Friday, December 30, 2005

A Stitching Year in Review

One of my New Year's Resolutions is to be more organized with my stitching. Last night I actually started cleaning my closet. Halleluiah!! First task was to refile all my DMC. I now have 8 Sterlite Shoeboxes filled with DMC. I could probably actually even extend that as some of the boxes are pretty stuffed. James looked over it all and pronounced it "excessive". I told him he didn't understand that all these colors were different and you "need" to have extra skeins of each color in case you run out. I also explained to him that my mom gave me all her DMC when she decided she couldn't see anymore and the lady at Eva's daycare gave me 3 huge boxes of her grandmother's stuff, so it wasn't like I actually purchased much of it. I did find a bag full of DMC and a receipt for like $3 and showed him that too. That was from one of those good JoAnn sales and the cashier and the manager were having problems and couldn't get the thread to ring up and after much beating of the register they just charged me $3 for all of it so they could get to the next person in line. That was so worth the trip to New Orleans. Anyway, I think he felt a little better about it once he realized I wasn't spending thousands of dollars on thread.

Next, here's what I completed over the last year:
You Have Stolen My Heart
Victorian Valentine
Petal Fairy
Cherry Blossom Fob
Bunny Buns
I Love Strawberries
Happy 4th
Bug Collector
Teacher’s Row
Pretty Posies
Wintery Mix
True Friends
Coeur Romantique
Welcome Freebie
J Monogram
Nature Alphabet
Tis the Season
Princess Pine Mountain Pillow
Hinzeit Princess
Christmas Elf
Subversive Ornament
Psychedelic Ornament
Stitcher’s Lane RR: 4 houses
Open Theme RR: 3 pieces
Band Sampler RR: 3 Band Sections
Alphabet RR: 4 pieces

My Works in Progress are:
My Mirabilia RR Square (this will be finished by 1/3)
A Dimensions Daydreams kit
A freebie Bird Sampler
Lizzie Kate's Needle Nick
Mother's Tree
Peacock Tapestry
Brown House Studio's Black Cat
Mirabilia: Angel of the New Dawn, Under the Friendship Tree, Titiana, Enchanted Mermaid, Queen of Peace and Maidens of the Season
Doro Theos

I need to look at the Dimensions kit, there was some reason that I stopped working on it. I think it was a thread issue. Otherwise it shouldn't take very long to finish. The bird sampler is one of those French freebies. It's barely started. It's monochrome so it really shouldn't take too long. Needle Nick, sigh, I have about 1/3 done if I'm being generous. It's dull and boring and I'd like to get rid of it, but it's too expensive just to put up for adoption, so if anyone wants to buy it let me know. Mother's Tree, that'll get done. Peacock Tapestry, I think I have one side of one border done, I may need to reconsider my fabric for that one. Black Cat, I think I'm definately going to restart that one on a different fabric. It's just not working for me. Angel of the New Dawn, no excuse on that one, I just got bored working on it. She's probably about 1/2 to 2/3 done so I really need to just get back working on that one. Under the Friendship Tree, I need to remeasure my fabric, I think I stopped working on it because I started worrying about having enough fabric, because it wasn't cut straight. Titiana, no excuse really, just got bored with it. Enchanted Mermaid, I got side tracked on that one, I need to pull it out again. Queen of Peace, the fabric got damaged. It was packed in box in the garage and it got wet and there was some mildew on part of the fabric. I think I got most of it out, I need to give that one another good look before I decide what to do with it. Maidens of the Seasons, it's barely started, but I don't think I'm going to continue with it. I may just cut off the little bit I have done on it and salvage the rest of the fabric. It doesn't really appeal to me anymore. Doro Theos, I have the first medallion done, but then I started having color issues with the second one. I think I have that resolved now, so that shouldn't take too long to finish either.

Last night I also put all my printed freebie patterns in page protectors in a binder. Part of my stitching resolutions is also to do more freebie patterns. I have a ton of them. Actually, I'd bet I'm pretty close to SABLE on freebies.

