Monday, December 27, 2004

Back to work

Going back to work after a long weekend is so hard..especially when you have to drive on snow and ice to get there. It could've been worse I suppose, except I drove Hanna all the way to her daycare, then they told me they were closing after all because their parking lot was like a sheet of ice, and wasn't melting even tho they salted, and only two teachers had shown up. So I had to drive her back home to dh, and drive to work, which thankfully is only up the road from my house a mile or two.
I am almost finished with the baby gift, only have to graph and stitch the baby's name and other info then I'll be done! Then I need to send the dimensions to Dad so he can make me a frame. :-) And then it's on to his Christmas gift, which I will have done before Easter if I'm lucky. LOL

Sunday, December 26, 2004

It's snowing!!!!!

I am so excited! It's a day after Christmas but so what? It's beautiful outside. I let the dog out this morning and screamed with delight- hee hee! Snow covers the ground and it is still coming down. I love it! Dh is less than excited, he doesn't like snow. but I think it's lovely. Great day for cocoa and stitching, especially since, as usual, the city does not appear to be on top of things and our street out front is covered with snow and ice. I'm not wanting to test my new car in this just yet, especially being pregnant and all. Maybe I can finally get that baby gift done today!!

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas!!

It's been a nice day so far, Hanna got us up around 7:30, surprised it wasn't earlier! And we opened gifts.. I got alot of great things- a lot of snowpeople for my collection, a small jewelry armoire, a fleece throw, 2 Lenny Kravitz CDs and U2's new CD, some gift cards, a CD case for my car, a new purse, a necklace with a stone that looks like jade, etc.. and some gifts haven't arrived yet since UPS is held up by weather so there will be more, hopefully next week! Rob is cooking a ham later, and green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, etc and I will make a cranberry salad. Right now he and Hanna are playing on her new gamecube. I'm glad they have something they can enjoy together! I just finished baking some oatmeal raisin cookies and white chip macadamia nut cookies. :-9 Hope it will be a nice relaxing day and I can get some stitching done without falling asleep! LOL
Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a blessed new year!

Friday, December 24, 2004

waiting impatiently

for Christmas Day! I am just like a kid. I see all the presents under the tree and can't wait to open them!! I got dh one last gift today, since he knew what his other ones were, I wanted one to be a surprise.. and actually his gift from Hanna will be a surprise too.

I just finished Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella last night. What a cute book! I loved it. I want to read the sequel now. When I take Hanna to the library again I will have to see if they have it. I think it would make a cute movie.

It is sooooooooo nice to have the day off today! Usually my office isn't closed on Christmas Eve, but since Christmas Day falls on a weekend we are closed today. I'm so glad. I have a little cleaning to do then hopefully can relax and stitch. We have church tonight at 6:30- dh is so sweet, yesterday he bought me a Christmas outfit to wear to church, since I don't have many maternity dresses and they are mostly for spring. I still can't figure that one out since Hanna was born in November. Go figure.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

I can't seem to get done with Christmas stuff.. here I have all my cards done, gifts wrapped, and then I need to do the Christmas cards for work. Oh well,I guess I shouldn't complain, my boss and his wife did the bulk of them. And I managed to get the ones done I needed to do during Hanna's Christmas program practice, so at least I didn't have to take them home. Just left them in the car for tomorrow.
I am getting really frustrated stitching these same projects all the time.. I want to start something new, but my stitching consience is telling me no!! And I can't let these two things become UFO's since they are gifts for people. I just need to keep plugging away.. hopefully since this is a long weekend I will get some serious stitching done.. these days I just get so sleepy when I sit still for awhile. It's really quite irritating.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Really Done! LOL

Shopping for Hanna is also done, gifts are wrapped! I am so glad it's done!! Dh and I went to Target last night, one of us would walk around w/Hanna and the other would get her stuff, then we would alternate so we could both pick stuff out. She had no clue what we were doing! :-) Then I went and paid for it and put it in the trunk. Mission accomplished! Now hopefully I can relax until Christmas! :-D

Saturday, December 18, 2004


Got the rest of the packages in the mail today, Christmas cards too!Hooray! Also got a great mystery bag of stitching stuff I ordered from Down Sunshine Lane- if you haven't ordered one yet go get one before they're gone! They're a great deal! If I had the money I would order another one. Just go to .

