Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Just Do It

This isn't a post about Nike. It's a post about companies not doing what they say they're going to do.

My husband ordered a piece of garage equipment from a company in California. This piece of equipment is quite large so, obviously, it needed to be shipped to a closer location. Forty-five minutes north of where we live is a yard owned by said shipping company. The equipment left California, six hours from where we live, last Wednesday. It then spent 3 days in 3 different cities in California.

This, however, is not the most annoying part.

The product was then shipped 4 hours NORTH of the final drop off point. The truck had to drive, and more than likely stop, in the town the equipment was supposed to end up in. No joke. They drove right through. Wouldn't common sense tell you to, oh I don't know, schedule the truck to STOP AND DROP OFF in that town? I would think so.

Oh but wait that still isn't the most annoying part.

The product was supposed to end up in the specified city today. They guaranteed it. Guess what DIDN'T happen? Yea, that's right. It was still sitting in the shipping yard 4 hours north of it's destination. My husband called the yard and all they could say was "we can probably get it on a truck tonight and maybe get it to (town it's supposed to end up in) tomorrow". Maybe? Probably? You guaranteed it would be there on that date. I guess the days of "your word is your bond" are over.

My poor husband, in order to get his equipment in a timely manner, had to drive to said town 5 hours north of where we live, through snow drifts, with a 20 ft trailer attached to the back of his truck. Thankfully he's a good driver, although not a patient one.

Why can't companies, these days, do what they say they're going to do? I just don't get what's so hard about keeping your word anymore.

Although I'm also not sure what happened to common sense either.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Favorites

IT'S FRIDAY Y'ALL!

I never thought that I'd be interested in doing posts like this (meme/link up/cliche) anymore but it's nice having a spot where I can share interesting/cute/totally ridiculous finds from the week. This is kinda a bookmark dump for me and I really like that.

There's a reason dogs are mans best friend. When I saw the picture with the Pit Bull surrounded by toy stuffing I pictured my dog.

I know the basics of photoshop but I think these tutorials are going to help me get to know the program a lot better.

This is probably the coolest photo I've seen in a long time. I love how, way down at the bottom, it appears that a woman is taking notice of all the craziness.

I started watching a show called Inside Combat Rescue this week and during the promo portions of this song play. It's my new favorite song. Plus I love Lou Diamond Phillips!!


I also laughed hysterically at this video!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Eagerly Awaiting Menopause

There probably aren't many people who can say that they're awaiting menopause. If you're reading this and you are well then ... 

Courtesy Of This Place

Tila Tequila anyone? No? Just me? Anyway, moving on.

I always tell people I cannot wait for menopause to hit and the immediate reaction from most people is "WHY?". Well I have 2 big reasons for wanting menopause to come even though I'm only 31.




Reason 1: I have absolutely no desire to have children. 

When I was younger I thought children would fit somewhere in my life. My husband and I, before we were even married, thought about adoption or fostering. When we weren't approved because we weren't married it wasn't something that got us down. There was even a point in time where we were actively trying to get pregnant. I was pushing to have sex at all the right times, we both got checked to make sure everything was working, I was even taking Rx meds that were supposed to help. It never happened though. I suppose that fed into my decision but my husband and I both realized, as time went by, that our life was fantastic without children. We could go wherever we wanted whenever we wanted without worrying about school or soccer practice or anything like that. Finding a dog sitter was much easier than finding a baby sitter. I don't have to run down the cereal aisle wondering if I'm going to have to disown anyone because they're acting up. I, we, have a carefree life. Why would we want to mess that up?

Reason 2: I have the most violent "time of the month" and I'm over it.

I'm pretty sure there are people out there who have it worse than I do and I'm sure a lot of girls say the same thing but DAMN IT I'm so over it. Ever since I was younger I've had periods that have lasted at least 2 weeks. Yes, no kidding, they last that long. I've had some that lasted over a month. The worst part about these periods is that not only do they last a hellaciously long time I don't get time off. If I have a period that last 3 weeks I'll get a weeks break and start up again. The one time I can remember getting a break was in my late teens. I didn't have a period for 6 months. I've been checked out by 3 or 4 different doctors. They all give me the same dumbfounded look after they've done their tests and screening and what not. "Uh, there's nothing wrong with you. There's no reason this should be happening." That's what I thought. I'm normal, it's just that my menstrual cycle isn't. The only thing I used to be able to say was that I didn't get cramps. Used to being the operative word. Now, however, my cramps are horrific, I've found that I get sick and actually vomit during my period now, and I can't stay awake to save my life. Again, doctor says I'm good. I AM SO OVER IT!!

