Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Last day

Today is the big day. The last day at my job. I have already cleaned off my desk and taken the last plant down to the truck. As I was leaving last night, my supervisor's supervisor stopped me and invited me to lunch with her today. Kinda scary! I have no idea what we will talk about since I usually do best in a crowd. Oh well. I can do it. I keep in the back of my mind a glimmer of hope that she will be extending my position another few months, but I am not holding my breath. I don't want to have a big hoopla surrounding my leaving today either. I hope I can slowly and quietly slip out the door. I hate goodbyes. I just hope a new job rolls my way soon. I don't know how long I will be able to stand it at my old job. I would rather stick forks in my eyes than deal with college students again.

Heres to one more day at the office!!! :)

Monday, July 30, 2007

The last Monday at work

Today is my last Monday at work! Tomorrow is my last official day. When I arrived at my office this morning, I was shocked at how empty it looked. I had kindaaa forgotten that I had slowly been taking stuff home to make for an easier last day. I still have a few plants a calendar and an oil lamp to schlepp home. I contemplated not even coming in today since I have enough leave, but I had a chiropractor appointment at 8. I knew I would feel much better once he cracked, twisted and electroshocked me. I got my sleepy ass out of the bed and got moving. Unfortunately last night was YET ANOTHER sleepless Sunday night. Sounds like a Bangles song. I tossed and turned until at least 1:30, then once I fell asleep I proceeded to wake back up every 30 minutes. The dog had to go out sometime around asscrack thirty. He doesn't do this on weekend nights, only weeknights when all the adults have to go to work the next day. ARGH. Soooo annoying.

Anyhoo, enough bitching. I worked on my charity squares this weekend and even did a few in Tunisian stitch. I think I will have a nice variety when they are all finished. I ended up leaving my yarn at the office over the weekend so I ended up using up some leftovers from other projects I did in the same colors! Yea for destashing!!!

Friday, July 27, 2007

A very merry unbirthday to the SH

The SH's birthday is coming up in 2 weeks. I ordered his gift online wednesday. I was expecting it to arrive next week, plenty of time before his day. I got the email shipping confirmation at 10 this morning.
At around 2 SH answered the door. The UPS man had come a callin'. The gift had been delivered early! Cool! Wrapped in the manufacturers box. Not cool. Labeled with exactly what was inside. Also not cool. I think the labeling even went so far to tell him the person who put the monitor in the box. I was the dumbass that did not check the "this item is a gift" option during the checkout pro-cess. I was under the ASSUMPTION that if I checked that box, I would be charged another 5 Simoleons for gift wrap. I didn't realize that it meant that the gift would ship discreetly. Double DOH!

SupaHubby is currently at CrapMart buying new speakers to go with his early birthday present. A 19 inch widescreen LCD monitor.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New project idears

I think my next project will be a wrap/shawl with hand pockets or a lapghan with a footie pocket for my mother. She is always so cold and either of these would keep her nice and toasty.

I also found this through the annies attic website. I am sooooo gonna make something.

I am finished with square #4 for the group charity blanket. I think I am gonna wait until I have a few more squares before I finish blocking. I have 1 skein of yarn left in dark blue so I guess I will do another 4 squares. They are actually rectangles so I don't know why they are called squares. Discuss amongst yourselves.

Is there such a think as a granny rectangle? I have a bit of leftover light blue yarn and I assume I will have the same amount of dark blue. I guess I could do a 9th square, I mean rectangle in a grannyesque pattern.
Update: There IS such an animal. Mash here

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

New post

Mother of Purl told me I needed to update my blog. Done. :)

Seriously though, my time at work has almost come to an end and I am none too pleased. I started gathering my officey stuff together and have taken an armload of it down to the truck each evening. I had no idea how much stuff I had amassed over the past 7 months. It consists of four plants, two blankets, a desk lamp, toiletries, tchotchkies, magazines, books, training binders, crochet supplies, a RioGrande catalog and a plethora of work related paperwork. Where on earth am I gonna put this stuff now?!?! ARGH.

