Saturday, October 14, 2017

Need More Days In The Weekend

Oh my gosh I'm so happy it's Saturday! Looking forward to doing some sewing, although really I should just be cleaning since I'm having book club at my house next weekend and it's a wreck!

All the controls are on at work now so I can't read blogs anymore. Sad panda. Well I can on my phone but I have to have a lot of extra time to do that.

Last weekend I went to Chicago! To cheer my friend on while she ran the Chicago Marathon. I had scheduled my flight super early so that I would get to the airport at the same time as my friend but then she changed plans and was already in Chicago. Oh well! I know what the freeway is like at 4am now. Good thing Scott is a morning person. Sunrise on an airplane!

I took Lyft for the first time from the airport to the hotel. The woman who was directing the cars at the airport is going to be lucky if she doesn't keel over from a heart attack. Jesus. Relax lady! I don't even know why they even needed anyone out there. People can figure out how to pull over on their own. So the guy picks me up and then we get like 4 big blocks away (or more) and then he gets a call for a 2nd rider back at the airport (I'm cheap so had done the share a ride option). I thought that was rather rude that we'd circle back around but what do I know. It took almost an hour to get from the airport to the hotel. 

I was starving by the time I got there so we walked down to Yolk and had lunch. I had this yummy fritatta thing. It was so freaking loud in the restaurant though so it was a bit hard to hear.

After breakfast we went back to the hotel and then a couple hours later we went to another restaurant to meet up with some people from the Fat to Finish Line Facebook group that my friend is on. I didn't know anyone but I had a great time talking to a gal that is a Navy mom with 3 boys that are close in age to my 3 kids. This poster was in the bathroom. I might need one!

After "dinner" (I just had drinks and a little slider tray) we went back to the hotel and chatted a bit. I feel asleep super early which was probably a good thing since Sarah had to get up at 3 something. Here she is before she went out to go line up!

We (there was another girl there at this point) went back to sleep for awhile and then woke up with a start that it was 8:45. We threw on some clothes and went out to see if we could catch Sarah around mile 2. I was thinking at this point that we were just going to go out and catch her to cheer her on and then go back to the hotel so I didn't put on good shoes or you know, shower. 

I have a bunch of pics I was going to post but my computer is taking forever so I'll finish up later! I want to do some sewing today!

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Topping off

We have a ton of people at work with newborns lately. Yes I'm staying away from the water! Just kidding of course but wow! I started thinking about it and we had a really wet winter last year so I think everyone "stayed in" wink wink.

So as the seasoned mom it's SO HARD not to give my 2 cents on everything.

Most recently I about bit my tongue off when one guy was talking about how his wife breast feeds the baby and then they "top him off" with formula. Just in case.

I cannot tell you how much this bothers me as a 3x nursing mother. Amazingly I did not say ONE WORD but I really thought about going into his office and telling him how insulting that is to do that to his wife. Who knows who's idea that was but what the heck!

I'm glad I nursed my kids before pumping became so popular. I did have a battery operated little pump that didn't work very well, so I didn't ever really use it. I was also lucky and didn't work when my kids were babies so I didn't HAVE to be a slave to a pump and/or give up breastfeeding to support my family.

When Melissa was born (my 2nd) she was 9 pounds 5 ounces. I had a c section so I was in the hospital a bit longer than moms with vaginal births. Babies always lose weight after they are born. It takes a couple days for your milk to come in so they are just getting colostrum at first. This is how nature works! Someone was concerned that she had lost about a pound (hello she was still over 8 pounds!) and pressured me into them giving her a bottle of formula. I gave in and let the nurse give it to her while I cried in the bathroom (hormones anyone?). I have to say I still remember being extremely happy when she spit it up all over the nurse.

I knew my body was perfectly capable of feeding a baby and it did just that. Three times.

And before anyone says anything I don't care how you feed your kid, it just really bothers me that people think that if they can't see how many ounces the kid is consuming it's a problem.  That's why they weigh your kid at check ups every month in the beginning. Obviously if then your kid isn't thriving there is an issue.

Anyhow, I give kudos to the women at work who are always in the room with the door and blinds closed and the sign that says "do not disturb". I don't know if I could have done itPin It

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Just another day of fun!

