Sunday, February 26, 2012

Progress for last week

     Wow, it's been a long week. First, the boss at work had to have surgery on both her feet so she was out Thursday, Friday and she thinks she'll be back on Monday.  So, in anticipation, she gave all of us new assignments and she lengthened my day.  Now, when this assignment started, I was supposed to work Mon-Wed & Fri from 10-2pm.  I made it very clear to her that I was not able to work full time.  So last Monday when she called me in and asked me to work 8:30-5 Mon-Fri, I reminded her of that.  She said ok, how about Thursday you come in at noon?  Really???  She finally conceded to 8:30-3:30 (or sooner if I finish my work) and noon on Thursdays because of Mariah's therapy until we get my car traded in.  Since it's a 1 hour commute, it makes it a little longer.  Ok, things went fairly well.  Rich & Mariah are grumbling about having to do everything at home, dinner was a slide thru a couple of nights, but all in all it went ok.  Friday, I get an email from the boss (remember she's at home recuperating from surgey) reminding me to adjust my time for lunch.  Now, I've never worked a job where you were made to take a lunch for less than 8 hours.  I'm only scheduled for 7 and really only working around 6 every day.  I wouldn't normally take lunch and pointed that out to her.  She ok'd with Office Team that if I am there at least 6.5 hours, I need to take lunch. Now, here's the problem:  her idea of taking lunch is that I sit in the break room with them, but still get up to answer the phones and deal with customers.  Huh??  I'm under the impression that I punch out for lunch and I'mon my time.  Oh well, as I pointed out to Rich, it's only for anther month or so.  Their budget for a temp ends then so they're going to HAVE to hire someone soon!


I started 3 new projects this week, 2 for me and 1 for an exchange.  My new rotation goes like this:

Sunday:  Petite Christmas Angels SAL with PolStitches and Joan Elliot herself

We had a little problem with the chart.  There is a symbol that is in both the skin and the dress, but is 2 different colors depending on where it is.  I need to do a little bit of frogging (see the stripes on the arm), but I think it looks good!

Monday:  St. Patrick's Day piece

Tuesday:   Angel of Cross Stitch

Wednesday:  February House SAL

I got the border all done and started on the house and realized the border was 2 stitches short so I had to frog it! 

Thursday:  Coffee Angel

I'm coming to the bottom.  I think it'll only take 3 more days of stitching and it'll be done!

Friday & Saturday:  Crocheted hooded shawl

I've got the first side almost done.  I would have had the first side finished, but Friday I had to rip out everything I had done already cause it was wrong.  Then, yesterday I was coming to the end of the skein and thought I had bought more (there's no dye lot so I'm buying it as I need it) and discovered I hadn't.  We had my nephew's birthday party yesterday and I had to wait until after that to go buy more!  I figure next weekend I'll get both sides finished, the next weekend I'll do the hood and sew it together, and the next weekend I'll do the ruffle all the way around.  I want to wear it for Easter along with a dress the color of the purple in the yarn.

I didn't get a lot done on each one this week, but I did get at least a few stitches in each one.

My best friend's father passed away suddenly last week.  She got a phone call from a friend of his saying she hadn't been able to reach him all afternoon.  When Mary went to check on him, he was face down on the floor reaching for the phone and had obviously passed away several hours before.  We have been best friends since we were in 4th grade so I really feel her pain.  The wake is today and the funeral is tomorrow.  Since he was true Irish, I asked her when the real wake was.  She laughed and said yeah, that's what Dad would have wanted!

With me working so much, Mariah and I are really struggling with the homeschooling.  Once again I had to revamp her lesson plans.  We're concentrating on reading and math and working on her lapbook when I'm home with her.  I found an app for my Nook that is Math Flash Cards and goes from K-4th grade.  I think it's really helping her out.  I also found a school online for her for next fall.  She would be at the computer doing her lessons and talking to the teacher during school hours.  The registration fee is $125 and then it's $88 a month.  She likes that idea and I don't have to worry about working and trying to teach her at the same time. 

Well, that's it for now!  If any of you have a Nook, add me as your friend and we can swap books!  My email is  Until next time!


  1. About the lunch situation... According to the law, employers are required to give you a 20 minute lunch break after 5 hours of work... free of working. That means no answering phones or anything. If you're not OK with it, contact the IL Dept of Labor.

    Your stitching looks great... lots of projects going.

    Sorry to hear about your BFF's father. My condolences.

  2. I know we get a break after 5 hours. I think that I'm going to start leaving and going to McD's, Starbucks or DD and sit & have a drink for 20 minutes and then go back!

  3. Your rotation is full with projects. They all look great! Coffee Angel is almost done. My condolences to your friend's father.

  4. Love your projects. Keep up the beautiful work. That's too bad about your friend's day. How scary.

  5. Berly, all of your work is just beautiful; I absolutely love the shawl~! The colors are gorgeous.

    I am so sorry to hear about your friends father. It is awful to experience that sort of trauma; been there. My prayers are with her and the rest of her family.

  6. You have a very busy rotation! Good luck with it.

  7. Nice projects. Sorry to hear about your friends father.