I went through all the freebies that I like and intend to stitch, and the patterns that I hope to get to this year, and made a list of all the threads that I will need to acquire to finish them. I posted that list on my Shopping/Wish List.

My official January Goals are:
Complete and mail out my Mirabilia RR (this will be done by Jan. 3)
Complete and mail out Jen's OT RR (I have pattern picked out, I just need to pull threads)
Complete and mail out Kathy's OT RR (I need to look over the available patterns)
Complete and mail out Sandy's SL RR (I think I'm changing my mind on the pattern I picked out)
Start next Mirabilia RR
Work on any other RR pieces that come up
Finish Dimensions Kit

Sometime over the weekend I hope to finish up cleaning my closet. I need to get the two boxes of books out of there and put them somewhere else. I cleaned the office yesterday too in order to have bookshelf space for one of the boxes of book. Then I called the used book store to see what their policy was. They'll take books for store credit only and only a "bag or two at a time". That was fine with me. I filled up a Wal-Mart bag with books and I'm going to take them over there. There's another used book store near my house, so I might need to fill up another bag and get an account going there too. I have about a gazillion paperbacks. I used to read books more than once so that's why I kept them around, now I'm lucky if I read them once. Actually, I'm reading more so that's good. In fact, I think I'm going to put a thing on my Sidebar about what I'm reading.

So, once the books are out, I need to decide the fate of my WIPs. Then I need to sort through my fabric. After that, I'll work on kitting up some of my future projects.

I will be organized!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Mother's Tree

Here's where I am. I think Jen asked before, it's 40 ct. linen worked one thread over two. The fabric is Cinnamon Roll and the thread is Dark Chocolate (GAST I think). The picture really isn't that great. I was having a really hard time getting a photograph that show the true colors. It kept coming out sort of green looking and there really isn't any green in it. I think this is where I'm going to stop for now. I need to get back to my round robins!

Monday, December 26, 2005

Christmas Check In

We had a pretty good weekend. Saturday night I stayed up to get all the Christmas presents ready. I was pretty pleased how it all turned out. It looked very nice. Eva woke up at about 7 am and looked at everything and then got in bed with me. Once James woke up, she said "Let's wake up the babies!" Then it was like an explosion at the toy factory. They all seemed to be pretty happy with what they got.

We went to church with my parents who are Baptist, although we're Catholic. We decided to do that since I knew my parents would like it and we knew it would be easier to get a seat as their congregation only has about 30 members and our parish has several thousand. It wasn't a real service, it was mostly singing and the preacher did a short sermon. It was nice, but I told James I'd rather not do that because it didn't feel right. I think that repetitiveness of the Catholic mass is comforting. Plus, I much prefer traditional Christmas music and at my parents church there's a husband and wife who do the music there and they're sort of countrified.

Then it was on to my grandparents for lunch. I won't even begin to vent about my frustration at people who do not show up at the designated time even though they have much of the food.

We went home and cleaned the house, then went to my parents house. More present opening there! The girls got so much stuff. Although, their house got really messy and there were a lot of people there. That really stresses me out. So we left and I was so thankful that we had cleaned the house before going there. I think if I had to come home to a messy house after that I probably would have had a meltdown or something.

Anyway, it was a good Christmas overall. I bought myself some good presents. Eva got a ton of stuff and everything she wanted. Lauren and Maria made it through the day in good spirits and between the two of them got more toys than they could probably ever play with. They got a table and chairs for their room that is just wonderful. They played tea party with their new tea set. It was so cute.


On the stitching front, I did finish names 1-4 on Mother's Tree. My goal is to have #5 done today. My plan is to work on that until Dec. 30 to enter it in the Silkweaver showcase, then switch back to my Mira RR. After that's mailed out I'm going to work on my other RRs. I'll catch up! I will!


Other little tidbits from the weekend:

The LSU Tigers were trying to leave for Atlanta for the Peach Bowl and their plane got stuck in the mud. They had to wait for another plane to show up and they were 5 hours late. That's not a good omen. That and the fact that the starting Quarterback got hurt at the last game and isn't playing.

