Annette's Acre

Stitching, knitting, reading, life…whatever catches my eye
September 5th, 2013

Thursday Thirteen: Surprise!

Yes, it’s a new post.

I know, surprising given it’s been four months since the last one.

But, as I was perusing the blogs, I follow, I found a Thursday Thirteen on Measi’s blog and it seemed like the perfect way to catch up and kick start the blog again.

Assuming there’s anyone left reading…. for anyone still here, thank you, and if not, that’s ok.

Onward and upward.. here we go:

Thursday Thirteen: The Last Four Months

1 – New job is going well.  It’s different, but I’m adapting.  Well, working on adapting.

2 – Have I mentioned how much I hate starting a new job?  Yeah, I still do.

3 – K graduated from ASU in May with a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Cell, Developmental and Genetics).  Next step: lab certification to work in Arizona (yeah, she got that a touch backwards, but we love her anyway)

4 – Two trips to Virginia to meet my team.  The very best part of my new job – the team, not the travel.

5 – Also one trip to Tennessee for an amazingly, awesome, low-key, relaxing weekend.  Fabric and other stash was acquired.

6 – Enablement opportunities abounded.  I use my powers for good hexes. 🙂

7 – My mother-in-law is visiting (she came home with me from Tennessee) and I’m thinking we’ll have a new Arizona resident sometime next year.  Yay!

8 – The new banner (and new Facebook icon) is the latest K creation

9 – I had to beg.  She has a new beau who has been taking a lot of her time.  But, we like him, so I try not to complain.  Much.

10 – Attended my first Comic-con.  Memorial Day weekend here in Phoenix.  Oh. My. Gosh.  Spent four days at the Phoenix convention center.  A mere 4 hours on Thursday and 12-14 hours Friday thru Sunday (each day).  As a volunteer, I counted people, answered questions, fixed YouTube links in presentations and organized prizes.  I’ve never had more fun working so hard as I did that weekend.  I *cannot* wait until next year!!

11 – John Barrowman?  Best.  Hugger.  Ever. (Picture of a picture…that is now framed on my desk at home.  I hope he’s there next year so I can get it signed!)

12 – A wool applique finish – a little candlemat from Lumenaris

13- A stitching finish – Cackle by Raise the Roof Designs (along with new scissors and fob from my stitching weekend)

That’s the highlights for the last four months.  Hopefully it won’t be another four months before the next post 🙂

January 10th, 2011

10 on the 10th

Welcome to another edition of 10 on the 10th!  This month I’m going to continue the reading them…

Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2011 (no particular order):

1 – Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss – I can hardly wait for this sequel to The Name of the Wind! Happily, it’s due in March and I’ve already gotten my pre-order in, so I’m ready!

2 – Ghost Story by Jim Butcher – Harry Dresden is my literary crush.  I was not happy with the cliffhanger in Changes.  Must know the resolution!  How soon will April get here?

3 – Lover Unleashed by JR Ward – Payne and Manny’s story arrives the end of March.  I always look forward to another reason to visit the BDB world.

4 – River Marked by Patricia Briggs – The latest installment in the Mercy Thompson series is another March release.

5 – Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake – The cover caught my eye and then the synopsis kept my attention.  A September release.

6 – Envy by JR Ward – The next adventure of Ward’s Fallen Angels.  October release date.

7 – Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione – A new series in Ione’s popular Demonica world which I am definitely a fan of.  End of March release (anyone else seeing a pattern here??)

8 – Deeper than Midnight by Lara Adrian – Book 9 in the Midnight Breed series is due out in June. 

9 – Spellbound by Blake Charlton – I found a lot of promise in the first book in this series (Spellwright) and I’m looking forward to the next installment with a more mature hero.  August release.

10 – Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook – Of all the books trying to find a place in the “steampunk” genre, only two that I’ve read come anywhere close.  One of those is The Iron Duke and why I’m ready for the sequel.  Sadly, I’ve got to wait until November!

September 13th, 2010

9/13/2010 – Day Book Journal

Outside my window ….. darkness (a theme… hmmm)

I am thinking ….about work craziness.  Must. Stop. Thinking. About. Work.

I am thankful for ……my health

I am wearing ….. the Monday blue nightshirt!

I am loving …. Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frapp w/ one shot of caramel.  I’ll be having one tomorrow!

I am stitching …. Always and Forever by Little House Needleworks

I am hoping …..the next six weeks speed by.  I’m ready for Houston!

I am drooling over …. the new HooDoo Voodoo design from Primitive Needle

I am sorely tempted by …..more quilt planning.  Must resist for a few more weeks!

I am hearing ……Beast Legends (DH and DS are watching off the DVR)

I am reading … Johannes Cabal, the Detective (great, great series)

On my mind ….. simple baby quilt layout using Castle Peeps fabric. LOVE this fabric! Blue colorway is on its way to me (from a couple sites).  Will be doing simple layout of 8″ squares and 4″ squares for a Christmas gift.

From my picture journal… Mom and K:

August 23rd, 2010

8/23/2010 – Day Book Journal

Outside my window ….. darkness

I am thinking ….about DH’s birthday tomorrow.  A very low key celebration

I am thankful for ……a pair of great kids

I am wearing ….. pale blue loung-y shirt thing.  Hey, I’m all about comfort when I get home from work!

I am loving …. Pei Wei Mongolian Beef (lunch today)

I am stitching …. something cool 😉

I am hoping …..the week speeds by…another quilt class on Friday!

I am drooling over …. the new JustNan Halloween designs

I am sorely tempted by …..Buggy Barn Quilt books (still from last week.  This Friday’s visit to the Quilt store will be VERY tempting)

I am hearing ……Whose Line is it Anyway? (Evidently another Monday night habit)

I am reading … Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane (almost done)

On my mind ….. a layout for a baby-size quilt using the big stars in my Witch Quilt.

