Posted on 22/07/2012. Filed under: Relaxation |

Since deciding to move back to the US I’ve been completely uninspired to write ANYTHING, and I haven’t felt particularly inspired in other areas as well.  That is, until I was browsing through Pinterest and came across a tutorial on how to make a summer tote.  The tutorial was by Anna from Noodlehead Her instructions were clear and easy to follow, and I’m pleased with the results.

The only thing I didn’t like was due to my own inexperience in making interior zipper pockets.  I wasn’t quite sure how to install the zippered pocket so it would fall between the liner and the exterior without piecing the side of the interior I wanted to install it in.  In retrospect, I should have done just that, but at least it doesn’t look Too bad.  Still, for my first real attempt at a tote, it went very well.  I doubt I could have done such a nice job if it weren’t for a fantastic tutorial.  I did do one thing that made the process easier (for me) and instead of canvas between the exterior and interior layers, I used fuse-able interfacing.
So, if you’ve ever wanted to make a tote, but you’ve been intimidated by complicated directions or difficult patterns, just follow the tutorial!  Trust me, you’ll be surprised at how easy (and quick) it is to make this tote.

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Long time, no blog

Posted on 13/09/2007. Filed under: Relaxation, Work |

It has been a long time since I last posted a blog entry. Since then I have been promoted at work (not as the second supervisor as was planned, but as the ONLY one), had my oldest daughter home from the Army for a few weeks, been diagnosed with migraines *whee* and assorted other stuff.

The promotion is a good thing, as it comes with tuition reimbursement (nice), and a small pay increase as well. I am essentially doing the same job as I was before, but now I write the schedule, interview potential employees and do performance reviews. We’ve been struggling with staffing since the school year started because several employees are in school and aren’t available as much as they were over the summer. That should change soon with a new hire and a transfer from another store.

Recently I started looking around for a set of double twelve dominoes. It’s not easy to find them, especially since I like the white ones with black dots, not the white with colored dots that are apparently popular now. I just think that dominoes should be black and white (or white and black) and shouldn’t be colored. It is supposed to be easier to tell what number you are looking at, but I don’t think it’s all that hard to tell a 10 from a 12 to begin with. While I was on my quest to find the dominoes I kept seeing Mahjong sets and decided it might be nice to get one of those as well. I have always enjoyed playing Mahjong on the computer, and it would be really cool to have a real set of my own. I think it would be fun to learn how to play the multi-player version as well as the solitaire version I am familiar with. Maybe I can even find someone who would be interested in playing with me 🙂

Now I have a whole list of things that I want to purchase (if I ever decide to indulge myself). A nice set of double twelve dominoes, a mahjong set, an i-pod, and a nice digital camera. I know some people would argue that I already have a digital camera, but I honestly don’t feel that it is mine, since it is not mine to keep, only mine to use. (provided I ask to do so) Perhaps I will indulge myself now that I have a little more spending money… We’ll see…

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Ahh… A weekend off at last!!

Posted on 03/02/2007. Filed under: Kids, Relaxation |

After almost 3 weeks of crazy re-arranging my schedule and working extra hours I finally have a weekend off with no commitments to do anything at all! *GRINS* While I love to spend time with my kids, and enjoy the company of friends, I find myself in need of some precious “down time”. In the middle of my grueling 3 weeks at work I found myself trying to fix a perplexing computer problem for someone close to me (but alas, I had no experience with what was wrong – though I was able to find out the cause of one of the problems – Microsoft’s SP2 *big surprise*). While I just wanted to relax when instead I was trying to wrap my tired mind around the odd computer problem, I couldn’t say no. Partially because the person in question is special to me, but also because I can’t leave a computer problem alone… they call to me *laugh*.

Now I’m at the beginning of a blessed weekend off. (Technically it started yesterday after work, but I wasn’t feeling the best when I left work – to the point that when a co-worker who was coming in to work swerved and pretended he was going to hit me with his jeep I was startled only at the last moment… and had he actually been out of control I either would be in the hospital now, or I’d have found out what’s the story on the afterlife *yikes*) So… I’ve decided my weekend off started this morning when I took my first sip of delicious coffee. The only things I have planned to do for my time off are to work on my story – which has taken a back seat for too long now – do a little reading and maybe work on some handmade necklaces. I may also start doing a backup on my computer, since I intend to scrub my system drive and reinstall windows within the next couple of weeks (after my son has moved back out and into his new apartment).

