...the absent-minded ramblings of a sometime diva, hyperactive yarn ya-ya.

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Name: Cyndilou :)
Location: Texas, United States

Just a little piece of sunshine and rainbow set free to wreak happiness on the universe.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Well, THAT'S annoying

Finally got the opportunity to try to assemble my new coffee table...and it's damaged. Very disappointed. The box was beat up but it didn't look like it would be gashed through...

Friday, August 29, 2008

Blessing the bed

V decided she needed to spoon on the bed since they did it for L's place...


Quoting Moonrose: "Playing RockBand I look like an epileptic monkey. It was awesome!"

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


I'm beginning to feel as though moving here was a horrible, horrible decision.

I mean, I know everything about a move doesn't automatically go smoothly, but come ON. Lately every last little thing is going wrong. The phone company made the worst transition ever with my service. The previous residents were apparently horrible trashdwelling pigs that left all sorts of problems that I keep finding (although the leasing office has been great about addressing them, this is true).

...and the latest nail in my coffin comes from the energy company. I was happily a customer of Austin Energy for the entire time I lived at my prior residence. Their rates are extremely reasonable and I never had a problem with billing or getting service response when necessary. Now my options are all companies that charge a heck of a lot more (twice the rate, actually), and when I got my first full month bill - no, not full month, only 29 days - for almost twice what I was paying the old utility company I about choked. I knew that my bills would go up from having a larger place (not to mention having a washer and dryer here) and that the rate I signed up for was slightly higher --- but they are charging me significantly higher than what I thought I agreed to. After talking to multiple unhelpful "not my department, let me transfer you" type weenies, I finally get to a customer service answering machine with a message - "due to high call volumes, please leave your name and number and we will call you back." No estimated time, nothing. I have high hopes for this one, I tell ya.

Kvetch, kvetch, kvetch. I need a drink.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Bathroom Rug
Originally uploaded by Cyndiva.
Here's the "professional" photo of the finished rug, in it's final resting place. I haven't yet put the rug gripping tape on the underside of it, but I am going to run it through the wash once first, then place the tape. I might use something else for gripping though, since I am not sure that the gripping tape is washable...and this rug will certainly hit the wash more than once in its lifetime.

For whatever reason, the two blog entries I sent over from my PDA phone never made it - this rug was completed yesterday afternoon, so in plenty of time to qualify for the Ravelympics entry. Now to head over there and post the results. :D

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Going for gold

The rug, she is done! Here's a teaser photo from the cellphone - I'll get a good shot with the big camera later tonight. -- Cynthia


I posted from my cell yesterday but it never showed up... Shame, that. I suppose I'll have to redo it and take real pics instead of the cheesy PDA cam. Ah well.

The Olympics are almost over and I may (MAY) just finish my Ravelympics project on time. Between spending time with a friend who had her first child and work stuff, not to mention still trying to get the new place in some semblance of order (oh, it's getting there, it just takes more time than I really thought it would) I haven't done nearly as much on this rug as I'd thought --- and I picked a fast crochet thinking that I could finish it off in an evening or two. To be fair, most of it was done in a couple pretty quick hunks of time -- and then it languished -- and then I picked it up and rushed through a bit more -- and then it languished -- and so on. I've only got the outside edge to finish now, plus weaving in the ends. Once that is done I think I am going to toss it in the washer on HOT to shrink it a teeny bit, since it is 100% cotton, as it is a bit looser than I'd wanted even if I did go down 4mm in hook size. What can I say, I am a loose hooker.

Pics to come later when I finally get my camera down - not much later though, since the deadline is looming!

Friday, August 22, 2008

I has a sofa

Woo! I is a big gurl now. Ok, enough with the lolcats speak-- but I am really happy with my new sofa. Much happier than when I bought it, even. It's bigger than it looked in the store...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

In which she learns to spellcheck

Sometimes those fingers move faster than the eyes. One of these days I'll learn to double-check before hitting the post button on a site, especially when I don't always get the option to edit. At any rate, I finally got around to running a Wordle cloud on my Flickr photostream, and here it is:

What are you waiting for - get over there and have fun!

