Monday, December 15, 2008
On a positive note, it'll be bleeping done, and not hanging over my head any more. Wait, maybe their rushing me so they can lay me off in the next round. Oh, screw it, I'm not gonna think about it anymore. I do wish management would roll out a couple of these, just to see what we go through. I've had folks want me to move the icons on their desktops because they "think it used to be over there" (we copy their old desktops, so they're probably wrong. Although I do clean up old-no-longer-of-use icons, so gotta give them the benefit of the doubt). Something is always missing, a printer, a shortcut, they don't know their password(s) to this website service or that. They hate the new monitors, or they love the new monitors, but can I make everything fit it better? Please recreate my quote screen so that it's purple instead of blue. Alot of "hey, as long as you're here, been meanng to ask you...." Why is my e-mail so slow. Why do I have to get rid of the e-mails with jokes or the pics of the grandkids, can't you just increase my server space? I bet I get 50% you-got-to-be-kidding-me questions and requests. Oh well, pays the mortgage, right?
DH wants me to apply at the nearby hosiptal, there's always sick people right? I'm worried that I won't be able to get a M-F only job at a hospital. Guess it won't kill me to send 'em a resume. Didn't I say something yesterday about getting out of this funk? Not doing so well so far...
Sunday, December 14, 2008
A couple posts ago I was so darn excited to get rid of old computer equipment. Yet, lo and behold, I missed the dag nab UPS that died this summer. DH is planning on dropping in the dumpster at work, which I regret -- land fill and all that. But hey, we don't buy bottled water, and never used a disposable diaper, so I'm feeling entitled to a bit of the land fill.
Didn't win the 207MM mega millions, which was a disappointment. We don't buy many tickets, usually only on Fridays, and only $5 for all three lotto type lotteries in Illinois. If the jackpot gets up there we'll throw in a couple more bucks. I'm kind of on the fence, if we don't buy any tickets we'll never win, but we never win anyway, should we save the $5? Heck it's only $5, right? Just a little bit more than a Venti Eggnog Latte at Starbucks, which I'm seriously addicted to. Good thing they only have it in November and December! I wanted Matty to win Survivor. Heck, this whole weekend's been one disappointment after another. Gotta get out of this funk.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The company I work for laid off around 10% last Thursday. I'm still gainfully employed. This is the 5th layoff I've been through, one of which I was part of the 20% let go. The pins and needles are the worst. Waiting for the phone call, the ax to fall. Convincing yourself you'll be one of those laid off, then talking yourself in to why you won't be. Loosing sleep, not to mention productivity. It's kinda hard to be motivated when you think there's a possibility of a pink slip in your future. Then there's the whole We-feel-sorry-for-those-laid-off -- but-thank-God-it-wasn't-us water cooler conversations. Tough times for all I know, but it's my blog and I can b*tch if I want too.
Someone 'sides me is reading this blog! My cousin-in-law mentioned it in her Christmas card. Shoot, Christmas Cards, gotta get to those...
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Lion Brand is starting a KAL for a sweater I'd love to knit, so of course I had to buy 'the' yarn. On sale though, at Joann's. DH is going to have a fit when it arrives though.
Going through some old pics, found this from 1969, would have probably been around mine and Jeff's birthday, (he's 3 years and 1 day younger than I). Long legs and dorky haircut, nothing much changed in 39 years!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I'm ecstatic about one thing. My city had a computer recycling drop off today! I got rid of two humongous monitors, 2 old computers, a printer and an old scanner. Hallelujah! We missed the last two recycling days they had, always found out about them AFTER they happened. I signed up for e-mail notifications from the city and Viola! we got an e-mail on Thursday that there would be one this Saturday (today) from 10 -2. We barely made it between painting and the bed being delivered and setup, but we made it. I'm so so so happy to be rid of 'em!
Half my face is swollen to twice it's size. I look like I have 2 or 3 hard boiled eggs in my mouth n that side. The pain is low grade now, constant, but low grade.
