Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Code Name: Kyle

We can all say that we have gotten sale flyers in the mail and/or in our email box at least once right? Of course we have. I get sale flyers emailed to me from Maurice, Payless Shoe Source, and Michael's. While they always end up in the trash bin, I always notice that the emails that I get from Payless always call me Kyle.

Now you are probably wondering why they are calling me Kyle, when I am not a guy and my name doesn't even start with k. Well I am wondering the same thing, because it doesn't make sense to me. The last time that I was in Payless to buy shoes, the lady who was running the cash register asked me if the name Kyle was the correct one and I told her that it wasn't and I had thought that the problem was fixed.

But I guess it wasn't, because when they emailed me a sale coupon for my birthday at the beginning of the month, it said Kyle. The only thing that I can think of as to where they are getting the Kyle from is that someone with the name had my cell phone number before me and had shopped at Payless and then just never went back once they changed their number. I had forgotten that the emails from Payless were calling me Kyle until the one arrived for my birthday, of course I forgot about it again until the other day when a reminder email came through that the sale flyer was ending.

The next time that I go to get shoes at Payless, I need to remember to ask them to change the name with my phone number/email address from Kyle to my name.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Malt Baby Blanket: Part 2

Back in July I wrote a post about a baby blanket that I had started making using a pattern that I found Pinterest. I finished the blanket several weeks ago and added the three shamrocks that I had made.

When I first started working on the blanket the pattern told me to do a certain amount of garter stitch rows and then do the rest of the blanket, with the exception of the border, in stockinette stitch. I thought that it was a little weird/odd that they would have you do that, though I'm sure that it would look pretty. Since I didn't see the point in that one of my sisters suggested that I keep making the blanket the way that I had been. So I did.

In October or November, I can't remember, after having worked on the blanket for several months I needed a break so I stopped working on the blanket. Instead I started working on a different knitting project that I had started back towards the beginning of last year that I have been work on and off. I also made a scarf for one of my sisters as well during that time period, though I forgot to take a picture of it.

In mid-January I decided that I had taken a long enough break from working on the blanket so I picked it up again. When I measured the blanket to see how long it was, since I had stopped working on it for a while, I realized that I was closer to finishing, though it still seemed far away, the blanket then I last remembered. The measurements for the finished blanket is 30 x 32. I made it an inch longer which is fine because babies grow up fast. So it works out well :)

Even though it is hard to tell from the picture the shamrocks are a light green/white color. And it was my mom's idea to add a little bit of green to the blanket. If you haven't seen the post I did already about making the shamrocks go check it out, I included the link for the post in the first paragraph. And that is the story of how I finally finished making the baby blanket. Thanks for reading and I hope you stay around.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Work + Late Nights = Made up Words

Tuesday evening last week I had to work late and on my way home, thankfully when it wasn't terribly windy or rainy, I was thinking about different things and I randomly combined two words together and created a new one. The word that I came up with is: Snarkastic.

As you are probably wondering. Why would anyone want to combine the words snarky and sarcastic? Well people combine words all the time and create new ones and that is what I did. I also did it because I can be a bit sarcastic and snarky around my family.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I had to work late and my brain is always going in multiple directions, which is how I came to making up a new word. It was also a way to help me stay awake while I drove the few minutes home. Even though I made it up over a week ago, I sort of forgot about it and never came up with a definition for it. Though I'm not entirely sure how you would create a definition for snarkastic.

So that is the story of how I created a new word while driving home from work late at night. I hope that you enjoyed reading this post and stay around for more.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

What I've Been Reading

Over the past month I have slowly been making my way through a biography entitled "Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch" by Sally Bedell Smith. I came across this book back in January while I was wandering around a small bookstore called "Books a Million," the acronym is BAM which I think is cute. Since I was just looking and not planning on buying anything I wrote down the title and the authors name in the memo app on my phone and placed a hold on the book at the library.

Speaking of libraries, when I checked out this book, when it came in, I noticed on the receipt that it told me how much money I had saved in the past year by checking books out at the library. Since I had checked out another book besides this book it said that I saved $70.00 just by checking the two books out. Over the past year I saved a total of $784.68, just by using the library instead of buying them.

One of my favorite stories, that I read in the book, is about when the queen was visiting the USA in 1957 and wanted to see what a football game was like. So the White House set it up so that she could go to a college football game. On the way there they drove past a supermarket and the queen said that she wanted to go in one to see how American housewives shopped. During half time security went and organized a tour to be given to the queen at the supermarket. And after the football game she went and visited the supermarket.

That is currently all that I have to say about the book and if you are looking for something to read, I would recommend picking up a copy from the library.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

8 Weeks In

Well we are eight weeks into the second half of the school year and so far it has been going well for me. All of my classes are very interesting and I am enjoying them so far. So far I have had two tests, multiple quizzes and discussion boards. The classes that I am taking this semester are Desktop Publishing, which is fun, Intro to Visual Arts, and Advanced Microsoft Office.

