Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I am so tired of cold. The high today was 5. When I got up it was -5 with a windchill of -28. Yesterday my mother told me it was 27 in Alaska. Tomorrow the high is in the 20's and we finish the week in the 40's, I'd be happy if we stayed in the 20's-teens.
I'm also tired of standing, last week I worked 52 hours, most of those on my feet. Yesterday, someone yelled at me, I don't get paid enough for that. I had a pretty nice weekend, I got home early on Saturday, had Sunday off, I didn't even go outside on Sunday. Monday the high was -1, that's not a high to me. It was very hard to motivate myself to go outside. It was hard to get up this morning and go outside. But, I had something cool waiting for me when I got home from work. Last week I ordered some handmade pumpkins from Kimberly Laws.
 Close-ups:
 How cute is that doily pieces and the yo yo? It's a very light green fabric.
 I love that beaded flower on the right.
 Loving the doily on the top
 The stem on this one is covered in a beaded piece. The actual pumpkin is made out of a mesh with black sequin leaves all over it.
 This one has some shiny pearlized leaves and a stick pin on it.
There was also this grouping of three tiny ones, the two back ones are velvety.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Long Week

And it has felt very long. Basically, all I've done is get up, go to work, come home, go to bed, repeat.
Sunday was the start of a new Screw it and do it challenge on one of my facebook groups, here's Sunday's creation:
I wanted to sign up this time around to make myself create something even though I was wicked busy. This one is in my notebook.
That's all I did on Monday. I worked an 11 hour day.
Here's Monday's SI&DI creation:
This is another page of my notebook.
Tuesday, I didn't work until noon, it was nice to sleep in but I misjudged my timeline and had barely any time to eat lunch, this was an 8 hour day.
Here's Tuesdays SI&DI creation:
Another page of my notebook.
Wednesday: I opened at the library, went to the post office to mail swaps, that I don't remember what they were (that's pretty sad). I went grocery shopping on the way home and had to work a basketball game that night. My feet just hurt so much at the game, I was glad to be at a slower door. This was a 9 hour day.
Here's Wednesday's SI&DI creation:
This one is a decorated vellum bag.
Thursday, I did the same thing as Monday. This was my longest, a 12 hour day. Thankfully, I got to sit a lot at the library that night. Weird thing was that my feet didn't hurt near as much as they did on Wednesday. We had some interesting weather, they predicted blizzard like conditions. We got lots of wind, some heavy snow periods and very cold temperatures, which was a big 180 from earlier in the week when we hit 44.
Here's Thursdays SI&DI creation:
This one is a mini loaded bag I made for a swap.
Friday was another shorter day with only 9 hours. I opened my mail that I received on Thursday, year-round paper clips:
 February calendar tag:
 Alphabet tags:
 I stopped off at the grocery store to get some pickles and milk. I took a bath and used up a LUSH bath bomb someone gave me for Christmas, I wasn't impressed. I've decided I just need to accept the fact that people are not going to ask if you use bath stuff, beauty stuff, planner stuff, religious stuff and so much other stuff before sending it to you in a swap and I just need to accept it and be happy that they sent me something.
I also created for the SI&DI challenge:
This will probably become a card. It's just a single paper right now.
I spent the rest of the night watching ER and catching up on the computer.
Saturday: I was scheduled to work 10-4 at the bookstore. I again appreciated being able to sleep in. I got to the store a little early, so I shopped:
I thought that small canvas would be fun to send to a crafter, I think that's how we all feel about our washi tape. I wanted some chocolate, so I picked up the 'chocolate' rocks. I saw this little book on one of their displays. Basically it's a book of quotes and neat artwork. I kinda want to cut it up and use it for an inspirational explosion box.
It was wicked slow and then the lights started going off (apparently someone accidentally flipped a switch they shouldn't have). I went to take my lunch break at 12:15, and my boss said I could just go home because it was so slow, so I went to Hobby Lobby to spend some money.
 I saw some cool displays throughout, cactus:
 flowery:
 unicorns:
 I also saw these sticker books, they kinda look like Paper Studio's version of the Mambi sticker books, they were $20 each.
I saw on one of my facebook groups that it's national sticker book and Hobby Lobby had their stickers at 40% off. There were a couple interested me, but I thought I'd wait until their paper studio stuff was 50% off, not that I need more of anything.
Here's what I picked up:
 Some tiny zip top bags, rosette stickers, pack of 50 sheets of 8.5x11 paper, some retro stickers, a couple of sticker books.
I needed the bags for goodies, I just liked the rosettes. I don't need more paper, but I loved the top paper. There were 50 sheets, 48 were originally priced at 44 cents and two at 59 cents, so great deal, but I really have to stop buying paper and stickers. I love the retro looking stickers.
This is the Months of the year sticker book:
I love the images on this.
 And the 100% girl sticker book:
 The images on this one match the Pink Parisian paper pad, sadly the colors do not.
 White thicker stickers, a snail, a couple rolls of Finding Nemo duck tape (these were marked at $1, from $6.99. I always need duct tape), decorative bags, tags, cupcake pics, washi.
I like the thicker phrases, and fell in love with the snail. I saw people hauling the bag set and the washi set, so I picked them up, I don't think the bags have to be for Valentines day. Love the flamingos on the tags. I thought the heart pics would be cute as ephemera.
 Burlap hearts, monster stickers, gem hearts, stickers, foam hearts, felt stickers.
The Valentine's stuff was 40% off as well. I may have gone a little overboard, but I really like everything I bought and will probably use it all. I picked up the foam hearts because I have to make a heart shaped flip book, I don't have any reasons for the rest of it.
Here's today's SI&DI creation:
 Another decorated vellum bag.
I also finished up the mini loaded bag:
I'm trying to catch up on YouTube videos, but that rarely happens without watching all day. I also have a book I need to finish by next Wednesday. I was originally scheduled to work tomorrow, but my boss at the bookstore said they were over scheduled, so she took me off. I know I shouldn't be happy about getting hours cut, but I need a day off, I've been working over a week without one. I forget every time to schedule a day for myself.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

