Showing posts from August, 2008
If I ruled the world.....

If I ruled the world, there are more than a few things I would change but they are too numerous to go into now. I'll just expound on one of the things that really irritates me. Well, it's something that is irritating me at this moment.

Today is Friday. Not an irritating thing. In fact, since I don't work weekends, a rather good thing. I came into work today at 7:30 am and managed to finish my work by 10:00 am. I mean really finished. As in, nothing to do. Nothing. No extra paperwork or treatment plans or phone calls. I have been sitting at my desk playing on the computer and reading the newspaper and walking around visiting people and now I am sitting here watching the clock. Ok, it's now 1:15 and I have to stay here because I work for a place that believes that it's important for people to be at their desks whether or not they're busy.

This drives me crazy! So, when I become Empress of the Universe (maybe not in this lifetime), I would m…
you are lightskyblue
Your dominant hues are cyan and blue. You like people and enjoy making friends. You're conservative and like to make sure things make sense before you step into them, especially in relationships. You are curious but respected for your opinions by people who you sometimes wouldn't even suspect.

Your saturation level is lower than average - You don't stress out over things and don't understand people who do. Finishing projects may sometimes be a challenge, but you schedule time as you see fit and the important things all happen in the end, even if not everyone sees your grand master plan.

Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.
the html color quiz

I stole this from Joan who is away on vacation and used it as filler. I just thought it was interesting. I'm not sure what color I thought Iwould end up.

I just want to s…
I managed to work out the stress of work with crafts this weekend. It usually works for me. I spend some time with my family and then I spend some time with my wool.
Friday night, Pk and I went to the movies and saw The Mummy (part 3, tomb of the dragon emperor). It was entertaining. Silly but entertaining. It had yeti in it! And they have blue eyes and like to kick field goals. (who knew?) Like I said, silly. And they we went to our favorite pizza place and ate the best pizza and wings. It was a good date.

Saturday was the house cleaning and laundry day. There was some knitting on the Wildflowers Shawl. I am pretty sure the yarn will run out before the pattern does so I contacted Teresa and she will try to match it if I send a sample so I am sending it out today. I did some rows on the very red and very boring felted bag. At this rate, it will be November before it's finished.

And then Sunday, while Pk was at a galootfest (men with hand tools making things with wood), I pulled out…
This was a stressful week and mentally I feel very tired. I am the kind of person who when they see someone who needs help, they jump in and help. I can't help it. It's the way I am. I am just naive enough to believe that the person will be glad of the help.

Sometimes that works out and sometimes not. This week it did not. I didn't actually volunteer to help our IT dept. when they have a lot of people asking questions on how to access schedules in our new computer program. My supervisor told the IT person that I would probably do it if she asked. She asked and I said "of course." So, I decided to make sure that I could access the schedules and that I understood what I was doing (it always helps when you understand what you're doing) before the doctors started clamoring about access to their schedules. I tried but it didn't work. I couldn't access the data so I called the IT person and she was in the middle of another problem and got very upset. Just so…
There is not a yellow tree in sight, yet. But it's coming. It's only the middle of August but already the weather feels like it's changing. Every day, ever so slightly, you can feel the difference. Usually by this time of year, we are all ready for the fall. This summer has been unusually wet and the temperatures have not been excessive. There were a few days when we needed the air conditioners in the bedrooms but those were very few. Most nights we get by with window fans which bring in the cool night air (last night the temp gauge on the fan said 54 (12 C)degrees. (Thank goodness for the online converter for temps! I can't do it in my head). I have enjoyed this summer. I like the unscheduledness of it. We are lazier and spend more time outside and just having fun. (Though, as I wrote that, I realized that I don't have kids in school anymore and so the schedule that ruled out lives for so long is no longer. ) I also like wearing shorts and having ba…
Tired. So tired. It's Sunday afternoon and I am tired. I try to be a good person and to support my children in their lives. And because of this, today PK and I are beat.

Last December, Kate had a friend she met through the internets come and stay with us for two weeks. It went well and we enjoyed Holly's visit. She lives in Missouri with her father. Fast forward to June when Kate says, "Holly and I want to move into an apartment together and she is coming here in August. Can she stay here until we find a place?" We said yes. And then forgot about it.

