just a short update. I have enrolled back in college for yet another degree--this on in IT: Heath Infomatics. This is in support of my new job starting in two weeks. Wish me luck!
I also received a TON of stitching goodies from a fellow Free Cycler. Two giant bags of cross stich magazines, lots of pattern folders, several pattern kits and an ABUNDANCE of floss.
THANK YOU MARY!!!!!!!!!
I will upload pic soon.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Life is returning to normal. I am pretty much fully recovered from the abdominal surgery, my back is not recovered--it probably never will be pain free, but I can walk unassisted now and can sit for a while, so for me that is a huge plus.
Jury duty is finally over. It was not as bad as I feared, though the drive WAS the pits. I took the bus two days, but drove the rest--it did not seem to make much difference in cost to me. My case was a federal one--armed bank robbery and we as a jury had to reach a unanimous verdict. It was more difficult than I thought, since the evidence was pretty heavy on the prosecutor's side I didn't think there would be much dissent, but there was. But we did finally reach one: guilty on all 15 counts.
I am also leaving my job as office manager for the two urgent cares. It was a good job. It really was. I liked it, liked the staff, and could handle the original two docs there fine. It was pretty much the job I had been striving for for a long time.
So why am I leaving? It is complicated, but it boils down to having too much to do, little to no support and tons of responsibility but no authority to effect changes. I am so overloaded it does not even merit a bad joke.
So I went looking. I interviewed for a clinical infomatics position--a blend of nursing and IT and was hired. It is a transfer, since it is the same company, but a different division. My first day there is Oct 20. I am really looking forward to it. It has a lot of the same compoenents of my previous job, also in the same company, and those aspects were ones I excelled at and enjoyed.
Now on to MUCH better topics.
I went to my LNS, The Needled Canvas in Marietta, to their Grand Re-Opening last weekend. I got some NICE goodies:
A cool blackwork Kitty design
A Blackwork Sampler design
A cross stitch/blackwork checkbook cover done in 32 count linen, OVER 1!
A Basket Purse
With the top part I am currently working on
The Rabbit Round Doorprize I won
And totally non-sequiter--a pen my husband made for me--sitting on that 32 count linen
Also, the online needlework show is almost over. It ends a little earlier this year--monday at noon rather than midnight. So if you have been there to drool over the vast amount of goodies, enter the door prizes, order a few must haves, here is the link:
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I am finally updating my blog after the week from hell and recovery. I have recovered nicely. I have three scars that are about an inch or so to add to my collection and my insides are slowly feeling less like a drive through for truckers and more like a body part.
My WONDERFUL staff sent me the most unusual get-well gift I have ever seen:
Isn't it yummy looking? And it was. =) It fed all 6 of us, with plenty of left overs for munchies.
I also had time to read and stitch and have just about caught up on my BOINK:
I also finished up my portion of judging in the RWA Golden Gate writing contest. There were a few good ones and a really outstanding one.
'Scent of a Man' by Maree Anderson ( www.mareeanderson.com ) made it to the finals, receiving excellent ratings from all three of the first round judges.
The story arc, characterization and dialog were great. Sexual tension sizzled. She hooked me right in. It is not for those who like their romances bland or tame. The story starts of with a bang and is a wild ride (yes, pun is intended).
The only downside is that we, as judges, only get a small portion of the whole story. =) I highly suggest you visit her site and take a look around. And if you are an agent or publisher---PLEASE check her out! I am dying to know the rest of the story.
And now onto more mundane topics:
I did go back to work last week, and needed a shovel and a back-hoe to clear off the desks in both my offices.
This week??? Jury Duty. In Atlanta. DOWNTOWN Atlanta. Like get up at 5:15 AM to leave by 6am to get there by 8am driving the 75 south Atlanta. YUCK.
Any fellow Atlanta Suburbanites that can commiserate??
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Ever have "one of those weeks"? I have. This past week/month/quarter. I am really hoping it gets better from here out.
Then I went to http://www.colourlovers.com/ to create my palette:
Saturday, August 9, 2008
My oldest daughter is in the process of cutting the apron strings. She is 20 this month, engaged and in college,and holding down a part time job at Lane Bryant.
Jessica Blue, also known as Juicy Blue
Monday, August 4, 2008
I am going to start profiling the sites, both web and brick and morter that I visit. Good or not so hot, and why I feel that way will be detailed.
