Wednesday, October 25, 2006

AAAH

A nice day, a busy but nice day - yep that was my day today! I feel so satisfied right now - with virtually everything. I'm sure the day to day grime will come back to me eventually but right now I feel as if I'm floating on a cloud of pink fluffy stuff :) hee.

So what made the day so great? Actually nothing imparticular; I felt like I got stuff accomplished at work which is always a good feeling. I read some of a new Nora Roberts (or at least new to me) at lunch, came home and had my first attempt at making soup. Yes, I COOKED - and believe it or not I didn't have a recipe in front of me. Pam, the receptionist at work gave me the beginnings of one verbally but I made it up as I went along.

Ingredients:

Canned tomato's (whole)
Canned Corn (whole kernel)
Canned Green beans
Fresh potatoes, carrots, and onions
basil seasoning
salt
pepper
celery salt
canned mixed veggies
Tomato juice
freshly grilled chicken with seasoning on it.

Yea, I know most of you probably can think of a million other things to put in it and you'd probably be right but I liked it. Jack ate it; he thought the juice of it was too tomatoey so he only ate the stuff in and skipped the liquid but I liked it. It was fun to try something and I have enough to freeze :) Hee

After cooking I watched TV and stated on my 2nd nieces scarf for Christmas; it's a simple garter stitch with some ribbon in it but hey I'm KNITTING and it feels good. My next challenge is going to be a hat with the yarn my pal gave me, but I need to get the Christamas gifts made up. Goodness thank about it - Christmas is coming soooo soon! Geez I gotta get shopping :)

Well, I'm going to bed to dream of bliss - GOD I feel good right now; almost hate to waste the feeling with sleep but I gotta work tomorrow.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Freedom of Stepping Down

This weekend I gave up the ghost and emailed my professor that I would be dropping the class and retaking it next term; I simply need the break. My will power wasn't there and I couldn't force it. So I am free until 11/8 to do with what I please (other than work); I am going to use this time to recharge, refocus and knit! Tee Hee - seriously I'm going to watch TV and knit! Those are the sum of my plans - Glorious isn't it! :) I'm sad that I failed to pull myself into the grove and that my graduation is now delayed until the 1st week in February but thankful that I realized my limitations. As my husband said "It's not when you graduate that it's important but THAT you graduate!"

We had Jack's get-together this weekend for the big 35! It went well! I think everyone liked the food and had a good time - if not they didn't tell me.

Well, I have to get back to work. I hope your day is going well!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Rockin Secret Pal

I got home tonight at 9:58; 2 minutes before my 10 pm group meeting for school and what do I find waiting for me just inside the door??? You guessed correctly it was my a package from my secret pal 9 and it was GREAT!!!! It really brightened a very tiresome day! Thank you secret pal! Oh, all of the other people out there want to know what I got.... hmm should I share or keep the goodies to myself??? (pondering......)

Ok, ok you twisted my arm, but I can't share pics till tomorrow :( I got this great burgundy yarn (Yes Melanie she read my mind and my obsession with reddish yarn)! It's a dark barn red and I just love it! 2 skeins are from Jo Sharp and another from Valley Yarns; they all fill so yummy! Then I got a pez dispenser and loads of pez! I know your jealous! I had forgotten how good this stuff was - no wonder kids eat it up! I also got (I know it keeps going - told you she rocked) the Summer 06 copy of interweave knits. It has some pretty neat patterns; I saw a shirt I may try. The sp recommended a hat that I think would look great on Mel, I might have to get the needles out! She sent a cute butterfly card with it! The card gave me ideas for the yarn, I think I may try that cable hat in Stichin Bitch you recommended; I need to give cables a try and that would be a good project to start with. Thanks for the recommendations; my biggest obstacle is figuring out what I want to make 1/2 the time! THANK YOU BUNCHES! This was great! (for those drooling - pics will follow tomorrow so you can drool some more) .

Good night blogland!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

New Dedication?