It's Sunday

Sunday: Today was my shortest workday for the week. I worked a couple hours at the wrestling meet, though it felt way longer than two hours it was so dead. It's my usual laundry day, I chose to wait until I got home from work to start. I tried to catch up on Youtube this morning, and did my Screw it and Do It challenge for one of my facebook groups. We have to craft for 10 minutes, I wanted to make sure I did it this time because I'll be so busy for the next two weeks:
I'm seriously thinking about moving now. Just something that happened at work makes me seriously think about moving. I kinda wishing I was dating some guy who got a job somewhere else and I chose to move and go with him, that would make it much easier.
It was gorgeous out today (compared to the last two weeks of double digit below zero days) we hit 34. So, I decided to walk home from the match. One of my co-workers was doing the same thing, so I walked along with her until she had to turn. And then my feet started hurting and I got tired, so I rode the bus home, I think I walked about half way home. I was a little apprehensive to walk home. Last time I did, was back in August after a long day at the bookstore and just missing my bus. I got home and had spotty vision as well as tingly arms up to my biceps. I was kinda scared that would happen again. I stopped off to get some pop and some chai for tomorrow morning on my way home. I started my laundry and did the above piece.
My landlord got a new washer and dryer a few weeks ago. I've been noticing white residue on my black clothing pieces when I'm taking them out of the washer. I've never put them in to the dryer with the residue, I just run them through the wash one more time before drying them. When I googled the issue, apparently it's an issue of too much detergent in new machines and not enough rinsing. I have less than 10 tide pods left over, so I guess I'll be making sure I push the extra rinse button until I finish them up. I just hate having to wait so long for the laundry to be done. I started at 3:30 today and finished at 8:30 for two loads of laundry.
I spent the rest of my day reading and trying to catch up on youtube. I usually don't catch up on youtube at RUSH time.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

weird week

I might be going back to weekly posts. One of my New Year's resolutions, or hopes was to buy less stuff and use more of what I have. I was doing rather well, until today, we'll get to that.
Sunday: my coat broke, some of the teeth on the zipper broke off. It's been wicked cold, negative double digits mostly. So, having that happen as I was rushing out the door to work, didn't help. I wore my 30 degree winter coat with my roommate's coat on top of it. Work was pretty slow, not sure if it was the cold or the holiday. I did order a new coat that night.
Monday: I didn't go anywhere, or do anything. I probably sat on my butt watching YouTube and movies all day.
Tuesday: my mother dropped off an old winter coat to tide me over until the new coat came in. I didn't actually go outside except to pick up that coat. Again, sat on my butt and watched the TV all day. I finished a couple swaps to mail out on Wednesday.
Year round tags:
Year round paper clips:
And I got a winter pocket letter in the mail:
Wednesday: I opened at the library, ran my errands of post office and grocery shopping. I spent a ton when I had a list of stuff for my 3rd job and some stuff that was on sale.
I saw this display at the store and was interested, just not in spending $4 on them:
 Don't they just look yummy?
Thursday: My first day at my third job, I had some training, came home had lunch, and then went to the library for the night. I was wicked tired and my feet really hurt by the time I got home.
Friday: I had to work all day at the bookstore.
Today: I was supposed to work 10-4, but it was pretty dead, so they sent me home shortly after 2.
I found a holiday card in my mailbox:
 I also gave in and spent some money. They had me on returns at the bookstore, which means I stand in the computer section and apparently they sell movies over there. So I was staring at them and bought a few. I picked up the new Robocop on DVD for $3.99, I also picked up Sabotage and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation on Blu-ray for $6.99. I bought a couple spiral bound notebooks and a hoodie. I spent about $55. I realized when I got home, I got the wrong Mission Impossible, I saw Jeremy Renner on the cover and thought it was Ghost Protocol, I'm gonna see if I can return it on Monday, if not, I'm ok with it.
I also finished a few projects. This one is probably a baby gift:
 A February calendar tag:
 And some alphabet tags:
My plan is to watch some ER, take a shower, eat supper and read some before bed. We'll see if it actually happens.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Hodgepodge Vol 335