The rating system is pretty easy--Pawprints (what else, LOL) on a scale of 1-5, 1 being pretty bad, 5 being outstanding,
The first one to get the spotlight is The Needled Canvas, a brick and morter LNS in Marietta Ga, and, as I rated on Kudzu.com, "The Best Needlework Shop in Atlanta"
Gail (the owner) and Colleen (instructer) are wonderful ladies who have both gone out of thier way to teach me needlepoint basics (at no charge no less!) make me feel welcome despite my "newbie-ness" to needlpointing and are consistantly helpful and welcoming.
Gail recently purchased the store and while it looks pretty much the same on the inside, she has absolutely re-invented the feel of the store to a warm, welcoming neighbor-next -door feel, complete with complimentary hot and cold drinks and the ever present bowl of sweets. There are tables at the entrance, open to all who come in to sit, talk, and of course, stitch. Advice, tips, hints, teaching, as well as a pretty impressive store library helps even new stitches feel comfortable and welcome.
Gail has a good assortment of threads, canvases, accessories, stitching frames, and the inventory is growing. Gail and Coleen are also hosting classes.
I am a cross stitcher and had never ventured past a little surface embriodery and some crewelwork. Colleen Harris took an entire Saturday of her own time to meet with me to not only ground me in the basics of the art, but also some of it's history, some of her own early works, and showed me a ton of her own tools and accessories, all of which she was willing to let me play with and familiarize myself with. She even let me take home a few to try out. Colleen also helped me pick out the threads and stitches for each area of a canvas I had chosen, explaining to me why one stitch would be better than another (compensation?, we don' need no stinken' compensation!) and why one type and color of thread was a better choice than another based on weight, color, and lightplay.
When I had trouble with the basketweave when I was home, on my own--the staple of needlepoint, I went back in and Gail not only sat with me, but also gave me a practice canvas, needle, wool and printed directions. Most importantly, to me at least, she patiently stayed with me until I got it down.
I can honestly say, that without these two women, I would not be doing needlepoint now.
Therefore, The Needled Canvas earns the spotlight this week and 5 out of 5 PaisleyCat Pawprints
The Needled Canvas and Finest Threads
2520 Shallowford Road
Centre Stage Plaza, Suite J
Marietta, Ga 30066
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Here it is Sunday, the hours waning way until the alarm clock summons me to work; my stress. I am not going work tomorrow morning I actually have yet another procedure tomorrow morning--a radio frequecy ablation from L1 to S1 in my back. Please pray, chant or dance to whomever answers your prayers for me. This pain has gone on for a couple of years now, getting worse each year. This year too, I also ruptured one of the discs; just to add salt to the wounds, so to speak.
Anyway, on to Far more pleasant topics. I have been stitching a bit. I have to do it in segments since I cannot sit too long at a time, so my pace is somewhat slower.
Here is page two of the Carol Lake Diagonal Stitch Class. These are mostly gobelins and its variations:
These stitches are (from left to right):
- Slanted Gobelin -over 1
- Encroaching Gobelin
- Slanted Gobelin-over 2
- Plaited Gobelin (this one was a real PIA!)
- Oblique Slav
- Encroaching Oblique
- Tied Gobelin (I liked this one a lot)
- Slanted Beaty
I also put up the dragon for a week or so and pulled out Barfy, I am three blocks behind in the SAL!!! So here is as far as I am today:
And here is the cutest little cross stitch beaded Witch Hat for Halloween. It is called Wanda's Hat--I am going to go back to my LNS (the Needled Canvas--EXCELLENT store with UBER helpful owners--come in if you are anywhere in the Atlanta area) to get Wanda's Boot.
Yes, I know it is close to the edge--it is actually done on perforated paper and will be cut out and made into a pin.
Well that is about it for this week.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Here is page one of Carol Lake's class. The stitches covered on this page are (left to right):
- Alternating Continental
- Diagonal Weave ( T-Stitch)
- Exploded Alternating Contnental
- Half Alicia Lace
- Upsidedown basketweave
- Y stitch
I only did a few of the continental, as that oneis pretty basic. I DO NOT like the upside down basketweave--it tooke a LONG time to get that one going.
I will be doing page two next--trying to catch up. I have been having evil back issues again =(
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Sorry for the long delay in updates; I have been busy working and stitching.--I have found ANOTHER cool website--Craft Bits.
There are ALL kinds of neat things there--go check them out!
Christmas Craft Projects and Patterns
I have completed my kitties ornament, after ripping out the backgound twice! I also switched threads for the kitties after doing the tail of the right sided one--it looked dingy to me.
For the background I used a single ply of an overdye in Christmas colors in a basic basketweave. The striping turned out pretty neat I think. The kitties themselves are done in plain old white DMC as is the gold top.
I just need to do the finishing now.
