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September 2022
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try to never give up

  1. for the two dogwoods that exist on our property
  2. that bear started talkin in his sleep about 3 months ago (really cute)
  3. that my bff likes chatting on IM and sending me emails
  4. for google docs
  5. that my brother MUST be working on communication because he’s called me on my shit twice recently
  6. that my brother loves me enough to call me at least a few times a week
  7. that when i say i’m reading, a lot of people actually say, “oh. i’ll talk to you later then.” even though i haven’t been crazy about my reading time since I was a kid
  8. for every single moment bear and i have in our home
  9. for our supported netflix account
  10. that bear never even question my laptop habit
  11. that i was born a woman
  12. that my brother is really really different from me
  13. for every book i’ve ever read
  14. that my husband adores me enough and indulges me enough to FIND anime that actually suits my (very very different from his) taste
  15. that my momma is a bit crazy
  16. that my momma is still actually mostly sane
  17. that my momma always loved hugging us and snuggling us and holding our hands when we were kids (we still get lots and lots of hugs)
  18. that my brother always goes “yeah yeah i love you too” when i tell him i love him
  19. that bear likes to give me a huge hug right when we get home
  20. that all the people in my life are generally pretty good at telling me when i’m being too pushy without trying to change me or let me walk all over them. i try to be strong enough to watch their boundaries for them, but they don’t make me feel abusive when i forget
  21. for the internet, with or without google, reddit, twitter or IM
  22. that i do have IM, google, reddit and twitter
  23. that i was born in a conservative state
  24. that i no longer have to live in that crazy ass conservative state
  25. that i’ve been so blessed that i managed to list 75 things i’m grateful for without even trying very hard

remember the blink of an eye

  1. pandora
  2. when my grandfather told my mom he’d pay for my first laptop
  3. when my dad finally said he’d give up visitation
  4. when my grandfather told my mom that i should go overseas on a school sponsored trip
  5. my grandfather. i don’t talk about him much, but i think without him i’d be a drastically different person. he isn’t in the thankful list from last week.
  6. linda suggesting that we write 5 minutes a day on a topic that changes weekly.
  7. that frodo had sam.
  8. having my own buddies so that i can throw my own rings into mt doom
  9. that my mom thought i should get that spinning wheel
  10. that my husband thought i should get that spinning wheel
  11. that i was online in the library that day in 1999 instead of only doing my school work
  12. that my mom typed my papers from my scribbled yellow notepads for years
  13. my ability to make analogies. i derive so much pleasure from this very human ability.
  14. that our realtor showed us a house that ignored one of the first things we told her we wanted
  15. that the buyers for the house we wanted backed out
  16. that i went to a small catholic school for kindergarten and first grade before moving across town and switching schools
  17. that bear used to make me wait for him for hours
  18. that bear no longer makes me wait for him and if an emergency happens, i still only wait about 30 minutes
  19. that linda is talented at long distance relationships and willing to be my bff
  20. gmail archives
  21. my sony ereader
  22. fan fiction. i might not read it much anymore, but it changed my perspective on a few things and its how i met AJ.
  23. for the japanese maple that already exists on our property
  24. for the massive hydrangea and all the lacecap hydrangeas (i love love love hydrangeas)
  25. that typing in all lowercase somehow assuages the tiredness i’ve been feeling

(Gilligan, the title is from “Upwards Over the Mountain” by Iron & Wine. I used it because it seems to me that part of being thankful is remembering “the blink of an eye”. Maybe it’s just me.)

puttin up with my shit way too long

Lame lame lame. I haven’t posted in a month? So random catch up blog ahoy!

