Saturday, October 31, 2009

Kicking and screamin

Damned Blogger - -ate my post.

Looks like I am going to have to drag the muse back -- kicking and screaming.

I am headed to the living room to MAKE myself bead.
maybe watch some tube and check the baseball score out.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Muse has left the building.....

My muse has left the building.

Ever since we returned from Tahoe I have not really been interested in my beads.
I can't put my fingers on what it is, but I am just not interested.

Forcing it won't work, but I'm hoping things come back soon.....

Fundraiser update

I haven't gotten an official total but the UNofficial total is around $7,000.

That works for me !!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


I've been working hard on the fundraiser for my co-worker, Kathy.
It all comes together on Friday at the Ducktown Tavern.
Our committee has been so diligent in getting prizes, asking for donations and getting it all ready.
The other members of the committee have been ab-fab to work with.
Just wonderful people !

Ducktown is donating the food too !

My co-workers have accused me of strong-arming people for donations.
The current favorite line is: "I can commit you to ten tickets, can't I ? "
The person on the other end of the line stutters and says yes.
(only 1 has been standoff-ish)

I email them the list of prizes for the drawings and that seems to make it better :)
Eagles tickets,
Fliers tickets (in corporate boxes with food and drink),
gift baskets,
golf thingies (2-somes, 4-somes, and memberships),
spa type treatments.
you name it, we probably have it.

Friday will be a long LONG night, but it will all be worth it.
I am hoping we raise lots of money for her!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tahoe Retreat

I'm still thinking a lot about the retreat.
It was good - it was beneficial.
There were a couple of personal issues that I have not gotten my hands around yet.

Perhaps as Colleen says, I think too much.
Perahps as Colleen says, I am too sensitive.

Not sure.
I just know that there are things I still am hashing about in my giant pea brain.

Nor' Easter continues today!

We've had a mild nor'Easter this weekend.
Cold and windy and rainy.
It could have been worse.

Tides are way up -- some of the turnarounds on Rt 30 in to AC were closed off.
The police were out with scrapers (normally used for snow) last night -- to clean debris off 30 where the high tides are pushing the back bay up over the road.

This morning I woke up to high wind and rain. Got up, went to the bathroom -- opened the window so I could listen to the rain from the bedroom. It was so soothing. And right back to sleep I went.

It IS chilly out!
I've been busy since I got up.
Finally got my suitcase back up on the topshelf in the closet.
Pulled a box down and forced myself to cull the herd. Stuff I have not looked at/worn/done anything with in 2 years. It made some trash, some saves and some to the charity box.
(I keep a charity box in the bedroom. Every so often, something gets in it. When it is full, out to the garage it goes.)

I'm on the second load of clothes.
One more load, then sheets and towels.
THEN I have to vacuum in the bedroom.
Am I up to bathroom cleaning today?
maybe not -- My hands have still not recovered from the dryness of Tahoe.

Ahhh, and I have bead sorting and putting up to do also.

I scanned the AmEx and other credit card bill -- damages have come in from Reno.
Not bad.
Not bad at all.
Dinner for all of us the first day -- very reasonable for that Mexican restaurant!
The motel in Reno was the worst.

Another Saturday night.....

Well, THIS one was different.

As a surprise for her upcoming birthday, I wanted to take Colleen to see Ron ("... they call me Tater Salad...") White.
I've had the tickets since JULY -- she really did not have a clue.
In her defense, she thought something was up because we were being bizarre -- more so than usual.

But the surprise was pulled off and we had a wonderful time!

Laughter is good -- and it FELT good.

A late dinner and the Greek diner afterwards - home and in bed by 11:30.
Slept really well, too !

Monday, October 12, 2009


It's cold -- I am not ready yet.
Seems like it was green when we left and now the leaves are changing.

And with these hot flashes, I can't seem to dress correctly.
It will get better.

Word to the wise from Maia -- and I'm trying to cut down on caffeine.
Not that I have so much to start with:
1 large coffee in the morning
1 20 oz bottle of diet coke during the day.

But the weather is changing - and now it is time for tea.