I'm taking a break from cleaning, but Hanna wants to get on here and play for a bit so I will probably get back to cleaning soon. I want to get it done so I can nap and/or stitch. I was up til 2 am getting presents ready to mail and watching "What Not To Wear." I love that show! Dh taped a couple of them so we watched them when he got home from work. I'm surprised I'm not more tired than I am. It will hit me sooner or later.

Well I better go for now..want to finish the housework :-P So I can stitch.

busy busy..

Trying to get these Christmas cards done, then to the post office, to mail the rest of the gifts..
Will probably stay around the house most of the day today- it's a mess and I need to clean. Plus I stayed up too late last night so I will probably need a nap later. I did tell Hanna we'd go to the library but maybe we will wait til tomorrow, I don't know yet. I think we're going out for sushi tonight. YUMMMMMM

Friday, December 17, 2004


Just checking this out.. never posted to my blog this way.. lol I am so clueless sometimes.
Got a big box of goodies from P today- can't wait to try some but I am so full right now.. got some Christmas cards too and a picture of my cousin's baby. What a cutie! Also got an email from a friend I had sent a card to, hadn't heard from her in ages, so long that she has since had a baby and I never even knew she was pregnant again. I am so glad we're back in touch. She used to live here and I miss her!
Got to wrap MORE gifts tonight.. and get the rest boxed up and ready to mail.. I will be so glad when it's done. Then all I have left is to get Hanna some things for her stocking and I'll be finished. Hooray!

Good morning..

Almost ready for Christmas finally! I got almost all the gifts wrapped last night, got the ones boxed that need to be mailed.. just need one more box. And I finally finished the ornament below. I was getting lazy about it cause I had to do all those little stars all spread out. LOL Now I will pull stuff for another one, hopefully can get one more done, then I need to start sewing them up!

A freebie by The Sampler Girl(formerly Journey's End) I finished last night! Posted by Hello

Thursday, December 16, 2004

I know you're wondering why I'm confused..

Went online earlier to look at my blog, and it was gone! Just a blank page. Thank goodness blogspot keeps my posts in their memory. LOL I don't know what happened, most of my template info was gone. So I changed to this new one(top looks like stitching kind of! :-) ) and most everything came back, thank goodness I remembered how to add the other stuff.
Another good stash day, got a prize from Amy in my Yahoo group for winning a game, a cute snowman ornament, some stitching needles, and a Mill Hill Snow Charmers kit. :-) I also got a notice from UPS that there is a package from a dear friend at my apartment office waiting for me!! I hope there is someone there before 9 am tomorrow so I can pick it up! I can hardly wait to see what it is!
Tonight since my usual shows are re-runs, gonna pop in a Christmas movie (probably White Christmas) and finish wrapping some gifts and get some ready to mail.
Well better get Hanna to bed so I can have some time to get everything done and still get some stitching in, also need to wrap her Christmas gifts!! 'night!

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Good day!

Today was a pretty good day- work was somewhat busy so that's good.. and my co-worker and I exchanged gifts today because she won't be in again before Christmas.. she got me a cute maternity shirt and a gift certificate to Lazy Daizy, one of my favorite LNSs!! I'm so excited, especially because dh said he wouldn't give me one. He said I have enough stitching stuff. Enough stash? Never!! I got some Christmas money from my grandparents yesterday and spent it on stash, ordered a mystery bag today from Down Sunshine Lane. I can't wait to get it! I love grab bag type things. I remember when I was younger, there was this cool clothing store at the mall by my grandma's house and they always had grab bags. I loved getting them when I'd go to visit her.
It was also a good day because I didn't have any errands to run after work! It seems like I am running around all night lately. Glad to just come home and get some things done.
Now I just finished a frosted gingerbread man :-9 and am off to do some Avon orders..

