December 31, 2004

Goodbye 2004

Just some photos of the last sunset of 2004.

B and I will be spending New Years Eve at home. It seems the older we get the lazier we get. I like being a homebody. B is making us a nice dinner along with dessert and after that, who knows.

Have a safe and happy New Year!

December 30, 2004

Blah blah

I was feeling better today and decided to go in to work. My group finished our training early so I don't have to go to work tomorrow (Friday) after all. I am very glad about that. So I will get my usual 3-day weekend. As of January 3rd, there will be no more Fridays off so I had better make the most of it.

Today was not a very interesting day. I left work about an hour early, dropped off some library books and came home. B and I just finished watching Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy. Dumb movie but if it makes me laugh then it is not a waste. I laughed. I must say though, Will Ferrell is either naked or in his underwear no matter what he is in (well except maybe Elf).

Now I may get some scrapping done since it has been awhile. I do have to finish my sister-in-law's gift tomorrow as we are getting together on Saturday. I will post pictures when I am done.

So what is everyone doing for New Years?

December 29, 2004


Today I stayed home from work. I am hoping I feel better tomorrow as I have to go in and cannot miss another day. At least the weekend is almost here. Since I have not been feeling well I pretty much slept most of the day. Why is it when I get tons of sleep I am still sleepy? I feel like my day has been so long when it really has not. I feel so blah.

I worked on updating my template a bit and even though the preview shows a nice patterned background, the actual webpage does not. So I am back to the drawing board. I finally got rid of the icky orange color for my titles though so all is good.

B and I watched a couple of movies tonight that I thought were really cute. We saw Skipping Christmas and Laws of Attraction. I must say I really liked both of them. I tried to work on my sister-in-laws Christmas present (yes I am still not done) but I just could not get into the mood.

Well if anyone wants to help me figure out why my background is not showing or if you can help me change my archive pages to a list of links that actually link to my posts and not blank pages please leave me a comment and help me out.

As for me........I am going back to bed.

FO: Afghan for my Mother-in-Law

This is the afghan I made and gave my mother-in-law for Christmas. It did not take me very long to make. I used all the yarn asked for in the patterned and did not make the fringe so my gauge may have been a litttle off.


Pattern – 5 ½ hour throw

Yarn - Lion Brand Jiffy "El Paso"

December 28, 2004

It's Me!

I am finally able to post photos like I used to. Here is a shot of me that was taken on Christmas with my new camera - Yay!

December 27, 2004

Today was good

I started my morning by having to go to training for a couple of hours. It was supposed to take all day and then we were to work a couple of hours on our queues. I am supposed to be working 50 hours this week but I do not see that happening. Training today went very quickly and since I skipped my lunch, I was able to leave work at 3pm instead of my usual 6pm. It was very nice to get out of work while the sun is still out. I am hoping I can do this the rest of the week as well since I have to work on New Years Eve. As for the training, there were not any plans to train us (my group of 4) until much later. Everyone agreed to coming in for the overtime and I thought this was the reason we were being trained early. I found out today that this was not the correct reason. My department has merged with a different department. Because of this, all the employees not making the minimum for this department get an automatic raise. I will not be getting a raise. I already make over the minimum for this department. Out of the 4 of us on my team (myself included), only one will get a raise. The rest of us are already there. Now the raise cannot be put thru until the training is completed. This employee really pushed for the training so he can get the raise before mandatory overtime. So it is purely for selfish reasons why we have to do the training now. One bad outcome is that we now have to take these calls during our busy season where as before we were not going to be taking them. It should not be too bad, as we only need to take calls for our 10 hours of overtime a week. So I can handle about 2.5 – 3 hours a day with no problem. I say that now but I have been off the phone (for inbound calls) for 8 months now. It will be an adjustment I am sure.