A week ago, Kate informs us that Holly and her dad are driving across country and will be here on Friday and he will be staying with us until his plane leaves on Sunday. !!! Now, we expected him to stay overnight one night and then hop a plane home the next day. But, he wanted to stay the weekend and "get to know us". We were not amused. We have tentative plans each weekend to do something fun and relaxing to ma…
I am cranky and tired and bitchy today. I woke up at 4:00 in the morning with serious cramps and a whopper of a headache. I love being a girl.....

I have slipped from the path of project monogamy. And this is what led me down the path of wip-dom.
This is the Wildflowers Shawl pattern (scroll down the link). It's not very big or even very complicated but I love the simple femininity of it. (photo stolen from Posh Yarns website). This story of failed monogamy started simply enough. I was working on plain socks for my aunt and I got bored. So, I started some lace socks for a Christmas gift for someone. I got bored with socks period so I put them down. Both pairs are 3/4 done. I started the felted bag that is an obligatory knit. It's boring to the nth degree. Just row after row of knit and purl. 168 long rows worth of endless red. I make myself do 8 rows each day and then let myself do something more challenging. I kept thinking about the beautiful bamboo yarn that Roxie sent me an…
If there is such a thing as a perfect day, then I'd nominate this one. If you think about the perfect weather, you might choose bright sunshine, blue skies with puffy white clouds, temperatures that top out at 82 degrees (27 C), and humidity that is low. And throw in a cool breeze . Today the weather was just like that. It was wonderful.

When I signed PK up for his flight back in June, I had no idea what the weather would be like. I only knew it was likely to be hot. It is August in the Northern Hemisphere after all. But we really lucked out. He was so excited as we drove down the Garden State Parkway to Rio Grande NJ and Big Sky aviation. He signed in and they put him in the plane. This plane. He took off at 8:46 am and flew around the area for a half an hour. I was so happy to be able to make this dream come true. He came down (landing safely,phew!) and just kept saying "I flew the plane! He let me fly the plane! And the barrel rolls! First I was up and then I was down and t…
Look how beautiful that is. Just like fireworks. It's today's apod. I'm a sucker for a good star picture. This one just captured me and I have been staring at it on my monitor. Instead of working. My computer hasn't had an IP address for the last two days and it has been a pain in the neck (and other parts,too). I'm not sure how that happened. When I left on Friday it was fine. I was off on Monday and on Tuesday, I was IP-less. PK told me how to 'grab' one but I was afraid I would take one that belonged to a neonatal unit or something and mess up a whole department. I am part of the health system. I called the help desk yesterday and put in a request and called again today to reiterate the importance of my request. Make friends with your IT person. They can save your computing life. My IT buddy called and put the request in as high priority and by lunch time today, Voila! It works. So now, I will never turn it off again. The waste of electricity galls me bu…
Here I am in all my finery ready to go to the wedding. It was hot as all get out but I wanted to get a photo with my shawl. I wore it during the reception because the a/c was on full blast. This is one of my favorite dresses because it doesn't wrinkle, it looks colorful and it's generally flattering. The photo isn't the best but like I said, it was hot.

The wedding was outdoors and we were nervous for a bit as it looked like rain but the sky cleared and we were treated to a humid August late afternoon. We were at the Old York Country Club. Very swanky. You can tell we're close to Amish country. The barn on the club property has hex signs on it. You see them in Pennsylvania Dutch country although the Amish do not paint them on their barns. The grounds were beautiful and the ceremony was lovely. The groom is a friend of PK's. They worked together for a while and kept in touch. He met his bride while attending a Buddhist temple. She is Korean and their ceremony was a b…
Good morning! Happy Saturday to you. It's raining here so I think I'll put the grocery shopping off until tomorrow. I hate to lug bags into the car and then into the house in the rain. Today I am going to clean and do the laundry and then shower and get gussied up for the wedding of a friend of Peter kevin. It's a Buddhist ceremony and he said it's ok if I take photos so I'll try. I don't want to be obtrusive so we'll see.

On Thursday it was package heaven here. I got the most beautiful yarn from Roxie for commenting on her blog (something I do with joy anyway). The photo is darker than I'd like but with limited sunshine we do what we can. It's bamboo yarn died in deep purples and blues and there are some other colors snuck in there. It will be a gorgeous lacey something. Thank you Roxie!

Package number two contained a book I ordered from amazon called This I Believe. It's based on a series of essays written by some famous people and some not-so-…