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We had rain come through last night and today was glorious in the 70s.   It was so hot and humid earlier in the week.  I know you southern peeps are used to that stuff, but I cannot hack it.  It makes me cranky and I don’t need any help with that LOL!

Work has gotten on somewhat more even footing.  Basically what is happening is that I (along with a few other MTs) am being ‘loaned’ out to another company for an unspecified amount of time.  One of the many problems with this was, and is, communication.  There was a lot of missing information and no one seemed to be able to get this information, which I don’t understand at all.  I just wanted to work.  The good news is that I came off of QA evaluation, which is where they hold all the reports while they make sure you are doing what you are supposed to be doing and following the account specifications.  The problem at first was that no one gave us account specs and this other company does almost the exact opposite on reports  (double spacing after periods, Oxford comma, editing sentences for clarity,etc.) than I do currently.  I am used to strict verbatim typing, so this has been a challenge.  A week later after we got the specs, it has been better and now that I have worked a lot, I am having a better time.  My current boss actually had the nerve to tell those of us on the account that we were in jeopardy of losing it because we weren’t working enough.  Really?  Well, I had to have a say about that, which I did ‘reply all‘ on LOL!  I got thanked by fellow MTs since no one else was willing to step up to the plate. 

The only issue I am working on now is getting up my production speed.  It helps being off of QA, because I don’t get every report back and have to sign it off – which ate up a lot of time.  I am bummed right now, though, because in order to make what I was making before, I have to work 1.5 hours extra each day due to production.  I don’t know if this will get better or not.  Probably some, but it’s a bummer to have to work more to get the same pay.  Or I have to take a pay cut.   However, I do have to look at the fact that I have a job and I do get all those perks of working at home.  I’ll just deal with it now as best I can.  

With the heat we have been experiencing, I have been getting in my rides in the morning.  Normally those have always been rides alone, but last week John started joining me on those rides, which has been fun!  It’s nice to have company.  I am doing great on my 400 mile biking goal this month.  I only have 60 miles to go, which barring mechanical or body failure, I will get likely over the weekend.  Jinx, jinx!

I had an appointment with my PA about my fatigue yesterday and they did some blood work and ran some other diagnostic tests.  There probably won’t be anything in those results, but best to cover all bases.  You know what she tells me?  I need better sleep and less stress.   Well  - d’uh.  And I paid for that advice  :roll: 

All of this has created some eating issues for me.  Snacking, as per my MO.   You can’t outbike the fork.  However, my sense of humor has returned a good amount this week, which feels really good because I normally am fairly silly :)

Tomorrow is time for another What’s Blooming post already, which means it’s Friday!  And the Tour de France ends this weekend. I can’t believe how fast it has gone by!

My life in GIFs

Zooming by for a quick post. These kind of sum up how my life has been lately:


Then this makes it better:


Just the way it is going to be for a bit.

I do have a new flower to show.  Not waiting for blooming Friday for this so you all don’t miss it. This is an heirloom lily and it just started opening up. It’s like a little turk’s cap.


I will be taking a ton of pictures of this with better lighting this week!  


Douple dip ride

We have been having the best biking weather this summer, which makes up for the poopy spring.  It’s funny, though, we don’t get projects around the house done since we save those for rainy weekends and we haven’t had a rainy weekend in a couple months! :D 

Saturday we went garage saling via bicycle, which is good to keep you from buying whatever.  I have specific things I am looking for, one of which is a trunk. I want to use a trunk as a coffee table, but I have to find the perfect one.  I have been seeing a lot of them, and it was no exception on this day.


This one is a little big, though.  Too tall, but the look is right.  The search will continue.  John is really hoping that I don’t find one until after we move :D

We rode about 15 miles and came home to eat some lunch before taking another ride.  We decided to head up to the lake.  The side of the path is covered with little wildflowers.  Wouldn’t you love a purple and yellow lawn?  I think that would be cool.






I was feeling a little fatigued, which has been the status quo as of late.  I was concerned about hills today, but I ended up okay.



We reached the peak point and could see all these cars backed up forever.



This is near the outlet mall, which always gets a lot of traffic.  Traffic is not well managed in this particular area.  Good thing we were sailing over it!

It was pretty much a perfect biking day. In the upper 70s and little to no wind. 



We just walked around a bit at the lake. Not long.  It wasn’t actually super crowded at the lake, but that could be because it was opening weekend for the Saratoga race track.

Unlicensed Walter White sighting:



Lots of tacky/touristy stuff in Lake George.

We decided to take our ride snack back in Glens Falls at Spot!  So, it was time to start the climb.  Once you get into the Adirondacks, the path is cool and beautiful.




