Saturday, September 19, 2009

So many things...... (and Time Warner still sucks)

... and so little time. Sigh.

Here it is Saturday night, 8:37pm and I'm at my office having just finished my ***first*** goal for today, namely paying office bills. Another 12 hours and maybe I'll feel good about what I "accomplished" today. I was really planning on spending tomorrow at ***home*** ... working, but at home. Sigh.

Anyway, enough whinging for now. I owe so many updates. Where to start. Where to start....

Just this week I joined a yahoo group, the Friendly Stitchers, and my heavens they are friendly! They are also very inspirational. They have a Thursday night UFO SAL so I joined in and got some progress in two long-dead UFOs and one minorly ignored UFO:
First I bring you My M Designs Bourse from Mary's class at Cross Stitch Pals in 2007!
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that there is the little needle pillow for the middle of the bourse. It had been lacking 3 flowers and 5 flower centers since fall 2007. How sad is that?

Then here's my progress on a 2006 RR. Say, Sassies-- remember this???? lol
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All it has been waiting for for probably 2 years is the backstitching on my section. Kudos to the Friendly Stitchers, now I've begun--
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I got 2 flowers, some berries, 3 leaves, and the basket outlines so far. Woo hoo! It's a verifiable miracle!!!

I also picked up a Shepherd's Bush (Adore, I think) that had been hanging out next to the bed for a few weeks now and he got the rest of his vest, his sleeve, his bloomers, and part of his head piece --
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I interrupt this stitching progress to report on the continual suckishness of Time Warner.

Ok, possibly you remember my battle with Time Warner over the installation of digital cable which disabled my VCR, and ended up with the installation guy saying look, lady (a real presumption on his part I must say!) we don't promise it will work, we just promise to install it. Anyway, the corollary story is about my friend Jennifer. I call her Lucky Jennifer. Everything just seems to work out to her benefit. She calls Time Warner to add the Internet to her cable package. When Mr. Salesman wants to know why she doesn't switch her phone service to them as well she tells him how they once disconnected her cable because there wasn't a tag on her wire in the basement of her building so they figured it wasn't supposed to be connected and when they sent out someone to connect her cable he came (in his cable company van) without the tool to connect the cable to the main cable box in the building (sooooo brilliant). Anyway, so she tells the salesman this and he says he's so sorry he's going to give her a free movie channel for 2 years. Me? I get told they don't promise the system will work. Lucky Jennifer gets free movie channels.

At my mom's house when the cable went out I needed up fighting and waiting on hold for forever while they worked out what they could do and wondered how I could have the temerity to have a cable box so old that it didn't have a serial number on it. Eventually we get told we must present ourselves and our certified power of attorney documents and duplicates of the death certificates for my mom which they already had but couldn't find at the cable office to get a new box (at the cable office they wanted to see nothing but still marveled at how old the cable box was). Lucky Jennifer arranges to pick up the internet install kit from their storefront, goes there, puts 23 minutes on the meter and gets back to her car with 19 minutes still on the meter.
Sigh. See. Lucky Jennifer.

Ok, back to the stitching --

There's been some progress on the whiskey piece:
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It's just a little progress, but it's working so much better on the frames. BTW, have I mentioned how much I love Splendor as opposed to floss?

And some progress on Vierlanden:
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Actually there is more progress on this, but the pics are lagging. Sorry.

Finally, let me bring you a few more moments of the first North American Discowrld Convention where I:
bought books (and this isn't all of them)--
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Had Sir Terry sign Nation and Once More with Footnotes (yup, that's my fat...err... posterior):
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Got Missy up-close-and-personal with the Death of Rats and the Raven:
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Did NOT eat rat-on-a-stick:
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Had dinner with Twoflower and a wizard from Unseen University:
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Had the honor of taking Twoflower and Miss Tick's family photo:
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And watched Holy Wood Squares (staring Miss tick) with Harpo:
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If you don't understand, go read Terry Pratchett. You will eventually get it all, and in the meantime you will laugh and laugh.

Quotes of the week:
"Do I need a button that says 'Tyrant'?" Lord Vetinari -- Making Money by Terry Pratchett

"If you trust in yourself... and believe in your dreams... and follow your star... you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Miss Tick -- Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett


Kathy A. said...

Now, that Yahoo group sounds so inspirational. Good for you for joining. You have accomplished quite a bit on those sad UFO's. What a great way to get that stuff out of your basket.
I love Vierlande. The colors are so beautiful.
Looks like you had a wonderful time at the conference.

Siobhan said...

Wow!! I am so impressed with your stitching prowess. Everything looks wonderful. That whisky piece is going to be so cool! Love your Vierlande, too--the colors you're using are fabulous.

Sorry to hear that the TW stuff continues. I swear these people are at our mercy. Luckily our cable people have been good over here, it could be the glassy eyed expression that I have used whenever they've seen me or the frantic attitude I use to explain why I must have every channel in existance in the Republic of Ireland on my television. The Internet stuff is another matter entirely. I need to practice my glassy eyed expression and twitching for them in the hopes of increasing the whatever it is that gets my broadband to go faster.

Okay, I should erase this comment to pretend like I have a life but I won't. Ahem.

In summation: Great stitching. And yes, TW sucks.

Siobhan said...

Ummm, and I meant that we are at THEIR mercy. Duh. See, this is what happens when one doesn't have a fast broadband speed. Just sayin'.

Brigitte said...

Wow, you have some very nice progress pictures. This RR looks really great and it won't take long that it's done. And it's worth it!
Isn't it a sad story with Time Warner? Couldn't you pretend your friend Lucky Jennifer being the new owner of your location? Maybe this could fasten their efforts a bit? Lol.

Cyn said...

Hi Ruth,

Enjoyed seeing your stitching pictures! Glad to see that you are making progress. :-)

Please tell us more about your new Yahoo group.

I shared with DD who is at college your last post on the Discworld Con. She is a huge fan and loved seeing your pictures. I know many quotes and plot lines from the books after hearing them many times from her. Thanks so much for sharing. :-)

Windy Meadow

Janice said...

I LOVE the Vierlanden and enjoy looking at your progress. I'd like to do a piece like that but I'd probably never get around to finishing it! THe Sassies piece is so colorful and cheery. It's wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn NC said...

Great stitching!

Sharon said...

me me! I remember the Sassy ladies stitching RR. I still haven't gotten mypiece framed but it is finished! LOL Now for the current RR - uh we wont'talk about that. LOL

Shelleen said...

ok girl, you post of all these books that you nuy at conventions and you show stitchy pics but I don't see posts of what you are reading :-)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Youv'e got a fantastic array of projects on the go there!!! I'm glad you're so inspried to get some projects all finished up!