Jan 24, 2011

Marvelous Monday 1/24/2011


That's right! Today is my birthday... and as the sign to the right says: I'm 39.95 + shipping and handling :)

For a second year in a row, I signed up for the Birthday Floss Club in the CSE group on Yahoo. Envelopes have been arriving for a week or so from all over the U.S. and the world.


It was tempting to open them, but I was a good girl and waited until this morning. I smiled as I opened each one -- I love cards!



Last week I was a bit lazy busy and time went *POOF* by so fast that I didn't get a chance to do my usual MM update. Did anyone miss me? No? *sigh* I knew it. LOL

Here's a quick rundown of what happened:

MONDAY: I worked 12 hours so that I could get my PITA clients (Did I just say that???) their quarter and year end tax returns as well as the W2's so their employees would quit bugging them. I was soooo tired by the end of the day! Needless to say, no homework got done that night.

TUESDAY: It snowed all freakin day! By the time I got home from work, there was about 5" on the ground, which isn't so bad unless it's the heavy stuff and you're ME who has to push it with a shovel to the front and back yards before I can use a snow blower to move it to it's final resting place. Three hours... YES - THREE - HOURS later, I finally was able to go into the house. Most every muscle in my body was sore. My limbs felt like someone had tied 50lb weights to each one and I stumbled around the house like a drunken Scotsman at a pub. Again, no homework accomplished.

WEDNESDAY: Got off work on time. No snow to shovel. You know what that means, don't you? HOMEWORK. The assignment this week consisted of analyzing the four major stock indexes and the company I chose for my class project. One would think that's easy-peasy. No! The instructor wanted analysis for each one for the DAY, WEEK, MONTH, QUARTER, and YEAR. Cripes, it took me all night to get it researched and uploaded.

THURSDAY: More school work. I am in my third week of class now. I just don't get the purpose of the quizzes. I mean, seriously. We read a case study. The instructor uploads the answers to the case study. We're given two hours to take a quiz over the case study. The quiz questions are *exactly* the same as the case study questions. Really, two hours?? It takes me 20 minutes to type in the answers. Oh, and here's a rant: In each of the past two quizzes, there were flaws. One "question" wasn't even a question. It was a statement! And no, it wasn't a T/F question -- all our questions are essays. Another question could go both ways with answers as long as the student justified the answer. But, did the instructor say that? NO. I got points taken off because of it.

What's the purpose of reading the chapters?? OK, maybe I'm a bit skewed because I took Business Finance a couple of semesters ago and it's almost exactly the same as this Corporate Finance class I'm taking now. I have now concluded that if this is how the quizzes are and I'm familiar with most of the text, I'm not wasting my time reading the chapters word-for-word. I'll review them and if there's anything I don't understand, I'll read it. Otherwise, my focus will be on writing my paper for the class project which is worth 200 points. Do ya think it's a good plan?

FRIDAY: Two words... Freakin Cold! When I drove to J2, my car thermometer said:


That's actual temperature! You can imagine just how cold it was when factoring in the windchill. Can you say Big Chill???!


I saved the most important for last...

STITCHY STUFF
A couple weeks ago, I stopped at a consignment shop and found three Mill Hill mini banner kits for less than $2 each! I had to scarf those up. They're perfect for travel kits :)



I know I promised an update on JG, but I haven't worked on it yet. For me, it's one of those projects I really have to concentrate on and I can't work on it when I'm tired or trying to multi-task while talking on the phone. Yeah, I stitch while talking on the phone, LOL. Anyone else do that?

I did have a finish while talking on the phone.

Gingerbread House
Designer: Judee Wilson/Janlynn Wizzers Kit
Fabric: 14ct brown plastic canvas
Fibers: Unknown


I also worked on Blossom Splendor for a little bit (again, while talking on the phone).

47 comments:

Berly said...

Happy Birthday, hon!! Don't you just love getting packages in the mail? I had to laugh at my mailman one day. He handed me 2 packages and said it's just like Christmas every day here! Gingerbread House is adorable. And, I agree, it's freakin' cold!! I'm ready for spring!