Saturday, December 11, 2004

My Christmas tree is up...

and I have determined one thing. I have too many neat ornaments and not enough room on the front and sides of my tree. My tree has to be in a corner and are there are very few that I want to hide back there! :-(Oh well, Hanna and I managed and I think it looks pretty darn good. I'm glad to have it up. I wanted to have it up last weekend but didn't have time. When I first got it out it wouldn't light(it's fiber-optic) and I was so scared I broke it, cause since I'm pregnant I had to slide it down the stairs in it's box and it got away from me and landed with a thud. Phew. I am so glad it's alright!!
Now I need to decide.. clean, work on Christmas cards or stitching?? I finished The Baby Farm and it was excellent. Kind of left you hanging on one thing but it wasn't a major thing. Maybe I will look up the author and email her and ask her what happened. LOL

Friday, December 10, 2004

It's Friday!

I am so glad. The past three days at work were sloooooow - I had things to work on but still it went so slow. Had some good things happen tho, one of our companies sent me a bunch of Walmart gift cards for an incentive they were doing, and got some $$ from another one. Can always use that, especially this time of year!
I am hoping to get alot done this weekend, need to clean up the living room, move my stitching supplies so we can move the couch over to fit the tree in the corner. LOL I hope it will fit. I also need to start on my Christmas cards and work on some gifts..and I'm sure dh will want to do some Xmas shopping. We really need to anyway.
I had planned on getting alot done on the Christmas gift I'm working on, during my lunch breaks. Problem was I was reading The Baby Farm by Karen Harper while I ate and then I didn't want to stop reading to stitch. It is excellent. I'm almost finished with it. If you like romantic suspense I highly recommend it. Maybe I will get some stitching done tonight, after I fold some laundry. :-P Good thing is most of the laundry is washed, it just needs to be folded.. so hopefully I won't be washing clothes all weekend!
Well that's it here.. will be back later, or tomorrow...

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Hanna at Colonial Williamsburg :-) Posted by Hello

freebie by Cricket Collection!  Posted by Hello
Well I finally feel like I have accomplished something- first my "Santa Corn" that I finished over the weekend- will post a pic in a minute, got some things caught up at work and am finally accomplishing some things at home. I am hoping to work on the baby gift tonight too. I also need to try to pin my own pants so I can have them altered, since dh isn't home. Should be interesting. LOL He said he's too nervous he will mess them up anyway. Give me a break- I'm not asking him to hem them, just pin them! Sheesh. Oh well, off to try to do more things and watch "Law & Order SVU."

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Oh I am so gullible..

Went to my somewhat LNS today.. as I was looking she kept showing me things that were on sale..I got two Mill Hill Kits, 3 packages of Zweigart fabric, a Brightneedle "Merry Christmas" chart, Prairie Schooler #89 "Village Green", and the new Stoney Creek "Snow Friends by Penny Lane" book. The last I got for 2.95, cause she'll give you $5 off an item if you spend $25. Oh well, I don't splurge that often, and she gave Hanna a free kids kit. :-)
Not much else going on here today, mailed some packages to my mom, took Hanna to McDonald's for lunch and got ice cream at Sonic later. I may take her to the library this afternoon since we haven't gone in a while. Dh has to work this afternoon til midnight so it's been a "girl's day." Wouldn't be surprised if he tries to take the new car to work tho and then I'll be stranded. I'll use the library as an excuse. LOL

Thursday, December 02, 2004

I'm finally back!

I got back from Williamsburg on Friday, but have been busy ever since. My in-laws stayed with us a few days after we got back from our trip. We had a nice visit. Williamsburg was so much fun, I had never been there before and want to go back and see the things I didn't get to see. We had a great time.
And on Tuesday I got a "new" (to me) car!! Found a great deal in the paper on a 2001 Chevy Cavalier. It's like new and pretty decent mileage, and has more room than my old Escort. I love it. DH has already found someone to buy the Escort, at a rock bottom price, but it will need some work so I don't mind selling it cheap. I'll just be glad to have the money in hand! We definitely need it.
On the baby front, nothing new, he is kicking me daily. :-) I have an appointment on the 6th, not sure what they will do at this one. Hanna hung out with her 3 year old cousin Dylan on vacation, and I think now having a little brother doesn't seem so bad. They really had a good time. For the first part of our trip home I kept hearing "I miss Dylan." He is a trip and what a cutie.
I'm tired. Got to get off this thing and get Hanna to bed so I can go to bed. LOL

