Monthly Archives: November 2011

Wristlet Friends

Look! No dishwashing hands!

Back to the gift exchange on Facebook! If you recall, I had two more people left. Today, I’m talking about Amy. Amy actually got her gift in Phoenix, when I saw her at the UCDA conference, but I got lazy with my blogging. And then, something amazing happened. Amy actually sent ME a gift! My first FB exchange back.

But more on that in a minute. How do I know Amy? Back when I organized my first conference for UCDA, I needed a featured school for one of my main speakers. We searched very hard for a good fit: they needed to have award-winning work, but they also needed to have a good story to tell. We had been criticized in previous conferences for having schools just show flashy work and alienating the attendees, so we wanted a school that had faced a problem and solved it. That search led us to a school that had changed their name and needed a new identity: Amy at Missouri State.

Amy did a nice job at the conference, we exchanged a few friendly emails and we went on our way.

And then I found FB. At some point, I saw Amy’s name on someone’s post and I was still pretty new to it and so I friended her. She seemed to remember me. We were both addicted to FB and so we got to know each other fairly well. And the more we found out, the more it felt like we were living in parallel universes. We had way more in common than we should have. We even found our daughters were born exactly one year apart. They shared the same birthday.

Last year, I got inspired to try a half marathon and this year, Amy ran her first one. Amy is one of those that has always supported my running posts and I hers. In fact, Amy’s the reason I bought one of those Garmin watches.

And so, for my FB pal, I made a pair of wristlets. I made hers in sort of her school color. It’s sort of somewhere between a bear maroon and a tiger orange, so that’s probably apt!

A typographic ornament

In return, I got a lovely paper ornament, with paper made from an old dictionary, and words that she feels connects to me are carefully showing.

She also sent me a bracelet made with beads she rolled back in college. Most of us were rolling a different type of paper, but hey, hers is more lasting and now I have this nice little bracelet as well.

THANKS Amy! I’ll see you on FB, as always. Stay addicted. Otherwise, I’d miss you. (And PS you should get more involved with UCDA!)


Lebowski Revealed

The Dude Approves

And … it’s revealed! He liked that it was zippered and he seemed impressed … but he didn’t recognize it right away! He liked it, thought it was cool, but didn’t get it immediately. So, what this means is that he REALLY doesn’t read my blog!

I also got to surprise him at dinner. I got there before him, since he was bringing the kid from martial arts class and I arranged for the birthday celebration at Tokyo, our favorite local sushi place. Basically, they bring you a scoop of ice cream with whipped topping and chocolate syrup, stick a candle in it and bring out this big drum. This guy bangs like crazy on it and they sing Happy Birthday in Japanese. Hilarious.

So all in all, besides me having a massive allergy attack after my run, a good birthday for him.

Lebowski DONE


IT’S DONE. When is the birthday, you might ask? THURSDAY. Talk about cutting it to the quick.

Actually, the knitting’s been done for a while now. I blocked it in the back room that we never use, along with a sweater I finished … at the end of April. Just in time for hot weather, yah. So, I left it for a long time, no incentive to finish it, since I’m not going to be wearing it in 90+ degree weather. Finally, I blocked both of them and told him “I’m blocking that sweater that I made, finally, and the door is shut to keep the cats away from it.” Partially true. Any time that door is open, no matter where those cats might be, they are in the room within 30 seconds.

Still, do I think I’ve kept this a surprise from him? No. I suspect that he actually knows. You know what? This is OK. He doesn’t always handle surprises very well. So part of me hopes he’s figured it out. Then he can pretend to be surprised and everyone is happy.

What held me up from finishing this dang thing, besides that he didn’t travel or I was traveling or whatever the excuse, was sewing in the zipper. The amazing, fabulous zipper I was so ecstatic to find. I was totally freaked out about it. I just knew it’d be impossible. And … it was not bad at all. Go figure. I hand-stitched it in. I just knew there was no point in putting a foot on a bulky, loose knit.

The back of the uniform, the REAL surprise

I did turn on the machine and put the Kuk Sool patches on his uniform top. I had to do this for my daughter last year, before he started taking Kuk Sool as well. I’d been pestering him to get the patches, but he’s not done it because he thought it’d be too much work for me. So, this week, since he was gone on Tuesday, I bought the patches and sewed them on. I figured I’d wrap it up and there it would be … but the kid suggested I fold it up … and stick it back in the drawer. A REAL surprise for him. So, that’s what I’ve done.

AbidingWHEE DONE! I don’t think I will ever make another one. It was a massive project. But then again, I guess any men’s sweater is going to be a massive project!

But that’s just my opinion, man. The dude abides. Hopefully the dude getting the sweater adores.