Sock it to me

I finally finished a sock!

It’s for my mother, who has very narrow feet and slim legs so it looks a bit hilarious just laying there but it does fit her (or it did before I started the star toe). She’s asleep now so not putting it on her foot yet.


Now to get its friend cast on! I’ve only been working on these when I’m away from home. I need something that’s small enough to fit in my purse.

Pattern is Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes. So far, so easy.

…ans because I’m procrastinating:

What’s your show history?

– First show – Vince Gill at the WV State Fair with both of my grandmothers 😅

– Last show – Avantasia at The Palladium in Worcester, MA

– Next show – Heavy Montreal! Teo day festival at the end of July in Montreal, of course!

– Best show – Falconer, ProgPower USA 2015 in Atlanta, GA. It was their final show and let’s be honest, I didn’t think I’d ever get to see them perform. It was amazing!

– Worst show – There are a few up for the running. I’m going to go either with Anathema (PPUSA 15) or Tarja (PPISA 18). As somebody else put it, Anathema was like being waterboarded with sleep…and I did fall asleep. Tarja was pure diva and boring. For all the hype, I left early, as did most of the other people in attendance. It was pretty miserable.

– Who have you seen the most? I think that’s also a tie between Sonata Arctica and Battle Beast. I think I’ve seen them both five times. I had tickets for October when they’re touring together too but something bigger came up.

– Best show venue? Center Stage in Atlanta is my favorite. I also really liked The Filmore in Philadelphia. The Egg in Albany is also pretty nice.

– Worst show venue? The Webster in Hartford, CT. It was so bad I’ve refused to go to another show there. I also really didn’t like the PNC Pavillion in Charlotte, NC.

– Who have you not seen but want to? Powerwolf, Orden Ogan, Ayreon, Dream Evil, Turisas, and Eluveitie are the ones left on my bucket list. Seeing Powerwolf and Eluveitie this October and Orden Ogan in September!

– Bands you’ve seen that you want to unsee? – Alabama. They looked like they’d escaped from a nursing home, sweatpants and all. Also not my genre.


I’ll be away from home until the July 4th weekend. I’m worn out just thinking about it. It’s so tempting to run away. 😅

25 random facts about yourself that may surprise friends..

1. Do you make your bed? Usually

2. The first car that was officially yours? 97 Nissan Altima

3. Three grocery items you don’t run out of? Eggs, butter, milk. Those three are too important.

4. When did you start doing your own laundry? Little. I flooded the basement one or twice doing laundry an spitting in too much soap

5. If you could, would you go to High School again? Not for all the money in the world.

6. Can you parallel park in under three moves? Last time I tried but it has been a while

7. A job you had which people would be shocked to know? Babysitter. I don’t really love kids that much so it seems to be the surprising one.

8. Do you think aliens are real? No

9. Can you drive a stick shift? Learned on one but it has been years since I’ve had the chance to drive one.

10. Guilty TV pleasure? RuPaul’s Drag Race love that show

11. Would you rather be too hot or too cold? Cold. You can only take so much clothing off

12. If the world ends do you want to be one of the survivors? Ambivalent either way.

13. Sweet or Salty? Salty

14. Do you enjoy soaking in a nice bath? Yesssss

15. Do you consider yourself strong? Not really but I’m often told I am

16. Something people do, physically, that drives you crazy? Slurping spit when they talk

17. Something you do, physically, that you are sure drives people insane? Crack my joints

18. Do you have any birth marks? A little one on my toe

19. Favorite childhood game? I used to love hide and seek.

20. Do you talk to yourself? Not really

21. Do you like doing jig-saw puzzles? Aye

22. Would you go on a reality show? Don’t think I would but depends on the topic

23. Tea or coffee? Tea

24. First thing you remember wanting to be when you grew up? Veterinarian

25. No matter how much money you have or don’t have, what are you an absolute snob about? Crafting supplies and food ingredients. With either of those you can’t end up with an end product that surpasses what you put in to it.

I’m stressed. Holy crap am I stressed.

I’m visiting my mother. She was in the hospital for 10 days and they called me in to manage everything. It was a rollercoaster fuckfest. One doctor said she had lung cancer and was gonna die quick. One thought lymphoma. She was told her thyroid was too high, then too low. She was hypercalcemic and that caused kidney damage. She has stage 4 CKD now. The cancer guesses were wrong, she has sarcoidosis. I’m still here to make sure she gets the doctors she needs coordinated. It’s not healthy for me here so I’m having a hard time of it.

Distractions needed!

