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We Three Kings of Asia Are

Karma continues to kick my butt. One of sillymagpie's present is on backorder. Well, this time I'm not canceling the order -- she can get it in January. Maybe it's because I've always prided myself on being very good at finding the exact right gift for people, and now I'm being prevented. I also have a distinct feeling that what I made for Barb has come out too small (this may be all right, since the pattern told me to buy roughly three times the amount of yarn I actually used, so I can try again if so -- and I SWEAR I followed the pattern for the size I wanted). I also realized I was making the second panel of another crocheted gift WAY too long, so I had to unravel about five skeins of suede yarn (which means taking care) and start over. Since this is a gift which will be given on New Year's, I may still be able to finish it.

ARGH. I didn't have the leisure I had hoped for today to just sit here and watch DVDs. I tried to make peanut butter fudge for the first time, but I turned my back for a second and it stiffened up instantly in the pan, so I re-softened it on the stovetop and now it won't set up at all. I guess I'll make a chocolate cake with peanut butter fudge icing.

I am unreasonably upset because I can't give the presents I want to give at Christmas time.

Costco also ran the charge on my debit card twice, so instead of 205, I'm out 410, and said card was declined when I went for gas this evening. I'm hoping this is just because it's the weekend, and it will clear up Monday morning when the bank opens. If not, I'm going to have to call, because otherwise, the check I wrote to Barb will clear but leave me with a $20 fee for insufficient funds.

And my external drive DEFINITELY will not work. I can't get any computer in the house to recognize it, which means I don't dare plug in my iPod because it will erase most of the music I have currently loaded (because iTunes will be looking for the songs on the external drive); this means I won't get my weekly podcasts. SIGH. And, of course, I'll have to a) re-rip the CDs, and b) re-digitalize the songs I copied from old filksong tapes. Of course, that will spur me to get my digital music programs loaded, I suppose... (so much for putting stuff on the great, big, external drive for safekeeping).

As I know so many people who have serious problems with depression, I often feel kind of weenie for being such a whiner. I know it's a HUGE case of PMS (TMI: I'm about ten days late at this point), so I hope most people are ignoring me, but there it is. I came to the conclusion earlier that I should simply stop talking because every time I open my mouth something stupid comes out of it. (Please, do, ignore the whining.)

I did not get the floor cleaned this weekend, and LORD, it needs it. I hope I can get that done before Christmas. I did get the laundry done, which was a trick, considering our clothesline fell down during the last storm -- I tied the lines to the fence from the still-standing pole. Not as much space, so I'm going to take the sheets to the laundromat, but all the clothes are done, at least. We also baked the yearly ton of goodies (Barb did more than me, but I'd already done a couple of batches of Christmas cookies for work and such); I got some truffles made for those which prefer the candy to the cookies, and while the peanut butter fudge didn't come out, the good ol' chocolate stuff did. I haven't yet made queenofattiola's magnificent coconut barrows, but I may still do that this week if I have a chance.

Now I should get back to crochet.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 21st, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
I still have presents to buy/figure out (in other words: Christmas may be almost as late as your wedding gift was), so you can feel very accomplished next to me, if that helps.
Dec. 21st, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Ah, yes... *grin* I did say I was unreasonable (at least, in some words!)

Dec. 21st, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
man that all sucks
Dec. 21st, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
I know I have no call to complain, but I'm complainy, anyway...
Dec. 21st, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
the costco thing would have made me go ballistic
Dec. 21st, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
It happens once in a while, but usually it's been reversed before I see it - I think it was because the trip was late Friday night, and of course the bank won't open until Monday. I WILL go ballistic if it's not cleared up by banking hours tomorrow morning, however!

Dec. 21st, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
i don't blame you
Dec. 21st, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)

That does seem to be an inordinate number of minor annoyances, all of which add up to major frustration!

*more hugs, and chocolate cherry liqueurs ;) *

Actually, I do have a box of them. If there are still any around on Boxing Day, maybe we should gather here?
Dec. 21st, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
That sounds like fun! Sure, we can do your place on Boxing Day! (Which will be next Caturday, too!)

We have our chocolate liquers this year (the ones Sam ate that fateful year) because CostCo got them back this year -- we just haven't put them out yet!
Dec. 21st, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
A couple years ago...
I had one of those where half of what I ordered on-line didn't come in time, or the place told me the item was discontinued, et cetera.

It's more than a tiny be frustrating, I know!

Wish I could be sharing some chocolate with you. The lovely kehf and Auntie and family gave me a 99% cacao dark chocolate bar -- not baker's chocolate, this has sugar added. Just HOLDING it makes me feel chocolat-ated, you know what I mean?

Dec. 22nd, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
Re: A couple years ago...
Very frustrating! But... we persevere, right? (They have another lights-and-sound carnival ride toy for sale here -- it's the Peanuts gang riding in Disney-like teacups... tempting, eh? *g*)

I told Barb about that kind of chocolate, and she says it may be a little dark even for her!
Dec. 23rd, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Re: A couple years ago...
The store a couple blocks from my house carries an imported chocolate bar that 91% cacao that I've been buying regularly for years. It's YUMMY!

99 is just going to be yummier!
Dec. 24th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
Boo on Costco credit woes, isolationist external drives, and PMS.

I still think a coconut barrow should be occupied by a coconut wight.
Dec. 24th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
hee hee hee.

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