  • Bear made me watch the whole 34 minute Runaway video. The only part we agreed on (as in both loved):
  • Bear and I caught the colds from hell. I took naps on the couch at work for multiple days in a row. That is how tired and out of it I was. NAPS PEOPLE. I hate napping but I cannot tell you how much I looked forward to those 30 minute naps.
  • Bear and I are becoming awesome friends with Mr and Mrs Right. :)
  • Left has kinda disappeared on us and that is worrisome.  :(
  • We love our neighbors.
  • We have raked a million trillion acorns that have fallen from trees.
  • We are doing a great job eating at home even if it means frozen meals
  • The sun going down at 6 instead of 9 is actually contributing to us feeling tired I think. I’m not looking forward to the time change.
  • I have a bunch of fall foliage pictures from around the neighborhood but the laziness kills.
  • I found out someone I know in person is reading the blog. Hi!
  • It’s probably because Linda links me. She just can’t let me hide back here.
  • I’ve been working until 11pm a lot (> 3 times) this month. This MIGHT also be contributing to the tired/lazy.
  • I have a hard time balancing my hobbies. Blogging is easier when I am spinning/knitting and not so much when I’m reading. I dont review books. You wouldn’t want me to either.
  • Sick and tired and cold and rainy this last month has meant that I’ve been reading. A lot. I’ve blown my book budget for this month like crazy. (It’s not as bad as it sounds. My book budget is like …$20?)
  • Bear vacuumed at 1am the other day.
  • Bear almost died at 1:30am the other day.
  • After we got the new boiler/heater, we paid 2 guys $40 to remove the old castiron oil heater. This resulted in a MASSIVE greasy rusty mess. I cannot describe how black and sticky and gross this stuff was and it was ALL over our basement floor. Bear wouldn’t let me clean it. Bear wouldn’t clean it. It sat and mocked us for 2 months. Then Bear surprised me by having it cleaned while we were at work this week. I came home and went to put clothes to wash. When I opened the basement door, I screamed “BEAR SOMEONE WAS IN OUR BASEMENT!” and of course he was already anticipating this so he was right behind me so I screamed at him “DID YOU DO THIS?!”
  • Bear has been deriving an immense amount of pleasure from the look on my face and the idea that I would have thought someone would break into our basement to CLEAN.
  • I’ve been living in a state of conflict. One the one hand YAY FOR THE BASEMENT AND FOR BEAR BEING AWESOME AND SWEET. One the other hand, WTH WE COULD HAVE CLEANED THAT OURSELVES! The yay part of me is winning. Also Linda and my mom yelled at me for not falling all over Bear. They think he’s the shit.
  • My mom had surgery. I was disproportionately freaked. Linda went way beyond the bounds of friendship and visited her for me at the hospital. She blogged about it here and here.
  • The clan is losing their collective shit over Halloween. Normally we reserve this for Christmas and New Years. I can’t wait for pictures.

blankets on the beach

I’m cranky and the AC is off at work and my tomatoes have septoria leaf spot which is a fungus that gets on the leaves and then eventually kills them, which in turn eventually kills the plant. My husband has the sads. My cookies ended up salty. (The cookie equivalent of chocolate covered pretzels. Not what I was going for even if they aren’t inedible.) The weather is turning hot and humid.

SO! Time to look at all the pretty handspun yarn that I’ve got sitting in my house. Momma did a photoshoot for me before she left. I just spent about an hour trying to make the colors less eyesearing or trying to get the details back into the yarn (some of the photos were taken in direct sunlight).

WARNING: Lots of pictures follow.

(Believe it or not, I actually made this last one LESS eye searing. Red is hard to photograph yo.)

Little story. For a while almost all of the above yarns were “lost”. I could not for the life of me find where they might be in the new house. Momma found them when she got here. She doesn’t even live with me anymore and she still finds things when I lose them. She’s a talented momma. I actually was getting panicky that I had lost them for good. When I found them, my chest actually loosened a bit. It makes me wonder if I could actually sell ‘em.

(Linda, title is from the same song as yesterday. I’m in a rut. I liked the idea of these yarns being my blankets on some irritating sand. Also, the AC just kicked back on in our lab. I’m taking it as a sign. The yarn is good luck.)