Thursday, April 19, 2018

My Office - Day 3

I have a couple of pieces of art in my office and I love them both (otherwise I would have them, right?)

The first one has a kind of funny story to it.  About 20 years ago, my sister started working at a new company and in their office space, was this painting.  It is hand painted but someone named "Hill"

I believe it was there when they moved into the office space and no one at her company liked it AT ALL...they disliked it so much they put it in an empty office and it was just propped up on the floor against a wall (turned facing the wall). 

When I went to see my sister's new office, she was giving me the tour and I saw this and picked it up.  I said "Why is this beautiful painting sitting here - it should be hanging up for all to see".  She said "You LIKE that?"  I said "Yes", she said "Well, you can have it!!"

I was thrilled!  I guess beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.  I loved the colors and the scene - it makes me feel like I am in Greece or Italy walking along the edge of the Mediterranean Sea.

I promptly took it to work and hung it up (in my former office) and when I moved to my current job, it came with me.  I love looking at is calming and pretty and whoever painted it is very talented (at least in my eyes).  I wish I knew who it was so I could tell them how much joy their painting has brought to me over the years.

(Just so you know, in general, I love paintings/pictures with boats)

The other piece of art is very special to me because a former co-worker painted it for me.  He is quiet talented and gave some of his original paintings to a few select co-workers and we are all lucky to have them (he has since retired - good for him!)

Most of his paintings are of mountains, forests and streams - but mine is the only one that is a bit different from his usual style.  He knew, from my other painting (above) that I like the he painted this beautiful stormy lighthouse for me.  Whenever I look at it, I think of the time and love he put in this painting and of course, I think of him.

I added the frame myself.  I think the art is beautiful.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

W.I.P. Wednesday

I mentioned last week that I decided to participate in a Knit-a-Long (KAL) and knit my first pair of socks.

I was about a week behind everyone because I found out about the KAL the day it started so had to wait for my supplies to arrive (the yarn isn't available in stores and had to be ordered on-line)

Anyway, due to a rainy weekend, I stayed in pretty much all weekend and I got caught up to everyone else. 

I am officially half-way through knitting my first pair of socks...I think they look pretty good so far.  Today the 4th part (of 6) is released and it is the gusset - which I feel will be the most challenging but I've made it so far so I have confidence I can do it!

#chicsheep #marleybird

 Part 2 - The Legs

Part 3 - The Heels

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

My Office - Day 2

Around my workplace, most of the guest chairs in all the offices are the same (because the previous boss liked consistency) - Generally, I am the same and like consistency.  However, there is one thing that is different in my office from the guest chairs.

There are a couple of reasons for this.

1) I like these chairs a lot...they are just the right size - my feet touch the floor perfectly, the width is comfortable and the back is high and supportive.

2) They remind me of my former boss (CFO).

My former Chief Finance Officer was a great guy, he felt like a brother to me and I just thought the world of him.  He used to be the Budget Manager but was  promoted when his predecessor left to go to another agency.

Eventually, he decided to make the office his own and got some new furniture. He asked if I wanted the guest chairs that were in his office and of course I said yes!  They are beautiful and comfortable and they remind me of him.

When we all got new (consistent) guest chairs, I asked to keep these and was able to....whenever I look at them, I think of my former CFO and my friend (who has since moved on to other things) and it makes me smile.

I miss him a lot but I still have a memento to remind me of him.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Blog Series - My Office

I spend a great deal of time in my office - as I am sure most office people do.  It believe, in general, people that work full time, spend more waking hours at work than they do at home.

So...I decided to start a little blog series called..."My Office"

Each day I will post about something in my office - basically what makes my office special to me.

Here is a wide shot of my office just so you get the idea of it.  Before I got this desk, I had my old desk turned the other way with my back to the window.  When I got this new furniture about a year or so ago, my friend/co-worker helped me re-arrange it so it would look the best, provide the most space and allow me to look out the window AND see the door of my office.  I like this set up.

Come back each day for a little peek inside for the week or two for a little peek inside.

Note: I am on the 14th floor, but technically it is the 13th floor since our office doesn't have a "Floor 13" as most office buildings do not. My office overlooks the parking lot but I am near a small airport so I also see planes coming in all day.

If can also see the King & Queen Buildings from my office window.

(click to enlarge photo)
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

W.I.P. Wednesday

Well...I am a day late in posting this but hey, there are no rules when it comes to blogging, right?

Yesterday was busy and I never got around to posting goes...

About a week ago, I received an email from Red Heart that they were going to have a "My First Socks" Knit-a-Long (KAL).

I don't especially want to be a sock knitter because I don't wear typical socks due to having lymphedema and normal socks (and shoes) don't fit me - I have to special order them.

Even thought I won't wear these socks (I will gift them), I wanted to learn the technique and I especially wanted to learn how to knit with Double Pointed Needles (DPN) and learn how to knit in  the round.   There are many projects I have passed on simply because I didn't know how to use DPNs or knit in the round so I though this would be a good way to learn.

Marly Bird is teaching us sock knitting newbies how to knit socks (in 6 parts / 6 weeks).  She is a fantastic teacher!! Her methods make it so easy and do-able.

I was a little late getting started because I found out about the KAL on the day it started and I didn't have my supplies.  The yarn used it this project (Chic Sheep) is not available in stores (yet) so I had to order online and wait about 4 days for it to arrive so I am about a week behind everyone else, but that is okay.  Hopefully I can catch up.

Anyway...Here is my progress so far - week 1 completed (the cuff and learning to use DPNs) and week 2 (the leg) in progress.  I am knitting both socks at the same time because I don't want to have the 2nd sock syndrome (where you complete the first sock then don't ever get around to knitting the 2nd one).  This way, when the KAL is over, I will have 2 completed socks. 

 Wish me luck with my continuing challenge on knitting my first pair of socks.

Also...a friend's son is having a birthday this weekend and he wanted a hacky sack.  Apparently hacky sacs are not that easily found in retail stores so his parents ordered some for him but the order won't be here in time for his birthday.  When I googled them, I saw that most were crocheted and thought...heck..I can make one of those so I made this in less than an hour last  night.  It turned out pretty good I thought.  I used the recommended Lentils for the filling but they are too small so I think if I make another one, I will use a little bit bigger bean (maybe black beans).  Anyway...I was happy with it and I hope he is too. 

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Friday, April 6, 2018