I spent a wonderful two days taking two EGA sponsored classes from Pamela Darney. I honestly don't know where to begin! Pam teaches sampler making. The designs she brought and used for teaching were mostly all Quaker samplers with a few others tossed in, like a house sampler, a Pennsylvania German sampler and other ones whose names have escaped me. All were lovely to look at (and impossible to resist!), but the joy of the class was learning how to make samplers your very own. And not just Pam's samplers, but any sampler we may stitch by another designer, too. Some stitchers walked away ready to do their very own, start-from-scratch sampler. It was an awesome two days. We stitched, we ate some terrific meals and had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.
BUT! That brings me to my recent pet peeve. I'm really tired of the whole "you guys" trend. Arghhhhhh! I mean, I understand it when people are speaking casually with each other. As in, among friends. And I understand it when entertainers use it. Jimmy Fallon calls his audience "you guys" all the time and that doesn't bug me. He's there to entertain me, not to interact with me. But using the phrase "you guys", especially when talking to a group of women and when it's in a business situation....well, it sets my teeth on edge. It's lazy. It's sloppy. It annoys the hell out of me.
We stitchers - groups of women, with ages ranging from 50 - 70, were out to eat three times over the weekend, and two of those three times we were continually referred to as "you guys". We were not guys. Call us ladies. Call us folks. Or don't call us anything at all! You don't need to say, "Are you guys ready to order?" You can simply say, "Are you ready to order?". Or "Is everyone ready to order?".
Sometimes I want to get downright b*tchy and say something to the person who has just called me a guy. I never do, but I sure do think it in my head.
Besides that....they'd probably spit in my salad.
Moving on. I don't have anything to show you from the class - that'll come later. But Saturday evening after supper I put a few more stitches into LHN's Simple Joys. It's a nice, simple carry-along project at this point, because I have very little counting left to do.