For Christmas, my in-laws gave us a check and an advertisement for us to buy a 32-inch TV. B has wanted one for a long time. Me, I really don’t care. LOL! Well he spent the whole day looking for one at the price (amount) his mom gave us. He found a TV but we ended up spending about $100.00 more that we did not have. Then because the TV did not fit in our entertainment center, we had to buy a new TV stand for around another $100.00. I am not too happy about it but what can I do. My Dad and B brought the TV home in my Dad's truck but B and I went to pick up the TV stand at the store warehouse. We were waiting for over 1.5 hours. Finally, the idiots working there realized that our item had been sitting in front of them the majority of the time. Each time B had gone up to ask about them they gave him a different answer. After B wrestled to put it in the car and the 2 of use carried it inside, I take that back …he did most of the carrying and I was the weak one. He spent this evening putting it together and getting the monstrous TV on it. Now we have to get used to this thing. It is too big for me. Instead of looking straight, we have to look up.

Now I am exhausted and it is late and I am still up and I don’t know why. I can be falling asleep but I always force myself to stay up late.

December 26, 2004

My thumbs hurt!

Are my thumbs supposed to hurt? Is there something I can put on my thumb (like a thimble) so that they don’t hurt? I must be doing something wrong. I did attempt another swatch using thicker yarn and thinner needles. It seems to be coming along much better but when I get to the ends, I have a problem. I know that I am supposed to wind the yarn around the 2nd needle from the back to the front but it is not working out when I do that. Is there something different that needs to be done on the first stitch of a new row?

Okay. Enough whining for now. Even though I am frustrated, I am still enjoying it. Weird isn't it?

My attempt of the Knit stitch

I gave up on hello and just uploaded my photos the good old fashion way. Here is the result of my trying to learn the knit stitch. I have no idea what I am doing. I have never watched anyone knit before and do not know anyone. I am thinking that maybe I need to go to the yarn store so they can show me but I really don’t want to wait until February when I will get a day off of work (Mandatory overtime sucks!).

I guess I just don't understand where the tension is supposed to be. Is it the yarn coming off the skein? The tighter I did the stitches the nicer it looked but I was pretty much wrestling with the hooks to get the yarn off. The looser the stitch the easier it was but the end result was icky. It is hard to hold the needles too. I guess I am just not used to two. J I am also using thin cotton yarn and maybe I should use something thicker?

I have included a photo of each side as I sure as heck cannot figure out which is the right side. LOL! See how where the stitches are looser, the piece is bigger? I just want to be able to get the rows straight and close together. They are supposed to be close together right? The first couple of rows are close together. If you click on the thumbnail it will open a larger picture.

Well that just sucks!

I wanted to share a photo of my crappy knitting but Hello will not post my photos! Urgh! I don't want to use my photobucket account because I know that one day in the future I will forget the photo is on my blog and delete it.

I wanted to change the template on my blog and that is not cooperating either. So instead of looking the way I want it to be it will look blah. The blah template should appear sometime soon.

December 25, 2004

Knitting has begun

I tried knitting tonight and so far I can cast on and I am working on the knit stitch. I have a big problem with tension. I am so used to wanting the tension to be tight when I crochet and it is hard to know what to do when knitting. I started out with tight stitches but I found it hard to get the loop off the left hook. The directions state not to work too close to the end but it is hard not too. I started to loosen up a bit and it gets a bit easier but I am not sure if I am supposed to tighten after each stitch. I have never watched anyone knit so I think I really need to do that. My first swatch is not coming out very well. I think I will work on it more in the morning and then see how it looks. At least I am getting a bit used to the different way of holding the needles.

Merry Christmas 2004

I am very happy to say that my Christmas was good. I spent Christmas Eve at my parents' house and Christmas day with the in-laws. Now I am finally home and relaxing.

Santa brought me a digital so now I can share pictures right away without having to wait for the film to be developed. It will be fun.

I had planned to share some photos I took with my new digital but Hello does not want to cooperate.