40 odd things about me.

1. Do you like bleu cheese? Not really. I can handle it on occasion but don’t go out of my way to eat it.

2. Coke or Pepsi? Coke

3. Do you own a gun? Technically, yes. My dad owned several and left them to me. I don’t have any of them at home though.

4. What flavor of Kool-Aid ? Fruit Punch

5. Hot Dogs? Oh yes. Delicious processed mystery meat

6. Favorite tv show? Star Trek

7 Believe in ghosts? Nope

8. What do you drink in the morning? Water, sometimes cranberry or pomegranate juice

9. Can you do a push-up? Only a girly one and only if I have to.

10. Favorite jewelry? Earrings

11. Favorite hobby? Knitting, currently. I like them all but knitting is what’s tickling my fancy right now

12. Do you have ADD? Probably. Mom always said I fit the testing but she never had it made official.

13. Do you wear glasses? Yes

14. Favorite cartoon character? Renji from Bleach if anime counts. If not, probably Pam from Archer.

15. Three things you did yesterday?
1) Checked the water system when the water here died. I can’t fix a pressure tank.
2) Made rolls
3) Got another few mats out of Mom’s dogs fur

16. Three drinks you drink? Coke, water, black tea

17. Current worries? Feeling stuck and wondering if that’ll ever change

18. Do you believe in magic? Nope

19. Favorite place to be? Outside in general. If it’s nice, I always prefer sitting on the deck

20. How did you ring in the New Year? Alone this year. My hubs was at work the whole day and night. Usually we go to GA to soend it with his friends.

21. Where would you like to vacation? Right now, Mallorca. Going in October.

22. Name three people who would most likely play along? Nobody. This is just a distraction.

24. Favorite color? Green

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? Never have so don’t know

26. Can you whistle? Yes

27. What are you doing right now? Fighting some anxiety

28. Where would you rather be right now? Anywhere. 😅

29. Favorite food? Peaches or country ham or dill pickles. Don’t make me go without any of those.

30. Least favorite chore? Cat litter

32. What’s in your pockets? No pockets right now.

33. Last thing that made you laugh? Is it horrible that I can’t remember?

34. Favorite animal? Cats of all kinds.

35. What’s your most recent injury? I broke half of a toenail off again a few weeks ago

36. How many tv’s in your house? A whopping zero

37. Worst pain ever? Ovarian torsion resulting in organ death

38. Do you like to dance? Negative

39. Do you like camping? All depend son who it’s with

40. How do you eat your steak? Medium well with garlic and salt.

These are fun to do and fun to read.
Please copy and play (if you want. 🤷)

Sleep Hygiene can suck it

My neurologist fusses that I don’t get nearly enough sleep.

Every time, I get a lecture on sleep hygiene. Trust me, I know what I should be doing. It doesn’t help. I’ve tried since I was a teenager and nothing has ever helped. Sometimes tequila does and sometimes blogging to dump out everything in my mind does.

I don’t fancy becoming an alcoholic so here I am! 

Hubs started his new job last week. He’s already breaking his promise to not work late or bring work home. I knew it was going to be a problem and that’s why I fought the change so hard. His preference to be at work all the time is really taxing on our relationship and I have enough trust issues from his past behaviors already, so things haven’t been so hot for many months now. I don’t have many friends, much less ones I talk candidly with, but the three that do know the full situation all think I should leave him…but two of those are long term internet friends and the other is an ex, so it’s hard because none of them know the hubs and one has hated him for years so probably isn’t the best person to offer opinions on the topic. I don’t want to talk about our problems with our mutual friends though. It’s just not a happy situation right now. I’m hoping things will smooth out but who knows. I’m not an optimist so things never seem like they’ll work out.

There are two birds nesting at the house right now. The Northern Flicker is back in the owl box- I love watching her. She’s so fiesty! We also have a Robin that returned. She successfully nested here last year but a feral cat got into her nest not long after hatching. It was really sad. This year she moved her nest a bit higher and is right outside my bathroom window. Last year she was at the laundry room door the floor below the bathroom. It’s a real treat watching the babies grow. I especially love catching a feeding!

My mom was admitted to the hospital on June 6th – the 13th anniversary of my sister’s death…so not the best week. The doctors have found a good deal wrong with her but can’t figure out what’s causing the problems yet. She’s asked me to come “back home” after she’s transferred to a larger hospital several hours away. I’m her medical power of attorney and her husband apparently is being about as shitty as mine is currently. She has hypercalcemia and they’re trying to remove what calcium they can from her blood. Her kidneys are almost shot – the nephrologist graded them over stage 4. She has mediastinal lymphadenopathy, with some worryingly large nodes near her heart, which will require a biopsy at a larger facility. She also has spots on her lungs, type yet to be determined. The hospital is basically just running endless tests on her to prepare to move her to the learning hospital without providing any real answers.

