Sunday, November 23, 2014

And the next weekend...

Last weekend went fine.  Lessons were learned and life moved along.  It was a small implementation and it revealed many things, which was the point.  Now, I have more things to do, but that's OK.  I can only do what I can do.

Occasionally my employer rents out a movie theater for a new release movie.  Usually it's a family movie (Mr. Peabody) but this time it was the third Hunger Games movie: Mockingjay Part 1.  I let my girl have a sleepover with 2 friends.  We watched the first movie last night, the second movie this morning and the third movie was at 1 at the theater.  A co-worker of mine sat next to my girls and said they were wonderful.

I myself have to sit in the exactly middle of the theater because currently I have benign positional vertigo.  Those little crystals in my ears have decided not to stay put.  Ugh.  Annoying, really.

We have achieved some house cleaning this week as we prepare for Thanksgiving.  While we are not done by any means, I will be good enough by the day.  I need to go to bed on Wednesday night all done.  Thursday is meant for cooking and cooking only.

On the knitting front, I have started some mitts for Renee as a gift to match the hat I made her from Loopy Academy.  I have also cast on a pair of socks to work on in the living room.  As for crocheting, all parts for gifts are done and now need to be assembled.  I continue to bind the very large YBR.  I finished an Advent calendar.



Yes it's sideways.  All the little pockets are fully lined.  The numbers are all appliqued on.  I need Ted to hang it this week.

The new Bonnie mystery Grand Illusion starts this week on Friday.  I'm not even sure what my goals are, but I do know that by year end, I want all of Celtic Solstice done and I want to be current on clues.  I also would love to bust 100 yards.  That is distinctly possible....

Saturday, November 15, 2014

This Weekend

I don’t know what it is about this weekend, the second one in November, that causes my life so much drama / stuff / whatever.  Here’s the rundown:

2010 – Overnight implementation of a project.  This was the type of thing where the team really bonded as a group; the best type of team one can ever hope for.  This was loads of fun, even if it went on until 4 in the morning.  We had a food night, pizza, treats, cookies, etc.  Programmers even came in because it was the place to be.  Good times, people, good times.

2011 – Nothing that I remember.

2012 – I was to do a Girl Scout training and I fell ill.  Whoops.

2013 – I was to do the SAME Girl Scout training and this time Ted was ill.  He actually fell ill the Tuesday of that week, into the ER he went, surgery that same day and home that Friday night.  Diabetes came home with us, along with staph.  (Once staph gets in your house, it is evil. Trust me.)   On that Sunday were the Washington, IL tornadoes.  We went to the basement and Ted was clutching his insulin pen.  That was quite the wild week.

2014 – Another overnight implementation of a project.  This one is being done a few states at a time, so a year from now, it is very possible I will be doing another one of these.  Seriously it’s already scheduled that way.  Again it will all be good.  Many of the same folks from the 2010 effort; I joke it’s like getting the band back together.  They know me, I know them, it’s effortless.  Now, if only everything will balance tomorrow, life will be good. (It's now tomorrow as I post this and they are running 4 hours behind.)

2015 – Already scheduled as an implementation.

I find it very interesting that it’s a weekend with a lot going on every year.  I also realized this year that October is way more busy than I thought.  I do know that for next year’s October, there will be a Girl Scout overnight that I will no longer be doing, and that will help.  That just really leaves the shop hop and frankly, quilting is where it’s at.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

44

Yesterday I turned 44.  At a conference.  Away from my family.  The whole conference sang me Happy Birthday, which was a lovely touch.  I can safely say everyone will remember me, which is good, because in 2 years I have to actually plan the conference.

I did some crochet during the sessions.  I made some Christmas presents.  I sat in the back and made an effort to not disturb people.  No negative comments and actually some great conversations.   I wore the 2 sweaters that I made, and a  few folks figured out that I made them.  It was a good day for crafting.