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Well I should be cleaning but thought I would post instead. No stitching done last night except a little more progress on my ornament.. I am hoping to get alot done this next week! I need to kit some things up today. Ooops I think I said that yesterday. Not much on TV last night, just a CSI Miami re-run which I fell asleep during. So I went to bed.
I don't remember if I mentioned, my good friend Wanda was at the antique shops the other day and picked up the cutest outfit for the baby. I don't think it's really an antique but it looks like it. I think we will use it for his baptism if it fits. This is great because dh was looking at Strasberg Children(or something like that) for a baptism outfit and even the clearance was expensive. Hanna was easy - she just wore my baptismal gown. I know boys wear gowns at baptisms sometimes but this one has pink trim. LOL And dh would have none of that, and I suppose I wouldn't either. hee hee.
I am so excited, we are going out for sushi tonight.. I have been craving it so much. But no worries, I won't eat the raw stuff only what's cooked. Can't risk it with the baby.
Well I suppose I better go make us some lunch and get back to cleaning. :-P Not sure if I will be on again til after next week, don't know if we will have internet access at the hotel.

Friday, November 19, 2004

I'm pooped.

What a busy day.. trying to get as much caught up as possible before I take a week off. I am glad to be home. Plus I think I am coming down with something, my throat is prickly and I've been sneezing and have a runny nose. And I've been taking my prenatal vitamins and grapeseed extract like a good girl! Waaah. I hope it doesn't get any worse, it's not that bad now except for my throat and ears hurting.
The weather today was weird, almost spring like! I want some more cold weather. It doesn't seem like fall otherwise.
Not much excitement today.. I am hoping to get back to the outlet mall this weekend and get this cute Hungry little caterpillar bodysuit for the baby. It was adorable. I should have gotten it when I was there last weekend.
I'm making progress on my stitching projects.. hoping to finish that ornament soon. I need to plan for the week ahead and kit up some things.
Well gotta go eat some dinner soon..

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

another busy day..

Work is going to be so crazy before I leave for VA next week.. had insurance classes today and yesterday and have days worth of work today in just two days. Ugh. I'm going to try to get to work early tomorrow and maybe stay a little late. I need to get things done but it is so hard with the phone ringing all the time.
A picture of our little Davy is below..a nice profile shot! Hanna is warming up to the idea of having a brother thank goodness. She even showed the ultrasound pics to her teachers today.
:-) I am so relieved.
Went to the mall after work to see a friend of mine, and picked up some cute maternity pants on sale, that was cool. I needed some black pants because the ones I had are already getting too snug. Then came home, made some dinner, etc.. now I am going to make a cup of cocoa and bag up my Avon orders.. didn't have many so it shouldn't take long, thank goodness.. I'd like to get some stitching time in without staying up too late, and it's already after 10 pm!
Have a good night!

Our baby's profile :-) Posted by Hello

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

It's a boy!(?)

Or at least we're pretty sure.. had the ultrasound today and everything looks good. :-) Hanna was pretty much devastated that she wasn't getting a little sister, there was a lot of tears but by the time I picked her up from school she seemed accustomed to the idea, thank goodness. I don't think I could go thru 6 months of that! It broke my heart! But of course everyone else is excited, esp. dh and my dad, who had about lost all hope of ever having a grandson!
Mom and Dad returned home today, which is always sad, but we had a good time. I'm thankful they got to be here for the ultrasound. I will post a pic or two of the ultrasound tomorrow, dh took them to work tonight. :-)

Monday, November 15, 2004

Stash Day!

Well, Mom, Dad, and I went to Raleigh while Hanna was at school today and went to Lazy Daizy.. I was in stash heaven.. so many things to choose from. And I finished up(with Mom's help) my Daizy card so I got $10 worth of stuff free. This is what I got: WDW and Rainbow Gallery threads, the Bent Creek Holiday "Be Merry"snapper, 4 My Boys "Wishing-Waiting-Hoping", Little House Needleworks "Home of a Needleworker", Erica Michael's "Peace & Quiet", The Irish Hare's " A Little Seasoning No.3", and "Let It Snow" by Sam Sarah Design Studio. Yeaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh! I love stash! I have to go into work for a little bit today, then hopefully I will get to rest the remainder of the day. And tomorrow is our ultrasound! Well, better go get ready for work!

