I’m back at work today. Still coughing, although my lungs seem to be settling down off the morning hard stuff, and I should be okay until late this evening when fatigue will kick them off again. Bleh. But we have a box of Lemon Zinger tea at work, and it will be my friend for the day so I don’t try to drink carbonated soda.
It was an odd weekend. Odd because while still being sick, I was perfectly well enough to have people over. And so I did. masquedbunny, whishastar and myownwench came down on Saturday noonish for the day. My somewhat-but-not-really local cross stitch store, With Heart and Soul, was getting out of the stitching business with a massive 50% off sale of EVERYTHING in stock, and since the three of them also craft, it was the perfect opportunity to go grab stuff.
And I did – all of those patterns I’ve been eyeballing for years, I bought. Don’t know if I’ll get to them, but hell – they’re all 50% off, so I got almost all of the patterns for about $2-5 each. Can’t beat that. AND a good chunk of them were the out of print Teresa Wentzler patterns that are impossible to find (the seasonal fairies and the fruit quartet, fellow stitchers?). With Erich’s kind help via credit card, I dropped what WOULD have been $260, whacked down to $130.
Anyway, I can’t blame the shop owners one bit. Apparently the town of Cumberland has a yearly inventory tax – so basically any of these patterns that sit on the shelves get taxed EVERY YEAR. So much that the owner point blank said – at this point, I can’t make back any of the money on them. We’re just recouping whatever we can for the least loss possible. So yeah, I can’t blame them at all. Shame they’re closing. Wish they’d had some more practical hours, though… 10-5 weekdays and 10-6 on Saturdays just isn’t realistic for your average adult woman stitcher these days. We work full time, folks. We’re not stay-at-home wives. In fact, most of us aren’t. *sigh*
But anyway… we went shopping. And then we came back to my place, where we spent the day doing crafty things, talking about life, the sorority we all belong to (these stitch ‘n bitches have been the closest thing we have to official meetings after all), and just hung out. Erich kept the drinks rolling for us, cooked food, etc. He was awesome.
The girls left around midnight, and I went on to another one of my semi-sleepless nights due to cough. Whee.
On Sunday, we spent the day doing some small tidy projects around the house. Erich was daring and jumped in to take care of the worst of my office – it’s actually CLEAN now! I just need to go through the boxes to put stuff on shelves, sort through stuff for our yard sale/toss out, etc.
Since I was still coughing quite a bit, I forced myself to do small stuff that would keep me mostly on the couch. Any time I started doing stairs, I started coughing. So I caught up on all of the dishes and got the kitchen somewhat scrubbed up (still need to do those scary floors), gathered laundry up (Erich had to do it, though… due to the aforementioned stairs), and then settled on the couch. I took advantage of the forced couch time to sort through my stitching stuff – both the new stuff that was bought on Saturday and everything else that had been bought but not stored.
So I spent about, I kid you not, six hours winding bobbins of overdyed thread & labelling them. I removed all of the patterns that were in plastic bags from said bags and stapled or paperclipped as needed, and put them all in a magazine rack. They can’t stay in the plastic – we have cats who think plastic is a food group. They will literally EAT any plastic bag that comes into the house. So yeah… *sigh* And I had a lot to do, because while I’ve bought stuff over the past year I haven’t really done much of my own stitching – I got too involved in round robin stitching last year to concentrate on my own. So it was good to get a sense of some of what I have. The rest will come as I get my office together. And then post wedding, I’ll REALLY get back into my stitching – because I’ll be too broke to do much else!
It was tedious, but it kept me sitting still and resting my lungs, which is what I needed to do, but I got stuff done, and that’s good. I think I watched the entire season of Ice Road on Discovery, too. Those guys? They are crazy. Driving semis over frozen lakes in Canada in the winter? I realize it’s the only practical way to get stuff to those mines… but damn.
So all in all, it was a productive weekend, a fun weekend, and still an annoying weekend because of my cough.
Should be an interesting week, too.
Oh… and tanned_featherd? I found a pretty respectable chicken pattern for you. Is your address on the Cog list current?