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All of the cross stitch on my blog is copyrighted, and the designer is listed next to the pic. Please do not ask me to share charts, as I will not do so under any circumstances. All pics of my work and text, unless otherwise stated, are copyrighted by me and cannot be used in any other written or pictorial form without my written consent. Thank you.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

School Break

Hi Folks, I'm Back!!!

Hi folks. I'm finally taking a break from school. I've been so busy, I don't know which end is up, lol. I did take summer classes, and I did quite well. I did, however, get my first B, which really ticked me off. I wanted all As again. But I got a B in World History I. She was really hard on my papers first semester. I'm not sure why. And I didn't think a lot of the papers for second semester, but she gave me full marks for them. So it was weird. The ones I thought were good, she thought were bad, and vice versa. It's crazy. My GPA for the three semesters I've been in this time through is 3.892, which is excellent. I'm really happy about it. (I'm having a little trouble adjusting to not having to do homework almost all day every day. It's been rough this last few days.) Anyways, in the spring, I got all As and an A-. I was happy with that. In the summer I took eighteen hours (sort of, let me explain). I had classes for full semester, and then I also had first session classes and second session classes. For first session (the first seven weeks), I had 24 credit hours. (Huge load. I was so happy to make it through.) Then for second session I had twelve, which was much easier. I was behind in a couple of classes after the first seven weeks had passed, but I have to say, I think I did pretty damned good. Keeping up was my biggest problem. (I started before my exams were over for my spring classes. I worked all through break, hence the reason I'm having so much trouble adjusting.) For Summer Semester, I took Human Sexuality and Health (first session), Mental Health Issues (first session), World History I (first session), World History II (second session), Human Computer Interaction (full semester), and Intro to Interpersonal Communication (full semester). HCI was the only one I really had trouble in. We were put into groups and had to design some sort of user interface to demo to the class. I found it fun and interesting, but we had a sexist bully in our group, and I hated dealing with that. It drove me out of my mind insane. I cannot count, on both hands and feet, the number of times I said, "This is a group decision. Everyone votes." Or something like it. It was horrible. But I made it through (with a LOT of hard work) and I learned a little bit about dealing with a bully. (Sometimes, you have to bully them back. Only sometimes though.) But it's over now, and thank God for it. I was losing my mind. I hadn't had a break since January (first week) and classes ended on Friday. So over six months with no break, yikes!!!! And another Whew... (Just for good measure, you understand.)

I have been stitching some since I got finished with my summer classes. I'm working on a Biscornu for my friend Vicki of India Grace Designs. It's going to be VERY pretty. I choose floss for it (CC Grape Flip) and I have a great fabby for the backing (the biscornu is hardanger, so it needs to be backed) to go with it. I picked out beads, thinking the little circles on the diagram were beads. Vicki informed me that they were picots, which I have a hard time with. So I said I'd try them, and if I couldn't do them, I'd use beads. She was okay with that. The Kloster blocks got done really quickly, but the blackwork is taking longer. (Partly because I keep messing it up. Grrrrr... If only I could count... And partly because of the knots.) Anyways, piccy is above with what I've gotten done. I love the way the colors are turning out.

I did do some work on my pieces for my rotation before I got to this point on the biscornu, but not enough that I feel the need to take a piccy. I got bits and pieces done. And I really mean bits and pieces. I think I got about fifty stitches in per week during the summer, if that. Then I started the biscornu, and have worked on that since. It's coming along well, I think. I will be posting some more rotation piccys when I finish up next semester though. (I'm hoping to get the biscornu done during break, but IDK with how slow the blackwork is coming...) And I've been playing LOTS since break started. They have an event NPC (non playable character) who gives REALLY good quests in game now. One quest will lvl me thirty to ninety percent. For those who don't play MMORPGs, the normal quests in this world generally give a little less than one percent. So this is a HUGE deal. I've leveled up from 129 all the way to 137 so far, and I'm on the verge of 138. (90.??%) I love the summer event, and I'll be pissed when it goes away. Alas, all good things must end...

And I bought a whole bunch of clothes. Most of them are for work. I have several separates I can wear. I may need suits though, depending on where I work. We'll see how that goes. Brice, a friend of mine from the group, says I should come work at his company as a programmer. I may. We'll have to see how it goes. (They require suits all the time, so... More expense. We'll have to see what's available when I start interviewing.) Speaking of Coop, I should start this spring. I'm taking Intro to Coop this fall, and that will get me started. Hoping to do well again. (I have seventeen hours this semester: Women's Chorus (1), Intro to Coop for CECH (1), Computer Programming (3), Intro to Psychology (3), Fundamentals of Unix (3), Database Management II (3), and Fundamentals of Digital Media (3).) I'm looking forward to all my classes except DMII. I hated the first one. And when Brice asked me who I had for it, he called my professor's teaching methods deplorable. (I think I agree. He's awful.) Digital Media teaches you to use Photoshop, which is gonna be awesome!!! I can hardly wait for that one. And I'm really excited about Computer Programming one too. That's gonna be another fun class. I'm also looking forward to the Unix class. I A. Really liked that professor (had him for Implications of IT) and B. am interested in Unix. Unix is an OS like Microsoft Windows. I'm looking forward to it. And for those that didn't do it, Coop (pronounced Co Op) is when you work for a three month period (roughly one semester) in a real world position. You didn't used to get paid for it, but now you do. Which is cool as long as I don't lose my disability. I'd be ticked about that. I'm not ready to try and make it during school without income (I think it would be extremely tough to do), and since I can't guarantee work when I get out... I'd like to keep it just in case. Also, CECH stands for College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. Why the IT degree is in that college, I have NO CLUE. But it is, so…

And I've been dogsitting. (It IS summer, so I've been doing it quite a bit.) I dogsat last week and pulled this beauty off the vine. Isn't she gorgeous. Or maybe it's a he. (Looks like a part of a he anyways, lol.) Those are my little sewing scissors next to it, so you can tell how big it is. I have to go back and dogsit some more on Friday of this week. He gets so excited when I come over. He loves him some auntie. And Butters (the big gray and white cat) loves me too. Reese (who looks a LOT like Yes Dear) hates my guts. She gnawed on my hand till I bled last weekend. (I try to pet her too, cause Amy says she comes home and Reese wants to be loved on.) She hates me for some odd reason, cause usually I'm that person that can walk up and pet the stray in the neighborhood. Who knows what she's thinking.

And one last funny. My sister in law agreed to be our guinea pig for our recent project. I had to do some things with her for screenshots of our most recent project. And my brother (who is EXTREMELY ornery, as you will see in a minute) waited till we were right in the middle of it, and came over and starts fondling her breasts. And I'm all, "REALLY??? Can you do chat later tonight, when I'm not here?" It was hilarious. (He did it cause I was taping it. Just to be difficult.) As I said, ORNERY. And Amy just laughed and kept right on going. (She knows how he is, and she knew he was gonna do something too.)

And I'll leave you with my amazing achievement over the last few days. In the last three days (well, two and a half, actually), I've read 2130 pages of The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. It got a hold of me good until... Last night two of the four main characters were written out of the story. I was so peeved. I bawled my eyes out both times. It was horrible, and I was pissed. I didn't read any more after that. I'll finish it today, probably. Hopefully. And then there's a new book in the series that I want to read. It's exciting to have something new from him anytime. I need to catch up on my reading too. (Maybe I'll buy all his books.) I also watched the Bengals' first game on TV last week. It aired on Thursday night, and it was a win. (I only got to watch part of it, as I had History to do. But I was somewhat pleased with what I saw.) We played Atlanta, and it was a pretty good win. We scored a goodly amount of points (I want to say thirty four), and the younger guys did pretty good. We play those who shall not be named this year, at home. I'm hoping to convince Dani to come in for the game. (That will be interesting. She'd be cheering for twsnbn and I would be cheering for my Bengals.) We'll see what happens... I hope you're all doing well. I'll be trying to catch up on emails while I'm off, but I don't know if I'll have time for blogs too...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

This was supposed to be a quick update, two weeks ago...

Hi everyone. This should be a fairly short blog entry, as I have homework to do this weekend. (Math and Computer Networking and Implications of IT mostly.) The first week was awful. I can't seem to get myself together. My first day, I made it to campus a little bit before Chorus started, and then spent an hour and a half in line for books. (Half an hour downstairs, and an hour upstairs. I went to the wrong line, and I was ticked about it. I bought the books online, and then had them ready for pickup at the bookstore. Unfortunately, I was oblivious to the signs that said pick up in room four something. Grrrr...) So I missed class that day, and was ten minutes late for College Algebra. Luckily, I didn't miss anything important. He talked about the syllabus and introduced himself. He actually did lecture (quite a bit) on the first section of the text. I used the book to help myself understand. So I'm upset that I missed class, but it was worth it. Then, on Wed, I overslept and made it there just as he was dismissing the Altos. On Friday, I overslept and got there just at the end of class. I was so pissed at myself. (I haven't gotten to sleep before six am any day this week, and I can't figure out what my problem is. Honestly, I've been going to bed between twelve thirty and two. It's crazy.) College Algebra is going well so far. I'm terrible at math, so I'm prepared to do a lot of extra work in this class to get a good grade. Hopefully, he'll offer bonus points for things. I can use all the help I can get. So far, our assignment is going well. There's one problem I just can't get (and I've tried it at least ten times), so I may actually get that one wrong. The others I have right. Luckily, he has it set up so you can do as many tries as you want. Basically, it gives you similar problems until you get them right. So I'm trying again and again until I get the problems right. Except for that one. And I need help with it. I went into the Math Resource Center to see if they could help me Friday, and there was a sign on the door. Closed until Jan 14th. I was ticked, as it's way out of my way. It made me walk four or five blocks out of my way, so I was NOT a happy camper. Computer Networking is going to be hard for me as well. I'm not as interested in the nuts and bolts of networks, but the Internet parts are interesting to me. Unfortunately, the professor is a fast, FAST reader, and he basically reads the power point as fast as he can go. There's no time to take notes or formulate a question. I'm hoping the text will bring me up to speed, as right now, I'm lost. He doesn't even define key terms. He just uses them and expects you to understand. Also, in that class, we have to do a presentation. (I have some social anxiety, so I don't wanna, lol.) I've emailed my group, and am waiting for a reply. In the meantime, I've worked up a power point presentation. It's savvy if I do say so myself. I hope we can use it. I still need to write speaker notes, and I'm hoping the rest of the group will help me with it. Database Management I is a class I'm really looking forward to. I'll be learning SQL, or Structured Query Language. It's the language used to build and maintain databases and data warehouses. It's my first "programming" language, so I'm all excited about it. I had no problem installing SQL Server 2012 when I went in through the link given in the syllabus. I have it installed on both my laptop and my desktop, so I can work on assignments after DMI class, and finish them at home. I just have to transfer the work via external hard drive. My Implications of IT class is gonna be fun, I think. It's at UCBA, which is a different campus of UC. It's about fifteen to twenty minutes from main campus, depending on traffic. I found my way easily, and I was glad of it. I can park very close to my classroom too, so that's good. I take my computer with me on Tuesday and Thurs, because I have a LONG break. DMI ends at a little bit after three. Implications of IT (Tues) and Computer Networking (Thurs) start at six. So I need to be able to work on homework in between. I also take my stitching, as I like to switch off. I do one thing for a bit, and then something else. Keeps my mind fresh. Implications was a VERY short class on Tuesday, which usually bothers me. In this case, though, I don't mind it. He told us, very briefly, what the class would consist of. (Quiz at the end of each chapter, and discussion.) He showed us where the syllabus was, and told us what book we'd be using. If there hadn't been a few questions, he would have let us out at ten after six. As it was, he let us go at twenty after, and that was fine with me. The reason he let us go early is that most classes will be mostly discussion. Since not everyone had read the first chapter in the book, and we hadn't seen the info he wanted us to see, there could be no discussion. So he let us go early to read, which, like I said, I was okay with. I think most class sessions will go full length, which I like. I feel like I'm getting my money's worth that way. And that's all of my classes for this term. (I was going to take Fundamentals of UNIX (an operating system similar to Windows or Mac's OSX), but they cancelled the class due to low registration. I still want to try.)

