Thursday, December 21, 2006

Thursday Thirteen # 32

Totally random Lori


  1. I was just happily blogging away in my head last night...why, oh why do I not write things down?  I should know better by this point.
  2. I finished my dishcloth last night!  Yay!  I'd post a picture but I'm way too lazy to go upstairs and get it.  It's fairly ugly, due to my not really knowing what's going on while I'm doing it, but I'm sure it will be perfectly serviceable.
  3. I actually had to come downstairs and watch knitting videos last night.  As I told Friend Michelle, I'm officially boring.  Soon I'll be watching golf and bowling on TV on Saturday afternoons.  But seriously, Friend Gina gave me a link to an awesome knitting site where the woman actually knits there so you can see what's going on.  So I'm sitting in front of a glowing computer screen, learning to do this old art.  Too funny.  Shoulda had a picture.
  4. Y'all will be proud of me...I resisted the temptation to join a knitting online group.  See, I really like online groups and I am trying to learn about knitting some but I figure I've got enough on my plate right now without doing that. 
  5. I was trying to think of who would be a deserving recipient of a sweater, if I should ever get that bold/stupid.  I think that Friend Husband would probably be the person I'd be most likely to knit a sweater for, for two reasons.  One, he'd take care of it (the man still has t-shirts from when we were married, for Pete's sake!).  Two, he can be counted on not to grow any more.  I've known him for 18 years.  In that time, his weight has fluctutated 5 pounds.  FIVE pounds.  And that 5 pounds...he lost, when he was so stressed out about his tenure business in Missouri.  So he weighs 5 pounds less than he did when we were married, probably about the amount he weighed in high school.  Sigh.
  6. Speaking of Friend Husband...good news abounds!  We went to his office yesterday so he could get caught up on some things.  When he came back out to the car (the twins had fallen asleep and I stayed outside with them), he handed me an e-mail from the chair of his department.  She congratulated him on achieving the rank of full professor!  Go, FH!  Of course, being FH, he pointed out that it still had to get past the Board of Regents and they could turn him down.  I, being me, pointed out how ridiculous that is.  So if any of you see FH in the real here in the next few weeks, please refer to him as Professor Friend Husband.  I love to see the man blush.
  7. And in other Professor Friend Husband news, his book contract should finally be on its way.  This is the book he spent most of last year attempting to find a publisher for.  He teaches a lot of Intro to Psychology classes and the books he's found never suit his religious or indeed scientific sensibilities.  He always has to spend time pointing out what he sees as totally wrong or warped research in various realms and it just makes him sick every year.  So he had the idea to write an intro text, not from a religious viewpoint, but from a less secular one.  He finally found a publisher in May and they're finally getting his contract to him.  Go, Friend Husband!
  8. And I'm still my little boring self.  But I figure that if I keep learning things (thanks for the knitting lessons, Gina!) my brain won't be as mushy when the rest of me is.  I've had a hankering to learn a new language recently.  Perhaps when I stop reading Peter Mayle that'll go away.
  9. Do y'all have reading traditions?  I do.  When it's bitterly cold outside, I pick up my copies of books written about Italy, France, and other warm climes.  When it's simmering, I read about the Northern regions and occasionally I reread The Long Winter.  I know it's a children's book but I find it very inspiring (and it also cools me off better than central air.)
  10. I've had this monstrous headache ever since I woke up.  It did not help much to have Boy of Wiggling come in and wake me up and shimmy under my blankets this morning.  That boy is just not a cuddler.  His sisters are, pretty much, but he's just got too much energy.  Friend Philip summed it up well last night when he said that we would have to get him into some sports when he got bigger or he was going to be trouble.
  11. I just don't see how people manage the Christmas crowds.  We had to go out yesterday to buy a birthday present and the crowds were just unreal.  Happily, I had my knitting to keep my hands occupied (when we were stuck in traffic) so that I didn't strangle the people all around me.  Yes, I know, people buy ahead of time...yada yada yada.  But see, sometimes you have to go to the store and get milk and eggs and the traffic is just unreal anywhere you go.  Not that I would wish the traffic stopping storms that have gone on in Seattle and Colorado on anyone but wouldn't it be nice to have a little piece of quiet?
  12. I don't know what we're going to do today.  Friend Husband wants to do something "together".  I don't know what that would be.  Since we have two distinctly different "families", it's hard to find something that both the big people and the little people can participate in.  There was a request for chocolate chip cookies, so I guess we'll attempt to do that and maybe I'll finally get around to making fudge (another thing my mama and I used to do) but other than that, who knows?
  13. As I said, I should have written everything down.  I didn't, this is boring, my apologies.  I'll end with the semi-daily blog quiz:

You Are A Romantic Realist

You tend to be grounded when it comes to romance.
Sure, you can fall hard... but only for someone you've gotten to know.
And once you're in love, you can be a total romantic goofball...
But you'd never admit it to your friends!

Happy winter, everyone!

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Anonymous said...

I hope your headache has eased :( I have a "get him into sport or he'll be trouble" little boy also ;) They're loads of fun...when they're not driving you mad! lol.

Anonymous said...

An online knitting group? My sis-in-law knits. I wonder if she belongs to any of those groups. Hmm

My 13 are up and my blog technical difficulties are resolved. Hooray!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lori. I hope you still read this, even though it's been days since you posted it. I've been on a wee bit of a blog sabbatical myself.

The baby toes were my friend, Tara's, 11 month old baby boy on the 23rd when we went to Louisville for a day. :)

I'm glad you have a blogger blog. Now I can delete that crazy Xanga blog. LOL

Big big hugs to you, dear Lori. Have a wonderfully Happy happy New Year. Take care, Robin~

Chaotic Mom said...

You sound VERY INTERESTING! Knitting videos? That DOES sound neat. What a cool friend to have passed that on to you. I'm going to check out that link, too.

Congrats to FH! My hubby is in the army, running an ROTC unit at a university right now. He's not working for the university, but he sees the politics behind the scenes. Wierds him out sometimes. Cool beans on FH's book, too! ;)

Nice visiting here. Thanks for stopping by my little spot.

Chaotic Mom said...

P.S. I feel like you, the urge to learn something new. We've done languages before, plenty between Hubby and I, and now signing with my Little Guy. I'm TRYING to learn about the web, and it's like learning new languages! Yikes! My Mommy brain is stretching hard, but I WON'T GIVE UP! ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey nice to find you here!!