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Archive for January 2nd, 2004

A Little of This and a Little of That

Friday, January 2nd, 2004

Well, I stayed up way too late with my sock pattern publication submisison. I’m hoping for the best. The sock did block out better than I expected but my gauge is off .1″ (hoping that is too little to matter) from what the pattern specifies. I sent my pics and pattern via email and sent the two socks (different yarns/gauges) as samples via snailmail today.

Tony came over a little later than expected, I needed sleep and he needed to run errands. It was good to see him. I showed him a bunch of projects (pending, on hold, in progress, you name it). He showed me some yarn he got at a very good price. We tried to figure out what it wants to be, what it would look like stockinette, whether it would dye enough to look good (it’s 80% acrylic, 10% mohair, 10% wool, and feels pretty nice for that small amount of animal fiber).

I made some rice pudding with the leftover rice from the hoppin’ john. I forgot that I usually make rice pudding with white rice, and this was brown rice. It never really got firmed up the way it would with white rice, but it is a pleasant food nonetheless. Brian, Tony and I had a bit and then I sent some home with Tony. We have too much of it, really, for only two people. I was glad to share and he did enjoy it.

When Tony was here I got a call asking if I’d come in and work at JoAnn. I said why not? I went in for about 4 hours ending at closing. I had fun. They were swamped most of the day. By the time I got there it had calmed down a bit but they had scads of fabric to put away. I like putting away fabric, and figuring out how to put it away is difficult at first… so when people helped us from other departments (even management, warehouse and framing were helping out), they still had me be the one to put away the fabrics. I was less likely to goof, and the helpers could cut fabric with less chance of a “hiccup.”

I had fun. I’m wiped out now, though… because even though I tried to sleep in this morning, I got two phone calls within 10 minutes and couldn’t get back to sleep. Tomorrow is the day. I was supposed to go to Royal Oak (near Detroit, about 1.5 hours) tomorrow for a goal setting session with some other self-employed friends… But I found out I have some work to do for a computer client this weekend and I have to work at JoAnn at 5pm. So I’ll just sleep in which will be good for me, then I’ll work until it’s time to go to the store.

Oh, and my voice is coming back just a little. I accidentally found myself singing along with a song today and realized that notes came out of my voice instead of nothing. I don’t want to push it much, but I sure would like to get that voice back in time to sing a few songs on January 31 when Abbott Brothers band performs at Altus. I think it’s possible. I’m feeling more optimistic than I have in a long time.