Wednesday, March 18, 2020

And Now There Are Nine

Idaho got it's first confirmed corona virus case Friday, and we're already at 9 confirmed cases with at least 37 people being monitored.  Most cases were from people bringing it in, though I think 4 cases are untraced and are all in a pretty small population base, so it in the population in general in some areas.  Being a state that loathes government, the governor is leaving everything to counties and cities. so things are uneven and confusing with some cities acting quickly to stop the spread and others still pretending it's a hoax, so I'm sure THAT will turn out well.  Andy's company and my new company have already sent everyone home to work, so it's nice to be part of organizations taking this seriously.  Meanwhile,
Andy's Valentine's Day shirt is finished except for some hand stitching and buttons.  Clearly, not exactly on time. 

I'm still on the Spicy Spiral marathon,
and will be frantically finishing this one
for a charity auction for my local Boys & Girls club.  Normally, their major fundraiser would be coming up in just a few weeks, but it's had to be cancelled because of coronavirus, just at the same time demand for their services is going up, so we're switching to just an online auction.  There's always an online portion, but that is usually donated items like restaurant gift cards.  This year, that's a bit more problematic because I don't know any restaurants not hurting for money, so I'll probably go buy a gift card or two to put with this, and Andy is donating a piece he made with the new laser cutter, and we'll hope for the best....and send them a check. 

The cats are loving having the humans home,
 though Charlie gets a bit impatient when there isn't enough sewing happening:
 I've also been doing some gardening, and we have our first flower:
This week I'm choosing to be excited even about a weed blooming.  I think the world needs a splash of spring color right about now, don't you think?

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Those Were Fast Months

And we're already into March. WOW.

Updates in no particular order:

* I was offered a very exciting job on Friday and also had an interview for another great job that morning, so it was a REALLY great day. 

*  Charlie has now experienced catnip:
* My parents are moved into their new house and are loving it.  Their housewarming gift is in progress:
The colors are a bit more subdued than the picture.  For the most part, I like my new phone, but the picture colors are overly intense. 

*  While trying to find fabrics that I thought would work for the fall colors they wanted, I found some fat quarter sets on clearance, so I'm on a Spicy Spiral binge, this being the latest:
 Charlie is helping:
 *  We're gone through so many gifts lately that I've been working on bowls as well,
 including working out some new shapes:
* I finished the socks I was working on, and immediately cast on a new pair:
because self-patterning sock yarns enchant me.  The plan is to keep these,unless I've forgotten a birthday or other gifting necessity before the next pair is finished. 

*  The job-hunting process has been very intense the last two months, with lots of phone screens, interviews, and ghosting by recruiters, as well as one very memorable experience with a credit union that asked for an application, then a personality test that they swore was important, then a phone screen, in-person interview on a snowstorm day where I got to wait in the lobby for half an hour BEFORE my interview, only to have them decide that none of us were good enough for their not even high-level position, so they threw all of us out and started over.  To add insult to injury, they're rated as one of the top employers in Idaho, but as are wages are among the lowest in the nation, that might not be saying that much.

* No matter what kind of decent behavior I swear I'm going to exhibit, I can NOT be trusted with a credit card and a flower catalog in February.

* We have been going at SUCH a fast pace that this is our NOTHING weekend--nothing scheduled, no plans, not having anyone over--which took several weeks to make happen. 

* We've decided that the window for our Valentine's handmade gift exchange is really anytime before the nest Valentine's day rolls along.  I got part of Andy's new shirt cut out, and if we can distract Charlie long enough, I hope to cut out the rest today. 

*  We've decided that we might not be good season-ticket sort of people, as it feels like adding pressure to an already busy schedule, but we did enjoy finally seeing STOMP a couple weeks ago, though the show lasts about 30 minutes longer than our interest in percussive exploration does. 

*  Idaho does not yet have the corona virus, but Idaho DOES have corona virus panic.  We hadn't thought about it, until mistakenly deciding to stop by Costco on the way home last Sunday and experiencing Black Friday level crowds hoarding toilet paper, but still crowding around all those food samplings and snaffling them off the trays touched by hundreds of other shoppers' hands. 

 *  My hellebores are getting ready to bloom, and either they take longer to go from bud to bloom than ANY other flower, or I am just super-anxious for some early color.  I check them twice a day.  :)

*  We're hoping things are a bit less hectic going forward.  Or hectic in new ways.  That would work as well............