Feb 15, 2010

Marvelous Monday Update 2/15/2010

Guess what? I have learned that I have... the Hives! I've talked to three different people about this and they all said the same thing. Even though I'm not consciously dwelling on my job situation and school seems to be zooming along fine, the stress of it all have caused me to break out in hives. It's been going on for about three weeks now, but I didn't know what the heck was wrong with me... except I was scratching a LOT! First time hive victim, here. LOL As if migraines and tension headaches weren't enough... *sigh*

I had a Dr. appt last week and while I was there I talked to her about this, and told her I was using hydrocortisone and benedryl (at night). She confirmed those were good things and told me to take long-lasting Zyrtec or Claritin during the day. Hopefully, these things will help!

Last Wed, residents of northern Illinois awoke to violent shaking as a magnitude 3.8 (downgraded from an 4.3 initially) earthquake with an epicenter near DeKalb at 3:59am. I'm about an hour and half from DeKalb, and I was awoken by my bed shaking and rumbling. It's been reported 7 surrounding states felt the earthquake. One of the news stations has a weather blog where people commented on the earthquake (including me). They mentioned my name during the newscast :) This is the second time I've felt an earthquake here. The first one was back in 2008.

Also, I'd like to share this with you... You know you've had enough of winter when:

So far, all the work I've been putting into school is paying off *knock on wood*. Remember how worried I was about how each ethics test is worth 25% of my grade? Well guess what? As the instructor passed out the tests, he hinted that the class didn't do very well. When I got my test back, I saw a "25" written at the top in red and thought 25 out of 100? I frantically started flipping through the test to see which ones I screwed up on answered incorrectly. I was really confused when I didn't see any questions marked wrong. Then I looked up to see the instructor writing the percentages and # of students that fell in each category. I got 100% on the first of the two tests!! As tired as I was (only 5 hours of sleep the night prior), it made my night! :)

Can you believe enrollment for the next semester starts TODAY??? International Business here I come!

With some of the gift certificates I received, I did a little birthday shopping. I ordered a nice piece of 18x27 opalescent Luguna and a teeny-tiny pair of Elizabeth I scissors by Kelmscott. When I ordered them, I didn't realize they were going to be so small!

I was surprised by another stitchy package that came in the mail... a belated birthday gift from Mel. She chose something from my wishlist and it's awesome, but it was the note she sent that really touched me. Thank you, Mel!

We Stitch, We Care, We Create by Jeanette Douglas
-and- the thread/embellishment packs

Update: The last package from the ILCS Birthday Club exchange arrived. Vicky sent me a chart from my wishlist, a pair of scissors, and a 36x27 piece of 28ct Jubilee fabric. The jubilee is on backorder which is why it's not in the photo. Thank you Vicky.

Since I did so well on both my tests, I decided to "treat" myself to some stitching. I started stitching ABC Lessons by Lizzie Kate. Here's what it looks like so far:

(Sorry about the horrible photo!)

It's being stitched on part of the opalescent Luguna (too bad the sparklies weren't picked up by the camera) I ordered. I don't know if i'm inept it's just me or what, but it's been a bit of a challenge to stitch on this fabric. The holes aren't always visible and I'm finding myself "poking" the needle where I think a hole should be. Other than that, it's been a pretty fun stitch.


Daffycat said...

Hives. Oh no. My DD gets hives like that and I know it is NOT good! I hope the antihistamines work for you.

Such awesome stitchy goodies. I just love those tiny scissors ~ just precious. Have fun playing!

EvalinaMaria said...

Congratulations on excellent marks, stash and new WIP. I hope that hives will go away and good luck with the next semester.

Sadie said...

I hope that the medications help with the hives. Not nice at all.
Congratulations with your test.
Love your new start :-)

Carolyn's Crafts said...

Hope the new added meds helps with the hives! No fun!
I love the ABC Lessons, I put it on my wish list! I cant wait to see your progress on it!

Anonymous said...

That's a busy week, Meari - congrats on your great grades and your stash, and everything else good!

Julie Phillips, aka Julieloveslucy SCS said...

Snowman hanging pix is so funny! Looks like you got some fun stitchy stuff! Love the bitty scissors.


Blu said...

Congrats on acing your test!
Your new start is very cute.

Rachel S said...

Opalescent is sort of a pain, but it's so pretty when it's done.

I have that Kappie chart. One of these days, I'll be brave and stitch it.

Anonymous said...

Your blog update is great Meari; Your stitching goodies are fabulous; and I love how much you have managed on your LK... I am almost finished the same line... LOL... need to get my photos updated. Congrats on school! You are a wonderful student! I always look forward to your Monday updates.

Sue V

Rene la Frog said...

Congrats on the excellent grades!

Nice gifts. I've had a problem with opalescent fabric also but usually the 32 count. I had better luck with 28 count Cashel.

Akila said...

Congrats on your great score :)

Oh my god, I'm way way way behind catching up!!! I have missed sooo much.

AFwife99 said...

Moving along on your stitching! Congrats on doing well in class, and getting the lovely presents. Happy belated birthday!

Carol said...

Great news about your grade, Meari! You deserve to allow yourself some stitching time to celebrate.

Hives...yuk! I get them in the summer months, too, but antihistamines really help. Hope yours clear up easily!

Emily said...

Congrats on getting a perfect score, Yeah for Meari. Bum about the hives though, hope you can ease your stress and they will go away. Such nice gifts and stitchy stuff. Really like the birds pattern.