I always get the "but you'll hate menopause and the hot flashes and the cold sweats" speech. I can't think of anything more comforting than not having to buy tampons or worrying that I'll leak because I have absolutely no clue when "aunt flo" is coming. 

Hurry menopause, I need you.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Idea Of Fashion

I've never been much into fashion, I thought because I'm a plus sized woman, but realized in my 20's that it wasn't just my size that prevented me from being "fashionable" it was my comfort level. So I present to you my idea of fashion. I literally wear near the same outfit everyday and I couldn't be happier with who I am or the way I look.

My Idea Of Fashion
During the winter I wear my wrangler jeans, plus sized, and surprisingly comfortable, of course, a mens cotton tee, my Asics running shoes and carrying my Louis Vuitton Speedy 35 proudly as I look like a complete hillbilly. I look even crazier in the Summer.


summer

Replace the jeans with some mens basketball shorts or a bathing suit (since I'm constantly out on the lake on our boat (not with the LV bag of course)) and the shoes with some nike sandals and I'm ready for Summer.

I don't look like someone who cares about their appearance but what most people don't get is that I don't. Not when it comes to what others think. I'm comfortable. I'm happy with who I am and I have no interest in impressing anyone. This is literally my idea of fashion.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lacking Originality

I feel like my blog has been lacking in originality lately.

I talk a lot about my interests and not a lot about me. I guess I get lost when I think about telling people things about myself. I can be controversial, at least from what I've seen in the blog world, and people tend to shy away from controversy.

I don't talk about things I don't want to and maybe that's where I get hung up. I find myself wanting more people to read my blog but not wanting to change myself to do get people to read. That's probably why I've been through so many blogs in the past 9 years.

I'm not a mommy blogger, since I don't want kids, so I miss that niche completely. I'm not technically a beauty blogger so I only get a few hits here and there on those posts. I'm barely a crafty blogger since so much is going on in my home right now that's keeping me from crafting at all.

I don't feel like I don't have anything to say I just feel like it's all the same. By that I mean I find myself wanting to talk about products that I love, or products that I hate, all the time.

I don't want to turn into a review blogger.

This sounds like a "pity me" post doesn't it? It's not meant to, I swear.

Life, and time, is going by very quickly for me right now and I'm really hoping it will all slow down here soon. I'm not sure I'll know what to do if it doesn't!!

I want to stay true to myself but find I'm always looking for things to do. Challenges and prompts and stuff like that are things that I tend to fall into and it generally leads to me closing my blog and wondering if I'm even cut out for blogging anymore.

Anywho, it's late, I should be in bed. I'll stop complaining now!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Quilters Can Never Have Too Many ...

RULERS!

I bet you thought that was going to say something about fabric right? While an over abundance of fabric is never a bad thing for a quilter but I've realized (and I'm not an expert this is just my opinion)  that one can never have too many rulers. Here's what I'm talking about.

My current stash of rulers with a nice view of the hole we put in the wall so I can create my ultimate girl space
That is the stash of rulers (and templates) that I currently own. I know I'll probably be returning to Joann's on Monday (I typed this out last night) to buy more rulers. They're currently 50% off and I have a 15% off coupon on top of that!! YAY FOR SALES!! Anyway, back on track Alicia, there is a purpose for each and every ruler (or template) in my stash. I realize that each ruler I have can serve multiple purposes and that I don't have to spend the money on more but I think having the perfect tools for a job always makes the job easier. I know I can cut a triangle from any of the rulers that I have but who knows how accurate they're going to be. With the 1/2 square triangle I don't have to worry about that. I know it will be perfect each time.

Now I know templates aren't technically rulers but I classify them the same. They're used for cutting a piece of fabric to an exact specification. The only templates I have right now are these.

Left: Pointed dresden. Middle: Friendship. Right (barely visible) Dresden
I could probably cut each of those shapes out, minus the friendship (it's quite odd), on my own but accuracy is key in quilting. I couldn't imagine being off by even a hair where it counts.

