Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Overactive immune system strikes again

I discovered today that I may be developing another food allergy. I had some pineapple and ended up itchy and feeling like someone was pressing on my chest. It was interesting in that my mouth and throat didn't get raw and irritated like they do with tree nuts. It seems like the only thread that runs through my allergies is the hives and itching. Thankfully the Benadryl took care of most of it, but I'm tired and zoned out now. I suppose I need to take more Benadryl at bedtime. I guess the the good thing is pineapple is not one of the things I tend to eat a lot of, but now I need to be careful about unexpected exposures to it too.

In other news I'm taking jewelry in to work on Friday for people to look at, I'm hoping we get some more sales. I got another silver bracelet done last night, I'm hoping the rest of my beads and clasps come in tomorrow so I can do some more before Friday.

Also, for any of my readers (if there are any) that might be interested, there are updates on the satchel in my project blog. Pictures too.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Best laid plans

I had planned on working on either the documentation to go with the satchel or jewelry tonight. Instead, I'm sitting here surfing the web and trying to decide if I want to turn on American Idol out of morbid curiosity. Not too morbid of course, because there are some damn good singers this year, but I have a hard time getting into it too much. E and A are really into it so I've gotten used to listening to it in the background and have gotten a bit interested in it. (And I admit, I really like Chris and want to see what he sings.) Maybe I'll feel more like working on something after I've eaten. Or maybe not. I think I'm on the downswing from getting the hardest part of the satchel project done. Suprisingly enough my hands don't feel too bad, stiff and sore, but not horrible like I expected. My shoulders and upper arms are much sorer than I expected, but it does make sense.

Hmmm, not much else to say really. I guess I can play with beads and see if I get inspired.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

I'm not dead yet

Nope, I haven't forgotten about this blog yet, although having the projects blog showed me how much of my writing here had to do with the stuff I was working on. Not too much else is going on here. E made it back from his trip OK. The big news is that he won a Blackberry while he was gone, which I'm a bit jealous of. Otherwise it sounds like he learned a lot and had some fun.

I'm still recovering a bit from the snow shoveling fiasco on Monday. I've gotten to the point where my left ankle isn't any more sore than it usually is, although it is still stiffening up a bit more than normal when I'm sitting down. My wrists and hands are still fluctuating between feeling fine and being stiff and sore. I'm hoping for feeling fine tomorrow since I'm going to try to work on sewing the bag then.

We got as much official word as I think we'll got on the situation I mentioned from work. The person in question decided to resign rather than get fired and it had something to do with using their work computer for far too much non-work stuff. It almost sounds like they were gambling and maybe shopping online or going to 'get stuff for free' sites based on the way my supervisor explained things. It means that the guesses that I had made with another co-worker were completely wrong so it was a good thing I didn't write about them. It does make me slightly paranoid about my computer use at work since I do tend to talk with E over email throughout the day and like to take a break by going out on the internet and reading stuff. I guess time will tell on all of that.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Something to keep in mind

I did something really stupid today. We got a lot of snow over the weekend and we were on delayed start at work today. Since I was awake I went out and shoveled the front porch, a path down the front walk to the sidewalk and the sidewalk itself. Somewhere along the line I did something to my left ankle so it has been sore all day and I was also pretty tired. The worst part is, I came home and shoveled off the walk next to the house, the steps on the back porch and part of the porch. I'm waiting for my hands and wrists to mutiny. If I sit for any length of time my ankle freezes up and hurts worse.

I can't believe I did something that stupid. I'm not going to get much of anything done tonight.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

That's a new sensation

Gods, I did a number on my right wrist yesterday with doing the tooling and working the dye into the leather. As I was getting ready for bed I realized my fingers felt a bit odd, like they were about half asleep. It's settled down to just being the pinky and the finger next to it now. This is the first time I've gotten to the point that everything is so inflamed that it does somthing like this this. It's an interesting feeling. So it's extra anti-inflammatories and ice packs for now and I'll hit the paraffin spa later on. I'm glad I wasn't planning on doing any more than dying the bag today, although I expect the little bit of cutting and punching I did earlier didn't help much.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Small announcement

I did start a blog for my projects, you can see the link to it over on the right with my other links. The first post has pictures of the work I've done so far on the book satchel.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Near crisis avoided, among other things

