Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Overall, all I have to say is blech. If you haven't tried out the new and (ostensibly) improved Sweethearts, I say don't. If you insist on trying them, though, I have seven boxes sitting on my table that I'm more than willing to pass on to someone else.
Overall, all I have to say is blech.
If you haven't tried out the new and (ostensibly) improved Sweethearts, I say don't. If you insist on trying them, though, I have seven boxes sitting on my table that I'm more than willing to pass on to someone else.
Friday, February 12, 2010
One day at work, Coworker showed me the bed and blanket sets she wanted to get for the kids, but refused to pay $25 for. I, stupidly, opened my mouth and said I could totally sew something like that for less than $25 a piece. And Coworker took me up on it. It took some searching, but I found measurements for the damn Zhu Zhus, instructions on how to make a blanket and pillow (which I really only needed for the measurements. I mean, how hard is it to make a hamster-sized pillow?), and instructions for a guinea pig bed that looked a lot like the Zhu Zhu beds.
I used the instructions to make my own patterns, and adjusted the guinea pig bed instructions to fit a 6" long fake hamster. The first bed I did (for Coworker's three-year-old) didn't turn out perfectly, but it was passable for a three-year-old. The one I made for the eight-year-old turned out much better, as I learned from experience and clarified some of the ambiguous guinea pig bed instructions for myself.
They didn't turn out perfectly by any means, and I apologized to Coworker profusely for that, but she loved them. And so did her kids. And now, those beds, blankets, and pillows are filled with unused, un-played-with fake hamsters.
At least the kids got a month of use out of my handiwork before getting bored with the fake hamsters they just had to have.
So there you have it. Now I just have to figure out what to do with them (and get over the massive heartburn the one I taste-tested gave me).
Monday, February 8, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I had my first counseling appointment today. I actually got more out of it than I thought I would. I think it helps that I have some counseling in my educational background, so I knew what she wanted and needed to know up front to do her job, and I was willing to give it to her. I think that made the session more productive than it would have been if she had to drag this stuff out of me. I came in prepared to spill all my scary, nasty background info, and I think it paid off.
As an aside, I know my immediate family is more screwed up than most, but when I laid the family info out bluntly and all at once, even I was shocked at how messed up we sound. It's slightly amazing that any of us are at all functional. Seriously.
A lot of the things she told me today were things that I already knew, though I may not have clearly articulated them to myself. When someone else points this stuff out to me, it's amazing how it all just clicks in my brain and makes perfect sense. One of the things she mentioned was that I feel like my life is out of control in a lot of ways, and I'm trying to figure out how to get things back under my control (super true). Afterward, I had a mini-revelation about one of the things I've fixated on controlling (without even realizing it, really).
I know today was the easy day, and the sessions are going to get more difficult from here on out. But right now, I'm optimistic about this working for me.
My counselor's name is Esther. In the Bible, Esther saved the Jews from destruction. I'm hoping my Esther might be able to do the same for me.