Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday Funday - Easter Week & National Telecommunicators Week

It's a stormy day here and I'm stuck at work so there isn't too much fun going on but I thought I would share some of the fun stuff we did this last week and introduce you all to National Telecommunicators Week!

As I stated last week, I spent Easter day working but my husband and I were able to convince our daughter to have the Easter bunny come on Monday to bring baskets and hide eggs. I was very impressed by how fast the found all the eggs and our daughter was adamant about helping her little brother, which was very cute! Our son is only 1 and his first egg hunt was a success!

  

The kids had so much fun and my heart was so happy watching their delight!

Monday night we went over to my parents' house for dinner and my Mom was very excited to show me what she ended up doing with the GoT Facemasks that I put together for her birthday. They turned out really neat!

 

On Tuesday, we took the kids to Aquatica (Sea World's water park) for the first time. Our son wasn't too impressed because I think he was more annoyed with the swim vest but our daughter absolutely loved it! 

          

I wasn't entirely sure how it would work going to a water park with social distancing and mask mandates in effect but it worked out. I wasn't completely comfortable with the situation but my husband really wanted to treat the kids to something fun after being cooped up at home for a while but I think we had our fill of largish crowds.

My daughter had mentioned to me that she really wanted to try a sno-cone because she saw someone with one at Aquatica. It took me a little bit to find a place close to our house but I did and took the kids on Thursday for sno-cones and donuts (since there was a donut shop right next door). They thought they hit the jackpot and I was silently hoping that I didn't create little monsters for the next few hours! Thankfully they handled their sugar well. My son didn't like the cold sno-cone, which is why there aren't any pictures of him eating some 😝 

 

It was a busy but fun 4 days off from work! This week at work, we are celebrating National Telecommunicators Week. In the United States, every year during the second full week of April, public safety telecommunicators (911 call takers & dispatchers) are honored. Approximately 240 million 911 calls are made yearly, with about 80% of those coming from mobile phones which could make our jobs very difficult some times. This week wasn't formally recognized until 1994. 

                                                  

I have been a 911 dispatcher since 2008. I dispatched for Orlando Police until 2017 and handled a very wide range of 911 calls and was even working the night of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting, which unfortunately was the deadliest active shooter incident in the nation at the time. Since 2017, I have been dispatching fire and medical at Reedy Creek Fire which deals with the Walt Disney World area. At this point, I have taken hundreds of thousands of calls for every imaginable situation and have had every personal emotional response to those calls possible. We are often forgotten about and according to the nation, even though we are the FIRST first responder in almost every emergency situation, we are only classified as clerical workers. Most of the time this is a thankless job. We are talked down to, yelled at, called stupid or useless but we understand and are expected to stay calm and provide the best help possible because the person on the other end of the phone is probably calling for the worst day of their life. And every once in a while we do get recognized or we are thanked but the knowledge that we saved a life is what makes it all worth it for us.

If anyone who has read this far is currently or has ever been a 911 dispatcher anywhere in the world, thank you for your service and for being the calm voice in the dark!

Happy Sunday!

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sunday Funday - Easter!

Happy Easter, everyone! 

I hope everyone had a great day, whether it included religious aspects, egg hunts, both, or just a relaxing weekend day! Unfortunately I spent my Easter working 12 hours but that’s ok because that meant I got to use my downtime to finish up my Easter cross stitch!

“Easter Bunny Gnome with Egg” - CrossStitchFoxy FINISHED!

I’m not sure yet how I will fully finish it but it’s done! He is sooo cute and I’m very happy with how it came out!

Tomorrow my husband and I will be doing our egg hunt with the kids. I’m really excited since it will be the first one the 4 of us will do together. This year, my daughter agreed to me contacting the Easter Bunny and asking if he would make a special stop at our house tomorrow instead so we could all participate! Last year we were all separated and couldn’t celebrate at all: my daughter was sedated in the ICU, I was with her, my husband was stuck in a nearby hotel since he couldn’t be with us thanks to Covid rules at the time, and our son was with my mother-in-law in our home city 2.5 hours away. So this year is extra special! 

Even though they didn’t do anything today, the kids were still spoiled by their grandparents who either sent baskets or dropped some off! They had a good time with those! I loved hearing all about the things they got in their baskets when I got home from work. Then we read some Easter themed books before bedtime and they drifted off to sleep in preparation for the Easter Bunny’s arrival tomorrow! 

Friday, April 2, 2021

2021 Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop

Jo at Serendipitous Stitching is once again hosting the Easter Treasure Hunt! This is where you hop from blog to blog to find a letter to complete a mystery phrase! Start at Jo’s page to find the right order of the letters! I apologize for my late post since I’ve had some stuff come up this week but at least I remembered that today was the day of the blog hop!

Unfortunately, due to life happening I wasn’t able to finish my Easter stitching piece but I do plan on having it finished by Sunday! But here’s my progress!
The Easter gnome is so cute and he will have his Easter egg completely decorated in time for the Easter Bunny to hide it! 

Now for what you are really here for! Here is your next mystery letter:
Keep hopping on over to Jocondine’s blog for your next letter! 

Happy hopping! 


Saturday, March 27, 2021

March Smalls SAL

It's time for the March Smalls SAL link up from Mary's Thread! Usually this occurs on the last Friday of the month but I technically didn't have a finish to post 😲 However, I had a lot of down time at work over night and was able to finish my Crash Bandicoot piece for my small video game series!