Yesterday I decided to postpone my graduation until February and postpone this class. However, after discussions with my student advisor and my professor I have decided to give it a go. I can do this - I know I can! I just have to find the will power and character that I know exist somewhere deep inside my person. What will this entail you ask? Let me try to explain it...

First I want you to understand that I have never been more than 1 assignment behind; I may procrastinate but never like this. I have two discussion boards over due and a power point presentation. A discussion board (when I understand the material) takes me 3 to 4 hours to complete; a power point presentation (including all speaker notes) takes me approximately 6 to 7; again assuming I understand the material. The group project which we have seven days to complete is starting today and I really don't know shit about the material. I've read it but it's like reading a manual on how to assemble some bio matter - boring and gibberish.

My plan of action is to stay current on the assignments as they are due and to catch up on the others as I can.... Therefore, I am asking my fellow blog land members to do me a favor; at least those who are religiously inclined to do so - pray. No, don't pray that the work will suddenly disappear (which would be nice) but that somewhere I can find what I need to get this done. That the will power, the desire, the ability to understand the gibberish will come.

That's my request and my prayer.

Monday, October 16, 2006

What's Up With Me?

I know your all dying to know what is going on in my life; boring as it is. Well, here is an update for you:

Still behind in school by 2 assignments and I have another one due tomorrow! Tomorrow's will be done on time and I'll get caught up on the other two; hopefully. I'm not sure why I can't get motivated to get this done. I keep telling myself that I only have one class after this but the motivation does not come. I guess 20 years of school has wore me out!

This weekend I did a bunch of nothing.

- Friday we went and visited my Mama and the life insurance guy. Jack is now insured so I won't lose the house if something happens.

- Saturday I was moody as anything. I was mad one second, happy the next and then crying my eyes out. Who knows why women do that! It was horrible.

- Sunday I got one of my assignments done; bought the 6th season of Voyager and chilled some. I should have done 2 assignments but I couldn't find it in me to do.

Today I'm at work. Got here late and generally don't care! Great attitude huh? I'm hoping my energy, my optimism, my will power my general desire to exist will come back soon.

In other news Jack's mama figured out how to be at the dinner Sunday so it's back on. I'm making Chili. Fun Fun.

Tonight I'm going to go home and finish one of my assignments, clean up the house some and generally get off my ass! Jack is taking Hapaw out tomorrow night; if I get my assignment done tonight I may join them but I doubt I'll pull it off.

I know my blogs lately haven't been full of fun festive stuff, but such is my life at the moment. Knitting is at a stand still but soon... Well, back to work for me! Have a great day blogland.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Pics




I'm feeling slightly better today! I'll write more later but here are a couple of pics I took :)




Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Day Brightner

Oh, this is just great! Brought a smile to my face and you can bet I'll be humming it often :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlL5iG6gmFM

Goody Goody

Today is Tuesday and I'm in a great mood - NOT. I tell you what, you could hand me a $100 bill and it wouldn't be folded properly. However, I do believe I know what is causing my moodiness - my lack of motivation - my ... It's that lovely time of the month that all women must endure! I know too much information, but it's just got me in a mood that I can't seem to shake! I have to get myself together. I have an assignment due tonight, a ton of work that needs to be done and well I just hate being in moods like this!

To my secret pal, I know I owe you a book list- I'll check the shelves tonight and send you a list! I promise!

To those who are not on My Space - get on it! It is so cool to be able to connect to old friends... I connected with a couple of my old high school friends earlier this week and it is just cool!

Also, I know I owe you knitting news but there is not any to share. I have some Christmas scarfs that I'm working on and that's about it... My stash is begging for some attention but it will just have to wait a bit longer....

I went thru some of my pics the other day and found some pretty good ones. I may try to sale! We shall see!

