Friday, July 31, 2009

Slip-Sliding Away - Friday Fragments & Freewrite

Gosh, we're back to Friday Fragments again. I guess I need to be posting a little more often - if this keeps up, my whole blog will be fragments. Oh, well, it's summer. People are random in the summer, right? Anyway, this is the place for all those thoughts that run through your head when you're sitting at traffic lights or trying to sleep. It was the brainchild of the effervescent Mrs. 4444 over at Half Past Kissin' Time. Go visit her, and see who else is fragmenting this week.

I'm also joining Friday Freewrite, which is hosted by Sara over at Ordinary and Awesome, just because I can do it all with this one post, and it makes Fridays twice the fun!

* I'm having a hard time finding funny, or even non-miserable things to blog about. I found out that I didn't get TWO jobs (that I had high hopes for) this week. Add that to some other personal issues and you might end up with a recipe for depression. My current coping strategy is to try not to dwell on it and keep myself busy. I'll let you know how it works out. I did read about an excellent strategy that Yaya has found helpful, and, frankly, I think she's on to something.

* Under the heading 'Things That Irritate Me' you can add "finishing a puzzle only to find you're missing a piece." I've been working on a puzzle - a really hard puzzle - for a long time. It was part of a series called Buried Blueprints which I love. The puzzles are very unique and no longer in print, but I've been able to get most of them on Ebay in the last several years. My friend Jocelyn came over and helped me work on this one, which was called An Egyptian Chronicle, and we had a great time chatting while we puzzled. Anyway, we found out one piece was missing. Arghhh. I have to say, this is the first time I've gotten burned on a puzzle from Ebay, and I've been buying used puzzles there for years. The biggest problem now is that I can't re-sell it. Does anybody want a puzzle that's missing one of its thousand pieces? I'd be glad to send it!

Here it is. Isn't it cool? Can you spot the missing piece?

* I was lucky enough to have Girls Night Out last night, and it couldn't have been more needed. My two girlfriends from college are the best. They are smart, funny, beautiful and supportive. And, as we were noticing last night, we never run out of stuff to talk about. EVER. We're making some tentative plans to take a trip together next year, and I sure hope we can pull it off - although I'm not sure the world is ready for the three of us, unleashed, as it were. Broadway, here we come!

* I've been stress-knitting again. Socks, mostly. If you're on my Christmas list, you're probably getting socks for Christmas. Sorry if I spoiled the surprise. Here's one pair in progress:

* My stove is beeping. Well, the timer is beeping. All the time. It's not the same beep as when the timer goes off. It's much, much quieter - if you have the TV or radio on, you don't really notice it. But I can hear it. Mocking me. I have no idea how to make it stop. I keep setting the real timer to its maximum time, because when the real timer is on, the other beeping stops. Of course, this means that every 1 hour 59 minutes I have to go turn off the real, loud, beeping timer. It's not a perfect system.

* This week's theme at camp is Mystery. All the counselors are dressing up as either famous detectives or characters from Clue. Brandon and Sandy went as Colonel Mustard and Mrs. White (the maid). And yes, I was up making an apron and a maid's cap at midnight last night. I'll be rewarded in the next life, right? Here's what they looked like:

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Lori Skoog said...

I sure hope you get to go on that vacation with your friends! Just when you make your plans, a job will probably show up. That must be a very creative camp (where your son works). Love the costumes.

knittergran said...

a. Make your own puzzle piece! Find some cardboard, cut it to shape and size, and color it. Well, I don't think I'm an idiot but that does make me sound like one.
b. Gorgeous socks!
c. Your stove is funny...not to you, I realize, but the story made me laugh. I can't think of a fix for that though.
d. Sorry about the jobs, but I'm sure just the right thing will show up!

Evansmom said...


I love the socks. I would be thrilled to be on your Christmas list and get those. Thrilled. Just sayin'.

The costumes look great. Sorry you had to stay up so late because we kept you out. It was great to get together and so worth getting home late. Run out of stuff to say. Hah. Never.

kim-d said...

I want socks. :)

Becca said...

called costume karma, that's what you are building up.

Sue said...

Socks are really cute and so are your costumes! You are very talented, so shove that in the faces of the people that haven't hired you!
Are socks easy to knit? I think people are tired of getting scarves from me......