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for. On to the stitching!!! I have a LOT of projects to show this week, so I'll get right to it. Starting with Beach Romance (Janlynn). I worked on it on Sunday, and got quite a bit done. (Of course, there was football on, so that helps.) I finished up his leg, did a lot of sand around it, and did the water between his legs. I also finished up his pants. I was very pleased with the amount of stitching I got done on Sunday. It worked out well for me. Of course, my Bengals lost their playoff game, again. (It has been a long time since we won one. You have to go all the way back to 1990. Twenty two years, ouch.) And to make things even worse, while our defense played well, our offense sucked rotten eggs. They were awful. Couldn't find their butt with both hands AND a flashlight. It was quite sad. I was so ticked off, I cried. (Not that it's hard to make me cry. I'm a regular waterworks about some things.) So it wasn't the best weekend, but it was okay. I did get to see one of my other teams win, and that made me feel better.

Next up is Time To Go (Witch Stitch'n'Bits). As I told Freak a couple of weeks ago, I'm getting ready to start on her wing. Next week, most likely. I finished up the current row of ten by tens on Tuesday night, waiting for my class to start. You can't quite see the candle flame yet, but the light is there. I like the way it looks so far, except for the fact that there's a lot of brown in it. (As you know, I hate brown, lol. I have no idea what made me want to do something with so much brown in it. Really, no idea. I could have picked something else sexy, and without it. But it was something I thought he would like, so...) Anyways, the wing is at the bottom of the next set of ten by tens, and I'm ready to start it. The wings are mostly white and blue, so they're really pretty.

And I did put a few stitches into my rose. (It's no longer an ornie, lol, so I didn't know what to call it.) I really don't think it's worth a piccy, but I love to look at them, and I know some of you do too, so I'm posting one. I literally put in about ten stitches on Wed. That's it. It was before my College Algebra class started, but I only had about ten minutes. I stood outside talking to one of the other altos on Wed afternoon, so I didn't get there as early as I would have. It's still a lot of confetti, but it's moving along a little bit at a time. (Any progress is a good thing, right?!?) I love the way it looks. It's so incredibly detailed. (Hence the reason I don't complain about the confetti too much.)

Next up is Noah's Sub (Stoney Creek). I didn't get much done on it this week. I did work on it for a bit in between classes on Thursday. My earlier class got out a few minutes after three, and the night class didn't start till six. (I did do some errand running, since I was so close to where I needed to be. That took a little over an hour. Then I did a little bit of stitching, maybe fifteen minutes, before I started on the math stuff.) I also did a little bit later, as he gave us a fifteen minute break to go potty and such. I really don't need fifteen minutes to go, so I spent the rest of the time stitching. And hey, progress is progress, right??? I love the color I'm using. It's a sort of salmon pink. Very pretty. You can see where I'm working, down near the orca. (When I started this color, for some odd reason, I started crossing my stitches, and had to go back and frog them. It'll be weird when I get to the point where I’m crossing my stitches on this piece, lol.)

Next up is one of my three favorite projects, Midnight Hunting (Dracolair Creations). I had to do quite a bit of frogging on this one, but I didn't mind. Since I was still on break, I got a LOT done on it. And I love the way it's looking. The color changes are so pretty. I worked a lot on it while talking (chatting) with Dani. Well, and on the phone some, too. I talked her home from work on the train, and it was nice. I like talking to her. She has a lovely voice, and she sounds so young. So I got a lot accomplished, despite the fact that I had to frog. I had a lot of fractional stitches, and it was hard to decide which color was the dominant color. It doesn't tell you, so I had to pick for myself, and I had a hard time with that.

Then comes one of my other faves, Frost Moon(HAED, Nene Thomas). I didn’t get as much done on this as I was back in school. I did get the last set of ten by tens done, though, and started work on the next one. The blues in this so far are so pretty. And I had an occasion to talk to some Muslim Kurds. He was a Sociology student, and his wife came with him sometimes to see what he was up to. They were both very nice. I did ask them if they had met anyone who was prejudiced against them here at UC, and they said no. (Yes, I brought it up. I'm very blunt.) I was pleased by that. My city tends to be VERY conservative, and I wonder sometimes if I don't see prejudice just because I'm white. But I was glad to know they'd had no problems. That makes me happy as prejudice makes me sick. (Even in myself. I'm prejudiced against people who drink a lot. I freely admit that. But I've seen so many mean and stupid drunks; I just can't get around it. I try to not let it affect me, but it's hard. I've never gone to a bar, lol. I don't want to see it!!! I'm a bit of a teetotaler, if you can't tell.)

And that's all I've got for tonight. I'm gonna try to remember to blog each weekend, but don't hold me to it. We'll see how it goes. I hope I finish this tonight, as I still have a quiz to take. And I hope you're all having a wonderful night out there. All my best to my blogger friends, and I've said a prayer for all of you to have good lives. Well, healthy and happy, and that's the same thing. And speaking of healthy, I have to go in tomorrow for another mammogram. They found a shadow on the previous one, and they want to further investigate it. (Yes, I AM scared half to death. All I need is to have breast cancer while I'm trying to do school.) So if you have the time, and inclination, say a quick prayer for me too. (Update: I did go for my mammogram on Monday, and then they sent me for an ultrasound. It appears that the lunp I have is several benign cysts all crushed together. The whole group of them is only one millimeter, so it's not very big. Thank God for small favors.) TIA, and hagn, y'all!!

Okay, and one more thing. This is really the last thing. I have a cushion to sit on now. Some of my classmates laughed at me with it, but I really don't care. My bum doesn’t hurt, and theirs probably does. I'm good with that, lol. It's really cool looking. My mom pieced it for me. If you look at the top piccy, it's black striped with orange Bengals fabby. The Bengals fabby, I really like. She doesn't remember where she got it, though, and she only had a little bit left. So she pieced the front of it. The top stripe doesn't even go all the way across, so she covered the end of it with a piece of orange ribbon. She's a smart lady, lol, and she wanted to use as much of the fabby as I liked as she could. I love it, and it's comfy, so it's all good. And now I'm inserting my image codes, and going to bed. Y'all have a good night, and I hope you're all sleeping and having wonderful, restful dreams.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas and stitching

Hi there folks. Long time no see, right?!? It's been a good week though. I didn't get a lot of stitching done, though. I got very little done, to tell the truth. I actually have been playing quite a bit. The new expansion pack came out the week before Christmas, and there are two new character types in it. Of course, I immediately had to start one of each. They are Black Wizard which is the male version of the Incar Magician, and the Half Bagi, which is the female version of the Bagi Warrior. Both are fun to play with. Wizard is weaker, but has some cool skills. Half Bagi is really strong, and she uses a big, BIG blade. (She has a LOT of points to strength, so she can pick the darned thing up and swing it, lol.) I named her Weapon of Destruction and him DToddesq, after my friend Dani who picked which one I should play with first. His weapon is an orb, which is kind of weak. And she has a huge blade, which I'm playing with now, and the other option is a Katar, which fits over the hand and has long spikes attached to it. (The blade is a Falchion, but I don't know if that's a real word, or if they made it up. Also, I don't really care, lol. It is there in game, and that’s all that matters.) So I haven't done much stitching. I stitched a little bit at Christmas (not even twenty stitches), then didn't even pick it up on Wed, Thur, and Fri. I did about fifty stitches on Saturday night, which I thought was pretty good. I worked on Dad's Memorial this week. (Well, on Saturday night. I didn't work on it on Monday either. Glad the expansion came out during break, lol.) Not much progress, but I'll show a piccy anyways. I worked on the leaf on the right hand side at the top. I did actually get quite a bit done. And then I worked with a really dark brown (3371 for those who are familiar) for a bit. It's almost black in color it's so dark. I didn't have near the trouble with it that I usually do. I have trouble usually cause I can't see through the towels, and so I can't tell where the needle is and where it's gonna come up. I guess I was just lucky on Saturday night, but who knows. It turned out good though, so I'm happy with it.

