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Just under the wire!

October 19, 2009
2009-10-19

On Monday I was still too sore to go back to work, so I spent another day on the couch with an ice pack on my belly. It was all very exciting. This is one of our plants (Dr. Huxtable? Maybe?) with one of my grandma’s clip-on earrings. I have several that are all the same that might get turned into button covers, but this one was alone in the world. I thought it could brighten up the plant.

October 20, 2009
2009-10-20

One of the skeins of yarn I’m using to make A SUPER SECRET PROJECT. KnitPicks Swish Worsted in Marine Heather. This blue is awesome.

October 21, 2009
2009-10-21

Fall is a great season for color. This is the sidewalk on the way into work.

October 22, 2009
2009-10-22

Headed home on a rainy evening. (There’s not really anything else to say besides that)

October 23, 2009
2009-10-23

I drove to Waterman on Friday, in the rain, and passed the wind farm (under construction). This was one of two shots I got by just pointing the camera out my passenger side window. Yes, I took these while driving. In my defense I didn’t actually look at the camera or do any sort of composition in order to get it. But damn, it looks nice and creepy/lonely/sad, eh?

October 24, 2009
2009-10-24

More of the SUPER SECRET PROJECT. Ignore it.

October 25, 2009
2009-10-25

This is part of my pajamas. My awesome sister-in-law and brother-in-law gave me these pajamas for Christmas one year. The pattern is nesting dolls dressed as hippies. They are supercomfy and I love them.

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I’ve decided not to apologize for the lateness of my weekly posts (or for the lack of any other kind of post) until the middle of November. Planning, organizing, and executing The Big Read has really intruded into my own personal time (witness the total lack of updating over at Prairie Doula, which might also have something to do with me not wanting to see that particular picture of me ever again in my whole life), and I’m just going to go with it. Life happens.

This past week I had my surgery, and while I was out of it (and, oddly, dreaming about my grandma’s house) the surgeon came out to the waiting room to tell NinjaHusband that everything went really well, all my bits are healthy and harbor no lurking parasites, and handed him a bunch of pictures of my insides. Whut. Seriously. And to include you all in the fun, I’m posting a picture I took of one of the pictures of my insides. Aren’t you very excited!? Of course you are! But to shield those who don’t want to see inside bits (there’s no blood, but it’s pink and kind of wriggly looking), Friday’s picture is posted behind the jump. You’re welcome.

October 12, 2009
2009-10-12

Portrait of a cat at the end of a day with no other pictures. She’s on the footrest of our comfy recliner, which NinjaHusband so thoughtfully leaves in the “up” position for her, even when he himself gets out of the chair. I am not so generous and have no problem gently dumping the cat onto the floor when I get out of the chair. Miyagi is becoming better friends with NinjaHusband because of this.

October 13, 2009
2009-10-13

Tuesday was a beautiful sunny day and this is the tree at the end of our driveway/court/horseshoe-shaped paved area. I think I like autumn light the best for pictures, especially of trees.

October 14, 2009
2009-10-14

On Wednesday night I stopped over at Samantha’s for a while to help wrangle the 2-year-old Miss Zara so Sam could have some time with baby Clive. He looks so enchanted by your nose (or maybe your eyebrows?), Samantha. It’s cracking me up.

October 15, 2009
2009-10-15

I actually didn’t take a good picture on Thursday (I took one, but it was of my hospital gown and it’s completely uninteresting). I got in to the hospital’s day surgery staging area, and decided to start on a SUPERSECRET KNITTING PROJECT to calm me down (it’s 100% garterstitch). NinjaHusband took this picture and told me I had a weird look on my face. It was probably all the fear and the desire to run screaming from the room that he saw. Anyway, I was able to cast on and knit 30 stitches before they put the IV needle thing in my hand and I couldn’t knit any more. That really didn’t help my nerves, so N and I played the alphabet game (someone chooses a theme/topic, such as “nautical terms” and you run down the alphabet listing stuff that falls into the category. It’s harder and more brain-consuming than it seems) till they wheeled me away.

(Looking for Friday’s picture? It’s behind the jump, at the bottom)

October 17, 2009
2009-10-17

After spending most of Friday on the couch, sleeping and watching semi-interesting movies, my Mom came to visit on Saturday and we went on a walk around the neighborhood. I hadn’t been out of the house since Thursday, and it felt really nice to walk (slowly!) around and see the trees all beautiful and colorful.

Bonus Saturday picture:
under the trees - 2

For those who won’t click on the jump to see my beautiful insides, here is a bonus picture from our walk on Saturday.

October 18, 2009
2009-10-18

Miyagi has such a low opinion of me. Again, this was a last-minute portrait of the cat with scarf. Scarf was a gift from my friend Carin, who knits awesome things and is kind enough to share some of them with me. I thought the pink looked great on the grey cat.

And now, for the strong of heart…
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Project 365: the next bit

Yes, I have fallen behind. I blame work and the big huge program we’re putting on every day this month. There were also some other things that cropped up that I wasn’t sure I wanted to talk about yet (even though I took the illustrative pictures), but have now decided to talk about them. Why don’t I vague that up a little bit for you: Stuff happened on the sly, and I am now in a position to talk about stuff. Also: things.

