Monday, September 26, 2005


I'm waiting for some pictures to download on my poky computer. It takes too long. This needs to be fixed... and it seems like it will! After a talk with my handy technological genious :) and also the 'rents, we have decided that it is time to not only set up the old computer as a second working machiene in my house, but also get us a faster connection. Dial up is archaic and slow. It is time for DSL. :) Hurrah!

In other news, I had a lovely weekend - Friday night's dinner was fun and on Saturday I went on a day of adventures which took me from breakfast at the diner to outlet and yard-sale shopping to a nature walk to Friendly's to seeing the Corpse Bride* to vegging on the couch, watching SVU. It was a lovely day.

And, how excited am I? Tomorrow I get to start to learn to swing dance! With a partner! (Bec, you don't have to be the boy!) Yay!

*the movie was good... bizarre, but Tim Burton is a weird dude! I liked it, and although I really didn't know what to expect, I was still surprised. If nothing else, it is very interesting visually, and a musical, which was unusual!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Miss President is Braindead.

Oh, I am so glad it is Friday.

I started a new job this week. It's really been a tiring and stressful week for me, with orientation and the start of training. I have an additional week of training and then I have to take an exam on everything I've learned, both book and practical. If I pass, I go on 'probation' for 3 months to make sure that I don't make any really big mistakes before they let me loose on the world. There is a lot to learn. Most of it is repetition, which I know I will eventually get the hang of, but for right now some things just seem very overwhelming. In the affirmative, I will say, though, that the people I have been working with are really great and I discovered a very sweet and beautiful bouquet of daisies and flowers waiting for me at home on Monday afternoon from the same someone who also gave me an adorable Haloween kitty as a "congratulations on getting hired!" surprise. (Don't you think daisies are the friendliest flower?) :)

Today was particularly stressful in that the girl who is training me was out sick and they were rather short-staffed on a busy day. I wished I could help, but other than some menial tasks, I couldn't. Then, my new manager (I am being trained down the street from where I will actually work) came to say hello and threw me off-guard and into an awkward situation by asking me what my availability is (as in other than hours I was hired for) - and that means that I might have to work later on Wednesdays now in addition to some Fridays and some Saturdays... (which really bites!) ...but I'm going to see if I can retract that statement, because it's the only night out of the week that I won't have something. I think I will have to make up an excuse to save my mental health. So I ended up doing some major stress-eating today (bought myself Pringles and chocolate) and had to take a nap before going out tonight.

But really, all I have wanted is a hug. Are there any available out there?

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Baby Sweater Project! Posted by Picasa


Finally, I am able to post a picture of my most recently finished knitting creation! Here is the sweater I knitted for Lauren Grace, my friend's daughter. The yarn is mostly cotton, and the buttons are little flowers! :) I know it's not the best picture ever, but you get the idea. The pattern I used was from Knitty, and it was called Daisy. Obviously, I didn't backstitch daisies all over it... at that point I'd grown impatient!

I actually have two more knitting projects in the pipeline at the moment, being the overachiever that I am. One is being made with uber-cheap yarn that I got for $1 a skein at Target! Woo hoo!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Beware the forwards

We all get them... Forwards. Some are funny. Some are stupid. Some are too sugary or sappy. Some make you think. Some make you do stupid things. Some you send on to others. Most, I think, we delete. Here is one I got today that made me think, realize some stuff and be appreciative, so I though I would share. Read it if you want, or do the equivalent of Delete by going to some other site on the web. Either way, have a splendid day. :)

You may not realize it, but it's 100% true...
1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone.
7. You are special and unique.
8. Someone that you don't even know exists, loves you.
9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
10. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look.
11. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Beautiful Bermuda! Posted by Picasa

Do I really have to make my bed?

Hello, all... I have officially returned home again from my trip to Bermuda. We were on the Norwegian Crown, one of the smaller ships in the NCL fleet. Here's a brief recap of the trip...

SUNDAY: We sailed out of NYC on an ideallically beautiful day.
MONDAY: At sea. It was a little rocky out there in the Atlantic, and a lot of people got sick... but not us! :) Enjoyed sitting on a deck chair and reading... and getting very salty from the spray! (along with burning my shins... ouch!)
MONDAY: St. George's, the beautiful historic town which used to be the capital of Bermuda. We wandered a bit and took the ferry over to King's Wharf/Dockyard, which is about an hour by ferry due to the fact that it is the other tip of the island. There's not a great deal to do out there if you've seen it before, so we just made the return trip. That evening, we wandered back into town to see the street festival that was going on, but it was not tremendously exciting.
TUESDAY: Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda, and the closest thing to a "city" that they have. Most of the commerce is here, and we wandered the shops a bit and had lunch at Harley's at the Hamilton Fairmont Princess (aka the "Pink Princess"), which is a gorgeous hotel. Very posh and refined!
...Unfortunately, we were struck with a change of plans at this point of the trip. Initially, we were to stay in Hamilton on Wednesday and then dock at King's Wharf on Thursday and Friday morning, but Hurricane Nate was threatening Bermuda and so the country kicked all ships out of their ports as a safety measure... so we left Hamilton at 6pm that night and endured a rather rocky overnight.
THURSDAY: At sea. After the rockiness ended in the late morning, we had an amazingly calm sea and clear sky. I spent much time out on deck in the hot sun, something I never do. But it was nice for a change. :)
FRIDAY: At sea. Another beautiful day, a little cooler than the first. Again, was spent quite leisurely, reading on deck, staring at the sea, eating too much...
SATURDAY: Also at sea. Went to a crafty session in which the lady sung all of the instructions (strange, but bizarrely amusing!) and also enjoyed high tea in the midst of some sunning and other things.
SUNDAY: Docked in NYC again at 7 and was off the ship a little after 9. We had a rather handsome chauffeur show up in my sheep-in-a-jeep and then I ran away with him for the rest of the day! ;)

So, that was my adventure. I was sad that we had to leave early, but being that I've seen the country before it wasn't as bad for me as some. I was disappointed that I didn't get to take my sea-kayak excursion on Friday morning, or wiggle my toes in the pink sand, but I suppose that there is always next time. :)

... so now I have to go back to making my own bed and not just showing up for meals and cleaning and the mundane chores of life. But in all, it was good to be away, and is good to be home again!

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Bon Voyage!

Tomorrow I'm off on a cruise to Bermuda, so you won't hear from me until the end of the trip... unless I happen to want to blow a lot of money in the on-board Internet Cafe on posting. (Sorry. You'll just have to wait until my return!)

In the meantime, you might find some of these interesting...
The Bermuda Sun
The Bermuda Triangle
Bermuda Weather
Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo (I hope to get here!)

Ciao! :)

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Challenge to all of my geek friends...

I stumbled on this quiz through the blog of a girl I went to college with named Jenny. It determines how Geeky you are. Supposedly, I am only 17.94872% Geek. (Which isn't as high as I expected it to be. I feel like the number should be much higher!!)

So, how geeky are you? Let me know.