And my other project that I worked on this week was Beach Romance (Janlynn). It's coming along nicely. I really like the colors in this, although I almost think the legs are too brown. I put in the rest of his leg today. Well, most of it. I still have to put in about ten stitches, and then cross some of the others, but it's mostly in. I thought of Amy and David when I worked on it, which is unusual. (I usually only think of football, lol.) And speaking of, my team won today, but it was our second string versus their second string, so it wasn't a great game. Both teams are already in the playoffs, so this game didn't really have any strong reason to win. They could have gotten the third seed, but they didn't want to play us first week in the playoffs, so they let their second string play. We're the sixth seed, so no matter who we play, we're playing away. Okay, just checked and we play in Houston, against the twelve and four Texans. We're only ten and six, but I know my boys are good enough to beat them, if they play up to their potential. Y'all help me in cheering them on to a victory!!!

And I'd better say a few words about Christmas. It all started Christmas Eve Day. It was horrible. If I had purchased that firearm I was thinking about, I would have shot my computer. There's no doubt in my mind. It would have been dead meat. I was so ticked off at it. IDK what the problem is, but it was driving me crazy. Even Tora couldn't help me, and that's rare. I was trying, and not succeeding, at installing SQL Server 2012. My Database Management I class uses that particular software, from Microsoft. It drove me insane for about six hours on Monday. I tried everything I could think of, and it insisted that I don't have administrator privileges on my PC. I tried everything I could think of, then I tried everything Tora could think of. Nothing worked. I was ready to kill it. It still insists that I don't have privileges, and I don't know how to fix it. But the professor said there would be support for it the first week of class, so I'm not as worried as I was. Still, when I went to bed, I was laying there turning it over and over in my head. I would get away from it and try to go to sleep, and in ten minutes I'd find myself going over it again. It was awful. (I hadn't heard from the professor yet. And it was pissing me off, so I couldn't get it out of my head.) I was supposed to be there for Christmas at about ten o'clock. At eight I finally got up and did something to take my mind off of it for a couple of hours. (I was reading. I'm collecting the Carpathian series by Christine Feehan, and I was reading the second book, which I had never read before. It was awesome. Totally got my attention, and I was hooked lickity split. I went over at ten, and when I pulled up in my driveway, Jerry was walking the dog. I stopped to say hello, and he told me Rhonda moved out, so if I wanted to come up, I was more than welcome. I kindly declined. (I make a joke everytime I get out of the shower or bath to a phone call that he must be outside looking in the front window cause I came in the living room naked to get the phone. It always makes Julie and my mom laugh.) At David's house, I was the first to get there, followed by Amy's parents, then mom and Beth. Lastly, Jim and Cathy got there. About one thirty, I took the dog out back for a potty and to cool off. (It was HOT in the house.) And who came walking down the street but my son, Patrick. He stayed for a little bit, but no one wanted him to stay when we didn't have any pressies for him. I feel like we kicked him out though, and I feel bad for it. So I think I'm gonna invite him over next weekend to play with my X box 360. He's dying to get his hands on it. I took him home, and went back to David's house for pressies. We opened. I got some good stuff. Mom got me my pair of shoes. (I didn't mention that at the time, I don't think. We went out to Kenwood Mall during school so she could return something to Easy Spirit. While we were there, she wanted me to try on a good pair of shoes. I found a pair of purple and gray ones I loved, but they didn't have them in my size. So I tried on another color, and they fit. So mom got them for me for Christmas.) They're wonderfully comfy at first, but I have to get used to them because they have an insert where the arch goes. I have no arch support in my current shoes, so it can get uncomfortable. But I'll get used to them. I'll probably keep them for school when I'm walking around with heavy things. She also got me a bunch of charts (she paid off two of my HAED layaways, for nine charts) and a pair of winter jammies. They're pink and black with white letters, and they say sleep is good on them. They're cute, and I can use them for when I dogsit. (Mom said warm ones for when you dogsit, and David grimaced and said I could turn the heat up. My mom laughed and said it obviously pained you to say that. And I said, "Which is why I don't turn the heat up. I just can't wear my shortie pjs there." It was funny. David is a tightwad, lol. And Beth got me an Amazon gift card (and I came home Christmas day and ordered four books for twenty four ninety, lol. The gift card was for twenty five. For some reason, though, dumb Amazon only applied the gift card to part of the order. The rest it tried to put on my Mastercard, which needs to be paid before I charge anything. I was ticked about that. I finally got them all charged to the gift card, and they should start arriving tomorrow. Or maybe the next day cause of Christmas. David and Amy gave me a gift card to the grocery store, and a gift card to my favorite pizzeria. Yum!! (Yes, I already have had pizza from there since Christmas.) My sister gve me a gift card for the pizzeria too. (My family knows I love that place.) Everything I got people went over well, so that made me happy. My mom's pressie was broken though, so I need to send it back and get it replaced.

I came home from David's house, managed to drag myself and the gifts inside, took my pills, and hit the hay. I slept for five hours, then had a dream so weird it woke me up. (I had been awake for over twenty six hours, and I woke after five hours. It must have been a mighty strange dream, lol.) I was up till about two AM, and then I went back to sleep and slept all night. I felt a lot better when I got up on Thursday morning. Bright eyed and busy tailed. (At ten AM, groan. I hate to wake up before noon.) It was a good week though. I hope everyone else had a good Christmas, and I can't wait for the new semester to start!! (I feel a little lost without homework to do, lol.) Y'all have a good night, and thanks to all of you who left a comment on my last blog entry, and those of you who will leave a comment on this one!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Progress and Christmas Wishes (and More)

Hi folks. I'm trying something new with my HTML, so I hope it works. I hope you're all having a lovely holiday. I'm actually in the mood, finally. I got a great Christmas pressie today with a Bengals win over Pittsburgh, ensuring us a spot in the playoffs. (Whoo hoo, I was too excited by that.) I also got another nice gift, on the phone. I was watching, and listening to, videos on youtube.com yesterday. I was looking at Christmas carols, and on the list at right, I saw… The Nutcracker. It's a BBC release. I was so excited by that, I had to watch it. I like ballet all right, and this one is one I have personal experience with. My godmother, Aunt Jackie, took me several times when I was a little girl. I was fascinated by it, of course. I was thinking of her with the ballet, and so I decided I needed to give her a call, so I did. I called today to see if it was the right Jackie, and it was. I got to talk to her for almost fifty minutes. We played catch up. She caught me up on what was going on with her, and I caught her up with my family. It was nice. I told her mom and I will have to take her out to lunch. It would be nice to catch up with her in person, ya know? It was nice to talk to her though. She's doing pretty well, and so I'm happy to hear that. Still independent, and that's a good thing! I told her mom would call to make arrangements with her. And I've been stitching and chatting and playing a lot these past few days, too. I got quite a bit done on Shore Patrol. (Since I'm not using the huge rose as a Christmas ornie, I'll never get them done in time. Of course, there's always next year. So I'm back to working on my regular schedule. It's Beach Romance Sunday, Time To Go on Tuesday, ornie Wednesday, Noah's Sub Thursday, and rotation Monday, Friday, and Saturday.) I started working on them as of Thursday of this week. I really, REALLY enjoyed having different things to stitch on again. It was great.

The first piccy I'll show you is Shore Patrol (JCA Creations). It's coming along well. I got quite a bit done on the fox, and he's almost finished except for a few fill ins. I also got lots of the dark gray done in between the two foxes. (I did play quite a bit, though. We just had a new expansion pack come out, and it had two new character choices in them. Of course, I started one of each right away. I now have a thirty seven Half Bagi (the Bagi Warrior is a big, touch character that utilizes his strength. He's a male, so the Half Bagi is his female counterpart) and a twelve Black Wizard (the Black Wizard is the male character to the Incar Magician. She uses a wand or staff, and he uses an orb). The Half Bagi is much more fun to me at the current moment. I can't wait for the other characters to be released. We still need a male Segita Hunter (bow, crossbow, or dagger character), and male Aloken (spear character), and a female Azure Knight (male character using great sword, great axe, great mace, or sword and shield). I love new characters though, hence the starting one of each right away.) Anyways, piccys. That's where I was going with this, lol. As you can see, I did get quite a bit done on Shore Patrol for only having had two days on it. I think it's looking great, and I'm so glad my mojo came back with this piece. Moving on from the fox for a short time helped, I think. So now I'll be working on my next rotation piece, Dad's Memorial. (Fitting, I think, for the week of Christmas since he died during the Christmas week two years ago.) Hopefully, I'll get some decent progress. I have trouble with that with this piece, because I can't see through the towels like I can see through the evenweave I usually use.

And then I'll show pics of the almost ornie (which I've decided to frame) that I've been working on on Wed. It was gonna be my sister's ornie, until I figured out how big it's gonna be. (Almost seven inches in diameter. It was supposed to be stitched over one, oops.) I really love the way this is looking. The confetti is a pain, but it looks fabulous, I think. I've started the leaves to the left now, and they're moving right along. I tried to do all the reds first, but found the confetti was making me so slow, I was chomping at the bit to do more than a few stitches at a time. So I do several colors of three stitches at a time, or whatever it happens to be, then I do a color of green which is a lot of stitches at a time. It keeps me going at a fairly good clip and I'm grateful that it's not all confetti. I may, I haven't decided yet, give this to Julie for Christmas next year. She has room to hang it, and red is her fave color. But I don't know if I want to keep it or not, so I'll be making that decision when it gets done. I'd like to frame it round, but I don't know if my framer can do that. I may take it out to Keepsakes, as they have a whole room devoted to framing, and lots more options than Hobby Lobby has. So I have that thought firmly in the back of my mind while working on it.

Next up is Noah's Sub (Stoney Creek). I really enjoyed working on this piece this week. It was the first thing I had worked on besides ornies in a long time. And I got quite a bit done on it. I'm getting closer and closer to a first page finish on it. And I'm excited about that. I love the colors in the sky. I worked with purple, then blue, then purple, then pink. (The middle purple and blue were only a few half stitches of each, so I didn't really get THAT much done on it.) It's looking good though. And I do feel like I made good progress. It was so nice to work on something not a rose, lol. Gave me a great lift, and that felt good. I did have to frog a few stitches, but not many. Maybe between ten and twenty? It was just a little frog, lol. I wasn't sure I liked the color I was using though. Compared to the other blues and purples, this one looks brownish to me. But I've decided it blends in just right. (It doesn't look as brownish in the piccy as it does in real life, I don't believe.)