There's some weird phenomenon going on in St. Bernard Parish. There are watermelons growing all over the Parish. They don't normally grow this time of year. Something happened during Katrina and the seeds got spread all over the parish and there's something that's making them grow even though this isn't when they normally grow. Although, they are asking people not to eat the Katrina Melons.

And Congratulations to Tracy!!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Psychedelic Ornament

I told Eva to pick out a thread and I'd make her an ornament. Of course, she chose Gloriana's Ada's Rainbow. So I was a little stumped as to what to do with it. Here's the fruit of my labor. The pattern is from Crystal Creations by Vintage Bliss Designs.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A Compliment and a Huge Rant

First, my compliment goes to Mary at M Designs. I ordered some of the name trees and not only did I get them very quickly, but she also sent me another chart of her's and a nice Christmas card. I thought it was very sweet.

Now for my rant. Remember M, the lady that I complained about before? Well, last night she really took the cake. First, she declared to the room that she thought that women who dress provocatively are asking to be raped. The room went silent and someone had to check to make sure she was kidding. She said no, and repeated herself. I think the Mississippi River may have shifted it's bed a little closer the collective intake of breath was so strong. How can one say something like that to a group of women? Anyway, she said that's what kept her off a jury. I think the attorneys probably agreed she was too ignorant to serve. Then I mentioned how I had never been called for jury duty. She said that was terrible I wasn't serving my country. Hello? It's not my fault I haven't been called. I registered to vote and I vote in nearly every election. What else am I supposed to do? I'm the only person there that WANTED to be on a jury. In both instances you could tell everyone was really peeved, but nobody wanted to start a fight, but several of us tried to explain to her that rape was a crime of domination and power and not of sexuality. I don't think she got it.

Oh and I have another gripe. Well, it's not even really that. Twice in the last week on my way to work I had a car behind me pass me. On a two lane road kind of passing. Now, I'm not usually really fussy about that. However, the reason I'm going slow is because I'm in a LONG LINE OF TRAFFIC. Do they think I'm going slow because I have nothing better to do at 6:30 am than drive 25 mph pissing off other motorists?? I love when traffic stops and I'm right behind them. Hello dumbass! Those are the times when I wish I had a bullhorn so I can tell them how idiotic I think they are. The first one, traffic had stopped because a car in front of me was turning left. The guy who whipped around me, nearly plowed into him. I wish I could have asked him if it was really worth all that just to get one car ahead in the huge long line of traffic.


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

More things you see driving around

There's a crossing guard, actually a traffic cop near my house. He always amuses me because he looks like a stereotypical southern sheriff. He's not the sheriff, but anyway, he's got this big ole pot belly and he wears cowboy boots and since it got cold he started wearing a cowboy hat too. He normally stands between two traffic cones and directs traffic in and out of the school in the afternoon. I noticed yesterday he had decorated his cones so that they looked like Christmas trees. I thought it was pretty cute.


Not much stitching yesterday. I finished the second line of Mother's Tree and worked more on my Mirabilia RR. I also got Kathy's RR yesterday from Kari. So, after the holidays I'm going to start/finish Jen's and Kathy's RRs and then mail it on to Kathy and that RR will be all done for me.


I'm so ready for Christmas to be here. At least Thursday, Eva has a party at school Thursday and she just can't wait to bring her little presents to school and she's kind of driving me crazy about it! Last night I let the girls decorate gingerbread men. My MIL gave them a cookie decorating kit, it came with cookies, icing, little candies and sprinkles. They were all doing really good until the sprinkles, what a mess that was! Anyway, they had fun and their cookies looked pretty interesting.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Mother's Tree

First, my chocolate balls came out great and they were a big hit. I'm going to get more creative with them next time I make them. Maybe put a cherry or a mint in the middle.

