I've had one of those days that were stressful, emotional, tiring and just plain yucky. It shouldn't have been that way; it should have been good as I had a book sale to go to this morning which always cheers me up. But somehow the day disappeared from me in a stressful flash. I like to take things slow. Not that I can't buzz around 20 yard sales with a spring in my step but I mean driving from one place to another, always a few minutes late. I went from the book sale, to home where a friend was picking up something (enjoyed the chat with her though) into the house to find a note from dh to meet him at a restaurant for lunch, to my office to pick up some forms, take a phone call from another dear friend who I could have talked to hours with, off to the restaurant, quickly eat a bad meal, off to pick up Keiran from school and home again. This kind of day just does my head in. I like dropping children off at school, driving home and picking them up again. I'm definitely a country girl at heart and I like my daily rhyme to be calm and without a lot of plans. Now this is totally different from thrifting and yard sailing. I can do that for hours before I get tired. I think the excitement from getting scores is better than caffeine and keeps me going.
After bringing Keiran home and enjoying a gluten free lemon poppy seed muffin that dh brought me this morning with an afternoon cup of coffee I decided to try to hook up a borrowed printer. Basically I have lately been in computer H-E-double-toothpicks. My printer has died in three ways. It is causing lines to go across the paper so you can't read the writing; an ink cartridge has leaked all over the inside of the printer and Keiran put a piece of charcoal in it. I print all the time for work so it has been an extremely stressful last two weeks for me. When we did the house swap, our computer didn't like being left off for 7 days straight and wouldn't start up again in defiance. So our house swap family luckily are computer whizzes and was able to turn it on again by opening it up and doing something techie. So in a very non-eco friendly way, our computer has been on since July with short restart breaks when it slows down and kind of just says it's not working any more. Today I accidentally turned it off which means I couldn't turn it on again. It was dead and I was stuck. I was nearly crying at this time from pure frustration. I stomped out of my office and decided to do some crafting therapy.
I picked up this bulletin board at St. Vinnies for a couple dollars a few weeks ago. It was covered in 70's ugly brown cloth. I'm in the middle of a lot of swap stress at the moment as I'm late on a couple. This swap board is going to solve all of my problems. Well at least swap problems, I have no idea on the PC issues. This was a very therapeutic project. I was able to work with fabric, use a staple gun and it was very quick to finish. Being in a banner mood I made a small Swaps banner at the top. It was hard to find the right colors to go with the fabric. I think I may outline the letters in dark brown when I get a chance so they can stand out better.
My computer is near the lamp on my desk which means I will look at the swap board often. I plan on making 2 calendars at a time since some swaps have due dates 2 months from when they start. Then I'll have address details for all my swap partners as well as bits and pieces for inspiration. I feel very good with my plans to be better swap organized. (the sign above the board used to hang in my great grandmother's book store. My parents framed it for me last Christmas as a gift)
And back on the pc stress, I am working on a website at the moment (someone is designing it for me but I am filling in the blanks and uploading content) and my computer won't let me see it half the time. This also means I can't work on it. It also won't let me see Amazon.com. If another blogger has a book linked to Amazon, it will not show up on my computer. The page will be blank with the address in the address bar. Isn't that so weird and so annoying? I'm lost on these machines so I've been an emotional wreck trying to run 2 businesses without a printer and a computer that is temperamental. Sigh.....
On the swap front, I received the most amazing swap ever (I tend to say that every time but I think you'll agree with me on this one) from Amy.
This amazing doll is actually my Initial swap that Moki organized. In fact when she arrived I was in the middle of my printer problems and she cheered me up and made me realize there were more important things than my printer. She sits on a shelf in my office keeping me company while I work and is waiting to be named. Amy thank you.
I have more swap items to update but I'm about 2 weeks behind in everything right now. Remember the old commercial "Calgon, take me away." I'm right there with her....