Sunday, July 19, 2009


Seems just about everything is a WIP right now and nothing is done. I've been stitching for what seems like forever and a half on this Jack and Jill square for the mother goose baby afghan. I guess it is taking me so long because I'm not really enjoying this particular design and also work has been really, really tedious lately. Last thing I want to pick up when I get home is something that also feels tedious cause I don't really like it. Work is about driving me batty - they seem to think that I will somehow just know what to do and do it right the first time with no explanation or plan of attack. When I point out there is no way for me to know this stuff, they agree and apologize and act all understanding and then say something insane like, "So you'll be done tomorrow right?" It also doesn't help that the work is not at all technical writing, it is more like code writing and I find it extremely tedious. Instead of writing documentation, I'm fiddling with the code of the xml pages to make the content management system display the pages correctly. If you understood what I meant by that - you probably understand it as well as I do. I've tinkered a bit with this sort of stuff before, but it was never the whole crux of my job before and my handlers seem to think that experienced technical writer means I'll figure out what they want and just do it without them telling me. Anyway, if the economy didn't suck right now, I'd so be telling my resource manager to get me out of there - but with assignments so scarce, I gotta make the best of it.

Anyway, went off a bit of a work rant there, which I try not to do in my blog so back to my WIPs. Besides my stitching WIPs, I also have several other projects that seem to be in the middle. I guess if I had more than the attention span of a gnat, I'd have something done instead of a whole slew of things that are "in progress".

DH and I pulled all the bleeding heart from the bed around the garage because it was seriously overgrown and choking out all the other plants - we didn't quite get it all finished though - a little weeding and mulching left to do on the right side. See my lilies, before we cleared the bleeding heart, you couldn't even tell they were there

Then there are Katie's silver curtains - I bought fabric a few weeks ago and just this weekend got around to hemming all the edges and starting the pocket where the rod will go - there will be tapered sides to this when it is done. I got sick of it though this afternoon and put it aside. Hoping to get back to it sometime this next week - we'll see.
And then there is the master bedroom. I picked out and purchased curtains - got a steal in JC Penny's clearance bin on some lined silk panels for $20 each (reg. price $75). The valances were on sale too - but not quite as good a deal. We're having a hard time selecting a paint color for the room - I want a sort of steel blue but darkish. I think I've ruled out all three of the samples you see in the pic. The one on top is too "baby" blue, the one in the middle is too purply, and the one on the bottom is just too, well blue.

So anyway, there is what I've been up to and what I've accomplished - a whole lotta nothing!


Missy Ann said...

I hate stitching tedious things. But Jack & Jill are going to be really cute when they're finished. I can tell. lol

Love the curtains!

check out Pin Tangle blog. She's got a link to a palette generator that looks like lots of fun and it may help with the bedroom color.

Kathy A. said...

I have an idea - you send me Jack and Jill and I'll send you Noddy. I sure understand the tedious part.
Love those silver curtains.
I think you have accomplished much more than you think even if you are a gnat at times lol.

Cheryl said...

Steel blues: Porter Paints 7119-1 or 7120-1 (personally, I like the second). The best way I know to get through tedious stitching is to bribe myself. A new start, working on a WIP I love, new stash, whatever I think will do the trick. Good luck!

Wanda said...

I understand totally about not being into a current project...and to make it worse for you, you've sort of got a time limit on it! And the fact that things are not so great at work doesn't help matters. I hope this week turns out better although I say that very easily when I know it isn't so easy to just have everything all of a sudden be good. Hang in there and things really will sooner or later turn again!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Sorry to hear you're not enjoying your afghan!