October 11th, 2011

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We're Back!

It's slow, but we have internet again. :whew: It came back sometime yesterday - but I was too tired to do anything. (Work, don'cha know). I have to go *back* in today, because....Cynthia's mom passed away early Sunday, and, needless to say, she won't be in this week. (Much to the chagrin of Ms. boss. :sigh:)

I have done NOTHING on the quilt - we spent Saturday running around, and then Sunday we went to Fry's, where my darling husband bought me a new printer. (I had.....ummm....kinda killed the Epson. Inadvertently. I had been buying generic ink, and it was working, but I was still spending more than I wanted - it was a photo-printer, and ATE ink. Last week, I went thru an entire set in 4 days. :sigh: Anyway, I had purchased some refillable cartridges and ink for it....I put them in, and could get 2 pages before the whole thing locked up. Repeatedly. :sigh:)

*I* wanted a laser printer - I know the toner is pricey, but the cartridges last a long time, and I could buy 1 or 2 a month and work up a stash. I *needed* a printer that would duplex (print 2-sided), and needed color. I also wanted a scanner, and NEEDED a copier. SG wanted wireless, so he could print off his iPad. Fry's has a huge selection, and good prices, so we headed there.....and ended up - after a good hour of negotiations - with a HP Officejet 6500A Plus. NOT laser - but it has everything else *I* wanted, it's wireless, and the ink is HALF the price of the Epson.

And it was UNDER $150. It's an all-in-one machine, so it prints, copies, scans, and faxes. It duplexes, and the print is crisp and clear, AND the ink doesn't run like the Epson's does.

The only drawback - it's SLOW. Takes a good minute to process the job (probably because it's wireless) and duplex printing takes FOREVER. But - it works. I can live with slow-ish printing, since 2-sided saves paper.

Gotta run and milk, then I gotta head back in to the office. Mom is coming over to kid-watch (I just can't leave them 2 days in a row; Herself can't handle that. :sigh:)

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OK....so....work happened. I got there a little "late" - at 8:15 instead of 8 (I usually get there at 7 on my Mondays, and it takes EVERY bit of that extra hour to get the stupid stuff done), but no biggie- I had all the checks done before Ms. boss got there. I had also tracked down half of the $$ I was off on the Invoices (they hired 2 new guys, but neglected to TELL ME, so....yeah. I kinda need to know there's new people, especially if those new people want to be PAID. :snerk:)

Anyway.....Ms. boss signed the checks, then told me to cut myself a check, too. :blink: Granted, it wasn't a lot of money, but I was extremely grateful AND surprised.

Half of it's already been spent on prezzies for the kids. :grin: The other half? I'm thinking I need another lap quilt project. :nods: For later - MUCH later. :lol:

It was a good mail day, too - back in June I had donated some funds to savethecheerleader.com (go read it - seriously. My state is ALL kinds of screwed up!), because if you made a minimum donation, you got a "free" sci-fi sketch by J. Ho - a really talented artist. I, being a major Star Wars fan, donated, then requested an Obi-Wan from the Clone Wars series. Got him today.......wow. It's impressive. (Go here and scroll down to see my lovely sketch. I gotta get a matte and frame for it now!)

I also got a quilt pattern for Feasts. At first, I wanted to get a specific one for each Feast, but.....the only Passover one I could find (from the same site) is...well.....stupid; I can't find one for RH or YK or Sukkot....so I figure this one is a good choice. I got some quilt templates, too - Celtic knots, naturally. :grin:

And, we got our copy of "Beowulf". We're still waiting on the Odyssey, but that's OK. We're not done with the Illiad yet, so it's all good.

Knit-wise, I've been busy. Saturday, SG bought me some Alpaca/silk fingering weight yarns (he was feeling a little guilty about his latest beer kit.....:lol:), and I CO a pair of celtic-knot patterned fingerless gloves. (On Ravelry, look for "Black Forest Gloves" - or "Braided Fingerless Gloves" - the file is named one thing, but the pattern prints out the other. Weirdness.) He also bought me a "sock kit" (ie. Big honking skein of yarn with coordinated heel and toe reinforcement). Unfortunately, he spent as much on yarn as he did on beer-making stuffs - that was NOT supposed to happen! (Seriously - I had NO intention of spending that much money on something I can make myself. Ah, well...)

I think that's all....I'm gonna try to get back to the Quilt tomorrow after school. I need time to lay everything out so I can do the smaller blocks - until I get the blocks finished I don't want to take photos, 'cause it's Boring. :grin:

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