So this is my humble opinion. Having too many tools to do the job accurately and quickly is never a bad thing. Yea I spend a little too much money, a little too often, but what's a little bit of money when you get to see the faces of the recipients of all the beautiful things you hand craft. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Favorites

If you're looking to make a drop down menu for your blog, like the one I've got above my header, I recommend following THIS tutorial. This was the easiest one. If you need help with the colors just let me know and I will do my best to help you out. (I've actually found two different tutorial and combined them together to get my ultimate multi-level drop down menu. If you'd like those links I'd be more than happy to share them with you.)

You may notice that all of the photos in my blog posts have borders, and shadows, around them. Some people might not like that but I do. If you're looking to do the same thing (only the outer edge is customizable as far as I can tell) THIS is the only tutorial, and coding, that worked for me.

I've been on the hunt for some quilt block tutorials. I've found quite a few but Quilt Blocks Galore has more than I've ever seen in one place.

For my video this week I will warn you that it's quite a political hot button topic. It's about guns. If you're not so much into guns I wouldn't watch this. I highly respect this man for his views on guns and for the simple fact that his child goes to Sandy Hook Elementary.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Thoughts On Valentines Day

First I want to make sure that you know I am not chastising anyone for celebrating Valentines Day. You do as you will but these are my thoughts on the whole day.

You may say that I have these thoughts about Valentines Day because I'm cynical or had my heart broken on V-Day or that I had a very bad Feb 14th at one point or another. I beg to differ. My husband and I have had a couple wonderful Valentines Days in the past and we both felt the exact same. This is so forced and that why my husband and I do not, nor will we ever again, celebrate Valentines day. We both feel it's a day that people are forced into showing their love for someone else. I'd much rather receive something (and not flowers) in the middle of the Summer, with no designated holiday nearby, than receive flowers on Valentines Day. Why? For me it shows that my husband is truly thinking about me without some trumped up day hanging over his head. If he were to bring me a rock from the side of the road on a non specific Thursday in June and tell me it reminded him of me because of how it sparkled I'd probably cry. If I were to get home on Valentines Day to see flowers sitting on my counter I'd probably throw them out and grill my husband on why  he spent too much money on a day that does not matter to me.

Yes, that's how much I despise Valentines Day.

My other problem with this day is the fact that it's completely one sided. I think I have that sort of problem with every day dedicated to one person. By that I mean father's day, mother's day, etc. Ninety nine percent of the time you'll find the man in the relationship buying the gifts, the flowers and chocolate etc, for the woman. Other times the men buy the woman jewelry. It's very rare, at least where I live, to see the woman going all out, or going any sort of out for that matter, for the man. It's the same on mother's day. Women get pampered on mother's day. My dad bought my mother a massage, flowers, and took her out to dinner. Dads, well dads get that good old tie they've gotten for the past 15 years. That's exactly what my mom bought my dad that same year. He doesn't even wear suits, let alone ties. I mean, are you kidding me? He goes out and spends $300 so she can feel special and she gets him a tie? "But she's had the children and stays home and takes care of them and ..", blah-de-blah-de-freakin'-blah. She should be pampering you too.

I truly think it's time for men to stand up and revolt. Demand that the woman go into Valentines Day with the same oomph that they generally require you to have. They deserve it too.

Monday, February 11, 2013

What Am I Doing?

It's almost 1 am and I'm sitting at my computer trying to figure out this drop down menu thingamabob that you see at the top right of my screen. My eyes are blurry, my dogs are sleepy and want me to go back to bed, but I'm plugging away with amazing results. Sooooo .... what do you think?

Mind you all the links aren't in place and there's 2 home buttons BUT STILL I saved myself $50, which is what I found a lot of people charged, and figured it out myself.

I got the tutorial from THIS designer (a little note on the designer: When I told her I couldn't afford to pay that much she showed me this tutorial and said this is the one that she follows. How amazing is that? If I ever need design help in the future, and can pay for it, I WILL be contacting her.) and it's found HERE. If you want to do the same and have any issues (like not being able to get rid of the stupid dashed line above the boxes or changing the color of the boxes) or questions I'd be happy to help you out. I can't charge anything because it's from a personal point of view, and from messing around on my test blog, and if your template gets screwed up I cannot, and will not, be held responsible. <---CYA!!

I'm not sure about the colors but I was just testing them out. Anywho, I'm rambling and my eyes won't stay open anymore. Nighty night.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday Favorites

It's been a couple weeks since I've done a Friday Favorites post and I actually missed it a little. It's been one hectic week in my house and if you CLICK HERE you'll know why.

