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Vanity, Thy Name Is BeeKay, Part Two

Years ago, the spousal-unit, his brother and I went to Washington DC to see the sights and go to a Caps/Sabres game at the recently opened MCI Center.  My brother-in-law is a Caps fan, I will always be a Pat LaFontaine fan (he is the reason I started watching hockey – more on that later).  I had a sweet red-and-black marled yarn mock-turtleneck sweater, which I teamed up with a pair of nicely-fitting jeans and fabulous brand-new boots.  I wanted to look cute in case I had the chance to meet Pat.

The phrase-that-pays there is “brand new boots.”

We did a lot of walking that day – visited the Korean War and Vietnam War memorials and the Reflecting Pool, hit a few bars, you get my drift.

I was wearing brand new boots.

By the end of the night, I was LIMPING.  If I weren’t such a proud broad I’d have probably asked the spousal-unit and his brother to carry me to the car.  Upon getting home and removing said fabulous brand new boots found that both my feet were COVERED in blisters.  Each toe, my heels, even the sole of my right foot (who knew blisters could form there?) sported at least one frigging blister.

The next morning, the only pair of footwear I could tolerate wearing was my beat-up pair of Reeboks, untied.  At the time I worked in venture capital so had to dress up every day; and there I was, clad in a smart business suit and SNEAKERS.

Went into my boss’s office to report in for the day and he gave me a quizzical look.  “What the hell is it with the sneakers?” Bawf** wanted to know, as he surveyed me from head to toe (he was always interested in what women wore, probably still is).

“Bawf,” I said in reply, “I am a very vain and stupid woman.”  I explained the sneakers (and the limping) to which he shook his head and said, “You dumb @$$” (yes, we had that sort of close and personal working relationship, which I miss to this very day, but if you tell him I’ll deny it).

From them on out, I always made sure my footwear was fully broken-in before deciding to tromp around a major city in them.

**”Bawf” is a term on the Howard Stern Show and the way Gary Dell’Abate referred to Howard back in the day.  Bawf and I were both Stern fans (I still am) and I used to call him that as a joke (he HATED it).  But further testament to our working relationship … shortly after we started working together, I went into his office to find him cursing at his new computer.  He glanced at me and said, “I hate f—–g computers.”
I said, “Then don’t f— them,” left his mail and left his office.
At our annual holiday party one year, he recounted this story and said, “In that moment, I just knew that she and I would work perfectly together.”
And we did.
I miss you, Bawf.**
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It’s That Time of Year (Again)!

Holiday (and birthday) season is in full effect chez BeeKay, and I’m trying to keep things low key and serene. The spousal unit and I used to send out holiday newsletters, with the last being in 2008 (I thought it was 2009 but in retrospect we were too busy to send Christmas cards that year, what with being new small business owners at the time). We decided to renew that tradition this year, and I uploaded the first draft to Staples.com to print in color for review. Won’t be able to get it until tomorrow at 7:00 pm, unless I want to pay a rush fee (no, thank you).

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First draft, needs minor tweaks

Order. Cancelled. The spousal-unit will print it at work tomorrow.

Last night, we stopped by Target and bought a box of Christmas cards, just in case we didn’t have enough to accommodate our mailing list. While in the basement pulling together everything I’ll need to decorate the evergreen swag for our front door, I found two nearly full boxes of Papyrus Christmas cards—I love Papyrus greeting cards—in addition to last year’s left over cards. I think we are all set for this holiday mailing, once the newsletter is finalized. We’ll just need to get stamps.

Holiday Swag

I hope I can find a swag that doesn’t look this ratty.

This week, I have to clean the living room from stem to stern so I can put out all of my holiday tchotchkes, and so we can put the tree up over the weekend. I have a new tree skirt halfway finished (photo to follow) in case I don’t want to put out my tried-and-true holiday cats tree skirt (ditto).

We enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with cousins Terry and Troy at their new home in Maryland. Their holiday spirit was in full effect, with at least five (five!!) festively decorated trees throughout the house, an amazing array of delicious food, and a house full of family and close friends. Needless to say, no one left hungry—Martha Stewart has nothing on those two!

I do have some gifts ready to be wrapped, and have a few more to buy, but I am stumped as to what to get my brother. I know cash or gift cards are always welcome but I find them unimaginative. I have no idea what size he wears, and don’t want to ask because he’s gained a lot of weight since he quit smoking. Perhaps some gourmet foodstuffs, as he is a foodie (which also accounts for his weight gain) and yes, a gift card (groan). Perhaps I will gift him a subscription to Cook’s Illustrated as a gag gift; he thinks it’s pretentious. “Do I really need to know what the dude was thinking while he harvested his home-grown turnips at their peak freshness? Do I look like I care? Get away from me with that crap.”

Lately, however, this place has been my go-to for inexpensive quality gifts.

