Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The most exciting thing so far this trip was the 5.4 magnitiude earthquake in SoCal on Tuesday. I don't know why I always signify earthquakes with San Francisco. All of California experiences them but I guess I forget. I've lived within the state my entire life and the only one that made me jump out of my skin was the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. I was 14 years old back then...seems like a lifetime ago. The earthquake on Tuesday was strong and it surprised me more for the fact that I left what I consider earthquake mecca to only feel an earthquake. There were a couple of very sharp jolts and light shaking. At first, I thought there was some renovation happening on the level above our conference room before I realized that the speaker stand was rocking back and forth. I knew I was safe where I was sitting. Many people in my training class were shaken up and requested to be let outside so we headed out to lunch early. The moment we walked outside, everyone seemed to be outside on the phone telling their loved ones they were ok but were still standing under the awning. Geez, people!!! If you are worried about the building falling down on your head, you need to get entirely out of the way of said building. Go cross the street and make sure there isn't anything that will fall on you! It seems like common sense to me but maybe all those earthquake drills and working for a public safety agency drilled this into my head more than others would know? I don't know. All in all...strong earthquake...no big deal. No one was hurt and there were no major damages so it was just a reminder that we live in California and earthquake are just one of those things that happen every once in a while.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Random Bullet Points
The weekend was a blur...as usual. Why does it pass so fast? I made it to the Frida Kahlo exhibit at SFMOMA and it was great! The museum and the exhibit was so crowded though. I think everyone had the same idea on Saturday. I am happy I was able to see the exhibit as it usually occurs to me after the exhibit has already left. Now I just need to get to the DeYoung soon to see Chihuly. I went with a guy I recently met and still can't get over how shy he is. He'd make a good friend but not really a romantic interest. I like my guys a little bold and assertive. I have no idea how I've become a magnet for these shy, pansy-ish guys. Dating is extremely dismal and grim at the moment.
I went and met a friend for dinner at Burma Superstar on Saturday night. If there a day that this place is not crowded?! We waited over an hour for a table! But you know what, it was so worth it. I love this place. My favorite again was the wok tossed calamari. Tender calamari, napa cabbage, chili, vinegar....mmmmm, yummy! I need to get to this place more often so I can slowly make my way through the menu. And better yet, I had enough noodles and rice leftover for lunch the next day. I love leftovers!
I don't have an updated picture of my snappers since I left my camera at home. I managed to finish January and the surrounding border and have slowly made my way to February. As I sat in my hotel room, counting and winding down for the evening, I discovered a counting error all the way at the beginning on my heart! Grrr! I have to frog the entire thing! Looks like I'll have my work cut out for me later. But for now...it's time to head to dreamland.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Brillante Weblog Award
Here are the rules for the award:
1. Put the logo on your blog
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4. Add links to those blogs on yours
5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs
Here are my nominees. Most are stitcher blogs...people who have inspired me to be more creative over the last few months by seeing what they create and pushing me to do finishes I've never done before. One is a dear friend new to blogging who I think has caught the blogging bug worse than me! I will not message most as I think most have already been bombarded by similar or the same award but I wanted to acknowledge that I think they are brilliante and that I love checking out their blogs.
1. Carol R.
3. Carol S.
7. Ann Marie
Today, I decided to play hooky from work. I've been feeling very stressed and frazzled and just wanted some quite time to myself. It was also a good excuse to call in sick after all the excitement last night...or shall I say this morning. Around 1am, I heard shouting outsde my building. It's quite late for anyone to be shouting but I live one block away from a bar that can get busy late at night. I figured these folks were drunk and would move on. I was getting ready to go to sleep. I was wired and just can't get to sleep at a decent hour. As I turned off the lights, I looked out the window to make sure the shouters had really moved on. I see a man standing outside my building and a woman lying down on the ground. Weird but I had the feeling she was being a depressive drunk and the man didn't know what to do and was waiting for her to snap out of it. At least he didn't just leave her there. I decided that I would wait 10 minutes to see if they were still there before I either went downstairs or called the police to do a drive-by. A few minutes later...I hear the 911 response. One fire engine, one ambulance and three police cars come rushing to my building. Geez, sirens that late at night are liable to give anyone a fricking heart attack. It took me some time to fall asleep after all that excitement! Today, I relished in staying in on a workday. I watched some Sopranos, took my time getting ready, went and got a relaxing manicure and pedicure and went to my parents to drop off my mom's car and a friend came to get me to drop me off back at home. Tonight, I'll head into the city and try a new restaurant and see Cabaret. It should be a fun night! I wish I could play a hooky day more often. This is nice!!
