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Posted by knitpicking on 25 September 2006

[Note: I originally wrote this post last week, but stupidly pushed the “Save as Draft” button instead of the “Publish” button.]

In celebration of ADHD Awareness Day, I present a selection of bite-sized tidbits for you to enjoy:

  • Stephanie P. has a borderline obsession with a tree frog that hangs out on the windows in the front of the building at work. She talks to it and calls it “Kermit”.
  • I have a borderline obsession with the 2007 Honda CR-V.
  • The combination of Kristen, cryomill tubes, liquid nitrogen, and rat liver is potentially lethal.
  • Look! Knit sushi! And a knit sushi toilet paper cozy?
  • You can get a Battlestar Galactica credit card. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the webisodes on while you’re waiting for the new season.
  • My next pair of socks will be these. If I can ever get my hands on Lorna’s Laces sock yarn, which is hand-dyed and beautiful and really hard to find.

[Listening to: “Sundrenched World” by Joshua Radin]


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The Passing of Time

Posted by knitpicking on 14 September 2006

It is with no sadness or regret that I announce that my alarm clock is dead.

We had a long-term relationship that was contentious at best. Alarm clocks are one of those unwanted necessities in life – they perform the vital function of getting us to work on time so that we can continue to afford food, clothing, shelter, iPods, etc. But I cannot think fondly of a device whose sole purpose in life is to annoy me out of my peaceful slumber. And so, when the alarm on the clock ceased to function, it was time (hah!) to part ways.

I will admit that the animosity in our relationship was partly my fault. I made the mistake of putting the clock on the nightstand, thereby enabling me to push the snooze button repeatedly without ever actually being fully conscious. I have found that my desire to remain asleep is so strong that I can play Swat the Snooze Button long enough to make me late for work.

But it also had a major design flaw – the button to turn off the alarm entirely is RIGHT NEXT TO the snooze button. Which means that the flailing arm of a woman who just wants the noise to stop is likely to hit the wrong button, thus setting off a period of wonderful sleep followed by a period of intense swearing and rushing around. I really should have exchanged the damn thing for a better one in the first place, but I bought it at Wal-Mart (which, at the time, was the closest place to get such an item). Going to Wal-Mart is a trying experience in the best of times, as is returning something. So returning something to Wal-Mart was out of the question. Had I known the trouble it would cause me over the years, I would have done it anyway. C’est la vie.

Now I have a new clock, which is located across the room, and whose alarm switch is nowhere near the snooze button. Plus it has one of those alarms with a graduated volume, so it starts out quiet and then ramps up to jet-engine decibel levels, thus rendering me incapable of getting back to sleep after rupturing my eardrums. So it does its job. But we’re never going to be friends.

[Listening to: “Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Op. 60: II. Adagio” by The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra]

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Random Tuesday

Posted by knitpicking on 5 September 2006

This week’s series of unrelated tidbits:

  • A factoid from the back of the bottle of Sam Adams Octoberfest: every year they hold a company-wide competition for the best homebrew. The winners get a trip to Germany for Oktoberfest. Talk about a good incentive program.
  • Guess what Alan Mullaly, the new CEO of the Ford Motor Company drives. A Lexus. Apparently hypocrisy is Job One.
  • My parents’ dog is adorable

but incredibly neurotic. My parents have a travel bag for her with her food and toys. She’s smart enough to realize that when they get the bag out, they’re going on a trip. She is also so afraid that they’ll leave her behind that she will watch the bag like a hawk to make sure that it doesn’t go out the door without her. She hasn’t yet figured out that it’s possible to leave without both her AND the bag, and a better bet is to watch the humans. But it’s interesting to see how much she freaks out about the whole thing.

[Listening to: “Do Ya” by Peaches]

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Random Tuesday

Posted by knitpicking on 22 August 2006

Today I spent a chunk of my work day prepping and plating rat urine samples for analysis. If you’ve never had the privilege of working with it, let me tell you – rat urine is one of the most disgusting things on the face of the earth. The smell is simply indescribable. They really should market it as a diet aid, because one whiff of the stuff will put you off your feed for several hours. But while I was working (and trying not to inhale too deeply), I came up with a great company slogan. “Saving Lives, 50 Microliters of Rat Pee At a Time”. Wouldn’t that be great on a brochure?

In other news, I have a new addition to my list of favorite websites: Television Without Pity. It has really detailed (and pretty hilarious) episode summaries of almost all of the TV shows out there. I laughed out loud at the following snippet from a recap of an episode of “Rome”:

“Outside the compound, Pullo is sitting on a log and whittling. A couple of Egyptian boys, unable to resist the target presented by the big red cape, start hucking stones at him. Which is pretty brave, considering that several other Romans are standing sentry right next to Pullo. Pullo sheathes his dagger, slowly gets up, and wings a stone right back, sending the kids running. One of the sentries snickers, earning a shove from Pullo. And in less than ten seconds, we’ve just seen the clearest explication ever of the Bush Administration’s foreign policy.”

[Listening to: “World Spins Madly On” by The Weepies]

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This Just In…

Posted by knitpicking on 22 April 2006

The period of late winter/early spring lunacy is now officially over. Your patience and concern during this time was greatly appreciated.

We will now return to the regularly-scheduled sanity.

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Random Tuesday

Posted by knitpicking on 18 April 2006

  • There is at least one redneck bar in Cary, NC. I didn’t think one would exist in that yuppie haven.
  • The mace is my weapon. I’m thinking of getting that statement put on a t-shirt.
  • Don’t even think about going to Duke Gardens on a warm, sunny Saturday. The playa was so full of people that you had to look hard to see the grass. Plus, the sheer number of lovey-dovey couples walking around was completely nauseating.
  • Caber tossing is quite fun, if you do it with logs of a smaller scale.

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