Santa also brought me a "how to knit" kit I asked for. I am a bit bummed however, as the advertising on the cover showed up to date projects yet when I opened it none of those projects were in the book. In fact, the company just put a new updated cover (not even attached) over the original book. It should be okay though as I am used to how this company formats the instructions in the book. Now I just need to figure out how to start. I think I may make a basic scarf or something to start with.

Well once I get this internet to work for me I will upload a few of my finished projects (well the ones that I gave away after I got the digital).

December 23, 2004

2 days!!!!

Me panic? No. Never!

Leave it to me to procrastinate. I had it all figured out that I would finish my mother's present (only 3 rows and a flower) and then felt the darn thing and be all done. Well I have run into a problem. The pattern calls for one 50-gram ball of 100% wool yarn. The only wool yarn in the entire store was from Patons. It is kind of a chunky weight. Since the rest of the bag is done in a chunky weight, I thought it would be no problem. I bought one 100-gram ball. This should have been plenty to finish my project. The pattern calls for me to use 2 strands. No problem right? Well no problem until I realize that I am running out of yarn. Now I am wondering if there are different types of wool yarn and maybe I should have been using only one strand instead of two. I am also wondering if the yarn company did not give me all my wool. So at this point I am at a stand still and do not know what to do. I can see the need for using 2 strands as I am crocheting the handles but if I use 2 strands I will need to see if I can find another ball of this yarn (I will not tell you how long it took me to find this one).

So basically the goals I had for today of finishing my mother's present, buying my brother's present and something a bit extra for my father may not go as planned.

To add to all that I am feeling a bit blah and realize I have to wrap some of these gifts. LOL! Luckily I really do not have to worry about the gifts for my brother or B's brother as we will not be seeing them until after Christmas. I just have to wrap the gifts for my parents and B's parents.

December 22, 2004

3 days!!!!

No more Christmas? Is it over and no one told me?

Well at Target it appears to be. I went last night to buy a couple of boxes I had not realized I needed. As I expected there were no boxes. What I did not expect is that the Christmas trees and holiday decorations would no longer be up on display. There was not a Christmas tree anywhere on display in the store and in its place were the huge Rubbermaid storage containers. It is not even Christmas and yet Target is already done with it.

What stress level?

I still have Christmas presents left to make. I have realized that since the only person in my family that I will see on Christmas will be my Mom - then maybe I should finish her present first and forget the rest for right now. How slow am I that I did not realize this before? LOL!

NO Amazing Race!!!!

I was so bummed last night. Amazing Race was on at a different time and I missed it completely. I hate when that happens. Usually it will be announced the week before that the next showing would be at a different time. This is one of the few shows I do watch and since it was not on I was at a loss of what to do.

Christmas surprises. NOT!

So since I had nothing to do and B was out (this is critical), I started wrapping a couple of presents last night. Well I wrapped a total of three. I need to get busy. Two of the presents I wrapped were for B. I cannot wrap them when he is home. I am sure that by the end of the day he will have squeezed and shaken the boxes to figure out what is in them. Buying him presents is no fun. His family has always been big on lists and you get what is on your list. So of course you know exactly what you are getting. His mom is good at wrapping stuff in something else in an attempt to trick you. B is famous for knowing exactly what is in the boxes and it bugs me to no end. I told him that it is not fair since he hates surprises and he told us what to buy. This year there was no list given to his family so he will be surprised. He did give a list to me though. I found 2 different sized boxes to use and in fact present I wrapped in a couple of kitchen towels so that it feels like clothes but also does not move. He is usually onto that trick though.

