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.