As for birthdays, mine is the 15th, my brother’s is the 20th, and the spousal-unit’s is January 2. I hope to have the family birthday dinner at the Peanut Bar and couple’s night at Lang Restaurant (formerly Hong Thanh at Sixth and Court Streets in Reading). So glad tasty Vietnamese food is closer to home!

And further regarding birthdays, an Eagles win would be an incredible early birthday gift! Let’s go 11-1, Birds!

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Insomnia Strikes Again

Well, it’s almost five o’clock on Sunday morning, and Yours Truly is awake at an ungodly hour yet again. While the other inhabitants chez moi are snoozing snugly in their beds, I am sitting here (standing, actually) drafting a new blog post.

IDK why this recent phase of insomnia is ongoing. I take 10 mg of melatonin about an hour before I want to hit the hay—though I probably should not indulge in a couple of Starburst fruit chews after taking them. Then I get engrossed in “Forensic Files,” when I should probably dig up my Linguistics textbook from my junior year of college. THAT is the book form of Ambien, just without the sleep driving, sleep cooking, or whatever other sleep activities that are scary and messed up.

I have a lot of craft projects I need to crank out sooner rather than later. Can’t run the sewing machine at this hour because sleeping spousal unit. Maybe I’ll cut fabric for snappy bags, headbands, and pin basket linings.

OH! And speaking of candy, we won’t have to buy any for a good long time. We bought a shed load of candy for trick-or-treaters—in my neck of the woods, trick-or-treat is 10/30 and 10/31; it has been that way since I was a wee lass growing up here, which people who are not from here don’t get—not to mention my candy jar, which is fully stocked.

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Fully stocked candy jar

I’m sure cavities, or weight gain, will be imminent.

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Sweets from BJ’s Warehouse. I could spend all day in that place

  • 225 pieces/4 pounds of grape and strawberry Nerds (yuck), strawberry and banana Laffy Taffy (yum), and Everlasting Gobstoppers (double yum)
  • 145 pieces/2.5 pounds of Hershey bars (meh), Reese’s peanut butter cup minis (yum), Whoppers (more yum), and Kit Kat bars (meh)
  • 180 pieces/4.5 pounds of Skittles (YUM), Starburst originals (YUM X two), and Life Savers Gummies (yuck)

As you can see, the chocolate has been raided already, not by me.

I leave you with this:

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‘Twas Nice While It Lasted

As I’ve mentioned before, I have been waking up at ungodly hours for absolutely no reason. Even on mornings when I don’t have anything to do until later in the morning, closer to lunchtime, I’m awake before six.

Yesterday was the exception. The spousal-unit let me be and I slept peacefully until 11:00! It was bliss!

HOWEVER

This morning I didn’t have to get up until just before seven.

Woke up this morning an hour and a half before I needed to.

UGH

And I had to take a break from sewing. Ever since I broke my collarbone, any extended periods of repetitive motion with my right arm (guiding material through the sewing machine, ironing) ends up with my right hand cramping up like nobody’s business, and a sore shoulder at bedtime. Sometimes my hand cramps up and seizes so badly it does the Vulcan salute on its own.

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(More like “Sew Long and Suffer.”)

Not. Fun. It’s actually quite painful. I’ve taken to sleeping with a heating pad for my back, and popping Aleve like Tic-Tacs.

Why put up with this? you may ask. Surely there is a surgical remedy. Not necessarily. I did speak with an osteopathic surgeon about this, and he said surgery might make it better, or it might make it worse. I’ll not take my chances and just hope it improves on its own.

Have a great Thursday, everybody!

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And Here We Are, AGAIN

Well, it’s 0443 and I am awake WAY earlier than I need to be. Unfortunately, the creative juices decided to get flowing so I figured it would be best to just stay up, check my email, check Facebook, and make a final list of what I’d like to get ready to post on etsy.com. I have a ton of the cloth bowls made, mainly Halloween- and football-themed, with some fun and fabulous ones to boot, and have holiday-themed ones ready to be assembled.

I also decided to make some really sweet team headbands. By the end of the week, I’ll have (drum roll please) …

  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • New England Patriots
  • Miami Dolphins

along with some cute quirky prints. If these do well (fingers crossed they do), there will be baseball headbands shortly after the New Year. (Photos to follow, BTW.)

Once I have prices figured out, it’ll be off to the races! As always, watch this space!

I managed to see Tulip Fever when it was in my neck of the woods. Dame Judi Dench and Christoph Waltz amazingly excellent as usual (tho’ Ms. Dench was on screen for maybe a total of 15 minutes) and Alicia Vikander (who is getting married to Michael Fassbender of Inglourious Basterds fame) is a stunningly gorgeous talent. Looking forward to seeing Victoria and Abdul (again with The Dame, there is nothing like a dame) and maybe going on a haunted house tour in anticipation of Halloween.

Finally, Pinky the bear is ready to go to her new home. Sarge is sad to see her go, but he has found a new friend in Gingham the cat. Only in this house do the cats get homemade toys. (Again, photos to follow.)