Another thing. I need a neeeeewwww crochet project.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Rescued puppy update

We picked up the puppy (Domino is what I have been calling her) from the veterinarian this morning and took her to the Montgomery Humane Society. Every other shelter we called wasn't accepting animals at this time because they were at capacity. I sure am glad we called ahead! She is there now and we hope that she will be adopted soon. We had to sign away all rights to her, which means we won't be able to find out if and when she gets adopted. That made me sad, but the most important thing is that she finds a good home.

If you are interested in adopting her or any of the animals, the shelter is located at 1150 John Overton Drive, Montgomery.
phone: 334-409-0622

Their website (link above) has a "featured pet". I am going to keep an eye out to see if she becomes one, she definately has potential. I am also curious to see if she will be featured on the local news. Every (I think) Thursday, they feature a few adoptable pets from the shelter. She is gonna be a supastar!!!!

One last pic before leaving her.

Friday, July 20, 2007

All hail the squaremakers!!!

A few of the crafty ladies at work have decided to create squares for a charity blanket. This is a project right up my alley. I have done charity blankets before and feel it is something I can do to help a person in need. We got the idea here. I purchased two skeins of Caron Simply Soft in Country Blue and Dark Country Blue (for those who would like to coordinate colors). The yarn is inexpensive, easy to care for and as the name implies, soft. Perfect qualities for a charity blanket! I started on my first square and imagine I will continue to crochet squares until I cannot make another dc in sc. lol, I am such a crochet nerd. :)

Off to a shell start!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

How can people be so cruel?

This morning on my way to work, I saw a dog on the side of the road. It looked to be a pit bull puppy chained to a fence. I had seen the dog in the same place earlier in the week. She looked a little thin but there were people working in a field nearby so I assumed she was theirs. I continued on my way to work but thought about her the entire drive. I called SH to see if he would do me a favor and drive over to where I saw her, just to see if she was still there and whether or not she was chained. He called me back and said he drove through several times, but no dog.

On my way home, I slowed down when I approached that area and rolled down the window to get a better look. There she was. Hiding under some overgrown bushes she cowered. I called "puppy puppy" and she lit up. She knew I was trying to be sweet but was still completelly afraid of me. I told her I would return and continued home. The SH had just arrived home with our 2 dogbabies and I told him that I found her and had to do something for her. We rounded up the dogbabes and off we went. Now I might add that we didn't really have a plan. We were just going to see if she was still there. She was. She responded to sweet talk and crawled out from under the bush she was hiding under. She seemed friendly but still very skittish. SH started checking her out and aside from being obviously underfed, her ears were INFESTED with ticks. One of her ears had an abcess somewhere deep. SH would pull out a tick and she would yelp and yelp. She eventually understood that SH was helping her and you could see the appreciation in her eyes. Ok, so we know where a starving, tick-encrusted, black and white lab mix puppy is located. Now what? We can't take another animal. We are bursting at the seams as it is. What do we do? We decided to bring her home (getting her there was another story altogether), put her in the pen and see what we can figure out. If anything, she will have a nice meal and plenty of water. SH has arranged for her to visit our veterinarian tomorrow. I guess her fate will be decided then. She may be too far gone. She may just need some medication. There isn't a pound here in Podunk, Alabama so I may have to take her to where I know there is a no-kill shelter.

What pisses me the fuck off is why on earth would someone do this to an animal? Just dump it out of a car like a bag of trash. It broke my heart to see her there KNOWING she wouldn't survive too much longer. There is no telling how long she has been there. How long ago it was that some douchebag decided to throw away a 5 month old dog. This dog is so adorable I couldn't imagine anyone not liking her. She is a sweetheart and I know a little boy would adore her. If only we can find that right little boy.

Update: She made it through the night! We took her to the vet a little while ago. They are going to clean her up, check her out and if possible give her all her immunizations. If they can't find a home for her, I have offered to take her to the nearest no-kill shelter. Here are a few pics of her. Again, if anyone in the Montgomery or surrounding area is interested in her,let me know and we may be able to arrange something.

