If I’m feeling better, it must be Tuesday.

Let's start out with a bit of slothfulness. Sloths are slothful.

Trivia question of the day: for what delightful cartoon show on Nickelodeon did Mark Mothersbaugh compose music? (Answer buried in the linked Wikipedia article.) (I loved that show.)

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I am feeling better today, having spent most of the last two days in bed and/or sleeping. Having an iPad makes lying in bed much less boring; just another wonder of the connected age.

On the hip situation, I am now confronted with this decision:

  • Have the surgery in 2-3 weeks and probably not be able to work this tax season. Although I would be recovered enough to return to work by early March, it is really, really difficult to jump into the middle of tax season. The annual learning curve is just too steep.

  • Work this tax season and have the surgery ASAP after April 15. A cortisone shot this week and another in early March would ensure relatively pain-free mobility, and working would give a pleasant boost to the checking account.

What would you do and why? Discuss.

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The nurse that I talked to on the nurse line on Sunday ordered me to get a functioning fever thermometer. She wanted to know my temperature and I had to tell her our thermometer was not working properly. I bought that thermometer, an electronic one, last summer so that Elder Son and I could tell if Smokey had a serious infection or just a superficial one. Darned thing insists that everyone's temperature is in the range of 92.4˚F — 94.2˚F. What with all the kerffluffle during Smokey's recovery, I no longer have the receipt. Damned Wal-Mart. Clearly, it's all their fault.

Yesterday Smokey went on a major errand-running and shopping trip to the Twin Cities. One of his tasks was to purchase a new thermometer. He reports that the traditional glass ones, which I had ordered him to procure, are apparently no longer available. WTF?

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And now for a bit of fun knitting.


Yarn: Colorado Yarns Durango, 50/47/3 wool/acrylic/viscose, worsted weight (perhaps discontinued?), ecru and brown.
Pattern: I used Ann Budd's basic mitten pattern from A Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns* for the thumb gusset and did the mittens in 3×1 rib. Recipient's hand is same length as mine but slightly more substantial. Ribbing makes the fit more forgiving.
Needles: Addi Turbo US#7; #6 for contrasting end row and bindoff.

These are for an acquaintance who has a coffee kiosk on the highway in my teeny tiny town. Although she claims it is warm inside her 6'x8' building, she has to keep opening the window to take orders and hand out coffee and make change. I suspect that her hands might welcome these during January. I don't know her well, but I do know her well enough to know she deserves these. (She has the best coffee EVAH!)

A side benefit of making these is that I finally figured out what stash yarn — the ecru Durango — to use for a pair of long fingerless gloves for myself. I want them for when I am reading in bed; my hands and forearms get cold, and it is annoying to have to keep pulling my pajama sleeves down when I'm wearing regular fingerless gloves. Yeah, it's a real bitch, I tell ya…

* Do you have this book? If not, why not? It is a great resource when you want to make a basic [thing] and just need a little help on the shaping or the cast-on or something. Or, you can follow it blindly; no shame in that.

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Last night I was on the Twitterer. I found it humorously ironic that the most plentiful tweets in my feed were, 1, Chuck Todd (NBC news) live-tweeting the Notre Dame-Alabama game, and b, Amanda Palmer and her followers tweeting about kindness and selflove and how to stop the bullying.

Maybe we should introduce Chuck and Amanda and let them educate each other. Or, really, let Amanda educate Chuck. (Nothing against Chuck Todd. He is one smart dude. But, srsly, which is a more important topic?)

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Speaking of the Twitters, did you watch the season premier of Downton Abbey? Of course you did; we all did. Want to relive it through the eyes of a highly jaded but clever sheep? This guy preserved Dolores Van Hoofen's live-tweet of the premier. What a hoot baaaaah!

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Today is the twelfth fourteenth day of Christmas so I unplugged the lights on the tree. I'd really like to make a tree cover out of a sheet and just store the whole thing somewhere out of sight until next December. But I will probably just let it sit in the *conservatory* until Christmas. Like I have done for X years.