3 radiator hoses
1 new radiator
1 new water pump
6 hose clamps
4 hours of labor
Ouch! I hope that the car appreciates this little makeover and that this is the only drama fit it has this year. As it is, I think my travel plans may be on hold for October since I should be focusing on debt reduction instead of travel. This little drama fit did not help my debt reduction goal.
I am happy to have my car back though. I felt nervous driving my mom's immaculate car. I'm much more comfortable in my old little jalopy.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Weekend This and That
Highlights to the weekend
I hit the Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom and managed to find some decent jeans (that didn't cost over $50) on sale as well as a comfy warm sweater jacket and some funky wedge heel shoes. The goal will be to not fall while wearing said cute shoes!
I went to Davies Symphony Hall to see Big Bad Voodoo Daddy in concert. I was excited to see them since they are a fun band but there are also some bittersweet memories intertwined with this group. This was the band that was playing during my first date with The Ex many, many moons ago. I've kept the lines of communication open with The Ex for many years to remain friends but about nine months ago, feelings and emotions reached the brink and we haven't talked to or seen each other since. He definitely isn't the same man anymore...the one who captured my heart so long ago. Many years later, after our break up, I was left with a broken heart again and it took me some time to find myself again. I don't think we were the best couple but we were both young and it was a lot of fun. I can't ever imagine us being a couple again. We are polar opposites so there are no worries about me losing my mind and running back to him. I'm too darn smart for that. He was a pretty decent boyfriend in the beginning but an awful friend to me as the years progressed. Now it's time to make real and true friends which is harder the older you get. Anyways, I digress, there are emotions tied to this group but they did such a good performance! It was so much fun and if I had been sitting in orchestra and had brought a dancing partner instead of a girl friend, I would have been down there dancing! I was disappointed that the Hall was only half full! They are great! I wonder if it's because swing music has fallen out of the graces of many or if people are being careful with their pennies because of the recession (come now...$4.50 a gallon? Total recession). Before the show, we hit Absinthe where I indulged in my usual sidecar, a Daedalus and some scrumptious shared appetizers and strawberry shortcake. YUM!
On Sunday, I headed over to Festa Italia and checked out the goodies and the vendors. It was nice and warm outside and fun to see all the different characters and the classic cars. I was able to find a toe ring booth and got new ones since my old ones had tarnished. So now I have adorned toes again.
I managed to actually get a good amount of stitching time in since I am pretty much carless until I find out what the damage is to my car. So I plugged away on my January Snapper block and started in on the border so I can do the border as I go instead of waiting until the very end. The pattern calls for WDW Bark. I'm working the border and I keep rechecking the pattern and it says Bark but why does Bark look so dark? I've done half the border and am really not liking the Bark at all. It's too dark for a viney-leafy pattern. So the frog is coming out and I have to frog out all the border that I've done. Gah! I should have followed my initial instinct. I probably won't have time to tackle that until the end of the week. I will replace Bark with GAST Dried Thyme. Since I can't stand how it looks with the dark border there are no snaps of my progress. Not to mention I haven't done the french knots yet so the poor snowman is eyeless!
With all the computer hoopla last weekend, I think my Tivo got bumped off my wireless router because it keeps giving me a message about program info. Seeing as I am the most un-techy person out there, I'm confused and a little freaked out at the prospect of figuring out how to get my Tivo back on the wireless router so that my program recordings go on uninteruppted. See...this is where it comes in handy to be dating a total geeky tech guy.
