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Work It Sunday

Today is Work It Sunday. It is also Laugh At Sarge Getting Up To No Good Sunday, as he is kicking up dickens.

I have a gift package for a friend almost ready to go out in tomorrow’s post. Sarge decided to be helpful by knocking it over and dragging out the teddy bear that was in it for quality control inspection. He then tested the box to ensure that it would meet USPS shipping requirements by standing on it.

After that, he called a meeting with Maggie to discuss the quality of the new pet bed. She didn’t have much to say on that subject.

He is now snoozing happily with “his” bear, which will not be his bear for very much longer. I will eventually make him another one, the spoiled little guy.

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So, laundry is washing, pedicure is drying (L’Oréal Steel Colour in 100 POW! Perle),

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My ugly-ass feet.

and the Singer is pumpin’ cloth bowls and snappy bags, today in a shamrock print with a green lining. After that, the bear and pin, both of which Absolutely Must Get Finished Before I Go To Bed Tonight.

Next in the pipeline: basket liners for the powder room and master bathroom, Roman shade and shower curtain for the master bathroom, a shopping bag (view C), with this fabric

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and then even yet still more cloth bowls and snappy bags.

And housework. Ugh. Tomorrow is Clean The Bejesus Out Of The Powder Room Day as I want to give it a mini-makeover. Pray for me to the Domestic Goddesses, if you will.

 

 

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TCB (Takin’ Care of Business)

As promised, here is the recipe for the crab and andouille jambalaya I made on Friday. It turned out perfectly the first time I made it, but this time the rice was a little bit softer than I normally like it. It still tasted great, and the SU and I gorged ourselves on it.

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Chesapeake Bay meets the Big Easy

I managed to avoid slicing any body parts doing prep work this time.

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(yes, I know it’s a SANTOKU knife, for some reason my brain wants me to say SUDOKU)

Today I am going to make Greek pasta salad, although it will not be gluten-free and I will not be making enough to feed an army.

Also today, I need to make a list of priorities for the week; there are a few things that I Absolutely Must Get Done TODAY as they are woefully overdue. Once the little grey cells start hitting on all eight after two Hugh Jass cups of hazelnut coffee, it’ll be off to the races!

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Crafts, Crafts, and More Crafts

So, as I am still gainfully unemployed, I have continued to hone my kung-fu sewing skills. I have now finished my third fabric bowl (Simplicity 1126, golf-themed pattern)

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with the intention of perfecting the creation of said bowls and selling them. To ensure that they are sellable (saleable?), I am going to make six or seven, send them to friends and family who have discerning taste and will not worry about being blatantly honest about the quality of my product, and ask them to share their thoughts on the quality of my product.

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Rose garden, black paisley, fuchsia diamonds, pink tiaras, black pawprints, shamrocks, and Queen Bee patterns

Since I have fabric scraps coming out of my ears, and hate to waste things (the practical PA Dutchwoman in me – thanks, Mom!), I took an old sweater from the SU and made a pet bed. Here it is 3/4 finished:

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There is easily ten pounds’ worth of scraps in it. So far no takers, but we shall see.

As always, WATCH THIS SPACE!

Off to make crab and andouille jambalaya for dinner (SO GOOD, recipe to follow).

EDIT: Someone has already claimed the (nearly-finished) cat bed.

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EDIT #2: Someone else staked claim to it last night.

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Today’s phrase that pays: “SARGE TESTED, MAGGIE APPROVED.”

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I’ll Take It … I Guess

One night I was bored off my gourd; the spousal-unit was working late, and I had pretty much wrapped up crafting and cleaning for the night. So I logged onto Facebook (or Book of Face as the Homes likes to call it) to kill time and stumbled upon a test called “Who Are You in the Hollywood History?” which sounds like an awkward title to me but whatever.

Using my profile photo, this is the first result I received. Not bad!

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Since I had time on my hands, I decided to try out a few other photos to see what I could see. On the second try, I got this classic beauty (again, not bad, and I highly recommend How to Be Lovely)

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Now here is where it gets weird. I do not see how this result came about:

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Or this:

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And I have no idea where these came from:

This essentially was my response to the latter four:

But I’ll take Vivien or Audrey any day.

