Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Feeling Much Better Today & Project 365 #14 & #15

NaBloPoMo November 2016
Sorry for the funky mood yesterday. Feeling so much better today. It helps that I didn't freeze all danged day.

I finally found another set of size 7 circular knitting needles. They'll do for now, except that I think I'm allergic to the nickle plating and will either have to go in really short bursts or find some cotton gloves to wear. They also have a more blunt tip than the one that broke, so it was a little awkward (this yarn is a little bit splitty). I messaged the company about the needle that fell apart, and while they have offered to replace it, they say it will take 6-8 weeks as it has to come from India. WTF? Load of crap there. So, while I wait for that replacement, guess I order a new one off eBay or something. It cracked me up when I titled this photo "Broken Dreamz" - Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" started playing in my head. LOL

Broken Dreamz

Here's a link to an amigurumi pumpkin I want to make. Let see if the link keeps the Google Translate function intact.

There's a winter storm watch in effect for Thursday and Friday of this week. I'm really not looking forward to driving to Custer in the snow. Hope it's not as bad as some people are saying. Of course, Marcus is supposed to come this weekend, so it better not be horrible. I miss him and T.

OK, on to the Project 365 photos and then I'm hauling my carcass to bed. I need to start compiling my Thanksgiving menu so I can send a shopping list to Marcus for the stuff I can't get organic around here.

#14 - I'm going to be finding skeins of floss for a while, it seems. I found a box that I thought might contain another size 7 needle as it has the extra yarn skeins for said project. Nope, but there was more cross-stitch stuff tucked in there.

Yet More Floss

#15 - The restaurant I was going to eat at tonight was closed and I was craving a burger (today was rough at work, but a different rough than yesterday). I didn't feel like cooking. Black Hills Burger & Bun in Custer is usually packed and I've only ever had carry-out from there once. As I drove by, I noticed it almost empty, so I popped in. Had some cauliflower soup and a burger called "Big Sur". Yum, radish sprouts and cucumbers. (NOTE: I am not drinking a Pepsi - that is iced tea.)

Black Hills Burger & Bun Big Sur

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Update Gone Horribly Wrong & Project 365 #13

NaBloPoMo November 2016
Well, I made the mistake of trying to upgrade my Expression Engine installation last night. This is what I get for not keeping up with the versions. It went horribly wrong and I couldn't even log in to my control panel. I felt it necessary as something changed in the last few days that broke my site and I couldn't edit past entries and it was telling me there were all these new comments that weren't there. Good thing Marcus & I made backups of everything. I'm back on my old installation, but I've removed some deprecated things that I think were breaking stuff. At least I'm able to post again and edit past posts. I am so frustrated that I've let my web knowledge get so rusty. Marcus will have to help me trouble shoot and get it updated once he's up here later this month.

I've spent a good chunk of today watching old movies on the Sundance channel. It's one of our free previews this month. Sometimes wish I could get more channels, but the cost isn't really worth it.

Speaking of TV, Gilmore Girls is on in less than 2 weeks. There's an ice cream company in New York, Ample Hills Creamery, selling a Gilmore Girls branded ice cream. Tempted to splurge and order some. Not sure when I'm going to settle in to watch. I'm probably going to be one of two people working in our office the day after Thanksgiving. Hopefully we can keep the front door locked. Not really wanting to be bothered by people on Black Friday (the front of our office is an antique-type store), especially since there's really nothing cool to buy there. Will probably have to do it when I get home.

So, stuff like this below is what is frustrating me about my craft supplies situation. I thought I had found all floss and had it wound on bobbins and cataloged in my Xstitch app. Nope, while looking for the ever elusive size 7 knitting needle, I found this today:

More Unwound Floss

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Next Cross Stitch Project & Project 365 #12

NaBloPoMo November 2016
Man, I've slept almost all day - got up around 2pm. Was going to go into Rapid City today, but I wasn't feeling like it. I watched Captain America: Civil War that I had purchased in iTunes a couple of weeks ago and never got around to watching with everything going on lately.

