Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday's Monday Morning Staff Meeting

You didn't think you could get out of a staff meeting simply because of the holiday, did you? Heck no, we've got alot of ground to cover.

First and foremost is the food. I'm going to offer up a big cookie jar full of oatmeal raisin cookies.

Help yourself. In in effort to keep us all healthy I will NOT be serving the pie that lurks in my fridge. It's a store bought lemon meringue pie.

If it was homemade and luciously fresh and delicious it might be worth tempting the dangers of (per slice) 32 grams of sugar, 320 calories, 190 mg of sodium and 52 g of carbs. I kid you not!!! That's right off the packaging and that's crazy.

Don't look at me, I didn't buy it. We're having difficulty reigning in the Other Mother on her shopping sprees. Everyone in the house (except for our son) is a diabetic, including the Other Mother. She will not be deterred because as she claims, "You can eat everything, it just depends on the portions".

HUH?? A safe portion of that crazy pie would fit in a thimble. We don't want any of that in house period, and she certainly doesn't need to be eating that either. I agree that at 88 years old you should eat whatever you want, but we'd prefer not to have the thing staring at us everytime we open the fridge for a piece of string cheese.

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I dread to talk about the weather again, but it's downright cold here. June is breathing down our necks and I'm in a sweater and warm socks. I'm going to be sorry I mentioned this because sure enough we're going to skip a beautiful transition and go straight into hellfire heat and humidity.

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My sewing machine Beverly has agreed to share the sewing room and I've purchased additional machine.


Beverly is a 1950's Sewmor, cast iron machine. You could run over her with a truck and she would still continue to sew. The problem is that she only knows one stitch - straight as an arrow. I wanted another machine that has some decorative stitches and I've purchased an inexpensive Brother. My machine previous to Beverly was a Brother that I purchased for $99. I used that machine every day for over 8 years until it finally went kaput. I'd say I got my money's worth.

Now we come to the exciting part of the story, TRACKING THE SHIPMENT. This is crazy fun. I've become addicted to tracking shipments. Seriously, I jump on mapquest to see where my stupid package is sitting!

My new Brother started it's journey in Rockledge, Florida. That's right next to Cape Canaveral. A little while ago I checked and it had made it up the coast to Jacksonville. It will probably board a UPS plane this evening and land in nearby Rockford, where UPS has a hub. Maybe it will be delivered tomorrow, or the next day.

Following these packages is addicting. I might even be tempted to buy something just to watch it's journey.

Which brings me to another addictive delivery system - PDF downloads. Omigosh, this is dangerous.

For example, just a week or so ago I purchased Alicia's tote bag pattern. You transfer the money and POOF!!! you can download the PDF and start sewing a bag. No shipping charges, no waiting for the USPS to deliver.

I began trolling Etsy for patterns and discovered that alot of them are PDF downloads. Woo hoo, I'm in trouble now.

I promised myself that I'd wait until my current projects are off my worktable until I think about buying anymore patterns.

But at some point I must have this sock monkey pattern.


And yes, I'm crazy enough to crochet a sock monkey that small.

Now, everyone must share their story. Are you as crazy as me about tracking packages or downloading PDF patterns?

Have another oatmeal cookie and tell me I'm not alone.

UPDATE: The sewing machine was scanned out of the Jacksonville facility at 3:32 a.m. That probably means I won't be receiving it today. Perhaps tomorrow. OK, I know this is lame, but humor me. I take my excitement where I can.

UPDATE: My Brother sewing machine arrived in Chattanooga at 11:07 a.m. Chattanooga??? Is it going by truck? By Pony Express? Mapquest tells me that Jacksonville to Chattanooga is a 7 1/2 hour trip and doing the math tells me that it traveled by truck. Sheesh, I could have picked it up myself and visited some bloggers along the way! It's a 9 plus hour drive from Chattanooga to Chicago. Put the thing on a plane already.

UPDATE: The sewing machine is on the move again. It left Chattanooga at 7:57 p.m. Maybe tomorrow??


Heidi said...

