Monday, February 27, 2006
1. Finish the next section for the Sampler Mystery - done!
2. Finish another section on the Any Designer Band Sampler RR - done!
3. Finish another section on the Mirabilia RR- done!
4. Do another square on Katie's blanket - er nope.
1. Stitch some on Alhambra Garden - yep
2. Stitch some on Emma's Garden - yep
3. Do the quilt square for Autumn - yep
4. If I get to everything on this list I might start Mother's Tree. :) - nope
I think I did pretty good with February's goals. I didn't do my square on Katie's blanket though. I could have started it last night after I finished my Mira RR section, but I just didn't feel like it - instead I started a really small design from Just Nan that will fit into a small heart-shaped boxtop. I'll probably finish that up tonight as it is really a quick small thing. I'm just really hating that blanket, but know I have to finish it since I've done one for every other child in the family - Katie needs one too. UGH. So now I'm going to do two in March to stay on track to finish the darn thing.
1. Part 3 of Chatelaine Sampler Mystery II
2. Another section on the Any Designer Band Sampler RR
3. Two squares on Katie's blanket
If I have more time
1. Stitch some on my Hardanger Table Runner (finish the blanket stitch!)
2. Stitch some on Angel of Summer
3. Start Mother's Tree
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
I got this great idea for doing a Round Robin of Foldable Books like the ones the Designing Ladies did for 2006. I posted about it on The Worldwide Round Robins board only to discover that a few others had some good ideas for RRs too! So now I could potentially be joining three more RRs! The other two besides the foldable books are RRs for Fancy Letters (monogram type) and Just Nan. Autumn did a JN theme for the open-themed RR and it looked so nice I really wished I had a JN RR. So I HAVE to be in that one. At least all my stitching is done for the Stitchers Lane RR and the open-themed RR. So if we can stagger the start dates a bit maybe I won't have more than 3 or 4 on the go at once. Even if I do though, I'm excited about them and I've discovered I have a lot of fun picking out what to stitch for others and it lets me excersice a bit of creativity which I really like. I'm not talented enough to draw or design my own stuff, but I can usually manipulate the real designer's stuff into a unique and fun project. Round Robins seem to give me the opportunity to do that. :)
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
It only got worse when I got home cause I arrive two hours before DH and of course Katie is still mega-clingy during that time cause she is still adjusting to the daycare. I managed to feed her a microwave hotdog and Alex cooked his own dinner also in the microwave. I fell asleep on the couch and asked Alex to come out in the living room and watch his afternoon cartoons and make sure Katie doesn't hang herself from the rafters. She just sat and climbed on me while I slept and I was too tired to care. DH saved me when he came home and took over Katie and her clinginess, thank God.
I felt a bit better around 9pm after the kids were all in bed so I had some bread. Apparently a mistake as I was up again at 3am with the stomach cramps just like the night before. Somehow I managed to sleep through them much better this time around. When I'd wake up hurting I'd just roll over and fall back to sleep. I guess I was just too tired to care that my stomach was in knots.
Today I'm much less sleepy, but the stomach is still a little woozy. I cautiously ate a bit of cereal for breakfast and had some water at my desk instead of coffee or hot choc. My stomach is still cramping some, but not nearly as much as yesterday, so hopefully I'm turning the corner. I actually got to do real work this morning - diving into the assignment the meeting was for yesterday. It feels good to be productive.
Stitching wise I got quite a bit done over the weekend on Karen's Mira RR. I wasn't able to do anything last night because of being sick, but I'm hoping I'll get in a few hours tonight provided I continue to feel better. I'm stitching a portion of "Baby Boat" which is a really nice pattern but one I might not ever get to if I was going to do the whole thing. I hope Karen likes it when it is done. :)
Monday, February 20, 2006
Finally she started calling for Alex and Daddy and it became clear she just wanted to get up for the day. I think she was asking to go potty cause that is the first thing we always do in our morning routine. About this time she started asking for crackers too. She was hungry! I remembered that she hadn't really eaten dinner last night cause she wanted to just eat rolls and I let her have one, but wouldn't let her have any more until she ate some other stuff on her plate. She chose to just not eat anything else - so of course she was starving! As soon as I gave her some breakfast she was back to her old self. I'm just glad she doesn't have whatever stomach ailment I have cause it is nasty!
I made it into work, but I'm bone tired, and my stomach still hasn't settled down all the way. I don't think it is a bug though, cause no one else has it. All I can think is that maybe when I cooked the chicken for dinner last night I somehow didn't wash my hands after handling the raw meat and contaminated myself. I'm usually very good about stuff like that, but it is the only thing that explains why no one else is sick.
Friday, February 17, 2006
Katie got mad when I was taking the picture of Alhambra Garden - she wanted me to take her picture too. Of course that doesn't mean she'll smile - just got this wacky face. Silly Girl!
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Monday, February 13, 2006
I left work a bit early with the approval of the boss only to get in my car and realize that the battery was dead because *smarty pants me* left the lights on this morning. What a feeling of dread realizing I needed to go back in and beg a jump off these people (who are really very nice!) I just met this past week. I *hate* hate, hate when I make a fool of myself in front of people I'm still getting to know.
Anyway, one nice man who started the same day as me offered to help me jump the car, only between the two of us we couldn't figure it out, rocket scientists that we are. Yeah, we knew red was positive, black negative and how to attach to the battery and such, but we were having zero luck. Finally we had to give up and when I went back in and told the receptionist my dilemna she knew just who to call. Soon our office computer network guru showed up and went out to take a look. Turned out we were stupidly trying to ground the negative charge on the stalled car on plastic instead of metal. DUH! Started right up after he tried it the right way. Thankfully I was then able to start home only an hour and a half after I was supposed to leave.
