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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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BK Happy!

I would have preferred to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth but …

YASSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

If not for the spousal-unit sleeping down the hall, I’d do the happy ferret dance.

 

(this is not my ferret, BTW)

Alas, I’ll have to wait until November 2019 for Bond 25. I guess I will have to binge watch Casino Royale, Skyfall, and Spectre (I’m not a fan of Quantum of Solace but I may have to suck it up) till then.

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When I grow up, I want to be as fierce as Dame Judi Dench

And have a desk tidy enough to keep Jack 🙂 on it.

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It Is 0530 – Why Am I Awake?

Ugh! Yet another morning of getting up at an ungodly hour for no reason whatsoever. So I fired up a strong pot of hazelnut coffee and decided to tackle the day.

So far I have dusted the foyer console and have my lead crystal faceted candle holders soaking for a good, long-overdue cleaning. I intend to dust the living room and dining room, finish up the shamrock bowls, and get started on the Mickey Mouse bowl. At the rate I’m going with these bowls, I will need to replace the pattern—just not any time soon, as my return trip to JoAnn Fabrics cost me a pretty penny ($90) and BOY did I catch merry hell from the SU over it! I did get a new pair of scissors, so it wasn’t an entirely wasted trip, and I scored some gorgeous brocade to make a couple of evening bags.

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I DID finish the breast cancer awareness ribbon pin, and will tackle the bear asap. Fingers crossed that I don’t botch the slip stitching too badly. Let’s just hope I can get it done and shipped before the wee one is off to college! I also made a pink gingham snappy bag for her mom, with travel baby care essentials in it. (Photos to follow)

See you on the other side!

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