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Sep. 5th, 2007

I'm still around, albeit quiet.

Backing up to mid-August, I had possibly my best birthday ever. My mom sent me a fruit bouquet, friends took me out to dinner and I tagged along on others' family parties. The only real disappointment was that not only I didn't manage to reach Melissa on her birthday, but she didn't call me on mine. We've long since drifted apart, but missing each other's birthdays still hurts.

Since then, it's mostly been quiet. With so many of my nearby friends working in academia, there's seldom anything going on at the end of August and the beginning of September. I spent the last two weekends, including the holiday, at home doing absolutely nothing. I've finally started to relax a little. I can tell, because all my muscles are protesting the change in tension. I still have a long way to go, however.

I found my needlepoint, and I've been sewing while watching TV again. I really enjoy it. I just wish there were some useful end result. My mom's church has needlepointed cushions at the communion rail, and my grandmother had her dining room chair cushions needlepointed by family members. Those were projects with purpose. What I do can only be used as throw pillows or framed projects, good only if you have a certain style of decorating - which mine is not.

Usually in the fall I launch into a whirl of travel and visiting. This year, I just don't have the energy for it. I'm finally scheduling some vacation time, however. We'll see what happens.

ETA: Vacation time scheduled. That really shouldn't have been that complicated.


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Sep. 5th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
I've seen people who take a mess of different needlepoint projects and sew them together into a patchwork quilt of sorts, it's actually kinda neat.

My fifth grade class did such a thing, we each needlepointed an endangered species, and then they were bound together into the quilt, auctioned off, and raised $3,000 to donate to an Endagered Species fund, it was a fabulous class project. (There were also reports and stuff associated with our species, but that wasn't as fun ;) ).

If you're ever bored I'm usually not doing anything with my off time other than a bit of computer gaming that I could possibly stand to do less of.
Sep. 6th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
If you need something to do with finished embroidery pieces, I have decided to do school fairs (well, one so far, in October) and sell craft things. The purpose of this being, of course, to make enough money and space to get new craft things. You could add your stuff if you like. Also, such embroidery pieces make good gifts for people who do have that style of decorating. And it's never to late to start needlepointing your chair cushions.
Sep. 6th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
Hmm. That's not a bad idea. At worst, they just wouldn't sell... When I accumulate some finished objects, I'll see what your plans are.
Sep. 7th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
I was going to suggest what the previous commentor suggested - give them as gifts to people who do like that sort of thing. There are some awesome needlepoint projects out there, they don't all end up looking like something for a 90 year old's doily collection :-) The best piece I ever saw was one in a math professor's office. It was a piece that said, "A mathematician is a machine that turns coffee into theorms." It was actually all flowery and "that style" of needlepoint, but then you read the quote and busted out laughing because you expected some cutsie little thing or a Bible quote or something. It was AWESOME.
Sep. 7th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
The problem is finding the people who would want it. There aren't many people in my gift-giving circle who have the right kind of style.

In theory, I can do needlepoint to match anything I can draw on graph paper - in high school I designed a couple of projects for friends, and one for a competition at a Latin convention. I think it might be entertaining to design things for mathematicians, because of the graph paper...
Sep. 11th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
Why not do it?

eBay: because you never know what people are willing to buy.
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