I’m finding myself, as many other bloggers did after 9-11, having difficulty trying to write about normal everyday things when the news coming out of Japan is so horrible. The situation is so incredibly unreal and gigantic that I cannot comprehend it enough to form any practical thoughts beyond horror and sadness. Anything I could say would sound so shallow and trite. It makes my life seem shallow and trite.
But that is what I have to write about. I have no first-hand knowledge of Japan, nor would I claim to. I just hope that the determination I’ve learned and read about the Japanese people shines through and gets them through this tragedy.
So forgive this entry, which probably sounds completely flippant in light of things…
The past week or so has been pretty wild in Measi land. I swear that St. Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day is the only reason I know what day it is. To sum up my week:
- Friday afternoon through Sunday: Attended PAX East in Boston with Erich (I’ll be putting my recap entry together this weekend. It definitely deserves its own entry)
Also during the weekend…
- Friday night – severely bruised my right pinky to the point that rubbing nail polish remover hurts like hell… over fake nails. I’m still worried I may lose my nail completely, but I have hope it’s going to heal.
- Saturday morning – got the other 9 nails done anyway. In a pretty green for the holiday.
- Also Saturday morning – monthly stitch-in with the Rhode Island Stitchers (in which I got virtually nothing done other than drool over the hooked rugs that the Little Rhody Thrummers group had set up in one of the other rooms)
- Sunday night – start the post-con laundry catchup, and suddenly I hear Erich yelling “we got a problem!” from the basement. Our water heater and storage tank had ruptured, sending water everywhere across the floor. Thankfully we caught it early, and aside from possibly a couple things at the bottom of a single paper box that was in the water flow, I don’t think we’ve lost anything of value. Hopefully.
- Monday – Erich stayed home, called the oil company, and they came out to replace the heater. So much for our tax refund. *groan*
- Later in the day, he got slammed with a nasty stomach bug that we’re thinking was a case of food poisoning with how it came on. He couldn’t pick me up from the train, so I ended up on an adventure to get home from downtown Providence (finally ending in a taxi home because there was weird stuff happening at the bus depot)
- Yesterday – Erich’s PT Cruiser starts really making a loud, grinding noise. Like… really loud. And today it’s worse. Bad enough that it’s now officially at rest until it goes to the shop. I’m thinking it’s something to do with the wheel bearings. Hopefully it’s not an expensive fix.
- That, of course, means that we have three people who need to go to work in different places tomorrow – and we have one car. So it’ll be another fun trek through Massachusetts tomorrow morning – first to drop Matt off in Plainville, then Erich in Dorchester, and finally landing in downtown Boston.
So yeah – it’s been an expensive week and a crazy one. I seriously can’t wait for the weekend. I dream of sleeping with no alarm clock. It will be done on Sunday. Oh yes – it will.
On the plus side, today was absolutely gorgeous – the first real day of spring (yeah, yeah… Ostara’s a couple days away still, I know…). Everything just smelled good – nice and clean and earthy. I love it. My daffodils, hyacinths, and day lilies are all coming up through the ground. My mums are already making an effort, too, even though they won’t bloom until August. I’ve seen a few forsythia bushes in the city heat islands starting to bloom. During our drive through Milton, MA this morning, I noticed that the yards are starting to green up, too. I cannot wait for the first night we can keep the windows open.
Needless to say, it’s been quite the unusual week. I’ve managed to get several hours of stitching in, too – all on Annette’s Mira RR. My progress is coming along well. I’m hoping to have all of the cross stitches done so I can add kreinik and the beads starting late this weekend and have it ready to go within the week. I really don’t want to be stitching up to the last minute on it. I’ll post a pic once my square is done. I will say – I’m quite happy with my stitching so far.
I’ll end on a few randoms…
There’s still time to enter my Blogoversary giveaway, too! Just look at my sidebar for the link. :)
Also – Rhode Island Stitchers (my local stitch ‘n bitch group) is hosting a Spring Giveaway with some fun stash, if you want to try your chances!
Sue, the organizer of Stitcher’s Hideaway, posted her blog report on the Alumni Retreat (what happens in Mystic stays in Mystic…). I think the photo of me worshipping my Saturday morning coffee may be about as truthful a photo as you’ll ever see of me.
I’ll write more this weekend, hopefully over a calm cuppa on Sunday morning. :)