Tahoe -- driveby update

I'll weigh in on the Retreat reviews.

For the most part, I had a wonderful time.

I'm going to type as a I think -- randomly.

I didn't enjoy the elevation -- had a nose bleed several times. But I knew that was a possibility when I got there -- esp with my allergies.

Colleen and I got there a day early -- at the same time Dot and Cyn did -- we all arrived at the Village at the same time. I found the staff there to be nothing but professional -- courteous and ready to help!
It was different to be in a hotel that depended on the environment to cool the rooms -- after the first day, we figured out the window situation, the fans and how to keep the room cool. At night it was downright COLD !
The rooms were wonderful -- full kitchen, full services, fireplaces.... and I was content !
Great little Mexican restaurant down out of the Village!

Grace came in on Wednesday and Dot and Cyn decided to have us wait at the hotel while they picked her up at the airport -- a move that I appreciated -- it let me catch up on some sleep!
We greeted and meeted and hugged and off we went in the van to travel around the lake. It was gorgeous and I was astounded at the colors of the water.
And then there was the great science discovery -- Katus Clownus Maximus --- film at eleven -- a picture WILL be posted!

Pam and her crew (names all escape me now -- but darlings Joanna and Kelly were too cute to forget) went out of their way to make us feel at home! Naomi with the wonderful wine!

Thursday classes???
I'm in awe of Laura Timmons -- BOUNDLESS energy -- and she made the wire crochet so easy -- as I told her -- now I'm HOOKED on it (she is such an enabler!).
I wouldn't have tried it before.
The resin class was fantastic -- something new to experiment with and I can't wait.

The desert social -- yes, I would have changed a bit -- not sold kits at the beginning.
I'd have made more time for the teachers.
The deserts were fantastic -- and I'm not a big sweet eater. Yes, I did fill up on fruit and marshmallows.

Friday was Sherri's class -- I loved it. She's a sweetie and an inspiration.
Wouldn't have it any other way. I still want to do her purse class.

Friday night was the PJ party -- or as my sweetie called it -- "katie, where is the klown kar that you should be getting out of? does the klown know you stole his pants??".
It was fun -- even when the other hotel guests stared at us.
I don't much remember lunch that day -- so it must have been ok.

Have to say that they did a wonderful job at moving us AWAY from the Omm-pah bands on Saturday!

Saturday was Marcia's class -- I intimidated myself with her and the class. Yes, I had a few rough moments when I almost snatched up my things and left at lunch. Rarely do I work from patterns and when I do, I become so frustrated with myself. But I got though the class -- and yes, I WILL finish the bracelet.
Lunch was slow -- and a bit frustrating.

Saturday night was the Ugly Bead contest.
I won.
Ok - just so you know -- Ugly is not easy. Yes, I worked hard to get that piece ugly. And it was. And it took time to get it together. Just so you know -- before the contest was announced, Colleen and I had come up with this idea to make something hideous to take to show and tell -- JUST to watch people's reactions. So BU beat me to it :)

Sunday -- cold and it snowed.
Beki's class was like coming home.
Beki and Sherri were both a bit under the weather that morning.
Joanna (from BU) was too -- she had a bit of elevation sickness.
My eyes were bothering me and that prevented me from finishing anything other than one sparkle wheel.
Didn't say anything to anyone, but I kept futzing around until the frustration made me stop.
I took some nice snow pictures that I will post up on my blog.
Lunch was wonderful -- the Ald Dubliner food was fantastic.

Shawn is Shawn -- he always rises to the occasion and makes me happy to see him !
And besides that --what's a few Tastee Cakes among friends!

The end -- I was sorry to see it end, but glad to be headed home to my bed, my cats and my stuff.

Dot and Cyn drove us down the mountain to Reno for the night -- and it was like driving in a wonderland of beautifully flocked white Christmas trees.

Things I would change?
Well, first of all, I would acknowledge that this was BU's first retreat. Things happen. They will learn.
Just as everyone else has.

Yes, I'd have a designated photographer there.
Yes, I'd take more bead pictures.