Friday, November 14, 2008
It's a good thing it's frowned upon to bring guns to work, I'd surely be locked up by now if it wasn't. What a bunch of whiners.
Tonight we're painting the master bedroom cause the new bed is getting delivered tomorrow.
So my treat to myself for this birthday is to feel sorry for myself. Don't worry, I'll get over it.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I'm in the middle, actually the start, of new computer rollouts at work. Today 2 things happened that pissed me off. My boss wants me to rollout a computer to the biggest whiner in the department, I wanted to make him last out of principle! And... there's an application update that has to go out now, of course after the majority of the 78 machines I'm rolling out are built. So each one won't be done after plug-in, they'll all have to be updated. (again) What a pain in the butt. I don't have time for this. I can't work late tomorrow or Thursday, tomorrow's haircuts, Thursday I'm having a tooth removed - surgically. Dentist swears I can go back to work Friday, good thing cause I'm out of days for the year, I think. I may have one left, but don't want to waste it on toothy problems! Next week I've scheduled a presentation for the department I support on how to manage your contacts, and I don't have a quarter of the presentation done. Ugh. How do I get in to these messes?
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Bad news; one of the rooms we washed is our guest room, where I've also been stashing my yarn and fabric purchases, of which, even I have to admit, have gotten out of hand. It doesn't seem like so much a purchase here, a purchase there... but once it's all together in one spot, AND you have to move it to clean and paint, phew boy! DH is a bit ticked, and I just don't answer his b*tching. I'm not ignoring, just don't have a good answer to "what are you going to do with all this stuff?". The answer of knit or sew it doesn't seem to go over too well. Got a lot of "If you started right now you'd never finish before you die" comments, which is an exaggeration. Hey, but it's recession proof -- if we can't afford more yarn and fabric I'm set for (quite) a while!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
And FINALLY finished Emily's sweater (green) a month after her birthday! Started Gavin's (truck pullover w/cables). My first experience with cabling, didn't start out too good, but by the second round I think I got it. Took me about 3 hours to undo a mistake cause I couldn't unravel the cables right. Almost frogged to the ribbing, but I persevered, probably to the detriment of the acrylic yarn!
I'm dying to knit the weekend pullover (Interweave Knits - pic below) for me. Gotta get all the gift stuff done first. 4 little kid sweaters, a pair of mittens as a thank you for a co-worker who did something nice for me (I was b*tching that I couldn't find egg rings anywhere and would have to buy online and pay shipping, she came in the next Monday with a set of 2, wasn't that sweet?). Figuring on a scarf and hat set for Kenny, the 2 baby gifts for the 2 co-workers that are preggers. Plus DH requested a new hat. Crap, I'll be lucky to get to knitting for me by Easter.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
His biggest problems are nothing fits him! He's 6'4" and around 260. The bed's too short, the gown doesn't fit... They finally made the bed better (there's an adjustment to make it longer -- who knew?) right before I left. And he hates all the tubes!
I left at 5 cause it's getting dark earlier (plus we had one of those dreary, rainy, drizzly days) and I don't see so good in the dark. Total (or almost) dark -- forget it. Not too bad with street lights and car lights, but not great. Anywho, kinda wierd being all alone in the house for this long. We've been apart in our almost 25 years, but usually it's me that leaves him at home!
Finished the sleeves and half of the back of the Eyelet cardigan for Emily at the hospital, one redeeming value to spending the day there! Other than comforting and commiserating with DH of course!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
On the needles: Just finished Monica for Bella, and started Eyelet Cardigan for Emily. Then wil do the Precious Hearts Cardigans for Bella, Emily and Bethany, and the Truck Pullover for Gavin -- all xmas presents for nieces and nephew. Then the Baby Uggs and Baby Yeti for 2 women (sisters!) at work having babies, February and March respectively. THEN I can knit for me!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
First I was stupid by purchasing the wrong modem at Wal*Mart on July 28. I knew almost the second I opened it, shoulda bought the wireless router, not the cable modem (replacing cause I had no internet). And I'm a supposed to be a computer geek, that's what I get paid to do anyway. Made the first stupid decision based on the lights on the front of the modem, the wireless seemed ok (lights wise), but the cable modem wasn't. Duh, because it wasn't getting anything from the wireless!
