Today I’m thankful for…
…water, and remembering to adequately hydrate myself (something I don’t do well).
…quiet days in the office, even if they are a bit boring.
…pants that fit much better than yesterday’s pair.
…cute (and comfortable) shoes.
…indecision about what cookies to make tonight – there are so many good cookie recipes out there!
…remembering to do all my month-end stuff ahead of schedule.
…completing yet another ornament last night, totaling 6, and making it halfway through another. Perhaps I’ll be done by Friday?
…having Christmas gifts figured out for almost everyone (just figured out, not bought).
…last night’s massage, which was a bit rough but that was probably good for my muscles.
…the new bridge they built in our town that crosses over 35E, so I don’t have to make multiple left-turns to get from the bank to the massage place / Home Depot / Goodwill / Michaels area.
…respite from answering the phones, even if it is just that one call that just came in.
…two bags of winter clothes to sort through that we picked up from storage over the weekend.
…a husband who hasn’t yet complained about the mess I’ve made on the dining table / kitchen counter.
…a husband who is not only much better than the horrible ones I’ve seen on TV lately (last night’s Law & Order: SVU about abusive husbands), but is generally wonderful and a good companion to boot.
…hot cocoa weather.
…the chance to see ‘s smiling face on Saturday (hopefully he’s smiling a bit – he’s taken up the habit of saying “no” to everything and everyone lately, in preparation for his second birthday in a few weeks).
…Monday’s anniversary, seven years since I moved to Minnesota, one of the best (though perhaps most traumatic) decisions I’ve ever made.
…Flickr. It’s great entertainment, and a good way to meet new people too (who needs Facebook or MySpace?).
…the phone call I got last night from Metro State, when my advisor realized that I’m a post-baccalaureate student and not an undergrad. Now there are some things to figure out.
…the chance to multitask some of my favorite things tonight – baking cookies, embroidery, and watching television.
I found this on a blog I was reading, and had to have some fun myself. Introducing my Simpson-self:
Today I’m thankful for…
…a cold that left quickly (I’m just tired today, no sniffles or congestion!).
…getting to yell at a telemarketer last night (it was immensely satisfying, as were the two more complaints I registered with the Do Not Call Registry, making a grand total of 7 for this company).
…Hershey’s Symphony bars.
…a massage scheduled for 7:30 tonight.
…being halfway done with the Holiday Ornament Swap embroidered pieces. 5 done, 5 to go.
…getting recipes out in the mail this morning, just meeting the deadline for one swap and early for another.
…co-workers who appreciate the work I do for them.
…this coming weekend of rest and relaxation, as well as some crafting (one purse has finally died, and ‘s quilt needs some serious work).
…the chance to read completely through the archives of some new blogs (completed two this week so far, and one Flickr group).
…realizing that, though my pants are quite tight today, it’s OK, because they’re 2s (it’s amazing I haven’t suffocated to death, really), and I’m currently a 6/8. That sure explains things (I thought they were 4s).
…staying caught up at work (about 95% of the time I’m caught up), still ready for the moment when the web people say “go” and finally let us get to work on our external site (and then I will be busy for 6 months straight, rewriting hundreds of pages).
…passing off yet another work task to a co-worker for that aspect of my job that I hate and no longer have to do (light at the end of the tunnel: 8 days till exit).
…a husband who gladly made dinner last night (even decided what we were eating) so that I didn’t have to think about food while (albeit mildly) ill. Also, he offered to go buy cake when I was craving some. I declined, but the gesture was really nice.
…a very light bookbag these days, since classes are almost over and I have almost no homework (many nights in a row without homework has been wonderful, though I still have 4 chapters to read by next Thursday).
…5 weeks off between semesters!
…more cookie baking this weekend (Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon).
…that my grandparents are living and well ( gave me an update on last week, and said Grandma had been asking about me).
…that our cats, while completely neurotic and annoying, are alive and healthy (disturbing conversation with the cashier at Bruegger’s this morning, who told me that his cat recently died).
…that last bite of Hershey’s Symphony (I can be thankful for it twice – it was that good).
In case you love the Mosaic Monday idea yesterday that I stole from another blog, you should know that there’s a whole Flickr group set up for them here. Enjoy!
