Thursday, September 25, 2008

Treading Water

Well, let's see.

The basement is fine and dry and in the overall scope of things, my little water "problem" was really just a drop compared to the many devasted here in this area and down south in the gulf states and especially in Texas where Ike made his landfall.

I am treading water with regards to what I need to get done and the time in which I have to complete it.

I have always said that the job that I do is more than one person's worth. Unfortunately with the economy and business in general in the state it is in the hope of getting anyone hired at work to help with my department's load is just laughable. I have been at my job for 7-1/2 years and have never been caught up. Recently MUCH pressure has been put upon me to get my department current.

Let's see, we used to have 3 full time and 1 part time when I started. Now we have 2 full time and 1 part time and the workload for the department has not decreased at all. If anything it has increased. So that leaves me working more hours than before. I average 52 hours per week. I get paid for 40. I also go to school two nights a week so that leaves me not alot of time for much of anything else once you factor in homework, Powerpoint presentations and term papers. Not to mention regular household stuff like laundry, grocery shopping and errands. I am currently working on a baby afghan for a new baby boy born to one of my co-workers. I will post a pic when finished along with the swap cards that I must find time to make and get out before 10/1.

So, I apologize for the lack of posts recently but I have been working like a fiend.

If and when I do catch up I will try to be creative and have new things to post daily. In the interim please be patient, I'll be back soon I hope.

Have a great Thursday, the new Grey's Anatomy is on tonight!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Yikes Ike!!!!!!

To those that live in the Chicagoland area you know that we had one heck of a weekend.

We had rain from Friday until Sunday. Over 8 inches of rain in my area some of which was in my basement and my yard. The front that hung over us was bad enough but then Ike decided to merge with that front and it was just yucky.

I hate the smell of wet musty basement and will be very happy when the basement airs out. A good cleaning with bleach will do the trick. The other downside to this lovely weekend is that the DesPlaines river which runs between me and work is over-flowing it's banks. There are only three ways for me to get to work. South around O'Hare airport, North around O'Hare airport or the tollway. I never take the tollway because it is always crowded. I much prefer the streets. With the river flooding, the only way to and from work for me is to take the dreaded tollway. So, as I prepare to leave work and go sit in traffic I hope that everyone else had a nice weekend.

Don't get me wrong, my small inconveniences are NOTHING compared to those in Texas or those living right on the rivers here in Illinois who had to evacuate their homes because of the DesPlaines river, or those along the Chicago river. I have running water, electricity a home that I am still living in. No, I am VERY fortunate. Thank goodness it was rain and not snow.

I wonder what the conversion of one inch of rain is to snow?

I'm off to find that out.

Update: According to Wikipedia, approximately 10 to 12 inches of snow equals one inch of rain.
Holy canolli, we would have had about 9 feet of snow in my neighborhood.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Quickie

Found some more of this stamped image, colored it and tossed this card together.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

A Couple of Cards

This card uses the new Stampin Up stamp set "Crazy for Cupcakes" and the saying is from Stampin Up stamp set "Family Phrases". The patterned paper is also SU, but I believe that it is from the old catalog.

This card used paper from a paper stack and a retired image from Stampin Up.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Some Cards

Here are some cards that I did this weekend. I am in a craft fair this Sunday (9/7) and was trying to get some more cards done for my inventory.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Maggie Moo Gets a Haircut

The Before Pictures

The After Pictures

Blogger is not allowing me to upload all of my pictures. I have been able to get a few of the "before" pictures of Maggie and then the "after" pictures of her new haircut. I also have cards that I made for my upcoming craft fair but will upload those for a different post.