On another note I am taking Carol Lake's online stitching notebook classes. Book One is diagonal stitches, and it is really very nice for a semi novice in needlepint like myself.
Here is a blurb from the site where you can register for any of the classes, which are VERY affordable!! (http://www.needleartworks.com/CYBERCLASSES2/CYBER.HTM)
Canvas Stitch Notebook Series 1: Diagonal Stitches by Carole Lake
Information: 4 notebook classes (Diagonal stitches, Straight Stitches, Crossed and Interlaced Stitches and Specialty Stitches)
Format: Each notebook contains 96 stitches each with information about each stitch (history, where useful, etc.).
Participants can join the class at any time and start with the next notebook. 12 lessons via the e-mail which arrive biweekly.
I am also doing a mini SAL with my daughters and one of their best friends since they are pretty new to stitching. It seems a good introduction to fractional stitches and a minor specialty stitch.It is Teresa Wentzler's Futhercast--a freebie from her site @ http://www.twdesignworks.com/Free/futurecast.html
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Wowwio-- http://www.wowio.com/ This little site allows you to browse thier somewhat limited collection of books, place them all in a queue and download 3 a day. Pretty nifty.
Stitchin' Fingers--http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/ this community caters to fiber artists. Lots oc commnities and learning opportunities.
New Blogs I LOVE:
Tipnut -- http://www.tipnut.com/ a HUGE collection of every tip, tutotrial, blog reviews, everything. The description reads:
Monday, June 9, 2008
I am forcibly home today. I really did not want to be; I have WAY, way too much work to do at both centers. Just thinking about how much I will be missing is making my stomach hurt. (And no it is not the Oxycontin)
Saturday before last my husband and I went grocery shopping. A normal enough occurrence. However, while we were in the check out lane, he ran back to get a forgotten item and I unloaded. Nothing too difficult until I had to get down to the bottom rack to get the boxes of 24-count cat food cans. Apparently my lower back disagreed violently with that decision and decided to not only lock up, but send bolts of pure hell shooting down my legs and up my back.
After getting lectured by the husband, hobbling out to the car, and applying ice, heat, pain meds, more ice, heat and pain meds, I was completely not recovered at all. I went to work all week. Shuffled through the day. Got shots of decadron and toradol just to be able to walk.
Finally I gave in and called the Pain Clinic. They got me in this AM, and the result was ANOTHER lecture, more drugs and an appointment with a long needle tomorrow morning for the first epidural. Apparently I either ruptured the previously bulging disc at L4, or otherwise dislodged, moved or generally irritated it. (the feeling is mutual!)
So I will be off work again tomorrow.
I know, I can hear you all saying "Wah, wah, wah, cry me a river". But seriously, it really messes up my work flow to have unexpected days off, especially days where I cannot function well due to med-induced brain haze.
On to better topics: I have made the decision to hire two candidates for my Powers ferry office. Both look to be great and I hope the work out well. That should help with the scheduling issues.
On a WAY happier note, I received an email for a favorite stitching designer letting me know their freebie of the month was up. It is a way cool faerie that apparently it to celebrate Fairy Day--June 24, also know as Midsummer Day. There are three patterns up, one for 2006, 2007 and 2008. I downloaded them all for future stitching pleasure.
I HIGHLY recommend you go check them out! They are located at: http://www.passionericamo.eu/ (yep, European, Italian)
Friday, May 30, 2008
The following is a letter written by a father who put together a petion for ousting the Creature Teacher:
Florida Teacher Should Be Fired For Mistreatment of Austistic 5 Year Old Voting Him Out Of
Target:Anyone With Children Or Special Needs Kids
Jim Staley www.BigJimsWholesale.com
We the undersigned petition that Wendy Portillo is terminated from teaching for her inexcusable behavior. This Florida teacher thought it was proper to have her classroom of 16 Kindergardners vote out a 5 year old Austic child "Survivor" Style. For all of you that have children, know children or plan to have children this is a must read. So that means everyone.
I have a now 10 year old son that was diagnosed 5 years ago with Aspergers which is a high functioning form of Austism. I was outraged to read that this teacher had this young boy stand up in front of the class and let his classmates "vote him out" and tell him why they didn't like him. No child no matter what the circumstance deserves this sort of burden brought on by the teacher especially since he didn't ask to be the way he is.Can you imagine the emotional scars that this child will have? Imagine your child being treated like this and the Teacher was the main cause.
Law enforcement says there were no laws broken and the School is "looking into it".Wendy Portilla (the teacher) admits " I let the students decide if he could come back in. They took a vote. The count 2 for and 14 against, "I looked at Alex and asked, "How did it make you feel?" And he said, "Sad." And she looked at him and said, "No, it didn't!" Please read full articles here: http://www.wflxfox29.com/global/story.asp?s=8388562 This sort of behavior should not be tolerated.
