Monday, October 17, 2011

Moving on Up!

I have never tried to post to my blog using my phone so I hope this works OK. 
When I started training last week I thought I would get all the testing completed on the first day.  I was then told that they wanted me to test to move up from a Decontamination Tech to a Junior Health Physics Tech.  It takes a little more training and a little more responsibility.  I was really nervous about it but it looks like I'll do just fine after all. My last bit of testing is tomorrow then I'll just wait to be called in to the plant. I am nervous and excited at the same time.
The reactor goes down on Saturday night. Then the grueling schedule begins working six 12-hour days for about three weeks. Three weeks doesn't sound like a long time but when we are working those hours it seems like a very l-o-n-g time!
Needless to say I haven't had time to even think about stitching and won't now until I get back home in mid November.
I already miss browsing through all your blogs.  Can't wait till I can visit you all again.
Please cross an X for me!
~~Peggy Lee

Saturday, October 8, 2011

We Had A BLAST!!

It's a beautiful day here in New Jersey.  Yikes, I can't believe I said that!  Please don't take offense if you are from this state but I only dislike N.J. because I miss my home so much while I'm here.  Oh and the cost of living is so much cheaper at home!

On Thursday I met with a few fellow stitcher friends and we had a great time together.  We first met at Starbucks where I tried to stitch with them but I only got a few x's  in.  Try as I might, I cannot stitch and talk at the same time.


Pictured here from left to right is Anna, Brett (I affectionately call her Bert, oh I hope she doesn't mind), me and Catherine.  We spent almost two hours there before heading over to The Strawberry Sampler for some much needed stash shopping.


Since I belong to the COTM club at Sassy's Fabby's I didn't need any linen.  I did however need an assortment of threads for a few charts I wanted to kit up.  I also wanted to come home with the 2012 Book Of Days.  I got their LAST ONE!  Whew!  Well here's a pic of what I needed purchased...


A girl can never have enough needles so I picked up a package of my favorite, John James gold petites.
I never go away from the shop without also grabbing a pair of scissors.  I've been drooling over these online for a while.


I always bring with me something for the girls at the shop to frame.  This time I had two pieces ready for framing.  Here is My Ways by La D Da....



I just love the little daisy-like pattern on this one!  When I laid eyes on it I knew it was the one.

Next up is the frame I chose for I Sew'd My Heart by Beth Twist at Heartstring Samplery.



I was so glad to have Catherine, Brett and Anna there to help me decide on the frames.  Thanks so much girls!

Lastly tonight I will leave you with my latest finish.  During this week I have tried to spend the majority of my time studying for the tests I will need to pass in order to work at Salem Nuclear.  The tests are good for a year so I am required to take them about every other outage.  It's very nerve-wracking for me because I only got in to this business a couple years ago while Masterchief doesn't need to study at all because he's been doing this forever.  He's such a smarty pants (tongue sticking out, fingers waving from my ears).  I managed to fit a few stitches in at night before going to bed.


It's Praise God by La D Da.  I think I will try to frame this one myself.  I will not be stitching anything else now until I go home again in mid November.

Well I need to get going and fix something for Masterchief's dinner.  I have had to get creative for our meals since living in a hotel.  We aren't staying in a room that has a kitchenette so it's microwave all the way!  Tonight it's ham slices lightly warmed with instant mashed taties and canned beets.

Thanks for visiting with me today.  Until I can pass my needle through linen again, please cross and X for me, won't you?

~~Peggy Lee

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hotel Living....

Good Tuesday morning friends!

We arrived in New Jersey Saturday afternoon.  We always make hotel arrangements way in advance but this time we didn't.  Over the past couple years we had our fill of where we always stayed.  The price kept going up but the service/cleanliness went down.  The housekeeping was deplorable!  So not too far from where that hotel was is a Super 8 that was built just last year so it hasn't really had time to get run down yet.  I guess as a rule Super 8's are a no frills chain (I've never stayed in one before so I don't really know).  This one doesn't have a fitness room and no microwaves in the rooms.  They do offer a refrigerator but it's one of those tiny cube-shaped ones.  They were kind enough to let us use two of them and we went to Sam's to get a microwave.  There's not one single drawer in this room!  There are cubby holes instead.

Here is a picture I took of our home until mid-November:



I had to use the spaces below the TV for our canned goods, etc...so the second bed really came in handy for our clothes.  We would be living out of suitcases and tote bags without it.  Besides that, Masterchief and I don't sleep well in a King sized bed.  It gives him too much room to pivot, leaving me clinging to the corner of the mattress.  He says he's trying to "find me".  Isn't that sweet?  Grrrrr.......
I think the best part of staying here instead of where we were the last couple years is that the staff here speaks English.  It is very frustrating to ask for something as simple as towels or a set of sheets and have to play charades to get them!

Masterchief started his training week yesterday.  I start next Monday so that leaves this week for me to study...study...study!  I will be glad when I don't have to do that anymore like he does.  Masterchief has been doing this for so long he can go in there and pass every test without studying at home first.

To keep my head from exploding, I study for a while and then check blogs, email, Pinterest etc...

I can't wait for Thursday when I will meet up with Catherine from Bramblewood Stitches.  We will be going to The Strawberry Sampler among other places.  I'll be sure to share the details on the next post!

So with all that said I better get back to it.  I've really enjoyed keeping current on reading all your blogs.  That will end next week when I start work.  I'm doing my best to get my "fix" while I can!

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your visits so much!

~~Peggy Lee