Sunday, January 22, 2012

Well, it's been a little bit since I updated this thing.  I've decided it's time to get out of retail, given the fact that I generally want to murder the management staff at work daily.  So, I have a plan.  Get my Pharmacist Technician certification, then get a job that pays enough that I can actually save money for college rather than live paycheck to paycheck.  Once enough money is saved, I'll get my degrees in history and library science and gleefully bury myself in paper for the rest of my life.

I've taken the first test and am on the second book in the course.  I have a plan and for the first time in a while I have some hope for actually getting my degree.  In the meantime, I'll keep working on my crafts and my occasional writing to keep sane and non-homicidal.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Artistic endeavours

Lately I've been expanding my artistic horizons.  I signed up for Swap-bot over a year ago but have just recently started joining the swaps.  I've been focusing on ATCs.  I've also been working on my drawing and painting skills.  They, to be generous, are non-existent.  I 've been making Zentangles to work on the drawing and have purchased a bunch of watercolors and watercolor pencils for the painting.  Since I have so many random papers at home I've been using them for some of the ATCs I've sent out.

I'm enjoying myself even though I'm getting a little frustrated with my lack of skills.  I know I'll get better as I work, but I just feel as if I should be better already.  I know it just takes practice, but I wonder sometimes how I'll find the time in the day to get better at all the hobbies I want to improve in.  Stitching, designing stitching, painting and drawing and throw in the occasional bout of writing.  I need to win the powerball so I can just indulge myself all day, every day.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Stitching and tv

Never try to stitch while watching your favorite team play a game.  It's not very productive.  Man City just drew with Fulham and for at least the last twenty minutes I didn't set one stitch.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Squee!

Happy happy happy!  I just bought tickets to a show I've wanted to see for a long time.  Now I just have to con my brother into letting me take my nephew.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Long time AWOL

I've really been slacking on computer time in the past few months.  First there was a ton of stitching, weird hours and then NaNoWriMo (which I nuked again).

My brother got married in October.  They did it earlier than they had originally planned so their stitchy gift will be give for their first anniversary.  I finished the Eagle Scout even though I still haven't given it to him.  Oy!  I have stitched about 25 ornaments in the last few weeks.  I also finished the Kats by Kelly pattern I had.  The Dragon and Witches Go Riding are still WIPs.  I'll be adding two baby announcements to next year's list for my cousin and co-worker.

Mom and I have stolen my niece and nephew nearly every weekend for the last two months.  Awesome!  Mom's taking them to church, then the four of us go to breakfast.  Last Sunday, Mom, my nephew and I had a four hour, single hand, Uno game.  I have the Star Trek Uno cards and they have a card that makes you double your hand.  It was played a few times that game.  It was hilarious.  My niece watched Mamma Mia and was almost through the singalong by the time I won the hand.

We're going to my cousin's house tomorrow and then we have the munchkins again for Sunday.  I'll have my niece go through my music to pick what she wants me to put on her soon-to-be iPod.  It should be fun.

So, Merry Christmas to the Christians.  I hope everyone else had a happy holiday, whatever it may have been.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Wedding design

Thanks to one of my cohorts on the LJ Cross-stitch group, I found the perfect wedding announcement for my brother and his fiancee.  He proposed to her on (well, pretty damned near) the beach and the colors seem to suit her decor, so here we go.  I won't even have to wait for her to pick flowers and stuff.  I can start on it as soon as I finish the Eagle Scout, the Wiehenberg Sampler and the Dragon (in that order).  Yay!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Another movie post...

I just watched Destination Mars! on Netflix.  Tee-hee.  It was awesome.  It was such a great send-up of the 50's Mars invades flicks.  The actors played it "straight" with just the perfect imitation of the pacing that the actors of those movies had.  I have a new dvd hunt. 

Of course, I just found 100 Million BC (which is unfortunately on a double feature with Journey to the Center of the Earth - even I have my B movie standards, low as they are) and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus in the Wal*Mart $5 movie bin, so I'm having a fine movie night.  I am becoming a big fan of the knock-offs The Asylum puts out.  They are just so cheezy.  Ooh.  I just remembered they made this version of Sherlock Holmes, with Dominic Keating and Gareth David-Lloyd.  It wasn't great, but it wasn't the worst, either.  Definitely watchable if you keep in mind it's an Asylum film and the guy playing Sherlock needs to go back to acting school.  Or at least take his hands out from behind his back once in a while.

Piranha 3-D

Okay, before I say anything else, I'll say this: I really want to go see this movie.  It is obviously not going for Oscar nominations (unless the FX are somehow spectacular).  It is a summer horror/fun flick.  Apparently, people are peeved that there aren't going to be any special showings for reviews by critics.  Hello?!  This is the kind of movie guaranteed to make a critic's blood pressure rise and explode out of their pens in a sea of "Ack!  This was horrible.  No, no, blood and gore and 3D!"  Showing it to a critic is a waste of time.  Most won't watch a film and see the fun of it.  They seem to need to find meaning and pathos in every film they watch.  Um, not every film is out there for such a thing.  Some are just fun bloodbath flicks that make you giggle and cheer when the obnoxious git gets eaten and the heroes somehow manage to save the day...except for the egg, of course, which is about to hatch the sequel, er, spawn of whatever the monster is.

I can't wait for this one.  Chomp chomp and Christopher Lloyd thrown in for good measure!