Saturday, May 20, 2017

25!

Theo eventually got a bit bored snoozing beside the embroidery machine, or was so overwhelmed by the novelty of a sewing table clear enough to provide a prime spot for a kitty supervisor,
that I was able to finish two embroidered towels.  
I love this coffee set.  Maybe the new house will need a coffee wall hanging?

These bring me to 25 finished projects for the year--out of 100--with our lives in a complete uproar.  What could possibly be problematic about this situation?  As it's only May, I'm not despairing quite yet--I'll save that for October.  But it might be time to revisit the knitted colorwork Christmas ornaments.  Or do a few more of the bowknot scarves with sport weight yarn.  And maybe some chemo caps.  Alright, maybe I'm sounding a wee bit desperate......

Friday, May 19, 2017

Furry Friday

We ended up with TWO showings of our house yesterday, which is wonderful but stressful. Thankfully they gave us plenty of notice, so we weren't scrambling to tidy and get out the door at the last minute.  As these are the first legitimate showings, we're hoping to at least get some feedback, if not an offer. Still, none to 2 is progress!


I'm so burned out from the house and the horrible job hunt that I am taking today OFF. The stress seems to be getting to Theo as well, as I didn't even make it partway through embroidering a towel before
Now this is actually a bit unusual for him as he would normally be laying on the bookshelf in front of the open window instead of in the way of the embroidery machine, but I think we're both a little overexcited about time in the sewing room for once.  All week we've been basically tip=toeing through the house trying not to disturb anything, but if it's going to take a while to sell the house, we need to find a way to live normal lives in spite of selling the house.  Heaven knows when we were looking for a house, we saw houses that had obviously not even bothered to tidy up before we came--though maybe those are bad examples because we certainly didn't buy any of them.  There are still lots of things that probably should be fixed on the house, but aside from missing several of the obvious selling points, I think it looks fairly good in the video tour, even if the colors are a bit strange.  In case you were wondering, nothing in our house actually glows.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Not All Charities Are Monsters!

Not that I have a job or anything, or that even a single charity has been even remotely considerate during the interviewing process, but I did receive notice from the American Heart Association that they had decided not to fill a position I had applied for.  I almost fainted from the shock. 

It turns out that the easier part of selling a house is the prep.  Sure, there was a lot of work, but people weren't ready to invade your space at any given time.  And I have come to the realization that I am a nightmare client.  Our house was the builder's own home.  If you've ever bought a house, wouldn't that detail mean something to you?  It was a big factor for us, but our realtor didn't put it in the listing description.  Now we're asking more per square foot than a lot of other homes, so my inclination was to mention why, but this is not what I do for a living, so trust the professionals, right?  Well, we did.  We got the house ready TWICE for pictures, vacated the house for an open house on a Wednesday from 2-4 when almost everyone on the planet with a job is working, and let the professionals write the listing.  Well OF COURSE no one came to the open house, nor did anyone view the house on Saturday. Our realtor called to suggest dropping the price, and I decided that it's okay to be a truly bitchy client.  I rewrote the ad and said I wanted the new wording on the fliers as well.  Before we drop the price, I'm going to insist on better photos, because while the "professional" did a nice job for a decorating magazine, she skipped right over the views from upstairs AND the neighborhood park that is right behind our house, preventing any backyard neighbors.  We have "his" and "her" walk-in closets, which is a pretty unusual feature, and one that you would have never known about in the original ad or in any of the photos.  I'm also going to request an open house that people can actually ATTEND.  Luckily, my inner "bitch" has a LONG background in sales and has standing offers at every brokerage to become a realtor. 

There has been no sewing as it's too hard not to dirty the room, but I finished the begonia swirl shawl, though won't be able to block it for a while, and have started a new pair of socks, which is nice and portable and can go with us when we vacate the house for a showing today.  I'm using a pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks that was specifically written for a self-striping yarn, and so far I really like the look. 
The job hunt is still bizarre.  I've had 3 interviews now with a company that still hasn't decided exactly what the base salary will be for the job I'm interviewing to do.  For those of you who aren't in sales, that's extremely weird.  I like the people and the job could be fun, but the process could take quite some time with them, so I'm continuing to look elsewhere.  Lots and lots of "elsewheres," to be honest.  I started to apply for a job with a search firm, but decided that I was talking to the wrong people when their 50+ employment questionnaire asked about my drug use, drinking, tendencies for theft, and how often I faked injuries to obtain workman's comp or time off.  I was actually really interested in a job selling the brand of tablesaw Andy has as they are quite wonderful, but one of the job requirements was to be able to lift 50 pounds straight over my head.  I'm strong for a female and CAN lift 50 pounds, but I don't think I've ever been able to lift 50 pounds straight over my head--much to the chagrin of the coach when I took weight lifting in college.  It took me all semester to even be able to bench press the bar, and I don't know if I ever achieved a full set of reps on the shoulder press.  It would have been kind of fun, though.  I'm keeping an eye out for anything remotely similar for sewing macines or knitting.  :)

