Sunday, 26 October 2008

A late friday update....

lol i know it's Sunday but I got there eventually

Attic Collection Accessory Book - Just A Thought / Judy O'Dell

The Flatfold & Friends - Just A Thought / Judy O'Dell

Persanne - A Mon Ami Pierre

Il Etait Un Fois - A Mon Ami Pierre

a little more gone

another step on the way to a better body.. i weighed in at 146lbs today.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

funny from dinner tonight

I wasn't cooking and to be honest I wouldn't have noticed it said this as I don't read instructions

Bramley Apple Pie Cooking Instructions

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Stitchathon catch up

Didn't post my Day 15 totals, worked on two projects (ABC RR on the bus home from work and Fairy Garden RR at home)

Stitches: 165
Minutes: 40 mins

Total Stitches: 5406 stitches
Total Time: 31 hours 29 minutes

Friday, 17 October 2008

Friday offerings...

things that made it on to my wish list, but i swear i am going to have to start a category of hideous designs.

You Put The Razzle in My Dazzle - Designs by Lisa

If The Hat Fits - Stitchworks

Garden Party - Little House Needleworks (I liked the ladybug one on it's own but i love them all)

Losing it...

maybe I am working too hard!!! Another 2lbs lost and my interim goal met.. Now to make a new goal 140lbs (losing another 8lb)

Thinking today...

that I'd been in my job for quite some time.. due to the high turn over of staff I'm almost considered an old hand now...

so I made myself a ticker and kept a freeze frame. I figure that by the time I've been there a year I should be looking for opportunities to move onwards and upwards. Currently (and for the next few weeks at least) I'm covering my job and someone else's work too (she left suddenly and without notice) and the workload (number of accounts I look after) is growing all the time. I started with 107 and as of today it's 137.

Let's hope that goes towards my PD (Personal Development) on my end of year review although it's looking increasingly unlikely there will be a Bonus pay-out in February. I've taken on a big job at a time of crisis, not baulked from the challenge, in many respects I'm relishing the hard work though I know I won't be able to do it for very long at this pace!

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Nerd, Geek or Dork

Your result for The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test...

Pure Nerd

96 % Nerd, 13% Geek, 43% Dork

For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.

A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.

A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.

You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.

The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer. Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.


Thanks Again! -- THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST

Take The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test at HelloQuizzy

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

A Finish!

Completely finished and made up the Christmas Ornament for my exchange partner on Cross Stitch Crazy. I will show a pic when it's received but I'm sending it tomorrow.

Yay, it was fun, so long since I've taken part in an exchange and maybe the break did me good. And it gave me something to concentrate on for the Stitchathon too. Normal service will now resume as I go back to finishing WISPs.

Videos from Queen + Paul Rodgers

sound quality isn't great but you do get a sense of the great atmosphere

Queen Concert...

was fantastic.. I took some pics and short videos. Pics in this post. Have to upload the vids to YouTube so they will be in the next post.

If anyone could step into the shoes of Freddie Mercury then I think Paul Rodgers could. Amazing voice. Fabulous show. Just the right balance between classic Queen, new Queen + Paul Rodgers and remembering Freddie.

Beautiful tribute in a song written by Freddie Mercury 'Love of My Life' sung by Bryan May playing an acoustic guitar.

Fabulous acoustic number from Paul Rodgers solo, Bad Company and All Right Now.

The O2 Arena at 6:30pm, slowly filling up

The O2 Arena just before the concert started.

I had a great time :) and I know someone else did too even though it meant less than 3 hours sleep before getting a 5am taxi to go to work.

Funny from work..

When they get these warning signs out at work it always makes me laugh :) Appears the facilities team have to tell us when there are "Men At Work" :) The building is full of approx 700 women who don't need signs to tell use they are working!!!

They were cabling for something or another in the room they use for Video Conferencing

Monday, 13 October 2008

New and interestng goodies...

Definitely a more disappointing week than last. Not much worth adding to my wish list at all.

Coeur de Bergere - A Mon Ami Pierre

All About Halloween - Homespun Elegance

Sunday, 12 October 2008

12th Day of Stitchathon

I've finished all the stitching on my Christmas Ornament Exchange piece, just the making up to do now. No picture of course.