Anyway, kept meaning to return it, but worked late some nights, then went on a two week vacation, so finally heading in that direction anyway, (a Costco run) we stop by Wal*Mart to return it, well within the typical 90 days (57 days). Guess what, (you regular Wal*Marters may already know this), electronics have a 45 day return policy. WTF? Looking on eBay, heck I paid way to much for it, be lucky if I get half what I paid. Hells Bells. Still need a new wireless router too. Damn...
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Anyway, lost center vision in my right eye 13 years ago, almost lost in my left eye this summer. Thankfully there's a new treatement and my left eye is back to 20/25 vision. The catch is, the treatment isn't approved by the FDA, and the condition is so rare, the chances of the FDA even looking at it for POHS is remote, so insurance won't cover it. It's not hundreds of thousands of dollars, and in my case we're lucky to be able to afford the treatments. But I bet some can't, especially some who can't work because of the condition. No job, no insurance, and even if they had insurance, no coverage. BCBSIL covers the doctor visits for me, just not the drug itself. Again, I'm lucky, and blessed (thank you Lord). Been thinking, wonder if I can start a charity to cover the costs for folks who can't afford it? Don't know were to start, there's services that you can pay to help you, but kinda defeats the purpose, want any $ to go to people who need it, not some service. Anyway, just thinking about it, don't even know if there's a need, maybe there's only 2 people out there who can't afford the procedure anyway.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Writing of politicians.... I was on the fence until Sarah came along. I usually lean Republican anyway, but I did (to my everlasting chagrin) vote for Billy-boy both terms. I'm an anti-death Republican, I think murder is murder, whether by gunshot, by lethal injection or vacuuming of a uterus. Was considering Obama, but what decided it for me, so far anyway, is the vice-presidential candidates. I know Obama had to pick someone experienced to counteract the no-experience comments, but Biden is a career politician, watching him on the Sunday morning news shows, his mouth moves and sound comes out, but he doesn't actually say anything. Or nothing definitive anyway. Sarah may not be much better, but she seems like she knows what it's like to stretch things to the next paycheck. She seems like a real person, you know?
Hilliary was born with a silver spoon, and just added to them along the way. Whenever she said "we" I cringed, we're so far apart in sensibilities, the only thing we have in common is we're women. Not enough to base my vote on, sorry. Obama may have had some hardship when he was young, but Harvard Law, etc., etc. kinda makes me think we don't have much in common. McCain and Biden both fall in to the career politician category, and I don't understand how either of them can preach change. I know that it's the nature of the beast, democracy requires elected officials, elected officials begets politicians, politicians begets deal makers. But I can see Sarah shaking things up. Just the fact of her being a women, she couldn't coast like Cheney, the press wouldn't let her. Whether the shakeup would be good or bad, I don't know, but definitely different! OK, that's my two cents, nobody's reading this but me anyway.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I'm sinfully proud of my first completed adult sweater -- the Lace Trimmed tank from the cover of the Summer 08 Creative Knitting. I've knit lots of baby stuff (gifts), a purse, couple hats, and started adult sweaters. But I always screwed up something and put it aside and never finished. Not this time, Ta-Da! Knit in Rowan Summer Tweed - color is Rush, kinda a sagey green. It's a size M, even though I wear a size 18 store bought. I knit BIG:
It started out as an old tee pattern from the 80's:
But when I got a bit farther than the pic below I discovered it was WAY too big, almost 53" inches. As mentioned above, I knit BIG. So now I'm taking a boxy cardi pattern and improvising, using the lace trim pattern in Rush on the bottom, and Oatmeal for the top. When finished I'll have a Twin Set!