I managed to call Alex's school during all of this and have him walk the mile home. He knows there is a hidden key and where it is, but couldn't find it. So by the time I had picked up Katie and gotten home he had been outside for an entire hour, including the walk. I felt so terrible for him, and he looked so worried and then relieved when I finally drove up. I went and got Little Caesar's for dinner as all that just sent me too far over the edge for making dinner. Alex really likes that place and I was figuring he could use a little treat about now.
So now I have to do the volunteer stuff tomorrow while I'm on my way to my interview and I had to reschedule Katie's doctor appt, which wouldn't be such a big deal except that she is behind on her shots now cause we were without medical insurance for awhile when I wasn't working.
I am going to sleep good tonight. I'm just glad we are all home safe and fed. I need to go stitch and relax now!
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Managed to get some good progress in on Emma's Garden this last week. I think she is going to be relatively quick to finish. I did her face, hair and some of the boquet this time.
I'm doing really well on my Feb. goals, just have to get some time in on Alhambra Garden and finish my Mira RR section for the month in order to meet them all. I'm thinking I might try to also squeeze in another square on Katie's blanket and the square for Autumn's cow quilt this month too, but we'll see that might be a bit too ambitious. The Mira RR tends to take awhile.
I have an interview for work on Tuesday, so I'm already stressing about that. Since the job is consulting, we have to sometimes interview for our placements and since this will be my first I really want to do well. I've been able to do a little clearance shopping at Kohl's and I've updated my business wardrobe a bit which was really nice. Not much else going on...
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
With all the activity surrounding Sean and I both getting new jobs this week, I've only had a little bit of time to stitch. I did manage to finish my section on Lisa's RR for the Any Designer Band Sampler RR. I did the bottom portion starting with the acorns. :)
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Katie did much better today. Her teacher said that she cried a lot less today and that she seemed to be more interested in playing with the other kids. The main problem is that she isn't used to all the other children and she gets overwhelmed at times. They have been dealing with that by just picking her up and holding her for a bit when she seems overwhelmed until she calms down. So far, so good and I'm glad that they are being attentive and understanding to the situation. My boss has also been really understanding asking how things are going with her and making sure I know not to be afraid to ask to leave early or whatever for family needs. You can't get much more understanding than that.
DH also seems to be liking his new job. He was worried about having to work a 12hr on call schedule once a week, but it seems they have nixed that idea. (The dept. he is in is in the process of restructuring, so the gameplan is sort of in flux right now.) He has his own office, which he never had before so he is sort of excited about that.
Now if I can get supper on the table and get some good stitching time in after Katie is in bed tonight all will be right with the world! :)
Monday, February 06, 2006
DH said his first day went okay too - now we have to sort through all the benefit info and decide whose insurance we will use for medical, dental and vision. Joy.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
I'm also really nervous about how Katie is going to be a daycare. :( We had another trial run on Thursday morning, which went okay, but not as well as Tuesday's dry run. She was crying and screaming when I came to pick her up. The teacher said she had been pushed by one of the other kids and that is why she was crying and that it had just happened and that she was fine the rest of the time I was gone. I'm sure that is true, but Katie was clingy and cranky the rest of the day - like she didn't want me out of her sight. Then this morning at the church nursery she was also clingy for the Sunday nursery volunteer. She is always fine in nursery so all I can guess is that she senses that something is up and mommy is going to be leaving her more often and she doesn't like it.
Mostly I've been trying to block out my anxiety about it all by stitching and stitching and more stitching. I finished part 2 of the Chatelaine Sampler Mystery this evening. Next I'm going to be stitching Lisa's RR for the Any Designer Band Sampler RR. Here is a pic of the Sampler Mystery.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Figuring out what to do with Alex has been more problematic. It seems all his friends stay home for the hour or so after school before their moms/dads get home. I wouldn't necessarily have an issue with this for Alex if we lived closer to the school. He does really well for an hour or so on his own, it isn't a matter of him not being mature enough or responsible enough. His friends live within 3 - 4 blocks from school and we live more like a mile and a half from school. He can manage the walk if necessary, but I really don't want him doing it everyday especially in cold weather which is very common for WI. For the first week or two I should be able to get out of work in time to pick him up from school, from there we are going to play it by ear and see. Hopefully I'll be able to keep my schedule like that, but if not we may have to send him to the Y after school or possibly the after school program at Katie's daycare. We haven't been too enthused about doing that right away just because it seems most of the kids in those programs are 1st and 2nd graders and Alex is in 5th grade.
Other than the daycare issues I've been trying to get all the major tasks taken care of before I start back to work since my free time is going to be seriously affected. I got both the Federal and State taxes filed for the year and I've been working on giving the house a good cleaning. (It needs it!) I also want to complete some stitching goals before I start since I know I will have lots less stitching time. I started part 2 of the Sampler Mystery this morning and this part looks smaller than the first part which is good. No peacocks though - Martina had hinted this part would have peacocks, but it is just an inner border and some flowers. It's pretty though, so I won't complain. After I finish that I have to work on Lisa's RR for the Band Sampler RR. I have an idea of what I want to stitch though and those band samplers seem to go pretty quick for me. Hopefully I can have both done before I start work on Monday. We'll see - if not I should be pretty close.