…and my little dog is still sick. No clue why. She starts another round of medicine this week. This is why I’m not an optimist!

I also had my annual torture session at the dermatologist. My old patch of morphea is starting to break up after seven years…just in time for a new patch to show up on my freaking spine. I also broke out in an awesome rash over both arms and my torso while there. The doctor was impressed because she even commented how clear my skin was aside from the morphea. So much for that. I have an awesome case of very itchy folliculitis now and get to bathe twice a day with antibacterial soap until it goes away. If it doesn’t go away, I get oral and topical antibiotics added to it. Yay. I have the best luck.

So to distract me more from all the annoyingg stuff going on:

Pick one band and answer the questions using only song titles from that artist.

Falconer, they’re my favorite so why not!

1. Are you male or female? Tower of the Queen

2. Describe yourself: Field of Sorrow

3. How do you feel about yourself? In Ruins

4. Describe your ex: The Past Still Lives On

5. Describe your current relationship situation: Scoundrel and the Squire 

6. Describe your current location: Halls and Chambers 

7. Describe where you want to be: Substitutional World

8. Your best friend is: Man of the Hour

9. Your favorite color is: Enter the Glade 

10. You know that: Dawning of a Sombre Age

11. What’s the weather like: Pale Light of Silver Moon

12. If your life was a television show what would it be called? Carnival of Disgust 

13. What is life to you? Upon the Grave of Guilt

14. What is the best advice you have to give? No Tears for Strangers

15. What is your favorite way to travel? Hooves Over Northland 

16. What are you most afraid of? Perjury and Sanctity

17. How would you like to die? Portals of Light

18. Describe your soul’s current condition: Lament of a Minstrel


…those sounded way darker than the should’ve. I’m fine, for the most part. A bit stressed and tired, but I’ll get through it. I always do.

…now to hunt down sleep. I hope! 🙂

P. S. I had my birthday recently too! I have a new 30 pound weighted blanket and it’s glorious!!!

It’s also nice to have air conditioning again; I sleep so much better if it’s freezing cold. The gutter guys broke the coolant line last year and I just had to shell out a small fortune to get it fixed…fighting with the gutter company for a reimbursement but not holding my breath.

Cold + heavy blanket + purring cat on my pillow = I might sleep tonight

“I’m going to sleep late” she said, lying to herself.

Since I can’t sleep, might as well entertain myself here!

My little dog is still sick but our vet was on vacation so we took her to another out of worry. She was tested last month but showed positive for roundworms this time. Ewww! She’s been on treatment for two days and is seeming a bit better. We’ll see if that trend continues.

Within the past week, I’ve been to four shows of sorts. It has been utterly exhausting but a boatload of fun.

Book of Mormon was a riot. Everybody around me had been unfortunate enough to catch me singing one of the songs lately.

Judas Priest and Uriah Heep did an awesome job, as expected.

Avantasia was awesome. It’s hard not to be excited by that many legendary metalers in one show…especially ly excited to see Jørn Lande sing live! Sample of him from another musical project I love, Ayreon, with Annekke: Here.

Perhaps the most fun was Dracula’s Ball in Philly. It was a bit sad because it’s the last one they’re having, as the Troc is closing at the end of the month. I loved getting a chance to dress up (it was a costume party!) and dance to some industrial then settle down for a bit of goth’n’roll.

…and to help me burn a bit more time before forcing my poor hubs to wake up too, a survey thingy. The graduation hits home this year, as one of the kids we knew from foster care graduated yesterday. So proud of that kiddo!

It’s graduation season, let’s talk about your SENIOR year in High School. The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be.

Class ’03

1. Did you know your spouse? Nope, not yet. We’d have been friends in HS though.

2. What kind of car did you drive? A 92 Dodge Spirit, the family car that wouldn’t quit

3. Where did you work? On a farm and babysat their kids

4. Where did you live? With my parents and sister

5. Were you popular? Lord no. I was one of the kids in the group of nerdy misfits back before nerdy was the cool thing…we made our own Magic the Gathering-esque card games and spoke in our own made up languages. 

