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ianuk: (lazycat)
Well, this last weekend was the big shindig for our household with Dom getting his laurel and pelican.  Ivan and I hosted the party so its been weeks of cleaning and purging and by 6pm Friday everything was done including the scroll...which isnt really a scroll but you'll see that in the album below:

It was a lot of work and it took forever to get the concept that I was seeing in my head onto the object.

Text by Viscountess Wander Riordan, after the style of Norse alliterative verse.

Calligraphy by me.
Woodworking by Kniaz Ivan Petrovich


Gold Leaf by Hanim Ari Usni, Lady Ponar'ia Apoloseva and Kniagnia Ian’ka

Design and Painting by Kniagnia Ian’ka and Lady Lady Ponar'ia Apoloseva

I'm awaiting pictures of his face which was epic. 

Work we finished the big $40M project and now I'm struggling with ennui especially after certain feedback I got and I'm just ready to cry, scream and say fuck the world to being a female engineer.  I won't but its just ever frustrating that I'm termed difficult to work with due to being female and if a male counterpart did the same things no one would object.  *flounce*  Not sure what to do with that....just keep calm and carryon and realize that again perceptions are everything and it sucks but not much I can do.  I need to chat with a few of my mentors and see what I can do to not beat myself up on it over and over and over again.  Its just so damn frustrating.

My hands are effed from all of the cleaning and scrolling and stuff and then I sprained my left thumb while attempting to pull a box down.  yeah....its awesome. 

Next on the docket is clothes for TRM for their stepping down....this is another project that is having a hard time being tangible.  Well, this weekend I'm doing pattern mockups and will have things for them to try on when I see them the following Saturday.  Plus I need to plan out stuff for Ivan and I and start in on clothes as well. My plan is that we will have new wardrobes by Estrella....and then I hope to have clothes set for Marek and Golda for the royalty dinner at Estrella as well.

ianuk: (crow)
The time after Estrella and now has been marred by sickness, over time and projects. Plus Ben's birthday and his spring break. I made some things....I've been working on my birthday socks and am almost to the toe decreases on the second sock. I made banners for TE Sym and Magdalen for stepping down as B&B. I've done a lot of calligraphy for SCA things. I applied to a program management training program and got accepted. I have pushed a mountain load of virtual paperwork and by June 15th I will be the lead on my program since my boss is retiring. Yeah, there is a lot there.

Pictures make things easier to understand.....

The Banners...
Sim And Magdalen's Banners

Ben's Bday...
Benton's 6th Birthday

I also bought myself a new thing for my bday...I'm going full hipster. I got a new turntable...I've been lacking one for almost 20 years. I'm getting a new tattoo and I'm getting more piercings....very hipster.

My early bday gift #selfcare #music #hipster

All of the projects and sickness means that my gym time has been utterly lacking but I made it back on Monday and I'm going today and dammit I'm being good on eating etc. The month of suck gave me 5 pounds back and I'm not happy about that. Time to get back to things...limit my beer, cause really that is my big weakness and I was over indulging....a lot.
ianuk: (evil)
My manager is out sick yesterday and today and its been quite and I buckled the heck down and rocked out on lots of paperwork which includes change papers and engineering justification memos on why we are changing things. Lots of work etc.

Linnet came down with Lice so scribble was cancelled which meant that I was able to get working on crwon clothes earlier. Wander was over and with her awesome spatial skills I got the neckline completely worked, squared up and sewn. She worked some magic since I'd cut the front and back panels off a bit and I hand finished everything on the sleeves and the neckline. The trim was gift from Chani while we were crown and I had *just* enough to do what I wanted.

Neckline Done!

Sleeves in progress

So tonight while the boy is in the shower I'll get the sleeves attached to the gores/gussets and then get that sewn onto the dress. Then I will do the hem and I hope I have enough bias tape left over from my last binge of making it to finish it. Its going to be close.

I also got the trim laid out with Mel's opinion on choices.

trim layout

So looking positive to finish by Wednesday night which will be great. Then Thursday can be cutting out things for Zatanna and packing for crown. still gonna be a lot of late nights.

To Do List )
ianuk: (batman)
Thursday was crazy working and then leaving early to get Ben for his group therapy appointment. We were 30mins early so that meant we headed to Fabrics that Go around the corner. I got a pretty veil for me and a gift one for Baroness Brighed for her stepping down on Saturday. I got some neat sun batik for Benton and a really nice red black and white plaid. Got done and headed back to his appointment. Ben did fall in absolute love with a soft leopard print that if it hadn't been $30+ per yard I would have gotten him some.


So Thursday is group therapy day and she has 2 sessions, younger boys and older boys. The older boys start coming in while the little guys are in session. I need to bring headphones and to sit against the wall cause boy are they loud and disruptive while I was working on drawings. We headed to Beyond Bread for dinner where Benton ate his fill. And then home for bed by 8pm. Mel's flight had been delayed and delayed and finally touched down about 1030pm and he was home by 11pm. He was tired but he got me presents of a double decker bus coffee cup and the brit version of The Cursed Child. Ben got a Brit Lion, a GB Olympics Team t-shirt and a Gruffolo book.