Friday, July 18, 2008
He comes out with me and we look at the car and the coolant reservoir was bone dry...it had been full only 5 days prior. We fill it up with water and I say that I will take it to the mechanic which is only 5 blocks away from my place. By the time I had driven four blocks, the needle was back at H...I was praying the car would make it one more block so I could give the mechanic the key and get out of what felt like a deathtrap car. When I see the mechanic, I explain the problem and he says he can't look at it til Tuesday. Tuesday!?! Geez, what do I do? I opt to leave the car there and call a friend to come pick me up and take me to my parents so I can borrow one of their cars for the next 4 or more days. I should mention that all this happened at the beginning of my lunch hour and I was supposed to be at work. By the time I got back to work, driving my mom's car, it was three hours later.
I am thankful that the car issue came to light during the day and close to home since my plan was to head into the city after work. If this had happened on the freeway, I'd have blown a vein. That would have involved traffic, the motor club and a tow truck and would have stressed me out even more.
So now my car sits at the mechanic and I am driving my mom's car...hoping that this car repair isn't severe and cost me a fortune.
Monday, July 14, 2008
I got up early to go to an exercise class but drove to the wrong recreation center. By the time I figured it out, it was pointless to drive to the rigght center since I'd miss a good part of the class.
I went to get an oil change on the car and the mechanic wasn't there. I waited and decided to just leave my key and car there and have them call me when it's done. Three hours later, the mechanic is telling me that I may have an oil AND coolant leak. Great! Just what I needed. Some potentially expensive repair on my old dilapitated car. Can't really afford an expensive repair...or a new car right now. So I am worried.
I drove around to a kabillion stores looking for a storage solution for all my crafty supplies and good but cheap high thread count sheets...and found nothing. Frustrated!!
Finally got home and was dying to check emails and blogs and couldn't. Something happened with my wireless. I could connect in my "office" which is a converted closet I made into an office so is very small and claustrophobic. I don't like working in there really. I couldn't figure out what was wrong and techy computer problems make me anxious and stressed out. I asked my apartment manager to help me and he saved the day. Yay! But he lectured me about not writing important information in a place where I can find it later. Ummm, yea. The "office" is where I throw all the junk that needs sorting. There is more junk than I have time to sort through so it's a little scary in there. The whole router had to be reconfigured. Thank goodness he's techy because I may have blown a vein figuring it out on my own.
I wanted to check out art at Fabric 8 and I thought I knew where it was but apparently the store I thought was Fabric 8 was something else entirely and I was lost and confused in the Mission. It helps to look things up online before heading out of the house. Sheesh!
I had to entertain a nice, but amazingly shy guy. I wonder how I become a magnet for this type. They are nice...don't get me wrong...but I can't help wanting exciting too. The meetup wasn't bad but it wasn't great either.
Since the weekend was so crazy and I was running around looking for stuff I couldn't find, the sitching agenda got blown and I've barely worked on my January BC Snapper. It isn't even worth a snap since all I have done is the light blue border and maybe a third of the snowman. It is so boring and tedious stitching in white!!
The Cool Stuff
I met up with my friend Claire and we went to Rose's Cafe for brunch. We got there early enough that there was no wait and the potato hash and strong coffee was the perfect way to start my day. Eggs and potato make this girl very happy and I was able to sneak a couple of bites of Claire's french toast for a little bready sweetness. Everything was so good! We waked to Fort Mason and that was when I remembered I should have brought my camera to take and share pictures but I have been so scattered lately that I forgot. We were heading to the Renegade Craft Fair. It was cool to see what people create. A lot of things were cool, some were weird and some were quite original. I love looking at crafty stuff but I am choosy about what I buy since clothes are hard to pick out if you can't try them on and I am allergic to most metals in jewelry and I can make most textile related stuff so it's gotta be cool and something I can't make in order for me to pull out my wallet. I walked away with some very cute flat cards for writing notes and Claire bought a very cool cloth tote bag.
I did laundry. It's boring but having clean undies is very important!
So the mishaps far outnumbered the "cool stuff" this weekend. Where is that damn re-do button?!
