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09 December 2008 @ 04:14 pm
Adventures of a Fortnight  
Well, I've not really posted anything of substance in a fortnight, so here's a general update on Adventures in Eithniland. :)

Thanksgiving weekend I was spectactularly productive. I was in a bit of a funk, but for some reason, that made me more likely to work on the little nagging things that had been on my to-do list forever. Over the long weekend and the days following, I: (sorry, my happy list just won't go behind a cut...)
  • Had my car tires changed
  • Had windows installed
  • Wrapped Christmas presents
  • Did the last dribbles of Christmas shopping - now I just have some hings I need to make/finish
  • Read a prodigious amount
  • Cleaned the basement a little
  • Stained the shelves for my curio cabinet and put out my pretty froggie teapots, finally!
  • Painted or stained windowsills, bith the new ones and the ones done a year ago
  • Sewed curtains for the kitchen - they match the walls!
  • Finished some detail work in the laundry room, including fixing the dryer (thanks kumakun!)
  • Reorganized my "purse folder" where I keep copies of all my handouts and necessary stationary
  • Sewed little "flags" onto the ends of my keys so they are easier to find
  • Sewed a pair of pants
  • Embroidered some favors and sewed them into favors/bags
  • Repaired my winter jacket
  • Sewed a scary hood - it looks like I skinned a kitchen green Muppet, but it is Sooooo warm!
  • Hung out with a variety of wonderful folks
  • Ate entirely too much food
In all, an excellent holiday...

The following week was uber-stressful at work and I was very glad it was another short week. (Essentially, I found another pharmacy billing problem, different in nature and from a different pharmacy than last time, but this time instead of being helpful and interested in correcting the problem, the pharmacy ownder was combative and defensive. I get to meet with him this Thursday about it. Goody. :P) However, since I usually have off on Fridays, the Friday Thanksgiving holiday became a floating holiday for me - with the only catch being that I had to use it sometime in that pay period. Therefore, I took the next Thursday off as well and enjoyed another four day weekend. 

Since the folks at Border Downs had been so welcoming a few weeks ago and been so kind to send me an invite to their Yuletide event, I decided to spend my mini-vacation off in South Dakota. I woke up at a reasonable hour on Thursday and enjoyed a leisurely drive in. The soundtrack was"random radio" where I just hit seek every time the station I was listening too began to fade or annoy me. Consequently, I listened to a strange variety of stuff. Some did not last very long (scary right wing blather) and some was surprisingly infectious (Beyonce's "Single Ladies"). Upon my arrival, we grabbed dinner out (mmm... pierogies) but did not stay up too late since my host was not spoiled like me and had to work on Friday. I, however, had the luxury of being decadent and spent Friday sleeping in, reading, baking bread, writing my letter for the newsletter, and otherwise being only marginally useful. Dinner was rainbow fajitas with friends old and new and a really alarming amount of vodka cranberries. ;) Even with sleeping in on Saturday, I got to the event at a respectable hour and spent a really pleasant day illuminating and geeking on fiber topics with ladies from the Shire, including the ever-cheerful zarhooie. I finished two scroll blanks and even snuck in a nap before helping cenedra_nasio  with a special present for the King. *grin* Feast was a little late, but worth the waiting. Mmmm.... giant chunks of dead cow and a wnderful gooey mass of cheese, bacon, and asparagus. Nummy. The postrevel was fun, but I was pretty beat and ended up drifting off for a bit on the ambition-sucking couch. I did get to see the Dr. Horrible show again, though, and that was worthwhile. I think it was nearly three by the time my carpool headed back to SF, however, and that made the morning somewhat less successful than necessarily desirable. Jara's General Meeting was that night and in order to reliably have made it on time, I would have needed to be on the road by 11AM, noon at the very latest. I am Not a Morning Person (TM) even when I have not been out partying half of the night, so that did not happen. Happily, I know myself well enough that I had warned my lovely Seneschal rezansky, reviewed the items on the agenda, and made the appropriate arrangements. Bad Baroness, I know. :P It was worth it, though, to sleep in again and then enjoy a leisurely lunch with folks, including one of the fellows I had met on Friday night. The drive back was blessedly uneventful and I spent the majority of the ride listening to NPR in its various flavors (SDPR, IPR, MPR, WPR, as the tuner could pick them up). The weather got a little nasty as I was coming into Madison, but I made it home safe and at a reasonable hour.

Yesterday, I had a half day at work and then went to do a demo at the Madison Country Day School. The kidlets were a lot of fun - they were well-to-do 5th and 6th graders in a seriously college prepatory preK-high school, so they had a lot of really good questions and were really very interested in the clothing, even the boys. (I wore my 12th night gown from the year before last, which was perfect since they had just started Henry VIII.)  Unfortunately, pretty much the whole time I was in there, it was raining and freezing on my car. :P There was a solid 1/8 to 1/4 inch of ice covering my car - that was really pretty special to get off... the drive back to work was pretty wild too - halfway back I decided I was just goint to head home - I'd only have had maybe about a half hour to work by the time I got there and the weather was quickly deteriorating. I did some work at home instead - hurray for remote access! Even better, this morning my boss called to tell me we were closed for a snow day, so I have spent the day cleaning, doing some laundry, doing some research, and being slothful. I want to get some work done on some projects for this weekend, however, so I am going to try to see if I have any Thanksgiving leftovers of productivity around here somewhere and get cracking. :)  Here... watch me go... Mighty powers of productivity... yeah...

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ego_id_non_feciego_id_non_feci on December 9th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad your trip was so much fun! You deserve it! :D
eithni: backliteithni on December 10th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Thanks. :) Oddly enough, the long drive alone has been very relaxing, not lonely, so it has been nice in a way...
DameJdamej on December 10th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Kind of like meditation. Glad the trip was so worthwhile.
ego_id_non_feciego_id_non_feci on December 10th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)

And after the snow day of productiveness, this week's only going to be a three-dayer, too, right?! Right?! :D

I'm glad you're getting a little break after all that butt-kicking you did. Woot!
eithni: backliteithni on December 10th, 2008 06:40 am (UTC)
Ooooh! You're right! Three three-day weeks in a row! For the Win!

I'll have to suffer through a four-day week next week, but then there will be another three day week, followed by a blessed, blessed two day week... Hurray for the winter holidays!

I didn't get as much done today as I had hoped, but I got three different projects STARTED. I rarely seem to have a problem getting projects started, though... it's the finishing that seems to be a problem. :P At least I conquered the laundry-beast!

Did you make it out to the MD and/or find a shovel? We finally had the plow go by at about 7PM tonight and I figured you had found a solution by then. :P
judithsewstoojudithsewstoo on December 10th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
Any chance you can bestow some "Mighty powers of productivity" on others? Like me, mayhaps? ;)

Glad you've been having lower stress levels.
eithni: greeneithni on December 12th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
Heh. If I can find any leftover, I'll send it your way. Sadly, i may have used it all up...
dread_exdread_ex on December 10th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
What, they didn't share the teleport system they invented and made you drive? How selfish. See you this weekend.
eithni: jumpingeithni on December 12th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
No, they are claiming it only works with small items. :P

See you Saturday!
dread_exdread_ex on December 12th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
You ARE a small item :-P
eithni: snapeeithni on December 13th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)

Thanks, but I think they were meaning small item as in "smaller than a breadbox."