Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Update on Life

Life has been so hectic lately, and I finally have the chance to settle down after Friday and do some relaxing, so, what do I do? I sign up for another round of Secret Pals at Crochetville! Woohoo! I can't wait to see who my pal is going to be so I can start spoiling him/her.

Work, of course, is still going to be stressful. I actually talked to the head of HR yesterday because my senior geologist and project manager are treating me with disrespect. I actually got told that passing my PG exam on Friday was not important, and that if I didn't know my information for the exam by now, I wasn't going to know it. Oh, and that I was being childish for needing to study instead of work (I was told I could have the weekend off in the beginning of January and they decided on Friday that I needed to work on Sunday with my senior geologist just watching me)and I needed to control my anxiety attacks (of which I had a 5 hour one on Saturday and still went to bed with my heart pounding). Nice, huh? And it didn't help that my Uncle Steve had a heart attack Friday morning due to a blood clot in his heart. I was livid. I also forgot to mention that my annual evaluation was originally scheduled for last Thursday (because I was going to be out all week this week) and my PM re-scheduled it for Friday afternoon. I was in the field Friday morning and when I came into the office at lunch, my PM was gone. Went golfing. Not to return. Didn't bother cancelling or re-scheduling my evaluation (guess no bonus or raise for me) and never bothered to return my phone calls either. Not good. So, HR talked to the VP at my office yesterday, and he said he would talk to my PM when he gets back in town on Friday. Of course, the VP and my PM are friends (they were golfing together on Friday) so I wouldn't be surprised if the talk never happened. I think I may need to start looking for a new job soon.

Kyle is also talking about getting a new job working for a promotions company. It would require a lot of travel, but he would have the opportunity to make a salary equal to our combined salaries right now in 6 months time. Therefore, I wouldn't have to work anymore. He said I could go get a job at my LYS. AND, he's now looking at RVs so that I could occasionally travel with him and we could bring the doggies. Course, he's looking at RV's that cost over $100,000.00. Gonna be a while before we can afford that one! Lol. It is pretty cool though.

Well, my right eye, back, and legs are killing me. I think it's about time for a nice relaxing bubble bath, and bed. Help me to prepare to go to physical therapy and study my booty off for my exam. I can't believe it's this Friday. AHHHHHHHHH!

Sunday, February 26, 2006

It's done!

Well, I was weaving in ends as the closing ceremonies began, and just finished felting my bag and was taking pictures as the torch was extinguished. Talk about being close! Here it is in all it's glory - I think it actually looks kinda funky. Might have to try the pattern again when I'm a little more experienced...

Now it's off to bed I go. Have to get up before dawn to go walking with Jess so I can complain to her about work. Don't worry, I'll complain to you about work too - it just has to wait a little while. Maybe tomorrow evening when I am stuck in a hotel in San Angelos and need a study break.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Let the Games Begin!

The Knitting Olympics officially began last night. I was so excited that I just plopped myself down on my couch in front of the t.v. with the Opening Ceremonies and my needles. My French Market Bag is coming along nicely so far. I really like the yarn I picked out for the bag too. I think it's going to turn out great! Now, the problem is getting it done in time. Lol. I've been slacking in my studying for my PG exam, which is not good considering it's in less than a month. So, I really need to crack down on it. Wish me luck!

Thank You Fairy Godmother!

I received a package in the mail yesterday from a Fairy Godmother! I was so excited that I just ripped it open. And inside? Inside was the cutest soap holder hand made with yellow and white washclothes and a pretty flower to hang on the door of my guest bathroom. And it matches perfectly. Thank you Fairy Godmother!

First FO's of 2006!

Ok, I finally finished a couple of things this year. I finished the Marvelous Felted Mini Tote and a knitted Companion with wool yarn that Dawn sent me. Speaking of which, here's a picture of the goodies I got...

I love it all!

And a before picture of my mini tote...

And After...

And my Companion - first ever finished knitting project! Unfortunately, I don't have a before picture, but I'm so proud of it! I'm going to have to make another one out of that yellow and orange yarn I have...

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Oh my goodness, Oh my goodness!

(yes, I watched Annie last night and that phrase is stuck in my head)

I received my package of wooly goodness from Dawn yesterday. Can you say spoiled? She sent me 7 balls of Wool of the Andes in Stream (from Knitpicks), 2 hanks of Shadow in Lost Lakes (also from Knitpicks) and 3 hanks (2 in Autumn, 1 in Citrus) from Hand Painted Yarns. She also included a copy of Crochet World magazine with the cutest purse pattern, the Marvelous Fulled Mini Tote pattern, a cute little Valentines notepad, a purse calendar from the office she works at, a very yummy Dark Orange Chocolate bar (which is already half gone) and a wonderful little note telling me her intentions for the yarn that she bought. Of course, she did tell me it was my yarn, and I could do whatever I wanted with it. But, I liked her ideas, and I already wanted to make that Mini Tote....so, I guess I'll go with her ideas! I just need to find a pattern to make with the Shadow - she suggested a lacy scarf. Anyone know any good lacy scarf patterns? I was so excited when I got the package that I didn't even take the time to come upstairs and post a thank you. I had to immediately start winding one hank of Autumn into a ball (by hand - really need a ball winder) and started on the mini tote. On round 17 of 25 already. Can't wait to finish and get it in the washer! It's looking so good!

I finally did decide to join the Knitter's Olympics, and signed up early last week. Have been really looking forward to starting on my French Market bag. The Olympics begins this coming Friday. I have told myself that I am only allowed to knit when I watch my shows that I always watch during the week. When I have no shows to watch, then I will be studying for my exam. On the weekends I'm limiting myself as well - Study 2 hours, take a half hour break, study 2 hours, take a half hour break...On my breaks I can either crochet, knit, or have computer time. That's it. Give my mind enough time for the information to sink in before I get back to studying.

I learned a valuble lesson yesterday - When I get emails about the monthly pug meetup, be sure to check out all the details. I swore in the title that it said we were meeting at 2 (instead of 4). So, I left at 1:30 and headed to the humane society. Idiots here in Texas decided to shut a major freeway down for construction on a Saturday, so didn't get there until 2:30. No one was there. Uhhhh. People at humane society told me it was at 4. Ok. My mind was apparently somewhere else. Usually the people that run the event are there early to set up. Decided to just hang out until then. 4:00 rolls around, and still no one there. At 4:30, one other pug owner shows up. We're thinking maybe the closed freeway is slowing everyone down? 5:00, still no one else. We decide to give up and go home. Came upstairs and checked my email - the event was at 1:00 and the Texas Cultures Center! Ugh! A wasted afternoon because I was too lazy to read the email! Won't ever do that again, now, will I? Already received an email for the March event, and it is, indeed, at the humane society again. Of course, that is when I was planning on having my Mary Kay spa day for Rosie....May have to either change the time, or do it Sunday....

Alright - enough procrastinating for me. Need to go eat breakfast and get to studying!