While I was waiting for Mel to get home I finished the cyber dread falls for the convention. Though I won't be wearing the one set with the Lolita...[livejournal.com profile] danabren is right...it looks like a jelly fish.

I also worked on Socks this weekend. I was inspired by finishing the Slytherin socks and pulled out Mel's Caution Socks and put a cable down the center which I'm liking.

And I cast on 2 pairs for myself since my second set of Signature sock needles arrived. I am making a rainbow/black striped ones and a pretty sparkly set.


Friday was busy with errands, the van driverside window mechanism breaking (thank you Jack Furriers for fixing it fast!) and my hair cut/color and errands before we picked Ben up for his followup appointment about his lungs. He got put on Singluar to help with the asthma and allergies. Additionally, we made the followup appointment to get him eval'd for ADHD meds. This is a preemptive strike since the school already hit him with a referral, he gets 3 before he is suspended. Sighs. Ben did not have a good day, he hadn't the day before so when we got home and I made dinner of lamb chops, mel took all of his toys out of his room. He was not happy about that but tough cookies. He went to bed whiny but well fed. He really, really likes lamb chops. I worked on the socks friday night. I was just not into starting anything else. Though I did get to sewing the crown under dress seams so I could have hand work the next day.

Saturday we got going for Mon's Investiture. Mel was very out of it. The jet lag was catching up fiercely but he was maintaining being awake etc. Ben did good during the day playing with Mason and keeping out of trouble. I sat at the back corner of the event and let it pass by while I sewed and chatted with Ari, Jules and various other folks. I got half way through the dress during the event before I called a time to go home cause I was toast. That site makes my allergies really bad. Got home, had leftovers and a whiny kiddo. Mel didn't even get through dinner before he passed out. Ben went to bed and then had screaming terror fears from stuff he over heard on the playground. It was lots of cuddling, snuggles and signing "My Favorite Things" to get his mind off of the scary things. Sighs.

I sat and finished the dress and knit on socks until late. My left tear duct in my eye was very swollen so I took some benadryl and hot compressed it. Which means I woke up horribly drugged out. Sighs. I got coffee and breakfast before I started to feel better and then I avoided paid work to clean up my studio from the crazy cosplay frenzy for the crazy crown frenzy, cleaned up the front room from the detritus of the previous days event and got my test fabrics out for Choli sunday building with Ari.

I managed to get the neckline cut/ pinned and machine sewn with the bound edge machine sewn ready for the hand stitching on the turn as well as the racing stripes on the sleeves before I headed for errands then to Ari's. I did not find what I wanted at Kohl's but I did hit a jewelry sale (SHINY!). Then we sat and got things worked out for my choli/vest/bolero patterning. Yay! I now have a plan. My goals are Tuesday, finish the under dress for crown, Wednesday Finish the over dress for Crown, Thursday night cut out the choli/Vest/bolero and maybe sew but I'm not guaranteeing it. I may drag the sewing machine with to sew on Friday/Saturday nights but not sure. I hope to get the choli done at least before we leave. But we shall see. I may just stay up way late the next few nights and get things done. We shall see.

To Do List )
ianuk: (angry boar)
well, work has gotten special. I'm on critical chain with unlimited overtime for the next few months. I'm reviewing drawings that haven't been used in 4+ years and things were old to start with. So lots of spec updates, obsolescence items etc. But that paperwork takes time and we have probably 30 drawings to update and release before I leave for D*C. Sighs.

I managed to be mom, have a good dinner, put dishes away, did 2 loads of laundry and hand sewed the bustles on the lolita, got the first sleeve final trim setup and ran out of ribbon. (headdesk). I then made 2 rosettes to go on the bustle points. So either tonight or tomorrow I need to get more ribbon. But I think I will get what I can done tonight (hike the skirt) attach rosettes, sew the one sleeve and then piece together the crown clothes. My plan is Saturday to have them as handwork. Sunday is Choli Sunday with Ari so we can get things done but I may have to work a bit in the evenings as well. Suck.

Oh, well, I get paid a ridiculous amount to do this so I should not complain but my work life balance is not ideal and I had more planned.

To Do List )


Aug. 2nd, 2016 10:50 am
ianuk: (confused)
Work was work and I could only get a few things done in the 6 hours I was there. Got out on time to head to the school for the meeting. The meeting was good but not quite what we had hoped it would be but it was good. (more on a different post).

Got home and the kiddos were good and [livejournal.com profile] bewilde was watercolor painting. I got changed and then made dinner for all of us and then we cleaned house. Having kiddos help was good and we were ready for scribble. I have a few more calligs to get done in the next week for things and we are still waiting for some events to get filled out through the end of the reign but we are making sure that nothing is due for us before D*C that isn't done now. All good.

Got Poe hooked on Post Modern Jukebox and then it was bed. I was exhausted but felt good about the day.