It's time for the first Hodgepodge of the year. Head on over to Joyce's blog to read other people's answers.


From this Side of the Pond

1. It's that time of year again...time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words (or phrases) they'd like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, or genera uselessness) in 2018. You can read more about the decision making process and word meaning here, but this year's top vote getters are-
unpack, dish (as in dish out the latest rumor), pre-owned, onboarding/offboarding, nothingburger, let that sink in, let me ask you this, impactful, Cofefe, drill down, fake news, hot water heater (hot water doesn't need to be heated), and gig economy
Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word not on the list you'd like to add?
I'm going with pre-owned, I've thought it was stupid ever since people started using it. I've never thought the word used was bad.
2. What's something you need to get rid of in the new year?
Stuff. I have too much stuff in my house and I really need to purge and not buy more. I have two boxes full of things to go to Goodwill, I just need to get there.
3. Where do you feel stuck?
Life in general. I don't know what I want to do. I'm happy where I am, but I'm can't really live on the money I make forever. I either need to get a better job or a different one. I'm kinda bored where I am, too.
4. January is National Soup Month. When did you last have a bowl of soup? Was it made from scratch or from a can? Your favorite canned soup? Your favorite soup to make from scratch on a cold winter's day?
I couldn't tell you, but I bet it was either at a restaurant or a canned one. I really like clam chowder, chicken and dumplings and chicken noodle. My work is having our yearly soup celebration on the 10th, so I'm sure I'll have something good then.
5. Tell us one thing you're looking forward to in 2018.
Maybe more excitement. Like I said, I'm just kinda bored. I need to figure out what makes me excited (other than shopping) and do it. I'm thinking I need to read more, too. It's very calming to just ignore the world and escape to a book.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
I don't really do resolutions, but again, I think I should do something different. Here are my suggestions for myself:
Read more
Drink more water
Buy less stuff
Find something to do outside the house.

Also, my next day off is the 23rd. I feel I'll be ready for a little sanity by then.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year!!

I hope it's happy. Yesterday certainly wasn't, but let's start with Thursday, because that's where I left off. I read that book I said I would: Paths to Happiness: 50 Ways to Add Joy to Your Life Every Day. I didn't learn a ton, I knew a bunch of the stuff would add happiness. I found a bill in my mailbox on the way to work. I don't remember anything of note happening at work. We were slower than normal, I'm not sure if it was because of the cold, or the holidays or what, but I got a lot done.
Friday, I didn't go outside until I had to work that night. I read another book, Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts. That was kinda interesting. I had to work the game that night, and it was cold. I had my scarf, hat and gloves on, and I had to keep switching hands because my fingers were getting so cold. I got a hot dog on my way out and a co-worker gave me a ride home. I love it when people are nice. My mom always makes it seem like a big chore to help me out with anything and then brings it back later on. My co-worker gave me a ride to Fareway and then waited while I bought my milk and gave me a ride home.
Saturday, I had to open at the library, it was slow again. Sadly, standing in front of the door is cold, not as cold as working the games, but still chilly. I had a couple errands to run on my way home and ran into my mom. She did give me a ride to my errands and home. She said I looked really cold, even though I didn't really feel it, but I won't say no when the temperature is - and feels even colder with the windchill. I started a pretty thick book that I didn't finish until Sunday. I basically spent the rest of the day reading that book.
Sunday, I finished the book, Curators: Behind the Scenes of Natural History Museums. It was 348 pages, it was also bigger than a regular book. It turned out to be my last book read of 2017. I read 61 bigger books, and 44 small books (what I don't consider in depth reading, more kids easy books). One of my goals for this year is to read more. I found that when the world annoys me and gets to me it really helps my mood to just disappear into a book.
As I'm getting ready for work, the zipper on my coat breaks. A couple of the little teeth broke off and the actually moving zipper foot popped off. I was freaking out, because I was supposed to be at work very soon and I didn't have a coat. I borrowed my roommate's and wore two coats to work. I also found out that our catalog and email were down and texted my boss about it, so we got the catalog up so a lot of people wouldn't freak out at home and call us about it. Work was slow, again, which was fine for me, Sundays are usually wicked busy. I didn't realize how much I use the email at my work. I got a ride home and did laundry all night. My mom said she has a coat I can borrow for the week, because it's still gonna be wicked cold for the week. It was an exciting New Year's Eve. I bought a replacement coat online which should get here sometime next week. I finally gave in and went to bed about 11 when my laundry was done.
This morning I 'fixed' my coat, sorta. I got the zipper pull back on the zipper and I can zip up and down the zipper if I'm not in a hurry. It works and will be a nice backup, but I think if I'm in a hurry it won't work and get locked up. I'll still borrow my mom's coat because I have to rush off to catch a bus home a few days.
Another thing I want to do this year, is spend less on crafting stuff, which was really hard this morning, when Peachy Cheap said their deal was a mini grab bag. I did go to the web site, but as I'm sitting there staring at it, I decided not to hit the check out button. I seem to like the larger grab bags, but I've not really used any of the stuff I got in the Black Friday bag, so why buy more I might not use? Even though that's the whole reason I signed up for Peachy Cheap. I seem to buy a lot of stuff and never use it, so I'm *trying* to not buy so much crafting stuff.
I don't usually make a lot of New Year's resolutions because I'm so good at not following through. I hope I can follow these, though.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Venting