Monday, May 8, 2017

We're Ready!!!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday and this morning we cleaned AGAIN, and since it only took the photographer about 30 minutes to shoot the house and the listing doesn't go up until tomorrow, I had free time.  So,
There was sewing!!!!!!!!!!!!!  The sewing room has been looking so clean and wonderful
and I've even been able to move Milo in:
Callisto was hanging out with me, doing some yoga in a sunny spot
 until something woke Theo up in the back room.
 Apparently when there is a shortage of sewing, it can NOT be shared, and not only did he drive Callisto out of the sewing room,
 he parked himself in the doorway just to make sure.  To be fair, he was REALLY excited about the sewing, sleeping right beside my chair,
then, of course,
right on top of my pattern decorations when I spread them out on the floor to find the next step.  Prepping the house has been stressful for us all.  The listing is supposed to go up tomorrow--not sure exactly when, but I have a job interview in the morning anyway--then there's an open house Wednesday afternoon and after that, who knows?

Last but not least, it was Me Made Monday today, and it was surprisingly cool this morning, so
it's May and I wore a fleece pullover.  And, of course, was roasting later.  I love spring.

Friday, May 5, 2017

I Found My Knitting!

I found my knitting and have actually convinced myself that it's okay to knit today.
It's hard to go from full speed to it's-okay-to-relax, especially with everything going on.  But I am knitting today--or at least right now.  I might have to clean something later, but let's hope the yarn keeps me distracted.  :)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Good and the Bad

The good news is, five hours later, the carpet guy was finally done and the carpet does look great.  Originally, I was going to have him clean the couches as well, but then he'd have probably been here the rest of the week and none of us could take that. 

The good/bad news:  we did get the house ready for pictures by the time the realtor got here, but he was so impressed with how the house looked that he's doing to bring in a professional photographer to do the pictures instead.  That's good--it will show better, I'm sure, but the house was CLEAN last night--I mean really clean.  We're hoping the photography can be set for tomorrow, but honestly, it's terrifying that we'll spill something between now and then. 

The good news:  I have today off!!!!!!  Seriously, I'm not applying for ANY jobs, cleaning anything, or doing any sort of house prep.  The bad news:  I'm not sure that means any sewing because so much is put away that I'm not even sure where anything IS.  Frankly, I'm hoping to figure out where I stashed my knitting.  

Also in the good/bad news:  I'm never going to hear anything from the Leukemia Lymphoma society, which is the group that stood me up for the interview.  I followed up with the executive director to tell her what happened, and all she did was to forward my email to the person who stood me up in the first place.  The job posting was relisted by a different recruiter, then taken down 5 days later, so either they filled the position and can't be bothered to tell me OR they decided not to fill the position and also can't be bothered to tell me.  And today, when the GOP-controlled House is about to pass a bill that will totally screw people with cancer, among every other disease known to man, I'm glad I'm no longer with a health charity.  When I worked for the American Diabetes Association, the number one call I received at the state office was people who couldn't afford medication or insurance.  That was during Bush jr.'s presidency.  Bill and Hillary Clinton had tried to pass Universal Health Care, but "EKE!  Socialism!  We can't do that!  It's scary!"  And out of curiosity, I started asking the people who called my office if they voted Republican.  100% said yes, but they really just weren't smart enough to connect their for-profit insurance party line with the reality that the business of for-profit insurance is to be a barrier between people and medical treatment.  That is how they make money.  Obamacare limited the amount of profit insurance companies could make by requiring that they pay out a certain percentage of the money they took in--we had to receive a refund from Blue Cross every year since it was enacted, but of course Trump removed that provision immediately.  Idaho has LONG had one of the highest uninsured rates in the nation, but Idahoans HATED Obamacare--wanted to secede from the US over it.  So you know what, if more Idahoans lose their health insurance today it's not my problem to try to fix.  This is what they voted for, and they need to live with the consequences.

Time to go find the knitting! 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I Could Have Been Knitting!

Today's plan:  have carpet stretched and cleaned early in the day, then mop the upstairs bathrooms and laundry room to be ready for photographs at 4:00. 

The reality:  carpet guy shows up late, has been here almost 3 hours already and has only NOW started cleaning the carpets as there was a LONG personal phone call after running the hoses through our house, scaring the living daylights out of the cats who may never recover, and leaving us wondering if we'll have time to get everything finished in the next 3 hours, provided there isn't another personal phone call.  In the meantime, after wrenching every visible dandelion in both front and back yards out by their fat little roots and taking care of what was left to do outside, I actually have been sitting here with nothing to do, but the yarn is upstairs and after 3 hours, I certainly don't want to risk slowing this guy down.  We'd have to find him a bed for the night.

Is this over yet??????????