Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday WIPs

Not a lot done this past week, with taking care of the cat, getting in my abbreviated camping trip.  I DID get down to the campground for a day and a half and kept my mind occupied while kitty was at the vet.  Much needed R&R albeit brief.  And look at these views:

But, lest this be a WIPless Wednesday, I have gotten a bit of work in on my obnoxious yellow scarf:

That right there is a terrible, terrible photo.You're welcome.

So anyway that's really it for me right now.  Taking theonlycat in to her vet appointment today to get some new drugs to stimulate her appetite and get some fluids in her.  Man, I NEVER thought the day would come I'd be begging her to eat something.  I hope everyone else is well.  Much love!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Update on kitty and a video

Theonlycat is back home after a couple days with the vet.  She is acting great, but we still have a long road ahead of us.  Her kidney levels were down today, half what they were when we took her in!  That's great news, but they're still way above normal.  We're keeping her at home and will start giving her fluids here once a day for a couple weeks and see how she does after that.  Fingers crossed.

Speaking of the kitty, I did my first ever product review.  I hope you like it.  I have new video editing software and I'm still feeling my way around it so it may seem a little lame right now, but I'll work on it.  Lol!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday check-in

I've posted here and there since last week so for the most part you're caught up on my projects and where I am with the October Challenge.  But some things have happened. Some possible game changers.

So this coming weekend is the Big Annual Family Camping Trip.  I've mentioned it before.  My parents started this annual camping weekend sometime in the 70s and it's been yearly since.  I've only missed a few because of shows or other obligations.  But in the last couple years I said to myself I will NOT miss this!!  Even taking a couple extra days off work to elongate the trip.  (My parents have started going down on Tuesday, so it's practically a week for them.)  This year my plans were to go down Wednesday after work, theonlyboyfriend would meet us down there Friday morning and all would be great.  However.

Theonlycat is sick.  I mentioned her in my post last week.  She was throwing up a LOT.  That finally subsided but then she stopped eating.  And lost weight.  And now she's drinking twice as much water as normal and peeing constantly.  I rushed her to the vet as soon as I could, but I already knew what this was.  Blood work revealed my worst fear.  Kidney failure.  The vet seems kind of optimistic because everything else is great with her heath.  We're both hoping we got this early enough we can get her healthy and she can keep going for months or years yet to come.  Baby girl is 11, so she is far from old for a cat.

So I have to take her back to the vet tomorrow morning and drop her off until Saturday morning.  They will get an IV going and hydrate her and pump her up with antibiotics, etc.  And we see from there.  So my camping trip will just be a day trip if that.  I'm debating if I want to visit her while she's at the vet or not.  I mean, when she's there, she ignores me anyway because she's so mad to be at the vet, so I don't know how much it will comfort her.  And, I can't lie, I don't know if I can see her with the tubes and everything.

Sure I'm disappointed about not getting this weekend I wanted so badly, but I would do anything for my little buddy so that's just where it is right now.  Besides, everything I've looked forward to at all in the last year blew up in my face so it was pretty much to be expected.

But no matter what I'll do everything I can for this girl.  My buddy.  My best friend.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

October Challenge

Just checking in real quick to say I did project #3.

I did a very large purge and resort of my craft room today.  The closet in here was driving me crazy.  So I took everything out, sorted, purged and put it all back in.  It's much, much cleaner!  Went through my cube storage as well and got that looking much, much better.

Also got my summer clothes put away and winter clothes out.  That's not really a project though so I'm not counting it.  And that only took me about 10 minutes.

Another big load to take the thrift!!

3 down, 7 to go.

Side note:
Total fangirl squealing going on.  One of my favorite YouTube channels mentioned me in a video.
(At the very end)  I'm a dork.  I know.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Five!!

I forgot last week.  Granted it was the beginning of that awful weekend, so my head was not in the right place anyway.  Still, I will tell you when I forget to post and then remember when I'm in bed, I feel awful about it.  I do that jerk awake real fast thing like when you realize you forgot to lock the front door or something.  Anyway, enough of my blathering, let's do a list, shall we?

Cards on a Friday!

1) How many of those stamp/punch cards do you carry around, and which promises the best reward upon completion?
None.  I used to have a couple but I NEVER remember to use them so last time I cleaned out my wallet I pitched them all.  Well actually I have a Subway card, but I haven't eaten at Subway in months.  They changed something this year and their food makes me instantly nauseated.  Just walking by a Subway and smelling it makes my stomach turn upside down.

2) How many of those discount cards are you carry around and which offers the best discount?
First off, the whole discount thing is a joke.  They give you the normal price with the card, and just overcharge you without one.  Don't be fooled folks, you are not getting a discount with those stupid cards.   To answer the first part of the question, I have 8.  I keep them on a separate keychain that stays in my purse.  I've made no secret of just how much I loathe that entire enterprise.  I would just not use them, but as I said I'll get overcharged for things.  And Giant Eagle, you can't even checkout at all without one now.  For the record, when I fill out the applications for those, I use a fake name, phone number and address.  I do not want their spam and junk mail.  I don't care about the coupons, they never send me ones I would need anyway.  So much for their tracking algorithms.

3) How many other people's business cards do you carry around how which one do you refer to the most?
None.  New contacts are inputted into my Google account and referenced on my phone.  Heck I don't even carry my own cards anymore.

4) How far away from you is the nearest deck of playing cards?
I genuinely have no idea.  I'm at work, and I couldn't tell you who has a deck with them.  At home, we have maybe 4 or 5 decks all in the "junk drawer."

5) How many ID cards with your photo on them do you carry around?
Just my driver's license.  Although, thank you for reminding me I need to renew my license soon!  New picture, whee!!!