Once the kids leave home all tradition and semblance of civilization go right out the window.

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0 Responses to If I’m feeling better, it must be Tuesday.

  1. k says:

    I must get That Book. I took it out of the library to construct the pattern for a sweater based on the dimensions of a favorite store-bought sweater. Frankenstein construction, absolutely perfect fit.
    If you put off the surgery till after April 15 (which really means sometime around May), will you be well enough to go camping in the Rockies over the summer? If yes, then postpone, and spend the money on souvenir yarn. If no, then no. My two cents.

  2. k says:

    And I love those mitts. I hadn’t thought about long mitts for reading in bed. Will get on it soon.

  3. Jocelyn says:

    After I say hi here, I must go read that Downton live tweet. YUM.
    I think I’d take the cortisone shot and work tax season–both for the money and for the fact that the recovery from surgery wouldn’t be happening during the icy months.
    Speaking of the icy months, I don’t have the fingerless glove look, but it’s genius!

  4. JulieH says:

    If the shots give you relief you could wait until May, but I worry about you sitting at the desk for so many hours in the day. If you think you can handle it, and you need the yarn money (don’t we always?) waiting is a good option.

  5. Erika says:

    I would definitely work tax season and do the surgery after, because moneys. But that’s just me.

  6. Shirley says:

    I vote for surgery post tax season. Just seems to make sense. Love the Twitter feed.

  7. Sophanne says:

    I say don’t put off the surgery. Get fixed, get better, recover in the winter and early spring, enjoy the summer.
    Waiting seems so hard and not worth the worry. Life’s too short to work so much.

  8. Soxanne says:

    How much do you enjoy your work? Would you miss it if you had to wait another year? It has always seemed to me as though you enjoy it, but you have to be the judge. I know if I worked only a few months out of the year I wouldn’t want to miss it, but I really like what I do.
    Would the recovery be better/easier in winter or spring, or does it not matter?
    Those are the things I would be looking at. Money is nice, but it’s not everything. Yarn is everything 😉

  9. Silvernfire says:

    The way you say “pleasant boost to the checking account” suggests to me that that’s your preferred option. I take it the medical people said it was fine either way?
    I suspect the glass thermometers were deemed too dangerous to use, once there were viable alternatives. Even if there was no mercury, there’s that bit about maybe having broken glass in your mouth (or a child’s mouth—ack!). Did you want one only because that electronic one from Wal-Mart was defective, or do you prefer them generally? I bought an electronic one from CVS last year that has only pissed me off because the battery died right at the start of my current cold (apparently there’s a little drain on the battery when it’s not in use—who knew?). Re-batteried, though, I’m appreciating the quick readings in large clear numbers.

  10. Carrie#K says:

    I’d postpone it until the summer myself but then again, the IRS is supposed to have the revised Form 4562’s done by Feb/March. REALLY? Depreciation? Isn’t it bad enough the financial firms don’t get corrected info out until mid March? Should I just go rant on my blog? Sry. 😉
    Those mitts are really darling!! They look pretty warm as well.

  11. PICAdrienne says:

    I do enough returns that it is worth it to keep my PTIN, but generally not a lot more. I have a feeling this is going to be one of THOSE years. The people I do returns for are already asking if they can refer friends to me. So basically the question is, are you going to want to do taxes next year? I think this may be one of the years that a lot of stuff gets changed, and you need to be in the thick of it this year, for next year to make sense. Of course, that is depending on the government actually doing their job and writing and passing spending bills, rather than a bunch of stop gap measures.
    If you want to continue working in the future, I say schedule your surgery for April 22, and work tax season. You will heal faster in nicer weather anyway.

  12. Cindy G says:

    Whoa, checked in to see how you were doing post surgery and….
    Guess only scheduling advice is go with what feels most right to you.
    I love the mitts – I have a ribbed pair myself and love the cozy fit. I think your coffee serving friend will really like them. Also, yes, the Budd book is a treasure.
    Good luck with the season whether it is taxes or surgery.

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