I've been hating store bought loofahs lately. They fall apart so quickly and, for what you get, they're expensive. I searched out tutorials on how to crochet a loofah and found this one. I've already made one but it was mainly a tester. It didn't work well with the yarn I chose or the hook size I used.

These nifty little fabric organizers seem to be a huge helper when it comes to storing a stash of fabric. I wish they weren't so expensive though.

With my recent interest, or should I say obsession, with sewing I am going to have to make me one of these cute little thimble pincushion necklaces.

Ever wanted to know all you needed to know? Now you can!!

I'm not huge into writing prompts but I think this site might just change my attitude towards them. I think this would be a helpful tool for any writer.

Have you ever wondered what niche your blog falls under? How about a gigantic, at least the biggest list I've seen, blog niche list. It's also a great topic idea list.

I find these pencil versus camera images so amazing. First that someone had the idea and second that they can draw so amazingly well.

I've been listening and relistening to this song since the movie came out. It's so amazing how emotional I get every time I hear it. Eddie Redmayne is the perfect Marius.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

January Wrap Up

I know it's February but I wanted to get this post up regardless.

It's been quite a month and I don't mean on this blog. My yard has been a construction zone nearly all month. Not only that but my house has been the same way.

Posts:
I talk about firsts since it's the first post of the new year.
Talking about Lush products I wanted to love and Lush products I actually love.
Want to know what the folks in this town think is more important than my life when they're behind the wheel of their vehicles? Check this out.
I'm finally starting to work on building my sewing room. Yes building it. Here's a post about that.

Even though I posted these pictures in another blog post I'm going to post a couple here. This is what's been going on in my backyard for the past month.

We're tearing down the block wall you see in the foreground. It's an inner fence we have an outer fence around our entire property. My husband is having a shop built. It's almost finished as I type this.

We had the framer that did the shop take out most of the wall dividing my sewing room and my scrapbooking room. I now get to design the entire 22' wide space however I want. I'm so excited.

So, yea, that's what my month has looked like.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It's All So Overwhelming (& I Love It)

Over the past couple of weeks my backyard has been a war zone. My husband and I are trying to tear down a 7 ft tall, over 50 ft long, block wall. It's been hell on my back. Along with that my husband has been building his shop on the back 1/4. Not only that I've torn the wall out between my 2 rooms making them one room. There's a lot going on in my life and it's starting to bear down on me. I need a girls day but don't have any girls to hang out with. Today I thought I'd share photos of what's been going on.

Here's a portion of the fence we've taken down. It's an inner fence. Our property extends back to the outer fence.

Concrete forms are in, rebar is down, pump truck pulled into the neighbors lot to lay concrete. That was a fun day.

Walls of the shop going up. My husband was having too much fun helping the crew. He wanted to put his hand in so he could say he had a part in the building of the shop. Thankfully the framer is our neighbors brother and was happy to have him help.

Trusses being set on the building. This was so interesting to watch. Everything (as of 2/2/13) is ready for the roofers and stucco folks.
The framer who did the shop also cut the hole in my wall. He traded the work for the remaining nails and staples from the shop. Trust me when I say what we had left over was worth more than the opening he cut.
The opening linking my sewing room to my scrapbooking room. All I have to do is sheetrock the opening, tear up the carpet and lay wood, building desks and storage, and I'll be in business.
So that's what's been going on in, and around, my home. It's busy, messy, and so exciting. I hope those who actually read this blog will understand why I haven't been posting much lately. This is a long, sleep deprived, process and one I wouldn't give up for the world. I love this kind of stuff.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Searching For My Favorite Color

It's an age old question.

"What's your favorite color?"

When I was 5 I would have told you red.

When I was 15 I would have told you green.

In my 20's I would have told you pink.

Now, in my 30's, I can't tell you what that color is.

I'm a lover of pink. Not so much the bubblegum pink but the sunset pink. It's a little bright but not overly in your face. Kinda like the pink that's laced in with the red and purple in this photo.

Green, especially when it's deep and mossy, is a stunning color.

I know I'm not a huge pastel fan.

I'm not one for purple either.

Peachy colors can take a hike too.

When asked that question I always tell people "I can't just pick one!"

What would your answer be?