Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Rob and I gave each other the same gift! We each got the other Ipod speakers! Haha! I also put a backing on this Star Wars fleece panel with some super soft swirl minky.
We got the cat involved in the action too. She got a new collar, a cat "leash," and her first taste of catnip. Whew! That was something else! I've never seen a cat high on catnip before. Pretty amusing!
And here's a funny picture of Tinkerbell, just because!
Corinnea and Haven have inspired me to crochet. I started with those cute neck warmers. Then I had to make a flower to go with it. Then I needed more colors of flowers. Then I decided to make one for my friend Amber for Christmas. For this one I figured out how to make little scallops on the ends. I am not very successful with the button closure, so I invented my own little "stick method." I covered the end of a chopstick in gold micro beads and it looks pretty cool!
Then Haven and I started working on a blanket with the new yarn. She's going to make it with Granny Squares. First we had to learn how to make one. I also learned the little Irish rose.
Monday, December 22, 2008
The cat LOVES the real Christmas tree. She loves to shake it and knock the balls off, knock the needles off, and dig in the dirt! All the things I love! NOT! So I bought all plastic ornaments. Don't they look like glass ornaments? And I constructed a make-shift cat protector out of a cardboard box to fit down in the pot.
This year I insisted on having a real Christmas tree. We've had an artificial tree for the last ten years and I just wanted to have something more natural this year. Don't get me wrong, our artifical tree is really nice. In ten years I've never found one I like better. But this year I just wanted a change.
So Rob suggested we get a potted tree so we weren't de-foresting. I went last Thursday and found a nice one at the new Baumarkt. (Which is HUGE! I may never go to Hornbach again...) Anyway, I'm glad I went last week because I was there today and there were NO potted ones left! Anyway....
So I got this cool pot to put it in and decorated it with the new Christmas papers from K&Co (which are FINALLY available in the store! Whew! What nightmares with shipping this year!!!) So... voila!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I've also copied Corinnea and made a neck warmer which I might post a picture of later. I haven't crocheted since like 5th grade. What was that teacher's name? She made us all learn! Thank you Ms. I-Can't-Remember-Your-Name! I want to learn how to make flowers next so I can keep the neck warmer on with little brooches.
Today I decided to stop moochin off of all my baking friends and I made Mexican Wedding Cookies BY MYSELF! Recipe from here. Now I've eaten so many sweets I feel ill... Oh, and I broke my mixer so I had to make them totally by myself! I want one of those big mixers that does it all...
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
But here's some pics of the gifts from my secret santa, Kara.
Inside the bag was another gift (even though the bag was enough by itself!)
Monday, December 8, 2008
Then he spent a LONG time in the bathroom meticulously picking the glue off his fingers.
Saturday we repainted the youth room at church. It was white with gray paint rolled over the top. It was ok as far as office space goes, but we wanted a more youthful look.
I really like the colors they chose. The orange isn't too overpowering and the blue is really nice. It's bright and warm and funky and way better than those gray walls! It was fun to work with the kids too. But I was BEAT afterwards!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
1 Dec: Discover my debit card has expired and a new one has not arrived. Not only that but I can't access my account online because it wants the new card's information.
2 Dec: Still no card, go through all the mail to make sure it hasn't been overlooked. Call the bank. They SAY they sent one with my DH's name on it, and they'll go ahead and send me one with my name on it too. (I've never bothered to have one in my own name...)
3 Dec: My card arrives. Rob's still not here. My card is only an ATM card. Not good for anything except withdrawing money from an ATM. Not only that but the PIN number comes separately a few days later. STILL can't get onto my online banking because I have to put in the freakin PIN number to activate it. Phone operator says I CAN'T have a MasterCard Debit Card because I'm overseas. BS. She'll be sending me a nice letter that will explain the procedure for requesting a MasterCard when you're overseas. OH, and the best part. The card they sent out in Rob's name was RETURNED by the US Postal Service and was destroyed by Citibank. But they can't send out a new card because Rob has to call himself. Where's Rob? Already asleep!
4 Dec: Four days with no access to my freakin money and very irritated.
Conclusion: will be promptly switching my entire paycheck to be deposited into the local army bank account and will use the Citibank account for backup only. This is ridiculous. Boy do I miss my nice little neighborhood bank.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Ok, yes, that's actually the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. But her room wasn't that much different!!! Well, I couldn't actually bear to take before photos. It was too much to handle. But here's the after photos!
Pink drawers replaced rickety old wood drawers that were falling apart.
Bed moved from wall under the slant roof to side wall. Shelves for little nick nacks. I haven't completly cleaned the cubbies under the bed, but I made a dent.
This lovely shelf with 16 cubbies replaces a boring bookshelf that didn't match anything in the room. The height fits perfectly under the slanted roof with room for smaller trinkets. Bean bag chair for reading strategically located next to the books. :)
Second half-size bookshelf with attached desk. This is a new thing from Ikea and I love this desk! It is so cool how it attaches to those shelves. Also in this picture, I covered some silver magnet boards with pretty wrapping paper to lighten them up and make them fit the color scheme better. Clever, clever! The shelf on the wall was added today to have a place for the dolls to stand. It will get little vitrine doors eventually.
Ok, and one last tid bit of exciting news, today I bought a ONE TERABYTE external hard drive for 99 euros!!!!! It's a "green energy" model by Siemens. SCORE!!! I love Media Markt.
So the house is clean, company's coming tomorrow and I have all day to just cook. Ah... Wonder if I'm going to want to go back to work next week... Well, yeah. Can't be this clean all the time! Hahahaha!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I also finished a super secret project today. No hints!!! But one very lucky person will be the recipient if we ever decide when our staff Christmas party is going to be!