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Just a note

There might not be many posts from me in the next couple of weeks…I am Becoming Organized and Getting a Grip on My Life, which is about as much of a drag as it sounds like but which is also urgently necessary.

Then again if I can figure out how to manage my time you may see just as many posts as usual. But there’s a big backlog of Stuff I Should Have Done Ages Ago, so if I go missing, that’s why.

Bring the boy back home

Bring the boy back home

Okay, folks, I normally don’t do much of this kind of thing, but this here is important. Really, really important.

Sunshyn is someone I’ve gotten to know online first via a mailing list and then from reading each other’s journals. She and her husband Will have been raising their three-year-old grandson for I think about two years now. More than half of his life. Roo’s had a lot of struggles for such a little guy. He was diagnosed early in 2005 with an autism spectrum disorder. Since then, he’s come a really long way, from being completely non-verbal to reaching the point where it was recently determined that he no longer qualifies for special-needs preschool.

Then this past Saturday when Sunshyn went to pick up Roo from his visit with his other grandparents, they handed her a court document saying they now had full custody of Roo and wouldn’t even let her say good-bye to him. She and Will had no knowledge that they were seeking custody, no chance to have their say in court.

Roo needs to be back in his home, and lawyers and custody battles cost money. A Paypal account has been set up for donations to Roo’s legal fund. Please go read these two links below, and please, please help get this little boy back home where he belongs.

The Unhappiest New Year (Sunshyn’s journal entry after Roo was taken away)
Background info on Roo from Sunshyn’s annual Christmas letter

Bring the boy back home

Still no photos!

I still have no pictures of those doilies, because they still aren’t done. Ack! The second one of the pair I’m making for my mother-in-law is very nearly done, just half a round to go, and I should be able to finish that and get it on the blocking board tonight and with any luck mail it tomorrow. I have further to go with my mom’s doily, but I think it should be done in a couple of days.

I’m a little under the weather today. (Nothing serious. You don’t want to hear about it.) So I’m getting virtually nothing done at work, just catching up on reading blogs, though I haven’t been commenting because I feel dopey from the medication I took after I started feeling sick earlier. I’d really love a nap, but that’s probably not going to happen.

Anyway just thought I’d post something so it wouldn’t look like I vanished off the face of the earth. But I’m babbling incoherently so I’m just going to leave it at that…

Intellectual schmintellectual

I haven’t posted much in a while apart from random drive-by quiz results, have I?

I expect to have some photos shortly; I’m in a crunch trying to finish up some gifts, doilies for my mom and my mother-in-law. The one for MIL is done already apart from blocking, but it’s itty-bitty. That’s what she wanted, a tiny little doily, but I’m hoping to make a matching one in a bigger size to go along with it. Right now I’m about a third or so into my mom’s doily. I’d wanted to make a bunch of snowflakes to send to various family members, too, but that didn’t really work out.

Partly I’m so late with finishing gifts and not getting as many made as I’d have liked because my hands were/are bothering me (current status: not bad at all today, though my knuckles still have been swelling up randomly). And partly because I’m having a major back pain episode and the one position that’s comfortable to sit in is murder on my neck if I try to crochet too long sitting like that.

(Anyone want some cheese to go along with that whine?)

I’m noticing that my status bars over there haven’t been updated for so long that they don’t actually bear much relation to what I’m working on these days. I’ll try to remember to do WIP Wednesday this week. But mainly I’m doing the doilies, and after those I’m going to get back to some other projects, like lining the purse that’s otherwise finished and finishing up the Seraphina shawl, which I could totally use because, well, holy early winter, Batman! It’s cold here!

And I’m trying to decide what to do with the felting yarn Lori sent me. I’ve been browsing around looking at various patterns but haven’t been able to settle on anything yet. I’ve thought about doing some felted mittens—I saw a great-looking pattern somewhere and bookmarked it. They looked so lovely and warm. But I’m thinking that for a first attempt at felting (and in a front-loading washer at that) it might be best if I did something where size isn’t critical, like a bag. If anyone has suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

And now for some quiz results! Seen at various blogs, but I can’t remember whose offhand.

You’re a scientific intellectual.

What Sort of Intellectual Are You?
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Coasters & temperament: two great tastes that taste great together

Marvie and Rebecca were wondering about the practicality of crochet coasters, and I’m a big doofus and didn’t email them back, and anyway I figured they might not have been the only ones wondering.