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And So It Goes …

Well, the first round of bowls went out and one out of three was well-received; still waiting for comments on the other two. In the meantime, I have pulled together 15 more (!!!) that have been basted and are ready to be gathered and completed. Here are the fabric combinations I have put together so far:

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I also plan to make a few holiday bowls—Halloween and Christmas—and some football and baseball ones as well.

Once these bowls are completed, I plan to sell them on etsy.com as BeeKay Creations.

Unfortunately, this new endeavor means that my sage green toile shower curtain, Roman shade, and basket liner for the master bathroom, as well as summer clothing, have all been put on the back burner. Ditto the blue toile basket liner for the powder room.

As always, watch this space!

 

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Introducing Colour Cure!

Earlier this week, my saucy Aussie friend Tali introduced me to Colour Cure, another product line from Jamberry, and I must say it’s pretty sweet!

Essentially, it’s three products in one—base coat, lacquer, and top coat. You apply one or two coats and cure it with the UV/LED lamp (which looks like a miniature igloo for your fingertips) for just over a minute and a half and voilà! Perfectly gorgeous nails. And no streaking! I rifled through paperwork, did a lot of craftwork and my nails remained perfect! (BTW I chose Firecracker: the photo below does not do it justice.)

 

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Ugh, old lady hands!

To get signature style for your fingertips, check out Tali’s site!

 

 

 

 

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Get(ting) Back

So I have finally gotten my new(est) BlackBerry—no smartassery, please, I just can’t with a touchscreen—and got it up to speed. AND I have WordPress up and running on it! Yay me!

At any rate, four of the six prototype bowls have gone out, with two so far receiving rave reviews. I also received a 20% off total purchase coupon from JoAnn Fabrics, so you all know what that means, right?

It means yours truly is off to the bowl-creating races! I have so many creative ideas in mind, and can’t wait to bring them to fruition.

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Unfortunately, I neglected to buy a replacement pattern for the bowl; the original has clearly seen better days and has taken quite the beating.

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A friend of mine at That Place suggested I make miniature versions of the bowls for party favors. First draft is still in play.

I also have to take the time to clear out/straighten up the room over the garage so it can (finally) become the amazing craft room/spare office/spare bedroom/kitty haven I’m envisioning it to be. I just need someone (someones?) to help make an old recliner disappear. Older brother-in-law (OBIL) wonders how I work in organized chaos, given that the spousal-unit is a neat freak.

Also, last night I decided to try out a new macaroni and cheese recipe that included cremini mushrooms and liquid smoke. It did not end well. I will not bother you with it, dear reader, as it was not that great. I will stick with my tried-and-true mac and cheese concoction going forward, #thankyouverymuch.

As always… WATCH THIS SPACE!

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So, Here I Am (Again)

It’s 0635 on Sunday, and I’m in front of my PC waiting for my hazelnut coffee to brew, looking up instructions to make an eclipse viewer for tomorrow afternoon’s solar eclipse, and trying to figure out how to get down the shore before Labor Day.  I also have a few things to iron out so that I can get down the shore before Labor Day but those things will have to wait until tomorrow.

IDK what the deal is with this PC, but whenever I have Facebook up and running, it seems to disrupt access to other sites. FB is slow as molasses on this PC anyway so why do I bother? I guess I’m a glutton for punishment.

So its another early day after little or no sleep. I’m hoping that I won’t have to do any yard work today, not looking forward to it after last night’s storm but that decision won’t be made until the spousal-unit wakes up, which probably won’t be for another couple hours (lucky duck).

I did get a lot of stuff done tho’ not a lot of it was housework. Sent back my defective BlackBerry, got my new BlackBerry up and running to my specs, shipped out three fabric bowls, and had a nice dinner and chat with an old and dear friend of ours.

But what I wouldn’t give for a good night’s sleep!

And again, some of my friends say they like cleaning. I wish I shared that trait. I mean, I like nothing more than the smell of a freshly cleaned bathroom but all that effort! Maybe I’m too lazy for home ownership. Scratch that. Maybe if the spousal-unit would agree to have friends over for candlelight suppers, I’d be more inclined to keep a seriously tidy house.

The Candlelight Suppers

Here’s hoping for a few days down the shore, lazing poolside or on the beach, gorging myself on fresh crabs and Dolle’s salt water taffy, and just chilling out before getting down to brass tacks.

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Now We’re Cookin’ With Gas

 

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Love Paris, La Tour Eiffel, Play Ball!, Love Paris, Rosebuds, Mystical Purple

Here we go again!

These are the latest fabrics I have queued up for more cloth bowls. Some of you will receive one for critique. The catch? There is no catch—you get to keep the bowl in exchange for your comments.

I have chosen six or seven of you to have a look at one; all I ask is that you be honest and let me know your thoughts. Keep an eye on your mailbox!

 

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