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Whiskey Tango Hotel

So I’m taking a day or so to get caught up on projects that were left by the wayside due to a sliced finger and then a lovely summer cold, complete with allergies (blech!!). Now I’m back at it … but I would have preferred to get back at it around 9:00 a.m., not at 6:00 a.m.

To update: Simplicity 3799 is cut VERY small. I typically wear anywhere between a size 2 and a size 6, so opted to go with the XXS tunic and shorts. The XXS is allegedly a size 4.

That was a mistake.

I can’t pull the tunic down over my shoulders and I can’t pull the shorts up over my hips.

(Apparently my hips DO lie.)

I’m glad I didn’t cut the blue crepe with the embroidered anchors otherwise I’d be superp!ssed. I just need to get a new pattern, and go with size small next time. So someone’s little girl will be the lucky beneficiary of custom-made duds. Black, red, and white paisley tunic, and black shorts. Hit me up if you’re interested; some minor hemming needs to be done but for the most part they’re good to go.

The bear is almost done; the arms, legs, and back seams need to be slip-stitched shut, and I have to finish that wretched vest.

I also made a small bowl (Simplicity 1126), a plaid skirt (Simplicity 2184), and plan to make a pair of shorts (in the correct size, mind you—McCall’s 6930). Finally, I bought a new mat and frame for “When I Am an Old Cat” and hope to re-hang it later today.

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Crazy Random Things

On Tuesday, I had intended to sleep in a bit, as I had nothing of importance to do till two in the afternoon; but we all know the final destination of the road which good intentions pave, right?

So I brewed a strong cup of hazelnut coffee, texted Baby Bro, checked FB and email, and cleaned off the kitchen island (a weekly chore for me). Had to laugh when I found these:

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There are more out there … I can feel it

You see, in a past life as a client service manager, these were indispensable necessities – they carried backed- up files for on-site meetings, and files that were revised on site to save to our company server upon return to the office. Invariably, I would misplace one nearly every time I traveled for work. Luckily, I would back files up to a spare thumb drive, my laptop, desktop, and a CD or two “just to be safe”; I avoided catastrophes, but the constant loss of thumb drives became a running joke whenever I had to ask our office manager for a replacement.

Which was (pretty much) every time I returned from a business trip, sometimes even before departing on one.

Most of these are promotional giveaways, two or three are personal use, but there are quite a few I unearthed while cleaning out old business travel bags. Doubtless I will find more as I keep cleaning out my house.

You have socks go missing. I have thumb drives go astray. Perhaps they are together in some parallel universe having a laugh at our expense.

And maybe someday, I will meet up with my former supervisor and humbly return all the unintentionally pilfered office supplies.

There is a story (perhaps apocryphal) that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a drawer full of her signature, ever-present, Hugh Jass sunglasses at home and/or her office. That may be me someday, although instead of sunglasses I’ll have about a thousand thumb drives (probably sunglasses too).

We shall see, I guess. If you have thumb drives that are free to a good home, I’m your girl.

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Here Goes Nuthin’, Part Two

As I posted earlier, I cut the crap out of my finger with my kung-fu veggie chopping skills—I’m sure my chef friends out there would shake their heads at my so-called kung fu veggie chopping skills, maybe throw in a “bless her heart” or two—so I had to take a hiatus from sewing and other craft work. I would prefer not to bleed all over everything.

I have the following which I must complete sooner rather than later:

Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon (cross stitched on plastic canvas with beaded outline, for a good friend who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer)

and this bear needs to be sutured up and clothed:

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Please note, if you are in my neck of the woods, I would like to offer my humble apologies in advance for the cursing and ranting and raving you may hear as I try to finish the [expletives deleted] bear’s vest. I am currently on the third incarnation of it (the first one turned out incorrectly, the second was too small). I hope the third time will be the charm in this instance!

Finally, on Tuesday night there is a figure drawing class at the Goggleworks. It runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (they ask that participants show up 15 minutes early to help set up) and costs $5 (cash payable at the information desk). Bring your own materials. I think I’m going to give it a shot! Let’s see if I can improve upon this (don’t laugh, please):

OCMD sketch

FTR, I hate using oil pastels

As always, WATCH THIS SPACE!