The Christmas Fake Out

My in-laws have always brought our presents over before Christmas so that we can have something to open in the morning and usually because my father-in-law has to work. One year she had us pick up the presents at her house on Christmas Eve. This was years ago when PlayStation 1 first came out. His brother had gotten one the year before and B wanted one this particular year. His mom called to tell me that this is what she bought him. When we went to pick up the presents there was a huge box wrapped up for him. He immediately started feeling the box for seams to see if it maybe was a smaller box inside a larger one. He did not feel any seams but kept insisting that it was his PlayStation. His mother did not say anything until we are ready to drive away. Her last words were "I sure hope you are not disappointed in your gifts this year". That is what did it. We are driving home when B gets upset and says 'all I wanted was a PlayStation. He ticked me off so much that I wanted to yell at him 'it is a Play Station you idiot!!!' But I did not. I just smiled inside. I had to make him open the present the next morning. Then of course when he found out it was a PlayStation he tried to play it off like he knew all along. I ratted him out to my mother-in-law and so far she is ahead on the Christmas fake out. Of course she also got us that year by handing me a very small and very heavy wrapped gift. She told me that it was extremely fragile and to be very careful. When we opened the present I reminded B that we had to be careful while opening. And what was it that was so fragile? A set of COASTERS!!!! She sure did trick us good that year.


Okay. Update while typing this. B just called and asked if the wrapped boxes were for him. I guess he did not believe the little tag on them that says To: B From: S. It appears that he knows exactly what is in each box. He is no fun!

December 20, 2004

5 days!!!!

Today was a long day. I got stuck on an escalated that lasted over 3 hours. We found more problems and so I am calling the customer back tomorrow. I have been light-headed ever since. It has been a long time since I have had to deal with a huge technical call. I have been off of the inbound phones since April 1st but do make escalated callbacks (at least one a day) and sometimes if we are very busy I take a call or two to help out or when a customer requests a callback. The calls that I usually do deal with my department (Merchant Accounts) or customer service etc. The call I made today was full blown out techincal with a very damaged file where I had to figure out what was wrong with it. Of course what I found out to be the problem was not helped any by my peers as I had been told could not be possible (Yeah right). So now I am just plain tired. I am so glad I don't take all the calls I used to. I don't think I could handle it anymore.

I have an update all ready to send about my icky week last week dealing with B's idiot ex-boss - but I will have to save that for another day.

Yesterday while washing our clothes someone stole B's jeans. I was so upset. I had put the jeans in the dryer and walked to my apartment next door to take the load that just finished drying. I was not gone that long. The jeans were soaking wet and someone still took them. So now poor B who only has 2 pairs of jeans and no other pants is less one pair. And they were the pair he wears when we go out. Good thing they were stolen the day AFTER the holiday party or he would have had nothing to wear.

On the crochet/Christmas present front....I feel as if I have accomplished something. Yesterday I printed out gift certificates for all of my customers to include in their holiday cards. I got some of those mailed out today and some of my personal cards out today. I usually send the cards going out of state first. I will be sending the rest tomorrow. Well that is the goal anyway.

Tonight B and I watched Collateral. Tom Cruise does not look real in the gray hair - it was very fake looking. It was a decent movie and kept our attention. Well enough of it anyways. B had his entire HeroClix collection spread all over the floor and table. Did I say all over? It covered what little free space we have. Have I mentioned that I have married a child? While he played I started crocheting the 2nd tote bag for my other sister-in-law. This time around, it is going much smoother and I made terrific progress. I think this one looks nicer too. I am using Lion Cotton in Morning Glory as I could not find any purple yarn anywhere in this city. The Morning Glory is close enough. It really is a pretty color. I worked on it for about 2 hours and I think I could probably finish it in a couple more hours or be pretty darn close. I will be sure to post pictures once the projects are done and presents given out. Oh and the film developed.

I am looking forward to the holidays being over only because I want to be able to do some of my crafty things without a deadline. January is our busy season at work so I don't really see myself starting anything - or if I start I doubt I will finish anything. Maybe in February I can be Super Crafty Girl!

December 19, 2004

6 days....

