Thursday, June 28, 2007

Vegas

The weekend trip was fun, and I even have pictures, which I'll try to get uploaded this weekend. I realized a few things though.

1. Walking to the Wynn at night when everyone is out and it's still 100 F is a bad time to remember you don't like crowds or heat.

2. Air conditioning is nice, but it's a bit high when a person who doesn't like being hot has to go outside into the 100 + F to warm back up.

3. I notice odd things at places we visit.

The last one requires a bit of explanation. We walked down to the Wynn Friday night just to take a look at it and I ended up completely enthralled with the decor, particularly the floors. The carpet had a very unusual design, it was burgundy with different asymmetrical floral sprays arranged on it and there wasn't a set pattern to how the designs repeated, and then the same design was carried over into tile mosaics in the marble floor. I got so excited by the designs that I ended up taking pictures, and they will probably end up inspiring a tooling design or two or three. The problem ends up being that no one else shares my interest so I end up feeling really out of place.

The Wynn also provided me with a truly surreal moment too. We had walked down onto a lower level to look out at the area where they do a light show outside and I saw a group of young women at one of the bars. I guessed it was a bachelorette party based on the fact that one of them was wearing a veil and she seemed to be carrying a largish, pink stuffed animal. I didn't really think about them again until just before we left and decided to stop by the bathroom on our way out. I rounded the corner into the women's room to find that the bachelorette party was there and were facing towards the mirror that was on the wall behind me. The surreal part is that the largish pink thing I had noticed was actual a large, inflatable penis (with a cartoon smiley face on the tip) and the bride to be was standing there holding it at about groin level. I stopped, stared and I think my jaw dropped a bit because I was faced with a relatively petite woman holding a large inflatable penis in front of her in roughly the correct placement. It felt like it took me forever to break out of the shock, dodge around them and make it to the relative safety of the stalls. I couldn't even manage a snappy comment or anything, I just got out of the way.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Signs of Summer

Summer officially starts next week and we completed the final chore that signals summer in our house, the air conditioners went in yesterday. We realized several years ago that we had to do something about the front part of the house, it has a full southern exposure and when we hit the hotter parts of the summer it was at times it close to what the outside temperature was. That was uncomfortable for the humans but it was unbearable for the dogs, so we got a window AC unit for out here and then got one for the bedroom so it was a comfortable temperature to sleep. Of course now that they are in I need to work on getting them settled in to a temperature that is livable.

It has been a busy and somewhat stressful few weeks for me here, E and I are doing a long weekend trip starting next Thursday so I've bee trying to get things done before we go. A lot of those things have had to do with the fact that A is doing a craft show next Saturday while we're gone so there was a definite deadline for them, plus I had a commissioned leather piece to make so I'm behind again on getting stuff done for my Etsy store. I'm trying to not be too stressed about that, but it's hard because I know I need to develop some sort of presence there through regular listing. I also need to come up with some new items as well which is an additional stress. Another stress that came up last night was that A realized that the August craft show we do is the same weekend as her cousin's wedding. She had planned to combine going to the wedding with visiting her father who lives in the same area since she hadn't seen him for several years. I'm certainly not going to say she should chose the show over the trip, that would be ridiculous, but I have to decide if I'm comfortable doing that show on my own since E may be gone that weekend as well. That's something I'm going to need to ponder.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Random theories

These are just some random theories and observations that came back to mind due a number of situations on and off the internet.

1. There are some people that aren't happy unless they are complaining. I get tired of it and disregard a lot of what the person says. On any of the forums I'm on if I notice that someone who complains a lot has posted to a thread my first thought is to wonder what they are complaining about now. It leaves me wondering, do they realize that other people are thinking things like that and is that really the sort of reputation they want to have?

2. There are people who like drama and like to be the center of attention. It's important to learn how to recognize them so you can keep from getting caught up in their stories and drama but they are interesting to watch so it doesn't hurt to stay in the area. Just make sure you're a safe distance away.

3. One of the most important things to learn is when it is a good idea to walk away from something, especially heated discussions.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

First of the month blues

I'm doing this entry because I'm procrastinating. You see, it's the first of the month and I need to pay bills, which I hate doing. Part of it is the tedium, even if I do pay a lot them online, and the rest is watching our money slip away. It's definitely better than it used to be between E's promotion and my change to a job that pays about twice what I used to make, but it is still a bit depressing to watch the money slip away. At this point I'm also having to consider how we're going to pay for some potentially expensive dental work for me since our dentist thinks that the nerve in my left front tooth is dying because the tooth has changed color and has a really slow reaction to cold. The cost only makes the whole thing more stressful for me because I have a bit of a needle phobia, surgery in general makes me nervous and dental work makes me really nervous because I can't see what they're doing.

I guess I should give in and quit procrastinating and get these bills done so I can more on to more interesting things that will take my mind off the tooth.