This morning since I didn't need to bake anything, btw, the Alton Brown's Blueberry Buckle is faboo and you need to make some. Just sayin; I sat and drank my coffee and had breakfast (buckle) and started my day slow. I think tomorrow I will do a bit of spinning.

Anyhoo, the morning after that has been busy with work stuff, school faxes and issues on my old program I'm making commentary on.

Tonight will be working on the Lolita. I need to futz with the sleeves, add more flounces and cut and bind trims. Plus work out the under chemise. We shall see how productive I am. I'm tired but every little bit helps.
ianuk: (caw!)
Recently we've noticed that Ben is confused when we use colloquial speech and phrases or idioms. I'm having to explain a lot of them which has been fun and frustrating because I'm not even sure where some of these come from. This mornings was "hold your horses" which is pretty self explanatory if you go rushing into things but to explain it to a 5 year old takes some work.

Anyhoo....just before I left for the convention I put in a large number of hours and paperwork on an engineering task I had been handed. I was given the solution and needed to implement it after testing had completed. This task had a very short turn around and I used all of my resources to do a good job. From the mechanical standpoint the job was good. From the electrical solution I was given it was probably not the best and this was pointed out to my by the production chief versus the one I had completed the task for. I had not been given all of the information to make a good full system decision. but I was also distracted by the timeline and the fact that the con was that week and that I'm trying to be a good engineer, learn things and not make any waves until I get my place in the new program.

The chief is very personable and even though I felt about an inch tall from the very very nice dressing down I felt pretty awful about it. I left work despondent and almost just went home to drink myself to bed. But I decided that with the information and distractions at hand, well, I made the best decision I could. So, meh. I went to knit night and had a nice time and then home for snuggling up on the couch with some tv and a book. I even went to bed mostly on time. My edema while better with a day of wearing compression socks is not perfect and I'm wearing more today. Hopefully by the weekend things can recover and I'm going to get more rest. DAMMNIT!

I've been doing a good job on the EI front. I have been taking that class to heart and just working on some of the strategies. There are lots of strong personalities on the new program and I'm trying not to feed the fire of egos though in this case I may have stepped back too far....oh well.

Chatted again with the chief on another issue which went really well and then brought up the issue that was not good and I apologized. He was a bit taken aback I think and was not worried about things in the way I was. His was really No Harm, No Foul since the decision wasn't completed yet and its scope now is shortened. So that made me feel good though and I'm now able to think a bit better. I had a nightmare this AM and then was stuck in a dream for too long which made my mental state this AM a bit fragile but now better. I'm still hella tired and tonight I'm going to bed early and sleeping until late cause damn.

My A&S projects are progressing so I just need to slam out the docs tomorrow in first draft form and finish the first hat. Plus cleaning of studio from the con mess and getting back to some sewing after A&S is done. A clean studio will make that easier and honestly its not too bad. I just have stuff I packed spreadout and a few bins need to get put back. All good.
ianuk: (crow)
This last weekend we scurried and cleaned and made the house and porch party ready. The floors have needed a good scrubbing for quite some time and I really need to do it more than I do. Course that can be said for most of the house. Le sigh. But I've really been trying to make a conscious effort to help on things and its showing a bit.

Had a nice weekend and Jessie was visiting. He got diagnosed with colon cancer which was a surprise and they do surgery next week. It looks promising that its only the one tumor but his Wagner's disease makes it so he can't have contrast in scans so see if its spread further than the small tumor. We shall see. We spent most of Saturday chatting.

Sunday was the household meeting and we got up and cleaned a lot. I had planned on doing most of it on Friday (too many errands and hella tired) and Saturday was with Jess but we did okay.

We made pork ribs and a small rack of lamb for the not pork folks and the household brought the rest of the sides. We had fun tag teaming the smoked ribs on the grill between mel and I. He'd smoked 8 full racks of ribs and I was grilling them to temp and he was cutting and serving. The kids were having a fun time running around and it was awesome to see how big the porch was and how it fit people nicely.


And we took a pick later in the evening to show how the kitchen stuff was setup on the side and how roomy it all was.


Friday we also had Ben's hearing fully tested at the hospital. He's good but he's got my ear wax thing and allergy thing. Good to know that he has my small ear canals.

Monday I hit the gym for the first time in a very long time. My allergies have been crazy and I've sulphured myself twice but I managed. Sore today but will head back. I've also been really buckling down on what I eat and trying very hard to not have a beer or pig out on sweets.

Work is going okay. I got into the Emotional Intelligence class I've been wanting to take for years. The first class wasn't too tramatic but the self assessment was not so much enlightening but shows I really need this class. I hope the next few sessions really teach me things on how to cope.
ianuk: (walking pig)
and all through the kingdom many hands are making light of much work.

The Counties that [livejournal.com profile] scribe_ari is working on are faboo and I'm handling all of the organization minutiae to get things ready for both sets of crowns.  All about being the deputy signet.  Woot.  It also looks like we have "time off" for things being due for a few weeks which means the scriptorium can work work work on filling up the case again. Yay!

