Friday, March 27, 2009

Riding the rollercoaster at work.

There is a song title "emotional roller coaster" which is basically about all the up and downs she goes through in dealing with her man. There should be one for what goes on here at work.

Okay make sure your seat beat is tightly fastened, keep your hands inside the car and enjoy the ride.

At first it's deceptively smooth. Our department's move date for the new hospital April 1, please get everything ready for the move. Throw out what is not necessary and keep the vital stuff. We do not want to move everything as space is not the same. We even tour the new building before it is complete and scope out our space.

First dip not a very big one everyone on the ride says Whoa!
Oh the phone schedulers are not going to the new hospital you will be in the administration office.
The next are a series of small dips.
Where are we going to in the the admin office . Who else is going to be there? Where are we sitting and who is next to us? blah, blah boring ride.

Giant dip follow by a corkscrew! People are screaming.
Not going to administration office you will be merged with the adult department and 2 people will be laid off! Get your resume together! This ride is not so much fun any more.

Toboggan type turn.
Okay no one is getting laid off but you will not be going to new location going to merge with adult department.

Smooth ride. Everyone is packed up and ready to meet the new direct report and then a giant dip, where is the bottom. Betty using her option of an ejection seat and she is out of here. She is no longer working with us and now it up to the 2 of us. I can't catch my breath but at least we stopped going down.

Giant loop.
We meet the new direct report of which she tells me she is not our boss. We meet the adult schedulers who are not happy to see us because one of their coworker who was mountain climbing with them line had been cut to make room for 2 new people in their office.

The ride is about to enter the station when it makes a sudden turn. Monday is the move day for us. As we travel down the track we pass a car the belongs to a different part of our department. " Hey Lavon, come over here." I tried to get in that car before but they never made space but there was a space so I used my transfer pass and got out clinic scheduling car and got in to surgery scheduling car and as I pulled away. I heard L scream out " Oh God Why me?" as she was about to enter a triple corkscrew!

So Monday I start the final part of my training as a surgery schedule and when AL leaves I will be apart of the department and I will be in the new hospital and I am strapped in for a new roller coaster ride.

Quilt finished!

I have pictures of the unfinished quilt but I forgot to take pictures of the finish project.

Betty and her sisters are planning a anniversary party for their parents and this picture quilt is a present from Betty.

I remember her finding the picture putting the images on fabric and getting everything pieced together. This was to be a birthday gift for her mother but when everything was put together it did not look right and she was so disappointed.

The block themselves looked find it was the framing of the blocks that threw everything off. The green sashing was sew on all four sides of the blocks and since the blocks were not squared off some the block was not attached to the sashing. Basically the blocks need to be trimmed and squared to size before sashing was added.

So as stated in the previous blog I took on the job for my friend. So at 3:00 am I was finally finish. I have it with me at work and as I look at it I am happy with the work I did but I also see where it could have been better. When you are working on something everyday for 14 days straight it is amazing how much you can miss. I hope Betty will not be disappointed.

My hubby loves it and wants me to make one for him with pictures of our family. I will do that but first I have to get the money makers done. 1 pair of work pants for brother in law 4 pairs of pants for auntie, 1 jogging suit for a customer and 3 dresses for a different customers. This will put about 60 dollars in my pocket.

Drinking coffee so the sleepiness has not caught up with me yet.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Computer Virus

My computer was down for a few days because I picked up the P2P worm from a zip file from lime wire.

Please note that I did not download "ufo main theme" However hubby may have. I had never heard of the TV show UFO it was a British Sci Fi show.

It was very frustrating that after my scan found the problem it did not take any action against it. So I search the c:\ and deleted it , Turned on the System Restore and restarted the computer.

It is a little better but not yet running up to my standards.

I will not be blogging for a couple of days in further attempts to get the computer running the way I want it to be and I am finishing the quilt for Betty.

Ta Ta for now.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Removing stitches.

I have been working on the quilt. I has been very hypnotic taking stitches out. So I have been very relaxed in working on it. Last night it was 2:00 in the morning when I stopped.

This is what I am doing, I would remove one 5 block row from the quilt top. Then remove the quilt block from the bottom and take the sashing that is on the top and right side off of the block and make sure the rest is very straight. I did not want to remove all the sashing because some of the details on the quilt block could be lost.

After removing the sashing from the top and the right side every thing gets ironed flat. I look it over very carefully to make sure all the stitching is well done. If stitches need to be redone then I take all the sashing off. After stitching then I put the sashing back on the left side and the bottom. I measure the block with the sashing on the left side and bottom,trim to size.