And my last project to show is Beach Romance (Janlynn). I got some good work in on it today, while watching the football game. It's nice to have lots of progress to show. I put in parts of his left leg. (LOL, it's his left leg which is on the right of the project cause he's facing the camera view. It sounds funny to say his left when it's on his right.) He's coming along nicely. I will work on some more sand when I finish this leg, as there's still lots of sand to go. I'm glad to work on it again, as I know Amy is anxious for updates. I still love the color of the fabby I'm using. It's such a pretty color! It will show off the words beautifully, and I think it will look great all finished on that particular color.

And last but not least, I'm gonna need to learn a new HTML skill for this last paragraph. I finally (last week, a week after Feast of Carols was over) got the link to the audio files from our November UC Choruses concert. I'm gonna try to upload a few of them here, so y'all can have a listen. I really think we sounded great, except there was a small hiccup in the key change of Vindo. It's not bad, but it's not great. (It's hard to do a key change when you're a capella, cause there's nothing to follow. You just have to nail it in midair, so to speak. (When I say midair, I mean with nothing to support it.)) Anyways, here are the files. Okay, maybe not. The darned video files don't want to embed. And since I've never done it before, I don't know what I'm doing wrong. But after five tries, all of the failures, I give up, lol. I'll link you instead.
O Pastorelli Adio
Out of the Morning
Vindo
Those are the three songs we did alone. Then the men did a song, that I love, and I uploaded that for you as well.
Gaudete
And here is the combined piece. It's Beethoven's Opus 80, and be warned, there is a lot of music to be had before you get to the choral part. The orchestra and piano play for almost fifteen minutes before the chorus sings. So if you don't like classical music, give this one a skip. Otherwise, it's a beautiful piece. Okay, never mind the combined piece. Youtube.com says the video is too long, which is stupid. I just watched an hour and forty seven minute video of The Nutcracker, and this is only twenty minutes long. Stupid website. Anyways, I had to add a piccy of me (and of the men) to make them video so I could upload them to youtube.com so that I could embed them here. Just ignore the pics, lol. The music is beautiful. My fave is Gaudete, then Vindo, then O Pastorelli Adio, then Out of the Morning is last on my list of what I like to listen to. I hope you enjoyed them (or will enjoy them). Also, I really hope all my blogger friends have a wonderful Christmas, and a happy and profitable year for 2013. At this time, I'd also like to say another thank you to all my friends (blogger, messenger, phone, in person) and family who were so supportive of my dream of going back to school. I don't really consider it work yet, as I've enjoyed the learning way too much to call it work. Hopefully, this next semester will be the same. But your comments, your love and hugs, all of your prayers, they mean the world to me. So now, so close to the end of the year, let me tell you thank you, from the bottom of my heart. The support I have means everything to me. I thank you for sharing of your lives with me, and for leaving me all the comments you do. Here's to a great year next year, for ALL of us!!!Oh, and greetings and rubs and Merry Christmas from the ever lovely Yes Dear too. She's mad cause I didn't put up a tree, lol. (She likes (no, likes is not a strong enough word) adores playing with the ornies she knocks off the tree.)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Another update

Hi again, folks. As promised, I'm catching you up with what's going on in my world. (I have so much in my head, I don't know where to start, lol.) I guess Sunday is as good a place as any. Well, actually, Saturday. Well, actually, the UC Choruses concert. I'll start there. We had an orchestral rehearsal for the UC Choruses concert on Sunday. Then we had dress rehearsal on Tuesday, regular rehearsal on Monday and Wed, and the concert Wed night. It was busy and hectic, but fun. We did a very beautiful piece for the finale, one of Beethoven's Opus 80. It is gorgeous, but very long. (There are almost fifteen minutes of music by the orchestra before the chorus even opens its mouth. It's beautiful, but still you have to listen and be engaged in the music or you look like a dork standing there.) I love the piece, and it came off really well, but I had a little problem with it. All of dress rehearsal was standing, and most of orchestral rehearsal was standing as well. I managed, but then when it came time for the concert, I was a mess. I had to sit down on the riser during the first part of the Beethoven, because my right knee was shaking so badly. So during the orchestral rehearsal for Feast of Carols, I sat. And during the dress rehearsal, I sat. And during the combined rehearsal, I sat. (Do you see a pattern here?!?) And the first concert was on Saturday night. It went really well, but I was really sore at the end of it. I went home and soaked in the tub, then took a sleeping pill and went to bed. (Well, I did chat with Dani on messenger for a bit in between. But not for too long.) I had to get up early the next day because of the football game. My brother's friend Rusty invited us (Amy and I) to tailgate with them. I was a little bit nervous, but if I can handle talking in front of a class of thirty, I figure I can surely handle eight people or ten or even fifteen tailgating, right? Well, I woke up at nine AM on Sunday morning, and was absolutely in agony. My back had tried to go out on Saturday before the concert, and I refused to let it. But after sleeping a full night, it had tightened up on me and it was extremely painful. So I begged off. I watched the game from home (they played badly and lost, but I like Dallas so it wasn't too bad) while sitting on the cornbag. (For those of you that don't know, corn holds the heat really well. It's sort of like sitting on the heating pad.) I did go to the concert on Sunday night, cause I needed to for the grade. It worked out all right, though. I was sore and in pain afterwards, but not in agony like I was in the morning. I was happy about that. I was pissed cause I missed the game, and I cried about it all morning. I laid on my bed and had a good cry, and then was teary all day. I teared up when I told my friend, Rebekah, that I didn't get to go, too. It was awful. Amy went, and gave the other ticket to a friend of hers and David's. He apparently had a good time, and so did she. (Not in a getting together type of way, in a getting drunk kind of way. Amy was apparently sloshed when she got home, lol.) So it all turned out all right, but I was really disappointed. And mad. Mom says I must really be hers, cause when she was little, she used to often have that happen to her. Not the same malady, but that she got sick whenever she was supposed to go somewhere. We say that a lot, lol. That I must be hers. It's actually kind of funny, when we say it. Oh, I must really be yours. I'm gonna try again, of course. Someone told me about stubhub.com, and I was able to find good seats there at great prices. So maybe sometime before the end of the season, I'll get to go to a game. I'm hoping, anyways.

And I have some more stitchy progress to show, too. I have another ornie to show you. I'm working on ornies pretty much all the time now, lol. (Well, not all the time, but a lot.) I have Amy's done, Mom's done, and several of mine done. Rosa's is also finished. I still have Cathy's to do, and David's, and I'm working on Jim's atm. It matches Cathy's, but they're both gonna be very large. Mom picked them out, as I've never seen Cathy's tree. They're both roses, and very pretty, but… I didn't read the instructions, and so they're gonna be huge. They're supposed to be stitched on twenty eight count fabby, over one. I'm doing them over two. So they're gonna be nearly six inches in diameter, which is quite large for an ornie, imo. D'oh, lol. But, on the plus side, they're pretty. Thanks again, Vicki, for getting me the Anchor floss. I appreciate it. (The floss came in the mail on the day I finished up Amy's ornie, so it was like fate!) It's coming along, but there's a lot of confetti. I don't help matters, cause as I work I sometimes skip a stitch here and one there, so then I have to go back later, and fill those in. I like the way it's looking though, so that's good. I've got a leaf done, and a large part of the rose, as you can see. I'm filling in as I go now, instead of looking all over the place to see if each color has any more stitches that aren't done, which can totally be a pita. Eventually, I'll get all the little holes filled in, and boy will I be happy then. I'm pretty sure I'm not gonna finish up all the ornies for Christmas this year, so they will have to wait till next year. I'm okay with that. (Mom has yet to make up the ornies that I stitched for her several years past, lol. I'm not rushing these.)

And next up, I'm gonna talk about my grades. I should have straight A's for this first semester, which I'm very proud of, but not. Let me explain, lol. I've learned a lot from my first semester in school. I learned I can pay attention to homework the same way I pay attention to stitching and playing and whatnot. (By that, I mean I can do one kind of homework for an hour, then switch to another kind of homework, and even though I'm still doing homework, I feel like I'm doing something different. So my attention doesn't wander, which is really good to know. I often switched off between stitching, and playing, and blogging before I started back to school, and I'm so pleased that the principle applies to homework.) I learned I do have some discipline. (Not a lot, but more than I thought.) I can harness the smart that's in me, which is also good to know. I'm more confident when I have to speak in front of people, and I know that comes from having to raise my hand and ask a question in class. I'm more flexible than I was when I started school, and I've lost over twenty pounds. (Hopefully, I won't gain it all back during the break.) I feel better physically, and that helps me out quite a bit. So it's been good for me. Next semester, I'm taking more classes, and so it will be more of a challenge. These are the classes I'm taking next semester, in the order that I take them.

  • UC Women's Chorus
  • College Algebra
  • Database Management I
  • Fundamentals of UNIX
  • Implications of IT
UNIX is an open source (meaning the program is created and given away, and that each person can see the source code and make changes to it if they want to) Operating System, similar to Windows and Mac OSX. I saw it listed somewhere for Spring semester, and then couldn't find it in the listings for classes. So I called the IT adviser, and he had them offer it. (Pretty cool, huh? Of course, if I hadn't seen it as listed, I would never have known to ask for it, so…) I'm quite excited about it. And Database Management I is gonna be fun too. It's my first actual programming class, so I can hardly wait. When you query a database (I'm hoping most of you know a little bit about Access), you write the query in English. You add criteria and fields to your query to ask the database a question, and it returns the fields you requested along with filtering based on your criteria. But when you query a database, the system communicates using a computer language called SQL (well, most frequently SQL). It stands for Structured Query Language. DMI is the class where we start learning to write queries in SQL rather than plain English. I'm excited about it, as I said, and so I'm waiting eagerly for classes to start. Implications of IT I'm not really excited about, but it's one of the classes I feel like I should have, so… (Actually, there are a lot of classes I feel like I should have, lol. My schedule is packed all the way through.) I think I'll do well though. In my Fundamentals of IT class, I have half a point more than the total points allowed at this point. (He gave us a bonus assignment, and so I did it.) I'm still waiting to get my final grade back, but with this professor, I’m not holding my breath. In my other class, I already know my final grade. I have a total of 1,108 points out of a possible 1,105. (That professor gave bonus points as well, for being there on certain days.) And in chorus, we are allowed to miss two days and still keep an A. I missed a total of five days (three classes, and one concert) and did three make up opportunities. So I have an A there too. I'm very pleased with how it went, and can't wait for next semester to learn even more. Yes, I know, I AM a geek. I've always loved to learn though, so it's no surprise to me!