So there ya are.  I'm trying really hard to get back into posting more frequently.  I'll do my best, but please bear with me.  Hope everyone has an awesome weekend planned!!  Much love.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wednesday WIPs

It has been one thing after another in theonlyhousehold this past week.  Theonlyboyfriend's truck died and we're down to just one car. It's been too rainy for me to ride my bike, so there's been carpooling and hitching rides where I can.  And theonlycat has been sick.  She's been throwing up more or less non stop, a few times a day for a couple weeks.  Again, the car thing so I haven't been able to get her to the vet.  And of course copious cleaning up of cat vomit.  She seems to be doing a bit better tonight though so we'll see.  And my depression got pretty bad.  I went to a very dark place this past weekend and things were not well.  So not a lot was accomplished, but I did manage to get a couple things done!  No crochet, but I got 2 projects done for my October Challenge!!!

#1.  Finally got a towel rack hung in the guest bathroom for hand towels.  I've been wanting to put one up since we've moved in.  Small thing but as everything around here it turned into a much bigger project than I thought it would.  Ta-da!!

#2  Best yet... I FINALLY got the desk I've been wanting for a long time.  It's taking the place of the giant table in my craft room.  Takes up less space and is a much better writing/working desk that I can still use to sew on when I need to.  I got it from IKEA and put it together this weekend.

Squeee!!!  It's so gorgeous!!!

So that's about it for me for right now.  2 down, 8 to go.  And I have quite a list.  I think the next thing will be replacing the wax rings under both toilets.  Geh.

How is everyone else doing?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wednesday WIPs!

I'm slowly getting my crochet mojo back, finally.  So I'm picking up the hooks again.  And if I'm getting hooky time in again, I'd better be posting that, right?!  Yay!

Ok, so that blanket that's supposed to be a Christmas gift for theonlyboyfriend's family.  I seriously don't think I'll get it done in time for this Christmas.  But I'm working on it.  Ta-da!!  It's looking really nice, I'm happy with it thus far.

2 weekends ago I went to the big annual Wool Gathering in Yellow Springs and bought some gifts and of course, some yarn for me.  :D  I started a Tunisian scarf for myself.  It's called the "Cattus".  VERY simple pattern.  I thought it would be a good one for TV watching or lunch break crocheting.

The yarn is a bit brighter than I thought when I bought it, but it's super soft alpaca and so nice to work with.  It's kinda neon yellow-y with flecks of orange thrown in.  Again, WAY brighter than I thought it was, but it is what it is.  I may give it away, but keep it.  Regardless I'll finish the scarf.  :)

So that's what I'm working on now.  How are your projects coming?  Anyone working on anything cool?  I'd love to see!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Challenge!

Tomorrow is October 1st and day one of my October Challenge!!  Well sort of.  Maybe.  Let me explain.

So I've been really unsure of what to do, but I was just DYING for some kind of challenge.  Purging more items seemed enticing, but unrealistic.  Regardless, I decided to try something else.  * Gulp*  I'm going to attempt to do 10 small/medium house projects in the month of October.  Tick off those things that have been nagging me for months/years.  This does not include any basic cleaning, but if I decide to shampoo the carpets or power wash the deck, that should count.  

So it's not all that exciting, but I'll be glad to get some things done finally.  I know 10 doesn't seem like a lot either, but I think it's attainable, and if I do 15, then all the better!!!

So let's see how the month goes.  Anyone else up do do something similar?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Five!

Ok, since I want to get back here, I guess I'd better do it then, huh?  Nothing better to get my writing juices flowing than a good ol' Friday Five!!  And I have a nice one lined up for today.

So let's get on with it already, right?!!!

The "This Week" Friday Five!

1) What is the song/tune that is stuck in your head today?
Oh man, I have a new found obsession with a French music artist. And this week, this one song of his...I can't get it out of my head.  I'll just share the video with you.

One of my favorite musical groups, Pentatonix, covered this song on their newest album and I'd never heard this original so I looked it up.  His music is amazing and I'm hooked.  I bought one of his albums last night.  (Listening to it again right now.)  And the dancing in this video.  Oh the dancing. My heart zooms

2) What strange thing happened this week?
I posted this on my Facebox, so if you're "friends" with me you read this.  If not I'll just copy and paste my post here:
I'm riding my bike home and see up ahead what I think to be a large gym bag or a pile of blankets in the middle of the road. I figure I'll at least move it off to the side of the road. When I get up to it, it's not an it. It's a man having a seizure. In the middle of the road. I jumped off my bike and did my best to hold his head to keep it from banging on the road and just started shrieking for help. Thankfully of all places for this man to have a seizure he did it right in front of Grant Hospital. Someone pulled up after about 15 seconds and blocked traffic for me and ran inside for help. A gurney was out within maybe a minute and a half of me finding him. Here's the kicker, I don't usually go that way home on my bike. There was more traffic than usual on 3rd today. Either way I was shaking to hard to get back on the bike for awhile.

3) What good thing?
The weather has finally been much better.  I was able to get the bike back out and ride to work this week.  I could sleep with the windows open.  I only had to turn the AC on at home once!  It's finally fall!!!  I even got to break out the crocheted scarves and cowls.  YAAAAAYYY!!!!

4) What happy thing?
I got to spend a lovely evening with my other half.  We went on a trip to a town outside the city, had a fantastic meal and saw a show.  The show was.... well it was nice to be with my honey for a night. 

5) Anything memorable happen?  What was it?
Not yet, but it will tomorrow!  A couple of our friends are getting married.  I am super excited for them and super excited for the wedding.  I cannot tell you how much I love weddings.  You get to dress up, everyone is happy, there's dancing and free booze and food.... * sigh*

So there ya go!  My list for the week and hopefully a triumphant return after a crap-tastic summer of probably the worst season depression is years.  I'll keep you updated on my October Challenge.  Much love!