I started working on my Mother's Tree again. I finished the first name on the second line Friday. Then I switched back to working on my Mira RR. Then the girls got orange stuff on it so I washed it and while it was drying, I went back to my Mother's Tree. I finished the last name on the second line and then I started looking at my charts. I charted this all out several years ago and then had problems with the program I charted it in, so all I had were some screen shot pictures of the pattern. I realized a name got cut off and I couldn't find my notes or anything to fill in the gap. So I was freakin' out all weekend trying to figure out what name got cut off. I couldn't find any family trees online that had the full list of children for the mother that I had. This was back in the 1600's when people had like 16 kids, so it's not uncommon for some of the trees to not list all the kids. I was getting all upset thinking that I was to get another subscription to, which I really didn't want to do because it's like $80. Finally, I got a link to which is the free version of I was able to get all the information that I needed. Elizabeth Hebert (b. 1698) was the name that I was missing.

So here's my list:
1580 Renee Courtin mother of
1603 Catherine Vigneau mother of
1641 Andree Martin mother of
1674 Isabelle Pellerin mother of
1698 Elizabeth Hebert mother of
1715 Brigette Apart mother of
1735 Susanne Boudreaux mother of
1760 Marie Rose Benoit mother of
1782 Marie Solange Prejean mother of
1813 Marcellite Marie Derouen mother of
1835 Genevieve Louviere mother of
1859 Octavie Bonin mother of
1887 Eunice Hebert mother of
1925 Sylvia Margaret Hebert mother of
1956 Karen Ann Guedry mother of
1977 Me!

Someone in my cross stitch group was complaining that you couldn't do this if there was a generation that didn't have any girls. I kept thinking that was wrong, but couldn't figure out why. But, everyone has a mother, if there were no girls in a generation, the mother line would have ended. You only can't continue it if you yourself are a man and you have no sisters, or you're a woman that only has sons.

Anyway, whenever I do this research I always wonder what kind of people these women were. Renee Courtin moved from France to Canada and I always wonder why. Around the Isabelle Pellerin/Elizabeth Hebert generation they moved from Acadia Canada to St. Martinville Louisiana. I know why, but I always wonder what that must have been like. Everybody else down that line was born and died in either St. Martinville or Opelousas. Until Eunice Hebert, then they moved to Donaldsonville, Louisiana. Then my mom, my girls and I were all born in Baton Rouge. That's pretty amazing that so many generations were born and died in such a small geographic area.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Big Trouble

Terri is in big trouble for pointing out Industrious Ladies! I'm so in trouble because I really really want it. James is ok with me using part of our Christmas money for it though. Otherwise, he'd be in big trouble LOL

I finally got Eva's Christmas picture in. I think it looks pretty good. She's barefoot because we couldn't find her shoes that morning. LOL I can be such a loser mom sometimes. The daycare manager assured me that most of the kids were barefoot though, so I felt better.

Annmarie has a pretty funny post about Chuck Norris. I liked these:

"Chuck Norris sold his soul to the devil for his rugged good looks and unparalleled martial arts ability. Shortly after the transaction was finalized, Chuck roundhouse kicked the devil in the face and took his soul back. The devil, who appreciates irony, couldn't stay mad and admitted he should have seen it coming. They now play poker every second Wednesday of the month."

"Chuck Norris uses ribbed condoms inside out, so he gets the pleasure."

This one is kind of stupid, but it makes me laugh
"Chuck Norris's girlfriend once asked him how much wood a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood. He then shouted, "HOW DARE YOU RHYME IN THE PRESENCE OF CHUCK NORRIS!" and ripped out her throat. Holding his girlfriend's bloody throat in his hand he bellowed, "Don't f*** with Chuck!" Two years and five months later he realized the irony of this statement and laughed so hard that anyone within a hundred mile radius of the blast went deaf."

I'm hoping to get a lot of stitching done this weekend. It's going to be cold and rainy. The weather people are forecasting "Wintery Mix" for Wednesday LOL

Thursday, December 15, 2005


Once again I have forgotten the Christmas pictures that I'm supposed to be sending out to friends and family. Oh well.

I picked up my framing yesterday. I'm pretty happy with it.