How long has IE7 been out now? How long have I had this new template? I’m just getting around to finally changing my name graphics to reflect the fact IE7 supports transparent PNG files and that the background of my blog is not white. Whew! Not much changed. got older. A few people acquired kids in theirs (). lost the frog. But mostly, they’re pretty similar to the old ones (except now they all have transparent backgrounds). In a few cases I changed the font, or couldn’t find the original clip-art on Microsoft’s website (I’m surprised at how many I couldn’t find, actually), but really, things haven’t changed much around here. Except that something that was bugging me (the white-background images on the non-white background of the blog) is finally fixed. Yay me. I could have done a better job with some of them, but I do still have the original flash files so now maybe I will when I feel like it.
I’ve been avoiding the work that’s been given to me, mostly because I don’t want to do it, and partly because tomorrow is going to be even more boring than today, and I have to save myself something to do or I’ll go crazy. Crazy, I tell ya!
- What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? I’m going to say Pumpkin Pie, because as much as I like turkey and mashed potatoes with gravy, they’re not strictly eaten only on Thanksgiving, and I don’t generally want to eat Pumpkin Pie outside of November.
- You can flip a switch that will wipe any band or musical artist out of existence. Which one will it be? Meatloaf. Given a few minutes in iTunes, I could probably list a dozen more, but that’s what I came up with first.
- You seem to be having an excellent day because you just came across a hundred-dollar bill on the sidewalk. Holy crap, a hundred bucks! How are you gonna spend it? New pants. I feel guilty spending money on them when I really should be doing something to reduce my waistline so that the pants I do own fit, but found money means there’s no guilt, right?
- What is your favorite curse word? Crap.
- Rufus appears out of nowhere with a time-traveling phone booth. You can go anytime in the PAST. What time are you traveling to and what are you going to do when you get there? 1965. I think it would be really cool to experience (as an observer) some key aspects of the Civil Rights Movement.
- Bonus (as in optional):You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what’s even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What’s it gonna be? The power to make other people be quiet at my whim. Or, the power to have whatever waist size I want (4, please).
I’m stealing this idea from Two Lime Leaves, whose blog I’ve been reading lately (and into the archives). I was going to try to come up with a better name for it, but it really works just great the way it is, so I’m leaving it. Suffice it to say that the idea was hers, the title is hers, and I just liked it enough to try it myself.
Monday Mosaic 11.24.2008
Clicking on the above will take you to Flickr, where you can find more details about all of the above items, none of which I can take credit for.
Today, I am thankful for…
…office jobs downtown, with the flexibility to take a break when I need to.
…not being a schoolteacher yet, because of the aforementioned reason.
…Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold (I’m down to a few Kleenex an hour instead of dozens).
…Emergen-C, even if it’s all in my head, because I will get over this cold fast.
…figuring out how to make a ginormous “G” for ‘s quilt (2′ square, approximately).
…making some progress on some other Christmas gifts.
…the Remember The Milk plugin in Gmail, which is ever so helpful now that I immersed myself in swapland.
…Flickr, because it keeps me wildly entertained at work.
…lots of crafting blogs, which also keep me entertained (and learning new stuff).
…the wall of pictures up in my office, that help remind me of what’s really important.
…being financially solvent enough that we don’t have to sell our house, and we’re actually saving money the longer we live here (silver lining, right?).
…three-day work weeks.
…co-conspiring with over what to bring to Thanksgiving at ‘s (just a tiny little switcheroo).
…two Thanksgivings this year (though we haven’t yet planned anything with the other half of ‘s family, so it could end up being three).
…lots of yummy foods on the internet (I sense some more posts coming up).
- Spit it out :: Get on with it
- Shadow :: Lands
- Database :: Query
- Expression :: Facial
- Boss :: Man (as in… bossman, not as in all bosses are male)
- Baby :: Cakes
- Mystic :: Pizza
- Kate :: Winslet
- Boobies :: Knockers
- Raid :: Drive
Last night was date night (as Thursdays are, though next semester I have a Thursday night class, so date night will be rescheduled to Friday night, which is usually date night like anyways, since I’m always unmotivated to do homework). I left work at 3:30 (since class was canceled and the earliest bus I could catch home was 3:36) and stopped at Michael’s on the way home to pick up some floss I needed, as well as some hoops. I also bought some new needles in the right size, a thimble (not in the right size, that has been adopted by as the greatest cat toy ever, for today at least), and some beeswax (to help me stop my disgusting habit of licking the floss to thread it through the needle. All in under 20 minutes!
We had some lovely spaghetti (cooked by ), and watched Hellboy II (terribly entertaining, I must say). Once the movie was over, I looked at the clock and it was… 7:30. Wow, that’s very early. How’d that happen. But, the brand-new Kowalski’s had opened on Thursday, a mere .9 miles from our house, so we thought we’d check it out. Many other people had the same idea. There were lots of couples and groups of 3 walking around, pointing at things and saying “ooh, they have…” and everybody had a basket with about one thing in it. Regardless of not needing any groceries, we managed to spend $20, which is still cheaper than dinner and a movie.