We'll I know this is the most boring post in the world but I needed to release my frustration - I needed to let you know how I feel before I go insane. Here's hoping that this frustrated, self-motivation draining mood will go away soon!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

I'm Happy

I'm happy with my life - I'm happy as who I am! Yet, I find myself wishing for something... the something that is just out of my reach. I'm not quite sure what that something is; I can't put my finger on it but it's out there waiting for me.... I hope I find it soon so this restless, listless feeling will dissipate.

I wish all of you in blogland a good night sleep where you dream of happy memories and warm moments.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Once Again

Yep, I'm back for the 3rd time today... I should be doing my homework (which I will get done), but I thought I would procrastinate a bit first and answer my SP9 hostesses questions... She said she is going to ask different ones every week - sounds like fun to me; might spice it up a bit :)

1. Where is your favorite knitting spot? On the couch watching TV

2. If you suddenly could never knit again (shudder) - what would you do instead? Take Pictures

3. If you could travel anywhere in the world - where would you go and why? I want to go to Switzerland because I hear is stunning...also want to go to Ireland. Hard call there - I want to see the world; my hubby and I plan to do one big huge trip every two or three years; this year we did a tour of Scotland, see my blog in May/June for tidbits...it was great! I don't think I ever blogged about the last few days though - hmm... something else to add to the "to do" list.

4. When you were little - What did you want to do "when you grew up?" Are you doing it? Mama said I was born with a pen and paper... I played "office" when others played house and yes I'm very much a business woman, though I need to make MORE money and have more of something...can't put my finger on it. Maybe after my MBA I'll find it....

5. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Mint Chocolate chip.

It's Friday

The week is almost over. I'm sitting here on my lunch hour blogging; I should be working but I'll be damned if I do -- I'm not working a micro second over for this place! But I don't want to talk about that today. So what do I want to discuss?

First let's talk about the snake in my bed this morning! Yep, you heard correctly! Sox jumped up on the bed meowing so in the dark I look and think hey you brought a string... ok it's time for me to get up anyway I'll play. So I pick it up and think "now this doesn't feel like a string" (keep in mind I'm 1/2 asleep) so then I think "hmmm... it's a strawberry sour punch candy - where did he get that" and almost immediately after I thought that I woke up enough to throw it on the bed and yell. Jack of course wakes up and wonders what the heck... I then cut on the light and sure enough it's a dead snake that Sox has brought us as a present! Sox is not an outside kitty, which means the snake had to be in my house BEFORE it died! OMG stress... I have no idea where he came from, but looking back it's pretty funny. We will be searching the house and you can believe I won't pick up any more strings.....

I have an assignment due tonight...fun fun! This is the first due in this class and I can already feel myself dreading it. I just have to remember that on 12/23 I will be DONE! Just 1 more class after this one!

Other than that life is good. I may get to go yarn shopping this weekend, which is always fun - even if I really don't have the money for it. I need to knit some more but I've been enjoying reading and sleeping on the couch while I pretend to watch tv... ah well.

Well, I guess I'll finish this TV dinner and get back to work. I hope all of you are having a great Day!

SP9 Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I love fibers that are soft to the touch such as Alpaca and etc… I also like the Noro yarns because of the colors.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

A hand sewn case that ties.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

A little over a year… I’m would say I’m inbetween beginner and intermediate. I’m still very much learning.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

No

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)

I’m not a big candle person – the stong smells they generate tend to give me headaches. I do love flowery smells for bath products and Cool Water is my fav perfume.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

Brownies are always good. Chocolate and hard candies are as well… I love anything that is sweet really. Oh, yea and Srawberry Sour Punch Straws…YUM YUM!

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?

Digitial Photography, Scrapbooking, I’m learning to Sew, I also make homemade frames. I do not spin.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

Country and some soft rock. My comp can play MP3's

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?

I like pinks and reds. Also love the autumn colors. I’m not a fan of neons, bright yellows or bright oranges…

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

Married with 2 cats

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

All of the above; but not too heavy; doesn’t get that cold down here.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

Hmm…I’m kinda hung up on bags; but I made a baby shirt recently so I think I’m ready to branch out.

