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Saturday morning we found our sump pump stopped working (some time between Wednesday night and Saturday morning) and the basement had flooded.

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We have been very busy. Result: I have not even cataloged my pictures from last week, or the pictures of my knitting, or the pictures of my new yarn, or my thoughts on anything at all that is not part of my basement.

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Just when I was going to write about my life not being very interesting…

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Project 365: 75-81

There is no overarching theme to this past week. Other than, possibly, alcohol (currently, not always when these pictures were taken). Commence with the pictures!!!

March 16, 2009
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Breakfast Chez Hookon. Oatmeal, sunflower seeds, and nutritional yeast. I’m a big fan of breakfast these days. And I love this stuff, as opposed to sweet oatmeal-type stuff. I tried the maple syrup/sugar/cinnamon combo and vastly prefer this combination.

March 17, 2009
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Spring is springing. Shoots shooting up at the local library; greenyness on St Patrick’s Day. It was a really pretty day and it was great to see the green everywhere, plus later I went out with friends and had some drinky good times.

March 18, 2009
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My favorite book in the house. The dictionary, published in the 1950s, I bought from the local library when it was being shoved off. This is the best book ever, and this picture turned out pretty well, if I say so. It sits on top of my antique bookcase within reach of the best chair in the house. It’s seriously huge, like 4.5 inches thick. Dictionaries are the coolest books ever.

March 19, 2009
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Miyagi-san. All curled up. I had forgotten to take a photo till super late, and I had to get up out of bed to take this picture. Worth it!

March 20, 2009
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This is after the evening of impossible people. I’m sure the picture details on Flickr say that it was taken on the 21st, but whatever. I was still awake and am calling it for the 20th, dammit. I earned the hell out of that picture. I took it through the highball glass, looking at the TV while Coupling was on.

March 21, 2009
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We bought the cat a Furminator. She loves it. We loves it. We got an entire cat’s worth of hair out of her on Saturday, and more on Sunday. That brush is insane, and everyone with a pet should buy one. I am so excited about it.

March 22, 2009
2009-03-22
I reorganized my double-pointed needles. And decided to photograph it. There you go. Sundays at my house are pretty damn boring.

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Saturday morning blisstacular

Hot tea on the side table, oatmeal in a bowl, and a cat on my cold toes.

Excellent.

Last night we had drinks with new friends. Very intense people. All my energy was used up just trying to keep track of which topic they were talking about, and I had none left to actually contribute to the conversation. Fortunately my participation requirement was very small, but I still found myself getting very tense and exhibiting really defensive body language (arms crossed over chest many times) and had to work to open my posture up so I didn’t offend them with my closed-off-ness. And of course that took more energy to accomplish. I was exhausted an hour and a half before we left.

Today looks like it will have none of that intensity.

Right now, because I have 4 pregnant friends, I’m browsing Ravelry for good baby patterns and am finding some amazing things to knit for some amazing babies. I’m excited to use up bits of my stash to work these (and more) up. I’m having some trouble finding the most perfect baby blanket, but the search is half the fun, no?

When NinjaHusband arises from his slumber, we’re going to Lowe’s to look at paint colors for the kitchen walls (to be added when we take down that awful wallpaper), to look for a new light fixture for our upstairs bathroom, and possibly look for planters for the patio garden.

And it’s a beautiful sunny day, so even though it’s a bit on the cold side I want to take a walk around the neighborhood.

What are you doing today?

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Project 365: 68-74

Warning: if pictures of feet creep you out, you probably don’t want to look at the picture for March 13th.

It should be noted that there are no pictures of my cat, and no pictures of my knitting this week. Not that either of them weren’t photogenic or awesome this week.

Also note that when it’s late at night and you haven’t taken a picture for the day, body parts are excellent last-minute subjects.

March 9, 2009
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A found, old-school label maker. I am very excited about the possibilities. “Kathy’s lunch.” “Kathy’s toothbrush.” “Kathy’s beer.”

March 10, 2009
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I love how colorful my town is. This on the walk between work and lunch, and it made me all happy.

March 11, 2009
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The Catholic church on 4th and Pine. The trees looked really nice against the stones and the sky. Again I display my love for bare trees. Repetitive, repetitive?

March 12, 2009
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Speaking of repetitive, this is from the day after I had the dream about my boring life. My left hand, with rings. I started taking pictures of my hand to show how dry my skin was, but I got totally creeped out by how not-mine my hand looked. This one looks much better (less hand), and I like my rings.

