Sunday, June 22, 2014

Back to the Future

Somehow, I wound up with two kids who are fans of 80s rock-and-roll. Possibly a combination of time in the car with their dad and too much Guitar Hero.

Anyway - a few months ago, I bought lawn tickets for Foreigner, Styx, and Don Felder.

Now, Foreigner was one of the first concerts I ever went to - when I was in college at MUW. Now, I was at the W from 79-83, so it would've been sometime during that timeframe. Almost certainly at either Mississippi State or 'Bama, since there weren't any big concerts on campus.

The venue was Jiffy Lube Live - a big amphitheater in Bristol, VA. The trip out there (~45 miles) took a couple of hours, because this IS the DC area and we have the worst traffic EVER.
We did finally arrive, to almost perfect weather for lawn seats.

We were a little late for Don Felder, which was too bad - he was playing a lot of Eagles songs, as well as his solo stuff.

Next up was Styx. I was a fan in college, but had never seen them in concert. It was pretty good, and Don Felder came out for a song or two. They had the best lighting!

The headliner was Foreigner. The Small Man was getting tired by this time.
He'd gotten cold at some point, and a VERY kind woman sitting near us let him borrow her blanket (they'd rented chairs) when I gave him my top layer to wear.

Old guys who've been playing together for 30 years sound really good!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

014 Stash Report - Week 24

Yards in: 10
Yards out: 0.8
Cumulative yards in: 15.4
Cumulative yards out: 15.6
Net gain/loss: 0.2 USED

Spending since last post: $44.20
Spending this year: $142.45

The 0.8 finished was for a wallhanging I'm calling Psychedelic Fall.

And I really fell off the wagon this week:)

I spent the afternoon yesterday at the Annapolis Quilt Guild show. I was able to meet up "someone I met on the internet," the lovely Lee Anna from Not Afraid of Color.

I had a wonderful time walking around the show and talking about the quilts, and, well, shopping. Lee Anna and I talked some about the need for *scraps* that we both share, and I mostly bought things from the guild's leftover shop:
A total of 8 yard of material in this photo! As well as three spools of green pearl cotton. The orange with cute animals was a vendor purchase, 1.5 yards for a kid's quilt. The rest are mostly FQ with a patch-sized chunk missing (or not), with a couple of smaller bits.

Earlier this month, my own guild had a yard sale after the meeting. Not as much there called to me:
A panel with Olivia and 6 FQ.
Spending was $4 for my own guild's shop, 11.66 at the Annapolis guild's "yard sale," $9.54 for new fabric at Annapolis, $10 quilt show admission, and about $9 for gas to Annapolis.

And to take this pictures? Cookie had to be moved from the bed. TMOTH didn't make the bed when he got up this morning, so when I got upstairs to take photos I found this:

He did not approve of being moved.

Halfway through taking pictures, he jumped back on the bed, being ostentatious about showing me his tail end.

He then found a spot and was obvious about licking himself after the ordeal of being dumped off the bed.

And then by the time I finished, he was back asleep.

Psychedelic Fal FINISHED

This was a UFO that I bought at a local quilt guild's show. All it needed was some extra leaves added, quilting, and binding. Even TMOTH likes this one :) Finished size is 23 x 27, so 0.8 yards busted.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Not the best week - but I'm alive, and that's a good thing

I had a scare this week. Monday evening after dinner, I was starting to sew down the binding on a UFO [it was my last day as UFO Queen on the Stashbusters Yahoo group, so needed to git 'er done] when the chest pain that had been nagging me on and off all day suddenly got worse. A LOT worse.

When I asked TMOTH to convince me I wasn't having a heart attack, he called the ambulance. In the driveway in the ambulance, they did an EKG which was basically 100% normal, so MI was unlikely. Did I still want to go to the hospital? Um, yeah. I've had a lot of experience with both muscle and joint pain, and this didn't seem to be either. And I was having a LOT of pain. So off we go - the two "trauma" hospitals were on "Code yellow" and I was OK with going to the not-trauma hospital with my normal EKG, so I was taken to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center (a.k.a. Montgomery General Hospital). Sadly, no lights or siren.

Once in the ER, they did another EKG (still normal) and drew blood. At that point, since my pain was worse with breathing, the ER doc ordered a D-dimer test that would basically rule out a clot and pulmonary embolism - but no, it was elevated. So off for a lung CAT scan. The CAT scan was "sub-optimal" so they could only rule out a major PE (not in the large vessels) and see some "indications" of lower left lobe embolus. At that point, I get put on anticoagulant therapy and moved out of the ER to "observation."

Meanwhile, despite all of my normal EKGs, normal heart scans, and normal cardiac bloodwork, I'm not allowed caffeine.

Tuesday morning, I go off to Nuclear Medicine for a SPECT ventilation/perfusion scan. That showed a definitive v/q abnormality in the left lower lobe. They keep me for the rest of the day for a couple more tests - Echocardiography of my heart (a little overkill, perhaps, considering that everything else cardiac was normal, but they wanted to make sure there were no emboli hiding in the heart) and a deep vein Echo-Doppler of my leg veins to rule out additional clots that might be hiding there. Both were negative, so they leg me go Wednesday morning with a prescription for Xerelto and a recommendation to follow up with my PCP and a hematologist.

