit in last night and it is finally tolerable out here in the living room. In fact it's a bit chilly right now, but I am sitting here in a tank top and with wet hair. I may need to adjust it a bit to get the right balance, but it is quite a relief to be sitting here and the temperature is under 80 F.

We did some shopping last night. I got a couple more tank tops, one for out of the house wear and another to wear around the house. I hadn't planned it that way, but the second one is a bit tighter than I'm comfortable wearing out in public and E suggested keeping it for wearing around the house. It made a lot more sense than taking it back, hoping to find a larger size and then doing the exchange. And who knows, maybe I'll lose enough weight to feel comfortable wearing it out in public. I keep losing at least a pound a week just with watching what I eat and being more careful snacking so it could happen. And if it doesn't I have a nice tank top to hang around the house in. I also got a pair of Merrell sandals ordered, got a pair of the Airwalk clogs (the ones like Crocs) , and E got a new battery for his watch. Oh and I got talked into a new pair of earrings at the place where we got the watch battery and saw an amber bracelet I want to get next month. That is pretty much it for fun shopping for the month since we had a few unexpected bills to pay this month and I'd like to have a bit of a cushion in case something comes up. So we don't have a lot of money left, but we're in good shape.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Waiting for the house to cool off

June is off to a warm start. We had to do the big shopping expedition today plus there was stuff that had to be done at A's trailer so E didn't have time to get the AC unit up in the dining room. (I feel so sorry for him at times like this, he has twice the chores most guys do.) Without the AC unit int, I'm currently making do with open doors and ceiling fans, but it still pretty hot here in the living room and it's after 11 at night. He promised to get it in at the beginning of next week.

I'm realizing again how out of it I am fashion wise these days. I can get good outfits together for work, but I'm just at a loss when it comes to casual clothes for the summer. I broke down today while we were out and picked up a tank top because I think I need to get over my silly paranoia about how my upper arms look. The worst thing is that I'm not worried about them looking fat or flabby, because they aren't, I'm worried about how the skin looks. I have really dry skin and it has a tendency to develop little reddish bumps and I'm very self consious about it. I'm starting to realize that no one else even notices it so I am going to try to wear tank tops a bit more this summer. I don't expect I'll be able to get back in to wearing shorts so I'm trying to establish if a tank top with a knit skirt and sandals is an OK casual look. I'm also wondering if I just need to stop worrying about it and wear what I'm comfortable in. I hate my social anxiety.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Survived

I love having a three day weekend, but I hate how you get five days of craziness at work shoved into four days. We also have someone out due to a family emergency so I'm trying to keep their work queue from getting unmanageable. I keep hoping things settle down, but it doesn't seem to be happening so I'll just keep plugging along.

Wednesday was payday so I got to feel rich for a brief moment before I began to pay the bills. Then everything went back to normal. It is nice to be able to pay all the bills, get groceries, put money in the savings account and have a bit of money left. Even better we are slowly getting things paid off which helps as well. I'm just glad that we finally got to this point, because it definitely didn't feel like we ever were going to. Things are going to continue to get better too because starting next month both E and I will get the 3.5% raise that went through and E will finally get reclassified so he will get an additional raise on top of that which is supposed to be pretty nice. After that we will need to sit down and work out what to do with the money. I'd definitely like to put a bit more in savings a month but I'm not sure what else beyond that.

Monday, May 29, 2006

A quiet day off

I slept in a bit and worked on things around the house. We also went out and got flowers for the beds next to the garden so A and E could finish up with the garden. I had planned to clean the bird cage today but I never quite got that far. All the laundry and dishes are clean though. While we were out E and I went and looked at new air conditioners and think we found one that should work in the living room as long as we run the ceiling fans at the same time so that is taken care of I guess.

I wish I could get inspired enough to work on other stuff. I have a lot of projects to work on still and other stuff to do around the house, but I just couldn't get myself to do any of it today.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Another one?