When we got home, I continued working on the towel I’m embroidering for for Christmas (one of two, actually). I’m really enjoying this particular project, and I’m thinking I can get it wrapped up this weekend, which is also good. It’s bright and colorful and sweet and fun, and she will definitely love it. Plus, I’m using all sorts of different stitches (OK, like four or five), which is nice. Sadly, no pictures for you, again. Hopefully I’ll take some this weekend.
Only a little bit of homework this weekend, and lots of crafting (getting back to work on ‘s quilt, since his birthday is in less than a month), slowly emerging from this forced hibernation. Does it count if I think about my friends and family a lot? Because I do, really I do.
I’m not entirely sure how I pulled it off, but in the end I guess it comes down to my professor’s grading scheme making no sense to me whatsoever. If you remember, the only grade I had left to receive was for the portfolio (circled in red), and I could miss up to 6 points on it. I was totally nervous about that, because if you look at the grades circled in green, those are the other items that were graded by rubric, as the portfolio would be. That’s 80%, 75%, and 86% (but that last one is really 73% for the rubric-graded half, and 100% for the groupmate-graded half). And yet, miraculously, she gave me full credit for my portfolio (a 40+ page document that she kept, as she required us all to make 2 copies so that she could keep one).
I said yesterday that all I wanted was to remember what I wanted to put on the course eval, and to not have to argue for an A. I got what I wanted on both counts. Yay! I am so relieved that the class is over and my GPA will remain 4.0 after this semester (because there’s virtually no way I’ll get anything less than an A in my other class, seeing as how I have 100% right now).
Aren’t you glad you don’t have to listen to me complain about it anymore? Plus, I get a little bit of my life back, time-wise, after this weekend. One more section of a book to read, and one more paper (that has yet to be assigned).
Also, I just checked my school email and I’m so glad I did – class this afternoon was canceled because my professor is sick. One class left in December, final assignment canceled. Officially, I have a 4.0 GPA then. Woo-hoo. Unfortunately, I have to stay here until 3:30 because that’s when the first bus comes. But, I get a few extra minutes in my day then. I did need to stop at Michael’s at some point….
This weekend was far less productive than it should have been. Not that it wasn’t productive, but mostly that I still have 4 chapters of Shock Doctrine to read. We installed a shelf in our garage, and after we take a trip to the storage unit, will be able to put his car in the garage for the winter. I forgot to take pictures, though, so you’ll just have to trust me.
Saturday while , his dad and his brother were watching the new 007, I was [by choice] stranded at Southdale Mall, where I attempted to find a purse. You see, both my big purse and my little purse are falling apart. The little one has maybe a week left of life in it, tops. The big one has months of life left, but it continues to look crappier and crappier because it’s got a big huge hole in it. So, I attempted to use the mall to find a cute wristlet (that didn’t cost $50 like the Fossil ones I’ve fallen in love for). No dice. Apparently no one really makes wristlets. Marshall’s could have had a good selection, but they only carry big purses. Bummer for me. The last four purses I’ve bought online, so I’m having a bit of a problem finding one in a brick-and-mortar store. Maybe this is why I’ve bought time online…. I know I said I would make both of them, but I just haven’t had the time, and considering their rapid deterioration, and the fact that going purseless is not an option, I think I’m at the point where money can be spent.
I did, however, find new dress socks (trouser socks that I’ve been so desperately needing now that it’s “winter”), and kitchen towels for for Christmas that I can embroider (and a set for us as well, because they were cute and cheap). So, it wasn’t a total bust.
Sunday I worked very hard and finished my contribution to the Doll Quilt Swap 5. I can only show you this now, because until the intended has received it, I can’t talk too much about it or I might give away who it’s for.
Doll Quilt Swap 5 Teaser
We blitzed the grocery store last night in 15 minutes! For the whole week’s worth of groceries! And then we went to the gym. And then finally, at 8:30 Sunday night, I got one measly chapter of homework read.
Tonight, has an appointment at Lenscrafters, where he will be getting an eye exam and new glasses (which means that two of my three “nag items” as far as his health is concerned will be taken care of, and I only have to get him to go to the doctor for an annual check-up, and when I say annual, I mean “at least once in the 3+ years that I’ve known you, please, now that you have excellent health insurance that means you can go for free). I’m going to try to get some homework done while waiting for him to do that, though I might also stop in at Gap Body, or browse into Macy’s to stare lustfully at their Fossil purses.