I found myself to be very busy this past week but just not busy with the right things. I have not finished any Christmas presents and the shopping for the men in the family (except my husband) is not going too well. I bought stuff but I knew B did not really like what I chose (heck neither did I) so I changed who the gifts were going to and I am happy with that but now I am back to needing to buy some more presents. One funny about Christmas shopping for Nephew #2, since he is the oldest boy currently in my brother's house and my brother and sister-in-law have their hands full with all the little ones I wanted to get him a game he could play himself. I got him a mini Simon. I was telling my mom about it and she got a look of shock on her face and asked me what size I got and was I sure. Come to find out she had bought him the big one (which I had planned to get but had changed my mind). My sister-in-law had suggested to my mom that he needed a game he could play himself and that is what she got him. So now, I have to go back to Target to return the one I got. I already have a different game for him so at least I do not have to buy anything new.

I can say that I have at least printed out my Christmas envelopes for my personal cards and my business cards. I have also printed out my Thank You gift certificate I give to my customers so I just need to fill out what I want on the cards and send them off tomorrow. That is one huge task off my mind.

Last night (Saturday), B and I went to my company's Holiday Party. We sat next to a nice couple and had a good time. I did feel however that this year was the most boring. Usually they have entertainment (like a magician etc). This year they had some staff members do a skit about work related stuff. What is sad is that no one knew it was being performed at the time. The lights were still dimmed and no one could hear. It appears that the company is not spending as much on the party as they used to. B and I were kind of bummed when it came to the raffle. There were 3 couples at our table, including us. The other two couples each won a raffle prize but B and I were not so lucky. My friend sitting next to us won a computer. How cool is that? Oh well there is always next year. I find it funny that we have the party all planned out when we go. We check in, get our free photo taken first thing (this is the main reason I like to go) and then we eat. We go home after the last raffle, as you must be present to win. A close friend was selected for the top prize ($2000 travel voucher). He had already left. He will be so bummed tomorrow and I am sure everyone will let him know he missed out on the prize.
Today is cleaning day so I guess I had better get busy. Maybe later tonight I can work on the Christmas Presents.

December 15, 2004

10 days....

If Santa is good to me this year I will get goodies to learn how to knit.

I want to knit this.

(Click for pattern and cool website)

Of course leave it to me to choose a pattern that is not fit for a beginner so I will have to save this one for when I actually learn how to knit. *Ü* I am now searching the archives for the easy peasy patterns.

All you knitters out there do you have any suggestions on what would be a good starting project?

Today is going very slowly for me. There is not much work to be done in my queues so I am being given escalated callbacks which I do not enjoy doing. Is it mean to say I hope I get an answering machine? The call I was given does not give too much info except to say that the customer called 3 times and is not happy. I hope it is an easy call. I don't think I can procrastinate much longer.

Only 4 more hours and I will be free and starting to enjoy my 4 day weekend!!!!!

Poor Santa

My co-workers and I have come to the conclusion that this picture just may not be real. However I still think it is clever and funny. Ahem.....I think that Santa may be a bit late in his deliveries this year! *Ü* Ouch! That must hurt!

December 14, 2004

11 days....

How exciting to be able to update my Christmas gift list. Of course I still have a ways to go. My plan is to photograph all my projects before wrapping so I can finally share. Well that is after I get the film developed. I sure do hope Santa is good to me this year and brings me a digital.

Grrrrr........ I have been trying to make my archive pages have links for each post instead of having the entire post. The directions to do that are here and they are understandable to me except the Archive section. Where the heck do I put that? So if things look weird (like my archives disappearing) it is due to me trying to edit my template and being unsuccessful. Help?????

Update: Okay! I finally got the archive page to show the links. I just now need to customize it. However when I do click on the link my post is not there. I seem to have lost them. So I guess it is back to the drawing board. Wish me luck!

Update Update: Okay so I guess I did not get it to work. I got the listing but when then I lost all of my posts. I guess I better learn css and these templates are not HTML. I just decided to go with a different template for now and will probably customize it back to have all of my personal stuff. I think I better get back to work now.

Final Update: I Suck. Therefore I am back to using the old template and my archives are icky.

Whoo hoo!!!