I took this afternoon off. In part it was to do some laundry because E is leaving on a business trip tomorrow and seems to think he need to have clean clothes for that. The rest was that I wanted to get to my drivers license renewed. I had gotten the application in the mail, filled it out and taken in with me. The examiner looked it all over, entered the information into the computer and then asked me me if I had the medical form from my doctor. I said no, the letter that came with everything said that you didn't need it unless you had a specific restriction on your license. Since I didn't have that restriction I didn't get it filled out and it would be really hard to get in to see my family doctor before the end of the month. The examiner double checked my license, saw that I was right about the restrictions, and made a phone call and got it fixed. Apparently I had the restriction at one time and it was taken off one place and not another which caused the problem. The only thing that I could come up with is that it was on there from when I renewed my license in college when I was being treated for depression and they were sure if the medications would be a problem or not. At some point, either when I got a new license after moving here, or when I had to get a new one after I got married, someone in the license office must have taken the restriction off. at any rate, everyone was nice, it all got taken care of and it's all OK. The nice part was that I remained calm and let things work out without panicking. I was very happy about that.

Some more people at work seem to be interested in my jewelry so we may have a few more sales there. They were really interested in the design of my Thor's hammer bracelet, it being all silver and the toggle clasp, so I'm going to try and make a few that are all silver. I was going to order the materials for the bracelet I was doing for the Fire Mountain Gems competition anyway, so I just added onto that order. I'm paying for the materials myself for them myself since it's an experiment and I don't want to ding the business for something that doesn't work out. I'm hoping that it will work out though.

Bleh. I know I should really work on something, either the bag or jewelry, but I just can't get myself interested in it. I'm not sure why either, I was feeling really energetic a little bit ago and now I'm all blah. Not much else to talk about really. There seems to be something ugly going on at work, but we haven't been told anything concrete at all. All I have at this point are some guesses that a co-worker and I have made and we really went off on a few weird directions so it's not work posting. I don't want someone to think I need a tinfoil beanie. I also don't want to find out I'm wrong and have maligned someone either. I may not use names here, but I would still feel really bad about that.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Because they're cats

One interesting side effect of the new desk is that there is more space on it and that means it's fair game for the cats. I'm not sure if they get on the desk while no one is home, but they like being up here when I'm here trying to do something. Currently, Camille is sitting directly in front of me watching the words appear on the screen and purring loudly. At some point I'm not going to be able to see what I'm typing because her head is in the way. Thankfully she is not inclined to attack the lines of text. She saves that for the cursor when I'm using the track ball. They all have different things they do up here too. It's nice that the desk has a high approval rating, but do I really need this much help? Why do they have to be in the way?

Monday, March 13, 2006


I transferred the design for the back of the bag and then tried engraving the design deeply with the wood stylus I'd made and the effect was amazing. The expensive metal styluses I've bought don't work as well as this one and it's soft and smooth enough it creates a nice, smooth, burnished impression. I'm completely blown away and ridiculously excited. I'm also thinking I may just engrave the designs and leave it at that since it looks so spectacular. (Of course, my right hand will let me know about it tomorrow for sure, but it'll be worth it.)

I'm starting to think maybe I should start another blog devoted to my projects rather than ramble on about them here. That way I can post pictures and maybe do step by step commentary, especially on the leatherwork. I'm not sure though, I have a hard time keeping up with this one.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

End of a busy weekend

It's been a busy weekend. Got all the laundry done, got more of my desk organized, paid the last few bills for the month, worked on jewelry a bit, made the wood stylus, marked off the bag so I can start tooling and got the tooling patterns copied onto the tracing film. I also decided after reading the Waterer article on the book satchels that since each of the existent satchels have a different style of side gusset that I am going to do the type of gusset I normally do and just sew the seams so that they are inside the bag. I've gotten curved needles, a curved awl blade and a new awl haft. Big bonuses are that the awl haft fits the small diamond awl blade that I got several years ago and it fits a lot better in my hand. I'm hoping to at least get the design for the back engraved into the leather tomorrow night.

My right index finger still hurts but now my wrist and thumb do too, probably from the tracing. It funny, my hands hurting bothers me a lot less when I've gotten stuff done. I think it's just frustration with them aching for no good reason. I guess I should get used to that though.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Odds and Ends

Couple of things to comment on today, nothing really important.

The knuckle at the base of the index finger on my right hand has been sore all day for no reason. Tylenol and using the paraffin spa have taken it down a bit but it's still really sore. Of course I had big plans for working on jewelry tonight and on the satchel tomorrow.