And lastly, Vicki has asked me to share her wordsearch on my blog. She created it with the names of thirty of her patterns in it, and to three lucky winners will go a free card pattern. (Her cards are lovely, so this is truly a really cool prize.) If you want to compete with me, you can go to her blog here. Good luck finding all the words! (And wish me luck as well. The letters look all tiny and such, so I'm putting off doing it atm. They really aren't, but I'm usually wearing my glasses when I’m not looking at the screen, so…

Anyways, that's all I can think of for tonight. I hope you're all having a great morning (it's five thirty AM, holy crap. I need to get to bed, lol), and I also hope you all have a great day!! See you around!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Another long overdue update (very long)

Hello folks, as I promised, I'm trying to blog more often. (And NOT succeeding either, lol.) At least for now, I'm good. I've been busy, but I'm taking a few minutes for a study break to blog. (It will probably take several study breaks to write it all, but hey, might as well get started today, even if I don't finish till tomorrow. Heck, my last blog was so long, I started it on Saturday afternoon, and finished it late on Tuesday night!!!) I guess I'll start with school again, as it's the current important thing for me. (Actually, there is one thing more important, but I'm holding that back for now. It makes me smile, though, so I will share with you in a little bit.) I'm still getting straight As, so that is great. I have a grade coming (soon, I hope) for my test on Friday in Computer Applications and another for my midterm which I took on Tuesday the ninth. He told us that he would have midterms graded by the next class, which is in three and a half hours. (Still no grades up. I've been checking every day.) Who knows when he'll get them done. As for my other class, he told us yesterday he finished up exams late Sunday night, and would be putting the grades in sometime on Tuesday. He's never been as late as my other professor, so I trust that they'll be up today sometime. I'm eager to see my grade on both. (They should both be A+, but I'm hoping for perfect scores, sooooooooo...) I know, I know, overachiever. I am, and I freely admit it. (Tora called me that on my last blog, and I totally admit to it. But she's an overachiever too, so :p, lol.) Anyways, on to more fun things. There are two wonderful things I'm going to tell you about, but I'll pace myself so the excitement doesn't get to be too much, lol.

The first exciting thing is... Well, some background first. My mom went to a Breast Cancer fundraiser on Sunday. You could enter raffles for all kinds of baskets. She entered for a couple, but put most of her tickets in on the one with (are you ready for this) a pair of tickets to... (Drumroll please)... The Bengals vs Dallas game. And she WON!!!!!!!!!!!! She's not a Bengals fan, but she knows how much of a fan I am, so she put in for the tickets for me. I was so excited Sunday when I found out. I was all thrilled about the whole thing. For a while... Then, after I called her on Monday morning, I realized... The tickets to the Bengals game are for the same day that our winter concert is scheduled. Feast of Carols has one concert Saturday night, one concert Sunday afternoon, and one concert Sunday night. To go to the game, I would have to miss the concert Sunday afternoon. I'm willing to do that, as long as he doesn't flunk me. I really badly want to go to the game, though. So if it just drops me down from an A to a B, I'm okay with that. And he seems to be a nice guy, so I'm hoping he'll be willing to work with me on this. Plus, it's not like she bought the tickets and could change them to another game, ya know? So I asked Amy to go with me. (She's not a huge football fan, but she's savvy and I enjoy her company, so it's all good.) I really thought hard about asking Dani to go with me, but she's planning to come in during Rosa's visit, and I didn't want to ask her to come in twice within a few months of each other, plus there are other things as well. Amy's already planning to come to the concert, so we could go up together and she could meet up with David and Aunt Carol and mom at the theater, and then we're going out to dinner afterwards. And if I took Dani, she'd have to go to the airport instead of dinner, and the whole point of everyone going to the concert in the evening was so that we could go to dinner, so that would be bad. And I really don't want to deliver her to the airport for a late flight (concert over at six, get to dinner at six thirty or seven, get finished at eight or eight thirty, get to the airport at nine thirty or ten, flight leaves at eleven thirty or later...) She would get in in the middle of the night, and someone would have to pick her up from the airport... It just wouldn't work, although I would love to go to the game with her. So Amy and I are going, and I know we're gonna have fun. I have two Bengals blankets to bring, and I'm gonna wear a pair of long johns, jeans, and sweatpants on my bottom and a short sleeved T, a long sleeved T, a sweatshirt (all Bengals of course), and a heavy coat. So I'll need to bring a bag with me so I can change clothes, and put all my layers in it. (No hardship as I have several Bengals bags I can bring, lol. Yes, I AM obsessed.) I'm so excited about the whole thing, and now I can hardly wait for December to come. Mom should have the tickets on Wed or Thurs, and we can check and make sure it WAS Dallas, and see where the seats are. Since we don't know who donated them, they could be anywhere in the stadium. First row (season ticket holder donation), last row (random pair of tickets) or anywhere in between. So we'll have to see what the tickets say, and then I'll talk to Mike about it. I really hope he doesn't object too strongly to me missing the one concert. I suppose if I have to, I could drop the class, but I really don't want to. I'll just have to see how it goes. But I'm going to that game. It's been twenty years since I've been able to go to a game, and I've been so good the last few years, I deserve a treat. I even finished Jesus, and that deserves a treat (I had one picked out, but it will have to wait for something else. Maybe when I graduate). So yay for mom (she spent twenty dollars of which sixteen went on the Bengals basket) and yay for me. (Mom doesn't like football enough to go to see a game. Especially not in December, when it could be miserably cold. I totally do, and I know how to bundle up. I am sooooooooooooo ready.) So that's my one good news. The other is even more exciting (only because I'm impatient and I have to wait for the Bengals game), but you have to wait for after the stitchy stuff for it. Stitching is up next.

For stitchy prowess, I don't have much. (At first I didn't, but since so much time has gone by since I started this, I have lots more.) Honestly, I hardly had time last week what with studying for my midterm exam the first part of the week and my Excel test the second part of the week. I had my exam on Friday, so I did get to stitch some Friday night. And then I got an hour or two in on Saturday. I worked on Desert Landscapes Mandala this week, and I've only done a few colors in part nine, which is the border around the whole thing. I started with the browns at school on Friday. I studied hard Wed and Thursday, so I didn't feel that I needed to study Friday before class. Also, I do all of the assignments in the book, even the ten projects that aren't assigned. I get a lot of practice that way, and I feel like I know what I'm doing and can pass the test well. I got a ninety eight on the last one, out of a hundred, and I hope I did as well on this one. I had some trouble getting started with this part though. I hadn't printed it off yet, so I had to do that on Friday morning (Monday I overslept, and got there just in time for class). Then, I had to take it off the Q-snap twice while waiting for the shuttle. When I finished up part eight, I left the Q on around that part. So I pulled it all off, positioned it so I could start at the top left corner of the piece, and put it back on. Then, I realized there was no point of reference. It just started, without anything in the frame to tell me where to start. So I had to pull it off again, and move it into the center of the piece on the top, since there IS a reference point there. (Yes Dear must have been standing on the puter again last night, as there are random sevens throughout this paragraph. If I missed one, I'm sorry. It's just a little hello from Yes Dear!) Then I was finally able to get started.

I do have a little bit of progress on my ornie too. (I'm showing the final piccy of the ornie, as I've finished it in between now and writing this.) It's coming along, but not very quickly. I have done less stitching on Wed since I started school (and I've had to frog this several times), so it's not coming along as quickly as I'd hoped it would. I don't think I have a chance at getting the ornies all done for Christmas now. I still have four to do after this one, sooooooo… I really wanted to pick up the 2012 JCS ornie issue, but I had just bought all those ornie kits and I convinced myself not to. Now I wish I had, lol. Not that there is anything specific in it that I want, but I like to have LOTS of options. I will get some work in on Rosa's ornie today too. Maybe she and I could stitch together for a while. That would be nice. She works most of the time on Noah, since she wants to get caught up to me, and I work on whatever that day's project is. Makes her feel better about catching up, and me feel better cause I love to get together and stitch. I am loving the colors in this. They're really deep and rich, and you can't exactly get a feel for that in the photo. Definitely worth the money for the overdyed floss.

This week is Impossible Love, and I did take a piccy of it, even though I've hardly done anything on it. Last time, I really didn't get into it, so I didn't know how this time was gonna work out. I'm not totally into it, but I did manage to get done with the ten by ten row I was working on. Since I did, I took a piccy. I just love the colors in this one too. Peachy, pinky, orangey colors to simulate sunrise, sort of. (The sun is actually fairly high in the sky to have the sky be those colors, but it is still very pretty, so…) On Friday, I'll get a start on the next row of ten by tens. I need to put in a grid line, but that's no big deal. It shouldn't take me long at all. And then I'll be ready to start again. I'm hoping starting a new row will help me feel excited about it again. I really didn't on Monday, but maybe starting new will help me get that feeling back. We will see how it goes!

And I have more projects since I wrote this. I was going to do a two week blog entry, but it got lost in the shuffle. Here it is three weeks after I started it, and the darned entry is still not finished!!!!!! Anyways, last week was Rosa and I don't have a piccy of it. I didn't get much done. I started, slowly, on the Bullion Knots. They are easier than I thought to do, but harder to place. So I'm pulling out the ones I already did, cause they don't look quite right. (They're placed funny. I followed my instincts, and I should have followed Vicki's design, lol. I'm not creative enough to just make a rose!!!) So no piccy of that this week. I have a possible cheat on the Bullion Knots. A lady in my EGA group told me that she does hers the hard way. You come up and go down where you normally would, but instead of leaving a loop and wrapping around the second time you come up, you pull taut and then come back up and start looping around it that way. You're actually wrapping the floss around the layer of floss you already laid down, instead of wrapping around the needle and pulling through. Vicki tried the cheat and said it works, but it takes forever!!! I think if I can get the placement right, I'll easily be able to make the roses. So we'll see how it goes. (Considering I've been dreading them for a while, they're not near as bad as I thought they'd be. Score one for Vicki who said they're fairly easy.) Also, she "shared" something with me the other day. She saw a child in a stitchy shop the other day. Eight to ten range of age or so. And she said, "I love blanket stitch because it's so easy to do." I was flummoxed. I simply can't get mine to turn out right, no matter what I do. I told Vicki that I'm just sad, lol. If eight to ten year olds can do, I should be able to do it too, lol. SAD!!!