Mirabilia's Christmas Elf Fairy
Elizabeth Designs Nature Alphabet
Just Nan's Wintery Mix
Hinzeit's Princess

Yesterday with work we went to a Christmas Party at a different company. I look forward to it every year for the meatballs. I guess they're really easy to make (I think it's teriyaki sauce and grape jelly or something like that), but I'd rather just eat someone else's. They also had these chocolate balls there (not chocolate salty balls) that were so good. All you do for that is throw a bag of oreos and a block of cream cheese in the food processor until it's all mixed up. Then shape them into balls, dip them in melted chocolate and put them in the fridge to harden.

Sunday we're going to the inlaws to do Christmas early. James volunteered me for dessert. So, I think I'm going to make the Chocolate Ball thingys. I need to make something else too though. I guess I'm going to have to go pick up some Hog Head Cheese. Yes, supposedly it's exactly what you might expect. I refuse to eat it or even try it. The only other thing that I've heard of that's worse in my opinion is Blood Boudin. However, these are the people that served frog legs a couple of years ago and when I asked where you buy frog legs from they laughed and told me they caught them down by the bayou near their house. I didn't eat those either.

There was this guy at the Christmas party that I felt really bad for. His house had been burglarized. They stole EVERYTHING, including the Christmas presents. He was more irritated because he couldn't file an insurance claim because he had just filed one because a tree went through his roof during the hurricanes. And he said they totally ransacked the entire house. That'd really suck to have to clean up after something like that.

Kristen mentioned how it was hard to get in the Christmas spirit when it's 80 degrees and you look out on the beach all day. Earlier this week it was like 75 here and the kids are running around in shorts and T-shirts. We got a huge storm last night and it's much cooler now. I just heard some mention of the possibility of some freezing rain. We'll have to see....

Monday, December 12, 2005


The weekend was ok, nothing exciting. I was going to post some pictures, but apparently Picturetrail is having issues this morning. I got some pictures of Lauren and Maria in their Christmas dresses. They would never sit for professional pictures. Eva got her school Christmas pictures in and I think they look really good even if she isn't wearing any shoes. Also, I sent Kristen an ornament that I made from a pattern from Subversive Cross Stitch and I'm assuming that she's gotten it. However, the post office seems to be having issues as well because the tracking number keeps coming back as invalid. So, I'll post that picture if I ever can.

Ok, finally

Lauren and Maria (1)
Lauren and Maria (2) I like this one better, but it's a little out of focus.
Ornament (warning adult language)

Friday, December 09, 2005

Yaton Rouge

That's quickly becoming Baton Rouge's new name. New Orleanians are knowns as Yats. It has something to do with the way they say "Where y'at?". I guess there's been a more accurate census and Baton Rouge has approximately 80,000 new residents. A lot of New Orleans businesses are packing up and moving up here. They had an interview with one business owner that restarted his business here. He said that some of his old regulars are still his regulars because they've all moved here.

Today a judge is hearing arguments from evacuees that are being evicted from hotels. They feel that the January 7th deadline is "premature". Puh-lease. I guess the hotel owners are also starting to get very angry because these people won't leave. Reports are that the hotels are getting torn up. Supposedly the Governor of Texas is offering all evacuees a one way bus ticket out of the state because the hotels in Texas are having the same problems. To say the situation is getting frustrating is putting it mildly.

Traffic is still really bad. They've been talking about how since Katrina traffic accidents have doubled or tripled or whatever. Crime has gotten pretty bad too. There seems to be a lot more murder. I don't know if it actually has increased, but it seems like it has, common sense would indicate that it would. I think New Orleans was somewhere in the top three for most dangerous cities in the country and Baton Rouge was like 11th, so in just those numbers it seems like we'd shoot straight to the top of the list. Add to that a overcrowding problem and a uncertain future, and you can only imagine. I know that was another thing that prompted the Texas Governor to offer the bus tickets.

I'm starting to think that New Orleans isn't going to get back on it's feet. At least not anywhere near what it used to be. Too many businesses are failing there. They can't get employees to work, because there's nowhere for them to live. They don't have enough customers. Supplies and merchadise shipments are irregular. I saw an interview with some hot shot lawyer and he said that some parts of the city are back to normal on the surface, but instead of having his power lunches in a crowded restaurant, he and his guests might be the only ones there, and it takes 3 weeks to get his suits dry cleaned.