Letter to the Cheater
I have strong suspicions that you are married. I didn't realize that I had to be specific in my post that only single and available men should reply to me considering the venue in which I posted is supposed to be geared towards dating and long-term relationships. Married men are supposed to be done with dating and have obviously found their long term relationship if they are wearing a wedding ring. I highly resent the fact that you have wasted my time. I am a pretty busy lady and don't have time for stupid games from unavailable men. I am looking for someone honest and true who I can feel comfortable sharing things with and that so obviously isn't you. If you are not happy within your marriage, you should definitely talk it out with your wife. Most of my friends have told me I should advise her that you are trolling on CL but I don't need to put myself in that situation.
Please do not contact me...I don't have time to waste on married men.
So far so good. I haven't heard from him. I did, however, meet the other guy I was talking to during the weekend and he is so unbelievably shy. I'm really looking for someone who can take the lead in a relationship instead of me always being the dominant one. Lately, I don't know how I end up meeting this guys with no game, no action, no nothing. It's so amazingly frustrating and I have pretty much reached the end of my patience for this segment of my life. I feel lonely despite keeping myself really busy. I just want to meet someone I can relate to who I'm attracted to and who is attracted to me to hang out with and enjoy some fun "recreational" activities. I'm still pretty aware of what I deserve so I'm not yet willing to settle for just anyone but this waiting and being patient game is not working to my advantage. I'm going to act like an ostrich now and bury my head in the sand....
Friday, July 11, 2008
Birthday Gift for BossLady
Here is the side view. I really liked the ribbon I used for the bow and the backing fabric. Can you see it? The backing fabric is a cream color with hearts, bones and pawprints. It is very cute! I did have problems joining the trim on the bottom because it began to fray at a crazy speed. I had to use lots of glue to get it back in order so now there is a little bump. But at least that is on the bottom. BossLady seemed to really like it and I also gave her some dark chocolate and strong mints as well.
Now my obligatory stitching is all done and accomplished and it's time for selfish stitching. Instead of working on Santa or Fairy Moon (like I should), I decided to start a new project, the Bent Creek Snappers. I started it this past week but have only managed the border on the January square. I'll share a snap after the weekend to show my progress as I definitely have stitching in the weekend agenda. Yay!
Oh and please keep the state's firefighters in your thoughts. California is in bad shape and my department is now in it's 5th deployment since May. I really wish that it rained in the summer here...
Happy weekend everyone!
Christmas in July Exchange From Becca
Becca, thank you for a lovely exchange! This Christmas in July Group was a cool mix of ladies.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
The Boss Lady has always commented on my stitching and how much she wishes "she can do that". I tried teaching her once but I guess trying to teach someone needlework after they've had a couple of cosmos isn't all that bright. Shoot....cosmos never stop me from stitching! Perhaps having her own piece to study will inspire her. I'm hoping to turn this into a pinkeep or a flatfold. I'll be sure to share the final product once I'm done with the transformation.
I received an email from Mr. M saying that they received the hat and that they really liked it. Oh, that made me really happy. Mrs. M thinks the hat was very cute but I think the size of the hat was an eye-opening reality check for Mr. M. I hope it didn't scare him too much. A baby hat or as he called it, "little hat" is pretty darn small.
Since The Ms don't live that far, I may have to make Baby M my guinea pig for baby knitting patterns. I like making baby things but since I don't have a baby, I'm not sure how accurate these patterns translate to the average baby. Maybe Baby M can be my baby model!
Congratulations to The Ms. May November bring them much joy.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Since I've taken my profile down from Match, I've tried not to think about dating and it's been pretty successful what with all the exchange deadlines and exercise classes I've been taking. I get home and barely have time to eat, shower, answer my friends' emails, stitch and blog once in a while. Dating guys...eh. Not totally into it. On the nights when I get antsy because I am yet again at home on a Friday or Saturday night, I will slum it and post an ad on that list there that our dear friend Craig manages. I've met people who have met off of Craig's list as well as Match and they are great couples. Apparently, I must be doing something wrong and exuding vibes that attract all sorts of guys than the type I would actually be attracted to.
