I never did tell you about my Christmas haul. I got a couple nice sweaters, some random stuff from my Amazon wishlist, and the highlight was my mom got me some items on my list that will start building up the missing pieces in my room collection.
She got me a screwdriver and bits set that has like 60 different bits from Phillips to Flathead to about 6 types I didn’t even know existed. And she got me a 3/8th drive ratchet to replace the one that went missing.
Last night I hopped into the Harbor Freight website and I ordered socket rails in 1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ sizes, as well as an awl, a level, plastic funnels, a set of drill bits, a set of socket adapters, and 2 inexpensive battery powered lanterns that were on sale so maybe next time there’s a power outage we won’t have to sit in the dark.
There’s other tools I still need to replace but I will get them a few pieces at a time, and everything I’ll have all the basics again.
The next things I buy will be the socket sizes I’m missing and I think I need to replace my nut driver but not sure. I would also like a mallet and a few other measuring tools. Power tools would be awesome, but those can come later.
Being so fucking broke you can’t just buy toothpaste. I am so close to paying off the smallest chunk of my debt, which is great, but then I need to borrow to buy things like toothpaste, tampons, other personal items.
So stupid that this shit is so expensive. Thankfully next month I should have quite a bit more wiggle room in my budget if I just pay minimums on everything.
I was planning to pay something off in full next month but I don’t think that’s going to happen with Christmas sliding in soon. I can’t believe it’s already freaking November! The middle of November even. Where did this year go?
I’ve got my mom covered for Christmas, but I have no idea what to buy anyone else. I did see a cute little item Tracy would enjoy that’s inexpensive, but beyond that? And I don’t have time to make things this year at all with school taking up most of my time.
Sometimes I really hate the winter holidays…
Eta… The reason things are so right this month is because I had multiple extra expenses. My phone needed to be replaced, and that was an extra $45 and there’s the fee for the craft event I’m doing in a few weeks at another $30. I know $75 might not be a lot for some of you but for me it really is a lot.
I did sell a few things and am awaiting the deposits for them which will help but that won’t come in until next week.
I went on Amazon and I made a little wishlist of items I still need for school. It was stuff like notebooks, a pencil sharpener, pens, some less serious stuff like planner stickers too.
I posted the wishlist link in a couple of my social profiles and some incredibly kind soul whom I barely know purchased most of the items on the list.
I feel like the Grinch when his heart grew so many sizes. I know none of the items were very expensive, but knowing someone had enough faith in me to pick up a few of these things – it’s incredible.
We see so much hate in the world every day but there’s still people like that person doing good deeds that make it seem worthwhile. I’m making a note of their name so I can return the favor later this year when money isn’t so tight.
And for all you haters who think Ravelry is a horrible place, it happened there because we take care of each other. We’re a community. Parts of us are like families.
Update: every damn item on my school supplies wishlist was purchased plus some items off my regular wishlist. I can’t thank you all enough!
Birthday goodies from my mom! I know she only spent about $30 but holy crap! So much stuff!
So Christmas has come and it was a rather good one. Not just because of the gifts, though those were pretty awesome this year, but because we got to see friends, family, and enjoy good food.
We went to my mom’s on Christmas Eve and had dinner with her, and found out she’s basically been hoarding craft supplies from a previous sale at her work for Christmas gifts. Mattie got a $30 gift card, and I got yarn, and a box of miscellaneous craft – related items.
Sunday morning Mattie and I did our gift exchange. He seemed to be pretty happy with what I got him, and he gave me about a zillion books. Knitting, crochet, and coloring.
Later on his dad and brother came over and we sat down to a nice dinner (giant hunk of cow + baked potato + broccoli + cider & pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. We did our gift exchange after dinner and everyone seemed to be happy with what they got. Me? I got an Amazon gift card from Geoff, and his dad got me a baritone ukulele + padded gig bag + method book. Squeeee!
So now it’s time for pictures!
Two of the coloring books above I bought for myself but the rest were all from Mattie.
And the best gift of all! I look a mess, but isn’t it pretty?
Not pictured are bobbins for my most recent sewing machine, double pointed knitting needles, and colored pencils. You can kinda see the clip on tuner on the headstock of the uke in the above photo.
One of my gifts, another set of DPNs, never arrived, so Mattie will be contacting Amazon about them sometime today.