Because it's my blog, and it feels like I can't complain anywhere else.
Yesterday, after visiting the post office, I went after Christmas shopping downtown, which was disappointing. One store either didn't have stuff marked down or didn't have signs about what their mark down was. This is a consignment store, so I get why some things weren't marked down yet. What I don't get was the table full of Christmas stuff that had a red line through the prices. There were no signs anywhere saying if items were marked down, or how much. I didn't feel like taking things downstairs to the desk to ask, especially since all I got was a 'Hello' when I entered the store, no 'Can I help you' or 'Are you looking for anything?' So, I didn't buy anything.
The next store, all their Christmas merchandise was marked down 50%, and while I get that you're an independent store and and need to have higher prices to survive, I didn't feel like paying even the half the price for the items I wanted.
I found this rather cute owl:
 He was probably 2 feet high or so, and he bobbled on his feet. Very cute, but full price was almost $40, and I didn't want to pay even $20 for half price. I certainly don't need another one, and as I'm sitting here, I'm not sure there's even room for him in my apartment. So, after careful consideration, I put the three items I had picked up, back and went along my way.
The last store, their stuff was 75% off, that's more my liking. These three ornaments were $5.98, $6.59 and $5.98 full price:
 I ended up paying less that $5 for them altogether. That's my price.
When I got home, I found a secret Santa gift from one of my Facebook groups in the mailbox.
Some shaped paper clips:
Which I don't remember asking for, but there it was on the post. I'm not sure why I asked for them, I have a ton of paper clips I don't use already.
I watched movies and YouTube for the rest of the night. I wasn't quite ready to go back to normal life yet, figured I'd do that today.
One of my swaps I got a few weeks ago was to send your partner $10 worth of new Christmas crafting stuff. Here's what my partner sent me:
 
And the front:
So, she sent me a used set of stamps. I contacted the admins of the group, and they said she said it was new, so now it's her word against mine. So, I asked, what about the fact that it's not Christmas? Apparently it's now between her and me, because she sent me something. Which I feel is bullshit. She didn't follow the rules of the swap, and sent me crap. I'm not going to speculate on her side, but I told the admins, I would finish my two swaps in the group, and then I would leave, because that's not fair.
I think she should at least send me something Christmasy, because that's what the swap called for, but I guess as long as you send something, it's OK.
This is the second time I'm leaving a group, because the admins took the other person's side. Another group I was in, I left because a known flaker joined the group. I told the admins she had flaked on me and was told they'd gotten this response from a few other people in the group, but they were going to give her another chance. Then she should still be sending out those swaps for people she owes them to. I'm not staying in a group where you have a person that flakes on people.
And it's sad, that the people who are following the rules are the ones that have to leave. I'm a member of quite a few groups, 4 or 5, on facebook, and I guess the world is just telling me to stay with the few I'm already in.
So, there was that today. And then my parents gave me some money to move into my savings account and we're sitting in the car talking about it, and they've already told me all this stuff, and I feel like they're treating me like I'm 5. Like I don't understand things.
I got home about 10:45, and I want to drink some alcohol that's in my fridge because I'm so annoyed at the world, but I can't because I work tonight.
I'm so annoyed at how people are, I just don't know how to get past it. Maybe reading a book about having more happiness in your life will help.
I've also noticed, it's taken me twice as long to write this because apparently when i'm pissed I screw up more when I type.