Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Weighing the Pros and Cons

As I've mentioned before, I've been trying to find a way to make some extra money.  I've looked online, I've looked in the paper (NOBODY posts in the paper anymore!) and I've contacted my old employers to see if there was anything available.

Thursday around 3pm, one of my old employers contacted me back telling me there wasn't any admin jobs available, but things were constantly changing and they would let me know if anything opened up.  An hour later he wanted to know if I could come in to talk the next day. 

I started yesterday.

So YEAH I found a job!!! but now I have to go to work.

I have had a lot of mixed emotions about going back into the workforce.  Am I capable?  Yes.  Do I want to be tied down to a specific schedule?  Not really, but legitimate work-at-home jobs are hard to come by.

I made a mental list of pros and cons to mentally work my way thru this.

Pro:  there will be more money during the week to alleviate some of the stress from the IO.
Con:  I have to go back to work in a structured environment.

Pro:  the job I'm at allows me to be flexible.  Right now I'm working around Baby Girl's schedule for school and they will allow me to change it again once school starts (this was a BIG plus)
Con:  no matter how flexible they are, I still have to show up for work.

Pro:  it will force me to be more organized
Con:  we are setting up a schedule, but past experiences have taught me that I still need to be on top of things. 

I've gone to work the past two days and I have to say it hasn't been horrible. The mornings are a bit stressful since I have to have stern conversations with myself, but it was easier today than yesterday.  I figure by the time I get my first check I'll be very happy showing up for work!!   And I'm working with a lot of people I've worked with before so it's not like I have to start fresh with people's personalities, etc. 

Two questions that stand out the most during our conversation:
"Are you bored?" (uh, NO)
"Do you want to work part time or full time" (I want flex time)

I have no idea how this will affect my blogging, but I'm going to try and keep at it.  In fact I have sock progress!

sock for my nephew, just about to start the heel

sock #2 for me half way thru the foot.

And while I missed posting this on Saturday, I still wanted to post it today.

If you look close you can see another rainbow above the first.

I will be posting soon abt Baby Girl's experiences in Theatre Camp, especially the stage makeup classes. 

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... hot.  we've been getting rain pretty much every day, but it's not the cooling rain you get up north.  It's the steamy rain that can make it feel even worse.  Right now it's 88 but feels like it's at least 100.  My phone says the realfeel is 104.  I am in my room with the drapes drawn.

I am thinking... I need to motivate myself to get more accomplished.  However the heat really zaps any energy I have and makes getting going a hard task.

I am thankful... for central air.  I will be thankful for that for most of the summer.

In the kitchen... I made some banana muffins with some questionable bananas.  They didn't make us sick but they were definitely OFF. 

I am wearing... tan shorts and a purple tee.

I am creating... I have started my nephew's socks and so far so good.  They are striping more than I thought, kind of spiraling down the leg as they stripe, but you don't notice that unless you follow the stripe.   The other sock has sort of stopped mid foot.

I am going... to update my resume.  It's really sad looking.  I've been home  with the kids for so many years that most of my job experience is OLD, but I do have skills that can be utilized.  Part of the problem is that I really don't want to go back to work and magically hope that all the bills will be paid and I wont have to worry.  Then I get the mail.  Or band fees loom.  Or my son eats almost a pound of ham for lunch leaving little for the rest of us.

I am wondering... how long it would take me to learn quickbooks.  I've been seeing lots of opportunities to work from home using that skill. 
I am reading... Castle and The Mentalist fanfiction.  It's not a book, but it's perfect for late night reading.

I am hoping... that one of the side projects that the IO is working on will break.  He's got plans to turn some of his ideas into reality.  If he stays focused on it, I think he could do it.

I am looking forward to... cooler weather (is it too soon to be saying this??)

I am hearing.... the bathroom fan.  That's it.  Baby Girl is in Theatre Camp and #1 Son is still asleep.

Around the house... ~sigh~ not much.  I blame the heat.

I am pondering... that even though money is tight, I still have a roof over my head, electricity, water and food.  We could be SO much worse off.....

A favorite quote for today...

One of my favorite things  AKA Hemi's Corner...
the collage of Hemi that #1 Son made for my phone

A few plans for the rest of the week: We are already starting band booster meetings (apparently the high school has them all year long) and there is another car wash scheduled for this Saturday. 

A peek into my day...we've been trying to geocache some in the afternoon but it has been SO hot.  Plus the sun is really bright and I have a hard time reading coordinates on my phone.  I think we need to wait until 6 or 7pm to try it again. 
There you go!  Not as detailed as I usually get, but I really need to tackle something of importance today.  And I think the heat is starting to affect my brain.   Here is your link to follow if you want to play.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Thursday in the Garden

sad isn't it??
It's been hot here in Central Florida and by this time of year, whatever I've planted back in March or April is usually dead.  However there have been a few surprises.

tomato plant #1
The top tomatoes are rotted out.  I've got bugs eating them up.  However there are a few that have been spared....

Tomato plant #2 looks even worse.

It's all stems!!!  Apparently the same bugs are on this plant as well

However there are a few branches that have dropped down to the ground and I see this.

