Obsession... Confessions of a serial starter
About me

Name: Dede

Location: Georgetown, DE

My Profile

E-mail me


Witness the Obsession
(My Picture Gallery - also a Work in Progress!)

  1. Alpine Seasons Garden
  2. American Sampler
  3. And They Sinned
  4. Angel of Frost
  5. Angel of Healing
  6. Antares
  7. Babysitting
  8. Ballet Pigs
  9. Beauty and the Beast
  10. Beauty and the Beasts
  11. Blue Rose Sampler
  12. Bubble Flower
  13. Calling the Crows
  14. Celestial Dragon
  15. Chloris
  16. A Confabulation of Dragons
  17. Curl Up with a Good Book
  18. Days of Advent Sampler
  19. Desert Rose
  20. Dragon Fae 1
  21. Dragon Skies
  22. The Dreamer
  23. Dutch Beauty
  24. Egyptian Garden
  25. Emblem of Love
  26. Emily Lucille
  27. Fairy Dreams
  28. Fairy Moon
  29. Florabundance
  30. Flower Power
  31. Heaven Above
  32. Hope
  33. Houses of Hawk Run Hollow
  34. Jane Longstreth
  35. Jewel of the Sea
  36. Luna, Sol and Stella
  37. Martyrs
  38. Mistress Winter and Jack Frost
  39. Mouline Rouge
  40. Noah's Sub
  41. Peace
  42. Peacock Garden
  43. The Pheonix
  44. Pheonix 1
  45. Pirate and Mermaid
  46. Polar Lights
  47. Princess Asleep
  48. Rae QS
  49. Red Witch
  50. Rose
  51. A Rose Among Thorns
  52. Rose Fae
  53. Salamander
  54. Sea of Roses
  55. Song of the Dead
  56. Soul Mates
  57. Spanish Geometric Sampler
  58. Storykeeper
  59. Taj Mahal
  60. The Tower at Stony Wood
  61. Tree of Life with Dragon
  62. True Colors
  63. Watergarden
  64. Woodland Faerie

Constant Reader

Recent Posts

And now it's becoming a trend
On a Roll... Another Finish!!
Tower of Stony Wood - FINISHED!!!
Quick Update
This was a surprise
Losing my stitching mojo again?
Trying something new for the new year
And back to my darling
And what have I been up to?
Progress with new rotation


December 2005
July 2006
August 2006
September 2006
October 2006
November 2006
December 2006
January 2007
February 2007
March 2007
April 2007
May 2007
June 2007
July 2007
August 2007
September 2007
October 2007
November 2007
December 2007
January 2008
February 2008
March 2008
April 2008
May 2008
June 2008
July 2008
August 2008
September 2008
October 2008
November 2008
January 2009
February 2009
March 2009
April 2009
July 2009
August 2009
September 2009
December 2009
January 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010
September 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
June 2011
September 2011
September 2012
October 2012
November 2012
January 2013
March 2013
April 2013
July 2013
August 2013
September 2013
December 2013
January 2014
February 2014
April 2014
January 2015
February 2015


Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Blessing in Disguise
Which is what the whole insurance thing turned out to be. I'm switching carriers and will now be saving myself $38/month and my son's portion will be under $100/month which should be managable for him. So I guess I should be glad, but I'm still quite annoyed -- I just know it jumped like that because of my horrible credit rating. Forget the fact that I've never had an accident (knock on wood) and other than the whole driver's license suspension snafu I've got a pretty clean driving record.

I must say it was a rough day today. I don't know if being off my meds contributed to it or not. I wasn't rude to anyone, but I had little patience with stupid questions. (And, YES there are stupid questions -- the one that comes to mind is "Can I ask a question?" It is unbelievable how many people call and ask that.) I must confess I didn't get much work done and spent most of my afternoon checking the tv listing for movies I want to record (my cable guide isn't working -- wah!). But I think my attitude had more to do with being agitated because I couldn't resolve the insurance issue until I got home. I absolutely hate having something like that hanging over my head.

Anyway. Guess what I'm going to do with my extra $38/month?

Monday, May 28, 2007
Now I am totally freaking OUT!
I had requested a quote from my insurance company (Gieco) a while back to add my son to the policy. They replied that I had a family policy so everybody was covered, but they needed his driver's license #. So now that he can drive by himself I put that in and my insurance went up $1200!!!!!!!!!! And now they WON'T TAKE HIM OFF unless he has proof of other insurance! Why does he need other insurance HE DOESN'T HAVE A CAR!! I have one payment left for this six months and it went from $138 to over $700. WTF is going on here? He'll be driving the car once or twice a week, maybe 1/20 of the time I'm driving it and it's going to cost 2x more to cover him. This is absolutely ridiculous and I'm about to have a have a total screaming fit. I'm going to have to call up the "are you paying more than $35/mo" insurance place and see what they can do for me.

Well, his girlfriend's father/boss is buying a car that he may give him. He also said he was going to take care of the insurance. So I guess I'll also have to send a message off to his wife and see what's going on with that.

I am so totally pissed off right now. Okay. So, I'll find a comedy to watch... no, even better, I'll watch some Northern Exposure... except I don't think the DVD player is hooked up, and trying to get the stupid thing working again my just make me even more pissed (if that's possible)... so a comedy, probably. And stitch, yes, calming, soothing stitching...

Sunday, May 27, 2007
The Tower of Stony Wood - Week 2
This week I finished up with the first 1/2 of the second page.

If I can continue at that rate, I should be all the way across in 5 more weeks. That seems like forever for someone who has been switching projects every 4 days! And I sure am looking forward to getting pass the dragon's wing. There's a bit of his body there in the upper right, if you look real close you can see the scaling.