6. Were you in choir? The school didn’t hsve one until my senior year, so nope.

7. Ever get suspended from school? No

8. If you could go back, would you? I graduated a year early, partially to escape. I still have nightmares about going back. I think that’s a hell no

9. Still talk to the person that you went to prom with? I didn’t go to prom, I went to a concert out of state with my sister instead. Worth it.

10. Go to all the football games? Every single one. I was both a cheerleader and in marching band, I went to everything

11. What was your favorite class? I’m guessing study hall in the computer lab with just two of my friends doesn’t count? We were supposed to be doing our college English class then but it was a whole lot of gaming and Neopets. Soooo probably Chemistry or horse back riding (PE was required every year where I went but it was a hell fest, so I took riding lessons through the community college my last year for dual credit instead!)

12. Do you still have your yearbook? My mom has it, I think.

13. Did you follow the career path you chose? I went to college for it but nothing ever came of the degree

14. Do you have a class ring? I do but haven’t worn it in years

15. Did you letter? Yes. 5, yes FIVE, times. Take thaaaaat stereotypes!

16. Did you graduate with a 3.0 or higher? Of course

Drama ahead.

I thought posting might help me get back on track a bit.

I’m exhausted, mentally, physically, emotionally…all of it…and can’t seem to land on my feet right now.  Things have been a bit crazy and I’m not happy about it.

My husband decided to apply for a new job.  He didn’t discuss it with me until after he was interviewed and kept telling me he wasn’t going to take the job.  He took the job.  It’s a horrible idea. He’s taking a demotion, didn’t get the salary he wanted, and will now work a lot more hours a day, to the tune of 40 hours over two weeks…no overtime.  The company is restructuring and laid off almost half of their employees two years ago.  The laid off an additional 1,200 people between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and 300 the Thursday before Easter.  Hubs is easily bamboozled, says it’s his dream (that he never told anybody), and doesn’t see how leaving one of the most stable jobs in the country with clear and consistent career growth for a company that is circling the drain is a problem.  His parents have money.  They’ve promised they’ll bail him out.  Who cares that he’s married?  Needless to say, we’ve had some pretty nice screaming matches about him making this kind of decision without talking to me about it.  That’s not how relationships work.

My little dog is sick.  She has been for an entire month.  She fire hoses poo out in a gross stream and has to go out many, many times a day.  The vet can’t figure out what’s wrong with her and we’re now just blindly trying things.  Her bloodwork and stool samples all come back normal. He couldn’t find any obstructions.  She’s stopped spewing blood and losing weight, so that’s something.  He’s out of town this week, which is why I’m not in his office…again…for about the 8th time this month.  She vomited this morning but I think it’s because I was too sick (not sure wtf is going on with me either — I woke up at 2 a.m. with bad upper abdominal pain and nausea…reminds me a bit of my ulcer years ago but that was lower.  Ugh!) to get up and dose her medication, so hubs just gave it to her in a pill pocket and left without bothering to feed the dogs.  I feel gross on antibiotics too when I don’t eat.  I’m hoping that’s what it was.

I’m also on antibiotics…because I was bitten by a tick.  My personal nightmare.  Lyme disease is so common here that it’s scary.  My neighbor died from complications of it.  If I get so much as a sniffle in the next two months (or a headache, which is laughable since I have migraines), I’m supposed to go back to the doctor for more bloodwork and antibiotics.  I still don’t have a primary care because of husband’s shenanigans.  We’ve had three new insurance providers since my last doctor appointment.  Again, something I’m very unhappy about.

…and the wedding I was in went to hell in a hand basket.  Almost everybody involved was drunk by 11 a.m. and the wedding wasn’t until 4.  I was one of the sober people, despite my best efforts with lots of tequila, packing my own flask of whiskey, and sharing some homemade moonshine with the groom’s family, so I ended up babysitting a lot of drunks.  Whatever you can imagine went badly, did…and then some.  It was the type of wedding where the father of the groom shows up with moonshine and all of the groomsmen are packing pistols but the bride goes full diva bridezilla and wants to be a princess (and when that failed we found her drinking champagne in a rusted bathtub). People got so pissed off that they literally drove off, abandoning the rest of their family at the venue, which was an Amish farm in the middle of nowhere.  Interesting twist is that in at least one case, some married people enjoyed hooking up with other married people when their spouses left.

