Sunday, August 20, 2017

So much going on

We have entered "crazy time" at work.  Our fiscal year ends September 30th, so you'd think it would be smooth sailing for the next 6 weeks as everything is winding down.  Unfortunately, no.  I work for the Federal government and our budget process hasn't worked in years, so instead of having our money on October 1st so we can spread things out over the year, we get continuing resolutions.  They basically give us a percentage of our funds which keeps us going, but doesn't allow us to fully implement anything.  We got the last chunk of money in mid-June and have just recently received the okay to spend it, so we're now trying to fit 12 months of training sessions into about 6 weeks.  I'll be out of the office 3 of the next 6 weeks and I'm lucky as there are several folks who are out all 6.  All that to say that time to stitch is going to be at a premium until October 1st (when it's possible there will be a shutdown as Congress hasn't passed a budget or any spending bills yet).

I came home from my Philadelphia trip to a broken air conditioner.  We did get a repairman out on Friday but he had to order parts and they won't be in until tomorrow.  The Hubs thinks that a bigger part may have been damaged but we won't know until they get the little one fixed.  If the big part is damaged it will probably be another week before they can get a replacement as the unit is on the old side.  Fortunately, we have a portable air conditioner that we're using to keep one room cool.  The rest of the house isn't horrible but it's not terribly comfortable either (Virginia in August is not known for its temperate weather - it's 92 right now outside and we've managed to keep the inside temperature at about 84).  My stitching is in one of the not air conditioned rooms so not a lot is getting done.  I've found a couple smaller pieces that I could stitch in hand, so may start them.

All is not lost on the stitching side of things and I do have a 
post.  Gifted Gorgeousness is hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.  It allows us to say "Thank you" to someone that has gifted us stitching goodness, to show things that we are stitching as gifts or anything we can shoehorn into the definition of "gift".  The one piece that I have stitched on this month is "A Glimpse of Santa" which is a gift for my niece.

I haven't much vacation time this year, but given how much is left on this piece, I am thinking about taking a few days off to just sit and stitch.

Hoping for a bit of relief from the heat, we went to Virginia Beach to visit our boat (it was nice, but not much relief) and saw this being towed:

It's hard to tell from the picture, but it's a restaurant.  As I mentioned, we were off Virginia Beach and these folks were coming from the Eastern Shore so at this point they had towed this 10 to 15 miles. Oh yeah, we saw a bunch of dolphins and pelicans too.

And for those of you in the US that have no media access there's a solar eclipse tomorrow.  My little corner of Virginia is not in the totality area but we are supposed to get to about 85%.  I did see the total eclipse that went up the east coast in 1970 and would love to see another one, but the area closest to us will be ridiculously packed, so we're staying home.  I have had no luck finding official eclipse glasses, so am going low tech to see it:

It's a pin hole projector/camera/viewer.  There a piece of white paper on the inside bottom of my fancy box (no affiliation with Trader Joe's, just a happy customer), a hole in the aluminum foil there on the left (if you look to the left of the wrinkle you can see it) and the viewing hole on the right.  If you'd like to make your own viewer, the directions are here.

I have not been doing much on the computer and am behind on blog reading and commenting - I may just have to say "from this day forward" as I don't know if I can go back a month and catch up on everything you all are doing.


Daffycat said...

When Dash was in the Marine Corps we lived near Newport News on the naval base there. We visited Virginia Beach a couple times but being young and broke at the time we didn't get out enough!

Your stitching looks fab and it sounds like you will deserve a holiday if you make it through these busy weeks!

Linda said...

Nice progress Susan. Love your viewer.


Robin in Virginia said...

Susan, you have made good progress on the stocking. Thanks for the link to create your own viewer. Enjoy your day!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. I do think you need to take a stitching holiday from work to make some good progress on the stocking.
Hope the eclipse went well. We had one here a few years back. I found it a bit underwhelming to be honest!

phann son said...

I really like your pie creation, Susan. I am sorry to hear about your husband's blood pressure; I hope they have gotten it stabilized and lower. Thinking of you!


Astrids dragon said...

I hope you've gotten your AC fixed by now, although it's been cool enough here in MD to have the windows open at night, ahhh!
The window looks great so far, I say take off and stitch away.

Leonore Winterer said...

Ah, the joys of being publically funded...we have similiar problems, since there was a software upgrades in finances and administration no one knows what money there is to spend. Mind you, this has been going on for a few years now! You'd think they'd have it figures out by now. I hope things calm down for you after those busy 6 weeks!

Suz said...

I know I'm late to the party. I feel you on the funding thing. I used to work for public, and now I'm private, but we still had a rather nasty fiscal new year finish. They determine the year's budget based on the first 6mos of spending, only they don't let us spend any of our budget until the 2nd 6mos. Such a nightmare. We ended fiscal year on June 30, and I'm just now getting my empty positions through the budget committees *argh*

We got 97% totality here in Winston, so that was nice :)

Your stitching looks great, and I hope everything has gotten better for you by now!