Quilting is moving along slowly.  I am working on a YBR that is huge.  I have to make the back for section 10, sandwich it, quilt it and then work on assembling the quilt.  I hope to have it done by the end of this weekend so that I can sleep under it ASAP.  Tonight was seriously the last night I could wear shorts to go get Henry.

Time to unpack...


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Enlarging the Font

Oh my, my eyes have aged.  Everything needs to go to a larger font.  Such is life.

Last week, Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville fame was at our guild.  I had hesitated at joining the guild, and I'm glad I did.  One of my Girl Scout friends is a former president of the guild, plus there are a few more interconnections in my life that led me to the guild.

Bonnie was wonderful.  Take the time to see her if you can.  While I have been following Bonnie for a while, there was still so much to learn and observe.  I got a lot from it.  Plus I went to Biaggi's with her for dinner, and I got to meet a few more guild people.  Totally worth the PTO.

Of course I now have 2 more UFOs!  Actually I will make lap sizes for both and donate to Relay for Life.  But first I need to finish my swap blocks for the Lady of the Lake swap.  Almost there.


Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Camp Loopy!!!

Yep, I am a proud camper this year!  Last year I tried and it didn't work out, but this year I was committed. 

All 3 projects are for me.  So there!

The first one is the Skoosh Shawl.  The criteria was to be inspired by a favorite book, movie, etc.  Using the line ‘never before have we clothed strangers in the garb of our people’ from Lord of the Rings, I made this shawl.  And in orange not green, because I could.  It lives at work in my cube for days when the A/C is going too strong in one building or room or another.

The second one is the Lincoln Cardi.  This one was to be about a vacation.  I was going to start it on vacation, so I was thinking something to do with either Laura Ingalls Wilder or Mount Rushmore, but oh no.  My family stepped in and said Washington DC, pandas and cherry blossoms.  OK, then.  So I hunted and found this pattern in a book called Capitol Knits and thankfully you can buy just the one pattern.  I made it in pink from a yarn by Lorna’s Laces that is named Galena, which is where General Grant is from.  Did I tell you I’m from Illinois?

The third one is Leaf Top.  This one was to be in your favorite colors, but I already did that with the Lincoln Cardi.  So this time, I took a cue from the Preppy Handbook, and went with useful (‘Useful” is used as often as “cute” in a girl’s wardrobe.).  A cream colored short sleeve sweater.   The first 30 rows were the design, so I took that one row at a time.  The rest was plain TV or car knitting and that went fast enough.

So it was a successful Camp Loopy.

And I finish just to find out about Loopy Academy.  ZOMG!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Far Too Long

Oh my it has been far too long.  Here’s where I stand:

The Lost Year, as I have called it, is over.  The grief year is not; but the Lost Year is.  When the beginning of August rolled around, things just felt better.  Things that had been frustrating me have now started to provide enjoyment again.  Decisions I had made during the Lost Year about my time commitments to other things and such now came to light and under the scrutiny of the light, still make sense as wise decisions.  I am pleased. 

I have decided to step down my activities for some of the volunteering I do.  I lead a lot when I volunteer and I am just tired.  I need to either be a worker bee or not even be a bee.  Someone asked me to volunteer for something in a few weeks and they seriously want is 2 hours of my time (3 with commute).  I can do that.  But meetings and planning and wrangling events and people?  I’m done.  I am succession planning many of those things so I don’t leave people high and dry.  For one effort, I am the past president, so I rotate off.  For another, I am in my third year of a three year term that ends basically in October.  For the other 2 volunteering things I do, they are both through work and for both I do some sort of committee / leadership work, but it’s not so bad. 

I am glad to be stepping down; my girl is in 8th grade and next year will bring all sorts of things.  Heck, 8th grade is bringing all sorts of things.

Knitting continues.  Look for a post all about knitting and what I did this summer.  I am through all my Camp Loopy projects.  Yay!  I am on my 9th project for this year, which puts me about 2 weeks ahead of the pace.  I have projects 10, 11, 12 and even 13 bagged up and ready to go.  I feel so accomplished!