I also worked on a couple of other things. (I uploaded the current piccy of the ornie, instead of the one I was going to upload.) I worked on both Noah's Sub and Time To Go over the last few weeks. I forgot (because I'm a dork) that I planned to work on the ornies on Thursday as well as Wednesday. I thought I might have a chance at getting them done, but then when I went shopping with mom (she wasn't sure how to find the mall), I took Noah. (I'm too tired to go take another photo, and I can't find the one I already took in my pictures file, so we're gonna hold off on a photo of Noah. After all, it's five AM, and I need to get some sleep tonight!!!) He's looking cute, of course. I did a couple of stitches on the zebra (Literally, I did two stitches in light gray, then went back to the bands of the sky). Then I worked on a big band of the sky at the top. It's 3742, I think. It looks kind of brownish next to the other purples. I'm hoping it will blend better when I get it finished. But we'll have to see. I've seen things that look awful when you put them in look great when all the colors are in, and I'm hoping that happens in this case (Jesus's spray on tan (thanks for that giggle Claudette) is what I'm thinking of.) I think it's just a wait and see thing now. I'll be ticked if I have to pull it all out cause I don't like it though…

And Time To Go is actually coming along quite nicely. I have a Tuesday night class. I have to be there at six and so I usually leave at five in case there's traffic. I generally get there at five twenty or five thirty, and I sit there and wait the rest of the time. So I take my stitching, and work on it while I wait. I've finished up the first two pages on it, and am working on the third. You can almost see the candle that's providing the light in this case. And in the row of ten by tens that I'm working now, you get to see the beginning of her wing. She's so pretty. I love the chart, although I would never do it for myself. Too overtly sexy. I like the sexiness to be very subtle. Not falling out of her bustier in your face, lol. But he's a man, and you know how they are!!!

I also got some work in on Country Bloomers. It's looking good. I got quite a bit of the new pair done, almost one whole leg. And it's solid stitching, so I put a lot of stitches in it. I love that shade of blue. I think it may be my fave color in the whole piece. I got quite a bit done on it at my brother's house that Saturday. I went out to his house cause he was having a big bonfire. He is a great host, and he loves to have people over. He invited a bunch of folks over. I went over early. (It was actually at my dad's old house, which my brother now owns.) I got there about four, but no one else got there till about six. It was just David, Amy, Amy's friend Abby, and myself. The dog wasn't there, because he gets all het up and wants to follow everyone everywhere. He has to keep track of his people. David and Amy (and quite a few other people) stayed the night there, so they could drink. I left at about seven or seven thirty, cause I was dogsitting at his other house, lol. I got there around eight or a little bit after, gave the dog his pill, and settled in for an evening of stitching. We had a good time, as always. So I got a lot done (both at the party and afterwards).

And the next project gets the award for quickest project ever, lol. I started working only on ornies in November, to try and get them done for Christmas. I'm not sure if I'll make it or not, but I'm sure gonna try. (I just have to bucke down and do it. I'm tired of confetti though, so it's hard.) Anyways, I finished up Rosa's ornie on a Tuesday, and started Amy's ornie. That Tuesday night, I was looking (every freaking place I could think of) for the ornie pattern for David's and Amy's ornies, and I couldn't find it anywhere. There were still component boxes everywhere, and I decided to do a little cleaning and organizing. I worked for over two hours, y'all, and still hadn't found what I was looking for. I went through every cubby on my desk, twice. Finally, I found it (in a cubby, of course), and put it on my desk. I looked at the clock, and low and behold, it was after six. (My class starts at six.) So I decided, since he doesn't take attendance, and I was very comfortable with the subject matter, I was gonna skip the class that night. I wouldn't have gotten there with twenty minutes left anyways, so it was no big loss. And I went up to Hobby Lobby instead and got floss. I started the ornie that night, and finished it that Friday. I was so impressed with how quickly it got done, especially as there are quite a few fractional stitches in it. I did have some extra time that week though, for Thanksgiving break. That helped.

That's all the stitching I've got to show you. Now on to my other big news. I'm getting… A new computer!!!! My desktop is old and cranky, and it really doesn't deal well with Microsoft Office. Lots of Not Responding messages. It's a PITA. So I'm going to borrow some money from mom, and I got myself a new one. Well, sort of. It's not up and running yet, because I've done something wrong, I think. I bought the components for a new computer. I'm actually building it myself. I tried running it for the first time the other day, but it's not working. It makes a sort of hollow click sound when I press power, then nothing happens. So I need to figure out what's wrong with it. I'm gonna try it again in a little bit here. I'm backing up some files I did today (Carbonite Backup in the cloud), and then we'll hook it up and give it another go. Hopefully, it will work this time. I got some great, superb, amazing components too. It was expensive, but I would never have gotten such a great computer if I hadn't built it myself. Hopefully, I can figure out what's wrong with it on my own. I was so proud of myself for building it, and then it fizzled on me. So now I have to figure out what the problem is. (UPDATE: The problem is the motherboard. It's not POSTing (Power On Startup Test), and it should be. So I have to return the motherboard and get a new one. No wonder I can't get it to work!! It's still fun to build though. (Except for the CPU fan. That's horrible to get on. I hate it. I had to put it on, then I had to take it off to get the CPU part number, then I had to put it back on again. I have to press so hard my fingers get bruised!!! And now, I have to take everything off the motherboard, and get a new one to put everything back on. Which means I have to put the CPU fan on AGAIN!!! What a pita, lol. But still, I'm happy that I know enough to build one, so it's all good.) I'll definitely update you on how it goes when I get the new motherboard.)

And other updates. I'm finished with school except for one exam, on Tuesday night. Since I'm out, I'll probably be blogging more soon. I'll have lots of updates for you, including what happened Sunday (football game and Feast), but this is already way long, so I'm gonna end here, and I'll put up my pics for now. Then, in a few days, I'll come back and do a better update. Hope you all hagn, and sleep well tonight. (It's already almost one o'clock, geez. I've been studying for hours, lol.)

And I forgot one more thing. I have a couple of piccys of YD to share! I took them while she was sitting in my cubby. I pulled out my box of discs, looking for a startup disc for my computer. (I don't remember which one, lol. I have a lot of them.) And while I had it out, she noticed that there was space where there's not usually space. So she had to climb up there and see what was going on! (She may actually be nosier than I am. I'm not positive, as it's a bit of a toss up, but she may be.) I took a piccy of her taking up space, as she's very cute when she's being, well, cute, lol. And then I used the zoom and took a piccy of her cute little face. There is no body in it, just that cute little face. I think she's just adorable, but I'm slightly prejudiced, lol. I hope you love the piccy just as much as I do. I've added these and a few others to her album on Photobucket, so if you want to see the other new piccys, you can follow this link. And again, hagn. Thanks to all my blogger friends who've supported me throughout my first semester. It's been awesome of you to let me know you think I can do it. So thanks to everyone who left me a comment on my school posts, or said I think you can do it. You all really made my day!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Long Overdue Update (Really long, so settle in)

I'm really sorry this is so long, but I have a LOT to say!!!! It's been forever since I blogged!!!

Okay, it's been over a month since I blogged, but I do have a good excuse. School is keeping me really, REALLY busy. I have regular classes, study time, and events that I have to do, so I'm busier than I can ever remember being. I also have to go to my regular doctor's appointments too, so that takes away from my time as well. I still do get a little stitching time, but it's not every day anymore. (And lately, I've been all over my Xbox 360 with some awesome games, so that's even less stitchy time.)But I'll get you all caught up with stitching and other stuff too, so hang on to your hats.

I've got three classes this semester. The first one (I'm listing them in the order they occur, since I like them all equally) is UC Women's Chorus. I'm loving this class. It's only one credit hour, but it's still three hours per week. I was always a first soprano before, but now I'm a second alto. For those of you who don't know the voice parts, the top one is Soprano I, followed by Soprano II, followed by Alto I followed by Alto II. So I've gone from the top of the heap to the bottom. (I'm MUCH more comfortable down there, though, so it's all good.) I AM having a little trouble with the harmony though. Firsts generally sing the melody, and everyone else harmonizes, and I still have a tendency to want to sing the melody. I'm getting there though. We've had lots of events so far. Mini retreat was on the fourteenth and fifteenth of September. It was fun. We went to a place called Camp Higher Ground in Indiana. It's a retreat place specifically tuned to musical retreats. They even have a football field for band practice!!! Then we had dress rehearsal for the Celebration of the Life of Elmer Thomas concert last weekend. It went off beautifully. We had two songs by our self, then two songs with all the other choruses. It was awesome. Our director, Mike, got so many compliments. And a LOT of the guests were previous faculty and students that had conducted choruses before (several of them women's chorus). The head of the choral department came into rehearsal to compliment us on our performance, and Mike said he's never, EVER heard of that happening before. This weekend we have another performance, for homecoming. We're singing the Alma Matter (with gestures) and the National Anthem. (I'll be happy to never hear either song again, lol.) I had them both memorized from before (the anthem since I was about twelve, the Alma Matter from the last time I was in chorus), so I really didn't need a lot of work on them. Then we have a performance breather, till mid-November, I think. Then it's the UC Choruses concert. One of the songs for that I hate. It's a drinking song, and not only is it difficult, it's celebrating getting drunk when the wine is ready to drink. So they're celebrating something I really don't like (wine) by doing something I don't like to do (getting drunk). Not my fave piece. It's a Hayden, from his seasons series. We're also doing another piece from the fall, the hunt. I like it better so far, but we've barely scratched the surface.