Stitches: 1228 stitches
Time: 6 hours 23 minutes

Total Stitches: 5241 stitches
Total Time: 30 hours 49 minutes

October Stitchathon

Started a new project yesterday and I would feel very naughty if it weren't for an exchange... but that's a good enough reason for me!!

I won't share a pic until it's been received by my exchange partner so you'll just have to trust me when I say it's going well so far.

Stitches: 622 stitches
Time: 4 hours 47 minutes

Total Stitches: 4013 stitches
Total Time: 24 hours 26 minutes

Thursday, 9 October 2008

What Animal Am I ?

You Are a Monkey

You are a very fascinating creature. People are interested in every little thing you do.

You are smart, curious, and clever. You are naturally witty, and you have a great sense of humor.

You can see things from many different angles, and you always have an interesting perspective on life.

You are likely agile and playful. You stay physically fit simply by staying active.

No comments from the peanut gallery on this one!!!

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Presents for myself ...

Yesterday I bought myself a new slow cooker, with the aim of at least a few days a week making a meal before i go to work so I don't have to cook when I come home and I'm tired and we don't eat so late. I'll be on the lookout for fool-proof crockpot recipes or sites to get them from so if you know any... please share!

I also indulged my love of music and bought two CDs, but I think I am showing my age!!!

Yesterday I didn't do any stitching at all

I did do some frogging but I still haven't finished going back far enough to correct a mistake I made. This was on the Emperor Penguins and now I know why it got put aside for a different project!!!!

Ah well perhaps tonight I can get it to the point where I can stitch on it. And I hear you asking.... Penguins? what happened to the Fairies? Well I fancied a change.

Actually what I wanted was to start a new project and this was the next best thing. I'll be back and ready to attack the fairies with zest and enthusiasm again shortly and I'm sure it will be finished.

Monday, 6 October 2008

Well what can i say, back at work, home at 7:40 tonight. Tired but glad to be back in many ways. I miss it when I'm not there because it does keep me on my toes. When I left work on Tuesday I had 57 customers to look after, there were 5 new ones when I turned up today.

More importantly and somewhat scary - the other girl that worked in the Commercial Finance department has left and that means I'll have 112 customers to look after!!!! At least until we get new staff and as there is a recruitment freeze on (credit crunch means that all the banks are looking at ways to cut costs) this situation doesn't look set to change until the New Year.

Consequence is that my stitching time is likely to be close to zero most days/weeks so there won't be that many stitching updates from me. However it is an opportunity to show how I can cope under pressure, and hopefully will contribute to my end of year review/grade and mean a bonus in February (if there is a bonus this year and that's looking less likely as the weeks go on)

As the saying goes "What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger" - wonder where that comes from???

Back to work and Day 5 tallies

I am back to work today, feeling much better though still decidedly husky ;) Stitching is going to be much slower from now on as I won't have the time or the excuse to sit down and rest now.

Day 5 of the Stitchathon:
Finished the A and part of the G in Garden.

Stitches: 729 stitches
Time: 5 hours 28 minutes

Total Stitches: 3391 stitches
Total Time: 19 hours 39 minutes

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Day 4 of the Stitchathon

No picture update but I've finished the Letter R in "GARDEN" at the bottom of the Fairy Garden RR.

Stitches: 489 stitches
Time: 2 hours 48 minutes

Total Stitches: 2662 stitches
Total Time: 14 hours 11 minutes

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Cheering myself up with some window shopping

Celtic Beasties from Ink Circles

Merry Christmas: One Colour Wonders from Waxing Moon Designs

Ladybug by Little House Needleworks

Not much to yell about, and I'm even tempted to make a post of hideous cross stitch designs because there are some odd ones that have come out recently!

Day 3 of Stitchathon

Todays counts
Stitches: 824 stitches
Time: 4 hours 18mins

I'm going to skip down to working on the word Garden next and then fill in the remaining spaces later.

Total so far for the Stitchathon
Stitches: 2163 stitches
Minutes: 11 hours 23 mins

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