I have completed the tote for my sister-in-law! It feels so good to have one more present completed. While watching EarthSea, I was able to work a little bit on my nieces GameBoy holder but realized I was sewing it wrong. That will teach me to watch a movie until midnight and try to work on a project at the same time. I will try to work on it more tomorrow. I should have all of my in-law gifts completed by this weekend - just in time for me to mail them. It will be weird to mail gifts. I have never had to do that before. Usually I see them before or after the holiday but this year I do not know when it will be. It is sad that my in-laws are not that close. I love my sister-in-law dearly but the last time I saw them was Jan 2, 2004. I hate seeing them only on New Years (if that).

Okay...... it is past midnight I better get my butt to bed.

December 13, 2004

12 days....

Today I am working alone. Well kind of alone I do have someone helping me a bit in one of my queues. One of the guys has a vacation day and the other one changed his day off to Mondays - starting today. So I am working like a little busy bee today.

And needless to say I am a bit ticked about the mother-in-law but since I cannot remember if I sent her the link to my blog I don't want to say what is upsetting me. I could call her but then B would get mad because I am not supposed to talk to his mother. That is a big pet peeve of mine!

Needless to say it does not look like I will have any Christmas photos this year because we are going over there and I never get to take photos. I am very upset I will not be spending Christmas with my family!

I better get back to work and get rid of some of this frustration.

December 12, 2004

13 days....

I have not been near my computer lately. So much for my countdown to Christmas. Stayed home sick on Thursday and have not really done anything since then except some house cleaning. I have done nothing when it comes to making my Christmas presents. I am not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow.

I had dinner with some old friends on Friday. There are usually 6 of us but 2 ladies were not there. One now lives in NM and the other just was not there. We are really worried about her. It was nice to sit and have a nice dinner and exchange gifts. I have known these ladies for over 10 years and it is so nice that we still get together. Now that we have had our dinner I am starting to feel that Christmas is almost here. I think I have pushed Christmas to the back of my mind so that I would not realize how close it is. I have already received 2 Christmas cards so I know it is coming.

B is out Christmas shopping. Well he says that is what he is doing but he took some of his toys....ahem I mean HeroClix with him. So I think his telling me he was going Christmas shopping was a thinly veiled excuse to go to the gaming store. LOL! As for me......I was thinking it would be nice to do some holiday decorating while he was gone but since I don't think I could finish it completely and there is a ton of housework I could do I am at an impasse. I can say that I feel I have accomplished at least one thing this weekend. I have printed out my year-end sales flyer and I just have to get it in the mail. Wish me luck with my sale!

I have a secret to tell. I don't have my tree up. I don't know if I will have a tree this year. There it is out. Now those of you that know me personally and read this blog please quickly forget that I wrote it okay? Maybe later I will make my blog more Christmasy to compensate.

December 7, 2004

Car Balloons

A friend sent this to me today. It may have already been around the internet but it is new to me and I thought it was funny just the same. Read the info below before looking at the photo.

Step 1. Tie balloons to car.
Step 2. Drive like a bat out of hell.
Step 3. Watch people freak out!!!!

18 days....

Last night I decided I better get my butt in gear and pick up all the yarn I needed to make the rest of my Christmas presents. Balls of yarn purchased = zero. As in None, Zip, Nada! Mission failed! Mainly I was looking for purple cotton. There is no purple cotton. I have been looking forever and last night was no exception. I drove to the opposite side of town to look. I may have to try the closer places this weekend. I still could not decide on what to make the babies. Can you believe that the stores I went to (Joann's & Michael's) did not have any magazines/books on crochet? They had the basic pattern books but I wanted something new. I have as yet to find a magazine in this city that has to do with crochet. While I was out driving around B was home making a yummy spaghetti dinner. (Leftovers in fridge for lunch but not sure if they will last that long). Because of my driving I got nothing accomplished in the creative department. But I can say the twins and my youngest niece (that is not a twin) are all taken care of. Each time I have been to Joann's I have seen a cute felt blanket rolled up in a felt bag and at 60% off that is what I got. I don't even know what the blankets look like. How is that for making a decision. I am usually one that rethinks things constantly but this time I just spent the time deciding on colors (oh and a quick phone call to mom) and those blanket sets were mine. So I need to update my Christmas list so I don't feel like too much of a slacker. I did manage to get out of there with Christmas cards but who knows when I will have time to send them out.

