This ‘n That

I have been one busy lady. Don’t believe me? Ask Hubs. He’s got the garbage to prove it.

My home office is still organized and wonderful. Trust me. To be able to say that a week or so after having completed the project is truly a miracle. I’m trying very hard not to slide back into my old habits. So far, so good.

The “bonus room”, as the builders and construction plans all call it, has finally reached the point where it can be used! This is the large room that is over the garage that is designed, in our case, for storage and for my crafts (craps, as Hubs calls it). I think I’ve mentioned this a time or two, but I have waaaay too many interests. Besides being an avid reader (can you say, about 3 books a week?) I also am “into” computers, WoW video game (World of Warcraft for the uninitiated), rubber stamping (aka scrapbooking, but I’m not that organized), crocheting, knitting, cross-stitching, sewing, painting and uh… oh, yeah, blogging. We’ve now lived in this new house two-and-a-half years. I am just now getting all the boxes unpacked upstairs and all the craft stuff put back into shelves and bins and drawers and what-nots that make them easily accessible and available for use.

Hubs and I have an agreement. Since we live in the country, we have a dumpster for our garbage. It resides a ways from the house (who would want one right outside?) and we just call our local garbage guys when it needs emptying. My end of the deal is to take the trash out to the garage and line the wall next to where he parks his pickup. His end is to then load up his pickup and take it the rest of the way out to the dumpster. He says he can always tell when I’ve been cleaning house by the level of garbage he faces when he comes home. Needless to say, it’s been quite a bit lately. Have you ever moved? Have you then later been embarrassed to realize all the JUNK that you moved that you then throw away? Oh… okay. Me neither. *blush*

I noticed on Sunday that the neighbor had about 10 pickups in his driveway. Guess that explained all the shooting. I haven’t figured out what his thing is yet. He came from out of state (I won’t say from where as I’ve met some really nice people from there and although my state likes to make jokes about this state and it’s become quite the rivalry… I’m not going to blame them for one asshat). He has a business in town and sells Carhart brand clothing and who knows what else – I refuse to go into his store, so don’t know for sure – have to rely on what Hubs has told me. Because he’s from out of state I can’t decide if these are all new friends, possibly customers that he’s got coming out for some “hunting”, or old friends from that other state. (Keep in mind, they aren’t actually killing anything that I know of, just clay pigeons.)

I haven’t been working at my paid job due to 1) lack of work 2) lack of motivation 3) weather and 4) too much other stuff going on. However, I did go into work on Sunday to box up the external hard drive that I couldn’t get to work and the company is shipping back…finally… for credit on a new, brand-name, plug-and-play model. They were set for Monday pick up and the weather was to get pretty nasty so I went in Sunday to get it done. At any rate, I walked in and found my new monitor had arrived! Yippee! So, managed to get it all hooked up and the old one ready for recycling – as well as dusted. Yeah, did I mention I’m the maid? Just kidding. We all keep our own space clean, tho’ and the guy I share space with and I have an agreement – I’ll dust if he’ll vacuum. Got that chore done for the month!

Last, but not least, the weather. It’s yucky, but not as bad as they were saying earlier in the week. It is right now snowing and blowing pretty bad – but they’re saying we’re only to get about 5″. Earlier they thought about 9″. It seems Missouri is getting thunderstorms and the moisture they’ve been getting took all of the extra moisture out of the snow, so not so much now. Doesn’t hurt my feelings. At least we aren’t like the people out east facing 100+ inches. That’s just nuts. Any time you have to go up on your roof to shovel, it’s not a good thing. Yeah, yeah, I know… I’m the one who has been asking for it. Moderation, people!

There you have it! So, what’s been going on in your world? What’s that you say? I have to go read your blogs? I thought you were going to say that.

Dibs and Dabs

Catching up a bit…

  • Yes, it snowed. Although “officially” we only got about 5″, our deck says otherwise – try about twice that. It’s beautiful. Cold, but beautiful.
  • I’m taking a jammie day. I hadn’t intended to, but woke this morning feeling achy and icky and hoping I’m not getting the current cold that’s going around. I made an executive decision to stay home and be warm and cozy and medicated and hope it gets killed off before it gets too good a hold on my body. I can hope, right?
  • My new desktop computer for home is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow! Whoot! I’m so excited. It’s going to be powerful enough to play WoW on, and yet… smart enough to get my bookwork all neatly organized. To be fair, I’ve done pretty well on the laptop, but there is something about paying bills while balancing things on a stupid folding card table just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I want my desktop computer to be functional again – along with the nice big calculator and the better workspace. It just puts me in a better “working” frame of mind. Of course, this means work to get everything switched off of the old one so I can give it to youngest son, plus he’s getting Hubs’ printer, plus Hubs is then getting my old, bigger monitor and youngest son is getting Hubs’ smaller monitor and Hubs has a new printer to connect. I think you’re getting the picture. It really shouldn’t have to be this much work.
  • My new desktop computer for home is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow – at work. Need I say more? You know where I will be tomorrow.
  • I’ve been doing some crafty things I may not have mentioned. At Christmastime I cross-stitched some bookmarks for some of my dearest friends. I knitted nice long warm scarves for most of the kids (except the ones I knew wouldn’t wear ’em). I also re-did a cross-stitch of Noah’s Ark for my parents that they lost in their house fire. My mother even cried when she opened it. I was glad I did it. Since Christmas, I’ve finished crocheting two baby afghans for friends having babies. One was just born and the other isn’t due until June, but it’s done! I also got into making prayer shawls through a real-life friend. Although I have some cross-stitch wedding samplers to get done for my boys, These shawls are pretty mindless tv-watching type things I can do when I don’t want to think too much. I just finished one and have started another. Also picked up some more yarn “just in case” I want to make a couple of other little projects. When it’s cold out you can’t beat knitting or crocheting on an afghan or shawl. The more you get done the more it keeps you warm as you work on it. Someday I’d like to learn how to do socks, like Jen does. I think they’d be fun. She makes the most beautiful things.
  • In case you missed it, Helen got engaged! Whoot! I can’t imagine someone who deserves as much happiness as she does.
  • The new World of Warcraft video game expansion “Burning Crusade” is out and is really exciting. I know, I know, I’m too old for this shit. Blame my kids. They got me hooked. I don’t play near as much as I used to … “life” seems to get in the way. However, when I do play I remember why I like to play and how much I miss playing and how much I miss the people I play with.
  • A friend from blogland got me hooked on the Jim Butcher “Dresden Files” books which just premiered as a show last night on the sci-fi channel. I liked it! I’m normally more mystery and gore than sci-fi, but it worked and I enjoyed seeing how they put together things in the books with things on the show. In my mind it works much better than “Bones” does. I loved the books, but the show just leaves me a bit flat. The character she’s made herself out to be (it’s based on the real-life of foresic anthropologist and fiction writer Kathy Reichts) isn’t quite the same as the one she’s portrayed herself in her books. Maybe that’s the point, I’m not sure. However, I have a hard time watching and not seeing flashbacks to “Angel” (David Borrenos co-stars) – not sure if I spelled his name right and too lazy to look it up.

I think we’re caught up now, for the moment. Feel free to carry on with your regular scheduled activities…