I know that was a lot about chorus, but we've been busy. The other classes won't be nearly as long. My other MWF class is Computer Applications. I've done really, REALLY well in it. I've got 399 out of a possible 395 points so far. (Yes, I have bonus points, and I may get more). It's a lovely class. I like the instructor. The applications we're working on are all from the Microsoft Office Suite: Power Point will be last, Access Database will be next, we're working on Excel now, and Word was first. I've never used office before, and I would never have learned how to use all the functions in it in a million years. It's been fun though. We did some of the projects in the textbook and some of them that Joe K. made up himself. I'm loving Excel, and I really thought I wouldn't as I know it involves math. But I'm good at figuring out how to get from A to C. I know I have to multiply this by that, and then divide by that other. Since I don't have to do the math, I'm good with it. (And the book has extra projects in it, for extra practice. I do them so I know what I'm doing. And I love it when it says, "Write a formula to figure out the percent increase of ______ over the years 2008-2012, then project 2013 with an increase that fits the previous percentages." I know how to do that, and it works out great for me.

My last class is Fundamentals of Information Technology. So far, I have fifteen of fifteen points on it. We have a midterm next week, so I'll get another grade then. It's worth twenty points, so it’s a much bigger deal than the five point homeworks. I don't much like things about this class, although the subject is fascinating. My professor is one of those that lectures at top speed, and skips over things the book thinks are important. I'm writing as fast as I can to keep up with him, and then he finishes the six to eight fifty class a few minutes after seven. That's an hour and fifteen minutes taken up of an almost three hour class. I'm not trying to be rude, but that pisses me off. I'm paying for three hours, and I'm not getting anywhere near that. Luckily, the subject is intriguing. We've learned a lot about how the computer functions, and how to upgrade it. I actually used what I learned in the class to buy myself a DDR2 SDRAM 240 pin memory module. (RAM is where your computer keeps all the temporary things, like instructions and the operating system, while it's turned on. It's cleared out every time you turn the computer off, but if you don't have enough RAM to run on, your computer is very slow. Since I added the office suite, my computer has been very slow, so I'm trying to fix that.) I hope it comes today, as I ordered it on the third, or maybe it was the second...

And now on to... STITCHING!!! And yes, there is a LOT of it. This is also my lost WIPacolypse post for August thirty first, and the end of September. I have lots to show, so let’s go!!

First up is... Where do I start? Okay, how about with SALs. That seems reasonable. My Sunday project has been getting a lot of love since football has been back. (And my team is doing really, REALLY well. They're three and one so far, which is an excellent record. I'm so excited for the rest of the season. Of course, it is gonna be difficult from here on in, but I know we can do it, so I'm excited to watch.) Anyways, Beach Romance (Janlynn). I got the first eighth done, and quite a bit more. I had to move my Q-snap a few weeks ago, and I didn't realize how little there was to do on the other side. So I'm making good progress. I do do some homework on Sundays, but I usually watch two games, so it's all good. As you can see, I'm working on his legs now, and his pants, and the sea next to his legs. It's coming along well. I'm still getting several hundred stitches in each week, so it's progressing faster than anything else. I love the sea colors. They're so pretty, the various shades of blue. Very nice. I still need to do the flowers on the other page, but I'm leaving them for last. They're mostly French Knots, and I don't want to put the Q-snap over them, and possibly pull out a knot. So I'm saving them for last.

Next up is Time To Go (Witch Stitch'n'Bits). I just talked to Freak about it last night. He's been busy moving, and didn't get time to talk to me much, but he came looking for me yesterday cause it was my birthday. (41 for those of you that want to know.) I just finished (on Tuesday night, so just really means JUST) page two. I'm ready to start page three. It's moving along pretty fast. I stitch on this one pretty regularly too. Tuesday night I have a class, but I have till next Tuesday for homework and reading to be done, so I stitch Tuesday night. Usually out on the balcony with Yes Dear. I'm so excited to be done with page two. It's looking good, even though there's so much brown in it. Freak was happy that I was still working on it, even with school. I love the quality of the light. It's so pretty. Believe it or not, there's a whole bunch of different colors in there. The lightest is closest to the candle. There's gray, yellow, green, blue, and brown to form the shape of the light and the shadows. I love stitching over one, too. The stitches are so tiny you can hardly see them. Since I'm doing it two over one in Tent Stitch, it goes quickly too. (I also stitch before my first class MWF and my class on T too. So that's a little bit of stitchy time per day.)

Next up is my Christmas ornie for Rosa. She chose the most expensive one in the book (just my luck, right), but she's worth it. I got the supplies a couple of weeks ago, and worked on it for two weeks now. It's coming right along. I'm using overdyed flosses on it, and the colors are soooooo vibrant. It has a charm, beads, and paillettes in it as well (hence the expensive part). I haven't gotten to any of those yet. I've got the leaves stitched and the outer border done too. Now I'm working on the bsing for the leaves and vines. There is a lot of bsing so it's taking me a while. Also, last week I had to frog out quite a bit of bsing (and that was not fun because some of it was stitched over the leaf. I pulled out enough leaf that I had to redo it, so I was not a happy camper with myself. I'm back on track now, though.) I love the shades of green in it. They're beautiful. It's a little hard to tell them apart on the project, but you can sure tell them apart when you look at the skeins. I'm really hoping to get it done in time for Christmas, but who knows!! I need to get cracking if that's gonna happen though... (It's creeping closer and closer by the day. I can't believe it's already October!!!!)

And the last SAL is Noah's Sub(Stoney Creek). It's not coming along as well. I'm a terrible overachiever in school, and I spend Thursday reading the next chapter in my textbook, so I know what he's gonna lecture on on Tuesday next. (I also spend quite a bit of time on Saturday and some on Sunday doing chapter exercises, definitions, and reading. I like to be prepared.) This past Thursday, I got to stitch on Noah though. I took it with me to Homecoming rehearsal. And then I stitched on it a little bit when I got home too. I love the colors in the sky still. They're so beautiful. And I've started on the zebra. I've only got one color in, and it's white, so it's really hard to see, but it's a start. I'm getting close to a page finish, which I'll be REALLY excited over as the pages are sooooooooooo big! Or maybe I should say they contain so many stitches. Of course, when I get to the end of the first page, I have to put it aside and work on rotation that day. I'm waiting for Rosa to catch up to me. I'll have to start making her stitch more, lol. I think, though, that what I may do is make Thursday an ornie day too, so I'm working on them Wed and Thurs. I really wanted to make ornies for everyone this year, and I still need David, Amy, Cathy, and Jim after Rosa. (No, with school going, I really don't think I'll get them all done. But I'm gonna try! If not, I'll give them next year.) And speaking of ornies, I did get a whole big bunch of ornie kits in the mail. A LOT of them are Dimensions Gold Collection (petits and regular).

Since I brought it up, of COURSE I'll show pics, lol. I saw a lot of these when Randi was shopping for Christmas ornies, and I just fell in LOVE. So when I had a chance, I bought them. I think they're gorgeous, and cute too. There is a set of six Gold Collection petits that I bought. Each one is a bird, and they look like little bird postage stamps. Some of them have ancient stamp prices on them (three and six cents), and some of them have a postmark. They're just as cute as can be. I love the little birds too. Reminds me of Yes Dear, stalking the birds in the back yard. And they remind me of my grandma on my mom's side, who had a ton of bird feeders in her yard, and loved to watch the birds come and eat. (She also used to chase the blue jays away, because they were pushy, and would eat all the seed without letting anyone else get any, lol. They fly in and push another bird off the perch, and eat and eat and eat!! She was a generous person, but she didn't like that, so she shooed them away!!) Anyways, here are the piccys:
I hope you can see the piccys well enough. The rest of them are six ornament kits (or a pattern, in one case). The kits are all inclusive, with the backing fabby as needed etc. They're just sooooooo cute, I couldn't possibly pass them up. Here are the piccys:
Aren't they all adorable?!? I think they're so cute, and I just had to have them. I’ll have to rotate them on my tree, lol. I’m getting a little tiny tree for Christmas this year, maybe two or three feet. I’ll put it on top of my desk, and hang only homemade ornies on it. Hopefully, that will keep Yes Dear away from it.

Speaking of Yes Dear, I took a cute pic of her the other day. She was just chilling on the back of my stitching chair, with her paws crossed, lol. She lays like that every once in a while, and she looks sooooooo comfy. It’s cute. So of course, I took a piccy. And here she is, in all her feline glory, lol. She's just so cute, I can't help but share, lol. No new HAEDs this month, but I have a layaway due next month, so I'll have pics for you then of those. Now, rotation progress. I had four projects to work on since my last blog entry, and I'll go through them one at a time. They are: Frederick the Literate, Shore Patrol, Dad's Memorial, Midnight Hunting, Frost Moon, Story Keeper, and this week is Desert Landscapes, but I don't have a piccy of that yet.

Fred got some work, a long time ago, lol. I started to blog while I had him out, but my computer restarted itself, and I lost the blog I was writing. Then I got back to it again the other day, and the same thing happened (installed Microsoft Office from disc, and it restarted to complete the install. I was in the tub, and had no clue till I got back out, and then I was ticked). So I'm writing this one in Word, and saving it every time I leave it. Anyways, Fred (Dimensions, Charles Wysocki). Fred is looking good. I love his looks cause they're so close to my Yes Dear. I'm working on his back leg, and part of the book by his back leg. You can see where I diverted myself from the leg and started working on the book, cause the line suddenly goes straight down in an unleglike manner, lol. (Yes, I did make that word up. Hence the lol, cause I find it to be a funny word.) I got some work in on it at David's house too, so that made me happy. I was dogsitting, and catsitting, and stitched quite a bit. I did get a lot of the black in. It's the only color left, so it was easy to do. The interior parts (in between the other stripes) were all black, so I didn't really have to look at the chart to do them. The other parts, on the ends, I had to look at the chart, but still, it was fast. I love when that happens. I spot check in three or four places to make sure the holes that are available are the ones that are supposed to be available, and then I just stitch away. I got some done at school too, waiting for the shuttle. (I take the shuttle up from my parking garage to Dieterle Vocal Arts Center for Chorus. I don't want to arrive breathless from the walk, and I'm good to go when I get there, so it really helps.) I have to admit, it feels funny to stitch standing up! I'm soooooo not used to that, lol.

