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Saturday, February 02, 2002  
This afternoon and evening, I worked on the new quilt layout.

Here is a full view and a partial:

Written at: 11:28:59 PM

Friday, February 01, 2002  
Thursday morning I took photos of everything in its very spit-spot condition at work, as well as some of my co-workers. I've put these up on the web here About 2 MB of QuickTime movie, exported from iPhoto

Written at: 12:27:36 AM

Thursday, January 31, 2002  
The first real wintery storm of the year. Of course, after most of a week of April-like weather, no one remembers how to drive in the snow. Driving to work this morning was reasonable. Of course the visit from our regional manager was a non-reality. So we had the pleasure of spending a very quiet day in the store - a very clean and spit-spot store at that.

I don't get all het up about driving in snow and I know that as time passes, roads are in better shape at least where I live. My only regret is thinking of all the time I could have spent today with the new quilt. Instead I spent time at a computer learning some about Quicktime Virtual Reality and other fun things.

Written at: 7:13:56 PM

Wednesday, January 30, 2002  
All things change. Today we put aside our very long standing email address and waved bye-bye to the concept of was a GREAT company - enthusiastic founders who worked hard to provide fabulous services. After they sold the business to things started changing and not for the better. Plus we'd signed on with our local phone company for DSL so were in fact supporting two ISP's for awhile. Now we're down to one. Most people won't notice my changed email addresses since I've been using my domain names for awhile. Still - I'll think fondly back to days.

Oh, I just remembered the reason why it was ME who took the bull by the horns and signed up for and cancelled the aol accounts of our internet "youth" days.... It was because AOL had screwed up my (and many many other) email accounts for like three days and were totally unresponsive about a)there is a problem and b) when it will be fixed and c) where is my mail???? As the friendly AOL voice says - Good-bye! The guys at talked me through setting up Eudora and we didn't look back.

Ah yes, the early days on the net.....

Written at: 12:25:32 AM

Monday, January 28, 2002  
I'm not alone in my thoughts about the attacks of September 11. I read about others' thoughts on their web pages and talk with others about what they're thinking and doing. The attacks aren't constantly on my mind, but it seems the ideas and emotions surrounding them are always nearby. Sometimes they push me to keep away news and new information. Sometimes I seek out new photos and progress. For instance in the year end photos published at the nytimes. Or the special edition put out by Time magazine. Some of these photos are new, some I'd seen before and yet I found myself studying them closely and seeing especially the humanity in them - the people effected. Those killed, those witnessing, those left behind to endure.

I think it's important to remember that we're not alone in our thoughts and emotions these months later. We're all processing and holding it together and trying to make sense of this senseless thing. I'll post again a link about the very normal process of dealing with stress and trauma. Do talk to others about what you're feeling, if only to admit it to yourself and possibly to help them know that others are thinking similar thoughts. I especially liked this part under "common thoughts":
-- Preoccupation with the event/difficulty thinking about other things. This is our way of trying to absorb the enormity of the event, little by little, at a pace we can handle.
-- Thinking of the event over and over, being riveted to television, radio, and web reports. This is our way of trying to re-establish some sense of understanding and control.

Written at: 10:05:20 PM

For BornFamous and other quote lovers: moments of zen 2000. No holds barred, somewhat topical, to the point.

Written at: 3:10:15 PM

Sunday, January 27, 2002  
Productive day, even with a later start. I cleaned up after the herd of cats on and off. Had some good barley soup for dinner! Hemmed the two skirts I bought yesterday. Had to wash the pants I'd gotten because of the darn sticky label that was on them. Luckily it didn't leave a mark.

Moved things around some in the sewing room so it's not so crazy in there. Started changing over my email addresses on list accounts etc. Hope this works on Wednesday.

Here's a photo of the new color strip in the new quilt, working title: gamut. Not a real title no doubt, just the working one.

Written at: 11:01:48 PM

I stayed up way too late, rather accidently - really! - but I did fix the green fabric problem in the middle of things before I went to bed. Pulled out a bunch of greens from the dark green cubby and there, behind those were some likely greyed-green candidates, one of which not only was a good value, but had some inkblot sort of designs which brought in the couple-columns-over pinks and couple-columns-back orangey colors. Photos later.

Cats seem to think they should eat. Go figure.

Written at: 11:54:47 AM

I went back upstairs to look at what appears to be a dark line down the middle of the quilt (as seen in the photo below). Was this an artifact of photoshopping the quilt halves together? A difference in how the two halves are lit (as apparent in the difference in color as seen in the pale yellow squares along the top edge)? The red triangle on the larger view indicates the actual center point of the quilt. At least you can see a closer view of some of the fabrics. Meanwhile, I think the problem isn't really the dark greens but that first lighter color on the right side of them...

Written at: 1:41:58 AM

OK, so I shopped today. First Peter Harris, where I landed two skirts and a pair of black pants. All at cheap. Then to grocery store. Not so cheap, but a reasonable mix of things. Came home and made some very good for you vegetable beef with barley soup. Mostly veggies and barley. Needs a little something - perhaps some beef broth tomorrow. I'm growing fond of putting kale into soup. I sort of overdid it on this, but remedied it by ladling it out of the pot and whirring it in the processor. Voila - a slightly thicker stock and small bits of kale flecking the whole.

Then on to the sewing room, where I laid out the left hand portion of the new quilt. Here's a view of the right side of tonight's layout work. A little closer to real color I think.

Written at: 12:10:56 AM

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