I also managed to get the shawl I've been working on back on track with encouragement from my friends at knit night.  I even stayed up a bit late to work to the next pattern repeat (and color change) so I'm sent into the lace pattern now.  Its looking really nice and I hope to get through at least this lace repeat in the next week or so and then maybe see big progress on it.

Work is progressing and I've been handing things off with, "here are my suggestions on how to proceed, if you have questions, call, if not good luck" for the old job and I'm in heavy drawing reviews in the new job.

Tonight I get to see Captain America: Civil War and I'm excited.  I have no idea if my Stucky feels will be met but its gotten really good reviews on Rotten Tomatoes etc.

So excited.

Next week will be getting stuff figured out for cosplay for D*C and then starting sketches.

My mojo and want to work on things is progessing which is really good.
ianuk: (beer)
Crazy weird week.

My interview for the fellowship thing at work was Monday and was very short (15 mins).  It was odd. but I guess I had made it that far. They had 200 applicants that they down selected to interview 45-50 and now downselect to the 15 for the program. HR was there which was again odd but this is for career growth so its not surprising but it was?  The questions were pretty basic I think. Talk about something technical that you did, what you hope to get out of the program etc.  It was just short....I kinda expected more.  But its done and now I wait to see if I made it.  If I didn't well at least I know I put an effort in and did it versus letting the opportunity pass me by.

I've hit the gym once this week...monday I figured I wouldn't have time but I was tired too. I was up way too late on Sunday night and mel has a bit of a cold so he's snoring and won't stop and then Ben woke up screaming about a bloody nose at 4 am. I think I got 3.5 hours of sleep. But at least I looked good and professional. Been trying to step the clothing game up. With the weather in the high 80s to 90s it was cute skirts and clothes and I need to get more summer weight style shirts and light weight sweathers/shrugs.

The department is having a heck of a time replacing me and need me to fully write out all of the stuff I do.  The first few applicants were not ideal.  Well, that is good, I'm hard to replace. :)

No word quite yet on my transition but they need a warm body before I can move. Plus I have one large task to finish.

Other than that...I'm ready to be done with work and getting ready over the weekend and monday for estrella. I took both the monday before and the monday after it off for my sanity.  Its so nice.  Got a lot to do but I have time to take my time, think things through and make sure I have everything for the 45 people we are feeding/housing. Eep!

We have the work for the new porches starting when we get back from Estrella. We need to clean the porches off and chuck everything old in the yard.  So I know we will be busy when we get back.

I'm also waiting for the final quote on the cooler replacement from the 3rd company.  Soon we will have awesomeness at the house.  We got the new patio door last week and its so nice.
ianuk: (don't wanna)
So, at the end of the day [livejournal.com profile] lferion commented that Benton stole all of the awesome.  And I agree. He had a perfect day at school and I, Mel and Ari all suffered.

To start...Monday at work I had a feeling after looking at some data that a supplier was not doing what they were supposed to do.  Its not my hardware, i.e. I'm not responsible for it, but I do look over it a bit since it gets used in one of my assemblies. Things just looked odd and the more I dug into the data the more I was convinced I was right. I wrote up a summary, put people who actually know the hardware and the supplier on distro and waited while they walked through my thoughts.  Yesterday it came to a head and yes, I'm completely and utterly right. And its sucky. Like, can't ship hardware sucky. Now, its not like the stuff will break...what the supplier did was a better than for us but its not what they were contracted to do for us.  So now its a papertrail, paperwork nightmare and we have to figure it out with the supplier who has been silent to our questions.  Sigh.  Left work for the gym and wanted to knock things out and then hit food/knit night and then do some shopping.

The gym was okay but I had folks trying to flip sets with me on squats so they could use teh deadlift area and the pull up bar. They really could have waited. I do quick sets with about 30sec-60sec between and they slowed me down considerablly. It was kinda rude. I should have said no but oh, well.  Then my phone started blowing up with phone calls and its hard to answer your phone when its in an arm thingy for running.  I need to remember that I think I can talk through it and just use the headphones to hear the convo but I didn't think of that since I was in the middle of 350lb calf raises.  Sighs.  Mel needed to pick up the kiddos from school for Ari since her work went to hell and it was a bit of a cluster due to this and that and I need to just make sure they have each other's cell numbers so I'm not the messenger. Sighs.  Got back onto my work out and hit the deck for some core work.  I need to remind Bob the gym manager to pump up the fitness balls they are geting squishy.  I've started doing my planks using the Bosun and I think its much easier for me to do in some ways and way harder in others. Its just more comfy for my hands and they were bothering me after having to snatch/grab the bar with my squat weights over and over to switch the setup with that one guy.  Sheesh.  I ran/walked for 15 mins and then got changed for my awesome night out.