Attempts at tourism have been met with disdain. Greyhound bus line has started running Katrina tours. For $35/person you get a bus tour of the damage in New Orleans. They're trying to organized Mardi Gras, but Nagin is shopping for a corporate sponsor for the entire event. So it could be something like The American Express Mardi Gras. Gag me. I'd rather it be some small event with local people than some big corporate sponsored event.

So that's my Katrina update

Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Wake

The girls and I went to the wake this evening. Heartwrenching doesn't even come close to describing it. There were hundreds of people there. Fortunately, we didn't have to wait in line. We were able to go to the family area. I've never been such a mess over a death before. I guess because everyone I've known that died were either old or sick so it wasn't so unexpected. I got more details about what happened. He was in a head on collision with another car. He was killed instantly. It was an open casket wake and you could tell it was bad. If I didn't know that was him, I would have never recognized him. It didn't look like him at all. His family seemed to be holding up well though. Everyone seemed to be in good spirits. His mom seemed a little out of it though, she did recently break her foot so that didn't really help matters.

We discussed how none of should have been too surprised about him dying so young. When he was little, like 3 or 4 years old, he would tie down the gas pedal on the 4 wheeler to drive it around. Since he couldn't brake he would just jump off or run it into a tree to stop. Then when he was a little older, like 5 or 6 he stole the car keys and wrecked the family car in their yard. I also remember a time when he was probably around 10 or so and they took the bouncing part of the trampoline out and rigged up a barrel with bungee cords on the springs so they could pretend like they were bull riding. I think he broke his arm doing that. New Year's day 2003 he was riding in the back of a pick up truck going 80 miles an hour down the interstate and he fell out. The only thing that saved him then was that he had been drinking and he didn't tense his body when it happened. I saw him a couple months after that happened and you would have never even known it had happened.

Anyway, he'll be truly missed by our family.

Darren Bennett

He's a boy I grew up with, I've known him since he was born. He died Tuesday. He was killed driving a motorcycle he had only bought the week before.

He was a wild guy, he partied too hard, drank too much, but he was a very good person. He was nice to everyone. At Mardi Gras, he would hold Eva on his shoulders and take her up to the floats so she would get the good stuff.

It's going to be so hard on his family. They've endured so much heartache already and this is just going to be devastating to them.

His Obituary

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Odd Things You See Driving Around

Yesterday on my way home I was driving down the street and was coming up on the back of a house. I saw something on the roof that I assumed was some sort of Christmas decoration. As I got closer, it was a Golden Retriever all curled up on peak of the roof. As I was wondering how that dog got up there, I realized there was a poodle sleeping on top of the garage. Isn't that funny?

A Female Welder Walks in to a Bar

Not really, she walked into our office looking for a job. Normally, they don't even let females even try out for the job, but I guess they need some welders. She was sent out to the shop to see how skilled she is. Now my grandmother is over there fretting about how this could be a bad situation. Hello? She might be better than everyone else out there. Give our guys a little credit that they could handle working with a woman. I didn't get a look at her, but maybe she's better looking than my grandmother and that's the bad situation LOL That she won't be the cutest girl around anymore LOL Anyway, this has been amusing. Oh she just came in again. She's fairly decent looking.

Amongst all this my grandmother is freaking out about all these bills that are supposedly not in the computer. Well, they are. I can see them. She's just not looking hard enough, but I can tell she's trying to act like it's my fault or something.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

I'm ready to quit my job

Yes, it's a plum job, but I'm so sick of the attitude around here. I have no idea how to even go about it. I need to look for another job first. I don't want to quit and have no options. I'm just so frustrated and concerned about the reprecussions. Any advice? Keep in mind that I work for family...

Monday, December 05, 2005

A Ho Hum Weekend

Well, LSU lost so that sort of put a damper on things. It was a bad game. It was like the team didn't even show up. I think they're just tired. They've played for 11 straight weeks with no open dates. There were too many injuries. Anyway, they did very well in the season overall. Especially considering how the season started.

