Life, Our Universe, and Pets:
I’ve been rediscovering things lately. Some good, some irritating (but still good.)
A few days ago body forced a break on me, and I was aggravated by it. Wanting to do something useful while watching things on Netflix, I decided to pick up my needles again. It has been months since I’ve done any knitting, and as I started working the yarn again, I was a bit surprised by how much I had apparently missed it. Mentally relaxing, and something productive I can do when legs and spine are being too ornery for more mobile productivity.
I had fun sorting through my shelf of patterns to find a nice stitch order for a scarf. I’ve had some lovely bulky charcoal grey wool sitting around for a bit. We found it at a thrift store, so it is a random amount, and not something I would have wanted to use for a standard project. However, I was certain there was enough for a scarf, and it seemed a good choice for reminding myself how to knit.
Actually finished the scarf with some yarn left over, so I’m starting one of my “odds and ends blankets” – to have in process and on hand if I end up with any other wool scraps.
The other rediscovery has been one that may sound a bit funny.
My stomach has finally come out of the seeming coma it has been in for most of my life. Not only has it started occasionally growling, it is also starting to insist on fairly regular input of things to turn into energy.
This is a very strange experience for me. I hardly remember ever knowing when or if I was hungry until my blood sugar crashed into light-headed loopiness, and for well over a decade I’ve been just fine remembering food once or twice a day. (Usually when feeding other people.) There was a particular Top Gear episode that sparked a running joke in our household – that I was a biological construct that ran on air alone. (With maintenance liquids containing caffeine required from time to time.)
Suddenly I have this (probably beneficial) parasite demanding food in more quantity than I can manage. I’ve found a vague balance utilizing protein powders and emergency juice – but I see some smoothie experimentation in my future. Quite open to suggestions, if anyone has any. This is new territory for me.
Social Media and the Internet: From SHINY! to the RNG hates me
Not much in news of the net this week.
Twitter continues to fascinate me, and gives me things to read near constantly. My TBR list keeps expanding, and I’ve discovered more blogs to read. I’m also still working on understanding Pinterest.
I’ve reorganized our links, and added a few new things to the lists. There will be more coming.
Teas, Cocoas, and Coffees (Oh My!)
Our printer experienced a terminal failure, which caused a bit of initial panic. We did manage to replace it quickly, with almost no impact on our capacity to deal with orders. It was nice, but I sometimes hate how dependent we are on our little bits and pieces of technology.
In that same vein, I am finally attempting to build a proper database – to better track All The Things. With luck, once I get it properly put together, it will save much time on the paperwork side, and allow me to spend more time creating and blending our wares. It has been far too long since I’ve worked with relational databases, and the rust that has gathered is formidable. Despite that, I’m having fun playing with the program, and learning or relearning a skillset is always interesting.
I’d mentioned last week that I’d discovered an herb that I will be able to use to create purple/blue/pink teas without having to resort to any nasty dyes. I looked into it, to be sure of both safety and efficacy, and am happy to report that it satisfies, on both fronts. I’ve even found an organic supplier. With luck, I will be able to add this plant to our toolbox soon, and start experimenting. The potential is endless, especially for Geek Teas.
Lastly, a long time friend and customer tried an experiment this week that I must share. She decided to put a bit of our ‘*Dark City Mint’ in with the coffee in her french-press one morning…. She reported it as: “DE. LI. SHUSSSSSSS!!!” (She added two teaspoons of the tea to her general amount of coffee, and suggests that everyone try it.)
Entertainment: The Final Frontier
Sadly, I’ve been working too hard to read much this week. I’ve been giving myself a few moments here and there to read one of Mister Tea’s books from school, but not finished anything. For his part, he continues to work through Weber’s ‘Safehold,’ and as he progresses we are actually able to talk about some of the things I’ve kept bottled up in my head because Spoilers.
We’ve spent a little more time with ‘Eternal Sonata,’ though he’s done most of the running around. I’ve quite enjoyed working on my knitting and watching the cutscenes. The music, as I believe I’ve mentioned before, is nice all on its own.
There was an area that we discovered that made me panic a little at first. It is called the “Hanon Hills.” We’d just come out of a particularly aggravating circular puzzle of room movement, and I could not understand what we had done to deserve Hanon in a video game. I wasn’t sure how Hanon would translate into playing a game, but I thought about scenarios involving synchronized buttons in sequence and rhythm…. or something.
The background on this is that I’ve played piano for most of my life. C.L. Hanon created a series of exercises for increasing strength, agility, and endurance – with a particular emphasis on making all of your fingers equally proficient. (Most people have stronger and weaker fingers.) They are incredibly useful exercises. Great for when you’ve been away from the keys for a bit, and working them has a positive effect on guitar playing and typing speed as well. However, they are hellishly boring and you get to the point where you practically catch yourself playing them in your sleep on the covers… or your partner’s head.
Given the musical theme of the game overall, I had expected something that gave a glimmer of those exercises. The area ended up being a bit anti-climactic, but it was still funny that both of us twitched at the name.
My last thought this time around is going to come in the form of a suggestion.
Find someone you care about and let them know. Whether it be a hug for a family member or dear friend, or a few words to someone you only know through the net, just take a minute or two and express it.
Between my friend losing his father last week and a few hours of worry for a friend and inspiration this week after a tweet that reminded me that even when you aren’t allergic to most of the medications on the planet – major surgery is still major surgery…. the tenuousness of life was brought forward again.
Thankfully, my friend made it through just fine.
I think that, as a species, we sometimes take having more time as a given, rather than as a gift.
Until next time….