6
Mar
2017

My back pain has been excruciating for the past three days, although it is beginning to abate.  Much of the time, I feel best if I don’t try to sit down, if I am standing and moving, it doesn’t hurt as badly. However, I find it difficult to grade papers in a standing stance.

At about 4pm this afternoon, I couldn’t tolerate it anymore, so I took a pain pill for it.  A real one – makes me a little loopy.   Then, I proceeded to write up my notes for class tomorrow.

When I realized at some point I had begun to number my pages in descending order, I called it quits.  I don’t think I want to even chance grading this stack of midterms, do I?

Tomorrow will be a new, more lucid, day, I hope!

 

23
May
2016

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.

14
Jan
2016

I am particularly fond of 70’s disco bands that used real musicians, especially horn sections, instead of synthesized sounds.  Think KC and the Sunshine Band; think Kool and the Gang. Yeah. Those guys.

Disco has a place in my home. When I clean house, I must have a dance playlist pumping put the tunes to keep me going, pushing through the various messes and ick that need to be taken care of. Sometimes it is 80s techno or 00s pop, but most recently, I’ve had a taste for my old faves.

Now. Let’s set the mood.  Before reading the rest of this post, go listen to this. Crank it up. I’m Your Boogie Man.

Do you hear it? Ahhhh.

Okay. So, I’ve got some cleaning and disinfecting to do.  I’ve also got a teen-aged daughter who needed some motivation to help… a soundtrack for sweat. I put KC and the Sunshine Band on 11; then the sneer came – the look of abject horror on my girl’s face as she watched me work it around the kitchen. If a look could bury one’s mother, in a cave, 5 miles deep, she had it.

“What?!” I hollered over the music,” don’t you like it? Come on! Dance with me!”

She responded by crossing her arms and rolling her eyes, and went off to finish dusting.

I was a little sad. How? How could my very own offspring not love my music?

Fast forward a few days.  KC was on the kitchen speaker again; “I’m your Boogie Man” blasting full volume. I was out of sight in my room,  when my daughter came into the house. I could tell she was there; she could not see me.  I was planning on jumping out to startle her when she inevitably walked past my doorway.

It was beautiful. I couldn’t have asked for a better set-up. Right before I jumped out behind her, she raised her arms high above her head; she began to sway and jump. My baby! Dancing to disco. The same music she rolled her eyes at. It was glorious. I pounced. She screamed.

She knew I saw. I saw. She couldn’t hide her shame. Hahahaha.

I’m YOUR Boogie Man.

 

10
Jan
2016

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!

Scarfff

 

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:

Scarfneck

It’s the perfect length for a good leash:

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I could freak out the children and tell them there is a giant python in the living room trying to ingest their dog!

Scarfeatdog

Or perhaps, Rapunzel Hair for halloween…

Scarfrapunz

We live in an old house. Maybe, this is the perfect item to block those cold, drafty doorway openings:

Scarfdraft

 

Hm. Yeah, it makes a pretty good straight jacket.

Scarfstraightj

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?

Scarfdeter

Ah. Scarfzilla  – the possibilities are endless.