By the end of the night, cops were involved.  Physical fights broke out and protection orders were issued.  People should’ve gone to the E.R. but didn’t because it’s a wedding and a party and who ruins that?!  At one point,  I splinted a finger with duct tape because it’s all I had and tried taking them to the doctor but nope, they refused to go; they just went (two weeks later!!!) and the joint was so shattered it needs to be rebuilt, along with the tendons.  I’m guessing it’s from not going to the doctor to begin with — broken bones don’t like to heal if they’re constantly being moved and used to punch people.  But I’m not the one that’s so addicted to opiates that they could go two weeks with a finger grinding where their joint used to be, so what do I know?

As follow-up, the next day there was a threat of suicide in the order of a full will being sent out to everybody and them blaming their spouse for driving them to this.  The protection order turned into a restraining order.  Other people issued statements about being afraid for their lives.  People were kicked out of houses.  The day after, I received a mayday to please come pick somebody up from jail.  They were facing 24 months in jail but needed a ride home after they posted bail.  Thank goodness I was enroute even further south to GA for hub’s family and friends.  Joy.  I did find somebody else to pick them up and they took them to stay with some very unexpected people if you knew everybody involved. Eventually all of the charges were dropped…but people are still kicked out and strewn about. The bride’s mother is giving the marriage 6 months and the groom’s mother said he’ll learn his lesson the hard way — doesn’t bode well.  I’m also joining the bet but giving it 9 months because the bride/groom were already fighting the week after their honeymoon. I think the only reason they’ll stick together longer is because he’s still living on base until December, so that’s 8 months until he comes “home” with a month to realize what he got himself into. I think I’m the only one they’re all talking to.  I don’t know why.

I’m VERY glad I live 700 miles away.

After that, everything has just been a whirlwind of busy.  I’m an introvert and it takes a long time for me to recover from people…especially my people.  I think, after the wedding and the party last year, my husband is starting to understand why I largely refuse to go to family events.  I haven’t had time to recover to me yet and I’m not sure when that’s going to happen.  Yay, stress!

On the plus side:

My hair is blue now.  I like it.

I also have my Grandmother’s recipe for macaroni salad (mine still didn’t turn out as good as hers) and am about to have a bowl for lunch.  I also like that.

Grandmother says I’m a lot like her in temperament.  Biggest complement anybody could ever give me.  Now to become as friendly as she is.  Not sure I can pull that one off.  XD

Even though I don’t like being around people, I have lots of concerts and fun things to distract me.  I’m seeing Book of Mormon on Thursday.  Going to a costumed Dracula’s Ball in PA on Saturday to see a goth’n’roll band I like (The 69 Eyes).  Seeing Judas Priest on Sunday.  Avantasia is next Friday…then we’re thinking of doing an insane trip back to VA for the Memorial Day weekend to see the graduation of a kid we know.  He was in foster care when we met him and really took to my husband; the kid was adopted several years ago and has had a few issues, so we still try to encourage him in any way that we can.  He REALLY wants hubs to be there for his graduation.  We’re going to try to deliver, even though it means leaving the concert in MA and driving nonstop, all night, to maybe pull into the parking lot right as graduation starts.  It’s an 11 hour drive.  Graduation starts at 11.  The show isn’t supposed to end until Midnight.  Can we do this?  Are we crazy enough to try?

I talked to the bank and have secured approval for a car loan.  I was worried about how it would go over since hubs is job hopping but apparently my credit is too awesome to deny.  I’m thinking about getting an AWD Prius in June.  I’d looove to have a set of wheels to call my own again and the freedom that comes with it.

I also booked three (!!!) extended vacations for metal festivals this year.  ProgPower USA (Atlanta), Heavy Montreal (location should be obvious), and Full Metal Holiday (Mallorca).  There are 89 bands between them…and I’m throwing in another 6 bands by going back to Montreal both days before I fly out for Mallorca because I’m insane and very, very excited.  I think my only hobby now is concerts.  Crafting has taken a back-burner, even if I do still carry a sock to knit on in my purse.

I read a long time ago that metalheads are happier and live longer, which I took to say that I’d be in the nuthouse if I didn’t have my music.  With the way things have been going lately, I may end up there regardless.  :X



I pulled a disappearing act for a bit.  Whoops?

I finished the beaded scarf, though I’m not sure where my finished picture of it is.

I’m almost finished with a sock — my first sock!  I’m rapidly approaching the toes.

I’m also crocheting a bath poof for my husband.  He likes them and destroys them.  Maybe this one will last a bit longer.

…and I have a small order for some Dammit Dolls with some odd specifications, i.e. really long hair they can be swung around by.  Whatever floats your rage-filled hearts. ^_^;

Things are still chaotic: one wedding down, one to go.  I’ve been perpetually exhausted but whatever, it’ll pass.