Then I would do the some thing to the next quilt block. After trimming to size I would match the left sashing with that of the bottom block right side together and then sew the blocks together. The sashing on the bottom of the block now frames the top of the bottom block.

I would repeat this action until all 5 blocks in the row are done. The block at the top of the row has sashing on the top and the bottom and the left side.

I have pictures but my computer at home was not working correctly soI could not post them. I should be able to do so tonight. So I will add them later.

Work yesterday was off the chain. The phone was ringing , and ringing. Front desk person needing help and newly trained coworker wanting you to sit with them and watch what they were doing. It was a challenge but funny as well.

Betty seems to like her new job.

Today we met our Direct report today. I am to go to the office at 1:00 and L will go at 2:00. Hopefully we will get some questions answered.

I am going to get some lunch because fruit byitself is not enough.

Friday, March 13, 2009

crochet a long

My mother taught me to crochet. Well she introduce me to crochet I liked it more than she did so I took it to heart. When I was a preteen you could always find me crocheting. Usually it was a scarf or afghan or shawls but rarely did I even attempt more than that. It was relaxing and kept me out of trouble. I stuck with crochet because it was one of the things that connected me with my mother.

No TV or radio just me and her crocheting together and talking about whatever. She was young and in good health and no one would have known that she would died before reaching 45 year of age.

In my family they always talk about the different afghan that I have crochet and gave away as present and they are always asking what they have to do to get a afghan from me.

I have decided the make sure each family member get something that I crochet. My first project will be for me. That is really not selfish but I have given just about everything I crochet away. So this will be a Made by me for me =MBM4M.

Lion Brand Yarn has a blog and for the month of March there is a crochet along. So I will be attempting a Moderne Jacket.

I have read the pattern several times and although I can understand what I am reading I cannot visual actually creating it. When I read a pattern for an scarf and afghan I can visual the crochet hook making the stitches described in the pattern. So this will be a challenge for me.

It is my plan to get the materials tonight and I can start on the back over the Weekend since this is a convention weekend in Moon Township. Since crochet project are great carry along with you projects I can crochet in the car, on the bus, in the park, at work, just about anywhere.

I will have a lot more craft at work projects since Betty has changed places of employment. We will have lunch together from time to time but it will not be daily. Her new job had different shift so that will effect how we get together during work.
We will have to make time to do things together when not working. We have taken nieces and nephew to Kidaplooza, I went over to her new apartment to play with her cricut, and we went to dinner and a movie. Keeping up with good friends is very important work! Anything worth having is worth working hard to keep.

Connection with Parents, Family and Friends.

Congrats on your new Job, Betty I know you will do well. We will keep in touch! Hugs!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Working the list.

I have been working the list as I promised myself.
The skirt is completed with enough fabric left to make a wrap.
One dress is completed, well it just needs to be hemmed . I usually let the dress hang on a hanger overnight before I hem it. So tomorrow it will be completed.

While doing a 10 minute clean up I found the drawing that I wanted to put on fabric. So I uploaded it to spoonflower and I'm awaiting the fat quarter that I order to see what it looks like.

I have a very good feeling about this fabric design. I have been wanting this drawing on fabric so I could make a carry on bag and a garment bag.

It is a drawing of me when I went to a Networking session at a local museum. I love this picture and could picture it on fabric and the luggage would be so different from everyone else it would never be confused. I had this idea at least 5 years ago. I am so happy to have found out about Spoonflower!

I also took a picture of the steps that I go down to get to the bus stop. They were covered by the leaves that had fallen from the trees that surround the area. I just happen to have my camera and the light was perfect. So I made the picture a mirror image and had it repeat. This will make a great backing for a quilt. Because of the changes to the picture it looks like a quilt. So I ordered a fat quarter of it as well.

I have to get batteries for my camera so I can take pictures of Betty's quilt before I take it apart so I can make sure to keep her photos in the correct layout.

Next week we go back to our hours of 8 hours a day for 5 days.
Betty has found a new position so she will be leaving me in the scheduling room. I will not be able to see her everyday or talk to her every day.

I always tease her about her invisible friends. These are the friends she makes in blog land and she only blogs with them because they are invisible. Only one invisible friend became a real friend and they get together and do different things. I think it will be weird to be a real friend and then become an invisible friend. I will try to not let that happen.

She has a really great TV and the grill on the porch is a plus as well.

I guess I will just have to show up every now and then with some ribs for the grill and wine coolers. Because regardless of what we go through, we are still friends.

