Saturday, September 13, 2008

But wait, there's more. . .

E and I did a trip down to Denver to go to the Gem and Mineral show and Bead Renaissance show. It was fun and I ended up buying beads which will hopefully spark my creative juices in that direction. I really want to expand the materials I'm using so I'm not sure how that will work with the jewelry business with A but I'll sort it out. The other problem is that I'm a hard time finding brass findings.

The funniest thing though was that night when we were back at the hotel. E was channel surfing and came across an infomercial for one of the CD sets. First off it was funny because we've watched way too much "Whose Line is it Anyway" where one of the frequent skits is a take off on this type of commercial. The collection was Soft Rock from the 70s and 80s so we had a lot of people with what E called poodle hair, the obligatory women with big hair and unusual fashion choices like a guy wearing a track suit to perform in. Then there was some of the music. There were a few that I questioned, for example is 'Walking in Memphis" by Mark Cohen really soft rock? I don't think so but some people might. The weirdest song on the collection was "I'll Do Anything for Love" by Meatloaf. There's a lot of things you could classify that song as, but I'm betting soft rock is probably pretty damn far down on the list.

We're probably weird but that was one of the funniest things I've seen for a while. . .

Monday, August 25, 2008

Is it wrong?

I am taking a lot of pleasure in knowing that that there are specific people that I irritate with the things that I do. At the same time though it takes the fun out of things because I don't have to do anything to irritate them, I just have to exist and keep doing the things I'm already doing. It's no fuss poking at people.

I guess that leaves me more time to do other stuff, right?

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sooo. . .

Another long stretch between blogs. I guess it doesn't matter much, it's not like I have a huge audience hanging on my every word who will get upset if I don't post.

At any rate I've had a busy month since I last posted. I got to see Eddie Izzard when he performed in Denver which was just amazing. I got to do the complete fangirl thing and get a Cake or Death? t-shirt and mug. Right after that I went to my 20th high school reunion which was interesting. I got to catch up with some of my good friends from then which was great, but I was also reminded how much I don't quite fit in. The big different is at 38 I have learned to go with it. The truly weird thing was how many people I didn't really get along with or who ignored me seemed glad to see me. I was a good person and did not let the snark out at that point, but I talked to E about it afterwards.

I also had two custom orders to work on, one of which was quite a challenge. I'm used to trying to make something based on a picture or a set of measurements, but this was my first try at making a copy of a costume piece from a TV show and it was quite difficult. For one it's hard to get good clear pictures of the piece and second, they never show the whole piece so you have to do a ton of guessing. In the end I got it done, however I wasn't really happy with some aspects of it. Luckily the customer got it in time and thought it was perfect and that's all that really matters.

This year was going to be my first attempt at selling my leatherwork at the craft show that A and I have sold jewelry at so I ended up being incredibly busy working on getting ready for that. Then we had rain for two straight days starting the Friday before the day of the show so it was cancelled. I'm still a bit disappointed, but it does put me ahead on making things for my Etsy shop I guess it worked out.

I'm sure there's something I'm missing but I'll have to post that later if I remember it.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Iron Crafter

Tonight we were lazy and went out for dinner at Old Chicago. We forgot that Thursday is Karoke night at the bar there and they fired up about the time we were finishing eating. A family was sitting across the aisle from us and the father stopped the waitress and asked if someone was trying to sing.

She sighed and said "It's karaoke night so we get to hear the same people who can't sing do the same songs again. They really ought to let us drink so we can make it through it."

We laughed as did the people across the aisle and the father looked over at us and said, "it sounds like they need Simon from Idol to come in and help them out."

This all lead to a conversation on knowing what you are are and aren't good at which got me thinking. I know I don't sing well, and since I can trip walking on flat ground in sensible shoes dancing is right out, so there aren't any reality shows I can do. What we need is a reality show for crafters and artisans, something like Iron Chef. An Iron Crafter where you have people with different skills going head to head making stuff and there would always be a mystery supply that had to be used that would be revealed with a flourish. . ."Tonight your mystery supply is glitter!" which would cause the contestants to groan and rework their entire project.

I think it could work. . .or at the very least be entertaining.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Random shopping

I stopped by the store after work to pick up a few little things, filtered waters (for the birds), dish washing detergent and non-dairy creamer. I came home with those things plus corn chips, hair ties, two frozen dinners and some really cool three tone crayons. The scary thing is this is completely normal. It is nearly impossible for me to do a shopping trip and get just the things on my list. Sometimes it's because I remember something that should be on the list while I'm at the store, but other times it is completely random. I was reminded that my shopping online can be just as bad when I got home because my most recent order from Amazon was here. I got the first Peatbog Faeries CD and then decided I wanted to shoot for the free shipping so I got two books on physics and cosmology. I'm just waiting to see what sort of recommendations that generates from Amazon.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Garden plots gone wild

A had planted both sides of the garden one last time after she moved to her own place, then started a garden at her house last year. Last year E and I decided to leave one side to go fallow and I planted pickling cucumbers the other side and started up some herbs on that side because the other area was getting taken over by the chives and lemon balm. What we discovered is happening is that the one side really didn't go fallow per say, it's being overtaken by the strawberries, chives and surprisingly enough spearmint which had almost gotten wiped out by the lemon balm. The spearmint and strawberries are even moving outside of the boxes around that plot.

