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Sunday, July 17, 2011

It's scary

     I spent a large portion of the day today (and some time last night) babysitting my printer.  If you didn't know I was crazy before, let me tell you  now:  I am crazy.  Certifiable.  I decided (don't ask me why as I don't know) that I should print up all my HAED charts last night.  I fought with the printer for several hours, as it didn't want to behave.  (I think it just knew what I was gonna ask it to do, lol.)  Finally, I got it working.  I printed out over eight hundred and fifty pages and went through three and a half printer cartridges.  (Guess it's a good thing I always get the one color, two black ink packages, right?!?)  I printed up:  Luna, Fire Moon, Frost Moon, Envy, Catch Me, Shimmer, Shades, Ishtar, Lust, Dragon Riders, A Chance Encounter, Alternative Reality, and Rocky Adventure.  I still have Sloth, Vanity, Gluttony, and Wrath to print up.  But, I ran out of paper.  I have a two hundred piece pack of paper (the cheap stuff) and a seven hundred and fifty piece pack (the good stuff, nice and strong).  Well, I had.  It's almost all used now.  So the other four will have to wait.  The other problem is that now I want to go kit them all, and I really can't afford it.  Ah, such is life.  Of course, as soon as I kit them, I'll want to start them.
     It all started with me deciding that since twenty is a nice, round number and eighteen is not, I was gonna add two more projects to my rotation.  (I KNOW, like I need a hole in my head, right?!?!?!?)  Finally, I decided on Lust and Envy (because I know someone doing both of them, and I keep seeing progress piccys).  And I went to print them and just impulsively decided to do all of them.  Well, until I almost ran out of paper.  I thought I should keep some back, just in case I should need to print something (like a receipt or something).  So I have a big stack of charts on the coffee table.  And they're all luscious and calling my  name.  LOUDLY!!!!  I know, crazy.  Certifiable, lol.
     In other news, I did pick up two more HAEDs at the Bob and Michele's birthday sale.  I now have Wrath and Gluttony (yes, I listed them before, but they're new).  Click their names to go to the pics if you want to see.  I love how in Wrath, her hair is on fire.  I think it just looks awesome!!  Now I need one more sale to pick up Avarice and I'm gonna try really hard to be on the wagon.  (I haven't been on the wagon since my dad died, and all the spending (read retail therapy) has used up all my savings.  So I really need to get my impulses under control.  Hopefully soon.) 
     And speaking of dad's death, I've been missing him a lot lately.  It looks like we're gonna have a season this year (talks are making good progress, so even though I'm not celebrating yet, I'm hopeful) and I miss talking to him about what's going on.  I haven't really replaced that outlet yet.  I told Julie I was gonna call her boyfriend this season to talk football on Sundays, and Ansel likes me, so maybe that will take away some of the missing my dad feeling.  I'm hoping anyways.  Praying now that we have a season.  I do love me some football!!
     And, good news, FINALLY I'm all caught up on emails and blogs ~ at the same time!!!!  I've been behind on emails since mid June.  First Rosa came up and I simply ignored them all week while she was here.  Then my email program decided it wasn't gonna delete or move anything out of my inbox.  THEN it decided it was gonna give me multiples of everything.  I must have slogged thorough four or five thousand emails in a week that week.  Finally, my email is working again and I'm all caught up.  Plus I got a couple of really good hours of stitching time today.  It's been a good day.  Now, I'm gonna go stitch for another hour or so before bed.  It's still Astral Lion (I don't consider it to be Sunday, even though it's after midnight) and I've been making really good progress the last couple of days.  It's IHSW, too, so that makes me stitch a little bit more.  Hope you're all having a great night and sweet dreams!!!

     Oh, and one more thing.  Thanks to all my followers and those who comment.  I love to see people commenting on my blog and I usually answer comments.  So thanks to all of you who comment and follow.  I'm planning a giveaway for a hundred followers, so watch this space!!!

16 comments:

Penny said...

Ok you had to do that didn't you. When I clicked on the link to see your new charts I saw one that I fell in love with. Phoenix Rising its gorgeous, its wonderful and I have to figure out how to afford it. No unemployment until next week. Augh no fair. your patterns are wonderful. Good luck.
Penny I

Gabi said...