Monday, March 9, 2009


I have completed 10 baby bibs. 4 of which I gave to my coworker. She talks about how her grandson drools all the time.

So at her suggestion I made some bibs very long. I hope she truly likes them and is not just being nice. It is better to give me critical review so I am make what ever necessary improvements. I was complaining that some terry cloth material is so very rough and Betty suggested I use flannel. So as soon as I finish the list below I will do just that.

Here is the list

1. finish the plaid skirt by March 10, 2009 .
2. make two dresses on March 11, 2009.
3. Remind Betty to bring her quilt that needs to be taken apart and put back together. BETTY BRING IN THE QUILT!
4. Finish the quilt by March 31.
5. and this is the most important, Do Not to let anything interrupt the completion of this list.

This is a short list. This way it will not overwhelm me and by April 11 I can start a new list.

On my lunch tomorrow I will go to Rue 21 to search for the perfect socks. I got my information today so I will mail them on Friday I think.

It bed time and I must get up to complete a workout.

What if?

What if?
What if we do something to create something better.
What if you would try to solve a problem this way.
When something is not definite you can you the phrase" What if." But if you do not use the phrase "What if "and everything you say gives the listener the impression that what you are saying is about to take place.

Here is an example.

Two of you are going to lose your job while one will remain here and become a part of the scheduling for children and adult department.

If this same statement would be preceded by What if?

What if two of you were to lose your job while one remain here and become a part of the scheduling for children and adult department?

The first sentence gets the response of " Why would only one keep their job!" This cause the defensive mode to present itself as it should.

The second sentence gets the response " Is this a possibility or do you just need some feedback as to why this would not work?" Still defensive but more in the line of "lets find a solution to the problem that you see."

Conjecture, possibilities, opinions, speculations, just a guess,should not presented or stated as facts, true events about to happen.

Because the Director seems to have a difficult time presenting thing in the correct format. I will only listen to what he has to say when it is presented in a meeting for all to hear, as fact, a true event about to happen.

I refuse to have a lunch in which the dominate convesater will present as fact, theories, hypothesis, guesses which present with evidence insufficient to ensure reliability.

We will leave the 'What if 'conversation for those trying to improve technology or find a cure for the common cold.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Do you want the good news or the bad news.

I was at lunch and when I returned my coworker was not at her desk. That was not unsuall but all the secretaries were also not at their desk. I came into the office and log on to get the incoming calls.

L, returns to her desk and tell me to log off. The director comes in behind her.
" Do you want the good news or the bad news?"

"Good news"

" You all still have your jobs and the weather is beautiful today." at this point he proceeds to talk about how beautiful the day is.

"Bad news"

" No raises in June , increase in cost of benefits in January , there will be raises in January but not higher than 2%."

I just look at him. He say " Hey Directors like R have to take a pay cut!"

I don't care about R. No pay raise in June but and increase in cost of benefits is like a pay cut in January. Unless the increase in the cost of benefit is the same as the possible increase in pay of 2% in January. But you must do well on your review to get the 2% increase in pay.

So if our rent increases we will have to move. Our lease is up in September so I will be putting aside the extra money we will need to secure a new place to live. In the mean time I will start downsizing what stuff we have so we can get by on less. I will also get rid of all the extra stuff that we have. If it is not being used it will have to go.

What does L say? " Praise and thanks to God I still have a job."

Yes thanks I have a job, not a career just a job.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Today we had the viewing at Spriggs and Watson Funeral home at 2:00 today.
Tomorrow is the Funeral service at the same location at 1:00. After the service friends and family will be at my house until?
Thursday I will be back to work.
Life goes on and so does the everyday irritations.

I would rather be at work than dealing with all the emotional up and downs of dealing with the death of a love one. After years of fooling myself that i had already morned her because she was so unresponsive to us when we visited her. But when i did visit her I got to see her face. I even talked to her. But now after tomorrow she will be buried and visiting her means I will see a tombstone instead of her face regardless of how unresponsive she was. I would rather see her face.

Monday, March 2, 2009

I hate this!

My Aunt H is in a fog. I wish she had children but she did not. We always treated her like our grandmother so right now it's like helping grandma plan the funeral for her sister.

She sit thinking that she is now all alone. She is the last surviving sibling of 13 children. She is lost and I am doing everything I can the help her through this but it is so difficult to accomplish something when the person you needs to do the planning is still stuck between morning the lost of her sister and dealing with the reality of being the last of her brother and sister alive.

