Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year! May 2007 be better than 2006 for everyone :)

DD and I took the tree down this morning while watching the Seahawks game. As usual, everyone commented on the fact that I have "too many" Christmas ornaments. Is that possible???? Just because I have two of the gigantic Rubbermaid tubs FULL of just tree ornaments? Just because 1/2 a tub never ends up on the tree due to lack of room on the tree (must need a larger tree!)? Some people have no sense of stash, you know?

Speaking of stash... did a little organizing in that quarter too. I went to Target and bought 4 of the large under-the-bed rubbermaid totes. They're now full of spinning fiber. Then I emptied one of the 64 gallon totes that had odd bits of fabric in it, and now it's also full of spinning fiber. Two other 64 gal. totes are full of yarn. And umm... I couldn't tell you how many containers I have full of fabric. At least 6 of the large totes and NUMEROUS smaller ones, plus bolts, plus fabric that is just piled in the bookshelf. And I gave away a fairly large box of fabric earlier this year to a down on her luck quilter. Then there's the enormous stash of knitting, spinning and quilting books, magazines and patterns. The bead stash, the thread stash, the knitting needle stash (it could use it's own tote!)....

Something's telling me I should knit/spin/quilt more from my stash this year! Of course, I will buy more... particularly yarn. For that matter, I have some more yarn on it's way from the coop group I belong to. My plan is to shop more from my stash(es) this year though, before I randomly buy fiber/yarn/fabric. I have lots of patterns I'd like to knit, lots of fiber I'd like to spin and enough quilting WIPs to keep me busy for several years.

There's my New Years resolution! Tonight we'll be watching movies, snacking on sausage, cheese, crackers, chips, dip, spreads (maybe I should vow to diet too) in front of a nice fire.... Hope you all have a happy one!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Now that Christmas is over perhaps things will settle down at mi casa and I can actually take pictures and post more regularly! We'll see...

Christmas here was a very nice day. All the kids were home, (DD#2 worked from 4am till 12:30pm), presents were opened, dinner was good and everyone got along!!! This is an oddity here, let me tell you! I received some very nice gifts including yarn from DS, the Victorian Lace Today book, Knitpicks Options needle set, slippers and a lovely Citizens Eco Drive watch. Needless to say, I'm thrilled :)

Now the job search begins in earnest. I've applied online at every hospital in a 100 mile radius of my house. Today I've printed out resumes and cover letters (on nice paper, of course!) and am filling out hard copy applications to mail out tomorrow. I had begun applying for positions in early October, but dropped the ball a bit when I focused on one specific hospital. Imagine my horrified surprise when I discovered they had already filled all of their nurse residency positions! Sheesh.... never put all your eggs in one basket :(

On the knitting front I have started a basic garter stitch scarf for my step grandaughter. I needed something mindless and quick, plus DS was itching for me to knit something from the yarn he gave me for Christmas. It's just Lion Brand Homespun in a wild pink color (hey, he's only 13 and knows nothing about natural fibers!) so I thought a quickie scarf for Raven would be a nice knit and make him happy!

Hope you're all having a great week!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Yep, it's another boring post. Sorry! Between graduation and Christmas preparations I haven't accomplished any crafty stuff at all. I did sit down to try and start another pair of Irish hiking mitts the other night, but nothing was going right with them and I ripped out what I'd done and put it aside.

Graduation night went really well! Here's a photo of, (left to right), myself, Anne, Mary and Chanel, 3 other proud grads. The ceremony was nice and I felt it was a fitting end to this chapter in my life.

Now the job search begins in earnest! I've applied for TONS of jobs... just waiting for someone to call me for an interview. In between all that, I've finished my Christmas shopping, put up the tree and a very few decorations, wrapped everything but stocking stuffers and shopped for Christmas dinner. Whew! Now if only the housecleaning fairies would stop by!

I'm also beginning my study program for the NCLEX exam. 2-4 hours per day for the next 5 weeks and hopefully I'll be ready by mid January to take the test. I hope to get some knitting/spinning time in too, but we'll see. Right now passing the NCLEX and finding a job are numbers 1 and 2 on my to do list!

So it's off to the races! Have a great day!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Interesting, this pegged me to a T!

Your Brain is 67% Female, 33% Male
Your brain leans female
You think with your heart, not your head
Sweet and considerate, you are a giver
But you're tough enough not to let anyone take advantage of you!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Just a quickie here...


Graduation is 12/12. Till then I'm taking an NCLEX prep course taught by my 6th quarter instructor.

Christmas shopping is almost complete, but they aren't wrapped and no decorating has been done either. I did finish another pair of the Irish Hiking Mitts for my oldest DD and I'm working on another pair for a friend at school.

I'll post a more lengthy and picture filled post later!