Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Is it just me or has customer service in some stores gone down the drain?

Mom had to return a shirt at the local Kmart today, and had a really bad experience with the person at the customer service desk. Mom was at the head of the line, and a guy came over to the lottery area, and instead of waiting on Mom (the person who'd been there first), the salesperson went to help this arrogant jerkface for a good 10-15 minutes. The kicker is that when mom and I commented on this to her, she said that we should have said something and that it wasn't her job to keep an eye on who was first. Um, hel-lo, you jackwagon, you're in a service oriented business, you're expected to pay attention to who's standing in front of you, not ignore people and be rude to them! *sigh* We used to like that store, but it's been going downhill for the past 6-7 years now, and this... This was the icing on the cake for us not patronizing that store anymore. Our main reason is that we have better, much friendlier stores much closer to home (~10-15 minutes for Target, Kohl's, Micheal's and WalMart, compared to half an hour to 45 minutes for them).

To Jane in the Carlisle KMart: Your attitude towards us sucked. I'm not judging you outside of the store, just on how you treated us on this occasion. Please, don't expect your customers to speak up, just keep a freakin' eye on who's before whom. Thank you.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Belated happy thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Okay, so I'm a day late, but oh well. Life happens, y'know?

My Thanksgiving was okay. Watched the Macy's Thanksgiving day Parade on CBS... I swear, they showed more   bleeping commercials and had more damn jawjacking than parade!!! Even when I was younger, maybe 10-12, they didn't have as much talking or as many commercials interupting the paradey goodness! What in God's name is this country coming to when we hear more about the Black Friday sales and which actor/actress is doing which show where than see the actual parade?!? Ugh! Just peeves me off...

Was crazy enough to brave the crowds at the Capital City Mall today... Never. Again. I don't like crowds to begin with, but this was freakin' NUTS!!! The few stores I went into *FYE, Spencer's, and Hot Topic* were fairly crowded, and nuts making. I don't handle crowds that well anyway, but Black Friday crowds... Ick.

Knitwise, I'm okay... Still working on the blankie for Sa5mwise, and I cast on for mom's shawlette yesterday. Doing a grain stitch with a moss stitch border with Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Deep Rose Heather. Gorgeous yarn, and it suits the project I'm using it in perfectly. The other projects I'm working on are pretty much on hiatus for the time being till I have those two done. *Or at least the blankie. Then I'll probably pick one of the UFO's up. I hope.*

Anyway, tata for now, kids. Knit safe.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Why? Why do I bother to keep living? I look out at the world and see people laughing, emjoying being around each other... And I just sit back and observe while I knit... When anyone notices that my mask has slipped, they start asking questions when all I want is to be left alone. But do they care? No. Do I speak up? Nope. Too much of a damn coward like that.
Sometimes, I think the world would be better off without me around. It's not like anyone would notice that one more stupid fatass is gone, anyway...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

FOs, UFOs, and projects in the plotting

Well... Finished the shawl I was knitting for Peggy Weakland on Sunday around 3pm. It's washed and already been given on Monday. Good news is that she loves it, and espescially the colour. She doesn't mind that it's wool, thankfully. And she can appreciate the hours that went into it, since she crocheted. Okay, so it was 25 years ago, and she admitted that she's forgotten how (Watch out, Peggy. That spurred the missionary crocheter to want to gift you yarn and a teach yourself to crochet book and hooks!*), but still. Crocheter.

Still have a couple several UFOs on the needles... A couple of socks, and a blankie for Sa5mwise... The blankie's the one I've been lugging to work to knit on when I have a chance to... Though, the poor thing did get a couple rows done at home before work today. Just trying to make it long enough to at least wrap around me or mom... with plenty of overlap. Preferably about a foot... If my sanity can hold out that long...
Still need to finish/work on the mate to my mom's sock... Poor things been languishing in knitting basket hell since I started the shawl... And the sock for me... Which I need to finish and knit up the mate to. *sigh*

Plotting a buttoned shawl bit for mom for work. Since she's a cashier in the commissary on the Army War College (aka Post), she tends to be stuck by the doors, which can be dang miserable in wintertime. *sigh* Fun, fun, fun. Oh well.

*Edited to correct name. *sigh* Happens, y'know...*

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Knee pain and knitting

46 more days til Christmas!

Have most of the shawl I've been working on done, thankfully. Bound off the one side I was adding to at work before shift got really going, and Judy was watching me weave in the end. Now, to find a crochet hook to pick up stitches on the other side! *bangs head on table* Worked a bit on the Grain Stitch sock I'm knitting up for myself. Lovely sock, and love the yarn I'm using. Pattern's by Edie Eckman.

And it's official: The weather in my neck of the woods is nuts. It's cold one week, warm the next. It's enough to make my right knee hurt like a pain in the arse. *sigh* Oh well. I'll live.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Countdown has begun

47 days til Christmas.

Yay. 47 days for me to finish the shawl in. 47 days to also finish mom's sock, find some more things for Sa5mwise and my folks... And my coworkers... In the immortal words of Cathy: ACK!
Though... Sitting in front of the computer waiting for pages to load or Sa5m to reply would be a good time to work on the handknits. Same goes for the car... Parents dragging me along into a store? Find a place to sit if I don't have money/my own shopping to do and knit. Should hopefully be managable. Now, to start doing Christmas Knitting through the year...