Archive for October, 2005

A Very Harlot Saturday

Alright, I’m finally able to talk about last Saturday. Not only was it the day that Nick passed the bar (still in total puppy-wiggle mode over that one), but it was also the day of Yarny Goodness.

I took my friend, co-worker, and knitting instigator Donna with me to Arcadia Knits in Chicago. From the get-go it was a lovely time, driving with very little traffic (I didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to take blog pictures while driving), then driving with lots of traffic down Lawrence Avenue, but we got there in plenty of time (a first for me!) and we saw this:

The whole store was set up in rainbow colors (you smart Arcadia Knitting cookies, you!). It was great. I walked in and I immediately saw red yarn, orange yarn, yellow yarn… I was completely in yarn-induced bliss. It was great.

What was even better was seeing/hearing Stephanie speak. (This was my first author reading/signing/thing, and I have liked this woman from afar and I was so excited that I’m amazed I didn’t pee my pants. I’m such a dweeb.) After being assured that she would mock me just a little for being a crocheter, I brought crochet projects to work on during her talk, but was having too much fun to stitch. Nice power–the power to stop and start others stitching just by speaking!

There I am with The Harlot. Proof of my very awesome adventure in Chicago involving scatterbrained driving, geeking out on yarn, and meeting some very excellent people.

That is so close to being a Hallmark card. Does Hallmark make yarny cards? For sympathy when your favorite yarn is discontinued, or for congratulations on finishing that afghan you’ve spent 3 years of your life working up, or for “just thinking of you” including a set of 5 dpns? I think they’re missing a huge market.

Anydarnhow, I had an absolutely fantastic day (thanks, Donna!) and received lots of advice on how to integrate my fiance into my yarntastic crafty life. Pictures of the swag tomorrow.

(tonight is Sleater-Kinney Night at the Metro!)

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This is Insane Troll Logic

I have about a hundred things to talk about, but this came up and I have to talk about it first.

This is a link to a story about Indiana legislation (make sure to click on the link to the pdf of the actual amendments to the actual laws. Pay attention to pages 5 and 6). This Indiana legistlation is trying to make it so that those people trying to conceive a child outside of the usual way (meaning, they have to undergo various fertility treatments: IVF, artificial insemination, surrogacy, etc) must be married. People who want to bear children (or enter into an agreement in which another woman carries and bears the child for the intended parents), must be married. They can’t be long-term-relationship-commitment heterosexuals, they can’t be single women, and they sure as heck can’t be gay.

Is that goose-stepping I hear? I’m serious. I hear it.

They’re trying to make it sound like this is okay, that doing a background check and application process is normal in adoption situations so clearly it applies to assisted reproduction. That this is for the better well-being of the children. That it’s okay to restrict parenthood only to those women and men who are in a state- and church-sanctioned marriage. Ugh, this makes me want to vomit all over the place.

http://www.in.gov/S32/ Here is the Indiana state senator who is backing this bill. She has two phone numbers. Use them as you see fit.

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Insomnia, situational

I hate the crap out of this weather. It’s October 3rd (or it was for most of the time I was awake today… or yesterday… time is weird), and it hit bloody 88 degrees today. With mind-melting humidity on the side. Same tomorrow (Tuesday), then 77-ish Wednesday, and 55 on Thursday. Thanks, Weathergods!

I have apparently angered the Weathergods in some way (surely not with my sarcasm!)–I got a lovely migraine that started Sunday night and lasted most of Monday. Brilliant. This is part of the reason I’m blogging at 1am Tuesday. The only medication that kicks the crap out of my migraines is one that has caffeine in it. I rarely otherwise consume caffeine, which is why I was lying in bed thinking of 8 million things that need doing: crochet and knit projects for Christmas gifts (“I could be working on them right now!”), updating my Christmas list with new needles and hooks, bills, books to be read, and getting some damned sleep because I have to be up at 6:30 to run with Lara and Emily. And of course, sleep never happens when you need it to.

So here I am, considering more drugs (the sleepy kind), but only theoretically. I’m trying to get the ol’ corpus working on its own. Hence the running. In 5.5 hours. Dammit.

Ever notice how the most deep-down and heartachey thoughts come about when you can’t sleep? I was just thinking of my total lack of self-confidence (and individuality) in my early high school years. Very uncomfortable stuff. I wish I could go back in time and kick my own arse for being so stupid. I wish I had been a better person to everyone. I wish I could stop thinking these thoughts and get to sleep.

Alright. I just decided not to go running, and instead get some sleep. I feel slightly better. Will feel even more better (you see the state of my mind here?) if I can actually fall asleep. Sleepy sleep sleep. Change one letter and it’s sheepy sheep sheep. Then, following the natural course of my melted brain: sheep>wool>knitting>christmas gifts>lack of time>worry>insomnia. My mangled mind conspires to further freak itself out. Well done! And with accompanying nausea! Terriffic!

The sarcasm content is a little high tonight.

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With Flying Colors

This man that I love, he is wonderful. He cooks, he cleans, he is learning to accept the yarn stash. And yesterday we found out that he is amazing at something else:

He passed the Bar Exam!

(wild applause and much dancing around the house in a gleeful manner)

After waiting 2 1/2 months to get the results, they were posted yesterday. He passed, he passed, he passed!!


I love this man.

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