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Monday, January 19, 2009

Sick sick sick

Well I have gotten sick. Coughing, sneezing, congestion, fever....ugh!! I hate it when I am sick and feel this horrible. I haven't wanted to stitch or do anything. Hopefully I will start to feel better soon.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Year End Q & A

Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
--yes I did. My resolution was to stitch more than in 2007, and I did that.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
--My sister-in-law did and now they live with me.

Did anyone close to you die?
--Nope.

What countries did you visit?
--Just the USA, another state.

What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
--rebuild my physical strength, keep the house cleaner, and stitch!

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
--Pulling myself out of depression by recognizing it sooner and acting to change it.

What was your biggest failure?
--Not realizing I was severely depressed until many months had passed.

What was the best thing you bought?
--My Sleep Number bed!

Where did most of your money go?
--bills, where else?

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
--Having a baby in the house again and visiting my in-laws over the Holidays.

What song will always remind you of 2008?
--Hate Me by Blue October I guess.

Did you fall in love in 2008?
--rediscovered many times how much I love my husband and why.

How many one-night stands?
--none of any one's business LOL

What was your favorite TV program?
--Dexter

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
--Yes.

What was the best book you read?
--I really enjoyed Stephen King's newest short story collection and Patricia Cornwell's new book Scarpetta. Other than that, I mostly re-read books I already own.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
--Blue October

What did you want and get?
-a new bed and some new charts

What did you want and not get?
--a new digital camera

What were your favorite films of this year?
-I didn't watch many movies.

What did you do on your birthday?
--nothing.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
--comfort and anything that did not add to my pain level such as jeans.

What kept you sane?
--writing in my journal, talking to my husband, playing with baby and stitching!

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
--Prince as usual :)

What political issue stirred you the most?
--Not sure.

Who did you miss?
--my DH's family

Compared to this time last year, are you:Happier or sadder?
--happier

Thinner or fatter?
-sadly, fatter (steroids suck!)

Richer or poorer?
--the same.

What do you wish you’d done more of?
--stitching

What do you wish you’d done less of?
--hurting

The CSC stitchathon challenge results!

Back in Jan of 2008 I entered a challenge on Cross Stitch Crazy. I predicted that I would do between 12,000 to 14,000 minutes stitching. I based that on my total of 6,773 minutes from the 2 (or 3?) stitchathons I had participated in towards the end of 2007 when I joined the board. I am curious to see if I even come close, so I'm going to post my totals here so I can keep track for myself. I am hoping I can do at least 12,000 minutes.

I met that goal! 3. Ravenhead goal: 12,000 minutes actual 15,974 (133%)

I stopped recording my time in the stitchathons back in October I believe it was so not all my time is accounted for, but that's okay. I still met my goal and since I forgot this one in the other day's post I figured I should pop it up here. LOL

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Update on Winter Blackwork, final finish of 2008 and goal review 2008, new goals 2009!

I managed to finish Exciting doilyby Mary Werst and I gave it to my mother-in-law while I was in Indiana over the holidays visiting her. She was really excited to get it! Here it is:





Here is a closeup:




In my last post I promised a picture of my progress on Tam's Creations Winter Blackwork. So here it is as of December 2008.




Since it is now 2009 I figure I should go over the goals I made for 2008 and see if I met them at all. The original post is here and my goals were:

  1. Have at least 10 finishes. I seem to have confused my goals. Here I wrote I want 10, but on webshots I wrote that I wanted more than 2007. I did not meet my blog goal but I did meet my webshots goal. I have 5 finishes in cross stitch for 2008.
  2. complete stitched ornaments into completed ready to hang up ornaments I got a couple done, but not all of them.
  3. Finish either Stroke of Midnight or Woodland Fairy by TW (preferably finish both) nope
  4. Participate in at least 2 swaps/exchanges (I was so happy to get my 2008 re-approval from CSC!) DONE
  5. Continue to encourage Curtis and now Stephanie (My sister-in-law who has moved into the house) to stitch as well. DONE
  6. complete at least one (preferably more) of the harder thread crochet doilies that are at the half way point (I am afraid I'll mess them up even though I have done them well so far LOL) DONE both of them!
  7. Organize my stash and threads better DONE
  8. Continue to make thread crochet items as practice and maybe try to do an afghan or something larger than a 16 inch doily DONE by working on doilies but no afghan yet.
  9. complete at least 2 more charity squares DONE, did 3!

Not as good as I wanted, but not bad considering I didn't stitch at all in 2007! Now goals for 2009, lets see:

  1. Finish at least 10 pieces
  2. Finish one of the 2 TW's I have as WIPS
  3. Do at least 2 charity squares
  4. Participate in at least 2 exchanges
  5. Complete my excel sheet of magazines
  6. Create excel sheet of freebies
  7. Get Bridgette's birth sampler done
  8. Get parent's 50th anniversary sampler done
  9. Get Tinkerbell done for father in law
  10. continue thread crochet

That seems like a good list of goals. Hopefully I can do a good job with it through out 2009! So what are your goals for the New Year?