Anonymous said...

Is the snowman in yours? He is in great humor. Great work on your tests. I know you must be feeling good about school right now. I am amazed you can register for next semester already.


Gabi said...

Hopefully the antihistamine will help with your Hives. Btw, if one doesn't work, try the next. Zyrtec doesn't do a thing for me, while Claratyne works perfectly. It's something individual I guess.
Congrats on doing your tests so well. Fantastic results!!!
Great new stitchy stuff, and your start on ABC lessons looks great. Oh, I had the same feeling when I stitched first time on opalescent for the "Queen of the Needle". After a while you get used at this extra little thread which is woven in to give the glitter

Mylene said...

Congratulations on passing the test!! Hope the meds help with the hives.
Great start on the ABC Lessons.

Shelleen said...

Congrats on the tests and I hope your hives clear up soon.

Vicki in CO said...

OMG, I can relate with you on the hives. About 10 years ago, I had hives every day for about 4 months! The doctors tried all sorts of things, but guess it just had to wear itself out. It was miserable!!

Congrats on the good grade (I had no doubts you'd do fine)!

Love your new stash.

Debra said...

You changed your blog already. sorry about the hives. Hope it clears up soon, that is no fun. Love your snowman picture. LOL! Big congrats on school! Nice stitching and great gifts.

CJ said...

Hey Girl -

Congrats on the great job with your classes. Sorry abou the hives--my youngest has them a lot. If she gets stress she will just bust out in hives. Love the snowman picture.

Have a great week.


Donna said...

My daughter had stress induced hives also. Zyrtec helped her alot! Hopefully yours will go away soon!
I feel the same way about snow as you do at this point. Snow in Texas for Christ's sake!

Romantic Fool said...

Congratulations on your grades! Maybe now your hives will go away! No more worrying!

That snowman is awesome!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on getting 100%, the antihistamines should work and lovely birthday gifts.


Carolyn NC said...

Hives - yikes. Hope they disappear soon. Congrats on the fantastic grades - awesome! Nice stitching and great stash. And I absolutely love the photo of the suicidal snowman - too funny!

Nancy M said...

Ok, you really need to quit stressing, you obviously are doing great in school! Your new piece looks good too, when are you going to post an update on JG?? You know I can't let that one linger without being worked on!!! Keep your fingers crossed, only a few more weeks of "real" winter, right?

Shelley said...

I hope your hives are getting under control. I know that when I get them I rub Benadryl Itch Relief Cream on them and it helps A LOT! Love the pic of the snow man suicide, lol. Congrats on the A!! You are doing an awesome job in school. Love all the new stash.

Anonymous said...

Love the ABC project. Congratulations on your exam grade. Try to get some relief from the Hives. Hopefully, you get relief soon!

Katrien said...

Congrats on your new stash. The ABC looks good.

Patricia Cecilia said...

LOL just yesterday DS was saying that he wished SDad (DH) had let him make a hanged snowman on a chair, with the loop going up into the bonus room window...
Sorry to hear about the hives and hope one of the meds works for you. Also take a look at what you're eating/exposed to, as stress can bring on new allergies. You might want to try alternating the hydrocortisone with Aveeno anti-itch lotion.

Elaine said...

Congratulations on your great results - hope your hives clear up soon.
Love your new LK start, can;t wait to see more up-dates.

Shari said...

hope the hives clear up soon. I used to get them from live Christmas trees, but not anymore.
Congrats on your school grades.
Your LK looks great. You will get used to the opal fabric. I love it!

too_busy_to_stitch said...

Congrats on the marks! I so love that snowman with the noose, lol. And I so empathise with you about the opalescent lugana, I find the same problem with it too, and sometimes think I should go back to aida!

Kristin said...

Ugh, hives are never fun! HOpe the meds help.

You are totally kicking butt at school.

Love the stitchy goodies. And, opalescent fabric is always a bit harder to stitch on. It isn't just you.

Anonymous said...

So you're taking International Business. So is my daughter. She's in her junior year. Her biggest challenge is Spanish. Of course, she explained to us that the only way to really learn it is to take a class in Spain! Can't quite figure that out but she insists that's the only way she'll be fluent! Of course I thought 7 years of it would do, but what do I know!! Good luck with your classes and I love your stitching. (I love the bird chart you received!)


Lucy said...

Heard about that earthquake there....that's scary!! Love the snowman!!

Jenna said...

The earthquake is just crazy! I can't believe you had one near you. Sorry to hear about the hives. I think maybe your body is trying to tell you to slow down and take care of yourself? I, too, love the opalescent Lugana, but have similar issues in stitching on it, so you're not alone. It's like the opalescent fibers take up a lot of the space where the holes are supposed to be. Great start, though!

Jenna said...

Oh, and great job on that ethics test! :)

Anonymous said...

Great news on the tests, sorry about the hives. I also have that itchy feeling, stress and nerves wreck havoc with my skin. I also get dry scaly patches which ponds cold cream seems to help. Happy birthday I didn't realize yours is close to mine. Enjoy your great gifts.

I found a few cute designs which I thought you might like here:

stitcherw said...

Congrats on the doing so well on the test. Trying to juggle work and school is a lot, hopefully things can settle down a bit soon so that your hives can go away. I'll keep my fingers crossed in the meantime the Claritin or Zyrtec help manage it better. Fun picture of the snowman, I know just how he feels. They are predicting another storm to move through tonight, yuck!!!