Today we went and gamed. It was a lot of fun, but there was a small problem. It's a small cute and calico problem in fact. One of the friends who owns the house we were at works at a veterinary clinic and the employees take turns taking home and caring for the litters of kittens that get brought in to the clinic. She had the last two kittens from the most recent litter she had and they were just adorable. One of them, a little dark tabby boy who was the runt of the litter, ended up going home with A. The other, a calico spent a lot of time laying near E and I and I ended the game with her crashed out across my left arm. She is so sweet and so cute and I'm really torn here because I'd love to bring her home. The problem is that there's already a lot of cats living here and I'm not sure if adding another one would be a good idea.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

It's hot in here

It's 10:30 at night and it is still 80 F in my living room. That's an improvement from earlier today but it's still a bit warmer than I'd like. I'm so glad it is supposed to be getting cooler starting tomorrow. Hopefully that will help me survive until payday when we can look at a new air conditioner for this part of the house. The only nice thing is that the back of the house, where the bedroom is, stays a lot cooler.

I think I'm going to give up and got get ready for bed. That way I can lay in front of the open window with the ceiling fan running and hopefully cool down enought to go to sleep.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Dysfunction among other things

Finally at the end of another week. I'm still feeling drastically behind at work, but I'm hoping that with the employer meeting I had today out of the way my stress level will go down a bit. It doesn't help that it's a three day weekend near the end of the month and we're almost broke. The only saving grace is that Wednesday is payday.

Due to a thread over on the ULMB I've been thinking a bit about being dysfunctional. The thread is mainly focused on sexually related things that may be considered dysfunctional, but I've found it rather frustrating because it seems a bit too narrow. It seems like people focus on things that they consider dysfunctional related to sex and ignore the fact that we are all dysfunctional in some way or another. Why write off the fact that someone has to do things in a specific order or way as a quirk but have to label the fact that your sexual pleasure is tied to submission as a dysfunction? Both of them are. Maybe this point of view comes from the fact that I am acutely aware of my dysfunctions or maybe it's because I see things differently. I'm not sure. Of course it's set up a flurry of thoughts going about my quirks and dysfunctions and I'm starting to wonder if I'm really much worse off than I think I am. I'm definitely better getting treatment for the dysthymia, but I still have to make allowances for my social anxiety and I am happiest if I can do things in specific patterns. Where does that leave me?

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Trying to get organized

E brought home some large boxes tonight so I worked on getting more of the stuff I'm getting rid of clean and boxed up. I'm really starting to wonder what I was thinking when I kept some of this stuff or if I was thinking at all. I've saved sets of sheets I no longer use, partial sets of sheets and came up with a lot spare pillow cases. I can see having a few extra pillow cases and a spare set of sheets or two but what did I plan to do with all the extra ones.

I'm still puttering around on MySpace but I feel tragically out of the loop there. (I was going to say 'tragically un-hip' but that probably demonstrated how not trendy I am.) I've figured out how to add music, I'm adding people I know from the snopes message board and I have a little blog there that end up being a series of odd little little thoughts that seem like non sequiters. I guess it's interesting as something to tinker with, but I don't quite understand the big deal about it. Then again I'm tragically un-hip.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Summer's coming

I can tell that summer is definitely on the way because it's been pretty warm the last few days. It's been nice outside, but the problem is that the front of the house has a southern exposure and heats up like a little oven and then holds the heat. Right now it is around 65 F outside and 80 F inside. I'm hoping with the front door open and the ceiling fans going I can get the temperature down a bit more. It definitely made doing housework interesting, it's not often I work up a sweat doing light cleaning. I survived that by taking a cool shower after I got done, so I don't feel too bad sitting here although I am very thirsty. I'm not sure what to do when it gets even warmer. In the past we've put a window air conditioning unit in the dining area, which is just off the living room, but we've discovered that the condensation from it is damaging the wall under the window. The problem is that without it, being in the living room will be unbearable if the temperatures get pretty high outside. I guess we could see if we could find a slightly newer and smaller unit and try to get it set so it will drain out onto the ground. It's something to sort out in the next few weeks I guess. I will have way of telling how warm it really is here in the front of the house though, we had to replace the wall clock out here and got an atomic clock that also has a thermometer. At least I won't have to go around wondering if it's actually hot out here or if it's just me.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Well

I succumed to the peer pressure over a the snopes message board and now have a page on MySpace. It is, of course, pretty lame because I really want to customize stuff but I am just inept enough to have a hard time figuring it out. It's another thing to keep me out of trouble on the nights I'm home by myself I guess. I'm going to have to be careful to not let it interfere with me working on my projects.