Going Away Lunch

The Going Away Lunch today was scrum-diddly-umptious!! We went to a local bistro, Nancy Pattersons. Upon looking at the menu, I was totally unsure of what to order, everything sounded wonderful. I decided to go out on a limb and ordered their Beef Tenderloin Sandwich. It was wonderful. Lots of lean beefy goodness covered in Provolone, grilled peppers and onions. MMMMM. I decided to only eat half in order to save room for dessert. I have every intention of taking the other half to SupaHubby for him to try. He loves a beefy sammich!!! With almost half a tummys worth of room for dessert, I chose Chocolate Peanut Butter pie. You can NEVER GO WRONG with chocolate and peanut butter. It was delicious and very rich. This was the first case of me not finishing a dessert. I almost couldn't believe it. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals and I enjoyed the comradery.

I am so sad to be leaving, but I am also glad I was given the opportunity to work with everyone...and make new friends. I only hope that the chance will arise where I can return.

Want to read a review of Nancy Pattersons? Mash here

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Black Belt Treasures

A coworker pointed me to the website of a shop nearby that carries art made by local artists. I am going to see about the possibility of them carrying my jewelry! I looked over their webshop and their jewelry selection is very minimal. Maybe they will want my stuff for a change of pace.
Here is the site if you want to take a looksee: www.blackbelttreasures.com

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Going away party

My office supervisor has decided that since I will be leaving at the end of the month, I should be given a party. I didn't want a party to celebrate the fact I was given the boot! I envision everyone cheering "thank god she is leaving us!!!" I decided a simple lunch would be best. Everyone in our division will be attending and even the big bossman wanted to attend but (fortunately) he has a prior engagement at that time. WHEW. It was very sweet of him to want to be there, but we all wouldn't be able to cut up and act like we normally do in our building. :)

Only 10 more work days to go! I think the number may actually be 9 since I am pondering taking Friday off.

On a lighter note, a friend has passed my resume on to her old boss who is looking for a replacement for a position in his office.

why would you?

While driving to work this morning, I passed a truck that was covered entirely, with the exception of the glass and tires, in a camoflauge print. Now I know hunting is big here in the south but why on earth would you camo-fy your vehicle? If you took it hunting, chances are you would lose it! You won't blend in with traffic on the interstate since you now stick out like a sore thumb. The boy driving this truck looked happy as a hog in mud. He looked ready to have some good ole boy fun! His mandatory 4 wheeler was on the back of the truck, his hunters orange hat was hanging on the gun rack in the cab and the mandatory Browning and John Deere stickers were plastered all over the back glass.

That leads me to yet another vehicle I see almost every morning. It is a truck that has bull horns on the front where the hood ornament would normally be located. Think Boss Hogg from the Dukes of Hazzard. What is the significance of that? Will his cows follow him when he drives into the pasture? Will it scare the cows when he drives into the pasture? Will it scare other cars and motorists into thinking his truck is actually a bull? I would be interested to hear his reasoning behind this.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Am I really wierd?

The other day at work, several of my coworkers were in my office and we were all chit-chatting. I have a bird feeder outside my window that I keep filled and the birds that visit it keep us entertained. I mentioned that several baby birds have been visiting the feeder with their parents when I saw two of them on the porch below the feeder. I then said "hello little babies" through the window to the birds. Two of the three coworkers started laughing at me. I was a bit taken aback. Why are they laughing at me? I always talk to animals like that.

I asked the SupaHubby later in the night if he thought I was wierd for doing that. He replied "yep, you are wierd, but that is why I married you." I guess my normal is other peoples wierd, but I don't give a shit. Yea, I make up words sometimes. So what. I also talk to animals and inanimate objects. You got a problem with that? I guess I follow the beat of a different drummer. That drummer might have Tourette's, but I don't mind. :)


Since we were out of normal breakfast items this morning, I resorted to toast and jelly. I noticed when I put the bread into the toaster oven, the top of the loaf had a hole in in from the rising process. Nothing unusual, just observed. Once the toasting process started the edges around this open area burned before any other part of the toast. Why is that?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

My first sale at a boutique!!!