♥georgie♥ said...

LOVE the costumes...
wow puzzles...i dont have the patience but yours is lovely

Love the socks!

loved your FF

Mrs4444 said...

OMG-I'm only in the first two paragraphs and already have to start commenting. "Effervescent?" I love it! Yaya-LOL!! I also went to vote for her SITS video.

Some day I'm going to figure out why I've almost never experienced the GNO thing. It puzzles me. BlogHer is the closest thing, and I loved it!

I love you, M.E. I hope we meet some day.

Mrs4444 said...

Holy cow (now that I can see the pics). That puzzle is AMAZING! I can see why the lost piece would be annoying. And the socks!!? I think you need to have a giveaway. (or just give some to me)

Reddirt Woman said...

Those kids have too much fun with the characters.

Can I get on your Christmas list?

So sorry about the jobs but keep pluggin' away.

The stove? what if you unplug it until you need to use it or is the plug behind where it's hard to get at? You could always pull it out enough to unplug it, plug in a power strip that would reach your counter, plug the stove into it and use the switch on the power strip. Of course, if the power is off and you still hear the beep...


MaBunny said...

Glad you enjoyed your girls night out - and also love the game Clue so loved the costumes.

Caution Flag said...

I love that puzzle and couldn't spot the missing piece. You must be good at math to do puzzles like that!

Sorry about the jobs. Really, really sorry.

Knitting socks and making Clue outfits!! You are surely talented, M.E. What a fun outlet for you.

mub said...

My mom has been knitting me socks and I feel like the luckiest person alive! The people on your Christmas list should be very happy indeed =)

claudia said...

I think RedDirt Woman almost hit the beeping stove on the head. I was going to suggest unplugging it for about thirty seconds and then plugging it back in. This will cause all the electronic stuff on it to reset and perhaps the beeping will stop. Of course, then you will have to reset the clock on it, but that's better than having to listen to the beep. I completely get you on the sound thing. I can hear stuff around here that my girls can't. It. Drives. Me. Insane. I will search out that sound until I find it, even if it is three in the frickin morning!
Stepping of the soap box now...

AirmanMom said...

May I have my socks in purple please?
Great post!

Joanie M said...

Oh Mary Ellen! Buried Blueprints are my very favorite in the whole world jigsaw puzzles to do! I've been looking for years for one and only recently discovered the company went out of business. You can get one on ebay for about $50 thought (I don't THINK so!)

Midwest Mommy said...

Making costumes at midnight? You already are a saint in my book ;-)

Vegas Princess said...

I love knitted socks. They are so soft and warm :) And it is nicer to get home made items than store bought in my opinion. They mean more.

That beeping from your stove would drive me nuts. In fact I have a post about a beeping that I need to write soon.

Elenka said...

Vegas Princess...I just posted a post about my stove beeping, too.
What's going on????

Anonymous said...

How fun you had a real night out! (I pretty much just have virtual ones these days. Lol!)

Love that you could incorporate my strategy into your life! ;)

Barb said...

I didn't even know you were a knitter. Is that how you found me?

I'm really sorry about the recipe for depression. I just know something great is waiting for you--because you've had a bit of a craptastic year and the way these things usually work is that you'll be in such a good place NEXT year, you'll hardly remember this one.

Well, maybe you will but with less pain.


Odette said...

Oh the job hunt depression. I feel that. At least you're keeping busy. :)

Those are great costumes. I love the monocle!

I love love love puzzles! Oh and I couldn't see the missing piece :P

I really want to take up knitting, I am always so impressed with what people can knit!

Sara Bonds said...

I wish I had a GNO. I need real life girlfriends. LOL. All of mine are online these days.

Great costumes!!

Shellie said...

Those socks look nice. I hope the strategies work! Remember how awesome you are.

Scriptor Senex said...

Partner, Junior and I have played Clue (called Cluedo over here) for years and I never realised Mrs White was the maid! You live and learn.

Still keeping fingers crossed for you for jobs.

Corey said...

My kids would love your puzzle! (I just won't tell them there's a piece missing.. they'll think THEY lost it...) If you really want to get rid of it, email me at and we'll work something out.


Anonymous said...

It was certainly interesting for me to read this post. Thanks the author for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to them. I would like to read more soon.

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