Now for a survey that I obviously stole from a friend on Facebook while my hubs tries out the elliptical machine he HAD to have yet I HAD to assemble.  Hopefully it doesn’t break. :X



1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth? Water and migraine preventative medication

2. Do you sleep naked? Depends.  Not usually but sometimes it’s too durn hot and I feel like I’m being choked.

3. Worst physical pain you ever felt? Ovarian torsion resulting in organ death

4. Favorite place you have been? Downpatrick Head, Ireland.  I don’t know what it was about that turf but it was amazing.

5. How late did you stay up last night? 5:30 a.m.  I’m rocking the insomnia!

6. If you could move somewhere else where would it be? Scotland, loved it there

7. Which of your Facebook friends lives the nearest you? Does my husband count?  He’s a friend on Facebook.  If he doesn’t count, I think it’s Andrea — an online friend I met in a quilt chatroom.

8. When was the last time you cried? I…can’t remember. I think it was at Rich’s wedding? Not because I was happy or sad, but because I had two epic panic attacks at his reception and tears happen when those come a’knockin’.

9. Who took your profile pic? Me.  My Facebook profile photo is a selfie.  How lame.

10. Two of your favorite movies? The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Boondock Saints

11. What’s your favorite season? Spring

12. If you could have any career what would it be? Conservation/Wildlife Biologist

13. What was the last book you read? A Man Called Ove

14. If you could talk to ANYONE right now, who would it be? That’s really, really hard.  I’m going to go with somebody that has a name that starts with K.  Living male or deceased female if the rules of this question go that way.  Your choice.  I talk to one pretty much every day and dream of the other pretty much every night.  It’s a weird life but I think they’re the only two people who’ve ever gotten me.  I can’t talk to one anymore because of the dead thing and even though she knew every. single. button. I had to push, I’d take that all over again…and I feel like an idiot some days because I just want to spam the other ’cause even when (and often especially when) he’s being an ass, it somehow makes me feel better.  I just like having people around that I don’t have to explain things to; they’re rare and special.

15. Are you a good influence? Depends on the person, I suppose.

16. Does pineapple belong on pizza? Never.

17. You have the remote, what channel would you be on? BBC — I have a problem binging the programs they put on Netflix and PBS.

18. Three people who you think will do this? Nobody

19. Last concert you went to? Celtic Woman on March 30.

20. Favorite type of food? Ugh, that’s hard.  I waffle between the down-home Southern cooking I grew up with and just about any kind of roughly Americanized Asian food.


I’ve been twiddling my thumbs with making anything lately.  I’ve been busy and stressed.

Hubs finally started his “Secret Underground Laboratory Club” this weekend.  We had people over for 18 hours straight.  They didn’t leave until almost 2 a.m.  It was exhausting, especially since being around people tires me out anyway.

I usually don’t feel that useful around electrical projects but I ended up being the one putting together all of the mechanical stuff needed that day and showing them how to use the power tools.  Even my hubs didn’t know how to change out the bandsaw blade? It blew my mind a bit.

I’m not convinced two of them have ever soldered, either.  I find that strange since they’re electrical engineers buuuut I guess not everybody grew up with a DIY dad that was happy to have somebody tag along.  🙂


They’re prototyping an electronic boost DC/DC converter there.  They only lost an LED and we’re not letting them play with anything high powered yet, which is probably a good thing since they also shorted something but the equipment protected itself.

I think I need to come up with a safety waiver. ^_^;;

My schedule is going haywire shortly.  I’ll be leaving on March 1st and won’t have but 11 days at home until May.  I’m not looking forward to being gone that long!  I’m tired already and I haven’t even started packing.

…so now for a distracting survey thingy from a quilting friend, even though it has nothing to do with anything.