"Crash Bandicoot Cross Stitch" - Stitchpleaseaus FINISHED!

I look forward to seeing everyone else's entries! Happy Stitching!


Thursday, March 25, 2021

WIP Wednesday...on Thursday!

It is after 1am and I had every intention of posting earlier but then got extremely distracted with the kids, dinner, a walk, bath time, story time, bed time, dishes, laundry and finally starting my relaxing portion of having to stay up all night to flip myself back to my night shift work schedule for the next 2 nights. Thankfully this is my last week on midnight shift for a while and it's a short week since I have a vacation day on Saturday for my anniversary weekend!

Over the past week I did a little bit more stitching than I expected and also worked on a few new things.

First, I worked on the Olde World Map a tiny bit and I finally finished inside the western hemisphere, like I've been telling myself I would do forever. Other than that, I didn't make any other progress.

this week:

last time:

Next, I worked on the Game of Throne Houses and finished House Baratheon's banner. I still need to stitch their actual house. I also stitched the yellow portion of the flower in House Tyrell's banner just so I wouldn't have to use the yellow again.

this week:

last time:

I continued working the Magic Kingdom SAL a little bit as well and started on March's Snow White section. I stitched a good portion of the sky and all the dwarves and Snow White have heads! 

this week:

last time:

I started working on an Easter piece called Easter Gnome. Hopefully he will stitch up quickly! I've got most of his hat done, his beard is outlined, and I started on an ear. I'll be focusing on this heavily this week.


And lastly, I started working on my Crash Bandicoot piece. It's just the outlining of his feet and 1 leg for now since I was actually missing a bunch of the colors I needed for him. I should have all the colors now to keep working on him. 


That's all I've got for now! Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

March Gifted Gorgeousness & WIP Wednesday 3/17/21

Hello Everyone! 

As you may (or may not) have noticed, I spent quite a bit of time changing my blog page. The overall theme has stayed the same but the layout has been updated and I even *finally* figured out how to add the tabs at the top. Hopefully the changes are for the better but I will give it a few days to see if I need to fix anything that I overlooked. 

On to the actual update! It's after the 15th AND it's Wednesday, so I have a few things to show off today! For my Gifted Gorgeousness entries, I will just show what I've actually worked on or finished in the last month.

First up is the Magic Kingdom SAL from Cunning Cross Stitch that I am stitching for my daughter. 


last GG post:


Over the past month, I was able to finish January (Ariel) and even finished February (Alice)! I need to do March (Snow White) and then I'll be all caught up. Considering I had only just found this SAL about a month ago, I am happy with my progress. The ultimate goal is to have this year long SAL done on time so that I can gift it to my daughter on her birthday next January!

Next is the Olde World Map, which I've worked on since my last GG post but not since the last time I posted about it on a previous WIP Wednesday.


last GG post:

Not a lot of progress on this one in the last month but I will get back to working more on this one soon. This will be a gift for my Mom & Stepdad. 

The next 3 will be fully finished GG entries! 

I finally framed the Pikachu Pair that I stitched for my husband for Valentine's Day and I also framed the diamond painting that was gifted to me for Christmas.

Stitchier - "Pikachu Pair" FINISHED!

Pinglin - "Hope, Believe, Love" FINISHED!

The last fully finished entry is the Game of Thrones Papercraft Face Masks that I posted about last Friday.


These were finished in time for my Mom's birthday and delivered to her on Saturday. She absolutely loves them and was super excited that they were actually done! Thank you for all of those that wished her a happy birthday! Despite some of the stuff she's been going through lately, she said she had a nice birthday celebration with the family and loved all her gifts!

That's it for GG but I do have 1 more thing to show off for WIP Wednesday. The same day I found the Magic Kingdom SAL, I also discovered Peppermint Purple's 2021 Blackwork SAL. 


When I found it, it was already on week 5. Now it's up to week 11, I believe, but I just started stitching it and I made it through all of January. I am doing the square version and using a blue/purple variegated thread (DMC 4240) for this but it's not really obvious in the picture. I haven't decided what color to use yet for the border of each section. This is my first blackwork and I am surprised by how easy and fast each section stitches up! I'm liking it so far and look forward to getting all caught up! 

That's all I have for now. If you'd like to participate or see what everyone else has worked on for GG, hop on over to Jo’s page here

Happy Stitching! 










Friday, March 12, 2021

Finish Friday 3/12/21

The Game of Thrones Papercraft Face Masks are done! I was able to finish the Dire Wolf on Thursday and am so happy to not have to fold or glue anything for a while! 

HBO’s Game of Thrones Papercraft Face Masks FINISHED!

These consist of a White Walker, the Lannister Lion, the Targaryen Dragon, and the Stark Dire Wolf. It was definitely an interesting project filled with headaches, hours long frustrating sessions, and maybe a curse...or 15.... after they would fall apart when I thought I could move to a new section. The easiest to put together was probably the Lion but the one I liked the most was probably the Wolf. 

I look forward to dropping these off and hopefully Mom will be happy with them! Now it’s up to her to fully finish them with whatever her mounting plan is! Here’s to hoping they don’t fall apart!

Happy crafting!