That's not to say that there haven't been some decent meetups off of Craig's list. M was a match up through Craig but in the end, he was a self-centered pansy and drove me crazy. Yea, I said pansy...he was. The last guy I met through Craig was another M. He has no car which means that I've been the "guy" dropping him off at home. Not my idea of ideal. Not to mention he keeps suggesting that we meet up when I'm in the city which doesn't really work for me since I head to the city because I ALREADY have plans. Plus, he sounds like a muppet. I'm still trying to figure out which one. Ha! And I thought my voice was unique!
Off the same post, I was emailed by this guy, S. S sounded cool...seemed to like the same things I did and even admitted to being an old soul. In his last email to me, he sent me a link to his fairly political (i.e. boring) blog. I like to remain as anonymous as possible for as long as I can so my correspondance never has my last name nor any way for it to track back to me. If I feel ready and safe, I will share that with the potential suitor later. So no worries friends, I am a very careful online dater because of situations like this. Because there are crazy people (like S) and cautious people (like me). I love Google! Google is my friend and whoever invented it is a f-n genius! I will google guys I may go out with to see if their story matches up with what they've told me. This has come from having been stalked, approached my current girlfriends who are upset with their cheating boyfriends (I had no clue these guys have girlfriends seeing as they're using a dating site) and being completly lied to. I really do have enough material to write my own novel on the horrors of dating. Since S sent me the link to his blog, I briefly scanned it and saw that his username is different than his real name. So I googled that and found a huge array of applicable sites. Near the top of the list was Myspace. I hate Myspace but if it gives me more info, I shall follow and lo' and behold, S is listed as "married" and "proud parent". Ummm, what?! So I figure out who the wife is since she is in the number one spot and there are a bunch of pictures of both S and the wife at their wedding and their honeymoon and at Halloween and at Christmas and with her kid. Ummm, what the heck is a married guy doing trolling for girls on a dating site/section set aside for potential relationships?! It makes me so mad! All that wasted time emailing him when he's not actually available! What are men even thinking?!
I sadly had already sent S an email before I made this discovery so now I am waiting on pins and needles for him to email me back so I can TELL HIM OFF. Oh yea, I will. He is married, with a step-daughter and a wife who seemingly wants loads of his kids. If he doesn't want that, he needs to tell her instead of fooling around with unsuspecting women who don't bother googling his ass. I will completely relish in giving him a piece of my mind should he dare to write me back.
Now, I am left with just one other guy to chat with via email and we are both taking it slow. If he runs the course of S, I will act like an ostrich and bury my head in the f-n sand. The sand has got to be better than dating purgatory.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Christmas in July Exchange
Quaker Mouse Has Landed in the UK!
Quaker Cat Has Arrived!
But then my poor ailed eyes saw that it said Quaker Exchange on the box! I received my Quaker Inspired exchange from Margie. Oh my! She spoiled me. She stitched me up Quaker Cat on a very pale green linen and finished it up in a lovely green box. It is lovely. This is the first box I've ever received so I will be sure to study it. She did such a great job and the green cording and tassel are perfect!
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!
La Iglesia Merced is a beautiful structure that has stood in the same spot for many years through political upheaval and revolution. I suppose the black patina is a testimant to all it has witnessed.
Three years ago, in 2005, we (the kids) decided to throw mom and dad a big party to celebrate fifty years of marriage. This involved a big family reunion as there are many relatives and most are in Nicaragua. So we saw a lot of relatives we hadn't seen in years, had mom and dad do a renewal of vows at La Iglesia Merced at the same tiny alter they said their vows at 50 years prior and threw them a big party at what is considered the "country club" over there. The renewal of vows was very special and at that moment, as I watched my parents, I realized that despite all the quibbling that I listened to all those years, they really loved and depended on each other. I guess quibbling is just a normal part of marriage...at least for them.
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
My Neighborhood Was Taken Over!
New Toy for Me!
Here is the nano (not sure what that reflection is) posed with my red Fantasia Centaurette. She is so vain! She is always looking at herself in that mirror!