Well, I finished the DMC stitching on Deepest Love. I'm on my lunch break at work at the moment, but over the weekend I'll take a picture of her and update my blog pictures. I also finished Stars of Merlin from Simply Old-Fashioned quite a while ago and realized I never took a picture of him. The last picture of him was taken after I had ordered more Black Crow as I had run out, and he had an arm missing. I tell ya, I can't wait to go to Hershey and buy some more of her designs. I really like them and they are fun to stitch.
I think my next finish may be something I didn't expect -- Lady of the Flag. I started working on her again last night after a long hiatus. I figured that since I'm in May Maidens month, I should spend at least a few days actually stitching on one of the ladies in my pile o'stuff. The bag in which I keep the Deepest Love materials also has other materials, including Lady of the Flag, so I figured I'd work on her. After I got going I realized something -- I want to finish her in time for the 5th year remembrance of September 11th. I have a lot left on her, as you can see, but I think I can finish her by then -- not frame her, but finish her. I have a little over three months. I just have to remember that the beading always takes a bit longer than I think it will, and that I need to order the beads and Kreiniks soon so that I'm not waiting for them after I'm done with the DMC stitching, like I'm doing for Deepest Love.
Work is going well, although I'm in a bit of a lull at the moment. Our fiscal year ends June 30, so many of my programs have run out of budget. So, I'm helping the other ones with what they need and updating our media database and files. That has pretty much become my pet project and I'm glad to do it, as they haven't been updated for a few years due to the two Communications Mangers being very overwhelmed with work -- that's why they hired me as a third one :)
I'm going with my flute-playing friend Karri to see "Titanic: The Musical" at Media Theater on Sunday. You know, when this first came out I thought it would be soooo lame. I just couldn't imagine this story on the stage. However, the reviews for the show over the past few years have been great and Karri has played the show herself and said the music was phenomenal. So, I'm looking forward to doing that on Sunday.
This weekend will be car exchange weekend for Tim. His car finally died in the parking lot on Sunday. Of course, as we were pushing it into a space the apartment manager had to get right in there and make sure we knew we couldn't keep it in the parking lot very long if it wasn't running. She also thought it was funny that it overheated because "it's not even that hot out." Look buddy -- the reason the darn thing overheated had NOTHING to do with the outside temperature, but the inside temperature! The engine has been having problems for months. Tim would take it to the garage, they'd fix something, then a few weeks later the "Check Engine Light" would come back on. So, after this happened a few times he decided he'd not put any more money into it and drive it until he can't drive it anymore. Well, that time came Sunday. He's buying an old Escort from a friend of his for $500 to get him from home to work and back until he can get something better.
As for my car, I plan on getting some engine work done this month, as June is one of those months were I get three paychecks because of the way the paydays fall. If the price is much higher than I think it will be, I may use the money instead for a down payment on another car. However, I'd much rather use it to fix my current car and not have car payments for a while, saving up would-be car payments for the next down payment.
I'm almost done reading "The Passing of the Armies" by Chamberlain. I have to be careful, or people on the train will think I'm mental. Today on the way in to work, I was reading about the surrender of Lee's army all that went on, Chamberlain's account of how they all acted toward each other, and of his own personal feelings. I got teary just reading it, which is allowed at home but on the train people look at you weird. If they don't know what I'm reading, I'm sure they assume it's some trashy romance novel and I just was happy that the hero and heroine were finally united in love at the end, after going through strive that would make "The Odyssey" look like an amusement park. I've found that a lot of people don't think of women as reading historical books because they choose to. I've been asked what college/university I'm attending when people see me reading historical books or classics, and they always seem shocked when I say I've been out of college for 13 years. :)