20 years and a little knitting



Yup, that’s me a little more than 20 years ago. My high school reunion was last Saturday. I really didn’t want to go, but kind of felt it was a necessary evil to overcome. I will say that it was mildly pleasant. It’s a very strange thing to walk into a roomfull of people that you knew 20 years ago and not recognize a soul. I felt guilty looking at everyone’s name tag until I noticed that everyone else was looking too. Let me also say that it was weird being in a conversation with someone who was constantly breaking eye contact to scan the room. I’m so out of practice with large social gatherings, is this the way it’s done?

I sat at a table with a lovely woman that I remembered from high school as just being the sweetest person – and she still is. However, also at our table were 2 women (and their spouses) who I didn’t particularly care for in high school – and still don’t. They wanted to talk about the good old days. “Oh, I loved high school. I could just do what I wanted and I never had to do anything that wasn’t fun. I didn’t even have any goals.” To which I replied, “I had only 1 goal back then.” Her eyes lit up and she said, “Really? What was it?” “To get the hell out of high school.” At this, she pouted a little, “Oh, that’s so sad.” I got up from the table shortly thereafter.

I don’t know what I expected, but this gathering definitely wasn’t it. I guess I wanted to see how far people had come and I was interested in how they got there and where they wanted to go next. Without being too touchy/feely, I wanted to hear about their journeys. They just wanted to talk about how much beer they drank 20 years ago. I was a little sad, but hey, I got to shake this guy’s hand. And yes, he’s as smarmy as he looks.

On to bigger and better things. This was my week 3 Tour de France knitting. My lovely friend Jillian persuaded me that I needed socks of my own, so here they are.



She also made me swear on my children that I wouldn’t be anal and make sure they matched perfectly. I just pulled the yarn out of the skein and off I went. It’s amazing to me that they match as closely as they do – but they are different. A promise is a promise, after all.

I just signed up for a crochet class with Amy, Lynn, and the incomparable Jillian! I’m very excited and I have no hook-a-phobia to speak of.

What I’d like to say

Is that I saw this in person…

I’d love to say that I haven’t posted about my boy because I just flew back from Paris (and boy are my arms tired). I’d love to tell you that I was in Paris when the man stepped up on the podium and kicked all of Europe’s ASS by becoming the first American to win the Tour de France 5 times in a row

I’d love to say it, but it wouldn’t be true. However, I’m trying to coax my husband into making plans for Lance’s attempt at #6. Here’s what I’d like to do:

1. Be in Paris for the kick off of TdF 2004

2. Travel to a chateau as our home base

3. Follow the Tour around France and be on the course or at the finish line of every stage

4. Show up in Paris when the man wins #6

I suppose it depends on how much work my husband gets over the next 7-8 months. He’s a builder, so hope that everyone in southeastern Michigan needs a pole barn.

Knitting news later – I’m still recovering from my long flight.

What I did on my day off…

Finished this…

Got started on this…

I had my 6-month follow up with my Orthopod yesterday and figured since it was in the middle of the day (why do they do that) I’d take the whole day off work. My kids are at my parents’ house this week (heaven!!). I got to sleep in, kick my husband out into the world and wallow in the TdF coverage while knitting. I don’t think I could come up with a better day off! And just in case you were wondering – the whole shebang is coming down to the individual times trials tomorrow. Ullrich is behind Armstrong just 65 seconds. The thing is, they’re both phenomenal time trialers. The forecast is calling for rain tomorrow as well. It should be a very interesting stage. I’ll let you know how it turns out (although, you’ll probably know that much on Sunday).

My class reunion is tomorrow evening. Strangely enough, I was weirded out by the whole thing until about a week ago. I’m treating it like a work conference – a whole room full of people I don’t know. I get to practice my infant small talk skills and “work” the room. It should be interesting. At least I know the meal will be good.

One more thing…I’ve been thinking about doing one of those “100 Things About Me” pages. Did you know there’s a whole webring of these? So I started reading some of them and decided I don’t need to write 100 things about myself. As I was reading, I thought I’d have a seizure because I kept rolling my eyes so much. Why do people think I want to know all those things about them? Why do I think people want to know all those things about me?? Best just to leave it lay.

I’m running out of adjectives

Of course I’ll start with the Tour! Yesterday was a rest day, so nothing much fun on TV last night. Anyway, Tyler Hamilton (the rider who crashed in Stage 1 and got up with a broken collarbone – yet continued to ride) won Stage 16 today. I was a little cynical at first, “Sure he’s going to continue to ride. The IMax people are following him around with a big movie deal. Who’d quit with all of that?” Then I was kind of impressed that he kept going, now I’m just flat out stunned.

Two days ago, when Armstrong fell, Hamilton rode up to the front of the group and told everyone to pull up and wait for Lance to get back on his bike. You could see him punching his finger at all of them – and they waited. When asked about it later, he said something like “It’s an unspoken rule that you don’t attack the yellow jersey when it’s down. It was the right thing to do.” I’m going to have to agree with all the commentary that I’ve read, watch out for Tyler Hamilton in the future – he’s one amazing cyclist!