Yeah, not so much.  I took a different route and shouldn't have...too much traffic and stoopid people. Realize that the store I needed to hit closed at 8pm which means I needed to skip knit night. My coupons at the store after I FINALLY found something to buy were not as good as I had hoped. Sighs.  Then I picked up cat litter since Mel had said we were almost out.  Then I hit Chipotle and while standing in line Mel asked if I could pick up cat food.  Sighs.  I waited for a busy line and got my chicken bowl to find out that they were out of iced tea?  WTF?  I dont' drink soda and it was crowded and loud and I was just done so I asked for it to do. I guess my face was distraught enough I got my food for free. WTF?  Okay. I heade back to petco to get the cat food and then ate my dinner at Target, in the quiet of the starbucks area.  I got things for food stuffs and first aid supplies (mel had exhausted the guaze and tape due to his elbow) and I found a work out slip on coverup for when I get done with the gym and want to stay warm.  I got home from my errands at 909pm. Mel and Wander were busy prepping food for Estrella Tuesday Night dinner and I was exhausted and grumpy.

So, I check my calorie intake for the day and realized that I had ate clean and good and worked out and got 7k steps in that day so I had a beer and knit.  I needed it.  The cats were exstatic that I was sitting on the couch and all was well.

Today, hopefully not as crazy.  I've already hosted an impromptu international telecon and well, yeah. I have a report to slam out today and other tasks to clean up.  Hoping for good and not staying too late today.
ianuk: (crow)
All of last week I've had a linger...not sure...cold, not really just tired and had a bit of a sore throat off and on and some snuffles.  I had hoped to kick it this weekend....and that doesn't seem to work I guess. I'm to the point were I'm going to stop taking it "easy" and just hit the gym etc.

Friday night we were all tired.  I hit bed at 930 and slept really well. I was still pretty groggy when I awoke on Saturday and slowly got ready for the tournament. Once drugs and coffee kicked in I did okay. Benton was awesome at the event and listened well and we hit the library to get some books and just in general had a good time.  Ivan was Sir Sable and everyone was suprised he could be an asshole.  Honestly, people don't liv with him. He's a jerk a lot of the time. He's just sublte about it.  Will was the rapier sable and Ceyln was the youth sable so we changed the household name to Rottenheim cause yes, we were rotten. LOL.    Got home after hitting up Frost for gelato and relaxed into the evening.  I made lamb chops, edamame and couscous with a really nice dill yogurt sauce.  I've never cooked lamb but I hit it with a bit of garlic and cooked it to medium rare.  So tasty.  Benton loved it. Mel was exstatic about it and just purred with happiness about it. I'll have to make it that way again.  We are saving the bones to make stock but are currently stuck on what you use lamb stock for....ideas?

My goals for the weekend were to get laundry done, work on my projects and try to get better.  I did pretty good with that though I didn't get my studio any better but I put more stuff away and figured out how to get Ben to clean his room with a timing game and the Visual Timer.  He now understands that in small increments (10 mins each) we set up to do tasks in the 10 min section. It worked really well and we even got his laundry put away nicely.

My goals this week are to do a bunch of calligraphy and finish mel's sock. I got through the heel and gusset yesterday and now am in the foot.  I also spent too much time play Free Flow but I'm in the way higher levels having fun.  We also finished up watchign Jonny Quest Season 1 (1964) and still love it.  We also found that Kim Possible is on youtube boot legged but I did order the Season 1 and 2.  We will now be going through the Batman Animated Series with Ben.  Then maybe on to Justice League and Teen Titans.

Mel did get the bottle openers out to people and we got text messages of people hanging them up and putting them right to use.  Its awesome. Plus that is projects out of his shop.  He made Ben's bed this past weekend for camping and he needs to finish it this week.

I have to say the weather last night was crazy.  The airport had 47 mph winds. Oof.  The rain was a lot though the gauges only stated 1/3 of an inch. Weird. it sounded like a lot more.

Work this week is about finishing things up and kicking ass at the gym.
ianuk: (caw!)
I've worked a lot, cooked a lot, knitted a lot and had lots of work and home stress.  I'm awaiting the end of the work day and I will be "done" with work for the year.  This is a misnomer as I have a work ethic and will be working on reports off and on.  I have to much to accomplish in January and it needs to be fully documented before the reviews start.  Sighs.

I also have to update my resume for a number of reasons. I put myself in for a technology cohort for futher career advancement and that is part of the processing of the application. The scary part is I can't find a resume that is newer than 2002. I'm sure I did one in 2006 or so but I can't find it.  Will have to see if the old computer still boots up it may be on there.  Sighs.

I have seem to have lost months of time for things this year.  I hope 2016 is better for us and projects etc.

I finished #13 book of the year which was Infinity Bell by Devon Monk.  Then I started Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which is fun and good.

My goals over the break are to finish reading a few things, spend time with the family. Finish a couple of fan fics and relax.
ianuk: (lazycat)
since the tummy sick of a few weeks ago I've still not felt well.  Things just aren't right and well at Southern I was off all event.

Southern was in general good. We had tons of folks on setup day and that was great.  The new site (I guess only for this year) was nice which was suprising. Though we need to have court way earlier if we do it there since its all outdoors and no light/sound.

