Friday, February 25, 2011

Down but Not Out

As if it isn't bad enough that the Pittsburgh Penguins are losing a player every game to injury, now their fans are gong down too.  I threw my back out on Saturday night and have spent most of the week either sleeping or in some medically induced haze.  I am finally feeling a bit better and as expected am probably overdoing it a bit.  I am not running down the halls doing cartwheels, but I have been moving a bit faster and bending and twisting more.

If the unyielding pain isn't enough, I have piled guilt on top of it, by missing 18 hours of work this week.  It was only a 32 hour in office week and I managed to miss more than half of it!  So very frustrating, but with the medications I was on, I thought they would much prefer me drooling all over myself at home rather than at my desk.  Figures this would be the week for mondo amounts of phone calls too.  Ugh!  Oh well, I am on the mend and have put in a full day. 

Being on the IR has meant that little has gotten done craft wise.  I though that I would have gotten so much knitting done over the days of reclining and television watching, but all I managed to do was finish an Alice anklet (that was already 3/4 of the way done to begin with) and a dishcloth.  I have a baby sweater on the needles that in all honesty should have been done last week.  I just could not concentrate for extended periods of time, so alas nothing really got done.  I need to find a way to make up for that this weekend as Monday is the last day of February and I am nowhere near being where I thought I would be at this time.  Grumble bumble!!!

I didn't even get to post a Friday Fill-In last week, but that was not due to injury but to the unexpectedness of having nearly $200 taken from my checking account via PayPal.  I received two emails on Thursday night about two charges (for the same amount) to some European vendor for some web hosting service for something or other.  I immediately changed my password and other information and filed a claim.  I felt good going to be on Thursday night thinking the problem had been resolved and my money was safe.  Little did I know that they snuck in and stole it!  I spent over an hour on the phone with them (between being on hold and talking to the representative) for them to tell me I had "won" my claim and they would be returning my money.  I had to spend the entire holiday weekend and then another three days before finally last night I was able to request my money be put back into my checking account.  Thankfully it arrived this morning and I can breathe a sigh of relief.  It was not a painful experience, just a very frustrating one as it was such a large sum of money that was taken out.  Thankfully I did not let my email go for days.  Lesson learned is that every night, no matter what I check my emails and I regularly change my passwords.

It seems as though February was a learning month with the loss of my beloved computer Emmett and all of my freaking iTunes downloads.  And then this lesson with PayPal.  Oh and then there is the lesson that it is probably not a good idea to shake your booty around the bathroom when you are somewhat prone to back spasms.  I am all for learning, but would like to do it at much less cost to my health and sanity.

Friday Fill Ins - 2011 Wk 7

1. Ooooh, I threw out my back.

2. The drama, I can't stand it!

3. How the heck did I end up with so many bills.

4. Bellingham, Washington is one of my favorite places to visit.

5. I'm not a liar, I'm not!

6. Goodness it has to be good.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to Pens vs. Canes, tomorrow my plans include some TLC for my back and Sunday, I want to sew!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Fill Ins - 2011 Wk 5

1. Family is everything.

2. I need to learn to enjoy ups and downs.

3. Trust is earned.

4. Medcation, it's for the best.

5. Parents just know.

6. Choose your words carefully, so you never have to regret what was said.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to Penguings/Isles, tomorrow my plans include errands and Sunday, I want to watch the Pens beat the Rangers!

Monday, February 07, 2011

FPS 1: Sleep-a-bye-Baby

Finished Project: Sleep-a-bye-Baby
Craft: Sewing
Materials: Flannel fabric by Jo-Ann; Fat Quarter by Jo-Ann, 1/2" Bias Tape; Coordinating Thread
Pattern Source: Simplicity 2388 view E - cut small size

Well I chose this Simplicity pattern for my first official sewing project (I have done others, but this marks my first official one).  I grabbed some flannel (what could be cozier for a baby?) from my stash and found a coordinating cotton fabric for the bunting band.  I pre-washed my fabric (something I have never done before) and set out cutting out the pieces.  I showed up to class last Tuesday ready to finish my first project.  I spent the first 20 minutes trying to figure out what the pattern was telling me to do...along side my expert instructor.  Finally we figured it out (note to potential sewers of this both the D & E instructions all the way through first!).  Then after I did some basting (sewing things I am going to rip out!  crazy!), I settled in to apply the double fold 1/4 inch bias tape.  OMG!  Seriously who can sew something so small around curves?  Well after reading the helpful tips, the first armhole went by with ease.  The second, well that left something to be desired.  I spend a good hour trying to get that second armhole done, including nearly 1/2 an hour of trying to rip out the tiniest of stitches (I couldn't remember what stitch length was default, so I set it super teacher was impressed I was able to rip out any stitches.) After that I spent a good chunk of time figuring out how to wind a bobbin on a very unfamiliar machine!  Then I had the needle threaded wrong.  Finally around 8:25 (class has to be out by 9:00) I decided that I would look at getting some 1/2" bias tape. 

My mother being the most wonderful person she is, set out on Wednesday and got me some white single fold bias tape and so after dinner, I set about getting the new bias tape applied.

After that, I decided to just keep going and I added the bunting band

And before I knew it I was ready to put it all together.  The pattern called for applying the bias tape around the "lower" portion, but I liked the softer look and opted not to fiddle with it.  (I have since found that there is a correct way of applying bias tape...I did not use that method.)

I am totally in love with making things for babies (I bet my sister is wondering why I didn't have this drive nine years ago!) and love the idea of these sleep sacks.  I think this, with the lightweight flannel is perfect for cool summer and autumn nights, or a lazy Sunday afternoon.

I can't wait to find more patterns so that I can use up my ever expanding stash.

So Sad

It is such a sad time for me right now.  My beloved cpu, Emmet suffered severe brain damage sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.  I took him to the doctor today and I was given the tragic news.  Words like, lost, unrecoverable, fried, toast, just shook me to my core.  I had to relay the bad news to my mom and she immediately set out to find a specialist.  I dropped Emmet off this afternoon after we spent the day together in my office.  It just breaks my heart to think of him lying alone in some cold hospital with dismembered bits and bobs around him.

We have had a great relationship for nearly four years now.  We fought once about a print driver, but we realized we were being irrational and we made up.  He assured me that he was 100% and would let me know if he didn't think he could handle the load.  He told me not to back him up that he was a stallion.  Neither of us saw this coming.  I feel like I am betraying him by being with someone else. 

His retirement was planned, he was going to go to a restful place, being passed on to someone who needed him and could give him the kind of low workload he deserved.

He took with him my photos, my music, my patterns, my life.  I just keep asking "why?"  "Why?"

Friday, February 04, 2011

Friday Fill Ins - 2011 Wk 4

1. We are on this earth because it was meant to be.

2. I long to experience true love.

3. One of the hardest things for me to learn is continental purling.

4. Job security is to be connected.

5. I remember Penguins @ Vancouver, November 2000.

6. My love of hockey is one of the best parts of my life.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to Penguins hockey, paying bills, cleaning, tomorrow my plans include I tad bit of shopping, more cleaning and Sunday, I want to will the Steelers to a Super Bowl win and sew some more charm squares!