Beautiful charts. They will look stunning together

♥ Nia said...

More than 800 hundred pages?!?! wooowww!
You really collect patterns! :D heheheh

Sally said...

Wow your new charts are gorgeous Julie. Really makes me want to get back to the HAED I started. It has 36 pages ( I think) and I stitched 7 and lost interest. I think I should make that one of my goals!

Hugs to you. Thank you for your continued support on both my blogs :)

Shelleen said...

Wow, that is A LOT of printing. My printer would have said I am done!!

SoCal Debbie said...

Oh Julie! That's a LOT of printing for one day. Your little printer is a real trooper! Now I know you're probably at the store buying more ink and paper so you can finish printing the rest of the charts! I agree, 20 is a nice round number instead of 18. But in my case, 2 is a big enough number for me! LOL.

Anne said...

Wowza!! That's a lot of pages! You must be certifiable!! It must have felt good catching up on all your emails!! I too have been trying to catch up on my blog reading because life has been crazy busy. I'm sorry to hear about your dad. That must be hard to not have him around to talk to. But he's in your heart and you can talk to him anytime because I'm sure he hears you. I hope you get through this tough time.

hugs

Anne

Vicky L said...

Wow! 800! Oh my goodness! and hearing I am thinking my 54 pages for Queen of hearts will be a workout for my printer. I love your new patterns. I want those too. maybe at next sale.

Debra said...

Oh my you are crazed! That is a lot of patterns and HEAD to top it off. I do have a few of their patterns and someday I might just try one out.

mdgtjulie said...

Glad I was able to enable you Penny. I love Phoenix Rising. I don't have it yet, but it's on my list of must haves. And thanks, I like them too. Thanks Gabi. I need one more to get the full set. I really do Nia. It's part of my disease. The only other thing I collect is books, so I'm lucky. Otherwise my house would be even more of a disaster area. Go for it Sally. I love HAED charts. They're all so gorgeous. Which one have you started? I'd love to see a progress piccy. Love and hugs to you!! I thought it was gonna a couple of times, but it's held up remarkably well, especially with all the arguing we did, lol. It didn't want to print anything, and I had to reinstall it several times to make it work. It really is, Debbie. LOL, I can never have enough WIPs, lol. They just start themselves, I have absolutely nothing to do with it. And of course, once they're started, I have to work on them!! Thanks Anne. I miss him a lot now, and I'm hoping it gets better soon. It was harder when he died though, so it helps to look back and know I've made progress. I just wish he could answer me. I used to get a lot out of our conversations. And it does feel good being caught up. And getting lots of stitching done too. Maybe I'm sleeping less... Any pages were a workout for my printer, lol. It's old and tired. But I look at it this way, at least it won't have anything to do for a long time. I've had it since 2004, and so it needs to retire soon. I love the seven deadly sins. I have them all now but Avarice, and I'm getting that at the next sale. Should be one for Labor Day, and then I'll be set for a while.

Claudette497 said...

I'm with you! I'm a huge Chargers fan, so I'm excited to see there might really be a season coming. I've resorted to watching the most random football anything just to get a fix (have you seen the Funny or Die lockout movie? I fell off the sofa laughing). I hope the emptiness goes away a little bit. Give your printer a hug for me.

Tama said...

A very wonderful kind of scary... I'd love to see a pic of the stack!
And oooo, a sale!
I may pick up a couple of patterns, thanks for the head's-up!

Nancy said...

Wow, glad your printer held up to so much work! I know it's hard missing your dad so much...my dad passed many years ago and I still miss him but time does soften the pain and allows you to remember the special times with a smile.

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Claudette. I don't like you anymore, as your team beat my team a couple of years ago. Check back the next time we beat you, lol. I've been keeping my eye on NFL.com to see what's going on, and I'm hoping. Glad to enable you, Tama. I do so love an HAED sale!! Thanks Nancy. I do still miss him, but not as badly as I used to. I know time heals all wounds, I just wish it would hurry up!!

megan_bright said...

That makes me feel better about having like 5 WIPs lol! I don't know how you do it!! I'm excited to see these grow :D

mdgtjulie said...

LOL, yeah, I can see how that would make you feel better, Megan. It's nice, having a large rotation. I feel like I'm starting something new every week. It's great!!