It's still crazy at work. I'm still behind on a few things and the work just keeps piling on. I think I'm going to have to really settle in and devote Friday to working on the pile of paper on my desk since next week we have another payment deadline. I'm so glad that the new person starts next month, the extra case load had been killing me.

This is my last day with the birds, E and A should be back anytime now. It's been fun and interesting, but I am looking forward to things going back to normal.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Reaching the end of the weekend

Another busy Sunday almost done. I got quite a bit done today. I finished the laundry, vacuumed the bedroom hall and bathroom floors, mopped the bathroom floor, cleaned the litter boxes and worked on another bird toy. I had thought about working on jewelry, but didn't quite get that far. I may try to work on some tomorrow night after work. I've got a few ideas plus I came up with a combination of stones in a bracelet I made last week that I rather like and I want to make one for myself.

As usual I've got company while I type. I really do think the cats like my computer desk more than I do.


This is Camille, and she laying on the desk right next to me. She's using my wallet as a pillow, I'm glad I don't need to get into it for anything right now. I think she may have the right idea though, it's been a long day.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Lazy Saturday

It's been a pretty quiet day. The birds didn't wake me up until 9 this morning so I got a couple extra hours of sleep. I had gone looking online last night for shoes and discovered some really nice ones in a line from Birkenstock and it turned out that a store here in town had them, and had them on sale so I ran out this morning and picked them up. They are comfortable, have great support and I think they'll work with skirts even so they were definitely a good find. After that I came home did some dishes and got started on the laundry. I also got some pictures taken of the Thor's hammer bracelet I made so I'll be posting thos in my project blog. (Link on the right.) As you can see below Cleo also thinks it's a really quiet, lazy day. Of course, she's a cat so every day is a quiet, lazy day.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Almost forgot

I was going to put this in my last post, but forgot.


This is Storm, and I'm still not quite sure how she managed to stay in that spot. I checked for velcro, and there was none so I'm left thinking it was some sort of mystical kitty-fu.

Friday, finally

It's finally the end of the week. Work was crazy again, and I'm still behind even though I got a lot done today. I'm hoping next week goes a bit better, but it's always so hard to tell.

Birds are still here and seem to be doing well. They're definitely being loud at least. They've been very quiet at night with a blanket over the cage so I have high hopes for being able to sleep in a bit tomorrow and Sunday. Unfortunately I won't know how things will go until tomorrow morning.

Not sure what I'm going to do this weekend. I do have to go check on a cat for someone who will be out of town, so I may go look at some shoes Saturday while I'm out. I'm looking for shoes that are comfortable and good for walking but would still look good with a skirt. I've seen some online from Teva that look like they might work, but I'd like to try them on to see how they feel. I'm hoping one if the stores at the mall might have them. Othereise, I just don't know. The only other things I really need to get done are laundry and some dishes. I guess I could vaccum the bedroom too.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Bird sitting

I am into my first full day of bird sitting for a week. It's been fun, and they did like the toy I made for them (pictures and description are over in my Projects blog), however I had forgotten how loud they are and the fact that they like to have the people pretty close at all times. I'm starting to get a bit of a headache right now from the noise. I hadn't realized how used to the quiet I had gotten until now. Ah well, I make it, it's only a week.

It's been a busy week at work, what with a deadline to meet on Wednesday and the fact that we all have a bit of extra work until the new person starts next month. I don't mind helping, but I just feel like I don't have room to breath right now. At least I'm not bored.