And next up is Shore Patrol (JCA Creations).I really did quite well on him this time. Instead of doing the fox, which I just wasn't feeling, I went ahead and did some of the snowy area around his head and neck. Then I started on the darker area of the hillside. I got into it much better than I got into the fox the last time I did him, so I'm pleased with my progress. I had trouble making a goal for this week, so I just didn't, lol. I worked quite a bit though, and made a goodly amount of progress, especially considering how much time homework took up. Good progress and good grades, whoo hoo!!! I'm so pleased about both. I was afraid I would choose to work on stitching instead of homework, as I'm not always as disciplined as I should be, but so far, I haven't had a problem. It could be because I love both of my classes. It's been great to work on the IT stuff, and I've enjoyed every minute of it. (I've already written a ten page paper for my Fundamentals of IT class, and enjoyed every minute of it. It was supposed to be a short paper, lol. But the subject was huge, and I couldn't really break it down, soooo…)

Then there's the ever painful Memorial for Dad (Rosa Winter).I did much better on it this time around. It's still hard to do, since I can't see through the cloth to where my needle is. But I feel like I got some good progress in spite of that, so I was happy with this one. I almost have the vines finished around the first tomato, and I've got a good start on the leaf between the first tomato and the second tomato. I keep hoping to make better progress, but I'm finally getting used to slow progress. I worked on it at school two days, and at home two days (not all the same days, lol). I did explain to someone at class what I was doing with it, and she was interested in watching. Too bad she's not interested in stitching with me. But that's all right. She recognized it as a tomato right away, which made me happy. (My mom or someone asked why I had apples on it. Since when do apples come on a vine?!? Crazy, lol.)

Okay, getting closer to the end, although there's still a bit to go. Go get yourself a refill if you need one, and then hang on till the end!! Next up is the ever lovely Midnight Hunting (Dracolair Creations). I totally love this piece. I love the fractionals in it. They're challenging, but I LIKE to be challenged, so that's a good thing. This time I had to frog, blah. I put something in the wrong place (I should know by now that when I'm stitching cross country, I shouldn't go long distances, but I thought I had it right… Blah, blah, blah, lol. I keep thinking that, and I keep on being wrong!!! Maybe someday I'll learn my lesson!) So the frogging part wasn't any fun. But the stitching is always fun, and I always enjoy it. Since I had to frog, and since I had a test that week, I didn't get much done. It was a little bit frustrating, as I wanted to work on it more. But the test had to come first, grrrrr… I was having trouble finding my place on it too. I think something else may be in the wrong place, cause the chart was NOT matching up to what I stitched. I had to frog and then I had to frog again, and then I put it down. Next time I pick it up, I'll see if it matches after the second frog. (I'll probably find I was looking at it wrong, and I didn't need to frog the second time, lol.)

Frost Moon (HAED, Nene Thomas) is up next. It really got a lot of love. I did get a ton done too. And no frogging, yay!!! I had a few colors left to do, and then I got to do the rest in all the same color. There are areas of confetti, where the stars are, but the sky is almost all 939. (Strangely, the symbol for 939 is the same in both Frost Moon, and Noah's Sub. I found that interesting.) So once I checked a few spots to make sure the stitches that were supposed to be there were actually there, I had all fill in. I started with two rows of ten by tens about half done, and I finished up with a couple of hundred stitches left in the second one, so that tells you how much I got done in that week. I think each row of ten by tens is a thousand stitches on this page. I love working over one. It's faster and easier, and I love the way the tent stitches look. Awesome!!

Last up is Story Keeper (HAED, Selina Fenech). I didn't get a lot done on her, either. Partially because of homecoming, and partially because I have a midterm today that I needed to study for. I feel well prepared for it though, so I can't complain. She's so pretty. I love the colors in this one too. It's lovely. All the blues blend seamlessly, and the final color is gorgeous. You'd never guess there are twelve or more shades of blue in that! I did lose her for a night (and I was very pissed off about that). At Homecoming Saturday night, we were told to leave our bags and stuff in the stands and someone would watch them. So we did, and when we came back to the student section, our seats were all taken, and our stuff was scattered everywhere. I was peeved. I couldn't find my darned bag, so I left and hoped someone would turn it in after the game was over and they were cleaning up. And, surprisingly, someone did turn it in. (INTACT, even. My money (change) and debit card were still in it. I was amazed by that.) So I went up on Sunday and got it back, happily. But I couldn't stitch on Saturday night, so I lost a lot of time there. (I studied instead, so good for me, lol.)

And I have a few more pics to show. We have really cool chorus tee shirts that we wore for the homecoming game. (We were all told to wear blue jeans with them, and then not everyone did. I guess they forgot.) Anyways, we were asked on the first day of class to supply our size. I did, and then forgot about it. So at retreat, they come in with these big boxes, and we all got one to wear. They're very cool, as you can see. We have Men's and Women's Choruses, which are obvious, and then there's cabaret, which is a much smaller group. You have to try out for that. I should have tried out, but I didn't know what kind of time crunch I would be under, so I didn't. We've worked with all three directors, too. Mike is Women's Chorus, Olga is Men's Chorus, and Steve directs Cabaret. It's been fun so far. And at the Homecoming game, we also got a white out shirt. (For those of you that don't know, a white out is when everyone in the student section wears a white shirt. For a blackout, we would all wear a black shirt.) So they were standing at the tops of the rows and handing out T shirts that were white. I got one, but it's only an extra-large so I think I'm gonna give it to my mom. I usually wear a XXX, so I know I can't fit into it. And she can wear it on days when UC has a game that she works, so that's kind of cool. Anyways, here it is: Clifton is the area the college is in, and Bearcats is the team's name. (The Queen City is a nickname for Cincinnati, too.) There were a LOT of people wearing these with white shirts on underneath them. They had guys come parachuting into the stadium too. It was cool. Especially as I want to learn to skydive. Two of them had red, white, and blue windsocks attacked to their legs, and two of them had American flags attached to their legs. One was a smaller flag, and the other was huge! It was really cool watching them float down. They came in to land super fast, and slid along the surface of the field till they slowed down enough to run. Lots of pomp and circumstance. And then we sang. They say we did a good job, but it was hard to tell. There's about a three second delay on the microphone/speaker system, so what we heard wasn't what we were singing. To make it easier, we didn't listen, so I can't say if we did well or not. We sang the UC alma matter, and then the National Anthem. (We did the anthem in four parts, and I loved the way it sounded in rehearsal. Awesome!!) Then we were free to go or stay. I stayed for the first half and then couldn't stand it anymore. Maybe I'm too old for this kind of stuff, lol. There were lots of drunk students and they were all hurling insults every time there was an incomplete pass or a short run (even when we were winning). I felt like saying, "Can you do better?" It was really annoying. And then, my stitching bag disappeared with my wallet in it. I was nervous about that. We were told in warm ups that someone would stay behind and watch over our stuff to keep our places, but no one did. So when we got back, stuff was piled every which way. I dug through the pile, but couldn't find my bag. I looked in the other rows, and didn't see it there either. So finally, at halftime, I went home. I was so sore, I couldn't stand it anymore. (Part of that was being in a near riot. The walkway was sooooo crowded, no one could move. And then people behind us just started pushing us out of the way, so they could get through. It was horrible. If there had been any space around me, I would have fallen to the ground, but we were packed as tight as sardines in a can. I have bruises on my stomach and arm from it. People are scary.) Anyways, I called security the next day, and described it. They said it was in the security room (and I was lucky it wasn't locked in the lost and found) and I could come and get it. So I went up to Edwards three, which is the building right next to my parking garage. (I still wore my braces cause my knees hurt from the night before.) I went through it, and believe it or not, it was totally intact. I still had cash in my wallet (change only, but lots of quarters) and my debit card was there too. I was thrilled. And I was so happy to have my stitching back. I was afraid it would be lost forever. (It was Story Keeper, my SAL with Julie that was in there, so that made it doubly sweet.)

And last but not least, it was my birthday on Friday night. Mom took me out to dinner to celebrate. We had a great time, and she gave me a few pressies too. (On top of the two hundred dollars she spent on my school clothes. I told her she needed to not give me anything for Christmas, because that's just too much to spend.) Anyways, she got me toothbrushes, a suncatcher, a lanyard, and a towel. I don't have a piccy of the towel, but it's a lovely light lavender color. It's beautiful. And the other ones are here: Aren't they all awesome? She knows me well. I hung the suncatcher up before I did anything else at home. It looks great in my window, day and night. (She even said, "Maybe the sun will shine tomorrow so it will look all pretty." And I said, "It will always look all pretty, sun or not, lol." And it totally does. I love it. I had to laugh at the toothbrushes. They're awesome as well. Who knew they made everything Bengals! We had dinner at Red Lobster (Endless Shrimp, whoo hoo) and then I got pressies, and I got myself two pressies too. Resident Evil 6 came out on October 2nd, at midnight. I wanted to go up and get it immediately, but it's right next door to Red Lobster, so I saved myself a trip. I also picked up Silent Hill Homecoming. If you're not a survival horror fan, both are very strong competitors for best survival horror game. Most survival horror is like that. The name of the game is survival. And you go up against some pretty tough mobs. (Oooops, monsters.) I also have Dead Space, Silent Hill 2 & 3 (on the same disc), and The Rise of Nightmares for X box 360. (And thanks to Dell who gave it to me free with my school laptop purchase. Whoo hoo!!!) I also have a GameCube, which is Nintendo's pre=Wii release. I have Resident Evil Zero through RE 4 on that, plus I also have Code Veronica X. I'm a huge survival horror fan. Plus, on top of that, I have a Playstation with Silent Hill. I'm well stocked with games. Unfortunately, I'm spending more time playing than I am stitching!! (I need an extra ten hours a day, lol. Then I could get everything done!!)

Anyways, I just finished up my freaking midterm. It was so easy a Troglodyte could have done it. Twenty five questions, and we're supposed to be covering SIX chapters. Geez, I studied my butt off, and I finished (I answered the questions, and then checked them against the book to make sure) in twenty minutes. Where's the challenge in that? It was open book, open notes, open Internet. Now I wish I hadn't studied. It might have taken me twenty five minutes then. Geesh. I'm gonna be on my way now. Monsters to kill, he he he. I hope you all have a great night, and thanks to those of you who stuck through all the way till the end. I'll try and blog more often from now on. Hope you all have a great night, and a great rest of the week!!!