I ordered some stuff already with the gift card I received, including a “world’s okayest ukulele player” t-shirt, two more Crochet Lite hooks, a knitting book, a new oven thermometer, a ball of yarn, and a few other items.
Anyway, I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! New Years is up next!
It has come (rather rudely) to my attention that I really should not have gone off of my anti-depressants a year or so ago and that I have been slowly spiraling downwards since. I spent about half of the week following my return home from Washington on the edge of a major meltdown and I’ve spent the past few days calling Mental Health twice daily until they could move my appointment up to sometime this month. I haven’t been knitting, crocheting, or playing with clay. I just can’t make myself care about any of it right now. Tracy said she knew something was wrong when I stopped playing with my clay. She’s likely right that that was the first serious part of the decline. But that’s the thing about depression. You don’t always know when its happening until you’re so low you can;t see over the top of the pit any more. All of a sudden you realize you’re buried in this big deep hole with no daylight left in sight. The only good thing about having been here before is I know there is daylight beyond the rim and I know how and where to get help for it.
On a happier note, this is the yarn I ordered while on a great sale from Michael’s online.
Its a completely crappy phone picture, but you can see the gorgeous jewel tones of the colors. Why so much? Because when you buy from the Michael’s website, you have to buy in warehouse inner pack quantities. In the case of most of the yarns, that’s 3 skeins, but some are different.
Then as if I didn’t have enough new yarn, my mom got me this mess for my birthday via one of the warehouse’s employee only sales.
That’s 9 coordinating skeins of Bernat Mega Bulky, and three Big skeins of Loops & Threads Impeccable. I’ve got 2 other skeins of Mega Bulky already in my stash that will go with these colors, so I’m thinking its blanket time! There’s also 2 containers of air dry clay plus a slushie machine, all of which she got for about $20. 🙂
This though, BTW, is not a good Ben & Jerry’s flavor. The ice cream itself is alright but the caramel core is so salty its like brine. I might actually throw the rest of this pint in the trash and call it a loss.
On the 15th I have an appointment in Panarama City for my consultation about getting a tubal ligation. I’m not looking forward to the drive down there, and I hope I don’t have to pay for parking, but if all goes well it puts me one step closer to making sure I stay child-free! Yay! And yes, I know its permanent, and yes I’ve thought about it a lot. For about 20 years to be exact. If I could have had this done at 20 easily I would have.
I haven’t posted since around Thanksgiving. The holidays went by in a bit of a blur, but they were overall pretty good. Thanksgiving me did twice (once here with Mattie’s dad and brother, and once with my mom and her boyfriend) and then Mattie’s mom came into town around the same time. There was much gift exchanging over Christmas, and I can finally share my mom’s gift I made for her.
This is the blanket I spent about 4 months working on for her and finally finished just a few weeks before Christmas. Its on her King sized bed, and that’s Mildred the cat claiming it as her own. Millie was supposed to be my cat but I left her with my mom when I moved in with Mattie because Lucy is not cat-safe.
These are the details of what went into that blanket. A shitload of yarn. Almost 6,500 yards of it. Thankfully a lot of that yarn (about 5 or 6 of the 17.7 skeins) were given to me so it kept the price down.
My mom got me a ton of yarn- yay! She has been listening when I mentioned some of my favorite yarns and the ones I use a lot of. Sashi approves!
I crocheted what seems like a ton of scarves, 3 of which I sold (or rather I hope I sold- still waiting for payment on two of them) and I did some fun other projects. This is my bubblegum monster penis, and its about 19″ from tip to bottom of the low hanging ball. Its monstrous and I’d run away if anyone came at me with one that big! LOL
I also pulled out an older project and added a border to it so it looks more finished. This really made a big difference and it looks so much better! I’m torn between gifting this one or adding it to my shop.
The pattern design for the Mickey heads and surrounding stitches belong to my friend Kate. She’s fantastic at crocheting up all sorts of things, and used to run a small business making stuffed animals from crochet.
I’m also working on a knitting project that has a ton of firsts for me. I’ve run into one hitch on it but with some help from folks on the Ravelry boards I sorted it out, and hopefully in a few days I’ll be finished with it and can share it.
New Year’s Eve was spent grocery shopping, baking cookies (which I burned half of them), and toasting champagne as the new year came in. I’m finishing my third glass of champagne now and then I’m off to bed.
I hope you all had a great set of holidays and I wish you happiness in the coming year!