Thursday, April 26, 2007

Perhaps we need an association?

There are people who can sit quietly and patiently--I am not one of them. I am a fidgeter--a serious one. As anyone who has had the misfortune to sit next to me on a plane when I have finished reading my book can attest, I get very cranky sitting with nothing to do. Even as a child, the greatest punishment my mother could dole out was to send me to "The Chair," a big green La-Z-Boy chair where I was to sit doing nothing for what seemed like hours and was probably a matter of minutes. To this day I have a strong dislike for that chair, and have banned any even vaguely similar chairs from my house.

As an adult, I have learned to cope with my fidgeting (though apparently not my chair issues), and try make sure that I always have something to do--just as I've seen parents do with small children. I carry a purse specifically to be able to have a book and a knitting project with me at all times. Traffic jam? No problem, I have a sock to work on. Left for half an hour in a doctor's "waiting room" because even though I had an appointment, no one else's time is important to the medical world--okay, slight problem, but I do have a shawl in my purse. Overall, it works well, and frankly this is the only way I would ever be able to keep up with birthday/Christmas/baby gifts. Even though I keep reading about knitting being the "in" thing and how "hip" knitting is, Knitting In Public is still unusual. Tuesday while in the optometrist's office, a lady commented on how beautiful the shawl was that I was working on--a compliment which I take with a grain of salt as we were in the "blurry vision" room where they keep you until your eyes have fully dialated, and I couldn't have seen a monkey dressed as Carmen Miranda doing the Merengue by then. Still, never quibble with a compliment.

For the first time ever, yesterday I remembered to get my emissions test done in the month it is due, and as I pulled up to the van, I popped my hood and happily took out my knitting--feeling quite pleased with myself--no nasty letters from Ada County threatening to revoke my registration THIS year. The guy finished whatever he was doing, went into the van to complete his paperwork, then turned around and took one look at me and exclaimed, "Knitting?!!! I didn't think I was THAT slow!"

Obviously, not everyone is ready for us fidgeters.

Friday, April 6, 2007

"Good" Friday

This week I learned:

1. One can apparently get food poisoning from carrots that have been in the refrigerator too long.
2. It's a really long way from our bed to the bathroom
3. Breaking one's toe on the way greatly slows down one's speed on said journey
4. Even when done at the top of one's lungs, swearing does not ease pain
5. Some cats believe that a live vole at midnight will make you feel better.
6. "In sickness and in health" was a good thing to include in the marriage vows.

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