I managed to burn the fuck out of my fingers on my left hand cooking dinner on Friday. I knew the knurl on the pot handle was hot but I grabbed it anyway. I managed to cook the rest of dinner with my left hand holding an icecube in a wash cloth.  It looks healed now but typing...ow. and i don't have really good feeling on the fingers either.  I had blisters that were large and in charge.

I did not fight cause I felt weird on Saturday and well, the hand wouldn't have been able to hold a sword.  Sunday I woke up and was awful. I'd spent every hour since 1 am up for abit and hitting the privy and I was tired, hurting and sick.  I managed to get the inside of teh tent packed and Benton helping with things and us loaded into the car while the rain was starting and the rest of CAMP was coming down.  Much thanks to my household for tearing things down well and quickly. We were all home by 3pm. I was home by 1230 or so.  Stopped and Benton got his very first Happy Meal cause I new I had no food at the house and it was right at the turn on to the interstate. He enjoyed it and snarfed all of it.  Got home and got him into a much needed bath and I took a shower while he was soaking. THen I bundled up on the couch and we watch Avengers Assemble Cartoon until Mel came home. I then slept in my bed for a few hours. Mel was awesome adn put things away (not everything but food etc).  I was happy to snuggle up and be warm.  I went to bed early and slept much better than I had but woke up with stomach cramping again. I stayed in bed until 7am and then got Ben up and ready for school. I got back and crawled under the blankets on the couch before getting back into bed a few hours later.

I read and slept my Monday away and here we are.  Not great, not special but I'm here.

Work front, I had a mini interview for a new job.  So we shall see where that goes.  My plan is to have things settled by the time Estrella rolls around.
ianuk: (drinking)
I managed to finish book #10 (Hell Bent) and #11 (Stone Cold) by Devon Monk and started #12 which is House Immortal also by Devon Monk.  Its an alternate world or post apocolyptic (maybe?) USA.  Still trying to figure it out.  Its interesting though....

I finished my "No Bunnies" Shawl and blocked it last night.  Yay!

Cats like shawls.
Before blocking with foot meaure:

After(in progess) with yard measure:

Halloween was tiring but fun.  Ben and I carved a pumpkin, he is not a fan of the guts and we headed out with Ed/Candace (Holly & Henry), Mary/Andrew (Inara) and had a good ol' time going around Civano.  We had no trick or treaters at the house.  But a good time was had by all.


Sunday Ben was grumpy and tired and we all were.  I spent way too much time shopping but oh well.

Monday I worked and then gave a STEM talk about Mechanical Engineering to a group of Middle School Girls.  I was a bit nervous about doing it but it went really well when I could tie in showing them hardware that linked into the rockets they've been working with and have some hands on show n tell with hardware I had with me.  Plus some youtube of my products doing their thing.  It was good.  One of the neat questions I got was "How many tests I failed".  I was only an average student.  I failed a few courses and "D" for done on a few but I'm still a good engineer. I had a social life in school and am really well rounded. I stress the technical/social communication/presentation skills over the math and science becuase when you work in business you need to be able to talk to a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds.

Monday Night was lots of calligraphy to get ready for Coronation.  Me being off a week didn't help.  My business trip for next week was cancelled though so that makes Southern a bit better to handle. I still have lots to do.

I attended the YWCA Women's Conference yesterday.  I got to hear Dr. Nancy Bray, Head of the Kennedy Spaceport for NASA speak and attended 3 workshops and a luncheon where we got to hear from the 2015 Changemaker of the year Dr. Laura Banks-Reed and Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron.  Pics of my work ladies are here:

2015 YWCA Women's Conference Tucson

What the conference taught me was I'm pretty much slacking on my career.  Which I've been feeling.  There are many folks my age who are much, much further along and I'm frustrated enough with things I'm almost thinking drastic action of switching departments or leaving the company.  I hit basically tenure in January and no longer acrue any further PTO per year etc.  That would be a lot to let go of and I get a pension so, yeah. Don't want to loose that but it tempting.  So, changing things a bit now and going to work for 2016 to be a transformative year for me.  I need to follow Rule #1 at work and my goal is to dress nicer and look nicer in general.
ianuk: (don't wanna)
A stomach flu of very nastyness hit the Kemp household with Benton first puking on my shoes on Tuesday.  Mel got hit with it on Friday and I came down with it this past monday. I'm finally back at work and only runnign on about 75% so yeah.  it was the worst I'd been sick in quiet some time

Dragon's Horde was, okay.  Ben had a great time but there really was not enough activities to need the two days and I was so exhausted and mel was still sick that our anniversary was a bit lackluster but we still went out to dinner at Bj's for a good time.

I've been knitting and mostly reading once I got sick.

I've started and finished 3 books.  Half off Ragnorok and Pocket Apocolypse by Seanan Macguire. Very campy and fun novels that make you question who the monsters really are.  Next was Night Broken by Patricia Briggs.  Seriously, that women rights things I can't put down. Sighs.  Love the world as always. So I think that was books 7,8 and 9 for the year.  Sighs. So sad.  Course I could add up my fanfic reading total and probably easily hit 50 books. Oh, well.

