Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Progress Picture - Wash Sweater

My Firefly Wash Sweater is getting longer.  It's always a challenge to get the length right.  It's not like sewing where you can make adjust with seam allowances.  Since I am making this for the hubs, I took one of his existing sweaters to use almost like pattern paper.  I know I want to make this project slightly longer than his existing sweater, so I've got a little ways to go, but it's nice to see the chart work really coming together.  I think it looks great.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sharing Foreign Friday on a Wednesday

My Dad, El Falcon
My bloggy friend at Wyoming Breezes always shares such wonderful Foreign Friday photos from her travels.  I am sharing a amazing photo that I have the blessing to own.  Well, I can't say I have traveled, really, but I do have this photo of my father from back in the old country.  My father grew up in Mexico.  He's the youngest of 10 kids, and his mom died when he was a baby.  They didn't have much back then, so one of the ways he made money was by amateur boxing.  Doesn't he look handsome?  Now, my dad is the gentlest soul that I've ever met.  I really can't imagine him knocking someone out.

My father is in his late 60s, and he's still in this same shape.  I kid you not, and he eats like a horse.  His secret is that he does not own a car and rides his bike everywhere.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Week of Freedom!

Lydie bowls better than I do.
This is one of those rare occasions where I have a gap in my classes.  The way my Bachelor's degree program works is that I take one class every 8 weeks.  I, generally, have a class end and one begin the next day.  This time, I have a whole week off.  I have no idea what I'm going to do with myself.  Not really, I always have a ton of stuff to catch up with.  This is a knitting blog, after all, and I have hardly done any knitting.

I have several books on my "to read" list.  I'm currently reading Death of a Liar, the latest Hamish Macbeth novel.  This series is one that I always wait eagerly for the next in the series to come out.

Sunday, we decided to get everyone out for a fun activity.  Like most of the country, we've had snow, and more in the forecast for tomorrow, so our little one gets a little antsy.  We decided to go bowling.  I cannot bowl, but my mother and her sisters played on a league.  Yes, there were enough sisters for their own team.  Anyway, that gene has not carried over.  I can't bowl, and I am glad there were bumpers.  Still, it was a great activity just to get us out of the house.

P. S.  Yes, Lydie is this tall now.  Taller than me!  What the heck!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Happy Birthday to Me!

Nothing makes you more popular in the office than bringing 18 donuts into work.  These come from a local business, and boy are they good.  Maple-apple-bacon donuts are the absolute best.  Nothing planned for tonight, but we are going to go bowling this weekend.  Just the 4 of us, so no party planning.

Friday, February 6, 2015

January Family Pics

My last posting was kind of a bummer.  I believe my purpose on this Earth is to spread joy, so I am going to have a much lighter posting today.  I wanted to share a few pictures from January.

Lydie had her birthday last month, and she had a bowling party with her friends.  I am really terrible at bowling, but the good news is so is everyone else.  It was tons of fun though.

MLK day, we all had the day off, so we took advantage and went to the zoo.  This is Benny's first trip to the zoo, and he did wonderful.  In the past, he's had a difficult time with social situations, but in the last several months, he's really starting to bloom, and we've been able to take him to more public places.

He is getting so tall!  Lydie was kind enough to photobomb with her peace sign.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Long Absence, but I'm Still Here

It's been about two months since I last posted.  I've been having a bit of a rough time with work.  I can't complain about the compensation, but money is not everything to me.  Mainly, I'm having a problem with one particular toxic person at work.  I've been at this job for about 8 months, and I'm still having problems doing the job.  Basically, this one toxic person has been resistant to cross-train the others on her team, and she's done some really shady stuff that's very subtle that won't get her in trouble.  Here's a few examples:

  • Did I mention, two people in my position have quit, because of this person?  
  • I share duties with building a report that's discussed on a conference call on Thursdays.  One coworker was on vacation, so it was just the two of us that know how to do this report.  Well, she decided to call out so she didn't have to help me if I needed help.  How do I know this was on purpose, because she has done the same thing to the one person that quit before me.  I was prepared for her to do that, so I didn't need help that day.
  • Our supervisor wanted to sit with each of us to discuss what we do on a daily basis.  While I was discussing my work with the supervisor, this person was in the background correcting every single thing I was doing, which was totally different from the way she taught me.  She basically threw me under the bus.