But first I have to finish 3 verisons of Monica for three neices in Florida, ages 5, 3, and 1. Knitting in round with i-cord tie straps and shortening the ruffles width and length, no ruffles under the arms. Using TLC Cotton Plus so their mom's can machine wash 'em.
Then I have to finish this Lion Brand Shawl for a friend who needs it for her Harvest Ball.
THEN I'll finally get to finish a sweater I started when I first learned to knit, like 8 years ago. It's from a Mary Maxim kit "Autumn Leaves Cardigan", acrylic yarn, but I love the yarn, recommend it highly. Very soft, splits like acrylic, but if you're careful it's great, lots better than Red Heart or Caron in my opinion. Teal's my favorite color, fall's my favorite season, should end up a favorite sweater, no? I quit it when I messed up the intarsia leaves, I carried the MC too tightly. But I recently frogged it and ready to start it again.
I have enough yarn for about 25 projects (an addiction, put yarn on sale and I'll buy it). Gonna make this -- A Sirdar Safari pattern, but using Bernat Soft Boucle in Rosewood.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I work as a computer support person for a department in a financial services firm. I support around 120 people. OK job, pays the bills. Hate the commute, about 1½ hours each way door to door. Oh well, train time = knitting time! Better job than most - most of the time anyway. Pays decent, benefits decent, hours usually great. Sometimes I wish I was more important, and other times I'm very glad I'm not. I used to be ambitious, but not anymore. Maybe if I had a job I LOVED, and didn't just tolerate. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful for the job, blessed that I have one, but would rather be home. I'd love the time to cook and clean and craft and read, instead of doing it all on the weekends. I get home early enough to do some stuff, but not early enough to enjoy it. Fun stuff seems like another JOB during the weekdays!
I love to knit. Relatively new to it, and slow, but love it. I have way too much yarn for the speed at which I knit, but can't seem to help myself. I love to read, fiction mostly but enjoying some non-fiction - more as I get older. I like to cook and bake, but hate the dishes. I like to sew, but not very good at it yet. I don't watch a lot of TV, (commercials drive me buggy after awhile) but I like Sci-Fi channel shows, I like Lost, The Big Bang. We don't subscribe to movie channels so don't watch any of the popular HBO or Showtime shows. I like Monk and Closer but forget to watch them most of the time. Like the home improvement shows. We used to go to movies fairly often, but were disappointed so many times - "not worth the money" usually our reviews - so we rarely go now. Last time I went to the movie theatre was for The Return of the King.
We're a childless couple. Didn't plan it that way, just didn't happen and neither of us felt strongly enough to do something about it. Regret it now, but oh well. Pet less too, although not my choice. I'd love a couple dogs and a cat. Willing to take a Zyrtec everyday even. Again, DH rules, he wants to wait until he retires and home all day. DH sounds like a tyrant, but he isn't really. Just hard to compromise stuff (can't get half a dog) he usually wins. I want a little bit of fluff dog, he wants a lab. I think there's a possibility we'll both get what we want, just have to wait the 8 years until DH retires!
In a perfect world, I'd cook for the whole week on the weekend, keep my house cleaner than I do, and get rid of all the STUFF I've accumulated over the last 24 years. That's my fall project. I'm going to eBay or Salvation Army TONS OF STUFF. Tired of moving it to dust around it, tired of reorganizing it all the time, heck tired of looking at it. How'd I get all this stuff? DH says we're at a point where we don't own stuff, it owns us.
We're soon to be mortgage free, so what are we going to do? What every red-blooded American does when they have the extra $ -- remodel! Really need it, house is 22 years old. Kitchen needs new floor, counters, sink. Family room needs new carpeting. Living and Dining we're leaning towards replacing carpet with hardwood. Need to repair and replace landscaping too. We plan on painting entire house this winter, wish us luck -- if ever there was a cause of divorce procedings -- painting for days on end is it!