I had my appointment with the boutique owner today in town. She bought 9 pieces!! I gave her a nice discount in the hopes she would buy today and continue to buy in the future. I am so excited. Her store is already overflowing with jewelry of all varieties, cheap costume to expensive gold and stones. I think my pieces will do just fine there. Yay Cla!!

Just keep on using me, until you use me up

This morning, I finished up a bottle of shampoo AND a giant bottle of lotion. I am almost finished with a tube of toothpaste that will likely see the trash can tonite or tomorrow. I love it when I finish a bottle/tube/vial of my bath and body products. I have been slowly going through my stash of products trying to use up stuff that has been sitting there taking up space. I tend to amass those little samples of lotion, deodorant and perfume until my bathroom is OVERFLOWING in teeny tiny containers. When this happens, I make myself use them until the stash is manageable and almost nonexistent. It is then time to sign up for more free samples!

The lifespan of body products reminds me of the lifespan of lightbulbs. I noticed that when I finish a bottle of shampoo, the conditioner is usually close behind. This reminds me of lightbulbs because they all seem to blow within a few days of each other. Is it just me or do you get startled when a bulb blows as you flick the switch? My heart always skips a beat when I do that.

It takes so little to amuse me. :)

ETA- the toothpaste tube has been finished too!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Stoopid drivers

Why is it when you pull to the median, other drivers feel the need to crowd up behind you? Do they think this will make you pull out faster? They ALWAYS block your view of oncoming traffic thus preventing you from moving into traffic.

Why are people who are talking on their cellphones ALWAYS driving slower than the rest of traffic in the PASSING LANE?

Why must other drivers get .2 inches from my back bumper at a traffic light? It isn't going to make the light turn green any faster. It also isn't going to make me go any faster once it does. PERSONAL SPACE FOLKS!!

Blinkers are not options on any vehicle. USE 'EM. They are there for a reason.

My number one problem with bad drivers......
Those who feel that the passing lane is theirs and theirs alone. If you get behind them to pass, they don't get right. They keep driving, blocking traffic for miles. The passing lane is called that for a reason. Get right and I'll pass you. Then you can get back left and impede traffic until you get to your destination.


Monday, July 9, 2007

Daily Word from Rev Run

I have been a fan of the show Runs House on MTV for a while now. At the end of each episode, Rev Run is shown taking a bubble bath and comes up with his Daily Word that he send out to his readers. These are basically positive thoughts for you to carry throughout the day. I found the website where you can sign up to get the Daily Word in your email. The website says it is a 14 day trial, but I have been getting them for months now. This was todays:

Good morning. Are you a spell caster or a spell catcher. Take control ofyour week! Cast your love spell. Cast your kindness spell. Cast your happy spell! You're in charge of the vibration that is around you! Don't let anybody hold you down! Let love, happiness and good vibrations rule your circle! Cast your spell today! :) :)
God is Love
Rev Run

Saturday, July 7, 2007

How very Apropos

I called the owner of a local boutique who wanted to see my jewelry. I originally spoke to her last month but she wasn't ready to purchase new since she just got back from market. I set up an appointment for a viewing on Wednesday afternoon! I seriously hope she wants to buy some (or all) of my stuff. I am even willing to give her a wholesale price in order to get some inventory off my hands. She mentioned wanting to find new artists that she would regularly stock and I am hoping that she likes my stuff enough to stock them!