Last year the other side did OK although the weather was weird so my cucumbers didn't grow well and I worried about the herbs. This year everything is doing really well, so well in fact that the raspberries are starting to spread into the garden plat. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with the stray raspberries.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Well. . .

Tomorrow will be 3 weeks since we let Coal go and I think things are starting to settle out. The biggest change has been with the cats. They've been much more active, in fact several of them have been playing much more frequently, and the hierarchy seems to be shifting a bit. For me it's settled but I still get twinges. I talked to a co-worker last week who lost both of her dogs towards the end of last year and she said she felt more at peace after they had to let one of them go because of her health because it was a conscious decision. I think that is what has happened with us as well, because the feeling isn't as raw as it was with Fels where we had no preparation or decision.

Thank you to everyone who has expressed their condolences, we really appreciate it.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Aftermath

It's still really quiet here and I keep expecting to come around a corner and see Coal. Coming home from work is the hardest thing because she would either be waiting at the door for me or standing in the doorway between the living room and kitchen looking towards the back door. It's completely thrown off a lot of the little routines we had fallen into over the past few years and the worst for me is the before bed ritual of giving Coal her medication. I know at some point things will shift again but it's going to be a while.

I don't think I ever posted a picture of Coal here, so here is the only one I have. (E was able to get some in the last week but he needs to clean them up a bit before they are postable.)


Farewell my sweet Coalie, I hope you can run to your hearts content now.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Farewell my diamond in the rough

The slight improvement in Coal's condition was followed by a rapid downturn. She threw up what little food she had eaten last night and it was obvious she was in a lot of pain so we took her in to the vet's and took that final step.

I'm glad she isn't in pain but the house is so quiet now.

Maybe not

Coal is doing a tiny bit better this morning. Someone has to help her stand up, by hoisting her hind end, but once she's standing she can walk for a short distance. I'm not sure if she got any sleep at all last night because she was up and down and shifting around so much. I know neither E or I got much. I'm glad she seems to be doing a bit better because she doesn't seem to be in as much pain, but the fact that she can't stand up on her own is not good. E gave her the next steroid shot this morning so we'll see how that goes.

Things seems so much clearer last night, it really seemed like we were at that end point, but now I'm not sure.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Well. . .

I really don't mean to make this blog into some place where I only post when I have something bad happening in my life but here I am again writing about bad things again.

Over the last few months our dear old black dog, Coal, has been having more and more problems with her back legs. Last night she slipped trying to go up the steps on the deck and I had to help her, then she had problems on the linoleum and I had to lift/scoot her into the living room. She did better after eating and having her pills and did fine this morning but by the time E and I got home for lunch she was down and couldn't get back up. E took her to the vet and Dr. B thinks it is a combination of her arthritis and hip displasia since she is a German shepard cross. Dr. B gave her two shots of different corticosteroids in the hope that it would help reduce the inflammation. As of right now she has only moved a little on her own and has not eaten at all. We're going to wait until tomorrow morning, but it is looking like this may be the end.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Blerg

In past years I used work very hard to avoid the politcal ads and general garbage surrounding elections because it just irritates me. This year I have to figure out how to dodge the crap emails too, and they start much earlier than anything else. I keep sending snopes.com links when I can, and I'm hoping that maybe if I do it enough people will stop sending me crap.

Unfortunately it hasn't worked yet.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Darkness Darkness

Darkness Darkness
Hide my yearing
For the things that cannot be
Keep my mind from constant turning
Towards the things I cannot see.
-"Darkness Darkness" The Youngbloods

I know I haven't written in a while. I wish I could say that I've been out doing exciting things, but really I haven't been. To be honest, I've been avoiding writing here because I wasn't quite ready to really face what has been going on over the last two months. I can't remember if I ever talked about it here before but I had a co-worker R who had been fighting colon cancer for the past two years. She had really been struggling the second half of lasst year and in December she started to have more and more problems and lost her battle. It has meant that going to work has been incredibly difficult, because of both the air of lingering sorrow and the stress of taking on extra work. I feel like I'm just barely keeping my head above water at times, the only thing that makes it bearable has been that I work with some really fantastic people.

I really thing the only things that are allowing me to keep my tenuous grasp on sanity are the fact that I'm so far behind at work and making things. Hopefully as time goes on I'll write a bit more frequently here, but I can't make any promises. Feel free to check out my project blog, I'm going to at least try to post about what I'm making on a regular basis. Think of it as the cyber equivalent of holding a mirror in front of my nose to make sure I'm still breathing.