28 March 2010

Love Update

WIP: Love - Turquoise Designs
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

Wow, that title sounds like it's gonna be a more interesting post than it actually is. Sorry folks, it's cross-stitch related, not romance.

After the flare up of my carpal tunnel subsided, I got back to stitching. Picked up my WIP - Love by Turquoise Designs and got a little more done. I was going great guns the first couple months of the year and now I've slowed down my stitching just a little bit.

I chose to fling one of my UFOs which I had started over one (what the heck was I thinking?) and started it up again on a new color fabric. You can see I've not got much done on Bent Creek's Kitty Cat Row, but I do like the fabric choice so far. I'm gonna work on this a little more today while watching March Madness.

I've had my head in books more lately, so not a lot of progress is being made on the needlework front. I've also been doing a lot of soul searching - trying to figure out what I want, what will make me happy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not unhappy, but I really do need to figure out what will make me happy and pursue it. (Will probably post on that eventually - once I get my head around it.)

That's the news from this corner of the globe. A blustery spring day here - perfect to stay indoors, under a blanket with my dogs at my feet, watch basketball and do a little stitching. Or reading.

20 March 2010

Spring Has Sprung

First Day of Spring 2010
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

A gorgeous day here in Jersey - mid-70s, sunny, not a cloud in the sky. After the weather we had in February/early March, this weather is MUCH appreciated

We rounded up the pups and took them over to the dog beach in Manasquan this afternoon. They had a ton of run, running up and down the beach, sniffing the other dogs (and being sniffed in return). This two-legged person had a lot of fun just watching her dogs run with joy on the sand. Spent about an hour there letting them 'blow the stink off' before we headed back home. I'm watching NCAA basketball, the pups are conked out on the floor.

Tomorrow is to be another beautiful day - so perhaps I'll load the dogs up in the car and take them over to the reservoir for a walk. Then again, I might just want to sit on the patio and reposition the TV so I can watch basketball. I know this weather is too good to last, but at least I don't have snow like some of my friends back in the midwest. Keep it, please.

18 March 2010

More Puppy Love

Self Portrait - 03/18/10
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

This time, me and Suki (aka Snaggletooth) enjoy the gorgeous spring weather. Of course, Tara got her share of TLC today as well.

16 March 2010

Weight of the World

Just over 2 weeks ago, I went for a coloposcopy. My doctor told me that the results of the biopsy would be back in 7-10 days -- since last Wednesday, I've been anxiously awaiting the results.

Today, I finally connnected with my doctor. Apparently she had been trying to reach me at home (our answering machine is on the fritz) and only today did someone bother to write my cell phone number on my chart. (Nevermind I've been calling daily since last Wednesday and leaving that particular number.)

The news is good - nothing to worry about. Yea! But the bad news? Quarterly paps for the next year, biannual paps for 3 years after that. I'll be in stirrups more than Roy Rogers by the time this is over.

I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Now I can get back to living and stop holding my breath. Thanks everyone for the good thoughts and prayers. I don't know how I would have gotten through the past several weeks without you. xoxo

14 March 2010

Noah Built an Arky, Arky

It's only rained two days and nights, but I think we've had enough for forty days/nights already. Most of the state is flooded and it's just downright nasty out there. No day for woman or beast to be out - though the girls and I did take a walk around the block this morning pre-deluge. Seems like the perfect day to stay inside, watch movies and stitch.

I pulled out some of the UFOs which I blogged about in my last post. Once I started working on Kitty Cat Row, I realized WHY it was a UFO (unfinished object for those not in the know). It's worked over one -- on either 28 ct or 32 ct linen. WTH was I thinking? Even in my younger days with excellent eyesight I was never a fan of over one on anything greater than 25 ct linen. Surely I must have had a momentary laspe of reason. So I chucked that aside and picked up a new cut of linen to use. I saw on someone else's blog that they did this design on blue fabric, so I have a cut of 28 ct Little Boy Blue Cashel to stitch it on. Today's gonna be the day I start it.

Put a few more stitches in Sam Sarah's One Fine Day as well. Not so certain I'm gonna like this piece when all's said and done. My flowers look like one big muddled blotch of color. It may require some backstitching to get things to pop - and I don't like backstitching. I'll keep plugging away on it as I did love the design when I purchased it and I've already invested a significant amount of time on it.

Love (Turquoise Designs) is progressing nicely. After a major project at work which required a lot of mouse clicking, my carpal tunnel flared up in my right wrist. As a result, I took a break from stitching and didn't touch anything for several weeks. I pulled this out at my stitch-n-bitch lunch group this week and put a few more stitches in it. If I work on it today, I just might be able to finish off the O...

Though the weather here is craptacular, I am filled with excitement. Besides it being Selection Sunday (I live for the NCAA Tournament, even when Indiana isn't playing), tonight's the premiere of The Pacific on HBO. Even though I'm not overly fond of war movies, I've been anxious for this since I saw a trailer last fall. Loved Band of Brothers, so I can't wait to see how Hanks/Speilberg present the war in the Pacific. Don't bother me after 6 PM tonight - I'm gonna park my ass in my recliner and have my eyes glued to the TV.

Lo - there's a bright yellow orb in the sky. Is that the sun? Perhaps today will not be a total wash afterall. It's still raining, but one can hope that it stops?