I also faxed my resume out for five jobs yesterday afternoon. Hopefully I will hear something back from them. Again, fingers crossed!!!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Go on, pull that rug out from under my feet

I was just notified, much to my dismay, that my job here will end at the end of the month, even after I was told that my stay would be extended another 3 months. Could this have come at a worse time?!? Seriously. My truck is dead and we need to purchase another vehicle and I have just started to pay off the loan for my surgery. Let's add to that, getting my own insurance plan again. If you have never paid your own premiums, they are HELLA expensive. I am still reeling right now and am in complete shock. I have spent the last few minutes looking at jobs online in my area and NONE are anything I can do. *cla pitching a temper tantrum* I Wanna Go Home!!!! :(

Riddle me this

So, since the Jimmy is pretty much now a deathtrap, I am no longer driving it. We have taken it yet again to the dealership for them to see if they can diagnose the problem. They kept it all day yesterday and drove it all over town with no problems. One of their employees drove it home last night and had no problems. They can't put their finger on exactly what is wrong with it. It is making me CRAZY! I feel like it is all in my head or maybe something is off with my chi that the truck doesn't like so it ONLY DIES ON ME. The SupaHubby is taking his chances and driving it to play golf one hour away from home. I only hope that if it does give him trouble, he can safely get to the median or shoulder. I just spoke with him and he did indeed make it safely to the golf course. Hurrah!! I just hope he can also make it home safe and sound.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Tha-tha-tha-that's all folks!

It's official. For all practical purposes, the Jimmy is dead. It died on me yet again as I was halfway up the exit ramp of the Interstate on my way home. I called the SupaHubby as instructed in the event of another breakdown. He told me to drive to a friends house who lived nearby. I knew it would be at least 45 minutes before SupaHubby could get to me and I didn't want to impose on the friends, so I sat in the truck and almost finished a book I had been reading. The truck died another 2 times while I was sitting there idling. Apparently the SupaHubby called the friends and told them to come out and get me. I was so mad though, I didn't want to bother anyone with my emotions/issues. SupaHubby finally arrived and we swapped vehicles. The friends wished us luck and we proceeded to make the journey home. Just as predicted, the Jimmy gave him absolutely no problems. Imagine that. ARGH!!! Stupid effing truck. I have always had a love-hate relationship with that vehicle. I love it and have always taken exceptional care of it, but it is always messing up and needing expensive repair work. As I followed SupaHubby, I realized that that may have been my last time driving it. That made me kind of sad, but on the same hand, a bit relieved. Never again would she (yep, the Jimmy is a girl, her name is Red) leave me stranded. Never again would she die at a traffic light. Never again would I have to do that magic trick with the hazard lights. Never again would I have to spend 45.00 to fill up her behemoth tank. I shed a few tears over the loss, but losing her means I get a NEEEWWWWW car to play with now. And a new loan.

For sale: 1995 GMC Jimmy 4x4. Looks great, well taken care of, may or may put you in a ditch. All power options, leather, Panasonic CD, 141K. Best offer!!! :)


Why is it that the receptionists at swanky salons feel the need to be complete beotchs? I just had my first cut at a salon I have never been to. I was referred by my friend/cohort Shmanda. I absolutely adored the stylist, Shmanda said I would, my gripe was with the receptionist. As I waited to "check in" she felt it was unnecessary to look me in the eye. Automatic red flag. When she finally asked me "can I help you", I told her that my appointment was at 1 with MJ. She told me to have a seat and still couldn't manage to look at me. Come on, I am not THAT hard on the eyes. Fast forward to the "check out" procedure. I went back up to the desk hoping that the other receptionist would deal with me. No such luck. The beotch receptionist asked me "can I help you?", again not even looking in my direction. I know she said "can I help you?" but what I heard was "what the fuck do you want?". I told her I needed to pay for my cut. As she swiped my credit card, I asked about adding a tip. She told me, again without looking in my direction, I could write a check or pay cash. I proceeded to write a check and thought, "I sure am glad she isn't getting any of this tip". She was one of the biggest "see you next tuesdays" (read between the lines) I have encountered in quite some time. I mean seriously, you are a receptionist at a salon. I could do that job with my eyes tied behind my back. Fucking get over yourself and be nice to people.

There, rant over.