I don't know what the feels like. I don't know what to do but be there as much as my life will allow. I know that I have to include her in a lot more activities but right now, we must focus on getting all the plans in place and have the funeral as quickly as possible because. Aunt H's birthday is Thursday and I really do not want a funeral on her birthday.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Running like crazy.

Today is the first day in 3 days that I have taken to sit at the computer to communicate with my invisible friends. I barely communicate with my visible friends!

Friday was maddening. We worked like crazy the prepare the meal and all as fine but this time it was a lot more work.

1 roaster to keep BBQ ribs warm, 2 crock pots, one with green beans and one with yams. A big bowl for the pasta salad. 1/2 sheet cake, which happen to be carrot cake. Everyone enjoyed the food and we got rave reviews.

Wednesday and Thursday was Turkey dinner with all the trimmings so I am not sure if Friday received great reviews because they were tired of turkey!

After we packed up the car and made it home. We literally just pulled into the garage and let a sigh of relief when I cell phone rang.

FIL made it home fine but had no food and could not move the wheelchair through the house on the carpet. GRIEF! We unloaded the care and C went upstairs to her apartment to get some well deserved rest and I got back in the car with my head throbbing and made my way to FIL.

Old people test my patience and today was not exception.

He thought I should have been at his house waiting for him to come home. Yes He knew what I was doing he just thought he was more important.

The oxygen tanks had been delivered, he did not know why they bother since he was not going to use it anyway.

The wheelchair he had was faulty the wheels locked so he could not go forward. I looked over the wheelchair and basically he just does not have the arm strength to roll the chair over the carpet. He believes he has a faulty chair and that was all there was too it.

I took my SD to the Crazy house (wal-mart) for her to get some food. She had no idea what food to get! After getting her to think in the mode of meals for the week we were able to get the food he needed.

My headache was not allowing me to go any further. I saw my hubby come in and help his father to the bathroom and I sat and waited and fell asleep.

When I woke up my hubby's face was just inches from my face he was smiling but i was annoyed.

I wanted to go home and just chill out. He wanted to take me out to dinner because he knew I had a hard day. He was so excited to take me out I just went along.

The place we went to had a sign saying "Live music" OMG! NO! But thankfully it was an piano bar!

After dinner back to FIL house to make sure he could get in bed!

I am getting a headache just typing this. Anyway finally I got to sleep.

Saturday up at 6:30 Out the house by 9:00 back home by 1:00 . Made a Pound cake to take to a niece house for her first dinner party. 3:50 Just as I was going to leave I got a phone call from Aunt H. She was crying so hard that I thought Aunt M had died. But she told me that Hospice say that was all they could do. The nurse told her to go home and not to worry about coming back till tomorrow. I went to the nursing home to see Aunt M. 4:40 The nurse said she was non responsive to pain. I asked if I should get the family together she said no. I told her I would be back. I went the nieces house and the party was over but I got to see her place and left her the cake. Went to Aunt H and picked her up and took her to mall so she could calm down. She told me not to worry and that she will be fine. I also asked me to go with her tomorrow. I said OK. I went home to rest, it was 7:00.

7:30 I got a call FIL wants me to bring the Wheelchair I have in the garage to him because the one he has is no good. Also wants hubby to help him get in to bed. Left Hubby a text message he was in the mall shopping for shoes and I went over to FIL with the wheelchair. Hubby got there about 10 minutes after I did. He helped his dad and we left. He took me to a movie and during the movie my cell phone kept vibrating I just ignored the phone and kept watching the movie. It became annoying so I flipped it open and saw the text message " Where r u! Aunt M died." We left the movie and went straight over Aunt H's house and my sisters were already there. Aunt H found out her sister died by receiving a phone call from the funeral home explaining that they had her body.

I contacted the nursing home/hospice. She died 20 minutes after I left from visiting her and they did not have my cell phone number . They left 2 message on Aunt H voice mail but she did not check it. Therefore at 9:00 in the evening she received the call from the funeral home.

I spent all day today trying to get Aunt H to understand what she has to do because I have to go to work on Monday. But it is not getting through to her. I spent 4 hours this morning going through drawers of papers searching for the life ins policy that Aunt H insist is in that drawer.

We went to the nursing home to get Aunt Minnie's clothing and personal belongings. I left a message with the administrator for him to call me back so we can go over the final accounts. An appointment was made for the finalization of the funeral arrangements and I sent an email to work explaining that I will be in on Tuesday. SIGH!

I still did not get to do any sewing and AF had the nerve to actually begin on Friday! I am not sure where I am emotionally but I know I am not sleeping.