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Mom and Dad are here!

Which is why I didn't post yesterday, was working and doing some last minute tidying up in the house! I am so glad they're here, I haven't seen them since the spring. And Dad is giving us his old computer!! HOORAY!!! It is so much better and faster than this one, I can't wait. He is going to help us set it up this weekend. Not sure what we are doing today, going to the Veteran's Day parade I think.. I have to work for a bit in the afternoon but otherwise am off for the day. My boss and his wife invited us out for dinner tonight- seafood yummmmm- so that should be fun.
Between the 8th and today, not much happened, was just busy getting ready for their visit. I do have to say I had someone say the stupidest thing to me the other day.. I went to pick up a prescription at Target pharmacy.. and I had a gift card, so I asked the lady in the pharmacy if I could use it toward the cost of my prescription..she said "Is there anything on it?" I thought she meant had I used it for anything else so I said that no I hadn't used it for anything yet, and she said she meant was there any money on it. hello. Obviously there is or I wouldn't want to use it for my purchase!! Duh. I just don't get people sometimes.
Stitching-wise I finally finished the green background on my ornament to so hopefully the rest won't take that long. Mom has brought her crocheting, and stitching so hopefully we will get in some good needlework time while she is here!
Well I better go, will pop in as I can while they are here and let you know what we're up to!

Monday, November 08, 2004

Hanna is 6 today!!

I can hardly believe it!! We had her party on Saturday, as I mentioned before. It was a lot of fun. Our theme was Barbie Princess & the Pauper. We had it at a place called All-Stars, they have one of those big inflatable playlands with slides, moonwalks, ball pits, tunnels etc. The girls had a blast. It was also nice to not have to clean up. :-) The rest of the day was pretty normal- went grocery shopping etc..
Sunday was church, then home for the rest of the day pretty much. Ran out to the dollar store to get plates and cups for Hanna to take to school with cake today. Got a little done on the baby gift I have been working, finished Night's Landing by Carla Neggers.. it was excellent. I love romantic suspense. Today I started Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart. It's good so far.
Work was busy today, one of those days I felt like I didn't get much done, but I did write a new policy and that's always good. My co-worker brought me a shirt she thought I'd be able to wear while I'm pregnant, which I am so thankful for! Maternity clothes are ridiculously priced if you buy them new. I am hopefully going to check out some of the thrift stores when my parents come to visit. Only two more days! I am so excited. :-D I haven't seen them since the spring. Which reminds me, I need to go get some cleaning done! LOL

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Saturday morning..

oooooh I am so lazy, another night of no stitching except for a little on my ornament.. started watching CSI and Without a Trace and didn't do a stitch. Maybe this weekend. And how aggravating that Without a Trace is continued this coming week! Will have to make sure I watch or tape it. Not much going on here this morning, got to get ready for the party today and also make a run to I better get off this darn computer!! Have a great day!

Friday, November 05, 2004

finally time to rest

Hanna is watching "Shrek 2"(one of the many things dh bought at Walmart early this morning) and soon I will put her to bed, and watch CSI and/or Without A Trace that I taped last night.. if I can stay awake. I'm not as tired as I thought I would be, but once I snuggle under a blanket to stitch that may change. LOL

Big hugs and thanks to Debbi J. who told me all the computer mumbo jumbo I needed to make my sidebar look right!! Muchas gracias!!

Today was a long day at work again, had lots of running around to do and I am soooooo glad to be home. I'm feeling the baby kick more often now, he/she was really getting a workout on the way to take dh his dinner tonight!! But I don't mind at all. :-)

I haven't gotten much stitching in today, just a teensy bit on the ornament I've been working on, sometimes I feel like I'll never get done!! But I really need to concentrate most of my stitching time on that baby gift.

Well not much excitement going to go veg and watch TV now.. big day tomorrow, Hanna's birthday party!
Good night!