I have the digital camer right now so I'm hoping to get some pictures of some of the bracelets I've made up in the project blog and maybe a few here too. I'm afraid the ones here will probably be cute pet pictures, so no complaining about it. You have been warned.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Too much help

I'm posting tonight with more feline assistance than I probably need. I'm deluding myself that it's because I'm that interesting either, it's because I have a glass of milk. My nightly ritual is to go do my sinus rinse, get my evening medications, get a glass of milk to take them with and come sit here at my computer. Cleopatra, our calico, has learned this and has taken to joining me at the desk in the hope that she'll get some milk. Tonight she did because somewhere in me trying to take my pills and keep the glass away from her she got fur in it. I'm starting to think I just need to stand in the kitchen and take my pills quickly rather than make it part of my before bed relaxation period. Of course then I'd have all the cats hanging around, plus the dog, rather than the one smallish calico. (Now she is sitting on top of the entertainment center looking down like she is supervising my posting. I wonder if she'll proof read for me too?)

Hectic day at work trying to meet a deadline we have tomorrow and getting interrupted by a ton of phone calls. I left work early to go to a dentist's appointment and then ran some errands. I stopped by one of the natural food stores in town while I was out. I don't generally buy into a lot of the things they sell there like the herbal remedies and so on, but I've found that they are a great place to get unusual herbs and spices, hard to find imported foods and they often have some really nice personal care products. Today I was in search of a shampoo and conditioner I had found elsewhere and was lucky enough to find it there. I also found an interesting organic chocolate bar. It's dark chocolate with lavender and blueberries and is wonderful. I only had a couple of pieces because it was so rich, but I may have to go back and get more. Or I may see if I can find the time to go to the other larger natural food store in town and see if they have it or any other chocolate from this company. (The brand is Dagoba, which makes me think of Yoda making chocolate, but it's darn good stuff.)

This blog entry read and approved by her loud and fluffy caliconess, Cleopatra

Monday, May 08, 2006

Survived another Monday

Made it through a long day at work and I even got some stuff done tonight. The sad thing is, nothing really serious happened at work, it just seemed like a long oppressive day. I definitely feel like I was more productive after I got home. I changed the sheets on the bed, managed to get the dirty sheets washed and dried (but not put away) and made a couple more bracelets. I need to try to get some pictures of jewelry for my project blog when I get the camera back on Wednesday. (A had been borrowing it to get pictures of items for the eBay store and will be dropping it off on Wednesday before they leave for their trip to Reno for bowling.) Not much else really I guess. Tomorrow I have the afternoon to go to an appointment with the dentist. Don't be too jealous of me.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

A quiet weekend

Nothing really exciting going on here. Most of last week was cold and wet, which is normal spring weather here. I've continued to work on stuff in the house and think I've gotten it in good shape beyond a few big projects. The bird cage arrived at the end of the week so E got it put together and we got the perches and toys arranged in it. E also got all of the litter boxes for the cats emptied and refilled so they'll be easier to keep up on. I got the dishes and laundry done, including getting the quilt washed, vacuumed the laundry room, and I got my paraffin spa emptied, cleaned and refilled. My next few projects are to get the stuff for donation boxed up, and work on getting the closet in the back bedroom rearranged so that I can use it to store fabric and craft supplies. I'd really like to get a door on the closet in the basement so I can shift the clothes down there knowing that they will be safe from the cats. Once I've done that then I can get the other closet rearranged. Of course I also have a bunch of sewing projects and a leather belt to work on and on top of all that I also need to work on jewelry. I'm thinking I may work on some of those projects next weekend.

I'm still trying to make up my mind about getting new dishes, if I do I'm definitely going to donate the old ones since they are still good. I also am considering getting some new towels, but that was inspired by picking up a couple new hand towels. They are so nice and soft I want towels like that too.

The cats have finally settled into how the dog looks and smells now. I think the dog is a lot happier this way, although she isn't quite sure what to make of getting cold. It will be nice for her when we get to summer.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Poor dog

It turns out I'm not the only one who feels a bit like someone switched dogs on us while we weren't looking. Most of the cats aren't sure either. Scooter is OK with the change, but things like that don't really bother him much. Camille settled down after she got a chance to give the dog a good sniff. Cleo was a bit jumpy around the dog and had to walk around meowing to let everyone know that there was something wrong with the dog. Damien, Whiskey and Storm are all pretty wary of the dog, but not any jumpier than usual. Rogue is completely scared of the dog right now. The first time the dog came around the corner close to her Rogue jumped up onto the back of my chair all puffed up and hissing. Rogue usually sleeps on the bed with me, but absolutely refused last night because the dog was there. I'm hoping eveything settles down in a few days for the dog's sake. I don't think she has any idea why the cats don't like her anymore.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Odds 'n' Ends