My son was supposed to have moved out on the 1st, but his new landlady was called out of town and won’t be back until tomorrow to meet with him and give him the keys. So… he’s here just a bit longer than planned. While I don’t mind the fact that he’s been here for this past month (so he could save money for moving into his apartment) I am looking forward to having my place back to myself. When my oldest daughter left for the Army in Aug of last year it was a bit of an adjustment to become accustomed to living alone. It was the first time in 20 years that I lived alone. The only time I lived alone when I was 17 for about 8 months, so it wasn’t something I’d become very accustomed to before getting married, having kids and then getting a divorce. Now I love my alone time and having my place to myself. Would I like to have someone to come home to? yes, but at the same time I’m perfectly content to just be on my own.

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Posted on 15/09/2006. Filed under: Relaxation |

Ok, *sigh* I admit it… I am addicted to a stupid little game called Iggle Pop. Yeah, I know, it’s not what most people think of when they first hear the word addiction.  But, never the less, I am addicted to the game.  Almost as addicted as I am to coffee, but not quite.  I found the game on Shockwave which has tons of games in just about every variety.    It’s a goofy little kid-type game.  It’s kind of like a more advanced Pac-Man, only the dots are creatures and as you pass them they follow you and you have to protect them from the enemies and get them back to their home base.  Yeah, deffinitely a kid-type game.  But here I am, 38 yrs old playing it whenever I have the chance.

Fortunately I’m not so addicted that I have neglected my studies, as much as I would sometimes like to skip learning about ratios, medication strengths, dosage forms, sig codes & more.   It’s nice to be able to escape from brain crunching for a while and play a nice little mindless game.

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Thank goodness for weekends off!

Posted on 22/07/2006. Filed under: Friends, Kids, Life in General, Relaxation |

This has been a rather busy and tiring week.  It started with a busy weekend last weekend – Working on Saturday and then helping a friend paint on Sunday.

The Sunday painting project consisted of painting one wall of my friend Christy’s apartment, then going to her boyfriend’s house and putting primer on the two bathrooms (and one bathroom ceiling).  While we were doing that I was standing on a toilet seat (the step stool wouldn’t fit in that corner and we didn’t have an extension pole at the time).  Well, as I was painting the last bit of the corner the seat slipped (one side wasn’t attached) and I started to fall… luckily I was holding the window ledge for balance and was able to catch myself.  The only problem is that night my back began hurting… the next two days at work were not fun, and only the use of ibuprofen and thermacare patches made it possible for me to function.  I didn’t realize at the time I’d hurt myself though.  After we were done painting at his place we went back to her apartment and finished our painting job there.  We were doing sponge painting on her dining room wall in the same colors as the bottom half of a previous painting project we did in her spare bedroom.  It came out with a nice marbled effect that was rather pleasing.  I’ll have to get a camera and take photos of both rooms some time and post them.

The first few days of the week were spent with me sleeping and trying to get my back to feel better, though I did attend the Orioles game on Monday night.  Tom Hanks and Ron Howard were there, and could be seen (barely) from our seats.  It was a good game, and the O’s won *grins*  Tuesday I found out that all the techs have to get their certification by next year – which means that I have to take the test in November *whee*  So… it’s time to start hitting the books and memorizing doseage calculations and ratios, drug classifications, brand names and their generic equivalents, metric conversions, etc.  Oh what fun!  I’d rather take classes, because I feel that some things are easier to learn that way rather than being self-taught.

Now I finally have a full weekend off, my daughter is spending time with her boyfriend, as with most weekends now.  She only has 25 more days till she leaves for boot camp and is doing her best to make the most of her time.

Hopefully I will be in the right mood to do a little bit of writing at some point this weekend, my story has been on the back burner for far too long.  I also want to get some studying done, not exactly relaxing stuff, but I’ll wind up being more relaxed if I do, because I’ll be closer to knowing all the material for the certification test.  If I have any time left over  then I’ll spend it playing sudoku and reading.

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Just Playing Around

Posted on 09/07/2006. Filed under: Friends, Kids, Life in General, Relaxation |

Last night my friend Christy took me out to celebrate my birthday and the birthdays of 2 of her other friends. Their husbands came along to join in the fun, and we all had a great time, though I think I was the only one in the group that didn’t wind up with a hangover this morning. Toward the end of the evening 2 male friends of Christy’s wound up joining us. One of them was a little more than “friendly” with me… I guess he thought that because I was wearing a short leather skirt and boots that it meant he could grope me…. Uh… let me see… NO.

We didn’t stay out very late, I’d gotten up early to go to work and had plans with my oldest today, and then there’s the problem of me being unable to sleep in most days that I don’t work. It was a good thing I got to bed around 1:30, because right around 6:45 these WONDERFUL crows started “singing” back & forth outside my window… those birds are LOUD!! So… at 7:00 this morning I wandered to the coffee pot and started playing around with photos and surfing the web. After a while I decided it was time to enjoy the beautiful weather, so I went to Starbucks and grabbed coffee and a little something to eat and sat down outside. I spent the next few hours listening to music, finishing one of the books I’ve been reading and playing sudoku.

