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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Small Success Thursday 12-19

4 days between now and Christmas Eve, 2 quilts to finish and I work 3 of those days. ..

1. Woke early this morning so I got up and made the guest room bed for my Mom and Dad who arrive later today.

2. Started over from scratch Tuesday on my nephew's quilt. In one day I managed to sketch a simple design, acquire the fabric from the fabric store on my lunch hour, then that evening piece the top, the back and got it mostly pin basted.

3. Managed to whip up 2 mug rugs and a batch of cookies as some teacher gifts.

Tune in next week. Will I finish the quilts? Will I have a melt down over my 18yo's lack of interest in his continuing education?
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Small Success Thursday

1. My employment contract (I work in IT) has been extended for another 3 months. The problem is there are 3 other contractors on my team that did not get extended. I am hoping I handled it with grace and compassion personally talking to each to tell them so they did not overhear the news. I am saying prayers they find another position by the first of the year.

2.  Hear I was thinking I would not get renewed and as of Monday would have a lot of time on my hands. So I made plans to make three (more) quilts as Christmas presents. I finished the first on Sunday. I have the second top about half done. They are going quickly but I need to work on them everyday.

3. I was being very conservative about my Christmas shopping. I was notified of the contract renewal Tuesday afternoon. I finished shopping for Hubby with a few online purchases.

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Monday, December 09, 2013

Advent wreath link up

Here is my DIY advent wreath. Simply some baby food jars with tissue paper decoupaged on it and tea lights. The wreath is a remnant of artificial greenery shaped into a wreath. We just started a ritual of Sunday night diners with the recently-move-out 18YO and his Girlfriend. As a direct result of the 18 YO moving out, we moved the home office from the dining room to the newly spare-bedroom. So we have a formal dining room and can dust off my Mother-In-Law's China. So we not have the advent wreath as our center piece and light the appropriate candles during dinner this year.

 Linking up with Sarah's Advent wreath link up.

Friday, December 06, 2013

7 Quick takes Snowy Feast of St. Nicholas edition

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St. Nicholas filled our stocking with about 3 pieces of candy and left a full candy dish sitting on the hearth. I told the 14YO that his new USB Power Pack should have come in his stocking.

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So we are in the path of the big ice storm. My workplace is about 20 miles north and issued a 2- hour delay. Fortunately, as a contractor, I can work from home. So I am set up in the bedroom as Hubby, too is working from home and drew the office.

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The freezing rain came, but still waiting for the snow. 4-7 inches is being predicted for my area.

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Looking for the roads to be clear by tomorrow morning. We are headed to the state championship football game. It will be a 3 hour drive North. If you can see the header of my blog, we are involved with the high school band. Our older boy graduated last year. The younger will enroll next year but he marched with the band at the football games (Band director is no fool, he did not want to lose 2 of his most reliable parent boosters.)

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So in preparing for the frigid weather and the (outdoor!) football game, I picked up some snow pant on Monday.

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But the 14 YO still turns down offers of long underwear/runner's tights. He prides himself on wearing shorts in all but the coldest/snowiest weather. (He walks home from school)Last night he did say that if he had to go to school today it might be worth wearing long pants

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Next year, at the Catholic High School, he will have a dress code. Can't wait.

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Small Success Thursday

Another Thursday and my small successes. 
Keeping a good attitude with the job uncertainty. My Contract expired a week form tomorrow. There were some signs of a possible extension again, buy this week it has been crickets. So I am trying to finish up any loose ends I have and keeping a smile on my face. (And I do keep getting emails about open opportunities)

Over the weekend I completed a simple quilt top for a Christmas gift. The backing is also ready to go. It is all waiting to be pin basted. It is looking like I will have plenty to time to complete 2 more.(See #1) 

Seasonal Affective disorder is an issue in our house this time of the year. An affected person is resisting sitting in from of the "Happy" light. I gently and calmly got the 15 minutes in this morning. 

And one Failure: 
Hubby gave me a card and gift this morning for a our 21st Anniversary. My success will be getting something small for him before I arrive home from work. 

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