*grabs cookie jar and holds it tightly to self* What do you mean share?? Like Sonny and Cher? OH, you mean give me the jar back so everyone can have one share.... forget it sister... :) I found another place for us to go when you get here!!! Your going to have to stay for a month ya know!! LOL

Susan said...

I know what you mean about the tracking of packages and downloading patterns. It is addictive. Will be interested in seeing a picture of your new machine. You sure your old standby is going to share room on the table?

chocolatechic said...

We went straight from sweaters and socks to .....pant..pant..pant...turn on the AC already!

COFFEE MAN said...

Hello , nice place ya got here "grabs cookies from the sassy milkmaid" behave you

Candle lady still has her sewing machine from middle schoool , so its 26 yrs old , and i bought her a "used" viking embroidery machine for our anniversary was $2,500.00.

and she has loved every minute of it . i have set her up quilting racks as well . so she has a nice area to play and loves every minute

Texas Gardener said...

I want to buy a little sock monkey when you learn how to make them. Very cute. The weather here in Fort Worth is hot! I am working in the concession stands at the Texas Rangers games this week. Hard work, fun work, earning money for the high school band!

Anonymous said...

I am laughing here, I just got a new sewing machine myself. It does over 50 different stitches. My dear Grandmother had an old paddle type Singer machine and made all her own clothes plus that off her children. It only did the one stitch too. Somehow she managed. I couldn't live unless I had a machine that did 50 stitches and my sister, well hers does computer cards, endless things that thing can do. We are so spoiled. Grabbing a cookie and wanting a piece of that pie.

Becky said...

I checked for the staff meeting yesterday.....wasn't sure if we got a holiday! :) There are a lot of free download patterns out there as well. If I hear a clanking noise I will know you found them and your printer is overheating!

JC said...

I love to track my orders. Trying to figure out which day it will be arriving to my porch.

Mogsie said...

I sooooo relate to the PDF pattern files addiction... I may need an intervention soon.

I've an old Singer, it was my graduation gift from myself WAY back in 1977 ~ it has only 14 stitches, and that was a HUGE amount then ~ 3 girls, and many miles later it continues to work beautifully.

Though Miss Singer now has to share her space with a serger ~ I was out one Saturday for coffee and stopped on a whim at a yard sale in the city ~ I now own something more complicated than my stick shift car...

New toys are so lovely, aren't they??

Vee said...

"My new Brother started it's journey in Rockledge, Florida."

I can not tell you how much that comment made me laugh. It's always worth the trip to the staff meeting even if only to say that, no, I am not addicted to tracking packages. Hopefully, though, there are many who are and will leave you feeling comforted that you are not alone.

That lemon pie sounds dangerous...

Mary said...

So what was the final disposition of the pie? I love your old sewing machine. Mine is a 45 years old Singer, but she's done me proud.

~ Sara ~ said...

Weather... I think weather is the best topic... after all it happens everyday. :) Here it's raining... Again... it's rained more than than it's been sunny this month. We go from 85 and 90% humidity... to 60's with low 40's. Let me tell ya... it's plum wearing me slick!

SOOO what brother are you getting!?!?! I LOVE sewing machines... and I'm not telling just how many there are in this house and in storage...

Mary said...

I love sewing machines too. My husband loves to point out that I have 5 if you count the 1941 Singer in the bent wood case that was his mothers. I guess it counts as I've finally gotten it open and am making a gathered dust ruffle with the gathering foot.With a little oil and tlc it is purring like a kitten. The cookies look good, but I forgot and had a big bowl of Trader Joes;s oatmeal before I came.

belladella said...

I totally track my packages like that. I get obsessed. I hope your Brother arrives soon. Sounds like it's on the slow boat ;)

Steph said...

I love tracking my packages, but I do not love downloading patterns. Mainly because I don't know how to sew. I did try to sew some John Deere curtains once, with supervision from my mom, um, just don't look at them too closely, lol. I can't even get past threading the sewing machine.

Anonymous said...

Shhhh, don't tell anyone but my Hubby tracks packages too. Gives him something to do anyway.... LOL

The Blue Ridge Gal

Jody Blue said...

It's my husband --kitchen aid coffee grinders and boys--kleets that do the tracking here, and yes they are as dedicated to the sport as you are!