This morning my car was frozen. I got out my trusty drivers license and started scraping away. It did not take long and soon I was on my way. Of course dummy me rolls the window down and in this car when the window is wet it stays down. So lucky me got to drive my 30 min to work with the window down. It was cold - thirty degrees is considered cold right? I am sure not as cold as some places but cold enough for my butt. In my office someone likes to play with the thermostat and turn the heaters WAY up. Because of this I have to dress like it is summer and today was no exception. Needless to say my ears are frozen due to my decision to wear a ponytail today.

Today should be another quiet day at work. My entire team is in training. It will just be me and two other people (only one sits next to me). Speaking of work maybe I should get started on it.

December 6, 2004

19 days....

Woke up to a very rainy day. I am not used to it being so dark while driving to work. The sun usually is rising during my drive but not today. It felt as if I should be driving home and ending the day and not to work and the beginning the day.

I am expecting my work day to be very long and because of this I am not looking forward to it in any way. I have been here just a bit over 2 hours so far and I am already ready from my lunch break. Maybe if I work on my project during lunch I will feel better about the day. I will try and scan my progress here at work later today. That is if my finger is not being all icky.

I think the stress of only having 19 days until Christmas is starting to get to me. Christmas will be very very bleak this year and it will be hard not to get presents for everyone in my family.

Gross alert - you do not have to read any further.


Okay. Sorry for the gross post. My finger will not stop bleeding! I am so tired of this! It had started to heal but would bleed occasionally. The top skin will repair itself but then it will fall off and the bleeding will start again. Very frustrating as it is hard to type and do anything at all that requires this finger. I cannot wear a band-aid when it is like this so now I have a napkin taped around my finger. This is the 2nd one in the past 30-45 min and I think it is time for a new one.

December 5, 2004

20 days….

My Dad is good. He is home. I guess the doctors don't know how to fix him so they just put in a shunt.

Today has pretty much been non-existent. I woke not feeling very well and spent most of the day in bed. I finally got up sometime in the afternoon and I have not done anything. Usually on days like this, I never leave the house but I can say I did go outside and drove to the bank so I am not a total slacker. My plan tonight was to watch Desperate Housewives and then go back to bed but Desperate Housewives is not on tonight. Talk about disappointed. B was looking forward to watching it too, which I think is cute.

I have done absolutely nothing of my Christmas presents the past 2 days. All of them are pretty much on hold right now.

I only turned on the computer to download my email. I am glad I did because I had over 15MB to download. I do not know where it came from. So far it has not been anything big.

December 4, 2004

21 days….

I have not been feeling too well this past week. I think it is all the overtime I worked this past week. So last night I took some Nyquil before bed. It did not help. Someone's car alarm went off all night until after 7am this morning. It was not your basic car alarm. At first, I thought someone was just honking for someone. This was at about 9pm or so. But it continued. If it was not the honking then it was a sound like a phone ringing – just once but it continued with a few seconds of silence and then it would ring again. Just as I would drift off it would ring and wake me up. Even though I knew, it was not my phone I guess it is just a subconscious thing. I finally got some good sleep after it went away.

I was all ready to go to the hospital this morning but woke up sick. I knew I would not be able to see my dad while I am sick and called my mom. Good thing I did because they had changed the surgery to 7pm tonight. She told me to go back to bed. I just called her a bit ago and she says that the doctor changed his mind and my dad is currently in surgery now. She told me she does not want me to come because I am sick and that she has two of my aunts with her (my dad's 2 sisters).

