Saturday, June 21, 2008

Dizzy up the girl

I'm dizzy today (yesterday, too). Literally. I used some tea tree oil on my scalp the other night and I think that might be the cause of it. I'm ok if I'm sitting and taking it easy, but being active sets it off. It's not too bad, not like, "OMG I'm gonna puke!" It's tolerable. But I had to decline an invitation to 'game night' from my friend Ericka tonight. :(

I did clean house for a bit today, but now I need to take it easy for a bit. I'll do the dishes later. I'm also going to be pinning and sewing my quilting project. I don't like pinning. It's boring. But the sewing will come out like shite if I don't pin it first.

In other news, I've gotten Toon-Kaylee some new clothes. Just picture this with a parasol:

I just wish I could twist her ears into cute little buns.

And I was able to advance Mal's squirt gag so I could take a pic of him with his gun:

Toons of the World, UNITE!

Oh, and I made myself an AWESOME rib eye steak and mashed potatoes/mashed sweet potatoes mix last night. YUM!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Shameless bragging about my awesome kid

Today was the second-to-last day of school. The teacher had the children write nice things about each other and then compiled them for each child. This is what Jacob's classmates think of him:

I cried.

I am so proud of him. He is such an awesome human being.

(PS: He just brought home his report card. Two A's and Four A-'s.)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation

Ok, I finished the curtain/pillows project:

Bench cushion and throw pillows.

Throw pillows for sofa.

My aim was to get it finished so that I could put the sewing machine away and clean everything up. Because when I sew, the house is taken over. The machine is on the kitchen table. The ironing board is taking up the whole of the kitchen. Various baskets, pins, chalk, scissors, rulers, and piles of fabric cover the table, counters, and virtually every horizonal surface. The floors are covered in thread and bits of fabric. I also seem to put all other activities on hold, like shopping and cleaning and feeding the cat and laundry. And so, as I said, my aim was to get this project finished so I could clean up and have my house back.

But as soon as I finished, I tricked myself by saying, "Self, since we have the machine out, why don't we just piece together a small square of the denim quilt, just to see what it's going to look like?" And I fell for it. I just finished putting nine square together, and I LOVE IT.

This is the front of the quilt. The denim is mostly mine and Jake's old jeans. The flannel is all a mixture of our shirts and pajama bottoms.

This is the back of the quilt. It's all denim, and the sewing on the front creates an overlapping circle pattern on the back.

Now I want to keep working on it FOREVER. But there are other things in life I need to/want to do!! Maybe I can reach a compromise with myself...

Monday, June 9, 2008

The extent of my fandom

And by 'fandom', I could very well mean 'obsession'.

I've opened a second Toontown Online account, and made all Firefly characters. Really.

So far I've mostly been playing Kaylee. Jake can't wait to play Jayne.

There's a limit of six characters for an account, or I would have made everyone. Inara and Simon aren't really fighters, but I'm sad that I don't have a Shepard. He would have kicked ass.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Life is Good

Today is my second day home. There's a Firefly marathon on Sci-Fi right now. I'm in the middle of sewing the new valance for my living room window. Here's the fabric:
And the sheers that I thought I'd have to perfectly! I actually found denim colored thread for my quilt project, and also found three pair of men's jeans on clearance. More denim for the project!! My new purse, that I've been trying to find for two months, came in the mail today:
The boy will be home in a little while and I'll get to spend a few hours with him. And tonight is a new Battlestar Galactica.

Does it get any better?


Finished window:

Tomorrow, I work on the bench cushion and throw pillows. :D

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Things To Do This Summer

Ok, so my official last day of work is June 13. But the Florida office took over my department's work last week, and we've all been sitting at our desks, twiddling our thumbs. And, also, playing internet games, gabbing, and inventing a game called Paper Pong (which was a lot of fun). Our bosses planned a potluck lunch for yesterday, which was nice. I brought my Spinach Dip. We mingled. We ate. We had fun. They even let us bring our cameras (only for the conference room where the party was). Pictures below. And because we've had no work to do for a week, our manager was trying to get Florida to agree to let us stay home for the rest of our employment. As of yesterday afternoon, we were pretty sure we would not be coming back, but still did not have the official word from Florida. I had to leave the potluck early to go to a dentist appointment, so I did not get to hear the official word before I left. I said goodbye to my friends and took all my stuff just in case. And sure enough, my boss called me later to say for sure that we did not need to come back to work. So I'm home today. I tried to sleep late today, but I accidentally fell asleep at 6pm yesterday (with make up still on my face, my teeth unbrushed, and without my nightguard in my mouth). I woke up at 3am but was able to go back to sleep until 8:30am. Woohoo!

So, now I'm up. I had cheesecake and coffee for breakfast. I am trying to get in the groove to clean up the house, but my back is sore, probably from all that sleeping. I got a call from the HR chick, I have an appointment next Thursday to go back to work and sign the papers and stuff for the whole being laid off and severance thing. Then later that day is another going-away party at the office, so I'll stay for that, too. And I honestly forgot, until a few minutes ago, that today is a weekday and The Boy will be coming home from school at 3pm. (In my defense, The Boy was at his Dad's place last night, so I woke up alone in the house today, and since I didn't have to work, it kind of felt like a Saturday. One of the Saturdays that The Boy is with his Dad.)

And I've been thinking for a while about all the things I want to get done this summer:

  • Sew my new throw pillows, bench cushion, and window valance, and re-cover the cat's new chair. I have most of the fabric to do it already, and the rest is on the way. I'd love to start today, but I just need to clean the house up first; it doesn't feel right to be doing 'extra' things when the house is a mess. That's one of my rules for myself.
  • Sew my new quilt. It's going to be a denim and flannel quilt, made of mine and Jake's old jeans, and flannel shirts and jammies. It's going to be Way Cool, and I started cutting pieces for it a few weeks ago.
  • Keep the house cleaned up so I can have people over.
  • Go to the drive-in as often as possible.
  • Go visit my friends from work, often, who all have the summer off, too (and some have swimming pools).
  • Go visit Meghan again, after River comes.(woohoo!!)
  • Find a new job. Preferably one that starts after Labor Day, is close to home, and pays a lot more than my previous job.

Trish, one of cubemates.

Louise, another of my cubemates. She was being difficult because she didn't want her picture taken.

My supervisor, Bill. He didn't want his picture taken either.

My manager, Brenda.

Me, Lou, and Trish.

Team Lead, Mike. I guess he's been laid off three times in a row, all facility closings. So this is obviously all his fault, and I told him so.

Judy, another cubemate. She is the sweetest thing, ever.


Eileen, Brenda, and Lil.

Lou. Since she wouldn't volunterily pose for pictures, I had to trick her by calling her name, and taking a pic quickly when she looked my way. Hence the deer-in-the-headlights look. It would have been better for her if she'd have just posed for me.

Phil, being silly. Phil wasn't in our cube but was in "The Room", part of our department.

Me and Phil.


This is Judy, the second before she thought she'd be funny by sitting on my lap.

Ericka and Phil. Ericka was my cubemate, too. We had a lot of fun together. Ericka, if you're reading this, don't tell Lou I put her pictures on here!