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This week has been busy and productive. I actually looked at some homes in Edgewood (a neighborhood of Atlanta) and found one I might like, it is just small and on the wrong side of Moreland. But I think that is what I can afford, so It may be it.

I am going to look at the West End this week with the girls from work. We are going to drive there and eat lunch. I like the homes I see online and I think it might be close enough for me and a little more affordable, but we shall see.

I have officially became the assistant den leader to my son’s cub scout pack. And I did my first meeting last Thursday. I really think it went well, I think the boys had a lot of fun and I totally forgot to take pictures- I was too busy making sure everyone was okay and having fun.

So I talked about the gnome catapult game last week, well this is my version of it…

My version...

My version…

 

The gnome catapult game 2

 

I kind of like the game, but I think it was hard to get the gnomes in the egg crate, but the boys didn’t seem to care it was just fun catapulting things around.

This week we have the pinewood derby. I cut out Goose’s car today- he need to paint and prep it for the race this week.

I have begun some mittens this week. I have one done and am working on the next one. You can see the info on them on my ravelry page {here}. I am making the men’s size and they fit me pretty good. I have such honking hands- thanks to my dad.

Mitten number 1

I also purchased a pair of khaki men’s pants at the thrift store yesterday. I altered them today to make some boyfriend type pants. They turned out really good and I think I like them. I was at Lane Bryant yesterday and tried on a pair and loved them, but they were $65 and that is just too damn much for a pair of weekend pants. I got mine for $5 and 30 minutes of my time. And I think I like them better. I am now on the look out for some blue jeans to do this too.

How did I alter them? Well the a bit big in the waist, but I left that alone, because it makes them more comfortable, I will just wear a belt. I trimmed about 1 inch of the sides and the in seam and the crotch. They are still a bit bagging in my hips, but that is kind of the look I am going for. Also they were pleated in the front so they poof. I didn’t fix that because I really don’t care and I think it goes with the look I am going for.

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I think I am going to have to learn how to alter more clothes. It is much cheaper. And pretty damn awesome.

…later

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So, This week has been. And I truly say been. Here in the southern US of A we were a whopping 6F. It was the coldest I remember. And the wind… crazy cold. That was on Tuesday… today sunny and 60s. Clear skies. I really dislike this crazy *ss weather.

I haven’t worked on anything all week. I have just been, as I stated earlier. It was kind of rough getting back into the swing of things for goose and me. He went back to school this week and back to everything else that he does- guitar, karate, and cub scouts. So he has just been tired. He went to his dad’s this weekend, so I expect another sleepy week. At least I had a quiet weekend.

I have been playing Luigi’s Mansion on goose’s DS like it is crack. I can’t get past this one level right now and am very frustrated. So maybe I can actually work on something.

I still haven’t finished Goose’s pillow. And I need to begin the diaper covers for HW little twins- she is due in March I think. And I want to work on ICB’s blanket. And I want to make some mittens. Hopefully this week I can get some stuff done.

Work has been work. I have been trying to find some patients for my current studies- so it is a lot of phone calls and reviewing charts- totally boring. I did have a few patient visits this week and actually have some scheduled for next week as well. Patient visits make the days go by so much faster.

I think I am kind of taking over his cub scout den. His current leader AR is not that organized or he doesn’t know what to do or something. He doesn’t even have a plan for the rest of the year. I have made one until April. I will work on May and June this week. It really only took a little thought and some time to write-up.

I have planned this great project for this week and I guess this is what I have been doing since Friday. so it began as such….

On Friday, we went to the dollar tree to get some things for the boys- little prizes, etc. I found these angry bird erasers and thought- hmm… I can totally make these into a game. So I started to think and decided we needed to make catapults. So that is what we are going to do. I spent most of today putting little kits together for them. I found the instructions here. And as I was looking on the web, I found this great game Gnome Catapult here. So this is what I have doing this lovely beautiful Sunday. And that is the game we will play this week. I sure hope the kids like it.

I will try to take some pictures and post next weekend and I will try to actually create something as well.

… later

So I think the last time I was here was back in August. Sorry for the absence, but it seems that life is just getting to me.

I had started a new job in April and it has just been hell. I now know that the grass is not always greener on the other side and I am so okay with that. I believe it was a few months ago when I decided that my job is just sucking the life out of me. Yes sucking the life right out of me. I work 8-430ish everyday. I sit in 1 and a half hours of traffic one way every day. I have been spending less time with my awesome child and no time crafting or thinking or writing or reading or anything that I truly enjoy doing. I am tried all the time. I can’t do anything… it is sucking the life right out of me. I have a hard time playing and interacting with my child. I think of all the things that is the most important.

Now you would think that my job is just like any other CRC job out there, but I have an idiot for a boss and PI that calls in all the time and can’t do shit and co-workers that do nothing but complain and suck major balls (well only one complains, the other one has become my friend and is just fine, another one completely sucks major balls- she can’t do her job for shit, and the rest are ok). I figured out within a week of being at this clinic that I know more about research then my boss and I have no respect for her at all. Our lab tech (the one that sucks major balls) fucked something up a couple of months ago. I told my boss, because it was a major fuck up and needed to be addressed by the manager I was told not the throw people under the bus and I was throwing her under the bus. REALLY, REALLY, SHE CAN NOT DO HER JOB!!!!

