Wednesday, December 16, 2009


I leave for D.C. when did you say???? TOMORROW??!?!?!?!?! I'm doomed. That's all there is to it. I'm doomed.

It's 24.5 hours to take off and I need to:
figure out for once and for all what needs to be packed
make the patterns and get all the stuff together to stitch and finish two ornies
do 412 hours of office work
remember to take the office laptop when I leave tonight
decide what I'm making for a cookie baking festival 2 days after I land and report said ingredients to my sister for pre-shopping
do another 412 hours of office work
figure out what is plane-stitchable
[Can you tell what's weighing heavily on my mind?]

See? I'm doomed!

Ok, breathing ..... in .. out... in ... out.... in .... out ... in......

I have several things I owe showing, but for right now here are the 2 I have pics loaded of --

From our friend, Shelleen I received this lovely packet as part of a small group exchange--
12-06-2009 001
Look at that pengy. Isn't he just the cutest?!
12-06-2009 005
Thanks, my Social Butterfly! For everyone else not in the know, Shelleen was my very first ever secret pal. I never had one in school so when I joined Cross Stitch Pals and found my way to their Secret Stitcher page, I "met" Shelleen. All I knew about her for the 4 months that she was surprising me with packages was that she was also on the go -- bar-b-ques, pool parties, dinner events, .... I logically took to calling her a social butterfly.

From Lynda as part of the Friendly Stitchers Christmas ornament exchange I got this beauty--
12-06-2009 036
Bless you Lynda, it is absolutely beautiful, but then again we all know that you are one of the world's great stitchers! At the moment it's here on my desk leaned against my Star Trek (TNG) clock (an essential desk item for when I need an alarm) and balanced precariously on piles of paper that people keep thinking I simply must have. Lynda, thanks for beautifying my office!

I'll talk to you all post landing... just keep your fingers crossed for me and my packing!


Kathryn said...


I can only say this because we don't leave until Tuesday. And we didn't have our traditional CookieFest and Holiday Party.

No matter what you take and what you do, your family will be happy to see you. Enjoy!

Karen said...

pack, breathe, pack, breathe

i have your ornament finished and working on the cube for you. will email you and let you know when they mail, friday probably!

have a safe trip!!

RuthB said...

ROTFLOL you two are too funny -- but thanks!

Carolyn NC said...

Have a wonderful trip! Love the exchanges - lovely!

Chris said...

Have a safe trip. The east coast is looking forward to your extended stay.

Brigitte said...

Those ornaments are really lovely.
I hope you can get control over your breathing again, lol. Have a safe trip and enjoy the holidays.

Siobhan said...

What gorgeous ornaments, Ruth! Beautiful. Hope you had a great trip!

Dani - tkdchick said...

What beautiful stitching!

Hope you got out to DC okay!

Hazel said...

Hey Ruth! I got my RAK today. Thank you so much. I had completely forgotten about it so it came as a mega MEGA nice surprise today - the last day of the year. What a nice way to end it. x