13. What are you knitting right now?

Right now I’m working on three scarves for my nieces… Christmas presents…

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Absolutely

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

Bamboo – Straight

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

No

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

Hmmmm.. couple of months maybe.

18. What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas

19. Is there anything that you collect?

Stuff with dolphins and / or butterflies…. Can never get enough cute picture frames either.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

No subscriptions, but wouldn’t mind one. No books that I can think of right now.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?

I’m up for learning anything but there is not one that pops to mind…

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

No, unsure of sock size – shoe is 7 1/2

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)

07/10

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Hello

Well, it looks like I took a break from blogging...I mean dang it's been a little while. Life is good here - I had last week off of school and it was nice. It was nice not to have to worry about the next assignment and just to be able to come home and sit! Things are still pretty busy though...but such is life. Other than that and going to Emeril's life has been pretty boring. No knitting, no scrapbooking, no constructive project - just work, reading, tv and more work. LOL. School starts back this week.....that's all I'll say about that.

I bet you're wondering about Emeril's. It's this very fancy restaurant in Buckhead that we went to for my sister-in-law's birthday. It was wonderful. Let me detail my meal for you.... Calamari, Bread and cheese (I think my favorite course), bite of smoked fish on a piece of dried toast (I think it was salmon), steak (Not my favorite) and homemade serbet icecreams that were yum yum! I also had some of Lotus Knits brownie, omg that thing was rich but it was good. Overall we had a great time and the service was impeccable. I loved it. We then went to Borders where Lotus Knits and I both got books to plan our upcoming trip down the CA coast (May) .... its going to be so much fun.

On another note I'm a tad bit frustrated with Jacks mother ... I have to step back and remember that his family is not my family and that we function inherently different. His family it is acceptable to go 6 months to a year without seeing or speaking to one another; in my family if I don't talk to my mother at least every week or so something is wrong! His mother works retail as a manager and she claims to "have" to work 60 to 70 hours a week, but in truth she is a work acholic... She won't be coming to Jack's Birthday dinner that I may or may not throw. She supposedly has to work "10:30 am to 1:30 am" ... I won't comment on that. What I will say is that this is not what upset me, this reignited the fact that she did not join us for dinner a couple of months ago when we were in the parking lot of her store and she got off at 4:00 but was still working at 7:30 and "couldn't" leave for an hour to come have dinner with us.... Its not that she couldn't, the store would not fall apart without her, it was that she puts the job in front of her family and guess what... her store will not be there for her when she is old and needs help... Grrrr.. I know not my family and I just need to take a step back but it just pisses me off.

And now that I am on my rampage let me tell you that I work for a bullshit company and an asshole of a man who thinks I'm stupid....what does he think CTU is just handing me a MBA because I look good? This past pay period I worked 86 hours; I'm not on salary by choice because I don't want to have to worry if I'm 30 minutes late or what ever... I just get paid for what I work and that's that. I like it. Well anyway I ended up working 86 hours... I've only worked over one time since I started with my company in January. So last pay period we're really swamped... and it required me to work over and he had the nerve to ask me to change my time sheet which I'm not going to do; it's a federal offense for him to change it (something he probably doesn't know I'm aware of ). He then insults my intelligence further by telling me that the IRS will get on to him if we work overtime.... No, not if you pay me the required time and 1/2! Hell, people work overtime every day - my mother worked for the damn government and they asked her to work over three or four months a year for weeks at a time, but they paid her! You know I really wouldn't mind going salary if my company truly offered salary, but the offer hey your 30 minutes late you have to make that time up...but 6 months ago you worked 50 hours a week for two months straight and you get nothing for that. I don't think so! They can kiss my lily white ass!

Well, enough rants for one day. I've got to get moving. My SP9 questionnaire will be up this week sometime. I'm excited about this round! Have a good day everyone!

Jamaica Day 2 and Part of 3

I'm relaxed - I mean really relaxed and it feels amazing.  Yesterday after the post they showed us a new room and I was really undecided...