Catching up

Well, I pretty much completed training at work.  I finished the two weeks, despite having the plague, but they decided not to graduate us onto the next level because we didn’t learn everything we should have, no doubt from having to get up in the wee hours to be at work by 5:00 a.m.  Truth be told, I think the trainers were not at top form at those hours either, and they left out a lot of what we should have learned.  I was a bit panicky going back yesterday, but a fifteen minute early arrival in the break room was quite fortuitous.  I asked a bunch of questions of a more seasoned employee, and I got a much better grasp on a few procedures.  Last night was really pretty enjoyable, despite still having to blow my nose all too frequently!

I am, I think, finally on the mend.  I’ve not felt the hot flashes and dizziness of the fever for a few days, and I can actually breathe again, so that’s all good!  Of course, the virus is running like wild fire through the building, so by the time I’m totally well, the last person will probably give it back.  I’m hoping I’ve built up a good immunity.

We did go to see The Grand Budapest Hotel a week ago Sunday.  I really enjoyed the movie, although the ending was a bit lack-luster.  This, however, is sort of typical for Wes Anderson.  It was a good romp, though.

On the Rowenta front, I really like the new iron.  It heats up well, produces copious amounts of steam, and even has a boost button to give more steam when necessary.  The port for filling it with water has a rubber stopper, so I’m thinking that if I turned the iron upside down, it wouldn’t leak.  Experience teaches me that I shouldn’t do that, so I’ve been hesitant to test that hypothesis.  I may get to be really daring later in the week, and I’ll let you know if it turns out to be water-tight.  I have a small custom quilt on the machine right now that had become rather creased before I loaded it, so I tested the iron’s capabilities by giving it a nice pressing.  Not one tiny wrinkle remained.  This is a true Rowenta.

Ozzie and I have been getting out to the dog park frequently, but most of my walking has taken place on lunch hours at work.  I’m transitioning to graveyard shift, so yesterday, I was off during the most glorious daylight hours.  It was 70° and strikingly beautiful here.  Ozzie and I did go for our long walk in the park.  So many of the flowers have begun to bloom, even lilacs and a few rhododendrons.  Everything is so green and fresh.  We’ll be heading out there again soon, as today is supposed to be even more spectacular than yesterday.  Rain coming tomorrow and Thursday, so we’ll take full advantage.  I hope spring is on the way for all of you.  I know a few friends who are actually getting more snow today, and that just makes me sad.  Spring be with you!

RIP Rowenta

I was finishing up a client quilt yesterday and got to the end where I always need to release the quilt from the leader grips and do a bit of steaming and pressing to even out the quilt bottom.  I turned on my trusty Rowenta Professional and . . .  nothing happened!  At first, I thought perhaps I’d blown a circuit and the outlet wasn’t working, but there is a power strip there that feeds power to the auto-advance for my quilting machine, and that was working fine.  I tried it in another outlet, and no go.  I got the iron as a gift for my 50th birthday, so if it had lasted about four more months, it would have been 10 years old.  I loved that iron.  It got hot quickly, had lots of steam, and mine never leaked.  I know some folks have trouble with Rowentas leaking.  I was so sad to see it go.

I did a search on irons, both on some of the lists in which I participate, and on some friends’ blogs.  Judy Laquidara had some reviews on her blog and, while she tried a few others, I think the last one she got that she liked was a Rowenta.  So, I decided to give Rowenta another try.  I came upon this little model on Amazon, and it was so pretty (well, for an iron, anyway!), that I just had to get it.  It arrived today.  I’ll let you all know how I like it and if I have any problems with it spitting on me.

rowenta iron

 

I love the colors of this one, and the pretty design on the sides just sealed the deal for me.  I’m hoping it will be as good as my last one!