I am getting myself upset…. breathe, breathe…. 2 more days.

I am leaving the hell job and going back to my old company. I will continue to be a clinical Research Coordinator, but I know what is expected of me and were I can go with my career. I can’t wait to get away from this place and get my life back together. Such a great way to start the new year.

Ahh! the New Year. So it seems the world did not end in 2012 as the Mayans predicted. Bad Mayans you should know what you are talking about. Good for us. So in this year I want to improve on myself (I know I am completely fabulous, but I think there is always room for improvement). I want work on the list of thing to do before I turn 40. I am now 34 and haven’t done crapola. What was on the list? Why it was …
1. Run a marathon- considering that I think I have gained about 20 pounds in the last 3 months which makes me now super huge, this probably the biggest goal. I am severely overweight and out of shape and smoke like a chimney, but at last I want one of those 26.2 stickers on my damn car. So plan- get better- no eating out that much, no junk food, no snacking all the time and exercise… lots and lots of exercising. Oh and of course quitting smoking.
2. buy a house- well Mom decided that she did not want to move and she wanted to pay off her house… so we are staying put. I think in about a year or so I might buy a beach house, but I need a down payment and I tend to shop alot.
3. Go to Rome, Italy. I am going to go for my 40th birthday, so I have about 6 years to prepare and save for the trip. I think my and goose will go, so we may do a tour. He’ll actually be about 12 years old then, so hopefully he enjoy it. I want 2 weeks in italy at least one week in Rome. I want to lie on the floor of the Sistine Chapel and gaze at the beautiful ceiling.
4. (just added for your information) I want to get my master’s degree. I want either a MPH or MPA. I am not sure which one would help me the most in research, probably the MPH. So I now need to take the GRE and apply for grad school. Yesterday I purchase a GRE prep book and was looking through it and they no longer have the analogies and antonyms sections I did so horrible in them, I AM SO FREAKIN HAPPY!!! I DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT SHIT! I did so good on the old GRE analytical section many years ago. I also did well on the math. Not I will have to do all that and write an essay. I have this in the bag. I can write of course…. you should be able to see that.
And that’s all. Not too much, but still alot of things. So this year I want to begin to working on all of these things. I am a slacker at heart and I just wait and wait, but can’t. I think I need to just take my life in my hands and push forward. I am the only one who is going to make it happen. So how do I do this…

I have no idea. I need to make a schedule for the exercise thing. I think I am going to try to cut out carbs and sugar from my diet. I need a total overhaul on how I eat. I need to save more money. I have spent the last few months thinking about my finances and where they are going and I am happy to report that I am not broke all the time and I pretty much purchase whatever I want. The purchasing what I want needs to stop… I now want money in the bank, a trip to Texas in the spring, a week at the beach in the summer and few weekend trips here and there with my goose. AKA I now am ready to travel…

So in this new year… I plan to save about $4000 dollars and travel a bit. I plan to begin to lose weight and get healthy. I want to quit smoking in February. Right now that gives me 2 weeks to begin to cut back and quit. I think I will use gum or something. I know that I can’t do it cold turkey. That also gives me 2 weeks to get my diet in place. I will watch what I eat and exercise during the quitting smoking, but quitting smoking is really the main thing if I gain I gain. I think that the exercising will help the not smoking. I think I need a couch to 5k program. I’ll look that up.

(Side note I began writing this about 2 weeks ago and have just been unable to finish. I finished today. I am done with my old company and have been back with my old old company for 1 week. Everyone was surprised and happy to see me. I felt like home and I am not allowed to ever leave again. I will retire from this company, hopefully. I want to get back to being me. I had lost myself in the past and had to work hard to get back to where I was. I noticed this weekend that I have been very angry, very angry at everything and that is not me and I do not like it. I have calmed down… I did somethings around the house… fixed a curtain rod, touch up some paint and cleaned up my room a bit. I feel better and feel like I can clear my head now. And here I am clearing my head. I also have not been crafting or anything of that matter. I have read a few books, but was not really that in to them. I have made a few things, but not that happy with them. I need to get back on track…)

I know I haven’t been here in a while. It seems life has just gotten away from me…

I began my new job back in April. I love it. I am going to be running the place before long. My boss wants to prompt me to senior crc but since I have only been there a short while I have to wait. No problem since that is what I want and I can wait for it. She does want me to be manager like. What does that mean? I do not know.

Over the last few weeks our doctor has been absolutely crazy… And by that I mean WTF CRAZY! hopefully he calms down soon, I really can’t take much more of the second guessing and overall bad attitude.

Work is extremely busy as well. There is alway something to do always. And it not hard, just flat out busy.

I also have been trying to clean more at home. Which I think I gave up on about 2 weeks ago. That has really affected my crocheting and crafting activities.

I have complete the birthday presents for my best friends. It totally sucks that their birthdays are like a week apart. And it doesn’t help that I always forget until the last minute. They turned out really cute. I crocheted to bags, one for each of them. MMM says I should really sale my creations, but I still hate etsy, so what to do….