It's living among the weeds

AND part of it has started pushing up toward the sun with new leaves!  I see some blooms trying to progress, but I haven't been watering them so its not working.  I have incentive to water it tomorrow!  If a plant is trying this hard to survive, I can at least water it and brush the bugs off.

I truly don't know how they are still alive.  Esp when this is the temp at 9:43am!

ignore the time in the pic, I never reset it.

And on a side note, I tried a new recipe yesterday that was REALLY good!  It's Oven BBQ Chicken by The Pioneer Woman.  (yes even though it's hot I still use my oven)  I've made her Peach Whiskey BBQ Chicken before and while I loved that, this is better!!  The changes I made were more omissions than anything else.  I used boneless and skinless thighs (she used skin on and bone in), I didn't add anything to my BBQ sauce (and when it's Sweet Baby Ray's you don't need to!), but I did baste it like she did.  O. M. G.!!!  REALLY good chicken!  I added some Rice A Roni and corn and it was a yummy dinner.  Not the healthiest but SO good!  She paired hers with a Kale Pasta Salad which I will try the next time around. 

A swatch of sorts

Now that I only have one pair of socks on the needles, I wanted to cast on a pair for my nieces and nephews.  I dug thru my sock bin (actually I dumped it out right when #1 Son walked in.  He seemed a bit surprised as to how much a 60gal Rubbermaid bin can hold) and I found two yarns I want to use.  One is a Malabrigo for my 6 y/o niece and the other yarn is a mystery yarn.  I bought it almost 10 years ago on eBay and it came from an independent dyer.  No yarn ball or color name, just some nice yarn to make some socks.  The only problem is that I had no idea what kind of wool it was.  Superwash?  Wool/nylon blend??  100% Wool????  I knew I had to test it to see what it would do when washed.  I also wanted to check what needle size I would need since it seemed more of a sport weight than a fingering.

This would mean I would have to make a (gasp) swatch.  I NEVER swatch!!!  Neither did my mom. (so I'll blame her!)  Whenever she made sweaters, she would check her gauge as she went along.  If the gauge was off, then she would rip it out and start over.  I guess there were no worries abt what happened when it got wet because I don't ever remember there being a problem. 

However I was knitting for a kid whose mom would definitely wash them in the machine and possibly dry them in the dryer.  I had to be sure they wouldn't felt.  So I made a swatch. 

Sort of.

It's ridiculously small, but it did the job!  AND it didn't felt!!  So I know its a go to start a pair for my nephew.  He requested purple and pink socks and I think these will make him very happy!!  I hope to cast on before the wknd.

Come back tomorrow (ok later today since it's already 1am) when I share some pics of my tomato plants.  How these guys are still producing fruit I have NO idea!!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... hot.  hot hot hot!!!  However we do have a tropical storm brewing just east of us which will bring wind wind and more wind!  I'm ok with that.

I am thinking... too much.  Especially at 3am.  Why does the brain wake up that early when the rest of the body wants to sleep?!?

I am thankful... for the grocery store  Publix.  Lots of fresh produce, love their bakery, great customer service.  We're hoping #1 Son will be employed with them in November. 

In the kitchen... I tried two new recipes last week, a cookies and cream cheesecake and a blueberry crumb cake.  I am finding LOTS of things in my craft room as I slowly clean things out and to prove this, the crumb cake recipe was printed out in 2002.  How did it turn out?
It was good.  I think next time I will make it without the blueberries and abt half of the crumble.  There was more crumble than cake!!! 
The cheesecake was good, but the batter
looked better than the finished product.
I ended up adding more cookie crumbs to the top to make it more appealing.  Everybody loved it, but I think I will make it without the cookies next time.  There is a plain one with Biscoff cookies as the crust that I think I'd like better.
Final verdict?  They weren't total flops but not good enough to add to the keep pile.  Yet.

I am wearing... antique t-shirt and shorts.  From the 90s.

I am creating... after I posted my socks yesterday I realized that while the colors of the socks were true, the towel I put them on was so NOT!  The towel is brown but it looks like an icky green.  Here is another picture of my socks.  Still love them.

I am going... to continue sorting and purging.

I am wondering... why I have half the stuff I do.  What was I thinking?!?!

I am reading... well we are back to normal here with no time to read.  I haven't opened any fiction in over a week.

I am hoping... that I hear from JoAnn Fabrics soon.  I applied back in May and would LOVE to work there.  It would help pay for the kids' activities AND it would be a fun place to work. 

I am looking forward to... theatre camp.  I think it will be fun!

I am hearing.... tv shows, family conversations, the dryer.

Around the house... hmmmm, its a mess.  Nuff said.
I am pondering... the possibilities of actually having a clean house, food in the house, laundry done and dinner on the table at the same time.  I know there are women out there who can do it, but its becoming painfully obvious this will NEVER be me.

A favorite quote for today...

One of my favorite things AKA Hemi's Corner.....

A few plans for the rest of the week: I don't think I have any plans set yet.  I know something will pop up.  Plus next week starts theatre camp so life will get busy again. I'm looking forward to it.  When there is no structure we all turn into blobs.