In my Desktop Publishing class we are learning hoe to create certificates, newsletters and flyers. I find this class to be a lot of fun and pretty easy. On the first day of class we learned to how to add pictures, watermarks, and similar fonts and colors to a document so that they stand out and don't look boring.

Intro to Visual Arts is a really interesting class, because we are learning about how art is influenced by the culture and time period when and where it was created. We are also getting a brief introduction into a lot of the materials that are used in the creation of art. The homework for this class is pretty easy because there is a chapter quiz/test each week and they are easy to do and then there is a discussion board for each chapter. For the discussion boards our teacher gives us several questions that we have to answer and then we have to respond to two of our peers.

The last class that I am taking this semester is Advanced Microsoft Office. It is a continuation of a class that I took back in the fall and we are learning how to use Excel and Access more. the first two weeks of class were introducing ourselves to our class members and then doing a brief refresher of Word. Besides turning the homework in each week there is a quiz for each chapter as well as a discussion board that we have to participate in when we finish doing all of the homework.

That is all I have to say about this semester so far and I hope that you enjoyed the short break from the yarn/knitting posts that I have just done.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

When it rains it pours

That was especially true tonight because there were several storms that rolled through. The rain started around 4:30 ish and then around 5:00 p.m. the sirens went off letting us know that stronger storms that included heavy winds, hail, and a possible tornado were approaching. Since I am at work we went downstairs into the basement to wait it out.

Even though a lot of the heavy stuff has gone past there is still a tornado watch, severe thunderstorm warning, and a couple flood advisories in effect for the moment. There is still a possibility for more heavy storms to come through overnight.

 When I was younger didn't like storms at all. I would get really nervous when it stormed out, especially when there was a tornado involved. But I have stopped being scared/nervous of storms, though I still don't like them much, especially if I have to drive through them.

While we were sitting in the basement waiting for all of the heavy stuff to pass, the electronic devices were pulled out. I had pulled Netflix up on my laptop and started watching the collection of Disney Shorts that are on there, though I didn't finish.

Since I have to work late tonight I brought my laptop with me as well as one of my school books and notes for one of my classes to work on some homework. Once we came upstairs again, the plan was to start working on homework. Obviously that hasn't happened yet, because I wrote this blog post. But that is besides the point.

While we were sitting in the basement my mom sent me a picture of a prayer that we always pray when there is a bad storm and I said it out loud at work and it helped calm down one of the kids that I work with. I don't know who wrote it but it is in the Pieta prayer book and it is called "Prayer or Blessing Against Storms." When my family and I pray it we make the Sign of the Cross at each pause.

Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in Peace. † God became man, † and the Word was made flesh. † Christ was born of a Virgin. † Christ suffered. † Christ was crucified. † Christ died. † Christ rose from the dead. † Christ ascended into Heaven. † Christ conquers. † Christ reigns. † Christ orders. † May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning † Christ went through their midst in Peace, † and the Word was made Flesh. † Christ is with us with Mary. † Flee you enemy spirits because the Lion of the Generation of Judah, the Root David, has won. † Holy God! † Holy Powerful God! † Holy Immortal God! † Have mercy on us. Amen!

Well, that is all I have to say right now about the current weather. Thanks for reading and I hope that you enjoyed what I wrote and stay around for future posts.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Yarn Dyeing: Take 2

Back in August I wrote a post about how I was testing out yarn dyeing. Since it wasn't the right kind of yarn, it didn't retain a lot of the dye. Several Weeks ago a friend and I stopped in Hobby Lobby for a few minutes and we were over in the yarn section and I discovered that they were selling skeins of dye-able yarn. Even though I really don't need more yarn I bought a skein to try dyeing again. This time I tried kool-aid instead of Wilton food coloring.

This time around, instead of heating the coloring/yarn combo in the microwave, I tried the dip-dyeing method. When I was looking for a dyeing method I just put it in Google and then found a set of instructions that I liked for dyeing the yarn.

I used Black Cherry kool-aid, the sugar free kind, and I used five packets, and I like how the color turned out. Since I used the stove-top method for dyeing yarn it had to cool down to room temp before it could be rinsed out. At Wal-Mart the kool-aid packets are 24¢ each, which isn't bad if you want to use different colors.

Unfortunately the yarn wasn't as dark as I was expecting it to be. But it is still a light pink/red color and I haven't decided if I am going to try re-dyeing it or not. If I do re-dye it I am going to do the same color to see if I can get it to turn out darker.

The kool-aid does stain your hands when you ring the excess water out of the yarn. Or stick your hands in the water before hand, like I did. But it does come off, you just need a little bit of soap and some warm water and then scrub really good. So that is my second adventure into yarn dyeing.

The yarn that I used for this was white 100% Acrylic dye-able yarn and, like I mentioned, I found the yarn at Hobby Lobby.