I’m enjoying my amazing color changing Regia socks. I turned the heel last night and it’s one of those “just a little more, I want to see how the colors turn out.” I’m hoping to finish soon, as I have to get started on the baby hat. The shower’s is August 1 and I’d like to make one of these showers with the actual gift in my hand.

The joys of having 2 offices

While not as chi chi as it sounds, I do technically have 2 offices. There’s one here, with my name on the window (along with someone else’s – we share). And there’s one at the hospital, which really isn’t my office, it’s more of a gathering place when we all have to be in one big spot. What’s joyful about this arrangement? Well the hospital office is close to the yarn shop. On Tuesdays, I need to be at the hospital for meetings, but I get to leave around lunch time. I sometimes swing by Knit Around if I “need’ something. I just got an invitation to another baby shower, so I have to have new yarn – right? Here’s what I bought: Vogue Knitting Caps and Hats Two (I’m making this hat)

with this yarn:

I’ve also fallen in love with Bryspun needles. They are the bomb. The woman at the yarn shop tried to talk me into Brittany, but I said, “I already have those, I want the Bryspun.” She sold me these:

I then wallowed in the sale bins and came up with these:

The darker one looks like the dog’s breakfast because it had melted in the bin, so I had to re-wind. I already have 2 skeins of the orange (bought when Jillian and I slutted around Grand Rapids). Now I’m thinking I can have a couple pairs of these socks – mix and match!

One last thing (this is for you June). Who recently said, “We’re poking a lot of bushes looking for skunks”?

Unbelievable!!!!

I listen to the Tour de France on live radio here at work. In the last minutes of the stage today, I sat with my hands on my desk and my mouth hanging open. My stomach hurts now, but the man has done it.

17 H 07 – The Top 10 Overall Places

The top 10 after stage 15 is:

1. Lance Armstrong

2. Jan Ullrich at 1’07”

3. Alexandre Vinokourov at 2’45”

4. Haimar Zubeldia at 5’16”

5. Iban Mayo at 5’35”

6. Ivan Basso at 8’08”

7. Tyler Hamilton at 9’02”

8. Christophe Moreau at 11’09”

9. Francisco Mancebo at 16’05”

10. Carlos Sastre at 16’12”

He fell when he snagged something a spectator was holding. The leaders of the race waited for him to catch up and then he attached them! He went on to catch the rider at the lead of the course and won by 40 seconds. Now I have to go home and watch the coverage tonight. At least I know the outcome, so it won’t be so bad. I’m sure my stomach will hurt all over again. What a geek I am.

Had a lovely dinner with Jillian and family last night. I love summer meals (corn on the cob and fresh made potato salad) – it was yummy. Then I went shopping at Casa Jillian. The saleswoman was extremely helpful and knew exactly what colors I love the most. She talked me into this…

Which became this while watching the Tour coverage last night…

The saleswoman convinced me that I must have a pair of my own socks and that I need to do them right away. Everyone should have such a good shop owner to go to!

Tour de France

Because I know you’re interested…

17 H 24 – The New Overall Places:

The top five riders in the overall classification after the 12th stage are:

1. Lance Armstrong (USP)

2. Jan Ullrich (TBI) at 34″

3. Alexandre Vinokourov (TEL) at 51″

4. Tyler Hamilton (CSC) at 2’59”

5. Haimar Zubeldia (EUS) at 4’29”

While I’m proud of my boy, I must also take my bike helmet off to Tyler Hamilton. He fell in stage 1 in a HUGE pile-up inside the 1 km mark, breaking his right collarbone. It is unbelievable that the man has been in his saddle everyday since then – and is #4 in the overall standings! Cyclists are amazing.

The sad news for me this week is that I haven’t been able to park myself in front of the TV and watch much coverage. Which also means I haven’t been able to knit or spin at all! In between the riding lessons and dinner with visiting professors – I’ve been cavorting across the countryside. The good news is that my mother will be taking my children to her house on Saturday for a whole week. Woohoo!!! What will I do with all my time?!?

ART FAIR

If you’ve never been to Ann Arbor, Michigan in the third full week of July, you have no idea how much terror is struck in the heart of the locals. I don’t live in Ann Arbor (so technically, I’m not a local), but I work here. There are streets blocked off, crowds of people, and lots of $$$ flowing through the city. Now, I’m not anti-art by any stretch. It’s more that I’m anti-stupid people. You know the types, the ones who only come to this lovely city to buy high-priced “art.” They don’t know their way around, drive slowly (in front of me) and take my parking space so that I’m late to work. Not that I’m bitching or anything.

And because Blogger won’t let me upload a file without wiping out my entire post…here are my Aunt Brenda’s socks.

I finished them on Saturday and my mother promptly told me she’d “deliver” them to my Aunt. I told her, “Thanks, but I think I’ll drop them in the mail.”