How old are you: 32
– Tattoos: None.  Not opposed to them, just don’t know what I’d get.  If I ever had a wicked scar, I know I’d get something stitching it up or crafting related to cover it.
– Ever hit a deer:  I mean, technically the one that did damage hit me.  It jumped off an embankment onto the hood of the car like I was a moving stepping stone.  I’ve also hit two in my mom’s car but no damage either time (which is hilarious since she did $500 worth of damage to her grill hitting a rabbit!).  One was sucker punched by the side mirror because it walked out of the ditch as I was driving past.  The other slid on ice in front of the car and went splay legged like Bambi and I ran over one of its legs.  All of the deer shook it off and stumbled away.
– Rode in an ambulance: Yups — I did EMT training and certification after college.
– Ice skated:  Nope but I’d love to try!
– Rode a motorcycle: Yes, but only with my daddy when I was little
-Stayed in hospital: More than I can count, for both myself and others
– Skipped school: A few times >_>;
– Last phone call:  My hubs
– Last text : Hubs again.  My phone number is only known by like six or seven people and only three of those text. The other losers are already in bed! :X
– Watched someone die:  Unfortunately
– Pepsi or Coke: Coke.  I’m from the south, almost everything is called Coke anyway.
– Favorite pie: Lemon meringue or my Granny Boo’s butterscotch with almond meringue
– Favorite Pizza: Pepperoni.  Sometimes I’ll do ham or meatball. I don’t like things too fancy.
-Favorite season: Anything but summer.  I don’t like heat!  I probably like spring the best though.
– Broken bone:  Pretty sure there’ve been a few little fractures here and there
– Received a ticket: Yes but the cop was a complete ass and profiling.  He saw a car of college aged kids (my roommate and boyfriend at the time with me) out late and couldn’t tell me why he pulled me over. He spent half an hour looking over my car before he ended up giving me a ticket for an expired tag that wasn’t actually expired (the state sent small stickers to put on the tag of your car with the year — mine was paid, I was away at college and the sticker was sent to my home address, not my dorm…so it was up to date, just not physically on the car)…and there’s no way he could’ve seen that at night in the rain from the highway median.  The ticket was waived when I called and complained.
– Favorite Color:  Green leaning towards teal.

Passing the time

Craft room progress is coming.  I’m really thrilled with the reorganization of it so far, I suspect that I’ll be able to use it without cringing again before the end of the week.  🙂  I hope!

In the interest of sharing, here’s the library list I made of my craft room books.

I always love pawing through the books that other crafters have.  It’s interesting to see what they think is important enough to keep around and it’s a fun way to grab some ideas.

I think my cookbooks and CDs are also publicly available right now; I’m saving the rest of the books until I finish manually adding the ones without barcodes or ISBNs.  I also finished cataloging all of my patterns the other day — it was a heck of a task!  It will take forever to make a comprehensive library of them on libib, so for now they’re in a file on my google drive.

I hit my knee super hard while sitting in a closet today.  I thought I was never going to be able to escape; I turned into a howling walrus and was rolling around in pain and couldn’t stretch it out to help alleviate the pain.  It was very unpleasant.  It’s a pretty shade of purple now.

…so in the interest of sitting here a few minutes longer while my knee continues to scream at me, this popped up on facebook.  I’ll just say it was way freakin’ harder than I thought it would be.  I blame my middle name.


Every answer must start with the FIRST letter of your MIDDLE name – this is harder than you think!

Middle name ……………. Victoria
Animal ……………………… Viceroy (butterfly)
Girl’s name ………………. Virginia
Boy’s name ………………. Vincent
Color ………………………… Violet
Name of movie ………… V for Vendetta
Something you wear… Vest
Drink ………………………… Vodka
Food ………………………….. Vanilla ice cream
Place …………………………. Virgin Islands
Restaurant ……………….. Varsity (Atlanta, GA)
Reason to be late ……… Vomited

That turned into a rant…

I’m making progress with that super annoying UFO scarf.  The first half is complete and I’ve finished beading the second, so now it’s just endless rows of stockinette.

I remembered I didn’t like the makes that the pattern had — now I remember why.  Stupid holes.  I only did them a few times before I realized again what was happening and changed them.  No big deal, I don’t think the person who wants it will notice. >_>;


I started working on the next Star Trek block but then I got distracted in a huge way.

My sewing room started to irk me.

When I do any project, it becomes cluttered and I can’t just stick to one project so it cascades and gets worse.  Within a few days, my room had quickly became a raging mess.  I’ve started to get frustrated working in there and that won’t do, so it has to change.  It’s even worse now.


I ended up pulling everything out of the little closet and decided to reorganize everything — organizing is what I do when I’m stressed because I grew up with a hoarder.  I want to be the opposite of that and I go nuts with it; it’s almost like a trigger is pulled and I start itching until I can tidy something.   …and thanks to the ConMari thing on Netflix that’s ALL I’m hearing about from the females I know.  Not just that it’s neat but that I have to try it because it’s so amazeballs.  One of my cousins will NOT stfu about it and has talked about it for weeks.  I’ve stayed with her, she shouldn’t be the one telling anybody how to clean.  Just sayin’.