We stopped by the marsh so I could take pictures of water lilies.


This was around 42 miles for the day when we stopped for the snack (15 of which came before lunch).



Yummers!   Love those ride treats!   It was a quick ride home from there.  When we aren’t on the path, this is a lot of what we ride on.







Total miles:  48.3 miles

Average speed:  12.5 mph

Top speed:  29 mph

Calories burned:  1463.  

This was a nice way to get in this many miles with a morning ride and an after lunch ride.  That way I wasn’t dragging at the end.  Then we had to get cleaned up and head out to the movies!



Quality time with my sis:



I have a big head LOL!  Planet of the Apes was an intense movie.  Really intense.   Very violent, too.  I think I liked it.  I was exhausted when it was finished.  I have seen 2 movies in the theater  in 2014, which is double the quota I went to in 2013.  I’m on a roll!  :D

What’s Blooming!

What’s blooming? Lots of coneflowers!  :D   I took time last night and got in the garden. With the craziness of work, some things slipped down the list of being able to do and getting out in the garden was one of them, unfortunately.  Last night I needed a good meditational period of weeding.  Join me for a seat?


I finally found the name of this flower – Armeria.  It’s an annual, but reseeds like crazy.  Every year for the last 3 years I have been getting these popping up wherever.



I bought 3 delphiniums and turns out one is a different color. 



Here is where I weeded out about a lawn’s worth of seedlings from my birdseed:




The liatris is in full bloom and there were bees on it. Bees!  Definitely much less than in other years, but I was happy to see any bees.



The milkshake coneflower.  I do love this one.



More tiki torch have opened up.



The little yellow bits in the background are sundrops.  They were very short this year for whatever reason.

Shortly will come my oriental lilies that I love so much.







The old fashioned daylilies are just about done.



The traveling blue water can gets set in different places in the garden :D

The garden still feels so fresh since we have had a lot of rain.  Please ignore the birdbath of shame. It needs a good scrubbing.



I spent over an hour in the garden last night and it felt great to get it ship shape and try to forget about work.



The weather looks amazing for this weekend. There will be biking and going to the movies!  We are going to see the new Planet of the Apes movie :D

Take a bite

It’s that time of year again!  Downtown Glens Falls does 4 Wednesdays of an outdoor event called Take A Bite.  


Downtown restaurants offer small portions of menu items for $5 or less so you can sample what is available.  We missed last week, but I wanted to get out and have some fun, so we biked down there this evening.

Sample menus:


John tried the eggplant slider:



Plus he got the cheesecake:



That was only $3 for that slice!

I decided on something called Bang Bang shrimp with rainbow kale saw with pomegranate vinaigrette.


This was really good!  I would definitely get this dish from the menu. It actually came from a bar. Sometimes bar food can be really good :D



For dessert, I decided to have a chocolate bread pudding with bourbon cream sauce:



This sauce was liquored up LOL!  Tasty, though.  I love the small portions so you don’t get stuffed.

There is also entertainment all over from singers to saxophone duets to even a classical quintet!


Four strings and one clarinet, so I don’t exactly know what kind of quintet that is LOL!  They were good, though.

There are a couple of these left this summer and we just have to see if weather and schedules allow getting out again.

The eats today.

What a day, again. Is it only Tuesday? LOL!  I was up early this morning and wanted to get a bike ride in since rain was supposed to be coming.  It was pretty cloudy and oh so humid out.  Here is my 6:30 a.m. face:


Kinda tired LOL. I did a quick 6.5 miles before breakfast with the hopes of getting back out after breakfast.  Then it was time to eat! Protein waffles.

protein waffles

I am on a totally blueberry binge lately.  

I worked for a while and had to wait for some spitting rain to stop before I went back out riding.  I always have to remember how lucky I am to be able to flex my work to ride.  The sun peeked out for a bit.

I saw some bee balm today:


I would like to find space for this at our new house.

Nice 15 mile ride done.


Only 198 miles to go for the month!  Woo Hoo!  I had my mid morning snack when I got back in, dripping buckets of sweat from humidity.



Let’s do more food pictures today, okay? I’m on a roll!  This was lunch – greek yogurt with some cereal and a side of blueberries to go with my binge :D



Sorry to do this again and whining about work, but I have to say it was a horribly frustrating day at work. I thought things were getting better, but not so.  This new account is so convoluted. There is another transcription company that has hired *my* transcription company to do overflow work for them. (I would think somebody has to lose money in this chain somewhere). When I was put on the account, I have sort of been bounced around with who to talk to and how to do stuff.  I think I found a match for the most unorganized company, which I thought mine had the lock on. Apparently not.  So, there is a lot of wasting of my time running into a brick wall, and the one thing that will piss off a transcriptionist is interfering with production.  I have about had it. I am now actively looking for new employment. I like my company, but if I don’t do this new account then there will not be enough work for me, but this new account is not worth the money.  I think you are all as tired about me griping about this as I am dealing with it.  Maybe I will have to start flipping furniture LOL!

