Monday, October 29, 2007

Good Evening all!

It's been a while since I've blogged, but I've been staying pretty busy. Last week work was rougher. We consult with a firm from California, and once a quarter, someone comes out to the county, and works with us on best practices in Autism. It is a wonderful opportunity, but very taxing for the time they're here. I was feeling kinda ill this weekend, so stayed pretty lazy. (All my little kiddos who come to school sick and pass it on:) But now I'm pretty much back up to speed, I think.

Today I went to buy some fabbie for a pattern I bought while in Jacksonville. I thought I had the fabric I wanted already, but it turned out I just didn't have enough. So with no local stitching store I headed over to Michael's and got it and 2 DMC skeins. Then I had to run to Walmart, so I went to the closest one, which happens to be next to an A.C. Moore. They were having a going out of business sale, so I just had to check it out. I got my mom some wool (13 balls actually) and a pattern book for the baby stuff she's wanting to knit. And for me, I got the Gold Collection "Woodland Enchantress" kit (I've wanted that pattern for ages) and another Gold Collection one that has 4 pretty Christmas ornaments in it. (Like I need more stash!) But they are both beautiful, and I'm eager to start working on something new - as soon as the baby sampler is almost done.

Gail, I'm gonna email u tonight as requested. Sorry for the wait.



Homerism of the Day

"I don't know, Marge. Trying is the first step towards failure."

Posted by Claire at 7:06 PM 1 comments  

Monday, October 15, 2007

Howdy all!

Well, I've made it home safely, and tired:) It was a long drive, but the weather was great. I left just after 8am and was home by 4pm. I was supposed to fly, but the arrangements got totally screwed up. (I now hate Northwest Airlines).
I got a hair cut just before I left for Florida. It's quite short compared to what it was! You'll see it in my pics. I took a few pics when I was down in Jacksonville, but not many. So here they are.

This is the view DH has from his apartment. He calls the bird Frazier (as is Crane). What a sense of humor!!

This is us in downtown Jacksonville one evening. They have a nice little riverwalk, and we walked some of it before heading to the River City Brewing Company for a drink.
This was my last evening there on our way out to dinner. We went to a place called Copelands. Expensive, but the food and service was fantastic. I highly recommend it.
Well, I'm off to do some cleaning before I head to bed.
Quote of the Day
"Thinking is one thing no one has ever been able to tax."
Charles Kettering

Posted by Claire at 8:09 PM 4 comments  

Friday, October 12, 2007

Good Evening from Jacksonville!

Wow, everything is soooo big down here! Chattanooga seems positively tiny compared to Jax. It takes forever to get around, but the streets are very well laid out, and it's actually pretty easy to find my way around.
I arrived on Saturday after a successful drive in the truck. A little tense at first, but I made it just fine. On Monday, we (DH, my parents,my two aunts and I) went down to St. Augustine for the day. It was beautiful, and a gorgeous day. There is a whole cobblestone street just filled with shops. It's wonderful to wander down the street and visit the stores. The Irish store is one of my faves of course:) Although I did bring my camera on this trip, I forgot to bring it down to St. Augustine with me, so I have no pics from there this time.
DH has worked the rest of the week, so I spent most days looking at houses and subdivisions. The real estate is a good deal more expensive down here than in Tennessee, but that just gives me more of an opportunity to explore ALL the houses and areas:)
Friday, I had a headache, so I spent the morning lazing around. It didn't go away, but I wanted to go out anyway, so I picked DH up at work, and we headed to the local cross stitch store. It's called A Stitch In Time and I spent a lovely hour purchasing patterns. Upon examining my loot when I got back to the apartment, I discovered that the little sampler used specialty threads, so I headed back to the store to pick them up today. All the ladies there are so friendly and helpful, and it's a wonderful store! I'm just so thrilled to be in a city with a cross stitch store. I've missed it.
Today, we headed out to Yulee to check out some subdivisions (which were very nice). Then off to the Jacksonville Zoo for a work party for DH. We had good food and wandered around a little checking out the animals. Then we headed out and drove down the coast heading home. We got to cross the river on a ferry. First time on a car ferry for DH, so it was lots of fun:)
Now we're heading out for dinner. I'll post pics and more news next week.


Homerism of the Day

"If there was any justice, my face would be on a bunch of crappy merchandise!"

Posted by Claire at 7:39 PM 2 comments  

Friday, October 5, 2007

Howdy all!

Well, the truck is all packed, I'm sufficiently stressed out about forgetting something, and I can't find my youngest kitty (who's making the trip tomorrow!!) All in all, things are great:)

Actually, everything is good. My friend and i got everything into the truck in record time, and things all seem to be falling into place. My plan is to leave early tomorrow morning (around 5am) and drive until I see the ocean:) I shall get some pics to share with you all.

Now for the long promised progress pic.

As you can see, the outside border is complete, and I'm now working on the green line that goes around inside of that. Shouldn't be too much longer before I'm stitching Winnie:)

I'm off to the bed now. I'll update you all ASAP, hopefully from the sunshine state itself:)


Quote of the Day

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
Herm Albright (1876 - 1944)

Posted by Claire at 8:12 PM 2 comments  

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Dear friends,
I suck at blogging!!!! I just get so caught up in everything else I'm doing and forget about it, or when I do remember, it's so late, I'm too tired. However, I am not going to give up. I will push on and make a better effort. I know I promised an update pic of the baby sampler, and I finally got some batteries for the digital cam, so that will be forth coming. I found out today that the new baby will be a little boy - his name will be Henry Louis (after some baseball player) - and he's due on Feb. 11. I'll keep plugging away at the sampler, and start the name part after Christmas.

Next week is my fall break and that means a week long trip to see DH in Florida!!! He's found a little apartment down there now, so I'll drive a small truck down and bring him some furniture, and then fly home. A whole week with the hubby in Florida and no kids!!!! Life is grand:) With my parents and DB and SIL living nearby, I'll get to visit with them also. Two of my aunts are also visiting my folks. They flew in from N. Ireland yesterday, so I'll get to see them too!

Gail R asked about the type of children I teach. I do in fact teach children with autism. If you son read about a program here in Chattanooga in the public school system, chances are it's the one I work in, as we are the only program with that specialty. (Although that is not to say that all children with autism are in or belong in my program). It is a great program tho, and a most interesting, and tiring:) population to work with.

Well, I'm toodling off to bed. Tomorrow I get my hair chopped off:)


Homerism of the Day

"You're everywhere. You're omnivorous."

Posted by Claire at 9:07 PM 0 comments