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Suzanne; lol you crack me up; lol
This Staff meeting sure was a dozy, oh and the cookies were delish... mmmmmm......... but I sure wish you would not have shown that Pie, I am drooling all over my key board now...... hehe any way I do track my orders, but I don't get quite as into it as you dear friend... but it can be fun to see the route they take, some times they don't make any seance to me at all. oh well.

thanks for the fun post and meeting.. I so look forward to them more then ever now...


Heidi said...

*makes bunny ears behind Coffeeman* Thanks for the cookies SUE!!! cant wait to get you up here!!!

lifeinredshoes said...

Excuse me, I'll take that pie off your hands, I belong to the Pie Police and we are sworn to see that no slice goes uneaten.
Oh Sweet Beverly, give her pat on the top for me, you gotta love those Old Gals.
I just purchased a new machine myself, pure indulgence. It's a Kenmore and is computerized with 110 fancy stitches, gives me goosebumps just to say that!
I don't track my packages, I just sit by the front door like a kid waiting for Santa until it shows up.
And I completely agree about the pdf thing, I also bought Alicia's pattern, what a sweetheart.
That tiny sock monkey is so stinkin dang cute, but I'd just have to buy mine pre-made!
Can't wait to see the bag you make!

Suzanne said...

Heidi - You can take more than one. I have plenty. It's a bottomless cookie jar.... the latest thing.

Susan - I'm so glad that I'm not alone. I'm going to be posting pics of the box opening ceremony and set-up. For the time being the machines are going to occupy spaces on opposite sides of the room, just in case they don't get along.

Chocolatechic - We're back in the deep freeze. I'm trying to put the winter coats away but Mother Nature is not cooperating.

Coffeeman - Woo Hoo....THERE you are. You are DA MAN.....I'm telling you the Farmer can feel free to buy me a used Viking. I would have loved one of those embroidery machines but the finances don't support such a move at this point in time. Sigh.

Texas Gardener - I've got the pattern and I'm going to start one soon. I guess I didn't realize how tiny that thing is.

Anon - We also have one of those old black Singer's. It's in the Other Mother's sitting room. I've never actually sewed on it but they are quite reliable...... just no bells and whistles.

Becky - My printer is simply going to blow up one of these days.

JC - I think TODAY is the day. Hopefullly.

Mogsie - A serger at a yard sale? Omigosh, I wish I could find one at a yard sale.

Vee - Trust me, I am not alone. I don't know what it says about the status of my life when I find tracking packages to be the most exciting part of my day. SIgh. I guess it means that my life is without drama. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

Mary - The final disposition of the pie? I'm going to put it out there for anyone who's interested. Eat at your own risk.

Sara - It's cold and damp here AGAIN. I've ordered the Brother CS600i which is the newer version of a machine my sister owns. She's very happy with her machine. It's not an expensive model but will serve the purpose for my uses.

Mary - Five machines? You've got me beat. I am always looking to acquire more though.

Bella Della - it's certainly on a slow truck, that's for sure. I guess it wasn't important enough to get on the UPS plane.

Steph - Don't worry. I can do the sewing for both of us. John Deere curtains? I bet you did a good job.

Di- It's fun to watch their progress.

Jody Blue - It seems the guys are into this tracking thing. Maybe I'll get the Farmer involved. HA.

Alaura - Trust me, the pie is no good. Really, it's terrible. All those carbs and sugar make for a bad, bad pie. Really.

Heidi - Quit harassing Coffeeman. Finally we get a man to join the party and you're going to scare him away?? Sheesh.

Red Shoes - 110 stitches? I think I now have stitch envy. Isn't it wonderful that simple things like a machine with 110 stitches can give us so much happiness? I've stitched up Alicia's bag... I just need to take some photos of it. You can post them to her Flickr group. The sock monkey is very, very tiny. Very tiny. I haven't started it yet because I don't have the supplies. Soon, very soon my worktable will be covered with monkey body parts. HA.

Thanks everybody, for participating in this crazy blogging experience.

TheCrankyProfessor said...

Your machine passed through Chattanooga??

I passed through Chattanooga on my way back to Upstate NY....