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This is going to be such a scattered list of random asides there was really no other title for it!

I hate weeknight West Coast swings for my East Coast hockey team. I can never stay awake for them and feel personally responsible when their play sucks since I was not there to cheer them on.

I am so excited to give my oldest niece her birthday present tomorrow. I’ve had it picked out for so long and am busting at the seams to see her with it. I also can’t believe that tomorrow she is 22 years old and a most beautiful woman. 

Snow is beautiful when I don’t have to drive in it with reckless drivers.

I cannot believe how thrilling the two Hockey East college games were. I had given my dad tickets to see Providence, Harvard, Boston College and Boston University. The compete levels of this guys were phenomenal and much better than what I have been seeing at the AHL level lately.

It is seriously making me rethink the season ticket package I have for the Providence Bruins!

February has even more packed into it than January! Not sure how that is even possible!

The Rhode Island Stitchers have a meetup on the 5th. Yay! I really hope some of the nice people that have stopped by the past couple of events come back!

The Stitcher’s Hideaway Alumni Retreat is at the end of the month. I have been saving my pennies so I can go stash shopping in my slippers!

In between is the Red Wings game in Boston. Seats are fantastic (thanks Dad) one section over from center, within 10 rows of ice level and in the Bruins defensive zone (our favorite zone to sit in).

This game brings me one team closer to my goal of seeing all Original Six teams play. NY Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens have already been seen and the Toronto Maple Leafs are slotted for the end of March!

In other happy news I have booked a room for the Spring Celebration of Needlework in Nashua, NH and booked my company’s condo for a Stitch N’ Bitch weekend!

New stash came in the mail today! What a pick me up that was! I bought a pattern to make for a family member, some linen, the GAST hand dyeds for Blue Ribbon Designs Afraid of the Dark sampler AND I couldn’t resist LHN Needlework Guild and the Crescent Colors to go with it!

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2010 Stitching Finishes

My meager finishes for 2010 are …..

 

Hope Mandala on 28ct Lavender Sparkle Cashel finished as a flat fold August 2010

Ice Queen by Raise the Roof with threads from my stash and Kreinik gold Ombre and blue/gold #4 braid stitched on 28ct Karma Sparkle Lugana by Silkweaver December 2010

Boston Bruins ornament designed by me for my Dad to celebrate the pro hockey games we have gone to together.  28ct opalescent white Lugana with DMC and Mill Hill No.8 beads.

December 2010

Run, Run Rudolph by Raise the Roof on 32ct. cream linen using Weeks Dye Works threads, Kreinik #4 braid, Mill Hill beads and Jingle Bells 🙂

Writing and holly leaf on the back were free handed. November 2010.

Renne de Noel ornie on 32ct. Mystic Glow opalescent linen by Silkweaver. October 2010.

Winter Blues by Stitchy Kitty – modified design using DMC threads and Mill Hill Beads on 14ct. pinkinsh/lavendar Aida. December 2010.

Custom designed back for my Rhode Island Stitchers group exchange.

There is another Sue Hillis Peace ornie but I have yet to take a pic of the finished design! lol

Challenge update – 6 month mark

I originally started this challenge in the summer of 2009 BUT I have had a lot of changes which affected where I would be almost three years from now. Since the boyfriend is long gone there were a lot of  “goals” that were abandoned. I still have yet to come up with 101 tasks but I am more than halfway there and will be working on them some more!

The Mission:Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:Tasks must be specific (i.e., little to no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e., represent some amount of work on my part).

Start Date: April 15, 2010

End Date: January 2013

Completed: 30!! as of October 24, 2010

Home: (24)

