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Room Redeco, Step 1 – Yarn Stash Wrangling

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After several false starts and just plain ignoring it, the yarny organization portion of the closet re-do in Spencer’s room is almost complete.  Only thing left to do is to go through all my needles and notions and knitterly what-nots.  Most of those are going in a special box on the shelf, directly above the hanging thing.  The rest will go in organizers I hope to make and hang off the side of the hanging thing which has some very handy dandy pockets and straps along both sides.  First I need to see what I have.

Here is a photo as promised.  This is all of my yarn.  Yes, ALL of my yarn.  If it doesn’t fit in this hanging thing, it does not stay or come into the apartment.  If you are a non-knitter, you will think, “Wow, that is a LOT of yarn!”  If you are a knitter, you’ll think, “Oh that poor thing, she’s STARVING herself, absolutely STARVING herself!”
I have plenty of stash, seriously, I do.  At the rate I knit, this should probably last me about 5 years.  A different way to look at it is: one sweater (that’s the denim yarn on the bottom shelf, yes I found it!), a dozen or so cotton cloths, 11 definite pairs of socks, 5 shawls/wraps, 1 scarf, and what could be either 6 wraps or 6 pairs of socks.  Oh, and half a T.A.R.D.I.S.
Whether you are a knitter or a non-knitter, you are thinking, “Wow, that’s a shitload of knitting.”
(Some of you are thinking, “What the heck is a T.A.R.D.I.S.”  Google is your friend.  Watch the Doctor and learn my friends.)
Anyway, yes, it is a LOT of knitting – especially for me because I knit when the spirit moves me, and it takes me a long time to finish something. Most of the time I start something, get pretty far in it, then decide to take it apart and make it into something else.  It’s just the way I knit – and I enjoy the hell out of it.
By the way, not included in the hanging stash is the sweater I already have on needles and a shawl I’m also working on…the sweater lives in my project bag next to Chair and the shawl occasionally travels with me.
Next up is the sewing stash.  It’s a bit too heavy for a hanging stash keeper, so I’m going to have to come up with something else.  I have been looking at various web pages about organizing such things as fabric, patterns, and thread.  I have shelf space, various nice boxes, and a creative mind.
Onward and upward.

It’s almost time…

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This Thursday, Spencer is off to college.  UCLA, here he comes.

Everyone (me, his father and his father’s partner) is heading down to take him and all his stuff to school.

I have booked myself into a fancy pants hotel close to campus for 2 nights to pamper myself during this big transition.  There will be many mixed feelings in the next few days.  I am so excited and happy for him as he goes off on his own into the world and starts his own life.  I am sad that he won’t be around much to get things from the high shelves, do the dishes, carry heavy things, go out to Chinatown for Dim Sum on a whim.

Time to let him go off and experience the world, time for me to finish adjusting to him not being around.  He’s been getting me ready by not being around all that much these past few years – he’s been busy with school, work, and friends.

I know he’ll be ok, he’s a great kid and hopefully, mama didn’t raise no fool.

I’m very proud of what’s he done so far to get where he is today.

I can’t believe I’ve made it through these first 18 years.  It’s been a rough ride sometimes, but it’s been worth it.

Now it’s time for him to go off and make his own way in the world and time for me to begin the next phase of mine.

Love you Spence!  May all your dreams come true.  Enjoy your college years, the real world of work and mortgages comes way too soon.

Going going gone…

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Many things going in the Chaos.

The old year is going (obviously).

Things no longer needed are (eventually) going.

The Chaos is also (eventually) going. Somewhere else.  Hopefully sooner rather than later.

I will be going.  Maybe.  Haven’t decided yet. I always chicken out.  Going where you ask?

Not where, what.  I am once again contemplating NOT coloring my hair.  Just going au naturale. 


I think I’d be a 50/50 salt ‘n pepper.  I’m not quite sure because I keep coloring my hair. 🙂

Anyway, now would be a really good time to do it.

I’m feeling the need for a coiffure change.

Whether going grey will be that change, I don’t know yet.

One thing I do know for sure is that I really need a haircut.

Maybe a salt ‘n pepper new cut?

Dare I do both?

Sammie on Sunday…

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…no photos this time as we have been bonding on the couch…and I didn’t want to ruin the moment.

Lately my little princess and I have been at odds…fighting over who has ownership over the laptop…or the office chair…or the mouse. She’s been quite the little fuzzy white pill lately.

She’s even learned where the delete key is on the keyboard, and has been having way too much fun sitting on the mouse and alternately right and left clicking by switching her weight.

The list of things she’s been doing lately goes on and on, and I won’t bore you, but let’s just say, things are never boring when I sit and do the job search thing and chat to Honey in the morning.


Tonight we’ve come to some sort of truce…either that or she was cold… We sat together tonight watching crap on TV. Her on my lap purring, me dutifully petting and petting and petting. It was very calming for both of us and I’ve missed that interaction these past few weeks.

I’m hoping she’ll hop up onto the bed tonight and sleep in “her corner” again. I’ve missed her. Where has she been sleeping? On the damn office chair! Gah!