I have worked on the notso baby blanket a bit and only have 3 more colors to do. It just takes so long to do a row. I don’t like big projects, but I think I am tired out of the little ones so big projects it must be from now on.

I have been knitting a scarf, yea I said knitting. It has pockets and looks like a sock monkey. When I am done I am going to knit a sweater. I guess it is about time I become a knitter as well.

Life has been good.

My car is a piece. It keeps breaking and within 1 week I spent about $1000 to get it fixed. At least I have AC. It seems to be okay now I think I have about 6 months before something else goes wrong. I should really write GM a letter. I love the car so much… It just hates me.

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Nana needs to retire. I think her work is literally killing her. It breaks my heart. I want her around forever, but her health is not that great right now. Her muscles have been hurting. She has been on statins forever and I think they may have caused some issue. Her doctor sucks. She went one day because of the muscle pain and they didn’t ever check CPK levels or any blood work. Really something could be really wrong. She stopped the meds, but really hasn’t been the same since.

My goose turn 5 at the beginning of the summer. And at the age of five he decided he wants to be a super hero all the time. He only has a batman costume so that is what he wears. I have bought some fabric to make him a spiderman costume and a super Moussa costume. He is just too much!

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My goose also decided that he wants to move to NYC. And since that is a dream of mine, I think we will. Now I just need to find a job. I would like to be there next summer. I think OHM is going to move back, so we need to be by dad.

OHM went to court finally and the deportation status has been lifted. He can apply for work papers and in 2 years citizenship. It is really good for the goose.

We had a summer of traveling. I need to get the pics off my camera and up. Maybe tonight I’ll work on that.

And that has been life lately…

Today my heart broke. Even worse then the day I found out Heath leger died. Today MCA of the fantastic beastie boys passed away.

I will never see my favorite band perform again. And my child will never see them live.

Be at peace…

So I have not posted in about 2 weeks. Really not much going on.

My new job is great, but busy. I get home from work later so I don’t get to craft as much.
I am not allowed to buy yarn, so I have to only make things I have yarn for. Totally puts a damper on things, but I got a little crazy there for a while.
Just to make me feel better I reviewed my stash and I only have my under bed stash and my cotton stash currently- I repeat there is not yarn all over my room. I kind of feel really sad about that. I think the dog has ate about 5 skeins of yarn that I had, so maybe that is why the stash is so low.

And I am at a loss what to do with stash. I have been thinking about that tonight and have some ideas…
1. Crochet stash basket- I could always use
2. Crocheted hats to sell in my etsy store- yes it still there and I have done nothing.
3. And that was all I got.

A work in progress…

Maybe I should start on some Christmas present. At the rate I am going this year, it’ll take me to December to get them done. Now what to make?

Projects currently ongoing…
I have almost completed the granny shawl and I am not sure about it. I ran out of yarn even though I used what it said- 520grams. That is not enough. So I need to go to hobby lobby and get about 2 more skeins. I know I just said I can’t buy anymore yarn, but I need it to finish the damn shawl or it will sit in my pile forever…

I started to knit a dishcloth. Not going so well. I need to frog it and start over. Apparently my mom did not have her glasses on and bought a booklet of knitted dishcloths. She does not knit, so I have confiscated it. I think it’ll help me work in my knitting skills.

A friend is having a baby, so I have began a ripple striped baby blanket for her. Thank god it is a girl and I did not have to buy yarn. I am crocheting it… I will not have the frustration that came with trying to knit a ripple blanket.

And that is all beside the notso baby blanket for the goose which has made no progress in about 6 months. It has really been to hot to work on that big thick blanket, but I need to get it done. It is taking up a lot of room.

Life has been good. I haven’t really done anything in months and I kinda like it. I spend my evenings cleaning and hanging out with goose. I spend my weekends hanging out with goose.

He is playing soccer right now, so that occupies most of the day on saturday. He is pretty good this time. He has even scored goals- 3 in total. I am so proud of him and maybe he will be a soccer player after all.

And the rest of the time I just chill. I am thinking about having a crafty weekend this weekend and some blog time… I was at Disney world last week and I need to get some projects up even if they are not done.

Right now sleep… later

So life lately has been pretty boring around here. I began my new job about a week and half ago and life it. My boss is awesome and all the people I work with I really really like. I have just been getting into fixing all the charts and setting up some processes for it so it moves on.

I have been trying a daily cleaning schedule and I love it but I clean for an hour every night and with the new job I get home later, so by the time I’m done cleaning it is bathtub and then I try to spend time with goose.

I have also been reading the hunger games series, which I love. Really well written books. I have o e more to go and then I think I’ll crochet to my hands fall off.

With all that said, I haven’t been working on alot of projects. I began a granny stitch shawl about a month ago and am halfway done. And that’s all I got.

I have been playing with my new cricut cutter and I love it.

I also now know the gender of a friends baby so I am eager to get started on her present. A little girl. So happy I already have the yarn. I am thinking a crochet ripple blanket, but then should I try to knit one again. Do I dare?

We shall see.

Life goes on… Later