I was going to work on my Broncos cowl, but I couldn't find a size 7 needle (remember, mine broke last weekend) and I was getting depressed trying to find one since my craft supplies are totally disorganized. I did manage to come across the project below that I started a while back. Guess it's next - Crafter's Manifesto by Satsuma Street (on Etsy):

WIP Crafter's Manifesto

Friday, November 11, 2016

Thoughts on Gypsy & Project 365 #11

NaBloPoMo November 2016
Happy Veterans Day.

I'm snuggled in bed cross-stitching and watching TV. I just got through watching a version of "Gypsy" on PBS. I've always loved that musical - I was in the pit in high school. It wasn't until tonight, though, that I realized that my mother was Rose. I'm not going to elaborate more than that on the Internet.

I hid or unfriended a lot of people on Facebook and unfollowed a bunch on Twitter. I can't take the hysteria or venom anymore. My life is not dictated by who is in the White House. I feel good about where my life is going and the constant negativity is not healthy for me.

I finally have a cross-stitch finish. It's Let's Sew by Ursula Michael. Not quite sure what I'm going to make with it yet. I'm gearing up to do a Stitch from Stash project for 2017 from a group I joined on Facebook. Basically, I set a budget for myself each month (in my case $25/mo.). You get credit towards your budget for finishes. Since I have my fabric for my Angel of Cross Stitch chart and a complete set of DMC floss, I've got plenty to keep me busy.

Cross Stitch - Let's Sew by Ursula Michael

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Planet Alignment and Project 365 #10

So, Venus has been very bright in the night sky. A few nights ago, I had gotten off work late and it was super bright. I thought it was Venus, but wasn't 100% sure, so I pulled up my Star Walk app - sure enough it was. I was also surprised to see all the planets relatively close to each other! They have been all week. It's kind of cool. Here's some screen shots I just took. Anyway, once again I wish an iPhone could do justice to night photos, but the last picture is a photo I took from my car before I left work tonight. That's Venus to the left of the Custer flagpole. OK, I'm heading to bed - hopefully going to finish my current cross-stitch WIP. Was hoping the new Supernatural was on The CW app, but no such luck.

Custer Flagpole with Venus

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

I’m Exhaused and Project 365 #9

NaBloPoMo November 2016
I'm exhaused. Between the stupidity from a good chunk of people over the election, the ridiculous practice we continue to perpetrate of messing with the time in the Fall & Spring and that I'm just plain tired, I don't have much to post tonight. In fact, when I got home from work tonight, I sat down to eat my dinner and promptly fell asleep. Since it's almost midnight, all you get in my Project 365 photo of the mountain goats that I pass regularly by Mount Rushmore. You can't see them because the Mama moved in front of them, but she does have 2 younguns between me and the mountain. They are so danged cute.

Rushmore Mountain Goats

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Presidential Election 2016 & Project 365 #8

NaBloPoMo November 2016
Today the United States elects the 45th President of the United States. As I write this (almost midnight Mountain time), it still hasn't been officially determined who that is, but Trump is closest. I'm shaking my head at the comments I'm reading in my social media feeds. My guy didn't win (Gary Johnson), but the world isn't going to end with either of those two yahoos sitting in the Oval office. Was I happy that this country elected Obama not just once, but twice? No, but my world didn't end and neither will theirs.

I Voted 2016

Monday, November 07, 2016

Worst Election Season EVER & Project 365 #7

NaBloPoMo November 2016
I don't think I've ever been so frustrated over an election as I am this year's. I know my guy, Gary Johnson, won't win, though that won't stop me from casting my ballot for him. The sucky thing is I really can't stand Clinton or Trump. I cringe when I listen to people defending either of them. How low we have sunk as a nation that this is the best either party can put forward? I really wish there was a Galt's Gulch or someplace where I could flee and be rid of all of this stupidity.

I'm also sitting here tonight trying to figure out how and what/if I'm voting for locally. I've lived here such a short time that I don't really have a sense of what these ballot measures mean for the state. I also don't know any of these candidates.

I've never been so apathetic about voting as I am this year.

2016 Ballot stuff