Please help us circulate this petition. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I cannot believe this story. I am alternately outraged, digusted and saddened. My heart really goes out to this mom and her son.
If drawing and quartering were still legal, it wouldn't be too harsh for this excuse of a teacher. I would love to have the same thing happen to herthat she perpetrated on this child.
I am not terrible cohent in my writing on this, I am just too pissed on behalf of this family and other families that face this issue.
Yes, my son had Aspergers. If this ever happened to him, I am not sure what I would do, but it would not be pleasant.
Yes Aspie kids CAN be obnoxious, belligerent and hard to handle. So what?? She chose to teach and there ARE appropriae ways to handle behavior issues. This is not one of them.
What on earth is this teaching the kids in this classroom?? Bulling is OK if the teacher starts it??
Read on--might want to get some pepto next to you though----
By Colleen Wixon (Contact)Saturday, May 24, 2008
PORT ST. LUCIE — Melissa Barton said she is considering legal action after her son's kindergarten teacher led his classmates to vote him out of class.
After each classmate was allowed to say what they didn't like about Barton's 5-year-old son, Alex, his Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo said they were going to take a vote, Barton said.
By a 14 to 2 margin, the students voted Alex — who is in the process of being diagnosed with autism — out of the class.
Melissa Barton filed a complaint with Morningside's school resource officer, who investigated the matter, Port St. Lucie Department spokeswoman Michelle Steele said. But the state attorney's office concluded the matter did not meet the criteria for emotional child abuse, so no criminal charges will be filed, Steele said.
Port St. Lucie Police no longer are investigating, but police officials are documenting the complaint, she said.
Steele said the teacher confirmed the incident took place.
Portillo could not be reached for comment Friday.
Steele said the boy had been sent to the principal's office because of disciplinary issues. When he returned, Portillo made him go to the front of the room as a form of punishment, she said.
Barton said her son is in the process of being diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a type of high-functioning autism. Alex began the testing process in February at the suggestion of Morningside Principal Marcia Cully.
Children diagnosed with Asperger's often exhibit social isolation and eccentric behavior..
Alex has had disciplinary issues because of his disability, Barton said. After the family moved into the area and Alex and his sibling arrived at the school in January, Alex spent much of the time in the principal's office, she said.
He also had problems at his last school, but he did not have issues during his two years of preschool, Barton said.
School and district officials have met with Barton and her son to create an individual education plan to address his difficulties, she said. Portillo attended these meetings, Barton said.
Barton said after the vote, Portillo asked Alex how he felt.
"He said, 'I feel sad,' " Barton said.
Alex left the classroom and spent the rest of the day in the nurse's office, she said.
Barton said when she came to pick up her son at the school Wednesday, he was leaving the nurse's office.
"He was shaken up," she said.
Barton said the nurse told her to talk with Portillo, who told her what happened.
Alex hasn't been back to school since then, and Barton said he won't be returning. He starts screaming when she brings him with her to drop off his sibling at school.
Thursday night, his mother heard him saying "I'm not special" over and over. Barton said Alex is reliving the incident. The other students said he was "disgusting" and "annoying," Barton said.
"He was incredibly upset," Barton said. "The only friend he has ever made in his life was forced to do this." St. Lucie School's spokeswoman Janice Karst said the district is investigating the incident, but could not make any further comment.
Vern Melvin, Department of Children and Families circuit administrator, confirmed the agency is investigating an allegation of abuse at Morningside but said he could not elaborate.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Just a quick update on the BOINK progress. Parts one and two done. I will be doing the top knot today in prep for part three that comes out tomorrow.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
My daughter has been working on painting. She draws well, but has been reluctant to paint. She finally strted. I have put some of her work here......cuz I can =)
Friday, May 9, 2008
I have got a little further on my BOINK. I had to go out to California for a funeral for my DH's grandfather. The stitching kept me sane while with the outlaws.
When I got back home I decided that because I have so many colors in my BAP Chat Noir (26 and counting!!) I needed a way to organize them. I had been just placing the threaded needle in a peice of felt with a piece of paper attached that gave the number and symbol. It gets really messy and not really enough room. So I put together a needle book made from fabric, card board, felt pieces and a bit of ribbon and a couple charms. The book has about 12 "pages" so I am hoping it will be neater,
I also found out I was a door prize winner from the online Stitching Show. I won a free patternfrom Ink Circles--one of the ones I REALLY wanted!!! I am hoping mine will turn out as gorgeous.