My oldest son met me there and I drove us back to my place so we could have some lunch before going to see the new Pirates of the Carribean movie. We got to the movies before my son’s girlfriend and her family arrived, so I went and sat down and saved seats for us – which isn’t easy in a crowded theater. Everyone finally joined me just before the movie itself started. I really enjoyed the movie, I thought it was every bit as good as the first one, and it certainly built on the storyline. I can hardly wait for the next one to come out! *grins*

Now I’m back home, drinking a beer, typing in my blog, listening to music and otherwise just playing around *winks* I’m also hoping to catch up with someone, though it all depends on if we’ll both be online at the same time.

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Miscellaneous stuff

Posted on 06/07/2006. Filed under: Kids, Life in General, Relaxation |

Yet again, I can’t be nailed down to just one subject *laughs*

The weekend was a rather busy one for me, I worked on Saturday, and soon after I got home from work my ex dropped off my three youngest kids so they could spend the rest of the weekend with me. We didn’t do very much on Saturday or really all that much on Sunday, mostly we watched movies and played games. Although we did do something a little different, we dyed eggs. Yes, you read that right, we made hard boiled eggs and dyed them. My youngest daughter had discovered that I had a couple of Easter egg dye kits (which I had picked up on clearance) a month or so ago. Since the kids hadn’t done eggs with me for Easter (they spent it with their dad & his fiancee) she wanted to do them with me. What better way to spend my birthday than dying non-Easter eggs? *laughs* While we were doing that I was also chatting with a new friend out in Arizona – with my webcam running…. So, now we’ve proved to at least one person that our family is crazy. *grins* I didn’t have to take the kids back home till Monday night, though I wish I could have had them longer.

Over the weekend I also discovered an interesting website: Cades which has some beautiful photography, artwork and digital remastery. The images are large enough to use as desktop backgrounds on just about any resolution you have your monitor set for. I’m always on the lookout for beautiful photography and art work (I think my father has a hand in that since he’s an excellent artist and photographer). So… I’ve been spending quite a bit of time looking through all the wonderful images and saving the ones that speak to me in some way.

Meanwhile, I am still dividing my reading time between Exuberance and Blink plus working on Sudoku puzzles to my heart’s content. If I were to ever strike it rich I would wind up spending quite a bit of time exploring new places both in the world and inside the pages of books. If I’m not reading or playing sudoku then I’m writing parts of the story I’ve been working on, maybe someday it will be done and someone will be awaiting my “next” book to come out, much in the way I await new books from my favorite authors. We will see, it’s still small, only about 25,000 words, which may seem like a lot, but that’s only around 100 pages at most.

I keep being drawn to a poem by John Masefield titled “Sea Fever”

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

That poem always speaks to my soul. The ocean has always been a home to me, a place for me to center and renew myself. No matter what is going on in life, I can go to the ocean and feel whole, more so than anywhere else in nature. I too feel like he did, that I must go down to the seas again.

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That Great Little Place

Posted on 27/04/2006. Filed under: Life in General, Relaxation |

No… I’m not talking about something naughty, so get your minds out of the gutter!! *LAUGH*

Everyone has a great little place that they enjoy going to.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a bar, coffee shop, eatery, park or whatever.  For some reason or another it’s far better than any place you might otherwise go for the same thing.  We enjoy it, we relish having that great little place to go to after a rough day or on our day off.  In fact, we like it so much we want to share it with other people…. and there’s the problem.  If too many people find out about that great little place, it soon becomes to busy to have the qualities that we liked so much about it.   So, what do we do?  Keep the place a secret, even though we know some of our friends would really enjoy it? Or should we just tell people with the idea that since the place is great eventually a lot of people will find out about it anyway?

I used to go out to karaoke every Tuesday night.  I didn’t go on Fridays because it was too crowded.  However, because I really enjoyed it, and it’s always more fun if you have people there you know, I told my co-workers about it.  For a while only a few people would come and then they’d stop, but then a larger group came once and now it keeps getting bigger.  Some of the people moved on from my place of work to other jobs and now they are bringing people from their places of work as well.  SO… now the very reason I avoided Friday nights (too many people and not enough time singing) has made Tuesday nights not as much fun, so I don’t go then either.  I’ve been away from it for so long it may have changed back to normal, but I’ve lost my desire to go, partly because my work hours have changed, partly because I found other things to do on those nights, and partly because I don’t remember it so much the way it was when I first was enjoying my time there.