I worked on plans for for a bracelet to enter into the 2006 Fire Mountain Gems Beading Competition today. I'm looking at doing it mostly out of Karen Hill Tribe silver beads which should be interesting. I'll try to remember to post pictures when it's done.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Farewell Eve

I'm completely drained right now. Along with all of the other changes that are going on here, Eve, the oldest of our rats, has been rapidly fading out on us. It's been really difficult because you end up second guessing yourself on if you should step in and help the process along. We had decided that if she made it to tomorrow we would talk to a friend who works at our vetrinarian's office and see what they might suggest. Eve passed away sometime this afternoon. It's so weird because we had all gotten to the point where we hoped she would just let go and move on since it was obviously the end, but it still hurt to come home and find she was gone. Farewell sweet little rat.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Winds of change

Things are starting to move and shift here and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. A made an offer on the trailer she wanted and the seller has verbally accepted it. I'm happy for her, but at the same time it feels like everything is falling apart around me. I've gotten used to the way things are and I'm a bit afraid of the change.

Monday, March 06, 2006

What have I gotten myself into?

I finished getting the tooling designs for the book satchel worked out last night and tonight. I need to get a clear copy, then the next step is to transfer them onto the leather, tool them, dye the leather, sew it all together and then apply neatsfoot oil to seal it. I'm starting to think that I have to be out of my mind to be trying to make this. I think I'm too far along to quit though, especially since I've already said I'm entering it. And I need to finish my new garb too. I think I'm out of my mind.

It does give me a good point of reference on what it will be like doing the tooling though. I laid out the design for the back in pencil then went over it in pen, essentially drawing the design twice. Right now my right thumb and the knuckle at the base of my right index finger are sore, my wrist is really sore and I have a weird ache going up my forearm starting at my thumb and going straight up to my elbow. Everything is hot and itchy too. At this point I think I am going to have to pace myself very carefully with the tooling since the main part of it will be engraving which is done with a stylus I hold like a pen or pencil. I think I will have to do only do a bit at a time and then take a break to keep from overdoing it. I hope I have enough time to get this done.

Friday, March 03, 2006

One project down

I just jumped in and made the Thor's hammer bracelet last night. It looks good but the design changed half-way through the design process. I'm still waiting for another charm to add to it and once I get that added I'll try to post pictures. If I can figure out how to do that of course. :->

It looks like it will be a busy weekend. It's the first of the month so we have to go do our big shopping trip, plus laundry, plus working on the satchel some. Also we are going to look at a trailer that A is interested in maybe buying. No, it's not that our triad is breaking up it just may be shifting a bit. When A moved in with E and I she was very lost and needy and had to be with other people. Over time she has grown and started to do more on her own. She's now reached a stage where she is more independent and would like to have her own space. I'm feeling a bit mixed about the whole thing. Logically, I understand the desire to have a place of your own and your own space. I also know it has to do with the fact that we don't have a lot of space in the house with all three of us and it would be safer for the birds to have fewer cats around. I think it also says a lot for the support that we gave A that she was able to reach this point. On the other hand in my shaky moments it makes me feel a bit like I'm being abandoned. It's funny, when she moved in I had such a hard time adjusting to having another person in my space, now I'm not comfortable with the thought of her not being here.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

A bit of a rant

I don't often get forwards at work because I've irritated people enough by debunking stuff that they've stopped forwarding stuff to me. Occasionally one gets through, and this week it happened to really irritate me. It's a little gem called St. Theresa's Prayer and I'll post the main text of it below.

Theresa's Prayer cannot be deleted. Remember to make a wish before you read the poem. That's all you have to do. There is nothing attached. Just send this to six people and let me know what happens on the fourth day. Sorry you have to forward the message, but try not to break this, please.

Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of reward.

(Did you make a wish?) If you don't make a wish, it won't come true. This is your last chance to make a wish.

St. Theresa's Prayer:
May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.... May you be content knowing you are a child of God.... Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us. Now, send this to 7 people within the next 5 minutes. And remember to send this back..I count as'll see why. Suggestion: copy and paste rather than forward

Now despite the fact that it is heavily Christian, that isn't my main irritation with it. My main irritation is that it was being forwarded around to help a co-worker, D, is is very ill and on the list for a kidney transplant and prior to forwarding someone had added:

A good friend of his started this and I can't think of a better way to help him with his difficulties.

I'm not sure about anyone else but I can think of a number of better ways to help someone than forward a piece of junk around. In this particular situation the person that added that note could donate some of their sick time when D runs low, they could offer to help his family out by doing chores or errands, they could take over meals, they could work hard to get more people signed up for organ donation and most important of all they could go get tested and see if their kidney was a match for D. This is truly slackivitism of the worst kind because there are things that could be done and instead people forward something on and then pat themselves on the back for doing such a good thing.

On a more humorous note I like the line about how the prayer can't be deleted. All I could think as I hit the delete button was 'Watch me'. Besides, what is a Catholic saint going to do to a heathen who deleted her prayer? Look at me sternly and say 'No, no,. Bad heathen'? (Also funny is that the spell checker seems bound and determined to replace 'Theresa' with 'thrashes'.)