Saturday, May 26, 2007
Day 4 with no meds
Thank you for the supportive comments. Tuesday morning was the last time I took a pill and I seem to be doing okay. I was the only one behind the admissions counter yesterday and things got a bit hectic -- a school counselor came in with 9 apps, eep! -- but I didn't get stressed out or anything. I haven't noticed any withdrawal symptoms.

I've also managed to accomplish something today! I picked up my room, including taking care of the laundry. After that I took a break and I started thinking a nap might be nice, but I got up and got back to work picking up the kitchen. I'm now on another break before I tackle the living room. Normally if I stop after I've managed to get going, I never work up the initiative to get back to it.

I'm supposed to take my daughter to a pool party tonight, which will be a good test because besides depression, anxiety, and compulsive behavior, I also suffer from social phobia. Even with the Paxil I disliked social gatherings and would avoid them, but at least I was able to say my name in a group of people without suffering from a panic attack! I don't particularly want to go now, not because I want to avoid it, but because I want to get done with this cleaning and get on with my stitching! This is actually good news because despite my love of stitching and wanting to do it, I often found myself avoiding it. Once I got going with it, I was okay, but lots of times I'd put off picking up my needle. So being avid to stitch is a really good feeling!

Friday, May 25, 2007
Playing with meds
I know I shouldn't, but I've decided to try to quit the Paxil that I've been on for the last four years. I'm aware some people have experienced severe side effects quitting cold turkey, so I'm keeping my eyes open for that. Yesterday was the second day I didn't take it and the only thing I really noticed was a headache. And I slept last night. Which is a withdrawl symptom I think I can deal with, and was hoping for!

I've decided to stop taking it because it no longer seems to be doing me much good. Primarily, I just don't feel happy -- and I have no reason not to. I mean, there are reasons why I'm not content (like my total disaster of a house!), but everything that makes me unhappy is totally within my control to fix. I know this, I even know how to fix it, but I just can't seem to muster the energy to do anything about anything. And this seems to be getting worse. Plus I miss a lot of work because I can't sleep at night, then I oversleep. Or I just don't feel like working that day, so I call in sick. This started a couple of years ago, and I thought it had to do with the job, but I've switched jobs and I'm still having the same problem.

I started taking the antidepressant at a time in my life where I really needed to make a change for myself and for my children. I don't think I would have been able to successfully leave and divorce my ex if it weren't for the drugs (for awhile I was on two).

Now that the crisis is past, maybe I don't need the drug. Maybe it is creating this horrible lethargy that I've been dealing with for the past two years. Or maybe I need MORE drugs. The difficulty with that is the doctor told me to get some blood work done over a year ago and basically told me that it better be done before my next visit, which was this past Wednesday. Well, I still didn't get it done. So I had to reschedule the appointment. How ridiculous is that? And, no, I don't have a problem with needles. The problem is I can't seem to get myself up and moving on the day I plan to do it, and so I leave it for the next Monday I don't have to be to work until 10:30. And this is basically how my life has been for the last two years.

So, we'll see if this helps.

Sunday, May 20, 2007
Say hello to my precious
The Tower of Stony Wood.

Stitched on 25 count DMC ecru evenweave. I'm not going to be returning to my rotation for a while since I want to get all the way across the top before I put this away.


Saturday, May 19, 2007
Good Movie
I record a lot of movies, if it sounds vaguely interesting on the DVR it goes. And sometimes I get lucky. "We Married Margo" was one of those strokes of luck. Very quirky comedy without being stupid. It had me laughing out loud more than once.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I want to move to Australia!
I have a hard time being "professional". Which is probably why I haven't really advanced in my so-called career. Well, that, and a lack of ambition. In my current position I don't get called on it so often, but my last one...

Anyway, today I processed an application from an Australian and a couple of the documents had a signature from an "Australian Consulate Officer" which included a smiley face and an exclamation point! I think I might fit in better there...

Saturday, May 12, 2007
Best Laid Plans...
I had plans to post a verbose update about my recent stitching experiment, CDC, and my progress on my website. Alas, it is not to be because when I checked out the HAED BB I discovered this: The Tower of Stony Wood. I have been wanting to stitch this piece of artwork ever since I first saw it about two and a half years ago. And now it is MINE!! So I'm going to do a quick post of the last two WIPs I've worked on and then I'm going to dive in.

Here's Cirques des Cercles:

And here's Undercurrent:

Here's a link to the artwork: Undercurrent. I was in a bit of a stitching slump since I was still preoccupied by the website I'm trying to build. I thought maybe an experiment would peek my interest and so I decided to try doing 1/2 stitches on Monaco. I picked Undercurrent because it fit perfectly on the Monaco I had. The experiment was a total success, you can't see any of the diagonal lines that have kept me from using 1/2 stitches on other fabrics, I can use a loop start, and I'm able to do a whole 10 x 50 column in less than two hours.

And now I'm off to get set up for The Tower at Stony Wood. Woohoo!!


Friday, May 04, 2007
Hmmmm... Frames or No Frames
I'm trying to decide if I should keep the frames on my website, or try something else. I had initially envisioned having links to different projects in the frames, which would be easy to mantain -- add something once and there you go. However I've realized there is a reason I generally hate frames! Primarily the linking issue. Other than setting up a frameset for each project (can you say waste of bandwidth?), I'm not sure how to get around that. So now I'm trying to think of an alternative way to navigate between projects without having to go back to a page of thumbnails or using next and previous. I'd like users to be able to jump directly to whatever they want to view next -- but I don't want to have to edit 50 some pages every time I add or project! So... thinking...

Copyright © 2006-10 Dede Sorensen                   Template updated: 1/9/10
Web set copyright © 2004 Eye for Beauty