Once I’m caught up on homework, I need to go to JoAnn’s to get the last of the fabric for ‘s quilt, and start on some Christmas presents that I’m making (“some” might be an understatement, but many are quite small).
Apparently, my hairstyle means:
Long hair can have multiple meanings. Many women believe that long hair makes them more sexually appealing, but it can also show a bohemian spirit or a need for freedom.
Unfortunately, all the drinks listed later in the article are not ones I would order. And I couldn’t determine if my handwriting was “rounded” or “loopy” or “connected.”
Also, apparently I have decorated my cubicle as if I’m staying there forever and love my family and friends, but the stack of Post-Its (currently 10 separate stacks in 7 colors) mean that I’m feeling overwhelmed. Maybe that’s because none of my co-workers have willingly picked up the phone in two weeks. Or… no, let me refrain from ranting. Just imagine I did and let’s move on.
2 whole classes of my Wednesday night class left, and I am so happy about that. There are no more assignments to turn in, which means my grade is basically done (except that she has to actually hand some stuff back and grade our portfolios which are due today). I am exceedingly displeased with her grading and if things get any worse, I’m going to have to tell her so. I wouldn’t usually, because I hate confrontation, but there are a few things that might push me over the edge: 1) she said herself that 100% of a student’s success lies in the teacher, 2) I am an A student with a 4.0 GPA and yet she continues to give me scores in the low B range, and 3) it’s just really ticking me off, and is getting to be obvious that she doesn’t like me, and that it’s affecting how she has graded some of my more subjective pieces. Boo on that. However, the woman terrifies me. I guess it’ll come to pass if I get to the “what do I have to lose” point. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
Yesterday, while lying in bed trying to find motivation to crawl out and into the shower, I remembered something glorious that I had forgotten about all weekend long. Today is a holiday. To be specific, a state and federal holiday (important distinctions: federal holidays mean that federal offices are closed and there is no mail delivery, while state holidays mean that I don’t have to work). Yay! So, armed with the knowledge that I wouldn’t have to do it again the next morning, I got myself out of bed and ready for the day.
And now, for the numbers:
- This year’s Veteran’s Day happens to be the 36th anniversary of my parent’s wedding.
- It is also the date that one of my co-workers started working for the State (though that must not be right, since it’s a holiday, but we’ll let it slide since he has a TBI – traumatic brain injury).
- 12 days ago (Halloween, specifically), was the 6th anniversary of when I started working for the state.
- In 20 days, we celebrate the 7th anniversary of my moving to Minnesota.
- There are 3 state holidays in November, making it the happiest month ever.
- There are two sessions of my Wednesday night class left.
- I need to get a 45/50 on my portfolio and 25/30 on our group presentation to get a 90% in the class (assuming that I got 10/10 on the summative essay).
- My other class goes through December 11th, and I have about 2/3rds of a book left to read and one paper to write. Yay! I will survive this semester!
- One month from tomorrow is ‘s second birthday! Amazing, isn’t it?
- It was approximately one billion degrees in the office when I got in at 7:20. It is slowly cooling down and may now be somewhere slightly under 80*.
Today, I will be sleeping in (ever so thankful for the scheduled posting options in WordPress that mean I can write this in advance), doing some homework, and experiencing Tuesday Tag Sale at Goodwill during the daytime hours.
Work is driving me absolutely batty today. I might just lose it. That’s all I have to say about that.
I finally took some pictures this weekend of progress I’ve made on the Doll Quilt Swap. They’re not good, since daylight is still fleeting (and these were taken in the middle of the afternoon, curtains and blinds open, with extra lamps on), but that’s what you get here in Minnesota.
Doll Quilt Swap 5 Teaser
I also picked out my fabrics for the Mini Quilt In A Bag Swap and packaged them up to send to my partner, Tom, who has his ready as well.
Mini Quilt in a Bag Fabrics etc sent
After doing plenty of homework this weekend, I rewarded myself with a trip to JoAnns, where I bought lots of fabric. It’s so pretty! I won’t bore you with pictures of it though. Instead, I’ll wrap up with a picture from the wedding a few weeks ago. The fall weather was absolutely gorgeous (though a bit chilly), and the flower girls just couldn’t get enough.
At the reception
All the pictures from our trip are finally uploaded to Flickr, tagged and geotagged. But, I’m feeling lazy about finishing up the posts from the trip, so you’ll have to wait just a little longer for the rest of the Frederik Meijer Gardens, the wedding itself, and my “colorwork” post.