Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Life's Little Bumps

Well, just when you think things are going down one path there is a U-turn and you head a different direction. Case in point is my new contract that I was supposed to start on the 27th. Unfortunately, it got cancelled so now I am looking at other options. Not sure what the reason was. Could have been that the client was just not ready when they thought they would be or the project itself could have been cancelled. Nonetheless, for whatever reason I will not be there.

As you can imagine, I am disappointed but that is the way it goes in the contracting business this time of year. It usually means that something better is yet to come so I will keep looking. I have a couple of other leads working so we shall see.

Right now I am working on some socks, my hemlock ring (I am bored with it right now), and a couple of other things. Other than that I am just hanging loose trying to get as much done in the house as I can. I am still in organization mode so I am ready to move on to the next room. Wish me luck in getting through eveything on my list.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

New Beginnings

I have been organizing this weekend. Yes I have gotten the bug. I have had my yarn stash in my bedroom but decided that it needed a new home since I was running out of room in the current location. The solution was to clear out a spare closet and relocated the stash. When I am finished I will supply pictures of the result.

I was not feeling well this morning so my progress has been hampered. I think I eat something last night that was on the verge of not being good any longer but it seemed ok so I eat it. It as some veg beef soup that I probably should have frozen but I wanted one last bowl. Well needless to say it is gone now. After some chicken soup and pudding followed by a nap, I am feeling much better. I think I will be able to finish my organization project this evening and more on to the next project.

I need to complete my to-do list this week. I will be starting a new contract on the 27th. This one, I think will be fun. I have not done quailty assurance software testing for a while so this will be something different for a change. It is only supposed to last a short time but may work into something else. You just never know.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Autumn in Lees Summit

This is the view from my kitchen window. What a lovely Autumn day. There is a crispness in the air along with the gusty wind. The only thing missing is the smell of burning leaves I remember from my childhood. Too bad we are not allowed to burn leaves anymore. It sure would eliminate the need for all of the leaves being picked up by the trash service to be hauled off for recycling. It would seem to me that the diesel fumes from the trucks would be worse for the environment than the smoke from the burning leaves not to mention the smell.

As kids it was fun to jump into the piles of leave that were so painstakingly raked only to be scattered once again. It is nice to think back to such times and those memories.

I have not been knitting a lot this week so I have nothing to show. I have been trying to get things done in the house and outside before I good back to work. I am still bored with the dining room re-do so I still need to paint. I tried the color samples on the wall and I think the base color needs to have a little more green in it to work better with the sage drape I bought. I think I like the living room color because it has a peach tone but very suttle. This is a to-do I need to get wrapped up so I can move on to another room. The kitchen will be next then on to the bathroom. Once I get rolling with the new contract, I may just have someone come in and to the painting. I do ok with the wallpaper removal so if I at least get that part done and wall prep done the painting is no big deal and could probably be done in one day.

I have so many things on my list for the house that it will possibly take most of next year to complete. With the painting inside and out complete I can start on updating the bathrooms and kitchen. Then I can sit back enjoy it all. I a few years with I am ready to sell, it will make it much easier to get it ready for market.

Monday, November 05, 2007

New Stuff

St Louis was fun this pat weekend. Interestingly enough, we found a new yarn shop that was having a grand opening. My friend Chelle found the same shop. To continue down the path she ended up going to Knitorious as did we. It is a wonder we did not run into each other. I got some lovely Toasty Toes hand dyed worsted and some white yarn that I will probably kool ade dye. Not sure on the colors as yet.
I have decided that there will be no further yarn purchases for some time. I really have gone over the edge lately and I need to come back. At least until I get back to work. I also need to get some WIPs completed. I am now working on a sweater, socks, hemlock ring blanket and a bag. I need to be diligent in completing them so I can still have time to get some Christmas things done.
I guess I am going to have to look for a job soon. I an officially unemployed after being on the bench for the last to weeks. I did file for unemployment today. Since I worked in Kansas that is who will pay this time which is better than Missouri at least but not as good as some other states. I do enjoy not working but unfortunately it does not pay much. The thing that is different this time is that I don't have a car payment or house payment at this time so the unemployment will cover my bills.
I do have an interview for a short contract for a technical writer that might be fun. It should last about 5 months which would get me to Spring. In the contracting game it is a better time to find something. I have been doing this kind of work for a long time so I don't worry about it any more. Something always comes through when it needs to.