Anyway, I finally checked the mail from Saturday as I came home from an afternoon out with my friend and partner in crime, Antonella…and there was the local class schedule for the Adult Continuing Education place. Kitty and I had a quick read thru and decided I should take a Drawing Class. It’s on Tuesday mornings going for 8 weeks. Folks 55 and older have priority registration since it’s a day class, but I’m hoping there’s no rush on the class – please leave a spot for me…pretty please?

Several years ago, I signed up for a similar class in the evening and it ended up being canceled because not enough people signed up. I can’t even tell you how disappointed I was! I had my sketch pad and pencils and rubber erasers all ready to go…I ended up handing them over to Spencer. Which only means, I get to go shopping for new supplies! 🙂

Fingers crossed this time it works. If I do find a job before it ends, well, I just stop going. It’s not that much ($36 for residents for 8 classes) and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do…and it’ll keep me busy. Plus I get a really good ride in going to class…it’s about a 7 or 8 mile round trip bike ride guaranteed once a week.

After my morning “job” of looking for work and then spending some time chatting with Honey tomorrow, I’m off to register…and if I get in, I get a supplies list and can go to the art store this week. I think I should probably wait until Spencer gets back from his Dad’s. Going to the art supplies store is “our thing” and if I go without him, I don’t think he’ll ever forgive me.

Wish me luck!

Oooh! Have I mentioned that I’ve dropped 9 lbs since I stopped working? Can I get an “amen sister?” I’m also sleeping better…can you say I love not having a stressful job anymore?

Now to just find a job before the stress of not having one sets in…..sigh….

Sorry so boring around here lately…

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I can’t help it. Not only have I been extremely busy, but I’ve been sick off and on for a very long time (damn allergies) and for the past week I’ve been dealing with a pulled back muscle.

There are many days where I don’t even want to get up. What’s the point? The coughing, the sneezing, the pain. But yet I do, and I trudge thru the days and try to sleep thru the nights.

Whine whine whine…

The lastest…

My last day at the paying job is tomorrow (or should I say today, it is after midnight). I just checked my bank balance. The last deposits have been made. It’s pretty much officially over except for shipping out the laptop. Sigh.

Work on the costumes continue. The dress is almost done. I have to do just a few more things to finish attaching the bodice to the skirt and then it’s the hem and we’re off to school sometime tomorrow. And that’s it for costumes. Good thing too, the first performance is next Wednesday.

The Casa de Chaos is a total wreck. Even worse than before. The poor cat is covered in bits of fabric and thread. That’s what she gets for sleeping under my sewing table in a pile of fabric bits and pieces. She’s royal, she likes velvet, what can I say?

I’ve got lots of cleaning up to do. Looking forward to getting a few boxes worth of stuff out of the house and back to former paying job. Then it’s time to dive into what’s left. Not like I’m not going to have some time on my hands. Sigh.

Taking some time off. Maybe I’ll see a movie. Maybe I’ll just stay home with my butt and relax for once. The back needs rest. The brain needs rest. My sanity needs rest. Yes, doing nothing for a week or two sounds wonderful.

Next Friday begins KublaCon Weekend with the Boys. WooHOOOOOO!!!!

I hope to be out on Sgt. Puff again next week, so definitely need to get my back well. I haven’t been able to do much and even spent Mother’s Day flat on my back in bed and medicated. Lovely.

Also need to kick the job search into high gear, help out a friend at his new business (non-paying job), and start making some stuff for my online shop. I’ve been ignoring way too many important things around here – including myself.


It’s late, I’m tired, my bed is heated up and ready. I know, it’s hot out here, but it does feel good on my back and helps my muscles relax after a long day at the computer and sewing table.

Oh, and THANK GOD for massaging shower heads.

Oh, and Ibuprofen too.

Fighting the urge to dive into a pint of Ben and Jerry’s

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Why? I’m being “tranisitioned out” of my company. My last day is May 15th.

Last Friday, one of five in my group was laid off. Today, myself and another team member were transitioned. He leaves the end of February.

Our boss is no longer a boss, he is back coding.

There are two folks left for the long run – we think. We still haven’t heard from them.

We all got suspicious after the Holidays when our boss asked for a “Skills Set/Experience” thing.

In software, it means only one thing. Downsizing and you are hanging on by the skin of your teeth.

With no cavities, you’d think my teeth would be a lot stronger.

Anyway, after watching things like this happen to everyone else for the last 9 years I’ve been in this software company (and all past lives thereof), it was only a matter of time before it happened to me. Sooner or later your luck runs out.

Guess who’s not going to the Casino this weekend.

What to do now. For now, I continue on…start getting myself and my resume in order and see what’s out there.

Maybe now I’ll lose some weight…have to so I can fit into my “interview” clothes. 🙂

Was just joking with Honey. I’ll call it the “Transition Diet”, write a book and make a fortune.

Maybe I’ll reinvent myself and switch careers. What was the name of that book AmpuT?

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