Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
1. Pizza's like beer. It starts at good and gets better.
2. Two Ed's are better than one
3. Person 1: She's on the beach.
Person 2. I hope it's raining
4. Man... when I say "please" in an email
5. Will you be my friend?
6. The question is... can we do it from home?
7. We got women, men, questionmarks.
8. He's an idiot. He faxed me the page upside down
9. Sometimes, at this university, common sense doesn't mean anything.
10. (he) doesn't say hi, bye, kiss my butt
11. I am sitting over here fighting the urge to take my socks off.
12. The physical phone is moving
13. Tell them they can kiss my royal butt.
14. We need a beer machine
15. and I'd say screw you
16. I'm fixing to do the committee assignments and I'm going to put her on every commitee.
17. Forward me some trashy email
18. Man, will this semester ever end? (the second day of the semester)
19. Person 1: You got your keys?
Person 2: (while grinning mischieviously) I got a master key.
20. Person 1: Do you want me to stand in your parking spot until you get back?
Person 2: I've got a grad student for that.
21. Somebody build an ark.
22. I tried to get rid of him one way... I failed him three times. I guess I'll have to do it the other way.
23. Please send out an email telling everyone not to drink the water out of the toilet bowl.
24. My sister told me she's on her last pocket protector
25. No wonder the Rennaisance went away. I'm sweating like a pig in this thing.
26. Person 1: I like your ringtone.
Person 2: I do too. It sounds like her (their wife)
27. I got promoted. I went from Department Head to Queen.
28. A squirrel is just a rat with a fluffy tail
29. Person 1: You want a cookie?
Person 2: Hell yes!
30. Don't be cheating with no bums
That is all.
Friday, December 4, 2009
The biggest challenge I have found today is finding ways to save money. I have already took the advice of these articles such as cutting up credit cards, not drinking Starbucks every morning, and not dining out, but what am I to do if they have already followed these sound words of advice but are still not saving the money like I would want to?
Over a year ago, my husband lost his job. We had to do some serious cutbacks. Of course, the first thing I did was look up articles on ways to save money. When one has to find cutbacks, dining out, credit cards, and brand-name foods are the first things to go. Here are some ways I was able to go beyond the normal money-saving ideas.
1. Go All-in-One. One way to reduce expenses with insurances is to combine policies. Insurance agencies have home, auto, and life insurance policies that offer large discounts to multiple policies.
Phone and cable companies will also offer a package deal if you combine phone, internet and television.
2. Don't keep what you don't need. If you use your cell phone as your main phone, there is no reason to have a land-line these days. Cut the land line. If you are worried about losing your internet that is tied to your phone, many phone companies offer a DSL-only package. I signed up for this package and cut my phone bill by $30 a month.
3. Show me the money! If you have a savings account, make sure it is working for you. Many people put money in savings and don't think to look closely at the interest rate. See how much your bank will give in interest before you put that hard-earned cash away. I recently moved from an account that gave me 1% interest a year to an account that pays .09% interest a month. By making this switch, I have greatly improved the interest rate that my money will bring back.
4. Hang it out to dry. Line-dry the clothes when possible. I followed this tactic and cut my energy bill by $20. In the winter, I use the dryer, but mainly because it is a good source of heat for the apartment. I dry a load of clothes when the apartment is becoming chilly, and Bam! a two-for-one deal. Not only do I have nice, fluffy clothes, I also have a warm apartment. Did I mention that I haven't used my heater in over a year? .
5. Get a coat. In the winter, it isn't necessary to have a toasty room. If you are cold, put on a coat. If you get too hot, take it off. It's that simple. You don't have to have the thermostat set at 80 degrees when you feel a little cold.
These are just a few of the things I've done. Let me know if there are any other ideas.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
This person is also caught up in the macrame mayhem.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
To make this project, I went to Dollar Tree and bought about 93 ornaments for around $7.49 (including sales tax).
I then followed these instructions to make a wreath. I was surprised at how well it turned out.
I will post pictures of the final outcome of the wreath later on.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Did I also mention that my cat likes to sharpen his claws? This isn't a new discovery for cats, however, my cat only likes to use the leopard-print scratching post. I discovered this the other day when I tried to replace his old scratching post with a new one. He would not use it.
One day, I decided to clean out the closet, which involved me pulling out the old scratching post. The cat ran immediately to the old one and started scratching, even though the rope was worn out.
Since I am stubborn, I decided I would not be bested by a cat. I also hate spending money on stuff that's not used so I decided to do an old switch-er-roo on him. I replaced the old rope with the new rope from the new scratching post. He loves the old one even more now.
I didn't want to throw the old rope away, so I decided to save it for something. Thanks to my cat, I now have a cute flower pot, made from reusable materials from my cat.
I also used some jute string I had laying around the house too.
Friday, November 20, 2009
My biggest fear was that when putting a hot pot on it, it would melt and maybe even explode (It wouldn't explode, but I always imagine the worst in my theories ;) ) I boiled a small pot of water and set it on the tile and, what do you know, no cracking tile!
Here is another shot of more tile:
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
This is the first afgan I had ever made. It is made from a loop loom. Who knows how many of the loops I used. I even seperated the colors out into individual plastic baggies so that I could gather the colors so easily. The only downside to this blanket is the sheer weight of the afgan. It seriously has to weigh at least 20 pounds.
I also pieced together the back of the quilt with leftover fabric from the quilt. I miscalculated and bought WAY too much fabric. I bought 3 yards of each color instead of having 3 yards total the shapes.
The next afgan I crocheted was this one. I made it because I was tired of quilting. I came up with this pattern on my own. I gave it to Christopher as a Christmas present. That year was the first year that he had celebrated Christmas with my family.
The great thing about working at 3:30 a.m. is that no one else is around. This is a good thing because this is when I did most of my crocheting. It also was a great way to keep warm.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
So, I finished my tie quilt, officially... Here are some pictures:
The whole quilt. It's a lap quilt.
Close-up of free-hand stitching
The back... I decided to free-hand quilt on the sewing machine.
I did a flower. You can see the hand-sewn stitches in the upper right-hand corner. I gave up hand-quilting. The machine is where it's at... except when you forget where the needle is and sew your finger, like I did. It was not as bad as this person's mishap.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I have also went on a cleaning/money-saving kick. I rearranged my spare closet and purchased a shelf and small boxes to make a toolbox out of. I organized all of my tools into the various containers. Now, I can find what I need when I need it. I also cancelled my home phone since I am not really using it and only purchased the line so that I can have DSL. I don't have cable so I couldn't do the cable internet thing. (I cancelled my cable service after the rates kept rising and the quality of service kept going downhill.) I found out that I could have DSL and no phone line. I also bundled my cell phone onto the DSL bill. Now, I will only have one bill for phone and internet service.
My husband and I spend a lot of money drying clothes... which in turn, raises our air conditioning bill, because our dryer does not vent outside. The landlord blames the contractors who built the place, and instead of fixing it, he just has the dryer run into a little box on the wall that we fill with water... anyhoo, I don't know why I haven't thought of this sooner, but I have decided to build a clothesline outside. It will not be like your typical clothesline, however, because clotheslines are not allowed. Instead, I will create a shelf-like contraption out of PVC pipe that can be raised and lowered from the ceiling that I can hang my clothes on to dry. By placing it on the porch, I will also be able to dry clothes when the weather is a little questionable.
The only problem with this is that I have not decided how I will reach the top of the porch in order to hang the rack. I don't own a ladder (yet). I may can recruit my husband to help me... I'm sure he will love that ;).
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I want it to look like this quilt
but with all of the left-over ties, i think i will need to use the scraps to make a border like this.