I now have started Hell Bent by Devon Monk (#10 for the year) which is in the same place as teh Allie Beckstrom novels and stare Shame Flinn and Terric Collins of those novels.  Shame is a darker, snarkier Spike and Terric...not sure about him yet.  Again, Devon has such an interesting world setup that I can't help but keep reading.

Other than that...yeah.  I'm just trying to stay afloat.
ianuk: (crafts)
I needed to do some work this weekend and I didn't. I could not even think of facing the spreadsheet of doom after realizing that I have 3 companies measuring the same hardware and we are all using a differnt formula to solve a circle.  Sighs.  Least Squares versus Max Inscribed versus Min Circumscribed and now I need to fix the data to account for that and I'm not sure I can do that without remeasuring everything.  Sighs.  So yeah, didn't work.

Friday we cleaned house and then headed to the Apple store to get mel's phone fixed and me to get mine looked at.  His screen replacement was ready the next day and the my issue was more interesting.  My battery is expanding which is causing the screen and home button to not work.  My phone was NOT part of the battery recall but this is telling me is should have been.  At this time I'm out of warranty but AT&T had a huge discount for me 1/2 off a new 6S.  So I ordered it and it will be arriving shortly.  Got home via Little Ceasears and we had game night.

Not the most productive game night for our D&D group but man was it fun.  The comments were flying and the live tweeting was precious.

Saturday I was slow to get things done around the house. I did manage to get the studio cleanup started, dinner made and then after Ben was abed I pulled yarns and got things wound for Xmas knitting.  Sheesh do I have a lot to do.  That is okay. Handmade versus store bought is better IMHO and I'm going to try it this year.  We also finished up watching Season 2 of Arrow.  Wow. lots of things I didn't expect.  And really, John Barrowman eats up his screen time.  So nice.  Course I keep expecting Dresden to through up a fireball or something but he's just a mudane cop in this.

Sunday I was more productive and get up and worked out the shopping list.  Got groceries with Ben.  He was good until I got the cart stuck between some cars and he walked into traffic.  Sighs. All was okay but man that was scarey and I was not pleased cause he didn't listen to me to stop at a car, he just mosied to try to get to our car.  Sighs.  Got home, got groceries put away, dinner on and then I sat and read for a while while I fought with the washing machine.  SIghs.  The studio is now ready for sewing.  I have handwash drying in there now but I will get things going this week to get the Benton Sewing done. He has 1 pair of pants and a Coat left for Southern so completely doable.

I highly recommend anything by the folks who wrote Tales from the Tower including this AU of their own universe which was precious. Somewhere They Can't Find Me.  Really good.

Sunday AM was also annoying cause I got bit to crap by mosquitos while I was sleeping. My left arm (Triceps ow!) is bit to hell, hot and itchy.

We started watching Season one of Flash and will be bouncing back and forth between it and season 3 of Arrow for a bit.
ianuk: (beer)
Work is still sucky but we are all in the midst of suck and working as a team to make it better. I figured some cool things out and I have a spreadsheet to save our little chunk of the world.  I know, lame, spreadsheet foo made me excited. I'm an engineer, deal!

Willa and I entered our failed viking glass furnace and it did very well. We won our category, though we were the only entry. We did receive a 55/60 for points so I think we would have won anyway even against other competitors so that was cool.  The organization this year was a bit weird and lists of winners had errors etc but in the end I think it was a successful competition. I judged the championship and that went well too.

In other crafty news, I finished the purple socks.

I have also been working on my "not bunnies" shawl and ran out of yarn.  Both Mel and I thought I had two balls but nope. So I pulled some left over cascade 220 out of my stash and its matching colors pretty good after a few rows.Untitled

Ben's been having better days.  We had him assessed by the school district and their only comments were he was high energy and bright.  But at least we know there is nothing wrong we hadn't already known.  Not that being high energy is wrong but we have to redirect it.

I started looking my planned to make for Xmas and seriously flipped out.  So, I guess I need to get myself organized and working on stuff. This weekend will be studio cleaning, sewing for Ben for Southern and winding yarn and planning projects. I also need to get rid of the two old carseats and get those sold as well as the stroller. Then that stuff is out of teh house.

I'm getting my fall enuii and depression.  I'm not sure what it is about this time of year but man I always feel like crap.  Add that to the I've been so tired, so sick or so busy to make it to the gym well, I'm sure that is not helping.  Next week is further screwed up since I'll have the boy at Theresa's due to school being out for Fall Break so well, we shall see.  Just frustrating cause I feel like this is all out of my control but then I realize it is in my control and its hard to take the reins to fix it.  Thus the depression lying.  Oh well. The show must go on.

My mantra will be to watch what I'm eating better. Limit the alcohol and make stuff.  I always feel better when I make things and if I can crank out some of these small projects I will feel accomplished and not so stuck in a ever ending loop of work.

Still trying to finish the treatise on Engineering in America and I started in an InCryptid novel by Seanan Macquire.  I got a load of books from Mughi last weekend to plow through.  Plus I'm also hit by a plunnie about grumpy cat, Bucky and Coulson.  Yeah.  crazy but it will get done in the wee hours this weekend I think. Its gonna be short and fluffy.  So crank it out and accomplish somethng to get it the eff out of my head.