I keep meaning to do a nice post but ack never get there lol.

I get so frustrated at work sometimes. We are working on cleaning out files (AGAIN) at work and doing a ton of shredding. Basically one shelf of the filing cabinet produces one big black bag of shredding. The first day we were work on it I told the gal that is in the office by the shredder I could close her door if she'd like while I shred. Then she went into this MISSION on moving the shredder so that she didn't have to hear it. The other guy in the office was complaining too. I was thinking how about me? I have to hear it lol. So I just stayed out of it for the most part and let the boss take care of it and it got moved into the small room where the files are so that's fine.

Then the janitor guy came through and I asked him if we could get another roll of bags. He gets all worked up about me saying I was going to toss some of the bags in to the dumpster because the guys that come pick up the recycling only come once a week. We already had about 12 bags of shredding from one and half days. Where the fuck are we supposed to store it all while we wait for the recycle guys to come around. They came today and got what we had (minus the two I chucked in the dumpster yesterday). Now it will be a week before they come again so we'll see how that plays out.

Our project got sidelined today by an audit that we had to do on some 80 something files. I got my 40 some odd done right before I left today. Then shredded two huge piles of papers.

There are some random guys in our office fixing something with the heating and air conditioning unit. I swear someone could totally just pose as a worker and get in our office so easily. Totally freaks me out.

I actually didn't have anything to do after work today other to pay a couple bills so I'm sitting here doing some blog reading and a quick rant post ;) The kids went to go get a pizza since they didn't want "chicken again". Such whiners. Whatever, guess I don't have to cook right?Pin It

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bunco-how not to play

I went to Bunco last night. We have one gal that came TANKED. Or maybe she was tanked and stoned. She could barely open her eyes. She is like this a lot but she was really bad this time. Last month she was surprisingly "normal" and was actually fun to talk to.

She started off semi ok and then as the night progressed she just got worse. Like shouldn't you be sobering up after 2 hours?

So I've now played bunco with a drunk 3 year old. Or the likes of it. She lost her score card during our break. Someone even looked through the trash but couldn't find it. She seemed like she didn't even understand what we were all talking about.

We have food for the break and she went all in. Then she continued to go back to the food and eat for the rest of the night. At one point someone was like "good God!"  She spilled food all down her top and onto the floor so the game had to be paused so that could get cleaned up.

Eventually the gal in charge told her not to get anymore food but she didn't listen. So bizarre.

I think they've finally decided that she is going to get kicked out of the group. I don't feel bad for her but I do feel bad for her two boys she has at home still. Must be the shits to have a mom like that.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

4 Days Til Friday

Does anyone else feel like they just live for the weekends?

This weekend we had Adrian's birthday party on Saturday.  My mom wanted to get Robert so that he could come so we arranged for me to pick him up after work. Him and his mom are currently homeless and living either at motels or shelters. Anyhow, I picked him up and took him over to my mom's cabin.

We ended up working on this puzzle that we started a couple weekends ago. The puzzle is "bits and pieces" and OMG is that hard! Robert was all excited to be the one that put in the last piece so he got to put in the last 2 pieces.

We finally finished it about the time Scott told me "dinner is done" (he picked up you bake pizza on the way home from work).

Saturday we had Adrian's 8th Birthday party! 8 years goes by fast! I was blogging back when she was born so I have all her birthdays on here :) 

Here's a sideways video of her birthday cake


For the rest of the weekend I mostly worked on making these wine cork key chains for my craft booth. 

I have an area work meeting this week so I get a night in a hotel. Woohoo! Still debating on driving my own car or carpooling with like 5 people. Leaning towards my own car...

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Friday, September 1, 2017

3 Day Weekend!

I'm so glad it's a 3 day weekend. I forgot all about it until a couple days ago. So far I only have plans for Saturday. We are having a "Hippie Party". The party was originally going to be outside but it's supposed to be 110 or some death heat  so it's been moved inside. Which means it will probably be over pretty quickly after the food comes out at 2.  Inside parties never seem to last very long.