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Casualties of Cuisine

The intention was to make ho-made homemade lasagna. As usual, another mile on the Highway to Hades got paved with my good intentions.

It is not the normal-formal everyday mozzarella-ricotta-lots of red sauce lasagna; I call it my sexy MF lasagna. Yes, you read that right. It is an amazing recipe.

Full disclosure: OK, it’s really a recipe I borrowed from Martha Stewart. I tweaked it as it was a bit too fancy for me—I’m too lazy to make ho-made homemade noodles (not to mention cheap as I don’t have a pasta machine and don’t intend to buy one as I have enough stuff already thankyouverymuch). Plus the spousal-unit doesn’t care for nutmeg.

My recipe (OK, MARTHA’S, I give credit where and when credit is due) calls for chopped celery, onion, carrot, and garlic. All very well and good until one considers that last week I sliced the crap out of my left index finger chopping celery for marinara sauce (OK, Giada’s marinara sauce) for rigatoni and meatballs, which is one of the the spousal-unit’s favorite meals. I waited too long to get stitches or Dermabond; had to settle for sterile strips and bandages. No antibiotics, as the knife was brand new, but I did have to get a tetanus shot.

There was a laugh to be had from this; I was explaining to someone what had happened (brand new santoku knife, chopping up celery, blah blah blah) and a guy friend chimed in “but what she didn’t tell you is, her husband’s name is Celery.”

Understandably I was apprehensive about doing anything that involved knives or cloth (blood stains are the devil to get rid of, you know, but this stuff works). As of this morning, the wound seems to be healing nicely, so I hope to get back on track cooking and creating.

Wish me luck and watch this space!

PS the phrase that pays was “I cut myself with a sudoku knife.” Damn that math game! And how’s that for a malapropism?

 

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An Exciting Past Few Days

[Edited 6/10/2017]

I have been one of the gainfully unemployed for over two years, and while sometimes not working was fun, on the whole it was soul-crushing boredom. I took up sewing again, got back into designing my own cross stitch patterns (I have yet to execute any of them as of this moment, but hey! it’s only 7:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning! the day is still young, right?), and took up meditation to (try to) get my mind serene.

On Thursday, my local paper had an advertisement announcing a need for obituary writers (part-time). The hours are great (afternoons, with some weekends), the office is conveniently located downtown (park-and-ride! mass transit! this would be awesome!) I lined up my references, drafted a cover letter, and sent in my résumé.

Another downtown employer is seeking a Visitor Experience Supervisor; résumé will be cued up and sent out shortly.

So hopefully within the next few weeks (days? a girl can hope, can’t she?), I will have a new gig lined up.

Last week, I sent a letter to the spousal-unit’s incredibly cool, generous, and talented aunt; she is an artist living in South Dakota and we correspond frequently. In the letter, I included photos of Maggie and Sarge.

In return, she sent me a piece of her work titled Notions and I have to say it will look amazing in my craft room! I can’t wait to hang it. Not sure what I will send her in return but it’s going to have to kick ass. (But now that I think of it, I have an idea … watch this space!)

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The One Thing I Never Noticed About Jackie O’s Shoes

If it wasn’t enough that the spousal-unit recently bought me the new Prince Charles biography (Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life—I highly recommend it), there is a new memoir about my idol Jackie Kennedy by her long-time assistant Kathy McKeon. Her name didn’t ring a bell despite the (at least) eight books I own about the late Mrs. Kennedy, but whatever. It is titled Jackie’s Girl: My Life With the Kennedy Family and it sounds like an interesting read.

So. The one thing I never noticed about Madam Onassis’s shoes … she had a quarter-inch lift affixed to one heel on each pair of her shoes because one of her legs was shorter than the other (I think that’s fairly common, if not universal, among people). I must ask my friend Amy about this—when she worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she assisted in curating Jackie Kennedy: The White House Years (yes, I am envious!).

I have used these two photos as avatars in the past … no lie, the spousal-unit asked when and where the left one of me was taken; an friend said I looked cute in the right. Mind-blowing (and flattering) that people close to me mistook photos of my idol for photos of me!

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