A peek into my day... dishes and clothes are being cleaned.  Kitties are being snuggled.  Kids are being lazy.  It's ok,  it is summer after all.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Starting the Week Off Right!

2013 was a rough year.  One of the worst of my life.  We had issues with employment, with shelter, with health.  The only bad thing that didn't happen was a death because most likely it would have been mine!  After a doctor visit during my recovery I stopped off at an LYS and bought myself some ME yarn.  Not for the kids, not for extended family, not even for stash.  It was for ME!  February 1st I cast on and today I finished them off.

They are my Good Riddance to 2013!  Socks. 

And they only took me half way thru 2014 to finish them off! 

Sounds about right. 

Yarn is Alegria by Manos del Uruguay in Carnival.  I'm in love with the colors.  Very bright and cheerful, which is exactly what I needed after the past year.

Cast on 2/1/14 and cast off 6/30/14 using a basic vanilla sock recipe.  I think I started using Yarn Harlot's version and switched over to the one on the ball band of Colinette.  I make my own mods (3x1 ribbing) but like to refer to the basic numbers.

I cast on another pair in May, the second skein I bought that day.  Yep, they are for me as well.  And since I have been working them in tandem, I am almost done with one sock already!!  No picture, that will come when it is finished.  I am also casting on for some niece and nephew socks as well.  Small socks usually go pretty quick.  Lets hope they get them by Oct.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook

Outside my window... hot.  It is summer and it feels like that.  The house is officially a cave.
I am thinking... while I wont be on an episode of Hoarders, I am DEFINITELY a pack rat. 
I am thankful... for my a/c.  It is a MUST for Florida living.  Hard to believe I was five before we had a/c in the house.  Why yes I AM that old!!!! And for those of you who live up north and STILL don't have a/c, it's not the same thing!!
In the kitchen... my last post had all kinds of crazy things going in the kitchen.  Last week I made some banana muffins and chocolate chip cookies (I figured since I had the oven on....)  Gotta balance the bad with the good so today's dinner was frozen pizzas.  I was working in the craft room today and didn't have energy for much else.
I am wearing... baggy blue t-shirt.  I've been in jammies all day.
I am creating... I've got one sock just past the gusset and at the stage to knit round and round (nice mindless tv watching knitting) and the other sock is just past the heel flap getting ready to turn (will need to pay attention to that one or my heel will be wonky)
I am going... to a craft day with some ladies from the area.  Baby Girl wants to come too.  She enjoyed working on a cross stitch last time and she wants to pick out one of my little kits.  Glad to see her enjoying the needle arts.  (she started a project!!  A Lizzie Kate)
I am wondering... how I ended up with so. Much. FABRIC!
I am reading... the same book, Taking the Wrap.  I really need to just set aside some time for it.  It's a fun read, but I cant seem to escape into the storyline.  Reality has a way of squeaking into my subconscious and messing me up.
I am hoping... to knit later on tonight. (I never did)
I am looking forward to... theatre camp.  I really do think both kids will enjoy it.  Baby Girl is actually taking theatre camp, but #1 Son will be volunteering.  It will keep them both busy.
I am learning... to buy ONLY what I need when it comes to my stash.  Buying with a project in mind is fine, but I have WAY too many things for that *maybe* project. Sock yarn does NOT apply.
Around the house... as you can see from previous comments  I was in my craft room today.  I worked in that room a little over 3 hours and got rid of one large garbage bag full of junk.  I also have another bag of items to bring on Friday for my crafty friends to go thru.  I really don't know how I've accumulated so much stuff!!  I have SO many magazines for cross stitch and quilting and knitting.  I have plastic boxes of fabric.  I got rid of some, but there is still lots I like and I do want to eventually get back to sewing/quilting so most of it stays.  I need to plan a day of posting stuff on eBay. 
The hardest part??  Seeing patterns and pieces of fabric of outfits I was going to make Baby Girl when she was a toddler.  I have made her things in the past, but the cutesy fabric just wont fly now.  And the fabric I did buy for sleep pants won't be enough for either kid now. 
I am pondering... the abilities of my brain.  I started this post 4 hours ago, got distracted and just realized I never published it.  Hmmm, some days I really wonder what I could accomplish if I had HALF a brain!!!
A favorite quote for today...
What makes it funnier is that my Dr ACTUALLY said this to me when I had concerns about my memory!!
One of my favorite things AKA Hemi's Corner....
Is it time for our Pilates class??
A few plans for the rest of the week: household chores like laundry and cleaning.  Friday will be meeting with the girls for a craft and lunch day, and the kids want to see The Fault in Our Stars so that might be a late matinee on Friday.  (the movie is a go.  plans have been made with friends.  They will cry in one theatre and I will be laughing in another.  I am SO past the crying movie stage. 
A younger parent will sit with them.  She wants to see it too!  Life makes me cry for free, I'll take the paid laughter any day!)
There you go!  Thank you for reading this installation of my TSWD.  If you want to play, go here. And the italic comments are what I've added in the 5 hours since I originally started this post!!