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baby gansey update #11 and non-related griping
Why I'm up this damned late I have no idea. I was tired an hour ago.

Sleeve #1 is finished, and it looks pretty damned good to me. A little skinny, but blocking should take care of that. Sleeve #2's stitches are picked up and I've finished almost two pattern repeats. I learned a valuable lesson when picking up the stitches on Sleeve #1, and this time, rather than picking up directly on to the DPNs, I used my Addi Turbo circ and transferred the stitches. I did all the decreases in the gusset, and it turned out lovely.

I desperately need shorter size 4 DPNs, though; these 7" ones are driving me insane -- they keep poking me in the belly and forearm and catching on stuff, particularly the body of the sweater itself, which is Bad. With any luck I'll be able to dash down to a shop somewhere and pick up a set of 5"ers... ooh! I had an idea! I could ask my mom to pick some up for me at Fiber Loft, and then I don't have to worry about getting there before they close! I'm so smaaaaht. Sometimes I even astonish myself.

Easter dinner was... tiring, I guess. My soon-to-be in-laws were hammering us about our honeymoon, and for some reason my mother-in-law seemed bound and determined that we go visit Wolfie's family in Arizona. I finally snapped and said, "We're not going to go visit my family in Canada for our honeymoon; why in the world would we want to go to Arizona and visit Wolfie's?" That pretty much ended the discussion, but the entire experience drove home an object lesson: Gentle hints and polite deflection don't work on his mom. She's a good person and generous to a fault, but she does not grok subtlety.

I'm getting right tired of being hammered about our honeymoon, anyway. First the women of my household kept saying "You don't want to go to Pennsic on your honeymoon; you'll have to wash dishes," and now his mom with her unnatural obsession about Arizona. Yes, I do want to go to Pennsic for my honeymoon; it's the highlight of the year for me, I want to spend time with my friends as well as my husband, and I don't mind doing the dishes there. It's actually part of the illusion for me -- Wolfie digs holes and does other labor for the camp, and I do dishes and cook and so forth, and thus our self-images as a working Viking couple are perpetuated. Besides, it's worth doing chores if I get to be on breakfast duty and offer perky greetings to the overtired/hungover people. And I know full well that he and I will find little ways to make it special for each other.

Blargh. I should go to bed before I get too self-righteous.

i feel: sleepy sleepy

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kestrel127 From: kestrel127 Date: April 12th, 2004 05:20 am (UTC) (base camp)
I'm sorry, I don't see why anyone would want to visit family on their honeymoon.

I mean, it's YOUR HONEYMOON! Jeez.

Poop on them.
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: April 12th, 2004 01:07 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I'm sorry, I don't see why anyone would want to visit family on their honeymoon.

AMEN. We visit family on something like 99.9 of our other vacations. Honeymoon was JUST FOR US.
kestrel127 From: kestrel127 Date: April 12th, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I was thinking more along the lines of 'it's hard to have lots and lots of SEX when you're staying in your aunt's spare bedroom.'

But, yes.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 12th, 2004 01:23 pm (UTC) (base camp)
That too! My take is this: I don't get to go to Mongolia or Iceland for my honeymoon, so Pennsic will work.
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: April 12th, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC) (base camp)
That's also difficult when you break your ankle on day 3 of your 2-week trip.

Why, yes, I am speaking from experience... :(
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 12th, 2004 03:17 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Ack! Aw, that just SUCKS. Note to self, watch where one is walking.

(I can relate, though; I sprained my ankle the second day of my indoctrination week at military school... in Vermont. I discovered, upon being issued crutches and released from the infirmary, exactly why they call Norwich "The Hill.")
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: April 12th, 2004 04:07 pm (UTC) (base camp)
What was to be a kickass walking tour of Britain ended up being a kickass driving tour. So it wasn't a total loss. And I got to experience the National Health Service up close and personal. They made me PROMISE to get the crutches back to them before leaving the country, because they only had three sets for the entire hospital.
kestrel127 From: kestrel127 Date: April 12th, 2004 06:19 pm (UTC) (base camp)
ooooh! Yeah, that's bad.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 12th, 2004 01:21 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Thing is, my friends also seem to think that I shouldn't have contact with anyone but waitstaff and my husband on my honeymoon, when what we want is time together without worrying about what new financial horror is in the afternoon mail, or answering the phone, or checking email, or scooping the litter box, or the complete lack of anything on TV.

What we'll get at Pennsic is sleeping on an air bed, a high probability of being too hot or too cold, chores like doing dishes, cooking breakfasts, digging holes, and building gates, dust, smoke, friends, laughter, stories, the rush of watching battles, wandering the merchants, people watching, hugs from friends we haven't seen in ages, and knowing that for the rest of our lives, we get to share moments like this together. Sounds like heaven to me.
kestrel127 From: kestrel127 Date: April 12th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Sounds good to me too!
sushimare From: sushimare Date: April 12th, 2004 08:11 am (UTC) (base camp)
I miss you!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 13th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC) (base camp)
The only problem I can see with going to Pennsic on a honeymoon is that your friends are liable to spring an embarrasing wedding ritual on you at 3 AM, of the sort that would be too loud and obnoxious to get away with back home. It would be a great place to go shopping for something special to commemorate your wedding, though.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 13th, 2004 11:25 am (UTC) (base camp)
See, what hasn't occured to anyone telling me not to go to Pennsic on my honeymoon is that the more they exhort me not to do it, the more it feels like they just don't want me there, and that hurts my feelings more than any 3am wedding ritual ever could.

Besides, you'd think they'd be nicer to someone who might be cooking their brekky later.
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