Okay, that’s done!  Time for a latte!



I put the AC on so I could have a hot latte today.  Figure that one out ;)

I am eating lots of broccoli again. I made that goal this month to eat more veggies and I have been better at least about getting in the broccoli!



I need some chocolate or something tonight while I work on my resume. 

Scenes from a weekend

Was that a weekend that just blew by? I think I missed it!  It was a lot of little things all mooshed in there.  We had a party to go to, so after I did some work Saturday morning, we headed out for a ride.  Just loops around to get in a quick 24 miles with a stop downtown.  This is the new-ish bike shop in downtown Glens Falls:




I wish I could afford stuff there, but it’s a squidge out of my budget. Or many squidges out :D

We headed to down my sister and BIL’s house for a BBQ. Dave celebrated his 50th birthday and we had a gathering.

I tried my hand at a hammock:



Sorry I blinded all of you with my pale legs :D

We had a nice spread of food:



Raspberry rhubarb pie for the birthday boy!


Then we played ladder ball and some badminton.  I was pretty beat later LOL!

You never know what you will see at their house. We found some wild turkey eggs!


Not sure if that is an abandoned nest or not, so we will have to wait and see.

Sunday rain was forecast for later in the day, so we wanted to put in some miles on our breakfast ride.  We had our breakfast at Coffee Planet.



Then we did a quick creep around at Radiance Manor.  I have to say I am a little overwhelmed about the work the front landscaping needs.  Someone is taking care of the lawn, but the shrubbery is so overgrown that it is going to take forever to get it under control.


The back yard is lush and green. It will be nice to actually have a back yard, since we don’t have one now.



Come on house closing!

Little more riding:



This was a panic moment when I actually thought I lost my phone LOL! I had moved it from the back pocket on my jersey to my bag after we had stopped at the house and I thought we were going to have to backtrack over 5 miles to find it :D



We ended up with a 30 mile ride done before noon, which was wonderful! Only 208 miles to go to meet my 400 mile goal. Right on schedule for now.



I also worked on Sunday. This new account is taking a long time to learn and it puts me behind, so I need to make up that time.  Good thing I had a 3 day weekend last week because I am going to end up with a 12 straight days of having to log in to work.  It will get better, though. Just have to tough it out for a bit.

What’s Blooming!

Glad it is Friday. It’s been a bumpy week.



My delphiniums are blooming better.



We had huge windy storms roll through the other day and this stem was broken off, so it actually is in a vase inside right now.  I am definitely getting some of these for Radiance Manor.

The tippy pots:


It’s interesting how these wave petunias want to reach upwards instead of drape down.

My liatris is just starting to open up.  I love these plants. They seem to love this spot, too. I think I have had these for at least 5 years now.



Coneflowers are a poppin’ now as well!  The hot papaya is still stunted with no buds on it, but the razzmatazz is going strong:


My newest one I planted last year.  This is Tiki Torch:




Classic White Swan:

white swan

The Milkshake:


Some of the asiatic lilies are open now.  This is a hardy Orienpet – Anastasia:


These smell absolutely heavenly!



The Astilbe Glow just keeps getting prettier and prettier, too.



I am probably going to go astilbe crazy at the new house, too!  That’s about it for now in the garden.

I was asked if Pixie is enjoying the new settee.



That would be a yes :D

It’s a busy weekend around here.  I have a lot of work to do (ugh), my BIL is having a 50th birthday party, and have to fit some riding in there!  See you on the flip side of the weekend!

The finished settee!

Those of you on FB saw my finished settee, but thought I would share the details of the project.

Just a refresher, here was the piece when I bought it for $18.



After I stripped off the 3 layers of upholstery, I had the original piece.



Then I spent a good amount of time stripping and repairing the wood as best as I could. There were so many tack and nail holes, as well as splits in the wood that it was never going to look new.  I can’t understand why someone would cover up the wood in the first place.  Kind of like people who put carpet over perfectly good hardwood floors.  And if any of you have done that, please don’t tell me.  :wink:

The seat was stuffed with hay!  Icky.



Upholstery books say to keep the stuffing of furniture if you can, but there was no way I was keeping this.

All the old springs.  Instead of being attached to the webbing, they are actually attached with metal – which meant I could keep them and just retie them into place.



