Friday, November 20, 2015

All about me quilt #2

You may recall that last year, I made an all-about-me quilt for my niece. It was her favourite colours, and every square was different and related to her in some way.

When my cousin's daughter Sky was here in the summer, she said she wanted one, too, and rattled off a list of things about her.

(When I went home for a few days, her mom was telling me that all of her kids got quilts as part of the vacation school they did, Sky immediately said "You still have to make me mine.")

I finished it the first week in November, and obsessively checked the status of the parcel until it arrived last Friday.

On Saturday morning, I got this email:
thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you its beautiful.  (though i have no idea that it was necessary to add the hugs and kisses) still thank you
my favourite are: the barn, the church , the socks, the long board,the skate and ball, and the mermaid
hopefully you didn’t over do you self
Miss Feline

and i love the fuzzy inside and all the details like the camping one thats one of my favourite too. 

 Totally worth it.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Halloween, just a few weeks late.

On Halloween, my Pathfinders built and ran a haunted house for the local community association. We prepared in advance, and planned to start setting up at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

On Friday night, I went to boxing and stopped to pick up supper. For some reason, I didn't protest when they handed me two drinks in a drink holder. I set it on the seat and drove home.

When I got home, I went to pick up the drinks and managed to flip them onto the floor. The lid of one came off and it spilled.

I went running to the house, and by the time I got there, I didn't have my keys. I banged on the door and Wanda let me in. I grabbed a towel and went to mop up the car.

Still no keys.

I ate, showered, and left to go pick up some supplies for the haunted house. (I had to borrow Wanda's keys, because mine were nowhere to be found - but it was dark, and they were either in the car or on the ground, so I figured I'd find them in the morning.)

On Saturday morning, I got up and got ready for the day. I went outside to search the car and the walk, but there were no keys to be found.  My co-leader came by to pick up the pre-assembled walls, and I went to move the car off the driveway - and there were my keys, on the top of the steering wheel.

I never put my keys there - well, not on purpose.

We went to the community centre and started assembling the haunted house. We finished in the nick of time before it opened at 1.

It turned out well, and it was really popular. We had about 50 kids go through it over the course of the event (some of them up to 10 times).
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It looked creepier with the lights out.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Elephant of Surprise

Wanda has been really into the Hamilton soundtrack. For those who don't know, Hamilton is a hip-hop musical based on the life of US founding father Alexander Hamilton. She's been listening to the soundtrack, and now I've started listening to the soundtrack.

There's one line that refers to the "element of surprise". One day that line was stuck in my head, but I kept mispronouncing it "elephant of surprise". Wanda thought that was hilarious.

When she came home the next day, I'd printed out a picture of a elephant with the word "surprise!" above her head.

The next day, Wanda left early for dance and talked about running a secret errand. She promised I'd find out about it the next day (Friday).

Friday came and went, and there was no surprise.

She then told me I'd find out what it was on Monday.

Again, nothing.

On Tuesday morning, I went to put my lunch in my bag and found a stuffed elephant. I laughed and laughed, and then put it under her pillow.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Level 6!

On Friday, my boxing coach told me I was advancing to level six after ... years at level 5.

I find this hilarious, because this is how this session has gone:
Week 1 - normal week, but I haven't boxed since June, so I'm a little rusty.
Week 2 - Head coach isn't there (he's only there every second week).
Week 3 - I missed this week, since I had the flu
Week 4 - recovering from the flu. This is the class where I hurt my hand. (Well, it was the class or grocery shopping. Either way, I had it taped up for a week.) Head coach is off.
Week 5 - my hand has been taped all week, plus my Pathfinders are at camp and I'm joining them after class, so my head isn't really in the game.
Week 6 - Head coach is subbing. I have a cold and am having issues breathing.
Week 7 - Guess what? I'm going to level 6!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Life gets in the way

So three weeks into my new job, I got the flu. I ended up missing two days of work.

(My supervisor was awesome about it, but I felt bad. Couldn't be helped, though.)

A week after my return, I hurt my wrist and ended up taping it for 5 days.

The next week, I got a cold.

I've been lots of fun to be around, let me tell you.

Somewhere in there I went apple picking, spent the weekend at Pathfinder camp, sewed 2 Halloween costumes, and celebrated Thanksgiving.

Luckily, I'm now healthy (mostly) and unhurt (mostly). It's time to get back to working on another "all about me" quilt. I need 35 squares, and I'm done somewhere around 23 of them. I'd like to get it done this month so that I can start the next one and get it done in time for Christmas.

That might be a pipe dream, but I think I can do it, if I just stay off the internet.

So yeah, pipe dream.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Job news

I started a new job 7 business days ago. It's a short term job, but it's interesting and it gets me out of the house.

I'm taking the bus there, which is nice unless I have somewhere to be, since those are inevitably the days when the bus just doesn't show up. On the bright side I can read on the bus, even while clinging to a pole. 

There is a gym at work which I have not joined. Part of me wants to, but I have to figure out the logistics of getting gym stuff there on a crowded bus. I am still working out at home, and I now am the proud owner of a chin up bar.

I was planning to work on chin-ups this summer. My motivation is that chin ups were part of the warrior workout at boxing, and i was going to start trying them this fall. All I had to do was walk four houses down the street to the park to try them.

I made it there zero times. 

And then on Friday, I went to boxing and discovered that chin-ups are now part of the circuit, not an optional extra.

September me wishes July me had been more motivated.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A quick trip

Last Friday, I flew back to Saskatchewan to see the dog, who is quite sick (albeit finally getting a little better). People can travel to see me, but she can't, so off I went.

When I got there, she was at the vet. I went to pick her up, and she was happy to see me. (I like to believe she was happier than she would have been to see anyone else, but that's probably not true.)

Of course, I got to see a lot of people, too. On Saturday I helped two of my sisters build a bed, and then we went to see some family friends.

My sister's mattress + box spring mean the bed is level with the shelf

On Sunday, we met up with some cousins at the lake. (I scraped my knee getting into the boat, and it promptly got infected, so I've been treating it twice a day ever since.)

On Monday, I helped mom look for railings for her steps, went for lunch with my mom, sisters, and niece, and got together with a friend for a walk by the lake.

Tuesday we decided to have an appetizer supper, so mom, B, and I spent the afternoon making appetizers. Yay for pear/brie/prosciutto appetizers!

Yesterday I flew back, just in time to enjoy the loud taxi strike at the airport.