Monday, February 12, 2007

Stitching progress and goodbye

It's not a permanent goodbye, but I'm going to be away for a while as I'm going back home to Singapore for Chinese New Year. My flight is on Wednesday afternoon. I haven't been back for CNY for a while so it should be good. So yeah, I will have access to internet but I doubt I would have much time for blogging and such, so I'm probably going to be pretty quiet for a while. I will post pics of the car when I'm back as well, as I didn't get it today, the dealer couldn't have it ready in time for today, hopefully it will be ready for pick-up tomorrow!

Here's some stitching progress that I've made on the piece I'm working on. I really shouldn't be posting this as it's going to be a gift but I simply can't resist, hee hee. I hardly have much stitched work to show so now that I've made some good progress, I just have to show off! LOL. Anyways, here's the latest picture of it, I probably won't work on it again till I get back from my holiday. I'm not going to bring any stitching with me as I have quite a few library books that I need to finish reading so it's gonna be books all the way while in Singapore. Okay, just a quick one from me today, I'll see all of ya when I get back! Ciao!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

It was a big day today!

Well, the biggest news of the day is that I got a new car! Okay, so I don't have the car yet, and it's not really new, but at least it's a "new" 2nd-hand car. Terrence and I had planned to replace my Toyota Echo soon enough, maybe in the next year or so, but it happened a lot sooner than expected as we chanced upon a deal too good to pass up. We did have a look at the car last week and we were sooooooo close to deciding then but thought we would hold off first. Anyways, the dealer rang me back yesterday, sweetened the deal, and we though, what the heck, as good as any other day, so we went for it. Which was a little tricky since I had to discuss this with Terrence over the phone (he's away at the moment) but all worked out in the end. So today I headed to the dealer (my first time ever purchasing from a dealer!) and finalised all the paperwork and put in a deposit. If all goes well, I should be able to collect it on Monday!

So, what car did I get? It's a 2003 silver Honda Jazz VTi-S 5-door hatchback, which is a neat little car. It's still a small car like the Echo (I don't like big cars), but has a little bit more power and still great on fuel economy. And it has FOUR DOORS! I really missed having four doors; even when I was driving my tiny 0.7 litre Daihatsu Mira, it had four doors and just made things so much easier. So yeah, I have always liked the Jazz and this car should last me quite a while. And because I bought from a dealer, the transaction is fairly hassle-free with the Echo as a trade-in, as opposed to me trying to sell the Echo myself and then going through another private seller to buy the new car. And I reckon we got a pretty good deal on it, considering a couple of other dealers were selling the same model Jazz with similar kilometres but at prices set about $3,000 higher. All in all, it was a quick turnover -- from seeing the ad online and then testing out the car to the final transaction -- but I think it was a good decision, I'm looking forward to getting the car on Monday! :) Anyways, as you can see, I've pinched a picture of the car from the Honda website. Ignore the garish yellow background, hee hee...

I also had a couple of friends come over today and we had a great afternoon. We took a walk on the beach (which is about 5 minutes away from me and I had never been there yet!) and just enjoyed a bit of the sun (it was kinda cloudy) and the sea breeze. We did walk for quite a long while (I reckon a good hour maybe?) and the shoreline was fairly uneven so it was quite a challenge walking on the sand as well, so it was good excercise too! After the walk, we went back to my place and prepared a gourmet veggie pizza (my friends are vegetarians), which was yum! I have never actually made pizza at home before and although we cheated (we used a bought pizza base), it tasted really good and I reckon it's something I should do myself in the future. And if I'm not making pizza dough myself, it's actually really quick and easy to do! No more toiling over dinners....

Well, the best part came after dinner, we STITCHED! Yes, I found real stitching friends! LOL. Not that you online folks aren't real, but I have never had anyone I could hang out with and stitch together with. I have known these two girls for about 7 months now and I found out that they also stitched a while ago. We had talked for ages about getting together for a stitching night but it was always hard to co-ordinate (they live quite far away from me), but we finally got together today! And it was real fun, what with the walk and the dinner, and then just stitching together and chatting away, I really enjoyed myself. We also had some ice-cream before the girls left for home. They were here at about 4.15 pm and didn't leave till 10pm! Hopefully we can do this more often, I will try to organise another session and go over to their place next time.

I also finally pulled out my Q-Snaps to try again with my stitching tonight. I used it once before but wasn't a big fan of it and had just stuck to my stitch-in-hand method since then. I gave it a 2nd go tonight and I think I was more comfortable with it today but I reckon unless I remember to use the Q-Snaps, I will probably just stitch in hand. But I must say, with the Q-Snaps, I could finally use my needle magnet! Anyways, here's a pic of what I started tonight. I managed to do a fair bit as I did continue stitching after they left, so it has been a fairly productive night for me.