After stripping and patching what I could, I realized that it wasn’t going to look good just stained, so I opted to paint it. I used 2 cans of rustoleum black glossy enamel spray paint, which allowed all the wood detail to come out.

It still has dings and scratches in it, but it’s an old piece – so we will give it a break.


Then I had to tie down the springs. The idea is to make the springs even in the shape of the seat.  I read a few books and websites about tying down the springs.  Of course, since my springs were attached to a metal frame, it was different than the books showed, so I had to wing it a little bit.


This was about 3/4 of the way through tying. I did more because I was paranoid LOL!

Then time for the good stuff.  A layer of muslin over the springs as a cover.  Then I used the old seat to cut a form for the padding:


I was so glad to throw out that nasty old seat once I traced it. Nas-tay.


Then I put a layer of batting on top and held it all in place with another layer of muslin.


Now I could work on it inside since it was clean and the messy stuff was done.  I ended up using upholstery tacks to attach everything but the dust cover on the bottom. The wood was very hard and it was too hard to get staples to go through the cloth and the wood.

Then I did the pretty fabric.  No pictures of this because I was busy with both hands. I took a long time putting the fabric on because I would put in a few tacks, ponder the piece, put in a few more, make sure I was going straight, etc. The hardest part was going around the front corners and keeping the fabric tight.

And done!



I adore this fabric so much!  I bought it online at Brick House Fabric.  They have really unique fabrics there.

I was thinking I would get some trim to cover the tack line, but I kind of like it. The original piece had the tacks showing and maybe I will just leave it.  It will get left until I get another coupon from JoAnn Fabrics and see if I want to buy any trim.  Always on the hunt for a bargain.  The total cost of the piece was $72 and change, which includes the $18 that the settee cost in the first place.  The most expensive thing was the fabric at $24 a yard (plus $5 shipping).  I got almost everything else half price at JoAnn’s with sales and coupons – so that made me happy!

The piece isn’t perfect, but it is pretty comfy, I have to say. I think for my first upholstery project, this was a pretty good one to do and probably better that I didn’t have as much actual fabric coverage to do as I first was expecting when I got the piece.

Next upholstery project? WP_20140622_011

Although not for a while LOL!

Topsy Turvy

Today was just one of those days, you know? We had some serious storms blow through last night and there was debris everywhere on our ride to breakfast.

Here was one large branch on the path that we moved out of the way.


Nothing will stop us from bagels! :D



It was funny, just yesterday I was saying to John how I was starting to feel more relaxed because work had calmed down, I was going to be stopping tutoring andwith that stress and feeling sort of more relaxed about the endless house closing.

As soon as we pulled in to the driveway, my phone rang and it was work.  The first of 16 phone calls between me and work today… Not good when the call starts with “Do you want the good news or bad news first?”.  Always take the bad first, right? Well, my main account has been threatening to leave for a long time and today they pulled the plug.  That is probably 80% of my paycheck right there. I am not surprised, but still this was not news I wanted.  The good news was that they had a new account they wanted me to start on right away.  However, due to their poor planning and dinking around – it was utterly urgent that I start the account pretty much immediately.  That meant new software, which had to be installed on my computer.  At first one of the tech guys was going to come to my place, then they wanted *me* to drive up there and pick up the disk.  Really?  Your emergency is not my problem.  Anyway, I agreed to meet them half way – about 20 minutes or so from home – to pick up a thumb drive with software on it.  It was like doing a drug deal. Then I had to wait all day while the tech guys virtually installed the stuff on my computer.  So, not only did I lose my main account, but then I couldn’t work on any of my backups because my computer was busy.  I was not really a happy camper about that because I hate losing money and knowing I have to make this up over the weekend.  That’s the bummer about being paid by production and not salary. 

Anyway, the new software is *finally* installed and I got ‘training’ on the new account, which was basically “They are really picky and do things weird, so good luck.”  No account specifications, no samples, just thrown to the wolves.  I wasn’t even put on QA review for the account because they were so desperate to have me working on it right away.  

So, I hope this works out, but it doesn’t sound like a great situation. It is really an overflow account that apparently is terribly behind right now to the tune of 3 weeks (should be a 24 hour turnaround).  I don’t know what will happen when it gets caught up, but I guess I will just have to wait and see.  My company told me that I was their priorityall  of the MTs to find work for.  Finally some acknowledgement of appreciation for how much work I do for them on weekends and such.  

I am trying not to stress too much about it.  I will take a money hit for a while until I get up to speed on the account. Again – a downfall to production work. Hopefully it won’t take too long. And I will be polishing up my resume in the meantime.

Never a dull moment around here, I tell you.