I've been working within a hostile environment, but I'm trying to change myself, because I can't change other people.  I'm not a particularly religious person, but I've been seeking some religious guidance on this subject, and my big issue is I try to have personal relationships in a public place.  I've been leaving myself completely exposed to get my feelings hurt.  The only thing I should expect from a job is compensation.  I can't expect someone to be nice to me, or to be respected.  That doesn't mean I have to be an aggressive person, but it means I am here to do a job.  I feel like the teachings I've had have really opened my eyes, and made my attitude much better.  I have to keep my eye on the prize.

The good news is that shortly, my old job working in clinics helping them with their computer systems will be coming open again.  I haven't learned if it is going to be a permanent position or a 1 year contract again.  I really loved doing that job before, because I feel like I was perfect for it.  Of course, there is always room for improvement, and I believe if I am called to do that job again, I have a lot of changes that I will make, including going into the job with the same attitude of being there for business, not to have personal connections.  I did make friends in the clinics, but I also wore my heart on my sleeve, so if someone was upset or didn't respect me, I got really hurt.

I will keep you updated on how the career is going, and I will post pictures of the kids in a more cheerful post.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My New Office Plant

I've been in my new cubicle for a while.  I don't have a computer set up.  You have to understand the new world of corporate purchasing to figure that one out, but I am working off a laptop, that's serving the purpose right now.

I'm not a decorator.  My office-mates said I need Extreme Makeover - Cubicle Edition.  I decided to get a nice office plant to add a little color.  The plant I wanted was not in the stores right now, but I'm fortunate to live close to a family-owned nursery, and they were able to order one for me, and I am proud to support a local business.

I am crazy for the movie Hot Fuzz.  If you haven't seen the movie, Simon Pegg's character is very devoted to his peace lily.  Yes, I based my plant selection off of a movie.

My coworkers informed me that this plant is very easy to take care of, and that's good for me.  I'm terrible with plants.  They told me the plant tells you when it needs water.  I came in Monday and all the leaves were drooping.  Okay, definitely telling me it needs water.  I gave it water.  Later, I could see the leaves moving.  They would kind of spring past each other.  I was catching it out of the corner of my eye.  Is this Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors?

I really love this plant, and I'm glad I brought it here to liven up my cubicle.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Delayed Halloween Fun

It is a few weeks after Halloween, but that's okay.  I got a Halloween gingerbread kit on clearance the day after Halloween.  The kids don't care as long as there is candy involved.  I think Ben ate more candy than what actually went on the house.

Benny is eye-spying the house!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Progress Picture: Wash Sweater

I've been off of school for the last two weeks.  This is the first time in a long time that I have had that sort of break.  My program has eight-week courses, and normally, I have one course start right after the other has ended.  Taking one class every eight weeks is a lot easier than taking 3 classes all at the same time for 12 weeks.

The stars aligned so that I do not have the terribly long commute anymore, and I had a break from school.  I was able to do a little knitting in the break.  I decided to pick up my Wash Sweater again.  This sweater was worn on an episode of Firefly.  This has been on the needles for a very long time with very little progress.  Since, I have decided not to do fine-gauge knitting anymore due to my issues with eye strain, I decided this worsted-weight project is perfect.  The problem is that every time I take a break from it, it takes a little while to orient myself to where I am on the cable chart.  This time, I really want to see this project out to the bitter end, so I am very much trying to commit myself to only working on this one project.  Of course, I will post pictures along the way.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Yarn Crafty Talent is Genetic

My Talented Cousin, Rocky
I'm not the only one in the family with the knack for needle works.  My cousin is quite the talent with a crochet needle.  Rocky's mother taught me him and I how to crochet.  I had tons of cousins, and he and I were the only ones that cared to learn.

One of my fondest memories was that another one of my aunts worked in a house shoe factory, and she would bring home fabric scraps.  We made so much doll clothes from it, plus, my Barbies had awesome crochet blankets.

He had also created his own chain mail out of beer tabs.  What in the world!  That's amazing!!