November 29th, 2004

JOY

Happy Monday

In what is fast becoming a Sunday Night Trend, I barely got a wink of sleep last night. The body was still, the mind was active. Then when I did get to sleep it was a fitful sweaty mess, garnished with a tidy little anxiety dream where I had rubbed all of the hair off of the left side of my head from twisting around on my pillow too much.

Today is going to be a bear at work. I have a ton of things to do and very little time in which to do them. Hurrah.

HOWEVER: Today was Free Espresso Day, as I have drank and received the required amount of punches on my Free Espresso Card (and one extra, so I got to start my next card today). My walk from the coffee place to the office was perfectly timed with the stoplights, and the Big Boss, whose Thanksgiving vacation flight to Italy I had arranged for what I thought was no appreciation, brought me a cashmere scarf from Florence with thanks from him and his wife.

Mickey and I went to see National Treasure yesterday. It was cheezily delicious.
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Zen and the Art of Knitting

Last week, mac and wrongwayjohn taught me how to knit. While it was a floor-pounding, tantrum-inducing experience at first, once I got the hang of it, I really got the hang of it. I borrowed needles, yarn, and Leanne's copy of Stitch 'N Bitch, and toted them off to Tha Momz for Thanksgiving.

I'll say one thing: knitting is the best thing to happen to family gatherings since I found out I could smoke in front of my mom. It was wonderful. I was able to occupy myself enough not to care that I was hearing the extended megamix of how my mom got screwed over by the phone company, could wipe away the stain of my sister-in-law's mother's off-color jokes, and was even able to knit in the car. All this while still being able to pay enough attention that I could nod or laugh or mmmhmmm at the right times.



After a few practice swatches and a coaster, I bought my own needles and yarn. I was ready for a real project. 'Tis a scarf for my new coat:

I started it on Saturday afternoon, and between driving, sleeping, and going to the movies, I think I put about 3 hours into it, and it's already a Teletubby long. All this peace of mind and $2.88 scarves too? Where has this been all my life?