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!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Look Who's Rocking a New Grill

Lydie is looking shiny!
Tuesday, I took Lydie to the orthodontist to get her braces put on.  Doesn't she look amazing!  She doesn't need major work done, but she does have a little crowding in the front.  These past two days, she's been in a little pain.  She's been eating soft foods like Ramen, Mac n' Cheese, and dad got her a milkshake.  We're hoping over the weekend, she'll start feeling more comfortable.

I've got a few weeks off school, but work has been hectic, so I haven't been able to enjoy that time off.  I hope to have more to blog about in the next few days.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mood Lighting for Fishies

I've had this aquarium for many years.  We transported a large goldfish when we moved from Virginia to Colorado, and we were given this tank by family who knew we were attempting this transport.  The fish lived on for many years.  Well, then, we had a salamander that lived many years in this tank.

For almost a year and a half we've had this tank as an attempted terrarium, but I am in no way able to grow plants.  Not in my ability.  I admit it.

On a whim, I decided to make this an aquarium again.  I really wanted some little tropical fish.  We still had most of the supplies.  I needed to buy new tubing, chemicals, food, water heater, bubble stone, and fish.  I got 3 of each, tetras, black mollies, and male guppies.

I had a heck of a time trying to get a bulb for my tank hood.  I kept getting the wrong size.  Finally, I decided to get a new hood.  There are many advances in LED lighting that wasn't available when we first had this aquarium.  It's energy efficient and doesn't emit the heat that a traditional tank bulb.  Now, the LED lights have neat effects.  This light has a day and night setting.  This night setting is very cool.  I wish you could see, but it makes the fixtures and the tetras glow a little, almost light a black light, but not as harsh.  The cost of the traditional bulb is $8.  The LED is $35, but it's going to last longer and use less electricity.

I love aquariums.  The water sounds and watching the fish swim is so relaxing.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Review - Letter from Skye

Letters from SkyeLetters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven't done a book review in a while, so I'm eager to finally post a review.  I hope to post more soon!!

I listened to this story on audio book download from my public library.

The story takes place during two different time periods, the 1910s and 1940s.  It is an epistolary novel that takes place in letters between two different couples during times of war.  I love the romance of the letters.  Also, the relationships and emotions between mothers, daughters, aunts, and friends.

I have a really long commute, and I also listened to the story while doing data entry.  I listened to the story in two days, it's was that intriguing.  Although, I kind of knew where the story was going, I didn't want to stop listening to it.

Great read and so romantic!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Life in Theater

How awesome is this photo.  Lydie is the third from the right on the back row.  I know, she is tall.  Yup, you've seen her grow up right here.  I got to see the play Sleepy Hollow this weekend.  It was amazing and incredibly funny.  Live theater is the best, especially community theater.  No one is getting paid.  It's just for the love of it.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Latest Knitting Progress

I haven't done nearly the knitting I've wanted to do in the past few months, but I've made an attempt to try to knit a few rows if nothing else.  This is some left-over yarn I have.  I hope I have enough for the project.  I never calculate yarn very well.

I do miss the good ole days when I used to sit in clinics and do homework until someone asked me a question.  I did a lot of homework done that way.  Now, I do homework when I'm home, the nerve!  That leaves not a lot of time for knitting.  Oh, well, we will make it work somehow.

This weekend and next weekend are Lydie's play performances, and the hubs and I have to coordinate who is going when, because we have Benny to care for.  I can't wait to see it.  Sleepy Hollow in October.  I love the fall, I love this month, and I love the supernatural and creepy.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Life in Theater

Lydie is rehearsing for her upcoming play, Sleepy Hollow.  They start performing for school children tomorrow, and this weekend starts the shows for the paying audiences.  I caught a sneak peek of the famous horse chase scene.  It's amazing and scary!

You won't believe which one Lydie is in this picture. She is the tallest all the way to the far left.  She is only 12!

Because of her busy schedule, we had to postpone her braces until October 28th.  That's when she will have a break from performing for a while.