Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Finished Piano-Keys Bracelet!!

Bookshelf Game

I just realized how amusing the titles of some of the books on my bookshelf would be if one adds "in bed" to the end of each title. (Just like in that fortune cookie game!) Try it:
note: some of the business books belong to my MBA-student boyfriend

The Essentials
An Inconvenient Elephant
Total Leadership
The Five Dis-functions of a Team
Complete Confidence
1001 Ways to Do Good
Getting to Yes
Tales from the Top
A Sense of Urgency
Why I Love You
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love
The Four Purposes of Life
Eat This, Not That
Bonjour Laziness
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Getting to Happy
Up in the Air
Eat, Pray, Love
(Good Housekeeping's) Stain Rescue
The Audacity of Hope
The Dilbert Principle
The Value of Nothing

Also, I am almost done with that piano-keys bracelet. Will post a pic when I'm done!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Beadwork project

Piano keys bracelet in work. New beading technique for me!
I am making a piano key bracelet with black and white seed beads (the really tiny kind). I am doing it with square stitch, which is a new technique I mastered last night with directions from a book of beading patterns and techniques I bought on sale at the Border's going out of business sale. The pattern for the piano keys is also straight out of the book.

This technique is an alternative to weaving on a bead loom, but it is much slower. Instead of adding a row at a time like on a loom, I have to sew on each individual bead. Having more trouble with knots in the bead thread (when it twists up on itself and makes a "fake knot" that you can only undo by loosening the twisted up threads before proceeding. (Not fun to do over and over, but it's the tradeoff I get for using such long threads.) I tethered the end of the string to a pedometer so it would have some stability, particularly when I started the first few rows.

This project is going to take awhile, but it's pretty enjoyable to do! I'll update when I have it mostly or fully complete in a few days!

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Infinite Time Error

Pic at left is cat popping out of the couch cushions. I waited a good minute with the camera before he popped out. I guess burrowing in couch cushions is fun if you are a cat.

Anyways, I am going to describe how the infinite time error works. Is this unique to me?

I RSVP'd to join a few friends at a Denver event happening today called Taste of Colorado. We are meeting up at noon today (note the current time, 11:32, and the impossibility of me joining them at the designated meeting time since I first have to get to an ATM to get out some cash and I need to take the Light Rail public transit to downtown Denver.)

Anyways, I decided to invite a few more friends to join me and they said sure, but then they said maybe they'd come by this evening and I said, sure just text me.

It wasn't until last night that it occurred to me that I am now supposed to be meeting two different groups of friends at the same event at distinctly different times. I want to hang out with both groups of friends and I told both I'd be there.

So obviously, some tactful text messages and decisions can resolve this. However......I fall victim almost daily to what I call the "Infinite Time" trap. It's pretty humorous actually. Things like counting backwards from my volunteer commitment at 3 p.m. (be there at 2:45, leave house at 2:15, start gathering water bottle and sunscreen and other things together at 2, stop watching tv at 2.) Instead, I'll find myself just starting to get ready at 2:30.

Other randomness: just finished The Smartest Guys in the Room, about Enron. Very long book, but it captured my interest from the beginning and stayed fascinating.