A clearer supply list -- most didn't know to bring needle and thread to Sherry's class -- but we ended up ok.
Nor did we know to bring Wildfire to Marcia's class -- but beaders are pretty darned generous.

Less is more:
Less food in the breakrooms -- basic granola type bars (one brand), fresh fruit, coffee and water.
No pop,. no juice, no nuts, etc.
Yes, I am still trying to find out the brand name of the mango tea bags that they had -- YUMMY !
The fresh baked cookies? A perk -- I don't eat hot chocolate chip cookies, so it was easy for me to resist.
Good thing there was no peanut butter or oatmeal raisin!

Mid day meals ? if it was somewhere else, I would have looked in to box lunches, buffets brought in and set up in a room for the attendee's.
Hospitality suite: perhaps I would have combined the 3 classrooms into the hospitality suite.
And then used the 3 hospitality suites for the classrooms.

Giveaways: The tote bags were jammed with goodies and the free classes were GENEROUS with supplies,including crystals !
The drawings all looked like fair drawings to me so I can't complain.
Yes some people got bigger prizes than others.
That happens no matter where you are.

Would I do it again?
We waited all this time after the FIRST retreat in Vegas.
Yup ! In a heartbeat ! In a NY/NJ minute -- we'd be there -- line up teachers I'm interested in and I will find a way !

I know all you west (left) coasters have all the luck.
You have all the bead stores. You have all the retreats.
We get very few here on the east coast (umm, the RIGHT coast).
We have BeadFest in Philly -- and this year there was some retreat in Georgia (I wasn't really interested in going....).
It would be nice to be a little closer to this coast. How about even Vegas again -- we can get cheaper flights there !
New Mexico would be nice -- haven't ever been there !

Or even out ON the coast (up or down makes no difference to me) -- it's cheaper to fly all the way out than to change to get to Reno. I'm not complaining -- it's another place I've seen.

Yes, mistakes were made. It happens. We learn from them.

Oh, and I left out meeting wonderful people -- Maia and Grace and Karen and Arline (in person at last).
Hayley was a hoot !
I know I have left people out and I'm sorry -- now I am tired of typing because it is cold and my hands are cold.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tahoe part 1 (or the end)

Dot and Cyn dropped us off at the Holiday Inn Express on Sunday night.
The trip off the mountain was good -- the trees looked like they all were personally flocked by the snow princess.
A lovely sight indeed!

We had Colleen's old time favorite pizza -- Mountain Mike's.
It was good -- but had some serious garlic!

Up at 4.
Out of the hotel by 5.
Saw Cyn at the airport -- air hugs and kisses.
Had to pay for an extra box to be shipped home --- guess that is a sign of all the goodies we brought home (and this was AFTER giving up the 4 boxes of taffy and 2 boxes of Tastee Cakes).
I packed up dirty clothes in a box, duct taped it, addressed it and paid the price.
The lady at the counter cracked up when I admitted what was in it.
She asked ..... I was honest !!

I snoozed part of the way to Salt Lake City.
Snoozed a LOT all the way back.
Colleen couldn't sleep -- but man, I did.

Got in to Philly and it took forever to get the luggage. That's nothing new for Philly and just another reason I hate flying out of Philly.
We were happy to be welcomed home.
Stopped on the way to grab a bite to eat because except for junk, we had had nothing nurishing all day. Time was too close in SLC to grab something.

A joyous reunion at home with the animals --- well, Beau ignored me for at least 4 hours.
He finally realized that he was glad his Human Bean was home again!
After that, I couldn't pry him off of me -- and didn't want to either.

Colleen had to work yesterday.
I lucked out -- stayed home and did laundry ALL day -- hers, mine and ours.
I did check my work email from home.
That was good.

I'm sorting all my beads and getting stuff where it has to go -- yeah, right, do you believe THAT??

Now to get back in the swing and continue beading.

I want to finish Marcia's bracelet -- and I need to count crystals to find out how many I need to buy.
Was hit with a brainstorm on the way home -- I think I want to make one in pinks for my friend Rose.

All in all, a great time.
But I was glad to be home in MY bed :)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Attention Doris !!

Grace and I have been comparing DORIS bags and talking about how much we like them !!