Oh, and a funny story from last night. I went with a colleague to watch Perfume: The Story of a Murderer yesterday evening (which is a pretty good movie, btw) after work. Anyways, the movie ended and the credits started rolling. Other people are now chit-chatting amongst themselves, preparing to leave etc. So I started talking to my colleague as well, nothing loud or anything, just in quiet voices, and we were just voicing our opinions at how we both quite enjoyed the film, blah blah blah, when suddenly, the lady in front of us turns around, glares at us and says, "Can you wait until it's finished?!" And the both of us just stare at each other incredulously; the movie is over, credits are rolling! People are already talking and getting ready to leave so it's not like it was dead quiet at that point in time. And I mean, if I were talking during the actual movie itself, I reckon the lady had every right to tell us off, but during the credits?! It's not like Pixar credits where there's still stuff going on. Anyways, I think the both of us laughed/snorted in disbelief and just chuckled, I think we won't be forgetting this in a hurry. Which is such a shame as I will always associate this incident with this movie and it deserved a better memory than that. So yeah, I thought this was pretty funny and thought I'd share.

Alrighty then, that's it from me today. I'm soooooo tired, I was up at 7am and it's now 2.09am, and I have been doing household chores all day before my friends came over, which feel like so much now that it's just one person doing them all! I think it's the stitching excitement that has sustained me so long. I'm off to bed, I'll come round to visit when I'm more awake tomorrow! Or technically later in the morning. Oyasumi!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Six weird things about me

Okay, it took me a while to post this after I got tagged by Mercy and Meari. Here are the six weird things about me:

1. I have no toenails. Okay, that's a gross exaggeration, but I do have very stunted toenails, which is why I never bother with painting them (or fingernails, for that matter of fact). My little toes do have no toenails, they only grow this weird twisted grayish thing about 0.1cm long, which always annoy me so I cut them off, so voila, no toenails! Only flesh left. My sister only realised this a few years ago and she thought it was the weirdest thing ever, so I figured this counts as Weird Thing #1. Oh, and my second toe is the longest, but I don't think it's weird, my sister has that too. I think we got it from our dad.

2. I don't wear make-up - no foundation, blusher, lipstick, blusher, mascara etc. Absolutely nothing. The only times I have had make-up on is at my sister's wedding, where she made the make-up artist do something for me; at my graduation ceremony, when my sister made me put on lipstick so I would have some colour in photos; and at my job interview so I looked a bit more presentable, which surprise surprise, was also my sister's suggestion. The only make-up item I own is some lip gloss thingy which my friend gave as a birthday present which she figured would come in handy once I started work, only I never bothered with the make-up! I guess it's not that weird, but a lot of people find it amazing that at 26 years old, I never walk around with a painted face, even if I'm going to some big event or something.

3. I like to smell my dogs' paws. LOL. And no, I do not have a foot fetish or something. My dogs get this sleepy smell when they're sleeping, and I love hugging them and sniffing them because they smell so different from normal, and because they're normally lying on their backs, I also end up smelling their paws and the smell is strongest from their paws. I hope I don't gross people out too much - really, I'm not a crazy person! *grin*

4. Speaking about smelling things, I like to sniff my food before eating something, usually when I'm trying something new. It's like a little trial run before it ends up in my mouth. I don't think it's that weird, but my dad seems to think I'm like a dog, and he always tells me to stuff it in my mouth, but I'm not eating something unless it smells okay!

5. I talk to myself. That's pretty common, I suppose, but I don't have an existing conversation with myself, I start talking about something completely random and unrelated to me, sometimes with different accents or whatever, and sometimes I don't even realise it until Terrence goes, "What are you doing?" LOL. I'm not sure why I do it, maybe I like the sound of my voice?

6. I'm definitely no English professor or writer, and I'm sure I make my fair share of mistakes, but basic grammatical errors irk me, especially from e-mails at work sent by well-paid executives who should know the difference between its and it's, and your and you're! Or worse, from journalists. I once saw these errors in an article posted online by a newspaper, and I stewed over it half a day and decided that a newspaper should not be making such mistakes, so I sent through an e-mail highlighting the errors, LOL. It was definitely not a typo, it was throughout the entire article! I have a friend who shares this pet quirk with me, so I'm comforted by that. I'm looking forward to reading Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss - a book about punctuation, I will be a happy woman! LOL.

Okay, those are my six weird things, which may or may not be weird to you. If you're still happy to be associated with me, please do leave me a comment! :) Till next time, adios!

PS. Just adding an update to my list of weird things. I realise that not all of the things I have listed are really that weird, because I was struggling to think of weird stuff about me last night. Not that I think I'm not weird, just that they could be so ingrained in me that it's no longer apparent to me even if everyone thinks it's the wackiest thing ever! LOL. Anyways, this weird thing is Terrence's. He counts characters in his head as he speaks, as he reads, as other people speak. Apparently it's an automatic part of his brain process. So for example, if I say, "What's for dinner tonight?", he will be processing the question, along with, 6 3 7 10. And I can count; to him, unjoined letters like i, j etc. count as 2 characters, and the question mark also qualifies. I only found out a couple of years ago (and I think we had been together for 5 years at that stage) and I don't even know how that came about in the conversation, but when he told me, I thought it was the freakiest thing ever!! I kept testing him like throwing out long words and words that are not part of daily conversation and his response would be instantaneous. He's a weird fellow, indeedy!

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