  • Refinish my 1940’s craft cabinet in a vintage black walnut tone DONE! September 2010 But in white paint with original oil rubbed brass hardware. The wood was too damaged to restore with my budget.
  • Stain headboard – Decided the headboard did not go with my new style direction so I put it in storage July 2010
  • Paint side tables DONE! July 2010 Two were painted white for the bedroom and two were painted black with walnut stained tops for the living room
  • Refinish dinette set – Status Check July 2010 primer is on
  • Sew chair back covers for chairs – Decided that I like the 1960’s charm of the chairs and have now embraced it.
  • Sew placemats DONE! September 2010
  • Repair current bookcases DONE! August 2010
  • Fix and/or discard broken holiday decorations. Donate unused decorations
  • Donate clothing and blankets no longer used DONE! October 2010
  • Go through books and donate as many as possible DONE! August 2010
  • Find an organized way to store music, load favorite music selections onto the computer for long term storage
  • Replace dinnerware and silverware with comparable quality sets DONE! February 2010
  • Invest in a quality set of hard anodized aluminum non-stick cookware
  • Fix bathroom floor and lay down new tile DONE! July 2010
  • Sew new shower curtain
  • Paint bathroom Peridot green DONE! July 2010
  • Refinish bathroom accessories to match new style (paint wicker, wood and metal items, dye rugs) DONE! July 2010
  • Steam Clean carpets DONE! July 2010
  • Paint or stain coffee table DONE! July 2010 stained dark walnut
  • Paint or stain entertainment center
  • Buy new comforter set DONE! May 2010
  • Buy 600 thread count sheets
  • Replace mattress pad/topper
  • New bathroom towels

Travel: (11)

  • Have the Stitchy, Witchy, Bitchy Week in New Hampshire at the Condo DONE! July 2010
  • Finish the second half of the Freedom Trail in Boston
  • Have a picnic lunch at Quincy National Park in Quincy, MA
  • Visit Washington D.C.
  • Go back to ABC Stitch Therapy in Grantham, NH DONE! July 2010
  • Go back to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY
  • Visit Independence Hall in Philadelphia
  • Visit the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and see the Boston Bruins play the Maple Leafs IN Toronto
  • Visit DisneyWorld
  • Go on a road trip
  • Take Mom to bingo

Hobbies: (28)

  • Complete my maternal ancestry documentation (paternal is already done!)
  • Adhere to regular backups of digital photos to cd-rom
  • Finish scrapbooking the past year and half of my life
  • Regularly print and scrapbook photos and/or mementos
  • See the Detroit Red Wings play the Boston Bruins in Boston. Have tickets for Feb 2011 game – Thanks Dad!
  • See the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Boston Bruins in Boston. This will complete my goal of seeing all of the Original Six hockey teams in action (All games against the Boston Bruins: Montreal Canadiens April 19, 2008, Chicago Blackhawks March 7, 2009 New York Rangers April 4, 2009)
  • Complete Marilyn Monroe cross stitch for framing
  • Start and complete Mirabilia’s Circle of Friends Started July 2010
  • Subscribe to Cross Stitch Collection magazine
  • Attend a cross stitch retreat DONE! October 2010
  • Create a better storage system for crafts DONE! September 2010
  • Paint Queen of Cups box DONE! May 2010
  • Paint The Fool tarot box DONE! May 2010
  • Attempt thread crochet again
  • Make a needlebook (TW Dragon) started March 2010
  • Design a matching bead scissor fob
  • Finish scrap granny-square blanket
  • CAL 6″ yellow scarf
  • Take a sewing class
  • Sew scrap bags for crafting DONE! October 2010
  • Go through Gramma’s craft boxes DONE! October 2010
  • Discard old paints that are not salvageable; make room for Gramma’s paints DONE! July 2010
  • Make Fortune cookie “favors”
  • Make Scissor fobs DONE! September 2010
  • New embroidery scissor investment DONE! September 2010
  • Crochet blanket for Alexander DONE! March 2010
  • Crochet blanket for Andreas DONE! March 2010
  • Crochet green car coat sweater

Health: (8)

  • Adopt the glycemic diet back into my life again
  • EA Active 3x week
  • Start Pilates cycles again
  • Begin walking regularly
  • Buy a bicycle and helmet
  • New glasses DONE! February 2010
  • New contacts DONE! February 2010
  • Buy Polarized/UV protection sunglasses

Finances/Work: (10)

  • Begin a “House Down Payment” savings account – contribute a minimum per week to it
  • Find a new place to live for July 2011
  • Learn more abut mortgages and purchasing a house and research any programs that can benefit me
  • Attend a Homebuyer Education Class
  • Convert all paper statements to paperless
  • Find an organized way to file important documents and bills; Use a ledger method to track payments and account number details for paperless items
  • Update resume
  • Follow the “Smile and cash my check” edict from my employer until I can’t take it anymore Working on it October 2010
  • Learn Crystal Reports
  • Stick to a moderate Christmas spending plan

Personal: (14)