So here is my latest little project. Button key chains. I was looking on Pintrest the other day for ideas using key rings. I have a bunch since they came with the little clips I bought for key fobs. I found this cute idea so thought I'd give it a whirl. I'm hoping they aren't too delicate and fall apart when I use them. I need to put a trial one on my key chain. I have never really made any jewelry type things before so using the little rings was interesting. That barely made dent in the little buttons I have too. I was thinking I can make some little cards to put them on for my next craft show.

Of course I also found a lot MORE cute ideas so now I have some beads coming. I've never worked with bead other than the big pony beads so wish me luck. Guess I can always resell the crap I buy later right? lol

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

More Wristlets

Sooo guess what I did this weekend! Yes, made more little phone wallet/wristlets! These were all cut out last week so I just had to sew them together. That made for a nice relaxing Saturday of Netflix and sewing.

The box that I grabbed first to work on was Sports and Misc so that's what I've got here.

Work has been so agonizing boring lately. Definitely my "slow time"

So it's nice to have something to use my brain on.

I got this dragon fabric in a bag with some others from the thrift store. Isn't it pretty? I only had a couple small pieces.

Every time I see this fabric I think of Jessica and sure enough she liked this one. I tried a little bit different method on this one to do some top stitching on the inside pocket area but I didn't like how it turned out for the inside corners so I won't do that again.

I like the orange with this one

I just had a small piece of this fabric too, "Rock and Roll"

More music notes

And Raiders with a girly touch!

Next up on my pile is some more of the bigger phone wristlets. These will fit a regular iPhone and the bigger ones will fit the PLUS phones. I have them all ready to go, just have to sew them up.

I had ran out of interfacing so I went to JoAnn's to get more. They had a 70% off coupon for interfacing so I bought a whole bolt. Should be good for awhile!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

More Wristlet Phone Wallets

 I love this butterfly fabric (vintage sheet)

and another one with the flower fabric.

These are both big enough for an iPhone 6/7 Plus. 

I spent several days working on organizing my fabric and selling quite a bit. So now I've decided to go through and make stuff out of what I kept. I have started just cutting things out for a few different projects and then I'll assembly line them up. I should have a lot of inventory for my next craft show :)

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Monday, August 21, 2017

As Usual

As usual when I make something I tend to make "a lot" of them. I had fun this weekend making up little cell phone wallet wristlets.

This one is really big for a "plus" phone. On the next one I will make the front pocket area a bit taller. On all of these I added fusible fleece to the front pocket and back and used interfacing on all the pieces. On the thinner fabrics I used interfacing and the fleece (I only have some light weight interfacing on hand).

 A cute little Mickey Mouse by request

Some "vintage sheet" material

and another one

and another Mickey Mouse by request.

I have 2 more for the "plus" size cut out of the vintage sheet scraps to work on this week. I really like the way they turned out with the added fleece and "wristlet" with the D ring. 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Phone Wallet

Earlier last week I decided to make up this cute little phone wallet.

I messed up a bit since I wanted this flower fabric to actually be on the inside but I wasn't paying close enough attention to the instructions. They called this piece the "pocket" which it is but I was thinking the pocket was the inside.

As I was cutting it out I kept thinking it seemed a bit small. Sure enough I could barely squeeze my phone in (iPhone 6). On the first one I made I tried making a button hole and having it close that way. It was really hard to get it to button up though. The original uses Velcro but I was thinking that I'd like it to have a more secure closure (also I didn't have any Velcro lol).

So back to the drawing board. These pictures are a bit darker which goes with what time I finished it haha. I added 3/4" all the way around on the pattern but then cut a bit off the straight edge of the flap.

This time I made a little fabric piece to hold on a clip. I finally ordered some D rings after I made this one so I can use those for the next one. Also that was supposed to be on the left side but I forgot to sew it on, ripped it apart and then when I got done it was on the wrong side so it got to stay there haha.

I also added the closure like I do on my coffee cozies but I don't like how it pulls. I'm thinking I will add some of the fusible fleece to bulk it up a bit and that will keep it from doing that.

All in all I think it turned out pretty cute! I think when I make it with the D ring then I'll make a "key fob" and it can connect to make it a wristlet.

I used this one for Bingo last week, since I don't like to take my purse. I have a couple people who would like one and they have the "plus" phones so I'll have to figure out how much larger to make them. My mom was saying she would like one she can also put her reading glasses in so I guess I will play around with that a bit more too! 

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