So here’s the deal: I’ve made a few coasters out of worsted weight cotton before these ones, and they’ve worked great for me and weren’t wobbly at all, but—and this could be a big difference between stable and wobbly—we’ve only been using them for water glasses next to the bed, where they’re less likely to be knocked over by cats, and where they usually have a giant 44-ounce cup of ice water on them. So I don’t know if they’re as stable with a smaller glass, since the water cups are pretty heavy when they’re full. What I’d say is to try making one and check it out. The ones I’ve made before were Janelle’s star coaster and granted they’re a little flatter than the ones I just made. But we’ve never had any spills, not even when a cup is close to empty.

Moving on…Nope, didn’t do any crochet this weekend. I feel really scatterbrained. More so than usual. And anxious—because of the holidays coming up and me being so not ready for it, and because there’s something going on with my hands that involves random joints swelling up and being painful and stiff, then randomly getting better, then other random joints in my hands doing the same thing. (Please do not mention the word arthritis, okay? I am only 32.)

Anyway, I’m trying to get a grip on myself. Meantime, some slightly unflattering quiz results!

You Have a Melancholic Temperament

Introspective and reflective, you think about everything and anything. You are a soft-hearted daydreamer. You long for your ideal life. You love silence and solitude. Everyday life is usually too chaotic for you.

Given enough time alone, it’s easy for you to find inner peace. You tend to be spiritual, having found your own meaning of life. Wise and patient, you can help people through difficult times.

At your worst, you brood and sulk. Your negative thoughts can trap you. You are reserved and withdrawn. This makes it hard to connect to others. You tend to over think small things, making decisions difficult.

Slowly catching up

Hope everyone out there who celebrates it had a very happy Thanksgiving!

I was away from the internet for over two days, so I’ve been slowly catching up on things. I’m going to be internet-less tomorrow, too, so I’ll be incommunicado a bit longer…

I am glue?

Hey, first I wanted to say that I don’t think I’ve answered any email at all for days (and some for much longer because I am flaky about things like starting to reply to an email and then saving it in the draft folder and never ever remembering to finish and send it), and I promise I’m not ignoring anyone on purpose and will try to get back to everyone who’s written in a reasonable amount of time but probably not before the day after Thanksgiving.

I’m having a bit of a tough week on account of spectacularly bad cramps and related nonsense. I accidentally left the heat packs at home today, too, which is a major bummer because I’m allergic to ibuprofen and heat is my friend. I’ve been taking Tylenol and that is just sad because Tylenol just does not help with this at all.

I expect I’ll be feeling better by tomorrow but I’ll also be super-busy what with the holiday coming up and all.

Since it’s been going around…For the record, I heart mashed potatoes. I’ve been totally rooting for them in Lori’s poll but they are trailing behind turkey and stuffing so I really think you should go vote for them.

You Are Mashed Potatoes

Ordinary, comforting, and more than a little predictable
You’re the glue that holds everyone together.

Good news all around

I just got a very happy phone call from my mom, where I learned that:

1) My sister’s fiancÚ just got home from Iraq, a month or so earlier than scheduled.
2) My sister is moving to Pittsburgh sometime next year (Pittsburgh being about three hours from here, as opposed to 12-14 hours away right now).



Hey everyone…

I don’t have much to post about today, but I wanted to thank everyone for the well wishes and advice and let you know that I’m alive and not sick anymore and all that. I drank about a gallon of cranberry juice over about a 24-hour period, and I got better, so apparently I started in on that soon enough not to need antibiotics. If I hadn’t been better by the next morning after I posted, I would’ve gone to the doctor, but luckily I didn’t have to (and good thing, too, because we had a tire emergency a couple of days later and had to spend the money I would’ve spent at the doctor’s office buying a tire instead). By the next morning I wasn’t in much pain at all, just a little twingy, and I was entirely better other than being tired by the end of that day.

I hate it when that happens.

I haven’t touched any crochet in about a week. I was really tired all last week and just didn’t have any energy for it. Maybe tonight…

Oh, man

I think I have a urinary tract infection. Okay, there isn’t much “think” about it. I’m pretty damn sure I have one.

Don’t you wish you were me?

Plan of action: 1) Chug cranberry juice. 2) If I still feel like this in a couple of hours, call doctor’s office and beg for prescription for whatever it was he gave me last time without a visit on the grounds that I know good and well what a UTI feels like. (Also, I still owe them $50 from my last visit when the nerve block cost way more than I expected and don’t want to rack up any more bills.) 3) If neither of those work, go to doctor tomorrow.