Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Meet Mr Joe
I'm having a bad day. I woke up to discover that my lower back was all locked up. It happens. It hurts. I hate it. I also have a sore throat, but I don't think I'm getting sick. That happens too. I'm tired and grouchy, and I had to take the kids to the orthodontist. An hour and a half and two meetings with the ortho to discuss strategy later, we're in the elevator heading back down to the car when "SCHLUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRRRRRRP!!!"
My darling son has a new appliance in his mouth. It is making his mouth water something fierce, and every fifteen seconds he makes this loud slurping noise that makes my whole body cringe. My nervous system is touchy at the best of times, and the day hasn't begun well, but this feels like the last straw. I know he can't help it, but tell that to my body chemistry as it reacts bitterly to the jarring noise for the next twenty-five minutes until we drop him off at school. Someone else's problem for a while. But I'm stuck with the shakes for the next hour or so.
I arrived home to discover a gentleman caller on my doorstep. Seems he had been waiting patiently for about two hours for me. I wasn't feeling hospitable, but I invited him in. He introduced himself as Mister Joe, sent from Elann Yarns, as per my order on Monday. Strange name for a yarn, I thought. Stranger still that I had eight balls of "Jazz" and only two of "Grasslands." I though I had ordered five of each. I checked my account and discovered that no, the mistake was mine. Fine. Jazz is pretty, and if he promises to behave himself, Mister Joe can stay. But NO slurping.
The purple/turquoise balls are "Jazz" and the green ones are "Grasslands." CatBookMom from Elann chat posted a free patterns site this morning. If I wasn't feeling so shitty, I'd include the link here. I found a pattern for a cozy feather and fan shawl, and asked Mister Joe if he'd like to try that on for size. Seems good so far.
I finished the back of my black Katrina last night and did the ribbing on the front this morning at the ortho. Also got a few more inches done on my alpaca prayer shawl. The orphans aren't grumbling too much even if I am. Maybe I'll just go to bed and hope for better tomorrow.