Friday, June 24, 2016

Oh uh, hey there!

Holy cow, I have no idea what I've been doing that has me so busy lately.

The last month has been kind of a blur though.
Between busy season at work, the start of summer in general, a bunch of concerts, some family birthdays and the start of the Pennsic prep season I feel like I'm all over the place.

Heaven And Earth Designs - Mini Shades of Red
I feel like I haven't gotten any crafting done at all this month though I guess that's not entirely true. I switched from my Garden of Delight cross stitch to restart Shades of Red on a different fabric and while I haven't gotten as far as I'd like I probably have about a quarter to a third of a page done. I'll toss a current pic up on here once I get home.

Image Anddrewgallichan on flickr

My main project of late has been Podcasting. I finally came up with a really solid topic and it immediately snowballed from there. I haven't started recording yet but I finally have most of what I need to get started...except that my desktop computer had a massive fail in the middle of a forced Windows 10 update and it's taken about a week to get back up and running.

If you are interested in learning about Forensic Psychology, True Crime, or even just hearing what the heck my voice sounds like keep an eye on @Quidproquocast on Twitter and Facebook (and soon .org though the site isn't up and running yet).

Hmm, what else...

Back in Black
I'm a brunette again! Though I do still have one blue streak in the front so I guess I'm a bluenette?

Potato and English pea samosas with saag and cilantro chutney
I've also been cooking a lot more since we started Blue Apron and that takes up a CONSIDERABLE amount of time but I'm kind of enjoying it. There are the obligatory pics on my instagram if you're into that sort of thing.

I guess that's it for the moment, I mostly just wanted to say Hi!

Baby crowned Sifaka lemur - yes this is a real live creature,

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

In lieu...

It's Monday so I didn't want to leave you with NOTHING.
I stayed late at work and needed a decompress so the majority of the column directly under the red flower is what happened in lieu of a blog post today. 

I regret nothing!

Actually that reminds me, in mid June I will be starting the NYS Summer Run Series races (strong suspicion I'm going to regret *that*) so my Mondays are going to be WELL accounted for. 

I have however enjoyed the exercise of reflecting back on my week each week so I will see what works out for a new Bat time on this here Bat channel.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Where the %^&*^$ did Monday Monday go?

I finally started binge listening to the Blackstar album by David Bowie so "Girl Loves Me" has been circling around my head for days (hence the title).

Busy season at my job has hit in spades so I plan to spend a bit more time relaxing and a bit less blogging about what I'm doing to relax, but I will try not to forget about you all.

Lets see,

Dracula in Real Time is rolling and we're only about a week in so if you're interested now is the time to get into it. There are, as previously mentioned, fully automated Twitter and Facebook pages.

I'm doing a daily pic project on my Instagram called #365Halloween
It is a pic a day series focused on all of the Halloween things which flavor my personal environment.

On a related note I got a new vanity license plate. I wont be sharing it here because that seems dumb, but I will say it's fairly ridiculous and Halloween themed.

I'm merrily chugging along on my current cross stitch piece - HAED's Garden of Delight by William Morris. I found one thankfully small mistake (look for the small spray of pink spots shown on the left but not on the right) and figured out a small tweak to parking method which has made a big difference in how easy it is for me to keep track of my stitches.

After some discussion I think I will be making my own "how to park" post but that will take some real work as I will have to mock up a piece to use as an example since it kind of necessitates showing your pattern and that ain't strictly legal when its a paid pattern.

Heaven And Earth Designs "Zen" Countess and threader set
I've also started using stitch marking pins and am waiting for a really nice set from HAED to arrive (seriously, I've been eyeing them for months and there was a really good sale).

Oh! I also made Q snap grime guards! I took a bunch of pics during the construction process so that will be its own post as well. I already replaced the elastic on the smaller one and will be doing so on the larger as the elastic I had in there was really kind of sprung and it doesn't have the right tension to it. Matching project bags are in the planning stages.