Sue said...

Meari,

Your 'finds' at the consignment shop were fab! I still need to move there...LOL....you find the best 'stuff'.

You sure did have a busy week; I know what tax season is like, having worked in a CPS's office before for several years....not fun.

All of your birthday goodies look great! I love getting cards too; and all of your 'stitchy' projects look fantastic!!!

Shelley said...

Happy Birthday!!!
Wow...you did have one crazy week :) Hope this week is calmer and there is no snow for you to shovel.

I agree with your approach to your class. Why spend all that time reading something you already know.

Your gingerbread house is adorable. Congrats on the finish.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Meari! I hope it's a great day for you!

Betty W.

Shari said...

yup, you were busy! And the weather...yup, understand that!!!!!
Great finds again!
And the birthday stash is wonderful....
I think blog reading is falling down, down, down..........
I think facebook has taken over the computers of everyone....

Niina said...

Happy Birthday! And just adore your geisha, I have done of them, it's called Wisdom I think and I have JE's book Oriental Odysseia...and must have this chart too!

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday Meari!!!!!!!!!!! I love your gingerbread house it is just adorable, and I love the coloring on the Blossom Splendor I cannot wait to see more of it. :-)

chrisstitches said...

Happy Birthday. Lots of goodies in the mail. Love the goodies from thrift shop too.
Gingerbread house so cute.....
Wonderful progress on blossom project.
Good for you.
Hope it warms up.....it's suppose to be warmer in Green Bay Packer country.
So happy my team is playing the team I liked 2nd as a kid.

Carolyn said...

Meari,
Happy Birthday! What a collection of threads. Sounds like school and snow are keeping you busy. You always find the neatest items at the consignment shops. I love the finish of the gingerbread house. Hope you have a wonderful Birthday!

Vikki said...

Happy Birthday Meari!

I feel for you with class. I hate wasting time, especially when you have to pay for it and there so many other things you can be doing.

Stay warm. Not much warmer here. Can't wait for my cruise! Just 46 more days and I will have the potential for a nice sunburn LOL

too_busy_to_stitch said...

Happy Birthday!! Lovely Mill Hill find - I've done a couple of those, and they're great fun to do.

Akila said...

Wish you a very very happy birthday and many many more to come :) Hope you have a great day.

Love your new kits and the threads too. You stitch while on the phone??!! Am awed. Happy stitchy year to you

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Happy Birthday.

Great stash and awesome stitching as always.

BRRRR that is cold.

Claudette497 said...

Happy birthday! Your stitching looks great, and your teacher sounds like a dope - hope winter and school both are over soon enough for you.

Rachel S said...

Happy birthday!

Those cold temps make me shudder.

Terri said...

Happy Birthday. We had a week of that cold too it was horrible. Great stash and stitching. I hope school gets better for you soon

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday Meari.
Love the stitching and congrats on your find. I love Mill Hill kits.

Mel said...

Happy B-day!

Love the Gingerbread house, very cute. :)

Nancy M said...

Happy Birthday! I like it when you don't update every week....I have a hard time keeping up! Great gifts and finds!!! JG will see some stitching time.....I know it will!

Cyndi said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
I hope your day is a bit calmer than your last week was.
And you can come to my part of the country to thaw out where it's been a very nice 75 all weekend...we could go stash shopping! LOL

valerie said...

Happy Birthday Meari! Hope you have a fantastic day!

Mary Ivancicts said...

Happy Happy Birthday Meari!

Kay said...

Happy Birthday! As always what great finds you have found!

Kathy said...

Happy Happy Birthday Meari!! Love all that beautiful floss! And your Mill Hill finds are perfect! Your little ornament finish is adorable. I hope you are able to do something special for yourself today.

Sorry to hear about the snow but then we got 5 inches last week too. And more for this week. can we say enough already!!!??? I have had it with winter.

Good luck with the scool work and I hope that work slows down a little bit. I know it's tax season but............. :)

Katie said...

We missed you. Your blog updates are always fun to read. Your Mill Hill finds are great. I love your finish. Hope you have more time for you this week. Take care!