Good? Morning

Men. Dh woke me up at 3-something this morning to show me what he got Hanna for her b-day at our 24-hour Walmart.. which wouldn't be so bad but then he told me how much he spent(he also bought party favors, etc). Well that stressed me out so bad I didn't get back to sleep for at least an hour and half. I hope I'm not dragging by the end of the day. Well TGIF anyway.. got to get going to take the dog to the vet for his shots. Maybe I will feel cheerier later.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Glad to be home

Ugh. Today work was so crazy.. all kinds of computer errors, calling tech support, and on top of that helping clients too..I so wish it was Friday! Oh well, only one more day.
This weekend we're having Hanna's birthday party-her birthday isn't actually til Monday, but we're having it on the closest weekend. A bunch of 5 and 6 year old girls, thank goodness at least some of their parents stick around! Not sure if dh is going to make it, he might have to work. :-( He might make it to part of it, if they let him work the early shift Saturday.
Absolutely no stitching done last night.. except when I took dh dinner, worked on a Xmas ornament. Got home, turned on a Law & Order re-run since CSI:NY wasn't on til ten(thank goodness for Tivo), and within 30 min. was dozing off on the couch. So I turned it off and went to bed. Told ya I was tired! LOL
OH how could I forget.. had a prenatal appt. today- bloodscreening for birth defects/Down's syndrome. :-{ But also got to hear the heartbeat, 155 beats per minute, but doc said it's still to early to count on that to detect the sex. No worries, have the ultrasound scheduled for the 16th! :-D Well that's my excitement for the day! Hope to get some stitching accomplished tonight.
Have a good evening!

Wednesday, November 03, 2004


What a day! I am so happy that Bush won. Otherwise today was pretty ordinary- I was by myself most of the day at work as my boss is having a problem with his back. It got pretty busy toward the end of the I'm just tired.
Speaking of tired, I'm going to try putting my moods on my individual blogs.. since my moods can change alot in one day. LOL I'll see at the end of this one if it will work.
I ended up not watching LOTR last night, watched "Desperate Housewives" that I Tivoed. That show is a trip- very entertaining! Tonight I'm not sure what I'll watch.. CSI NY is on but I may tape it and watch it tomorrow, I guess it depends what time I get Hanna to bed. I'm kind of tired to stay up and watch it. I'll probably work on a baby gift I'm doing tonight.. I really need to get it done. Well that's about it for now.. if I think of anything interesting maybe I'll come back on later.
Well doesn't look like the mood thing is going to work in post.. will keep doing it as before. Hmph.

Who will win???

I would love to stay up for the play by play on the election.. but I have to work tomorrow. :( We probably won't know anything til morning anyway.. all I have to say is that if Kerry wins I am really disappointed in the people of the USA, and scared for the future! That's all I will say on that subject.. at least for now. LOL

September flip it finished!

Finished it tonight when I took Rob(dh) his dinner.. finally done!

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Lizzie Kate September Flip-It Block, finished today! Posted by Hello

Well I've done it..

I've joined the blog world.. don't know how much I will have to say.. but no one has to read it if they don't want to, right?
Well.. today is election day here in the US.. wonder how long it will take for us to know who won. I know here in our county they haven't even finished counting the early votes yet- we could vote last week.
But enough about politics! I have almost finished L*K's Sept. 2004 flip-it.. a little behind I know but I don't have October's yet anyway so maybe I'll take this time to go back and do March and April. I will post a finish when I'm done! Was working on a Halloween freebie and thought I was almost done than realized the eyes were supposed to be beads, and of course they are a color I don't have. I need to find out what color they are, then maybe I will just do french knots instead.
Today was a fairly uneventful day at work, and tonight I have to put Avon orders together.. I think I am going to quit after Christmas- lately my orders are so small I end up just breaking even or paying instead of earning. Not worth it, esp. since I will quit anyway after the baby is born. After I put my orders together I will stitch and watch TV.. Law & Order Special Victims Unit is on tonight, I think, unless there is election coverage. If there is I will probably watch one of the Lord of the Rings movies.. haven't watched them for awhile.
Has anyone tried the new Berry 7Up with vitamins? It is really good and not terribly sweet, I like it.
Well, that's my first entry. Hope you are still awake, LOL. And I hope you will come back and see me!

A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo

I know, not much stitching lately but I have been on a roll reading books!  I was recently given the opportunity to read this awesome novel,...