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Monday, April 03, 2006

Coming Up For Air!

What a week! After a rather disappointing b-day I think when you hit one of those milestone you hope the people close to you would make it special. So that kinda set the mood for the week.

Tuesday I woke up with a sore throat... that developed into a nice sinus cold that's just clearing up this evening.

Work was INSANE! The provincial government dropped some money on all school libraries, here was the catch... we had to have it in the purchasing system by Thursday 3PM!!! Well I finally got my purchase orders down to the secretary by 12pm on Thursday... she was a SUPER STAR and got all of my P.O. transcribed into the purchasing system by 2:30! Wow you're amazing girl! I can assure you its not fun doing purchasing on that scale in under a week, also following certain parameters. On top of this, Wednesday afternoon I stayed at work late to set up the Scholastic Book Fair we had booked. Right after that I had to run further into town to attend a union meeting to vote on our new contract... I was quite relieved to find out it passed. Otherwise I would of been on strike on Monday! Thursday and Friday was my book fair, Thursday night I stayed at work until 7:30 PM!!! A full 12 hours! The book fair went well, I'm not sure if I'll do one again, its sure as heck a lot of work. I did have some fantastic parent volunteers that made the job much easier for me and allowed me to finish up our purchasing on Thursday! Friday after work I met up with some former co-workers from my first library job back in 1997, one of the staff was retiring. We had a lovely dinner downtown and it was nice to catch up with friends I only see a couple of times a year. From downtown Christin and I hopped in the car and did the grocery shopping. When I dropped Christin off she gave me my b-day gift... Law and Order year 4 on DVD... Yay! I LOVE all the Law and Order franchise! Also its great to stitch by. Needless to say it was well after 9pm by the time I got home!

Saturday morning I was up bright and early to roar way to the other side of town (120 KM round trip) to attend a Schwalm Workshop through my guild, taught by Barbara Kershaw. I was quite reluctant to enjoy the workshop at first. Actually, I thought I was going to hate it. I couldn't just back out, after I kept complaining that the guild wasn't putting on any counted thread workshops, just surface embroidery. I have issues with free form stuff, I really like the control of counted work. The workshop ran Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm. I have to say Barbara Kershaw is an excellent and patient teacher! I was surprised to find I really enjoyed the class... and guess what I've even finished my piece! Its not been turned into the neck pillow its supposed to be yet... I still have some hemstitching to do... I'll do that when I have time. So please ignore the blue lines I can't was it until that's done!

Oh and I played soccer at 7pm tonight (we won!). Talk about not being able to stop! Tomorrow its back to work, no rest for the wicked!

Tomorrow I should be able to finish the model I have for Great Bear Canada. I'm also quite excited, my next model for Dragon Dreams will be on its way and its a fantastic design! I'm honored that Jen asked me to stitch it for her!


Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday Dani!
The piece you're working on from class is lovely! Please post a photo when finished into pillow form?


PS...Hope you don't mind but I BlogRolled you!

Von said...

Dani! Congrats on finishing the schwalm work!! I haven't tried that form of embroidery yet, but your experience with it is encouraging.

Anonymous said...

WOW! You HAVE been really busy, girl! I'm sorry that you didn't have a bigger fuss made of your birthday. If I lived close to you, I would have throw a bash for you or something. Depends on the person and what they prefer.

I can't wait to see the latest DD design once you've stitched it!

Anonymous said...

We had Barbara teach this class last year at our guild, CEG K-W. We just had her for the day but had received our kits earlier and had completed basic prep work. What a great time we had. Barbara is a wonderful teacher, very patient. The class went so well and the work she brought along to show us was inspiring.

Anne S said...

Sorry to hear your birthday week wasn't as good as expected ... I have to admit, if it wasn't for my online pals mine would have been very low-key - my best mate here isn't great in that arena ... Have to say, though, you've been hugely busy!! And I love your Schwalm piece - that's something I'm really really keen to try out, and I've got a GCC from the EGA all ready to go once I get some free time in my rotation etc ... actually I think I mislaid that somewhere, really must find where it went to! LOL. Good on you getting another model assignment from DD too - way to go! :D