Monday, August 18, 2008

My weekend

Yes, it was a busy weekend... I built furniture, got some olympics crocheting done, got more unpacking done, and even got to spend more time with some friends who are new parents. Would likely have done more of that last if I could have but circumstances allowed, but it was not to be. However, they probably would have gotten sick of me anyway. :D

The picture is of my new etagere for the bathroom. Technically I'm not sure it is strictly an etagere, as that just means shelves in French, I think -- this will actually have a cabinet on top as you might be able to tell from the hinges and should stand nicely behind the toilet. I'm hoping the legs are wide enough that I don't have to bolt it to the wall as the instructions state -- a point that was NOT made on the outside of the box. Between that and the "easy assembly" label (which LIED!) they did include, this has been an interesting project so far, but it is getting done. It at least is fitting together better than a media shelf I built, and the back of it (save for that very visible middle seam) is much better quality than the back of the bookshelves my nephew and I put together a couple weeks ago.

Later this week I should get my new sofa delivered, with a coffee table as well - so yay for new furniture that I didn't have to assemble! After that, no new furniture for a good long while - although there are still more pieces I want to add/replace, my budget is done for now. My next focus will be on getting my old desk and coffee table up on Craigslist finally, plus getting some stash up for sale on Ravelry like I'd planned before the move. It will get done, it will, it will.

As far as the crafting goes, the Ravelympics project is almost done -- a round and a half left to go on my bathroom rug, and the (censored) for (censored) is more than half done - I am on the colorwork, which is slow going and not easy to take as a traveling project. Once the rug is finished, which should be tonight I think, that will be my only in progress item -- everything else is pretty much in UFO status.

...and I just looked at the clock and need to dash to work - so I'm off!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Almost time...

It's 6:30 AM and the baby is coming... Not mine, sillies. I'm pretty sure everyone would know if I was expecting. :D

My best friend from college is having her baby today, and I am very excited. She's doing well and the baby should be here soon. I only wish I didn't have to leave to go to work, but by the time I get back I get to welcome a new person into the world. Yay!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

After this, my teeth better be perfect

Sigh. I put off doing the dentist thing for too long, knowing I had a chip in a filling that needed repair for quite a while. Turns out that chip was actually between two teeth and the filling underneath was done badly (uh yeah, bad experiences with prior dentists might be WHY I have been procrastinating about getting this taken care of - and the sad thing was my last dentist was better than the Dr. Scrivello horror job I had as a kid), and the dentist wanted to replace the whole shebang with a full veneer on both today instead of a couple more fillings which may or may not have lasted a year or three before needing to be replaced again based on their placement.

So an appointment that should have only lasted for an hour and a half this morning took an hour longer than that, and the temporary crown I have over the teeth while I wait for the permanent veneer is rough and just a smidge too long. I swear it didn't seem too long while I was in the dentist's chair, but now I feel like Bugs Bunny. I couldn't eat lunch properly because I'm not supposed to bite into things with my front teeth (so I don't break the temps) and I feel like I am not shutting my jaw correctly at any other time. Add to that the amount that I ended up shelling out for this (which, by the way, still makes me grateful for insurance even though it doesn't cover as much as it should) and all I can say is at the end of this those veneers better make me feel like a frickin' supermodel.

Bah. Whatever happened to the regenerating dentistry that we were supposed to have invented by the year 2000? Heinlein lied.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Leia made it to Explore!

Leia Hat
Originally uploaded by Cyndiva.
Heh - I hadn't checked my Scout statistics in a while, and apparently this photo made it into Flickr's explore feature for the day it was taken (and dropped out again, but it was in there!). Just as well - I haven't finished many projects in the last four months - a couple baby gifts here and there and this hat. Grandma's shawl was finished in there somewhere as well, and I'm sure I blogged about it...but I haven't been completing a whole slew of things.

Yesterday I finished unpacking and sorting all the boxes of craft books and magazines I moved. I know I still have a couple boxes of craft books over in my storage unit, but the majority are now sorted. I'll be pulling out the extras and ones that I don't plan on keeping and setting them aside for the craft material destashing effort. That's the only major de-clutter/de-stash I didn't get done before I moved, mainly because I can resell a lot of that stuff and it didn't make sense to just drop it off in boxes to Goodwill. Well, the old magazines and such I will probably donate to the library after I let the gang I knit with regularly go through them, since we tend to circulate stuff like that around... (Yes, KSH ladies, be prepared. I don't THINK I still have any more Dazzle hanging around from the horrible vest of doom.)