If something works for you, awesome, but stop trying to push it on other people, especially if they’re already telling you no and they’re not interested.  Sort of like the whole “when are you having kids” thing or the CBD/THC thing.  It’s great that they work for you but they’re definitely not for everybody…especially kids.  I don’t want kids, having kids would be a nightmare for me and I would ruin them.  If they’re the greatest thing that happened to you, that’s fantastic…for you.  And I’m sick of people asking for suggestions on forums and every other answer is “SMOKE WEED!”.  Cool, it’s legal in a lot of places now.  …but so is tobacco and a lot of people don’t use it even though they can.  It’s not for everybody.

I digress.  ^^ That picture is why I’m ranting.  Before I savagely attacked my sewing room and everything wound up on the floor, I went through the house and made a digital library of ALL the books, movies, music, and games we own.  I’m working on one for patterns now since I’m this deep in my sewing room.  Before that, I purged my entire kitchen.  It cascades and it’s a sickness.  😛

….and honestly, just my sewing table was cluttered.  Now I’m all-in on my personal brand of insanity.  Even my husband knows if I’m frantically organizing, something’s off with me and to use kid gloves.  I had a panic attack at 4  this morning over a vacation in OCTOBER, that’s how high strung I can be.

So I’m here and ranting to try to avoid tearing something else in that room apart.  It worked for a bit but I’m going to go back to patterns soon.

But first!  In an effort to spread that out and calm down a bit, another pointless survey type of thing!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, just for fun. 

Who’s older? He is, but only by two months.

Who was interested first? Not really sure?  We met online and things progressed pretty quickly.  He did message me first though and he was the first to be all lame and declare his love.

How long have you been together? Almost twelve years.  x.x

Married? Aye, for seven years.

More sarcastic? Me, it goes right over his head.

Who makes the most mess? Depends if I’m “cleaning” or not?  Day to day, it’s him.

Who has more tattoos? Neither one of us are inked.

Better singer? Neither. *cringe*

Hogs the remote? Neither, we turn whatever it is on and leave the remote alone.  We’re pretty similar in viewing tastes and habits.

Better driver? Me!  To be fair, he’s way better than he once was.

Spends the most?  Well, shit.  I guess that would also be me…but caveat is that I manage all of our finances so pay the bills, get groceries, and organize all of our vacations.  He doesn’t spend anything without asking, except for the occasional bagel. 😛

Smarter? Depends on the subject. I learn quicker, he learns deeper.  He has zero common sense, though.

Most common sense? Oh look! I just answered that.  Me, me, ME!

What are your middle names? Victoria and Sproull.

Whose siblings do you see the most?  …well that’s a shit question.  By default, since mine has been dead for thirteen years, we see his sibling more…which isn’t all that often.

Do you have any children together? See above rant.  We have furkids, they’re more than enough.

Did you go to the same school? Nope.

Who is the most sensitive? Hands down, him.  I have bad anxiety and all but he mirrors emotions and gets nearly suicidal if he’s hungry.

Where do you eat out most as a couple? Local Asian fusion place called Jade Bistro.

Where is the furthest you two have traveled? Scotland or Hawaii.  I’m actually not sure which is geographically the furthest.  Gut feeling is Hawaii.

Who has the craziest exes? Him.

Who has the worst temper?  Depends.  I get mad more easily but diffuse really quick.  It takes a lot of build up to get him mad but when he does reach that point, he starts breaking things…then gets mad that the things broke.

Who does the cooking?  Me, with his help now. 🙂

Who is the neat freak?  Based on my rant above, I guess that’d be me.

Who is the most stubborn? Also me.

Who hogs the bed?  Him. He sleeps sideways if he can.  Dogs and cats don’t help.

Who wakes up earlier?  Me. I don’t sleep a lot.

Where was your first date?  South Carolina — we met at a Waffle House.

Who has the bigger family?  That we see regularly?  Him.  All combined we’re probably even kilter with cousins though.

Do you get flowers often? Only when he’s messed up.  He’s under strict orders for no flowers for Valentine’s Day.

Who does the laundry?  I do.

Who’s better with the computers? He can code but doesn’t know how to do some super simple things, so I end up walking him through a lot of stuff, which is absolutely bizarre.

Who drives when you are together? Him, unless he’s tired.

Who picks where you go to dinner? Me, he’s usually just desperate to find something I feel like eating.

Who wears the pants in the relationship? According to everybody that knows us…me.

Who eats more sweets? Neither one of us really like sweets and when we do eat them, it’s always together.  Guess we’re tied on this one.