Here we go, the past two weeks:

September 28, 2009
2009-09-28

My knitting patterns, semi-organized by basic type. The hat on the left might want to become a baby hat for a friend, and the scarf on the right wants to be my scarf, knit in Malabrigo Glazed Carrot. I’m trying to find a leaf-based pattern for a hat (adult sized) and can’t find anything that matches the hat in my brain. I may have to make it up, which is a lovely thought but one that will have to wait until November, or possibly March.

September 29, 2009
2009-09-29

I’m not pregnant. This is a picture of ultrasound images taken of my insides, specifically my ovaries. I have a cyst on my right ovary that was diagnosed back in May, and when I had my most recent set of ultrasounds, on Tuesday September 29th, the little bugger had grown. It’s not very large, but because it’s a complex ovarian cyst they’re more concerned about it than they would be if it were a simple cyst. I have no idea what kind of sub-category mine falls into. Anyway, because it got bigger I was referred to a surgeon (on Thursday the 1st of October, which is partly why there’s no picture for that day) and I’m going to have it taken out. There you go.

September 30, 2009
2009-09-30

On Wednesday we had our Big Read kickoff event at the Ellwood House in DeKalb, which is so freaking cool. I was setting up the sound system (with NinjaHusband’s help over the phone — thanks dude!) on the terrace, and found these lamps to be delightfully pretty. I took several more pictures of that event, but I like this one as the least Big-Read-involved.

October 1, 2009
No picture available — this would be (1) because The Big Read started the day before and my world suddenly contracted into WORK and eat-sleep, and (2) because I got the news about the cyst having grown on Thursday, and lots of mental energy was put into not losing my grip at work, and then going to the new doctor’s office that afternoon.

October 2, 2009
No picture available — see October 1

October 3, 2009
2009-10-03

On Saturday we went to Madison to visit our friends Margaret and Wade and Jason. This is NinjaHusband being extremely fast while working the heavy bag in Margaret&Wade’s garage. I took a bunch of pictures in the low light with no flash while N and Wade took turns punching (Wade) and kicking (N) the bag, and they all turned out pretty well, in that artsy-no-flash kind of blurry way. I wanted to add Wade to my list of people featured on my Project 365, but he was too quick for me and I didn’t get many good shots of him.

October 4, 2009
2009-10-04

On the drive home, on Sunday afternoon. Seriously, I really really like this picture.

October 5, 2009
2009-10-05

Monday night laundry. There is nothing interesting to say about this picture. There was some controversy on Monday morning about the whereabouts of N’s t-shirts as he was trying to get dressed for work, and as he was pretty sick that day I decided to do some laundry for him.

October 6, 2009
2009-10-06

Tuesday sky. Whee!

October 7, 2009
2009-10-07

On Wednesday it was clear to me that fall has arrived. I like the fall-summer combination here.

October 8, 2009
2009-10-08

Yes. I saw this sign in the course of my errands that day and was intrigued.

October 9, 2009
2009-10-09

Friday night was Game Night at our friends’ house, and after an excellent meal we played Cranium (which was after Sequence, which was after the wine) and the guys won. Riley is holding up the card that says “Flyswatter” because no one could figure out what Mike was trying to draw. Excellent good times.

October 10, 2009
2009-10-10

On Saturday night NinjaHusband and I played Guitar Hero, and it was awesome. I keep forgetting how much I like that game, and the fact that we have it.

October 11, 2009
2009-10-11

Looking up at the ivy on the wall, walking into the lower level entrance at the library. That’s a pretty neat perspective.

That’s all for now. I hope I can find some time to write a post that’s not just about the Project 365. Maybe later this week. Maybe.

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*shiver*

Excuse me, I just have to…

hum of furnace heard in background

… ah, that’s better. Today is October 1st and I have turned on my furnace. Call me a wimp if you will, but my nose is cold and our windows leak, and wool socks and mitties and blankets only go so far. (The thermostat is only at 70, by the way.)

September 21, 2009
2009-09-21

This is the thing that’s been eating my brain and making me post all late. My work (a public library) is putting on this thing called The Big Read, and I’m helping to coordinate it. We’re reading Poe. It’s very fun, but very busy. You may notice a total lack of knitting content this week.

September 22, 2009
2009-09-22

This is the wall of one of the banks in the downtown DeKalb area. I love this wall and have probably photographed it before, but the texture is so much fun.

September 23, 2009
2009-09-23

Miyagi on the movie, with purse and kitty fishing toy.

September 24, 2009
2009-09-24

The library celebrated its fireplace’s restoration. Sadly, this is the only picture I took that day.

September 25, 2009
2009-09-25

On Friday we met the newest addition to our friends’ family, one Henry. He made sweet faces at NinjaHusband and cuddled with me, and made our day. Congratulations Lindsay and Ryan!

September 26, 2009
2009-09-26

On Saturday we hung out with family and played Beatles Rock Band with friends, and the best picture I have is this one of Casey and Anna curled up together, avoiding the loud noises coming from the crazy humans in the room. Let it be known that it was Carin’s birthday and I had to pick her up and haul her over to the microphone to sing. And she sang awesomely.

September 27, 2009
2009-09-27

On Sunday, our Stitch & Bitch group met at a new bar and Michelle worked on her first socks. First socks are like magic.

That’s all I have, because I need to go find the flannel sheets and the electric blanket.

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