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One of those months?

Posted on 27/02/2006. Filed under: Friends, Life in General, Relaxation |

I’ve been running around like crazy since the beginning of the month.  Between work, kids, birthdays, dating,  another trip to Atlanta for more modeling and searching for a new apartment things have been hectic to say the least.

Yesterday I went to my friend Christy’s apartment to paint her spare bedroom (her fiancee’s kids are going to be sharing the room) and it turned out to be quite the adventure.  At first she had just planned on a simple paint job (no problem, that doesn’t take very long).  By the time we got to Home Depot to get the paint she had decided she wanted to do something more than just plain walls…  She wanted us to sponge paint the walls.  I had never sponge painted walls before and I remembered that the few people I knew who HAD done that said it was harder than they thought it would be to get a nice effect.  I was rather nervous about trying my hand at that on her walls.  Then she decided that she wanted some wall stickers and we went looking through the wallpaper books.  We found this really nice wall border that had a fun beach scene on it, with palm trees, cabanas, and a funky painted VW beetle.  She decided that would be the perfect thing for the kid’s room.  THEN she decided she wanted us to sponge paint the bottom of the room with colors that would match the sand and the top of the room with colors that would match the sky.

When we got home we started by taping around the room in the middle of where we would apply the border when it came in.  Then I started painting each half of the wall with the appropriate base color and then we stopped so I could make us dinner – Turkey Tetrazzini *yum*.  While our food was baking in the oven we mixed the two glaze colors for the sponge painting and got to work.  It took a little while to get a ‘feel’ for the best way to do the sponging, but after a while I was having fun.  We stopped long enough to eat dinner and then got back to work.  We started the project at 3:00 in the afternoon and we were done with it by 10:00 in the evening, even with our break to make and eat dinner.  We probably spent about 4 to 5 hours at most in actual time painting the room, which isn’t too bad considering the fact we were painting an 11 x 11 room and neither one of us had ever done sponge painting before.  It looked good before I left, though it was late and it’s hard to tell until the paint has dried and you see the room by daylight if it really does look good.  Christy told me this morning that it looks great.  I get to see what it’s like tomorrow – I can hardly wait.  If I like it a lot then I think I’ll do it in my bedroom once I move 🙂

Considering the fact I was painting most of Sunday afternoon I had a pretty good weekend.  Friday I had my middle daughter over to spend the night.  She and I went out shopping for her birthday (she’s 15 now!!) and then to dinner.  Then Saturday night I got to spend time with my boyfriends kids while he went to an “adults only” Birthday party for his uncle.  I think the kids and I had a better time than he did 🙂  I was really glad he asked me.  I like his kids and I’ve been wanting to spend time with them so I can get to know them.  I’m not sure what they think of me exactly, but I think they’re good kids.

I’m looking forward to taking a nice vacation… but I don’t know when I’ll be able to break free.

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Posted on 29/01/2006. Filed under: Relaxation, Work |

I feel like I’ve been constantly at work since I came back from Atlanta.  I had my first real day off since the trip today so…  I have been editing the photos all morning and I found the one posted above to be interesting.  I don’t have a favorite photo from this shoot yet, but there are quite a few I like so far *smiles*.  I went out to Grand Cru  again last night for several hours and then returned after taking my daughter home from the movies.  I probably had a little too much wine over the course of the evening, but I won’t complain, the wine was excellent as usual.  I truly enjoy going there.  The atmosphere is wonderful and everyone there – the patrons and the staff – are fun to engage in conversation.

I haven’t made much progress with my writing, but at least it’s not at a standstill.  The good thing is that with my visits to Grand Cru and coffee shops I am getting a lot more inspiration for things to write.  Time isn’t wasted as long as you have gained something from your experiences.

When I was at work yesterday the pharmacist on duty (who happens to be our new manager) took time to teach me and another co-worker something.  A doctor had written for MS Cotin, which my co-worker knew was Morphine Sulfate… But neither she nor I knew what the Cotin stood for…   She did select the right medication when she keyed in the prescription though.  Our manager asked us if the doctor had ordered for imidiate release or continuous release… and we weren’t sure…  He asked us what we would do if we had to fill the prescription, which one would we pick?  Well, we didn’t know…  He gave us time to think it over and try come up with the right answer, but we still weren’t sure.   So he explained to us that Cotin stands for continuous release…. so… The correct medication was Morphine Sulfate continuous release.  I really like the fact that our new manager takes the time to teach us in a way that shows he believes we can figure things out and doesn’t make us feel stupid for not knowing the answer.  He also gives an explination for why something is the right answer instead of just saying “it’s this” because otherwise we wouldn’t learn a thing.  I like my job!!

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