Quilting remains stalled.  It took a full 2+ months to get my machine back.  It’s hard when your dealer is far away.  However she is a fantastic dealer.  I have done some finishes this summer, mostly on new projects.  So the UFO number remains stalled as well.  I am OK with that.  Look for a post on all the finishes. 

The bigger question I am asking myself as we are in this lovely 3 day weekend (and 4 days for my kid – isn’t she lucky?) is how to enjoy and quilt away the last third of the year.  I have redone my 4 Fab 4’s, as I was done with 7 of the projects in the last 4 Fab 4’s.  I have decided that to start, this is how I will proceed.  Remember I break time into 2 weeks per calendar week, Monday through Thursday for 1 week and Friday through Sunday as the other week.  Trust me, it makes sense.  I also do stuff my pay period – that’s a longer list that gets allocated into the little weeks I set up for myself.

Week of August 29 – September 1 (Labor Day falls into this week):

Cut and sew at least 3 sets of 12 blocks for LOTL swap.
Prepare  / cut fabric for Bonnie Hunter Workshops next weekend.

By the 09/11 paycheck.  This gets me moving on at least one quilt in each of the Fab 4’s.

Finish one section of the YBR.
Join 2 sections of the YBR.
Finish LOTL swap blocks.
Make sense of Christmas fabs and cut for both Christmas quilts.
Dig out Advent Calendar and finish making date pockets.

Stay tuned for more…




Saturday, June 07, 2014

Plugging Along

It's summer.  Finally.  I judge it not by the weather but by when I no longer need to wake Renee up for school.  For us, that first day was last Tuesday.  Amen.

I am nearing the end of my year of being on hold.  It all started with Erick's wedding party last July and it will end August 1, when a chapter in a different part of my life will close.  Literally it will be one year and about 4 days or so.  As a disclaimer, Dad died in January and I have all of 2014 to handle grief, so I don't declare it all done and over with but I feel like I can move forward.  Kim is feeling the same way too.

So for this week I made a list of things to get done.  Not all of them will be and that is OK but I am now ready and garnering the energy to tend to my house.  It's bad.  Clutter and paperwork everywhere.  I need to deep clean and purge and we seriously need to paint and decorate.  This is the longest we've stayed in a house and we have no desire to move.  So we need to get on this.

I have also committed to my health and I am starting with a chiropractor.  I know some people are suspicious of their work, but I just view them as another type of specialist.  As I figured, I ache all the time because things are out of whack.  So now that's taking up 3 days per week after work.

OK back to crafty things.  I am working on my Camp Loopy project.  I am halfway through by row count and I just joined the second ball.  I'm supposed to use 4.  However, each RS row has increases by 4 stitches so the rows I'm doing now are using a ton more yarn.  I may also make it a bit bigger because I am a larger person.  I finished the red socks.  I made the mandala.  Yarn projects are going well.  (Finishing and blocks, not so well.)                  

Quilting is at a standstill.  I took the machine to the doctor today and it will be at least a week and the doctor is 2 hours each way.  I am not sure how quickly get it picked up.  That's OK.  Nothing is urgent.  I am thinking of cleaning up the area thoroughly.  I am cutting up the scraps that are out (why put them away?) into 1.75" thimbles (the tiniest little ruler thing OMG), 1.5" x 2.5" mini bricks and 2.5" squares.  I want to cut with abandon with my Baby Go cutter!

I need to rethink my 4 Fab 4's.  (Yes, I have 4 going.  Do not judge.)  7 or 8 are done, leaving half of them to go.  I want to see what I am eager to sew and I will let myself go in that direction.  I am looking forward to that time, whenever it happens.  It might not be until August.  I have only 1 deadline item between now and then.

Meanwhile, I have a few really old machines, including a Singer 99, to get into working order.  I'm scared to plug them into my electrical despite everything looking fine.  I have decided to use a power strip until I can have the plugs redone to 3 prong ones.  If I can get these old machines working that would be wonderful.  All 3 old machines are in cabinets.

So that's how it's going.  Plugging along.  And life is good.