Ranae said...

Happy Birthday!!!
The floss club looks like fun.
Great deal in the Mill Hill's
Have a great day!!!

Terry said...

Happy belated Birthday Meari!!! Hope you had a wonderful day. Sounds like you've been extremely busy lately. Do you get to sleep much?? lol

EvalinaMaria said...

Happy birthday Meari! Yes, I stitch while talking on the phone (at home). I have a little wireless head set and my hands are free while talking!

Good luck with the school!

CJ said...

Happy Birthday!! Hope you had a great day!!!

CJ

Carol said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MEARI! Hope your 39.95th+ birthday has been special for you. I love seeing the floss from around the world--what fun that must have been opening up each envelope.

I was feeling sorry for myself with the snow and icy temps this year, but after seeing your -16 I feel pretty darn lucky... Stay warm and have a cupcake for me :)

RuthB said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!!!!!!!! Here's wishing you a little extra warmth and a little less business this week... oh, and more stash. :)

Have a wonderful day, week, month, etc.

Nancy in IL said...

Happy Birthday, dear one!!! I look forward to Monday so I can read your blog! I love Blossom Splendor and the gingerbread house. One is cute and the other is beauriful - almost spring-like with the choice of colors, and I think those of us in colder climates are looking forward to spring!

Great finds at the consignment shop! I still need for you to find me the great shops around here so I can partake. I'm envious!

I can't wait to see your progress when you decide to pick up JG again.

Lynette said...

Happy, happy birthday Meari! It sounds like you have been really busy with your school work - don't envy you there!
I love the gingerbread house - so cute!

Meadows08 said...

Happy Birthday Meari! The colours in Blossom Splendor are beautiful!

htimcj said...

Boy you were busy! At least you found some good stuff and got a bit of stitching in.

Heidi-ILCS

Vickie said...

Glad to see the Stash Fairy visited you for your birthday!! I wish you the best day ever...

Now..where is JG??? I expected to that update!! HEE HEE!!!

Everything looks wonderful!!!

Rachel said...

Hope your Birthday was wonderful Meari!

Blu said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy your lovely stash!

Mary said...

Happy Birthday Meari!!!! I love how you explain your age. I did miss your blog post last week. I was going to email you if I hadn't seen a post by Tuesday this week to make sure you were ok. It does sound like you had a hectic week. We got the super cold yesterday evening and today. It is a bit warm now.. -2F...lol. We got our weekly snowstorm on Friday. It was the first snowfall this season that was light and fluffy. It was almost harder to shovel because my brain wants to think it's heavy and gets confused when it moves easily (not including the snow that blows back). I love the storms that come from the west or down from Canada. This week's storm will be coming Wednesday night into Thursday and will be another Nor'easter so we get the heavy wet variety snow like you has last week. Good luck with your big assignment. I know you will awesome.

Again, Happy Birthday Dear Meari!

Hugs!
Mary

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you had a wonderful birthday. You received a lot of beautiful cards and floss. A girl can't have too much floss.
I love your weekly updates.

Mary iN NC

Gabi said...

ROFL...plus shipping and handling. Like that one. What a busy week you had.
Nice amount of floss...but a girl can never have enough floss. Or were that diamonds? I tend to mix these 2 things up....lol.
Lovely phone call finish too.

Carolyn NC said...

What fun, well except for the class! Stitching and gifts look great. Happy, happy BD! (a little later!)

Anonymous said...

Your Gingerbread House looks sooo beautiful, I love it. Your WIP looks good too.
You have got really nice Birthday stuff , lucky you and Congratulation one more time

Tinna

Stitcher said...

Belated Happy Birthday to you.

Kathy A. said...

Happy Belated Birthday my girl. Sorry that I am late.
I love collection of flosses. I think that is a really cool idea.
Hmm - maybe next year1
I love your little gingerbread house.
Take care and have a great week.

Mare said...

A happy belated birthday! Nice stitching, great bargin finds, and wonderful fiber!

Sharon said...

Happy belated Birthday to you Meari! Your gingerbread house is just adorable!