We didn't do much. James and I went shopping Saturday morning for the rest of the big Christmas stuff for the girls. My grandmother wanted to get Eva something big for Christmas since she got Lauren and Maria a really nice table and chair set for their room. I proposed a portable DVD player, but James said no way, that only spoiled rich kids had those. So my next idea was a new TV for her room. Her current TV is a monstrosity with a broken VCR. Since we rearranged her room she wants to move the TV, but we can't because it doesn't fit anywhere else. So we decided to get her a smaller TV. When we get to the store though, James starts looking at even bigger TVs. I'm like hello?? Those are what spoiled rich kids have! Anyway, we settled on a very basic 14". We got her some new movies with the leftover money and one of those joystick things with the games built in.

I need to start shopping for some stocking stuffer type things. I had a $50 office depot gift card (signing up for that Advantage card thing has really been profitable, that was my second $50 card). So I got each of the girls some crayons and markers, all washable of course LOL, and I picked up some new Leap Pad books. All three girls love that thing.

Hmmm, I had a pretty good stitching weekend. I received and finished Lisa's Band Sampler Round Robin, and then I got it mailed out this morning. I worked more on my Stitcher's Lane Round Robin that I'm starting over. I guess I'm about half done with my house. I need to start working up my letter for that one. Then I put that aside and started working on a couple of Christmas presents. One was a very basic pattern. Only 3 DMC colors on white fabric. Can I stick with that? No! I switched out the fabric and changed the thread to a rayon, a metallic and a over dyed Silk. I should finish that later tonight. Right now I'm working on a different ornament...the TW Celtic Inspiration Ornament. So far so good. If it stitches up quick, I might make a few for different people.

I guess that's about it for now!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Fun Friday

LSU is playing for the SEC Championship this weekend so Georgia is being roundly abused today. I heard a couple of amusing jokes.

How do you know if a Georgia Bulldog has a girlfriend? There's tobacco stains on both sides of the pick up truck.

Why doesn't Florida break off? Because Georgia sucks.

How do you get a University of Georgia alumni off your porch? Pay for the pizza.

And another one that has nothing to do with Georgia...

Why does Mike Tyson cry during sex? Because mace has a tendacy to do that to you.

And one of those things that make you go hmmmm...

There are approximately 6,600 people from Louisiana missing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. There are approximately 6,000 Louisiana state workers that have not checked back into work since Hurricane Katrina. However, many people are speculating that those 6,000 state workers never actually existed or died many years ago. It makes you wonder who was collecting their pay.

Thursday, December 01, 2005


I've been watching Nip/Tuck and sometimes I wonder just what in the world are the writers thinking. Could Matt get ANYmore screwed up? I can see how his experiences could have driven him to where he is, but seriously a Neo-Nazi? In real life that kid would need some serious help. And why aren't his parents getting him any on the show? And what's up with Julia knowingly letting him have sex in their home? Isn't he still only like 16 or something? He's still in highschool but the botched lesbian threesome, Ava, the transexualtransgender phase, and let's not forget the hit and run incident, can sort of make him seem a lot older. I mean really, how many kids go through that much stuff before they're even out of high school.

Same thing with Christian, all these awful things keep happening to him. How much worse can it get for him? The whole Carver and the detective things, what happened with that? All we saw was her in the doctor's office and I think that's the last we ever saw of that. Of course, now he's back and he's got Kimber. I glanced at the message boards and looked over all the theories on that one. I'd have to say that it's possible that Christian could be the Carver, he could have found Kimber after the "wedding" and made her send that letter as an alibi. Do I think Christian is the Carver? No, he's too heterosexual and the rape thing, he would have never made up.

Whatever happened with Julia and Sean's daughter? I don't think she's even been in Season three. I really thought when she became "Princess Menses" that some type of sexual abuse would have come in to play there. I'm sorry, in a 9 year old girl, abuse would have been the first thing that came to mind, not that processed foods are making her develop too fast.

Anyway, it's one of those shows that I always watch, but it drives me crazy at he same time. These characters are so screwed up, you just can't help but watch and see how much farther they'll go.