Sunday, June 29, 2008

Crisis Averted!

Woot. CPE is done. I get to be a CPA for two more years. Yippee. (I finished ~7 hours ago but I've been at home knitting since then and only now took a break to look something up on the internet.)

Knit on!

Sunday, June 22, 2008


T-minus uh, 7 days, for the completion of ~32 hours of continuing professional education to renew my CPA license. WHY THE HELL DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF. Third renewal in a row I've had to cram. Thank goodness I only renew once every two years.


Friday, June 13, 2008

Birthday Fun

So last Friday, the inevitable happened and I turned yet another year older. Sigh. I really do hate that I'm not 21 anymore dammit!

Anyways, for not really looking forward to turning a year older (does anyone really look forward to turning to 36?), I have to say what a freaking AWESOME birthday I managed to have this year. I'm not quite sure what I expected to go on on my birthday, but apparently I either had really low expectations or it was just that awesome. I'll try to go with it was just that awesome.

So I got a little early treat from my hubby, he went to Costco on Tuesday and picked up a gorgeous bouquet of mixed color roses that smelled divine (yeah, I'm smart. I didn't manage to take any pics of them when they first made it home. They're actually not dead yet 11 days later but they aren't nearly as fresh and lovely as they were when they first came home).

On my actual birthday, I got in to work and was greeted with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from one of my employees. They smelled so great, I could smell them as I would walk back to my desk.

I was surprised a little later on when my desk was swarmed by the entire Finance team (minus my co-birthday boss who was away on a business trip)

who came with a lovely cake from Goldilocks that was sort of a sampler of 4 different cakes (mango, strawberry, rocky road and chocolate).

Yes, I did try all of the flavors. It was my birthday, how could I not!

So that was a fun way to start out my day. I got to have lunch with my hubby at Hobee's, which was delish as always. I managed to get out at a reasonable hour (ok, it was because I made a nail appointment at 5pm but hey, I had to go before I left for Denver!) and my day ended with dinner at Claim Jumpers (omg so full) and packing for my trip.

The fun continued when at ass o'clock the next morning (dudes, the hell was I thinking taking the 6:40AM flight to Denver) I got up and made my way to the San Jose airport. I'll talk more about my Denver trip in my next post. There is much to tell! In summary, it was muy awesome and I'm so glad I visited. (Wait until you see the pics of DebbieO's stash. You're going to plotz.)

Monday morning, my boss returned (she and I have the same birthday) and left me... a cake!

And I was greeted with a dozen long stem pink roses that were arranged my employee Arthur. How beautiful are these?

(On Friday, they are still in beautiful shape and I haven't even changed the water once! Only one of the roses started to sag in the 5 days, pretty awesome job he did.)

The rest of our Finance team got together and got my boss two cakes for her birthday, so since I already had my embarrassment on Friday, it was her turn on Monday!

There was soooo much cake!

On Thursday at Bobaknit, Abigail surprised me with an awesome arrangement of gifts. I got a Peet's gift card (omg I looooove Peet's! yay for Peet's!) and a cat mug (that I wanted, I'm so excited I have this!) and a Della Q sack that I can use for socks!

Besides all the goodies and cakes and flowers, there were also lots of birthday greetings given. So all in all, an awesome birthday was had. I know it's definitely been a few years since I can remember having this excellent a birthday, and I have to say thanks for the cheer that was spread. I love love love birthdays and celebrating them so it is a real treat for me to be the recipient of a really great one.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Happy Raviversary to me!

Woot. Today is one year since I got my invite into the awesomeness that is Ravelry. Yeah, I might spend a little too much time there instead of knitting or whatever thing I am trying to avoid *koff*, but it's still an amazing place, I'm glad I hopped on the bandwagon when I did.

This pic was left as a comment on my myspace page by the OCK's hubby. I think he's jealous of how much attention we give to Ravelry and all that is Ravelry, what do you think?

Monday, June 02, 2008

Back to no photo postings

I swear to you, I keep telling myself that it will get better at work. That just after this next crunch it will be more in control.

Eventually, someday, this may come true. But today is not that day.

Great googly moogly. So Saturday, I was SUPPOSED to be the designated driver for some of my lovely lush Bobaknit friends. Did I get to do this? Nooooooo I did not. Why? Did you guess that I was at work for 9 hours? If you did, you'd be right. Bleargh. At least I wasn't alone this time, the entire finance team (well, excluding the 3 guys that make up our financial planning & analysis team) was there pulling together the first selection of documents our auditors requested. So it wasn't as lonely as my solitary hours I put in a few weeks ago.

And now the auditors are actually IN our office. So I get to mostly be the lead on the audit since my boss is bogged down with another project, which could, of course, lead to a pretty sizable amount of work later on this month. Besides it being quarter end. A messy, nasty, quarter end. Oh, plus it's time for the month end close. Which I have to crank out in 5 days AND provide results to auditor requests for information. While I'm closing. Yes, it is awesome to be me. You know you want to be me!

Plus I'm having trouble with one of my staff. Again. Argh.

Plus I'm about to turn another year older. I mean, it's not so bad. Not yet anyways. But bleh. I got my new driver's license today in the mail. Compared to my old photo which was taken when I changed my name a few days after I got back from my honeymoon. I look older. And definitely fatter. Although, to be fair to myself, I was unhealthy when the last photo was taken. But damn I weighed a hell of a lot less.

Sorry, apparently today is whiny day.

I will stop whining now and say that I have finished the repeats on the leg of my second Froot Loop sock. The spiraling pooling is continuing and I am still loving it. I am amused by the fact that if I lay down the second sock next to the first sock, there are points where it looks like the pooling goes right from one sock into the other one. I am to the point now where I am ready to start the heel flap. I realized when I was, oh, like 2/3 of the way down the foot, that I had done something to goof up the position of where the heel flap is on the leg, and now I know why. I think I have come to the conclusion that I goofed up the last bit of the leg where the set up is done for the heel flap by not doing half of the round in the regular pattern, I think I jumped the heel flap gun and started doing the heel flap with needle 1 instead of on needle, uh, 2 1/2? I think that is what I have done anyways. So now I am slightly stumped what to do, if I say screw it and do the sock the same (slightly wrong) way or actually do the pattern as written and have a slightly different sock on the foot. I think I am this close to just doing it the same (slightly wrong) way, just to have matching feet. It's not like it is the end of the world that it is slightly different than the pattern is written. And it sort of justifies my desire to knit this pattern again in the future. Although hopefully I will finish my second Hedera sock before I get all crazy and do another pair of Froot Loops. We will see though, I have been rather nuts lately. Working lots will do that to a girl.

I also need to get off my tookus and finish my mom's Brighton bag. I have all the materials, I just need to flipping sew the lining. And pronto, it's been a while since Mother's Day already. Ugh.

I might be turning another year older on Friday, but at least I get to have some fun in Denver this weekend. I swear. I will NOT let work prevent me from hopping on that plane to see Kristi. Well, not again anyways. Once is enough!

Ok, my whining is done. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.