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October 7, 2009

update from the abyss

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — smacky @ 7:35 pm

So, I’ve had a request to update my blog. I’m sorry that it has been such a long time since my last post, but since I only have one reader (Hi, Aaron!), I didn’t think anybody would miss me. On the other hand (bright side?), 100% of my followers are asking for an update, so I really ought to oblige. 🙂

I have very good reasons for not updating for so long. I have started back to school for a BS in Education (insert snarky comment here) and I should be studying for a Philosophy test (Plato’s “Trial and Death of Socrates” as well as lectures on Plato’s “Republic” including information on The Ring of Gyges, The Allegory of the Cave, The 4-Part Divided Line, etcetera, etc.) Anyway, between Philosophy and Algebra and Edgar Allan Poe set to music, I have had plenty of studying to do lately. However, the most important drain on my time has been television. This is very important, so pay attention!

I love “Glee“. I didn’t want to watch it, because I don’t need more of my time hijacked by television, but I did watch it and I LOVE it! Then, of course, my longtime addiction to “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report,” which I have shamefully neglected of late; “Heroes,” which jumped the shark about a season and a half ago, but I am still hanging on for some unknown reason, and it continues to not redeem itself; “Upstairs, Downstairs,” which I’m Netflixing, but I can’t let a disk sit in that red envelope for too long–it makes me nervous. My Hulu queue is full of old Alfred Hitchcocks, the original, British version of “Queer as Folk,” a few remaining episodes of “Strangers with Candy” (which I missed when it originally aired on Comedy Central), and various clips from “SNL.” Also, “Warehouse 13” is fun and I might be getting into the new “Stargate Universe” but time will tell on that one. I’m waiting for someone’s lungs to get stolen, or an equally ridiculous storyline in this Stargate version of “Star Trek Voyager.” Haven’t seen enough of “Flash Forward” yet to know how I feel about it, but I like a lot of the actors on it and the premise is interesting. And, I am ashamed to admit, I am very much looking forward to the second season of “Legend of the Seeker.” Hey, I admitted my shame, okay? “Fringe” as well as “Dexter” and probably some others I forgot. Thank the universe for DVRs and Hulu…

The hubs and I (mostly him) have spent the last two weekends smoking venison and chickens on the patio. THAT is good eating, my friends. If you’d like some, let us know and we’ll reserve a Saturday for you. You may have to put in a little time around the chiminea, though; this all started because we have too much wood to burn and are too cheap to pay to have it hauled away. I’ll pay for garbage pickup, but why pay for someone to take away something you can use to roast marshmallows? Which we also have, by the way. And graham crackers. And chocolate bars. Children are welcome. Bring your own side dish.

Anyway, I digress. From what, I don’t know, because I haven’t really gotten to a point yet, have I? Don’t hold your breath.

The cats are adorable, as always:

SundayNaptime

Friends have gotten married, gatherings have been had, holidays have been planned (sort of), trips have been taken, work has been done, blah, blah, blah

Dear reader, you are not alone in my list of neglected projects. Knitting has been put down for awhile. I am occasionally working on an I-don’t-know-what with the remainder of my lovely blue yarn which was way too much for this project:

Shawl

Yarn and needles are scattered around the house in dire need of organization. Entire rooms of my house are in dire need of clearing. There is a huge pile of clothes begging to be taken to Goodwill and another huge pile begging to see the inside of the washer and dryer and a third huge pile dreaming of being folded and put away.

I did get a super-awesome inversion table

Last, a little health advice. Don’t panic about the flu, swine or seasonal flu is easy to avoid with the following steps.

Take oscillcoccinum once a month as a preventive, and follow package directions if you do get sick. Also, if you get sick, stay home. Nobody else needs or wants your germs. Sick time is not time to share the love, people.
Get plenty of rest and exercise and drink plenty of water
Eat your fruits and veggies (leafy greens and broccoli are super!) and healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, fish oil, etc.)
Wash your hands like a crazy person (if you are a crazy person, there is no need to increase this activity, you’re already doing fine)
When the sun comes out again, go stand in it and expose as much skin as you comfortably, or legally, can without any sunscreen on (or you could take a vitamin D supplement). Personally, I am enjoying the tanning bed. It’s safety is questionable, but it’s peaceful and warm and makes me happy. The UV rays cause your body to produce vitamin D, which is essential for a healthy immune system.
Take your vitamin C
Stop worrying. Stress makes you sick. 🙂

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January 21, 2009

feeding the instant gratification troll

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — smacky @ 10:00 pm

I’ve recently taken up knitting again and I have my friend’s daughter to thank for it. When I was at their house recently, she said to me “Remember when you said you’d make a hat for me and you never did?” I do remember saying that and have felt guilty for about 2 years. I came straight home and made that hat for her. I’m hoping to get it to her soon so she can wear it before winter is over…

My friend’s daughter is not the point of this post. Neither is the hat. Knitting is not a practice for those of us who have a hungry instant gratification troll (igt – pronounced “idgit”). It is something that takes patience and time and attention. The instant gratification is the purchasing of the supplies required for making a particular project. Or supplies for no project in particular.

I was at the yarn store a couple weeks ago and saw some great wool which I knew would knit up like the ragg socks I used to wear in high school. I had to buy it, even though I knew it was too thick to knit socks without altering a pattern, which I don’t have the patience for just yet. And I also ignored my sock history which goes something like this: “Woo hoo! I finished a sock. Man that was hard. I’m not doing that again!” So I have a some hand made single socks with no mates. This has not deterred me from continuing to try to get a whole pair finished.

I brought the wool home and started searching for a simple sock pattern. I found one I liked and started knitting. I decided against finishing the guage swatch (my usual MO). I figured if the socks were too big, I could just felt them and make slippers. I got the first sock done to just past the arch of my foot and I realized neither over-sized socks nor felted slippers were going to satisfy me. I had to get different yarn and the right-sized needles. Yes, I know that a little time and some simple math would enable me to knit whatever I want with whatever yarn and needles I choose. Did I mention I have no patience? I have, however, discovered the joy of knitting on two circular needles. It’s really easy and looks super-impressive to people who don’t knit. 🙂 My priorities, let me show you them.

So this morning the igt started whispering to me. You see, I got a gift certificate to a lovely yarn store across town and I am very excited about using it. However, it is not within lunch-break driving distance. Tomorrow is my day off, but I can’t wait that long I need new yarn NOW so I can start these socks for real TONIGHT and stop fooling myself with the giant socks/slippers plan which I know isn’t going to make me happy! So I spent my lunch break at the yarn store where I got the ragg yarn to begin with. I bought new needles and more yarn than I need (just to be sure I have enough – I hate getting near the end of a project and realizing I need another foot or two of yarn!)

This evening, I have begun the second attempt at this pair of socks which were inspired by the yarn I refuse use for them. I’ll let you know how that goes…

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