Full of excuses

I got busy.  Crazy busy.

We replaced our accounting system at work, which was long overdue and a massive undertaking for me and the bookkeeper. Three months of prep and training, followed by three weeks of tweaking settings and verifying data and tracking transactions through to see how everything posted, followed by four weeks of getting caught up on all the stuff we couldn’t get done the previous three weeks and learning how to use this on a day-to-day basis. Now, finally, I feel like we are getting a handle on things and I’ve learned a ton about how this new system works. We’re still working on generating reports that look similar to what we’re used to, but my confidence level is quite a bit higher than it was a month ago.

There have been a lot of long days, leaving me with precious little time for any sort of social life. I’ve not kept up on my blog, nor have I been reading the blogs and newsfeeds that I subscribe to. I’m woefully behind on housework, gardening, and email. Thank goodness most of our household bills get paid automatically, because I’d be way behind on those as well.

In May I joined a board of directors for a professional group I belong to; this of course added work and obligations over the summer. In July, I was promoted at work, which brings more responsibilities (and meetings). Clearly, I was completely out of my belfry because during the summer I also decided to study and take an exam for a certification (I passed).

As I said, though, things are looking up at work and I’ve been able to surface now and then for air. We were able to get out of town for our anniversary, which was fantastic.

And I’ve been knitting; despite the long days at work I still get an hour a day of commuter time and with simple projects there’s no need for my brain to be very involved. Mostly, I’ve been knitting the linen tank and a pair of socks.

At home, we finally got an inspector out for the porch, only to have him leave us a lengthy note about things we need to do before he can actually sign off on anything – things like write a certification that we did, indeed, put rebar in the foundation.

Last weekend we drove the eastern Washington to visit friends and did a bit of winery-hopping; I came home with more wine that my wine rack will hold. This is not a long-term problem – since I was able to taste the wine before I bought it, I know that I will enjoy every bottle. (sometimes it’s rather hit-or-miss for me, as I’m not a big wine connoisseur; I tend to buy wine in the very stereotypical manner of picking the bottle with the neat label.)

There, now you are mostly caught up on what I’ve been doing in lieu of blogging.

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Three and twenty

Today I celebrate twenty three years of marriage to my high school sweetheart. We’ve been through a lot, and I’m excited about the next phase of our married lives: empty nest!

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Walk this way

The weather over the Labor Day weekend was a little sketchy, but Monday was nice enough that we got our new sidewalk poured! The old one didn’t line up with the front porch we are building, so it had to go. The temporary stairs also had to come down. 

We added a brown tint to the concrete and then stamped it with a rock texture to dress up the sidewalk a bit; it still needs to be cleaned off and swept to remove excess release powder (it isn’t as purple in real life). Now we can build our real stairs!

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Sock it to ya

There’s quite a bit of sock yarn in my stash, so I guess I’ll make socks. Very un-rainbow socks.

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Unrealistic expectations

I’m reading reviews for computers, and especially the negative ones, to evaluate laptops. Am blown away by how many people leave one star reviews, with “doesn’t even come with MS Office software” as their sole reason for the low rating.
Really? You buy a laptop that only costs $250 and you’re bitching that software which retails for $140+ isn’t included for free? Of course it isn’t included, you nimrod.
Be thankful that $250 gets you a real laptop, with wireless and Bluetooth and webcam and everything.

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I make rainbows

Apparently I am drawn to the graduated color way of the humble rainbow, for I seem to collect and sort my crafting supplies into this happy arrangement.
Yarn, obviously.

Sewing thread as well.

Even my fabric scraps are separated, dark to light, by color.

When a true spectrum does not exist, I still tend to acquire yarn in graduated colors rather than all one color.


Guess I’m just not a single color gal. It does make it challenging to pull from stash for large projects, though. Unless I only make rainbows.

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Here, Kit Kit Kit

It’s been super busy at work, so there’s not much to report on – except I do get a few rounds done on my camisole each commute trip. I’ve started decreasing for the waist shaping. This is pretty fine gauge though, so the length is growing slowly.


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