If the Lovely Daughter hadn't locked herself out of the house, Starbucks would've been the first stop. As it was, we let her in the house and then headed over to the local Safeway to get my caffeine fix and the prescription filled. Starbucks came through, the pharmacy, not so much. They didn't have it, so called the Germantown Safeway, and they did. So off to Germantown.

First, they can't figure out the hospital doc's signature - how's that for cliche? They finally find him and that's where insurance rears its ugly head. The 2x day dose - which is standard of care for initiating treatment for pulmonary embolism - isn't on the insurance drug list, only 1x day. The pharmacist, to her credit, tells me straight up that the hospital docs will not deal with insurance issues and to go to my PCP to get the script re-issued. (By now, it's after 1 pm.)

I call my PCP's office and they tell me to come in at 3, but be prepared to wait. I'm OK with that. So off I go. The front desk can't find my appointment (this is fairly normal, but they're never unpleasant about it so I deal) but agree they should work me in. I wait no more than about 10 minutes to go in to see someone. My CRNP is totally awesome and erupts in righteous indignation that the insurance company wants them to jump through hoops to have the appropriate therapy covered. She goes off muttering to herself and comes back triumphantly with a bag saying "You are a blessed woman today!" And I am - she's rounded up enough sample boxes of Xerelto to cover the 3-week initial dosing schedule. She also recommends a hematologist, and I have a follow-up appointment with him on Thursday.

SO - today I'm almost pain-free (yesterday as well). I still have odd twinge-y pains in my shoulder and chest from time to time, but it no longer hurts to breathe.

I am a lucky girl, and I know it.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

2014 Stash Report - Week 21

Yards in: 0
Yards out: 0.0
Cumulative yards in: 5.4
Cumulative yards out: 14.8
Net gain/loss: 9.4 USED

Spending since last post: $48.50
Spending this year: $98.25

Spending was $35 for guild dues and about $13.50 for a spool of grey Aurifil for piecing.

I have a UFO that just needs binding, so may have a finish fairly soon.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

2014 Stash Report - Week 18

Yards in: 0
Yards out: 0.0
Cumulative yards in: 5.4
Cumulative yards out: 14.8
Net gain/loss: 9.4 USED

Spending this week: $3.50
Spending this year: $49.75

I bought this ginormous bucket of buttons, many vintage, at a thrift store in Florida this week:

We went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival today and spent a boatload of cash, but I'm not counting any of it as craft spending - it was family time. Most of the money was spent on food, including a half-gallon of maple syrup :)

I looked at some yarn and a loom but didn't buy either one - I think I might get TMOTH to build me a small lap loom .Kids eating ice cream:

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Quilt show!

I went to the Mason Dixon Quilt Show in Hagerstown, MD today. It was lovely - lots of beautiful quilts, and no fabric followed me home.

Lots of flying geese in this one.

Pretty applique sampler.

Lots of quilts in civil war colors in this show.

I like the red squares in this double wedding ring quilt.

 More pretty applique.

A dresden plate variation; I liked this one and another one a lot.

Nice use of negative space, with very cool puzzle quilting in the white space. There was a puzzle piece print used as backing.

2014 Stash Report - Week 17

I didn't think I had any movement on yardage, only $$, but realized I left a stash-busting project out of last week's report.

We'd had a big foam wedge we got from my parents sitting around for a while - too big for anything, really, so I got out the electric knife.

I needed a foam wedge for the van, since it won't not recline enough for me. I was able to get the wedge and two blocks of foam for seat cushions to take to karate out of the big piece. I wound up using about a yard of striped upholstery fabric from stash.

This weekend, I went to a guild quilt show about 45 miles away. $5 admission, and about $10 in gas money. That report to follow :)

Yards in: 0
Yards out: 1.0
Cumulative yards in: 5.4
Cumulative yards out: 14.8
Net gain/loss: 9.4 USED

Spending this week: $15
Spending this year: $46.25

Saturday, April 19, 2014

2014 Stash Report - Weeks 6 - 16

Yards in: 1.9
Yards out: 2.5
Cumulative yards in: 5.4
Cumulative yards out: 13.8
Net gain/loss: 8.4 USED

Spending these 10 weeks: $27
Spending this year: $31.25

This is going to take some reconstruction :)

First, fabric reckoning.
- I won a half-yard of fabric at the February guild meeting
- I bought a scrap bag at G Street while buying perle cotton; this- is about 1.4 yards

- I made a wallhanging for our guild challenge
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It was about half an inch too narrow for the challenge - 29.5" - by 37". With the applique, I'm estimating a total of 2 yards busted - all from stash.

- I finished a "backwards challenge" for my C-R-A-F-T group. The first two months we do a winter project, the second two, fall, etc. I adapted this from a project calling for wallpaper to use for the wreath - I used fabric instead, about 0.3 yards.

I made a mug rug for my daughter for Valentine's Day - a pieced heart appliqued on. I neglected to take a photo of the finished product. Estimated yardage about 0.2 yards.

Also a few scraps used to make her some letter shirts for her sorority - the Small Man is modeling one here.

As for the $$ reckoning:
- I spent $20 on sit-and-sew registration
- about $3 at G street on perle cotton and cotton scraps
- about $1.50 at Jo-Ann's on perle cotton
- about $1 at the thrift store on beads
- 76 cents at Bruce Variety, after using a gift certificate:

I'm just going to round this to $27 in case I forgot any small purchases.