I need to find something to do to keep me from going stir crazy. It is rainy outside and I so love to read on the rare day like this but I don’t want to put myself to sleep again. Do you ever have one of those days when everything that normally interests you just bore you to death?

December 3, 2004

22 days….

My Dad is back in ICU. He just got the staples out 2 days ago and he is now back in the hospital for the same thing. He was in Emergency from 3am to 4pm and they finally put in him ICU. His doctor still has not shown up. I don't know how many times we will have to go thru with this. So I think since he is having the same problem the doctors only drained and did not repair a thing. You see the doctors still have not told us what they did during his first surgery. He is scheduled for surgery tomorrow morning at 7:30.

I think I am burned out on making presents. The tote I am making for my sister-in-law is almost done and does not look right to me. It does not look long enough. I think I need to revise my list.

December 2, 2004

23 days....

Yesterday the servers went down at work. I have literally over 100's of cases to complete today. I had no worries until the power supply in my computer went out. So I had to wait a couple of hours until I got a new one. During that time I was tasked with getting a fellow employee away from his phone and to keep him occupied between 9-10. He was to get an award and needed to be free to do so. I am lucky this guy loves to talk but it sure was hard trying not to get his suspicions up while I just stood there and chatted about non important- non work related things. LOL!

Now on the Christmas presents front it is not looking too good. The tote bag for my sister-in-law just does not look right. It looks too short. I am starting to work on the handles now but even with following the instructions I am not ending up with the correct number of stitches. I have come to the conclusion that this pattern is flawed. The pattern has me make a decrease in 2 dc, then make 19 dc and then another decrease in the next 2 dc. This leaves me with a total of 21 dc right? The pattern says I should have 23. Do I count the one decrease as one dc or two dc? I am wondering if I actually need to make 2 decreases. This is what the pattern says. Please someone help in figuring out how I am supposed to end up with 23 dc at the end? With this pattern the the ch 3 is supposed to count as a dc.

Here are the instructions:

Ch 3, dec 1 dc in next 2 dc, dc in each of next 19 spaces, dec 1 dc in next 2 dc, dc in next space - 23 dc.......................OKAY I am an idiot! As I am writing this I realize that it does equal 23 dc. Urgh!!!! Maybe my problem was trying to work on it after 12 hours of being at work!

Okay! I need to get away from this computer. My butt has not left my chair for 4 hours and I need a break!

December 1, 2004

24 days....

Yesterday I worked alone in my group. Everyone else was off. Since I knew I would probably be stressed I decided to not spend my lunch at my desk (which I usually do) and brought my current project to work on during that time. Let me tell you crocheting a project in the very bright light of my office is different than working in my dark living room. Since the living room is the brightest in my house I thought I saw all, how wrong I was. I am working with 100% cotton. That stuff just picks up all kind of lint! I keep all my projects in plastic bags to keep them clean and yet my project looked like I threw it on the floor and hat the cat play with it. Okay maybe not that bad but it was annoying. So between me picking lint off my work and having to spend the entire time to undo a giant tangle I did not get any work done on it. Last night while watching The Best Show Ever! (aka The Amazing Race) I was able to untangle the yarn and start working on it again. I got past the point where I had to undo it the other day however the project I am making is a tote bag and it sure does not look long enough. I have a feeling that once I am done with this project I will find out that it is not written right and will have to end up buying my presents.

It was quite amusing to hear my co-workers while I was working on my project. I was away from my desk and in a corner on a couch. Women are in the minority so all my comments were from the guys. After about the 5th one commenting on my 'knitting' I just started answering with 'yep'. LOL! I don't think they understand the concept of crochet being different. We will have to see what they say today.

On a funnier note.......I have a co-worker that is trying to come up with come on lines to get a date. He has it all mapped out on how he is going to get women to date him while shopping at Target. He is such a hoot! He has me laughing all day and it gets quite dull when he has the day off.

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