Friday, October 26, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
I've been having weird physical responses to the world lately. The worst of which is a "just below the surface" itchy skin but also includes, sweating all day, hands trembling, dry mouth, brain fog that includes impeded ability to multitask, and more.
The general practitioner says "you're too young." I say "hey buddy, just because I look so youthful and just because YOU'RE a man and older than me does NOT mean that I am too young.
If you wonder what might be causing such physical symptoms, you need only to go here.
All of this stuff is on the "it's personal, you don't share that shit with people" side of life but that boat's done sailed and I'm glad for it because I could really use some psychological support here.
I know many of you women blog friends are older and wiser than I- or have mothers who are older and wiser. If you'd care to share what you know of the experience and how you managed or didn't manage in the comments, maybe someone will be directed here and feel comfort and compassion.
It's hard to write clever posts when your skin is crawling, which mine has been for the last month. There was some temporary relief with prednisone (alas it had issues of its own) but as soon as I was done, the skin crawling began again.
As for the brain fog and multitasking, I take comfort that while I was once brilliant at that, I am now within the standard deviation which likely makes a lot of the people around me who think slower than I do most content.
Next month I will be 47.
In other news, the tickets are purchased and tomorrow night we go to the Pittsburgh Symphony. While I am incredibly happy to be hearing Mozart's Requiem performed live, today I am primarily concerned with sitting still through the itchies and not having emotional overload as a result of the beauty of it.
If ever you knew something and were thinking about commenting and sharing what you know, today would be a great day to do it-
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Thing #1- the weather. I am so glad to have cool air surrounding me. It's the first time in 2 months that I haven't broken into an unintentional sweat. TMI? Well, it means a lot to me.
Thing #2- My birthday present from Mr. Sophanne. Next Saturday we are going to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony do Mozart's Requiem. This piece moves me like no other. Mr. Sophanne was not excited about going to the symphony. He was, however, glad to be making me as happy as happy can get. Aunt of Sophanne says he'll fall asleep and snore. I am crossing my fingers that he is moved by the experience and wants to do it again but I am not holding my breath. If I get comfortable driving, Aunt of Sophanne and I will go to future events instead. If driving means I get to go then comfortable I will get. Aunt of Sophanne is hoping he'll snore.
Thing #3- Knitting friends gathered for dinner and a trek to Natural Stitches, my favorite yarn store. This time around, I looked at patterns and didn't buy as many random skeins of yarn. That did not stop me from random skeins of Madeline Tosh sock yarn that I pretended to be gathering to make a couple of Color Affections. Also garnered was enough Louet Gems sport weight to make Welcome Back Old Friend by Kathy Zimmerman and some chunky Lamb's Pride to try another Meg Swansen Shawl Collared Vest. I've made two and maybe this time I can get it "just right." Can you guess which of these last three patterns is the most self-deluding?
Thing #4- The progress of the stockings. The first attempt using fair isle ended up being a clumpy mess. I switched to intarsia and things seem to be a little smoother. Based on what I've seen online, blocking will work small miracles and this sample is pre-blocked. I went for duplicate stitches on the tractor details. It looks a little rough but I think it will look great from a distance.
Thing #5- As I was remembering the things I was happy about today, I had to keep adding on to the list and I completely forgot about the fact that the DMV (which was supposed to be open today) was closed because they get TWO days off for Columbus Day? Seriously? I'm thinking it's a right wing conspiracy to keep Pennsylvania voters from getting those i.d. cards- thankfully we don't need them this year.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Conflict? Not a big fan. Doesn't matter if I'm involved or not. Right wing rhetoric? Also extremely opposed. I thought I wanted to watch the debates but I was mistaken. Mr. Sophanne refused to repeat the good/bad lines but I have a feeling it will be harder to miss the salient points than it will be to see them.
Wanting to make the most of the evening, I swatched cascade for the stockings. Option a was a single strand with a size 4 needle. It's pretty sturdy fabric but likely wouldn't stand the years if it accidentally becomes an heirloom. Option b, Double strands on size 8 needles may be not so easy on the hands but makes a much sturdier knit.
I had to create my own tractor graph after all. The Finnish one was too large. Not interested in getting off my arse to look for graph paper, I bought a cross stitch design app and went to town. The only thing cooler than graph paper is an app with graph paper. I'd like to pretend that I'll now become rocking out stranded knitting mitten designer but as Chris Farley said in those SNL skits, that's another one of those things I'm never going to do.
The picture below is the top of the stocking. The red below the tractor is place for the little fellers names. The rest of the stocking will be like the green at the top with a yellow toe and heel. I'd really like for them to have that braided thing at the top ( the cross the strands business that has an alternating herringbone in green and yellow look) but the idea of doing that on three separate stockings sends chills down my spine. (but it could be a family treasure she says to herself...) hmmm... Maybe I can trick one of the knit nighters who have more patience to do it for me., or at least give me advice.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
1. Armadillos are the primary source/carrier of leprosy.
2. Necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating disease) is treated with penicillin which is sometimes hard to come by when there is a syphilis epidemic.
3. While herpes is more prominent in the northeast, syphilis is the main STD in Florida.
4. There is a reflex test that doctors give to newborns which involves lifting a baby resting on a table up by the arms and letting go of them to watch their arms flail to be sure they have the instinct of catching themselves. (the baby is not completely lifted just up at the arms.)
5. It's fun having a friend in medical school.
6. Trying to pick up provisional stitches in laceweight yarn sucks.
7. When a knit night friend suggests a pre-field trip adventure, you feel like Sally Field- she likes me, she really likes me- so busy being happy about the possibilities you remain blissfully ignorant of how pathetic your life must seem.
Some school adventures for anyone who might come here for that.
My favorite moment this week occurred in 5th grade where we sang The Lion Sleeps Tonight and accompanied ourselves on xylophones. There really is no way to describe the looks on kids faces when they hear chord progressions/harmonies that they are making (presumably for the first time for most.) I can only imagine that it is something similar to the cavemen discovering fire. For real.
My most hilarious moment of the day was all about me not remembering names. When we get this far along in the school year the progression usually looks something like me calling a kid by the wrong name and immediately realizing I was wrong (often by the crestfallen look on a kid's face) and then immediately calling her by the right name.
Today, however I was given a break. After I inadvertently referred to Emily as Elizabeth and corrected myself, Emily said, "you probably called me Elizabeth because we have the same shoes." I felt like I dodged a bullet on that one when I said, "You're absolutely right."
And hey- if I haven't said it lately, thanks for reading my blog.
***the stocking is in the design mode. The tractor pattern dictates that I have 80 stitches around. As I see it, in order to make the sturdiest sort of stocking I can either a) use worsted weight on a size 5 or 6 needle, or b) use two strands of worsted weight on say a size 10 needle. I will eventually test out both of these methods but if you have any opinion or knowledge to share, that would be great.