Birthday Loot & 42/52

This is a two-fer today since I need to get my behind in gear to hang out with my cousins later for some birthday love and I need to leave Brick City tomorrow at the crack of dawn (literally) to get to Manhattan, meet my friend at Penn Station so we could go to Rhinebeck tomorrow!   So without further ado … here’s the loot:

For Creativity:

Quincemy first Quince loot.  From Kev ❤

(although I know his mother helped him) 😛

Tosh, Bliss, Acamy own treat: (l to r) Araucania Toconao Solid in color 502, Tosh Chunky in Magnolia Leaf, Tosh Chunky in Tart.  Perched on top is Debbie Bliss Sublime (Baby Cashmere) in Shade 301.  The reds and pinks are colors I don’t typically buy, but I’m trying to get out of my comfort zone this birth year, so I figured I could start here.

For my body:

Body Loot

For my mind and leisure:

Leisure Mind

For getting out of my comfort zone (aka becoming more social)

Creating a Garden Inside Your Apt.  Class at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

From Asha — The Pattern: Happy Triangles


Because my mother loves me

(although she doesn’t understand my fibre addiction):

IMG_3505My new Ashford Kiwi 2.

I just have to finish her (probably next weekend) then I’ll introduce you all to Olga formally.


This week I’m grateful for:

  • honest introspection and self-assessment.  I’m not a saint, but even if I don’t admit out loud, I know and take responsibility for when I’ve not acted the way I know I should have. I NEVER intentionally set out to malign or sabotage anyone.  If I don’t like a person, I withdraw socially, but I never try to set them up or block them in any way. Even with her departure, my nemesis tried to create negative attention directed towards me.  While I was on vacation, she told my supervisor that she was leaving because I would try to block her from progressing, that I would be upset if she left the department, that I would do what I need to do to stop her from moving forward.  I just could not wrap my head around that.  With her resignation, I’ve been patient, courteous, I personally got her a really nice parting gift  but yet … always drama with her.  She resigned two weeks ago and did not tell any of the staff except for four people that she was leaving.  And of those four people, she alternated between her son having special needs and that I would prevent her from leaving the dept or I would be mad if she applied for any other position there as her reason for resigning.  Yesterday, as she left the building, whoever she met on her way out, she gave them the impression that she quit suddenly, leaving a storm of questions and gossip-mongering coming to me.  I had to nip that in the bud by informing all staff via email that she formally resigned two weeks ago, (so they would know that it was not sudden and hopefully see that she chose not to let them know she was leaving) and what the department functions/changes would be until we found a replacement.  I was made to understand that once she got outside the building, whoever she met, she told them that there were “people” who were happy to see her go.  “People” who didn’t like her.  That nobody there liked her anyway.  It was a very surreal, distressing, frustrating and hurtful situation.  So much so, it was on my mind this morning when I got up.  I’ve never had this kind of experience at any other job.  I’ve always gotten along with everyone and I’ve always left jobs in great standing.  The destruction she tried to do to my professional reputation last week and this week wouldn’t be forgotten but I’ll continue to pray that she finds mental health, positive self worth and every imaginable success.  But God helping me, I NEVER want to supervise anyone again.  I am happy being responsible for my own work; I don’t feel the need to be a manager or supervisor to validate that I have a great work ethic.  I don’t need to be a head-honcho to be successful; I don’t need that kind of validation.  Some people are great at it, but I’m not — at least with personalities like hers.  I’ve supervised 9 people since I’ve been at this job and she’s the only one who I had that type of distressing relationship with.  It’s tiring physically and emotionally and I NEVER want to have to do it again.  I’m glad I got my Quince birthday loot yesterday because I definitely needed a pick-me up. Le sigh.
  • being able to enjoy simple things.
  • getting hugs and love from my neighbor’s 2 year old grand-daughter.  ❤
  • a lunch treat yesterday from the new Benefits Assistant
  • being able to see/feel the benefits of a more plant based diet in just one week.
  • Having my super finally finish some of the work they left off in June.  I was too grateful to complain at how long it took for him to come back.

I hope each of you had a great week and cheers for an upcoming week.  😀

12 thoughts on “Birthday Loot & 42/52

  1. Creatively Motivated October 23, 2013 / 12:32 am

    Ooooo what a wonderful batch of birthday goodies! I own some of those cookbooks and need to check out some of your others. I’m all about a good book. Here’s to starting a new chapter!

    *sigh* Rhinebeck. ..I still have to do that one of these days. 2014, maybe?


    • Nicky October 23, 2013 / 9:54 pm

      Gyurl … you and me both!!!! I love a good cookbook. Electronic reading just doesn’t do it for me.

      As for Rhinebeck, you really should try to make it one year. It can be overwhelming but you just have to pace yourself and you’ll be fine!

  2. sam October 21, 2013 / 10:09 am

    Oh my goodness… I missed your birthday. Belated birthday wishes and hugs to you xxx love the goodies. Well deserved 🙂 sorry to hear about the situation at work. That is tough. But with the persons departure comes a new chapter. Xxx

    • Nicky October 21, 2013 / 8:09 pm

      Thanks love. 😀 I celebrate for the rest of the month so you’re still on time!!! LOLOL!

      Thanks for the work support; I’m definitely glad that chapter is closed. Been getting lots of support from colleagues so it’s making the transition easier until her replacement is trained.

  3. Preeti October 20, 2013 / 12:17 am

    I’m glad for you that a difficult chapter in your work life has ended. Onward and upward beginning with all of the lovely birthday loot and then you’re at Rhinebeck this weekend!!! I’ve been stalking IG for #rhinebeck pics! Wowza!!!! Quince yarn… also wowza!

    • Nicky October 20, 2013 / 7:46 pm

      Indeed … upward & onward; the birthday loot’s a great place to start!!!!

      Just got back from Rhinebeck and I was good. I bought exactly what I said I would (although I’m thinking I lost 20.00 bucks somewhere), got a few little extras and I mean little and come home with $2.00. A great time to be had by this lady!!! 😀

  4. Mlissabeth October 19, 2013 / 10:18 am

    What great birthday loot! I smiled about the comment about your boyfriend being helped by his mom. 🙂 It sounds like a stressful situation at work, but that you were able to handle it okay. Have a great time at Rhinebeck!

    • Kevin October 19, 2013 / 10:25 am

      She should make me her boyfriend shouldn’t she? 😉

      • Nicky October 19, 2013 / 10:37 am

        You know what … you need to go to the corner!!!! After all these years, this is the ONLY thing you think you need to respond too!!!! You never even responded to a post!!! I’ll get you! Yes sir … I will!!!! I’ll deal with you offline!!! LOLOL! 😛 ♥

    • Nicky October 19, 2013 / 10:31 am

      He’s not my b/f … just a really close friend. But I smiled … well honestly … I laughed out loud when he wouldn’t admit how he found out about Quince & Co. That man ain’t know nuffin about that … but his mom is a knitter and crocheter so I know that’s how he managed to find that company. LOLOL! 😀

      I’ll be sure to let you know how Rhinebeck is.

      • Opal October 23, 2013 / 11:19 am

        It sounds like you’re protesting a bit too much!

        Sorry I missed this original post, I’m hoping you had a wonderful birthday and enjoy the last few days during your birth month.

        I pray that you have many more and you always know that God is with you. God bless you!

        • Nicky October 23, 2013 / 9:57 pm

          LOLOL. He loved that you said that but he’s banned from commenting here again. 😀

          Gyurl no trouble. It’s been a wonderful month. Lots of new starts, lots of new things to try and lots, and lots, and lots of love. God has been truly blessing me; my heart is full with His goodness.

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