It was inspired by this fic Wow, That's one Grumpy Cat... and the shirt I'm wearing today.  Silly but funny. I need that.
ianuk: (here's looking at you)
If you've ever worked anywhere in a manufacturing area you sometimes have things that are on a "critical chain/path" and well that is what I've been working for two weeks straight.  Yesterday, I pushed the button on more paperwork than most people get done in 2 months and am now waiting to see if my drafting checker has found any issues before it goes off for final review.  Its been crazy and that is only one of my 3 projects that are hotter than Hades.  So I'm coming home brain dead and exhausted this week.  Put that on top of not sleeping great and giving blood and I'm one tired cookie.

Have been spinning a bit and knitting a bit this week.
Shawl is progressing:

Spinning the New fiber (I'm Not Dead Colorway):

But other than that just hanging in there.

Tomorrow is Middle East Feast and we are hotelling it to get some pool time and relax.  Should be fun.  Also hoping to get to see the Minion movie with Ben (his first in the theater movie) on Sunday with the college crewe in Phx.

On the taking care of me front....I'm now down 10 lbs which is now pretty noticeable which is good.
ianuk: (crow)
Friday work was, well work. My workout did not happen. I was still feeling the effects of the migraine from Wednesday and felt "off" and my balance was a little weird so I got off of work and then ended up buying a mini-van. Yeah. I bought it after seeing it...well, seeing 3. Basically 3 of them, same model, same model year, same options almost the same mileage and the same price so I picked Red. Drove home on the test drive, mel was happy with the color since he had assumed red = burgundy and its not...its Hrafn Red. I saved about $12k buying used.

New Van!

I'll be selling the Xterra privately. They only offered me $500 for it and I know I can get double that. Its not in great condition but it will be good for a high schooler to drive.

Got home with the van with barely enough time to load family into the van (the Fit was at the dealership, mel had to sign papers on Saturday) and get to Ed's for Cloak night. Unlike the last go around we had lots of people to work on the raven's themselves. I taught a bunch of folks to chain stitch and realized I needed dinner. Husband and Wander were awesome to get me dinner (sonic but I'm not complaining). Stayed till almost 10pm and Benton was still running around.

Willa was great and came over early on Saturday AM to help get cupcakes frosted and load the cooler and watch Ben while I hit the shower and mel was in the shop. We had a great party for him and the kids had a great time. He made out like a bandit on Legos. Seriously, everyone was uber generous and I'm blown away. Pictures are in this album Ben's Bday and if you can't see it...sorry, friends and family only. The cupcakes turned out great though...


Got done with the party and headed back home to unload and chat with Jost and Christy before heading to the car dealership. There are two things they need to fix on the van (middle light inside not turning on and the vent windows not working) which they are paying for to fix on Friday. After that we got home and had an early dinner before heading out to Wrestling for High Impact folks. It was Ben's first time and the bad guys won the night. Which was epic.

We got home late and again Ben was up way past his bed time. Sunday morning dawned and we all started getting ready for the event and Ben was resistant. He was tired and finally just stated "I don't want to go to the event" and we talked and he realized he just wanted some quiet Lego time before we had to go to a bday party for one of his friends and a playdate with Inara. We played legos and watched Star Wars and then headed to Chuck E. Cheese. Wow, that place is loud and chaotic and I'm really glad Mel wasn't in charge of going. I admit I was as peopled out as the kiddo that morning and the utter onslaught of the place tweeked me a bit. But Ryker's parents were awesome and then Benton and I went to play games and I forgot how good I am at getting tickets in arcades. There was a Namco Pirate Zombie game that Ben and I had a great deal of fun with and shooting ducks with water was fun too. We headed to target afterwards to get some clothes for Ben with his bday money and got a skylander too.

Got home just in time for Inara to come over and the two of them played while I cleaned up the house. That was cathartic. Plus the kids were great. I got pizza for dinner cause I'm lame but it was worth it for mel's face when he walked in exhausted from the tourney (he won!) and there was hot food with plenty of calories. We got the kids into the tub and the antics were hilarious and then bedtime was a bit chaotic but good. We have so many blackmail pictures for their teen years.

Work has been busy...I'm not caught up but well, I cope. The gym was tiring and my left knee had tightened over the weekend and made squats hard. I had to ice it when I got home which was after a trip to costco where I almost made a mess of the van. I was headed back to it with my cart when I looked down in the twilight to see my black athletic pants have a big streak of white. It was flour and the bag had a tear. If I hadn't noticed I'd have covered the black interior of my new to me van in flour. Headed back in, showed the folks and they ran quick to get me another bag without a tear.

Scribble was good and I got Arsenda's laurel scroll layout planned and got about halfway done with the design for one of the borders. I will have to work hard over the weekend to get the designs ready to go on paper so we can start painting.

Looking forward to the gym tonight cause its arm day.


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