Another busy Saturday. I vacuumed and mopped the the hall and kitchen floors, got some laundry done and got a lot of the bills for May paid. I'm pretty wiped out right now. Normally I would try to spread the chores out a bit, but since Friday was payday for E and I we have to go do our big shopping trip for the month. I'm not really excited by the prospect but it has to be done. I also have to get ready for bird sitting in a few weeks so I had to get a cage ordered since I don't want to drive all the way out to A's place three times a day. The birds will, of course, need toys to keep them occupied so I'm going to try to make some since I already have a lot of scap tooling leather that I can use.

The dog went to the groomer today, and because she had some sizeable mats they had to trim off a bit more than we expected. She looks bald at this point, although you can definitely see that she has some German Shepard in her. I feel awful about it because I feel like we're bad owners for letting her get to that point, but it's hard to brush her because of the way her coat is. I'm hoping that with it starting out this short we can get a better handle on it. She also gets to go to the vet for shots on Tuesday so she has a big week ahead of her.

Last night E and I went and saw Mannheim Steamroller in concert and it was fantastic. I had really forgotten how much I enjoyed their music. I got a set of all of the Fresh Aire albums on CD and I listened to that most of the day.

Not much else, but I still feel like someone replaced my usual dog with Folgers crystals while I wasn't looking.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I'm back

Did anyone miss me? I probably don't update this enough for anyone to notice an absence of a few days I expect. At any rate, I had an exciting few days. I started having problems logging into the internet Sunday night which continued into Monday. E fiddled around with things and came up with a few possible causes. Thankfully it was the least expensive one and here I am. My Thor's hammer bracelet also went missing over the weekend, but E found it in his car late Monday night. E is pretty much my hero at this point.

It's been a quiet night for the most part. I thought about doing dishes, but didn't. Thought about taking a shower and did. Had to go out into the backyard to do something a little bit ago and the dog across the alley started barking and hasn't quit. (I feel sorry for the dog but I think it may drive me crazy because you don't even have to get to the back part of the yard for it to start barking.) I also read a large backlog of email, checked on some stuff on eBay and checked the bank account. I guess I actually did do a good amount of stuff tonight.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Busy day

It's been another busy day. I got the rest of the laundry done, got the trash out to be picked up tomorrow, did a lot of dishes and cleaned the kitchen. I even pulled out some things I never use and plan to get rid of them. I'll find out if A wants them first and if she doesn't they will go in with the other things in the donate pile. The big advantage to all of this cleaning of course, is that once I have it done then I can just do touch up cleaning and it won't be quite so overwhelming.

The downside is that even though I didn't do that much, I'm exhausted and my hands and wrists are really bothering me now. I'm worried that I'm going to have problems tomorrow because of this, but I guess I'll work around it. It definitely means I'm not going to be working on jewelry tonight like I planned, I can't imagine doing that while my hands don't seem to want to work well. I'm never sure if I should be relieved or disappointed that just about the time I start wondering if anything is really wrong with me that I have a day where I do a lot and end up feeling this way.

They are forecasting snow for tomorrow which I'm not looking forward to. I've lived here for most of my life so I know snow in the spring is normal, but I just hate having to drive in it and I hate the slushy mess we end up with when it starts to melt. At least I don't have to try to get the trash taken out in the snow.

(4/25/06 For anyone who read this earlier I had problems connecting to the internet right after I edited this post Sunday night and the changes never went through. Thankfully E, being the computer/network god that he is, was able to figure out the problem and I am back on the internet. Good thing too, I think I was starting to have withdrawal symptoms.)

Saturday, April 22, 2006

It's amazing

We actually have a living room again. All it really took was moving the dining room table back into the dining room area, shifting a couple of other things around, picking up the clutter and vacuuming. There's so much space I feel like I could hold a dance and the carpet actually looks halfway decent. The next project is to really straighten up the kitchen, but that will wait until later since I'm pretty wiped out now. We also got the aluminum taken in to the recycler.