Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hi! Remember Me?

Sorry about the long blog silence. My sinus infection/neuralgia/shingles/whatever-the-hell-it-is has been kicking my butt but I think it is now improving. I can go whole hours without pain.

Yesterday was my birthday and I have to say that hearing the words "President-Elect Obama" was the best present I could have wished for. I only stayed up long enough to hear the start of McCain's concession speech and then I crashed. Today in the office a co-worker and I got to hear Obama's speech, which I thought was just wonderful. We both had to resort to tissues and have a good eye-wiping. I know he's got a battle ahead of him, but I think we're on the right path.

So that was a nice ending to my birthday....Fortunately, though, for my inner four-year-old, I got some awfully nice material goods, too.

I got a whole stack o'books, comprised of:

  • Up High in the Trees – Kiara Brinkman
  • The Amnesiac – Sam Taylor
  • The People on Privilege Hill – Jane Gardam
  • Field Guide to Knitting: How to Identify, Select, and Create Virtually Every Stitch – Jackie Pawlowski
  • Nicky Epstein's Signature Scarves: Dazzling Designs to Knit
  • The Misadventures of Maude March – Audrey Couloumbis
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Writer's Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life – Judy Reeves (My brother thought this might help when I was stuck for a blog post.)
  • The Last Summer of the World - Emily Mitchell
and Arkanoid, a Nintendo DS game and a CD - Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain/And God Created Great Whales.

In addition to some books and the game, Mr. Pointy Sticks also gave me a nice pocketbook (well, I picked it out) and a gorgeous opal pendant which he picked out.

And my neighbor gave me these:

An adorable needle gauge checker/ruler, an even cuter key chain with miniature sock blocker (also a needle gauge) and 2" ruler, and a Stitch Saver. Yes, I have another Stitch Saver but this one has my name on it! How cool is that!

I haven't been completely idle while I was sick.

Kaethe's socks are finished (and off my feet and washed) and will be going out soon. So I am back to working on the world's ugliest socks.

(Excuse the pajama pants...I was home sick one day. And yes, those are sheep on my pajamas.)

Finally, today in the mail I got this:

I couldn't resist the special Lorna's Laces colorway at Jimmy Bean's this's called Taos Thanksgiving and it is the loveliest blends of peachy-rusts, gold and turquoise. (It's the two smaller skeins in the front of the picture.) Yum. I also got a skein of Lorna's Laces Special Sock in Gold Hill. I must be into these fall-ish colors.

I think I might use the Gold Hill for Anne Hanson's Spiralucious:

Whew! All this typing has worn me out. I need to go lie down.


Cara deBeer said...

Welcome back - we missed you! (well, I know I did, and I'm sure your other readers did, too.)

another Obama supporter said...

Ah, sorry to forget the birthday, coz--I never realized that it overlapped with election day, but now I do. Obama is, as you remark, the best present--more yarn notwithstanding--that you could have.

Shingles? that sounds possible too. I do hope its improving and it sounds as though it is. A little prednisone never hurt anyone.... call if you want to talk about your face, your face, your fabulous face and Happy Birthday Late Again!


Anonymous said...

Glad you're feeling somewhat better. And happy birthday! What a wonderful gift you (and the rest of the world) received yesterday.

Rooie said...

Thanks to all of you. It's nice to be back.

And no worries, ML, I forgot your birthdy, too, despite spending the first two or three weeks of Septmember thinking, off and on, "Now, don't forget ML's birthday!"

Rooie said...

Thanks to all of you. It's nice to be back.

And no worries, ML, I forgot your birthdy, too, despite spending the first two or three weeks of Septmember thinking, off and on, "Now, don't forget ML's birthday!"

Kaethe said...

You were missed, but glad you're back.

Well, I like the sheep jammies, but that's the most gorgeous pair of socks I've ever seen! I'm almost tempted to take up knitting, just to play with all the beautiful yarns.

Read, rest, get better!

Julie said...

Happy Birthday Sarah! Sorry you've been sick, and glad you're feeling better.

And honestly, do you actually get all this yarn knit, or do you have a warehouse full of yarn in the backyard?

Rooie said...

Julie! Shhhhh! You're not supposed to ask questions like that!

Maybe if Kaethe takes up knitting, I could share the wealth.