From my picture journal… my next quilt WIP will be this kit I got in Houston last year:

June 10th, 2010

Ten on the Tenth

I had a bright idea a couple weeks ago to create my own meme-style post monthly.

Reason #1 – It means at least one post per month.  Given how much I’ve been posting lately, every little bit helps.

Reason #2 – See Reason #1.  It’s a shameless attempt to post more but not have to resort to self-psycho-analysis or endless babbling.  Which would drastically reduce the number of people who read this…. from like 3 to 0.  😉

Here’s the thought – on the 10th of each month, I’ll post a list of ten things.  This could be anything from Ten Books I Want to Read to Ten Smart Decisions I’ve Made or even Ten Things That Drive Me Crazy.  Whatever strikes my fancy that month.

For this month: 

Ten Things About Me 

(note I didn’t say “interesting” things…. no unrealistic expectations 😉 )

  1. I don’t like scary movies – suspense, sure… but scary, gory Nightmare on Elm Street-type movies, nope.  My husband and my daughter, however, love them.  They have mini-marathons watching in our bedroom, while I’m safely either out of the house or in another room.
  2. I read fiction 99% of the time. I live in the real world, don’t need to read about it 🙂 
  3. Mars Galaxy bars from England and See’s Dark Chocolate Molasses Chips – most perfect chocolate ever
  4. I would totally love to attend GhostHunter Academy 😀  I’m interested in paranormal (and have had some interesting experiences) but am very much a realist.
  5. I love to sing. In the car.  In the shower.  Walking with my iPod.  Whenever I’m listening to music.  My family doesn’t ask me to stop, so evidently I don’t sound *too* bad.
  6. In the same vein, I have a very hard time recognizing and remembering song titles and artists.  I’ll know the song playing on the radio, and can even sing along, but don’t ask me the name or the artist.  Most of the time…. I won’t know LOL
  7. I love brussel sprouts, spinach, kippers and pickled herring.  However, you can keep peas, green beans and meatloaf 😉
  8. My brand new ringtone for my brand new phone is based on this song
  9. I have an excellent visual memory.  For things I’ve read, I can tell you where on the page it was located.    
  10. I love to bake, but being recently diagnosed with a wheat allergy, I haven’t done as much in the last year.
May 3rd, 2010


I finished the book on Thursday.

It’s still sitting on my nightstand.  I can’t bear to put it away in the office…. I mean, it will be *lonely* on the shelf since all of it’s Brothers are on my Kindle.  Which happens to live on my nightstand.

Hmmm…connection maybe?  In the meanwhile I’m going to leave it on the nightstand so I can open to a random page and re-read bits and pieces whenever I want.  You know… like I do on the Kindle for all the other books in the series.

Wow.  Definite connection!!

In other news, the Stitching Bloggers’ Question has returned!  And it’s now Monthly!!  Without further ado….

Suppose we say that there are two types of stitchers.  

There are those who enjoy the “process” of stitching.  They stitch for stitching’s sake and if something gets finished, so much the better, but it’s not necessarily the end goal.   Primarily, it’s the application of needle and thread to cloth that makes them happiest.

Then there are those who are “project” stitchers.  They move steadily through their projects, certainly enjoying their stitching time, but finding their greatest joy in the completed stitching. 

If you had to pick one to describe yourself, which type of stitcher would you be?  I imagine that we could all say that we fall somewhere in between, but really think hard about this and try to pick just one.  And once you’ve decided whether you’re a Process or Project stitcher, tell us if your recognize that approach in other parts of your life.

I am closer to a “Process” stitcher.  Probably surprises no one given the number of WIPs I have. 

And yes, this relates to other areas.  I work with business intelligence applications where understanding the business process and the “why” of the reporting and metrics is far more important than trying to nail down the end result.  I would much rather build a reporting application filled with properly related attributes and well-defined metrics and let the business user create hundreds of ad-hoc reports to their hearts’ content than go thru the “joy” [a bit of sarcasm there] of defining dozens of canned reports that are stale by the time they are implemented in production.

I also love reading series, especially if I can look forward to more installments coming out.  I’m always a little sad when I get to “The End” – whether the story is one book or a dozen long.  I know folks that say “I won’t start the series until it’s all been released!” and I just have to think of what they are missing out – that joy of discovery and re-reading and waiting and just savoring the world and the story in-between 🙂

April 22nd, 2010


I grabbed this from Meari

The only rule is:


Not as easy as you might think…

1. Yourself: happy
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend husband: gaming
3. Your hair: grey
4. Your mother/stepmother: close
5. Your dog: snoozing
6. Your favorite item: ring
7. Your dream last night: work
8. Your favorite drink: water
9. Your dream car: Jaguar
10. The room you are in: living
12. Your fear: disappointment
13. What you want to be in 10 years: successful
14. Who you hung out with last night: daughter
15. What you’re not: athletic
16. Muffin: English
17. One of your wish list items: books
18. Time: 8:42
19. The last thing you did: update
20. What you are wearing: jammies
21. Your favorite weather: cool
22. Your favorite book: Lover
23. The last thing you ate: Blizzard
24. Your life: hectic
25. Your mood: satisfied
26. Your best friend(S): distant
27. What are you thinking about right now? Booth
28. Your car: Forester
29. What are you doing at the moment?: blogging
30. Your summer: hot
31. Your relationship status: married
32. What is on your TV?: Bones*
33. What is the weather like?: chilly
34. When is the last time you laughed?: afternoon

So, if you wanna play, you can either copy and paste this to your blog or you can answer in the comments at Calli’s place, where this meme originated. Either way, make sure you stop by and tell her you played.

*I waited to finish this until we (K and I) were watching Bones off the DVR 😀