March 13, 2009
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And these are my feet. The scars running, in this picture, vertically along the sides of my toes are from bilateral bunionectomies. I used to have really pronounced bunions on both feet; they made it difficult to stand for long periods of time, I had to wrap my toes to run track in high school. Lots of pain. Then in 2002? (god, when did that happen?) I had two surgeries to cut that shit out. And my roommate, Femiknitter, took care of me while I was recovering in our 2nd floor apartment. And by “took care of me” I mean she set me up with booze and rolling-chair races on the hardwood floors, and set me up with insane amounts of videos and DVDs to watch (the Pride and Prejudice miniseries and the Godfather trilogy stand out in a big way). Good times. Thank you Femiknitter!

March 14, 2009
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My friend Beth, after a night of beer, wine, and Guitar Hero.

March 15, 2009
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Knit night, after two weeks of not being there. It was so good to see everyone again. Here we have Tracy and Carolyn laughing. I love the contrast between the static brick wall and their highly in-motion faces. I took a bunch of pictures that night, but I spent the most time looking at this picture. It just makes me laugh, really captures the happy mood of the night.

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The Answer Is Yes

Yes, I really am that boring, because I had the same dream again.

In my dream I woke up, realized it was Tuesday (although today is Monday), and started picking out clothes to wear for the day. For a really long time. And then in the dream I saw that it was later than 7:00 (when I usually get up) and kind of freaked out. I then woke up (for realsies this time) and saw that it was 7:24am and that I had forgotten to set my alarm.

Ugh. Now I’m tired on top of being boring.

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What does it mean when one dreams about one’s morning routine, in its entirety?

I mean, nothing was different and nothing was left out. I dreamt every exact detail from feeding the cat to getting dressed to driving the pothole-pocked streets of DeKalb to get to work (a word to whoever our new/continuing mayor will be after April 7th: please fix the goddamned roads. Thank you). There was no dream about Spike from Buffy, there was no dream about flying, there wasn’t even a sense of danger or urgency or fright that I’m forgetting something or a task I must accomplish. It was the most boring dream I’ve ever had, and then I had to repeat everything when I woke up.

My day can only get better from here, right?

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Project 365: 61-67

This past week involved me starting to get sick, trying to ignore the sickness on the only warm sunny day we’ve had so far, and getting sicker. Fortunately there were one or two nice things to look at along the way.

March 2, 2009
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One of many stitch markers I’m using on the Tuscany Shawl. I made this one, not the bead, but putting the bead on the wire thingamajig. I made this one … two years ago? or something. It’s fun to make these pretty pieces for my knitting, but there are tons of people who do it better than I do. The yarn doesn’t have this much yellow in the green; I think I have much to learn about light on color.

March 3, 2009
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By Tuesday my symptoms were escalating. I stopped at the Walgreens across the street from my neighborhood on the way home from work and picked up this knockoff Robitussin. It has been helping. Two thumbs up.

March 4, 2009
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The shawl, mostly laid out. (Again with the too much yellow!) This is the best pattern in the world right now. It’s easy to work, quick to work, and while I don’t have it quite memorized yet, I only need to glance at the chart at the beginning of each row to remember what’s next. I’m really excited about it. As I may have mentioned once or twice or fifty times before. I think I’ll need to find a longer needle soon.

March 5, 2009
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My first pair of wrist-warmers ever. Back in 2005? 2006? (A quick peek at my Ravelry page reveals that these happened over December 2005-February 2006). These are on my keyboard at work, where I wear them when the interior climate is cold as bones (so, 70% of the year). They were knit flat (before I learned to knit in the round) on 3.25mm / US 3 needles with fingering-weight yarn. Back in those days I did exactly what the patterns told me to do (gauge? what?) and as a result these are pretty pilly. But they’re well loved. I’ve lent them to several co-workers over the years and have always gotten good reviews.

March 6, 2009
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Warm, sunny day at the public library in town. This is one of many ironwork rosettes on the exterior of two windows flanking the library’s entrance. I love tiny details like this, and to see it starting to degrade and corrode with the changing colors — amazing!

March 7, 2009
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I got hit really hard with tiredness and coughing and voice loss on Saturday. I felt absolutely gross all day and didn’t have any energy to search out a good picture, but I thought I should document my kitchen’s entirely awful wallpaper. We plan to take it down this spring and paint the walls, and it can’t happen fast enough. We just have to choose colors (a color? multiple colors? … we have to decide on that too) and then we get to take this grid-like stuff down.

March 8, 2009
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Sunday, still sickly. Miyagi enjoys sitting on the old recliner and as I walked back to sit in the new recliner I grabbed the camera to snap this shot. And then I wrapped up in blankets and didn’t move for 4 hours.

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