  • Visit Mom’s Knitting Group again
  • Find a Book Club
  • Find (or start) a cross stitching group to go to DONE! August 2010
  • Complete the 50 books in a year challenge
  • Get car inspected
  • Replace front tires DONE! September 2010
  • Repair front fender on car
  • Have car detailed inside and out DONE! January 2010
  • Buy myself a Coach bag
  • Invest in new crystals DONE! March 2010
  • Find a new tarot book DONE! March 2010
  • Look into hair straightener treatment DONE! June 2010 Not going to do it! Formaldehyde! yuck!
  • Try to grow out natural nails
  • Attend a class for personal or emotional development (maybe another self-hypnosis class)

Ease on through

Cause there may be times when you think you lost your mind
And the steps you’re taking leave you three, four steps behind
But the road you’re walking might be long sometimes
You just keep on stepping and you’ll be just fine (yeah)
Ease on down, Ease on down the road

Yeah, I am quoting The Wiz….

Hell week #1 is over. I think I got through it with this song playing as one of the many show tunes that provided the background music to my work week. Hell week #2 will begin Monday and I’ll get through that one just the same way but maybe with different tunes!

Huge software development project at work that needs complete documentation and an instruction manual for users whose first language is Chinese. The go-live date is October 12th! yikes!

Overwhelming to say the least. Doesn’t anyone realize I am not a computer developer? I went to college for print journalism (and then back again for paralegal studies) for heaven’s sake. This is not my forte!

That being said I have been doing this as a side project for over six years now and I have gotten the hang of it all pretty well. I can even give the real computer people a run for their money! *pats self on back*

I tackled my project today by telling myself to ease my way through it…no stress, no extra pressure. One keystroke after the other…

After writing twelve pages of preliminary documentation this afternoon my brain is twisted and smoking from overuse. Chilling on the computer and watching some mindless trash on the TV is the best brain medicine I can do right now.

I’m afraid I am so mentally spent that if I picked up a needle I would inevitably wind up have to do some frogging of whatever I stitched tonight.

I will be working on one stitching project or another tomorrow when the Bruins play the Hurricanes. Puck drops at 7pm and needle will be flying just as fast as my Boys are flying up and down the ice!

Hockey!!


Saturday was Pre-Season hockey night in Boston!

The Bruins lost but the boys played pretty well; with lots of heart (which I love).

The officiating favored the visiting team (Columbus Blue Jackets) just ask the 17,000 people booing in the Garden!

Best part of the game, hands-down, was my partner for this adventure – My Dad!

I bought him (and myself) a mini-season pack of tickets to the Providence Bruins for Father’s Day. One of the perks to the package was a pair of vouchers for a Boston Bruins game.

Now Dad and I figured that we would have shit seats up in the balcony for some Thursday night that we couldn’t get to Boston. I was surprised to learn that the vouchers were only good for a pre-season game. We had a choice of a game last week against the NY Rangers and the one we picked against Columbus. Dad and I saw the Rangers this past April so it was time to try a new team.

I was shocked when I found out that our vouchers had landed us in the 11th row right behind the visitors goal. We’ve never sat on that side of the arena. I prefer to watch the spectacular goal tending and devastating body checks down in my own end, but it was excellent to watch our boys on the forecheck! Can you say Milan Lucic? *sigh*

Here’s a pic of two of my fav boys – Milan Lucic (#17 on the Left) and Tim Thomas (the one with all the pads on).

I didn’t get a lot of great pics during practice because we were on the wrong end of the ice and I didn’t take snaps during the game because I wanted to really enjoy the game with my Dad.

And enjoy I did. Last season was the first year that Dad was really into hockey as much as I am. Dad has always enjoyed the game and rooted for the home team but he hasn’t been a big fan since the 70’s and the hey-day of Mr. Bobby Orr.

I am pleased that it has been almost 2 years that my Dad and I have been able to share this together. Dad and I have tickets to the Providence Bruins season opener on Sunday. I am going to miss my fav player in Providence – Vladimir Sobotka – since he has been moved up I-95 to the Big Club.

I call Sobotka a “weeble-wobble” because weebles are so little and they wobble but don’t fall down. Sobotka is small for a hockey player but he is fierce on his skates and doesn’t shy away from the big hits and never seems to get knocked off his damn skates!.
I am rooting for him to make a big impact in Boston and help get the wins in the tough games.

I am always disappointed when my boys don’t get the “W” but it doesn’t matter if we win or lose because as long as I have my best hockey buddy with me, I always come out on top.