Still alive, I promise!

I know I haven’t been posting much. I’m still alive. I’m finally on the tail end of this cold (just a bit of congestion and tiny cough holding on).

I have been working on stuff, just a lot that I can’t show or really talk about. I got the proposal sent out yesterday and then got back to work on SSP#4. I’m now at the 50% point and feeling really good about that. My goal is to crank out a lot more over this week so I can use next week to catch up on holiday gifts.

I do have a picture I can show. I’m doing a Secret Santa swap and plan on making my giftee some kitchen stuff. Last night I decided to crank out a market bag. This project went so fast! I completed it in just over 2 hours.

The pattern is the Old Fashioned String Bag. Here’s the Ravelry link and here’s the regular pattern link. Super fast and I think I’m going to make a few more to add in to some gifts. It didn’t even use a full skein of Lion Cotton.

Oh, and that pic? Taken with my new camera. In very low light. I LOVE my new camera. It’s awesome and does all kinds of awesome things. It’s actually smaller than my cell phone by about 1/4″. I’m looking forward to getting all kinds of pictures at the different holiday gatherings this year.

Okay, so I need to get back to work so I can have time to finish all my holiday crocheting this year! Eek! If I get a check today (should get it…it’s due) then I’ll swing by Joann’s on my way back from the bank to pick up some more thread for Josalynne’s dress. If I have leftovers I may make her a purse to go with the dress or something. We’ll see. But I’d rather have leftovers than not enough. Okay, back to work for me.

Designing, Illnesses, Competitions, etc

Ah, the joys of designing. The first part of the project I’m working on for a call is fine. It’s done, it looks good, I’m excited about it. Today I was working on the finishing bit (this would be so much easier to just show you, but nope) and after working for about 2 hours on it I realized it wouldn’t work. So I ripped it back. Now I’ve got another direction and I think it’ll be even better. For the most part that’s how my day has been spent.

Well, in between coughing fits. I hate coughing. I am feeling better, though, so I guess that’s a good thing. I also went around the house and started spraying Lysol. John comes home tomorrow and I really don’t want to get him sick. Tomorrow I’ll wash the sheets, spray down the bedroom and bathroom, and vacuum.

The Florida State Fair is coming. I always forget about the deadline for entering into the competition until it’s too late. This year I remembered. And now my entry form is filled out (only 3 items this year…I’m trying to decide on a possible 4th) and ready to mail out. Then I’ll go in a few weeks and drop off my items.

John told me last night that the camera he got me is purple! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay! It’s tiny, though. He said it’s definitely a “chick” camera because it’s too tiny for his big “man hands” (his words, not mine). He’s already charged it for me so it’ll be ready to go on Saturday when we go to Disney with the family.

Okay, that’s all from me. I’m going to go get back to work and see if I can finish this today.

Back to work and feeling human-like

The cold is still hanging on. Although I slept through the night last night and really am feeling a bit better. But this congestion stuff has got to go. Thankfully I found my vaporizer in the closet (I thought I had gotten rid of it). It’s not producing A LOT of steam, but at least what it is producing is making it into the family room (whereas the pot boiling on the stove was really only putting moisture into the kitchen). I’d like to find a spot here in the family room to put it, but there just isn’t anywhere that meets all the following criteria: 1) up away from the animals, 2) not blowing hot steam directly on me, 3) not blowing hot steam near any electronics. Therefore, it shall sit in the breakfast nook next to the family room.

I’ve also started working again. I’m working on a design idea for a call that went out. I have a few days to get that done. Although, minor rant about designing. I HATE when I get going on a project idea and then come up with another way to do it. Usually I rip out and start on the way I think will work better. Although sometimes I find that the new way doesn’t work and I end up having to redo in the original way. Ugh. So this time I’m working through it in the first way. If it doesn’t work, then I’ll try my other idea.

I’m skipping crochet meeting tonight. While I’m feeling a little bit better, I don’t feel well enough to go out in the cold and be around other people. I’m hoping that as each day goes by I can get better so that by Saturday I’ll be well. We’re going to Epcot for the Candlelight Processional and having dinner at Mexico. Yum. I want to be able to taste the food (and not just textures which is all I’m doing right now). I’ll take pics while there because I’ll have a new camera. ๐Ÿ™‚

John called last night to ask my opinion on my Christmas gift. Yes, it’s early. He knows what I’m making him (had to measure and let him pick the pattern and the colors) and he said since my camera is slowly dying (and taking batteries with it apparently) he wants to get me a new one. So he bought it last night. It’s a Nikon and is red. ๐Ÿ™‚ And it has a HUGE screen on the back (well, compared to my itty bitty 1″ screen on the Kodak Easy Share). I can’t wait to get it and be able to take more than 5 pictures without having to stop and charge. ๐Ÿ™‚ Very exciting.

That’s all from here. Moving day to day to feeling more human. I’m at likely 60% right now. Hopefully today I can get some work done on this new design idea and then on Thursday start back on SSP#4.

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