a business trip

So occasionally I get to go on a business trip for work.  Always to a conference or something of the sort.  Usually lots of fun and good info.  This past week I got the chance to go to an Internal Communicators Conference held by Ragan Communications in Cary, NC at the SAS World Headquarters.  That probably doesn’t mean much to you unless you were there, or are a SAS employee.  But trust me, it was pretty awesome!

SAS was actually just recently named the best place in the world to work!  From what I saw, it does look pretty awesome.  They have onsite daycare, fully staffed healthcare and pharmacy, a fitness center, and lots and lots more.  Their campus is GIANT (the buildings I saw were labeled up to letter U – and there was more construction going on) and really beautiful.  Lots of interesting statues and nice things to look at.

I actually learned a lot, heard some interesting speakers and got a few ideas for things I want to try at work (I work in Internal Communications – Intranets are my thing), which is the real reason I went on the trip.  I’d definitely call it a success!

But, none of you want to hear about the boring work stuff, right?

So here’s how my week went…  Tuesday I woke up bright and early to leave home and go to the airport.  I spent the first half of the day flying from Huntsville, to Atlanta, to Raleigh – not a bad trip actually.  It was nice that the flights were each under an hour.  Once I got to Raleigh, picked up my rental car and checked in to my hotel; I ventured out to explore what Cary has to offer.  My findings at first were not super exciting… I stopped at Rite Aid for a few essentials and snacks then tried to find something to eat (not very successfully, I wound up eating fast food at Zaxbys – oh well).

I DID however, find this really cute little yarn shop called Warm ‘n Fuzzy.  I talked to the owner while I was in there and she was really nice.  She even recommended a sushi place for me to try (although sadly, I never made it there).  Of course I picked up some really awesome goodies while I was there.  See?
newest additions to my stash
I’m totally in love with the Shepherd’s Wool that I got.  It’s so super soft and totally affordable.  I just wish my LYS would carry it (I’ll have to ask about it).

The rest of the trip was fairly predictable.  I went to the conference each day.  When it was over I’d go out to find dinner and see what else I could get in to.  Then head back to the hotel to relax and actually get to watch some TV.  I did make plans two of the nights to go to dinner with another lady I met at the conference.  It was really nice to be able to have someone to hang out with and not have to eat alone.  Plus, we ate at some pretty good places.

Anyway, that’s about it for my trip.  I was very happy to get back home on Saturday and see my little family.  I think they were pretty happy to see me too!  Here’s a few more photos from the trip.

geez, I’m bad at this blogging thing

It’s really already April and I haven’t posted a thing since January… I totally suck at this!

Anyway, just checking in a bit. I was thinking today about how many outstanding projects that I’ve started and never finished. Of course, I was browsing through Ravelry at the time, looking for yet another something to start. I’m horrible, I know.

I did work a bit today on the Newborn Vertebrae sweater I’ve been knitting. But because I’m that much of a slacker, I turned what was supposed to be long sleeves into short ones. Oh well. In my defense, I know of several new “warm weather” babies that are coming along soon so this works well for a gift for one of them.

I’ve also gone back to crocheting a bit and in the past week have made a few baskets (started by the girls Easter basket), a flower, and am in the middle of a tiny little coin pouch that is worked on a really tiny hook with really small thread. It’s looking pretty cool though.

When I think back though, I’ve still got Mom’s sweater that I’m working on as well as a baby wrap sweater that I started back in August (the baby was born in November), and shoot… probably something else that I’ve forgotten.

Why can’t I be better at actually getting these larger (more time consuming at least) projects finished before wanting to start another one?

I’m back!

After a few years of (sometimes) blogging elsewhere, I have decided to move my blog back to WordPress and try to revamp it a bit.

Stay tuned for a variety of posts – crafty stuff (of course)… things I’ve made, the occasional how-to or tutorial, etc; fun random things that I come across, photos that I take (mostly of my family or places I go), and whatever other random thoughts I feel like sharing.  🙂  I will tell ya now, I’m pretty darn random… so if you are up for some variety, then stick this link in your bookmarks and check back occasionally 🙂

If you used to follow me on my blogger site (http://imakestuff.blogspot.com) then you are aware of my randomness… thanks for following me over here.  I’m working on importing my old posts from there to here so that all will not be lost.  There were a few good things over there that I’d like to keep all in one place at least. 🙂

December Daily Album

So I have finally gotten the pages of my December Daily Album put together and photographed!  I’m really excited about how it has turned out so far, and I’m just ready for December to start so that I can start seeing this all come together!

Anyway, here’s the cover:

and if you’d like to see the rest of the pages, check them out here.

Seattle Album

So after about a year and a half… I finally got everything together and made my Seattle Album.  I have been inspired to make some mini albums lately, so here’s my attempt.  I tried to keep it simple and just focus on the pictures, and add a few bits of words.  Here’s how it turned out!

The album is a Kolo Vineyard paper album.  I did end up having an extra page spread inside the middle of the album that I didn’t have photos for… so I just glued those pages together… you can’t really tell and it took care of the issue just perfectly!