I invented a new word today.
My mother has been in the hospital for 13 days, after having some strokes, and assorted other issues, necessitating surgery and a blood transfusion. She is to be discharged tomorrow.
Knowing that she was being cared for today, and feeling as if I didn’t need to camp out in her hospital room all day in case the doctors come by with some tidbits of very important data, I decided to take a last minute outing with my daughter in search of something fun.
We were searching for glees – that’s a creation of my sister… a noun I’ve never really seen used in a plural form.
I turned to my daughter, and articulated that I hoped nothing urgent happened back home, because, you know, sometimes searching for the glees can result in gleepercussions.
She stared at me, as you probably are staring at your screen right now, trying to decide whether to laugh, or smack me.
Then we saw a bald eagle go soaring by and ate snow balls until we got sick.
We recently discovered a new addition to the North Alabama dining landscape – The ToyBox Bistro. I’m telling you about it, but this isn’t a critical “restaurant review.” It is just an impression of a fun little spot from an appreciative fan. I first found out about the eatery from this recent article in AL.COM.
What really piqued my interest was this quote: “Toybox Bistro is a homage in some ways to Timon’s late husband, Steve, who died five years ago from cancer. Timon said Steve was ‘an enormous collector’ who filled her house with lots of cool, high-end toys and games.”
And what a dear, sweet homage it is. I always wondered what would become of these sorts of collections. I know that my current yarn fetish will happily be consumed by my sister, but what do you do with a lifelong acquisition of all things geeky and game related? The interior of the ToyBox Bistro is filled with action figures, games and gaming cards. It is absolutely adorable and if you know any gaming enthusiasts from aged 8 through 88, they will get a kick out of perusing the showcases.
(Apologies for the crappy photos, all I had was my cell phone and it was a little dark inside.)
A wall of action figures:
Some wonderfully repurposed pendant light fixtures:
Each table top, under glass, has a collection of playing cards including Munchkin, Yu-Gi-Oh, Cards Against Humanity, etc.
The food is well-priced, well-prepared and quite tasty! They offer adult and kid friendly items such as hamburgers, hotdogs, wings, salads and various other dishes. Beer is also on tap. We tried their special “waffled mac & cheese” and found it surpassed our expectations. It’s basically Mac&Cheese done in a waffle iron – you will love it if you are one of those weirdos, like me, who loves the burnt crispy bit on the top of a casserole.
Check them out. They are next door to Sugar Belle (owners of the cupcake assault vehicle in town).
This past summer, a new pattern idea caught the eye of my sister and me. It’s called the Scoreboard Knit Along where one sets up a scarf, knit in the round – each row represents a point scored during the season. Generally, two main colors (from your team) are chosen. Color 1 is used for your team’s points; color 2 for your opponents’ points. Some people use a third color to knit a separator row between games.
I chose to use all three colors for the New Orleans Saints: Black, Gold and White. Because I wanted more variation and interest in what would be a very long finished piece, I decided to use black for the saints scores, and alternate gold and white for the opponents scores. I separated games by purling the final rows of each. My sister also decided we should augment these ridiculous things with beads to make them even more ridiculous! (In hindsight, I regret it because the beads catch and snag the scarf when it’s folded up.)
In this 2015 season, the games the Saints played in had a combined 984 points. That is a lot of knitting, and because the pattern called for a mid-weight yarn, this thing ended up over 14 feet in length. At least the pattern connects the ends, so the scarf ends up doubled on itself, so the result is only 7 feet long.
ONLY. SEVEN. FEET. Hahahahahaha!
This is probably the most ridiculous thing I have ever crafted, and if you know me at all, that’s really saying something. So, now, what does one DO with an 8 pound, striped, although quite cuddly and squishy, because I used nice yarn, monstrosity?
If I wrap it around my neck 4 or 5 times, it’s impossible to move, but is comforting. Hey! Just like one of those travel neck pillows:
It’s the perfect length for a good leash:
I could freak out the children and tell them there is a giant python in the living room trying to ingest their dog!
Or perhaps, Rapunzel Hair for halloween…
We live in an old house. Maybe, this is the perfect item to block those cold, drafty doorway openings:
Hm. Yeah, it makes a pretty good straight jacket.
I think this is my personal favorite. I hate unannounced visits from people I do not know. Especially solicitors – anyone going door to door must be discouraged from coming near my place. What looks from the street much like a huge snake on the porch may deter a few annoying people. Would you risk it?
Ah. Scarfzilla – the possibilities are endless.