Monday, March 01, 2004  

Monday Again?

Somehow, no matter how long the weekend is, Monday always sneaks up on me. Just when I'm really getting into the whole weekend thing... BAM! back to work. {sigh}... I suppose it has something to do with the fact that I really hate my job... and I know that I'll only have to deal with it for another 5 months.

ANYWAY... I had a fabulous weekend- even without the boy. Friday was spent running some errands (wouldn't it be great if somehow food could magically appear in the fridge WITHOUT the trip to the grocery store?) and watching Hamlet... I think when I'm obscenely wealthy, I'm going to have my own private (but amazing) troupe of actors at my beck and call to perform Hamlet every few months. Saturday, my friend K and I took a day trip up north to see the new condo she will move into in August... really cute, but I wish it wasn't so far out there- it's a 30 minute drive north with NO traffic on the highway... and M-F there is ALWAYS traffic. {sigh}. Then we went even farther north to the outlet mall- it was a beautiful day, and a great day for shopping- I found a pair of fabulous black pants, really cute black shoes that are actually COMFY, and FINALLY- a white shirt that I actually LIKE that I can wear for choir. When I first mentioned, back in January, that I needed to buy a basic long sleeve white shirt for choir, the boy said "oh, that shouldn't be a big deal!" HAH HAH HAH... poor thing- he's obviously never dealt with women's fashion. First, all shirts are 3/4 sleeves. Second, most are see-through- not the look I'm going for with choir. Third, almost all are 100% cotton, and, even though I say "I can just iron it," I never do, and I end up with a shirt that I can't wear because it's always wrinkled. But, thanks to K's brilliant scan of the overstuffed shirt rack at the dress barn outlet, the perfect shirt is mine- it even has french cuffs (well, the fake ones... but still...) Plus, it was on sale, so you know it was meant to be. :)

I did get a little knitting done despite seemingly never being home- I'm onto the boring stockinette sections of the sleeves. I have learned, however, that I definitely need to continue to knit both sleeves at once when they're done flat- it's so nice to know that when I finish, I'm DONE with these- no trying to remember what I did on the first one, or having that "ugh, not again" feeling. :)

I also just ordered $200 worth of yarn from elann... maybe I should report that site as porn and get it blocked from my computer... might be the only way to keep me from spending my last cent there! But I did get yarn for 3 sweaters- a cabled hoodie for me from one of the debbie bliss books, a cabled vest for my dad for christmas... I'll have to design that one, and the sirdar cardigan that Teresa just finished.

On a more frustrating note- I've given up on the yarn I ordered from ebay- my order for 2 different colors went through on Feb 5- paid that same day. About a week went by- no yarn, no email... so I email the seller with a "whats up"... she responds a few days later with "I can't find one of the yarns you ordered... I'll keep looking". Then a few days later, "don't have that color, was a software mistake, want to substitute?" I replied that I didn't want the other colors, so just send the batch she DID have, and refund for the second. After a few more days, no refund, no yarn... so I emailed again- about 3 days later, the refund shows up. But now it's March 1, and I still haven't received the yarn... plus, she and I live in the same state, so it should have only taken a few days for it to arrive. So this morning I disputed the non-refunded part of the order with my credit card company... I'm still hoping the yarn shows up (in which case I'll cancel the dispute, or send her money again- I'm not trying to get yarn for free... I'm just hoping to get yarn for my $$!) But definitely disappointing... especially since it SHOULD have been such a simple thing. Good lord- I could have driven to her house and picked it up with less trouble!

But I will stick to my project list- I'll just have to scrap the basic charcoal v-neck unless the yarn miraculously appears before I finish Rogue. Either that, or buy more yarn... but no, my yarn budget for the next several months is completely shot. I'll finish all but 1 of the projects on the list, and THEN I'll buy more yarn. Maybe I should go ahead and disable elann right now... :)

I leave you with a picture of Cricket examining her new friend... a little froggie that holds your dish sponge. Can I say again how much I LOVE outlet malls?


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