Tuesday, July 31, 2007
July 31st already?
Surfacing to report that Ravelry continues to be a giant time suck. But at least it's an enjoyable time suck!

My giant house reorg plan has been extended through mid-September. I surrender! If I can just get my house straight and I can find my clothes (and my projects) to go on vacation, it is good enough. For now anyway. Not sure how I will get new flooring in before Thanksgiving, but I will get there. Somehow.

Vacation is coming. It will mainly be an escape. Hang out at the beach. Do nothing except whatever I want to. Sun. Sleep. Shop. Knit. Spin. Stitch. Can't. Wait.

But before I get to go on vacation, I have to give a presentation at work. I'm not a fan of speaking in front of large groups, but it will be ok. I hope. I had a draft presentation given to me and its a little much; so far, I've figured out how I want it to go. Hopefully tomorrow will be light enough that I can lock myself in my office and knock it out.

I am taking a weaving class this weekend, so I will be off two days in addition to Saturday and Sunday. Plus spinning demonstrations Friday night.

Speaking of spinning, it is going well. My Woolee Winder and I are getting along better so I'm a happy girl. Now if they hadn't raised the prices of the darn bobbins! I really need to get another one or three.

Knittingwise, Mystery Shawl is up to Row 74. Baby Surprise Jacket is on row 91. And in honor of the LYS having a sale (and me getting a birthday discount shopping spree), I've pulled together 3 more knitting projects to start. I would say that at least I didn't buy roving, but I have an order coming from Matahari Spinnery AND Spunky Eclectic (more spindles, yay!).

All of that wouldn't be so bad if I hadn't committed to pulling out the big stitching project that I have wanted to do for forever - but have not started.

I'm not really sure why I think I get more than the 24 hours per day that everyone else has, but obviously I must believe this. Either that or the world is trying to tell me that I have a lottery win in my future. Somehow I don't think that's quite correct either!

Photos to come!

Saturday, July 07, 2007
Taking a break
Procrastinating on some housecleaning to report that I am about halfway through the first clue of Melanie's Mystery Stole 3. ms-clue-1The group has been growing steadily since Melanie announced she was doing a new design, but there was another spike when The Harlot posted about signing up. Melanie closed sign ups last night and there are 6,721 members now. I'm about halfway through clue one now.

I'm using zephyr (love it!) and have enjoyed Melanie's design so far. Now I just need to make some actual progress on the house. In addition to doing a major cleanout, I'm doing some fruit basket turnover with my furniture - moved a desk out of my studio, will move the dressers/bookcase out of the guest room into the studio, and then a dresser out of my bedroom into the guest room. Eventually the exercise equipment will move into the guest room as well. I got several pieces of furniture from my grandmother's place to add to this craziness - a folding table (now in the dining room!), a bookcase (temporarily helping out in the studio), and a tall dresser (which will hopefully move into my bedroom this weekend). The new AC is getting installed this coming week, which means I also have to move the stuff I stacked in front (what was I thinking?) of the fuse box. But I will likely save that for Monday/Tuesday.

The plan is to do this, and then start doing some home improvements - paint, new flooring, and some built-in storage. But between work, family stuff, and managing to screw up my back, I have been slacking off. Frankly, it was either work and build some new friendships or work and deal with the house. And I picked the friendships. Don't regret it a bit. Though I do need to start limiting my internet time.

Now, to get back to work so I can play this afternoon. A friend and I are going to take a golf lesson. It should be fun, though it is a million and a half degrees outside!

Monday, July 02, 2007
personality type
You Are An INFP

The Idealist

You are creative with a great imagination, living in your own inner world.
Open minded and accepting, you strive for harmony in your important relationships.
It takes a long time for people to get to know you. You are hesitant to let people get close.
But once you care for someone, you do everything you can to help them grow and develop.

In love, you tend to have high (and often unrealistic) standards.
You are very sensitive. You tend to have intense feelings.

At work, you need to do something that expresses your personal values.
You would make an excellent writer, psychologist, or artist.

How you see yourself: Unselfish, empathetic, and spiritual

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Unrealistic, naive, and weak