...the absent-minded ramblings of a sometime diva, hyperactive yarn ya-ya.

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Name: Cyndilou :)
Location: Texas, United States

Just a little piece of sunshine and rainbow set free to wreak happiness on the universe.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Taking the good with the bad

The bad: Just found out that the disc herniation has not completely healed, so I have to go back to my neurosurgeon to see what he recommends.

The good: It is significantly better than it was in October, and not causing me near the amount of pain it did then. My primary doc prescribed Celebrex as the anti-imflammatory, and that seems to be helping as well.

Hopefully it will mean just another course of physical therapy - at the worst, perhaps another steroid shot. Now it's a wait and see... I hate waiting. (\PB mode off)

Monday, May 28, 2007

A Time to Remember

To those in the service of our country's Armed Forces, we salute you. Past or present, our nation would not be here today without you.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Of tests that suck, and drugs that do not

Back in October, when I had an MRI done to see what was wrong with my back, I certainly don't remember being in that tube much more than 20 minutes. Granted, they'd already pumped me full of painkillers and I'd had no sleep in nearly 24 hours, but it didn't seem that bad.

Today, I had another one to make sure that my latest spasms aren't caused by the disc still not having healed fully. Over an hour in the tube, people. An hour in a tube that was not made for people with broad shoulders, lying flat on my back and not moving. I quite literally could not get off the table when he finally moved me out of it - and I nearly fell over when I finally did get up with the help of the MRI tech.

Thankfully the imaging center I used is within a few blocks of my apartment, because otherwise I don't think I could have managed the drive home. I popped a couple vicodin and a muscle relaxer and headed for bed -- and now, a couple hours later, I can actually move. Oy vey, back problems are for the birds.

Now I am crossing my fingers that the tests show it is not still herniated. I thought all the dingdong exercises I've been doing over the past few months were so that my back got stronger, not the other way around. :(

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Have you ever...

...been wandering through your blogfeeds, only to stop on an entry with a picture that made you think, "Damn, that's an ugly sweater!"? No?

Ah well, at least the person involved is not a friend of mine, so I don't have politely lie about it. :D

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Budgets and other considerations

Now that I have a car payment again, I am trying to be more circumspect in the other money I spend. No more eating out indiscriminately: I actually have to cook more often. I'm a pretty decent cook, so you think this wouldn't be a problem -- except I hate doing dishes and cooking for one is a pain. Ah well, I've managed so far this past week , and even took lunch to work. Let's see how long we can keep this trend going. :D

...and hey, just by eliminating the extra spending on cokes, I've already lost a little weight, so it's all good.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

What I did this weekend


131/365 - New car
Originally uploaded by Cyndiva.
Yup, the Escort finally decided to be cantankerous (and getting expensive, repair-wise) so on Friday afternoon I came home with this beauty. (No - not Brad. He's the salesman. :D ).

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Quick meme before work

Snagged from Labradorable...

Mark with bold the things you have ever knit, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest. (Edited to add - I'm including my crocheted items, too!)

Afghan
I-cord
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Shawl
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn

Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Hat
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Sweater
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns

Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn

Cardigan
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items

Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Slippers
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book
Scarf
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca

Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting

Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies...)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items)on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else's handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Bobbles

Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Steeks
Knitting art
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Fulling/felting

Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Purses/bags
Knitting with beads
Swatching
Long Tail CO

Entrelac
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Darning
Jewelry
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Gloves
Intarsia
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
Pillows
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Rug
Knitting on a loom

Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Shrug/bolero/poncho

Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public


Hm. A few things on that list that I haven't gotten to yet -- I need to finish up a bunch of these baby gifts and get back on the knitting for me. :D

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Things to be thankful for

Top on the list: AIR CONDITIONING. Oy.

Just got back from the after-party of the concert series we sang this weekend. It was hot onstage and hot with too many people hanging out afterward (not to mention the copious amounts of wine) but it was a lot of fun. I have tons of pictures to upload from the activity this weekend, with even a little fiber content, but right now I am going to take a shower and lay down with a book to read.

Next up in the concert rotation: Mendelssohn's Elijah, for the Victoria Bach Festival. After that, we'll see...

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Weird Dreams

I was on a cross-country race to win $1 million (a la Drive) except no cars were involved. My friend Kathy (of the cat hats) was there, too - and she had this cool foldable bicycle that also became an underwater scooter when needed, which at one point she lent to me when we split up.

We met back up later when the next step was to get on this train. We were in a hotel room or something discussing strategy. I left slightly early to get on the train (ok, I am an early person!) and found my room - which was a closet you could barely turn around in, and I was supposed to share it with two other people. Speaking of closets, this room had one that was a huge cavern, and I seriously thought about dragging a sleeping bag in there.

After dropping my stuff off (lots of stuff considering we'd been in a backpacking sort of race) I wandered to the back of the train. For some reason, my bra kept coming off. Not falling off, just mysteriously it would be in my hand and I'd have to keep putting it back on. Then the train was leaving, but Kathy wasn't there yet -- she was running up just as the train was getting underway, but the train wouldn't stop. Kathy managed to run and keep up with a train going full speed, but couldn't catch it until suddenly the train did stop, and the supervisor in the end car with me said he'd stopped it even though he shouldn't have.

Finally a couple officious sorts starts walking through the car, handing people colored bits of paper. When they got to my row (very last row in the train), they handed out instructions to every other person, including me, for a very peculiar scavenger huntish type contest. The lady handing them out said "Sugar, you're gonna have to find a wig or something," as apparently I was leading the red team and your hair had to match the team. I pouted and noted that there was red in my hair, even though I am desperately in need of a session with Bridgette. My other players actually backed me up on that one, even though the lady looked doubtful.

Then the train was moving again, and Joe (from TCC) was there, pointing things out. We rolled through a town that apparently generated a lot of energy - huge drumlike structures everywhere for storing it, although the town itself looked like a rundown ghost town. A brackish river came up on the right side, and suddenly all the school kids in the car were exclaiming that they saw a tortilla sea sponge in the river, while Joe was laughing and saying it was a stick.

...and then I woke up, and I'm still confused.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Woo to the Hoo!


The Amazing Suzanne!
Originally uploaded by Cyndiva.
Actually, my day isn't THAT exciting...but Suzanne's is -- it is First Thursday at Hill Country Weavers. Just about everything with a 5 in the price tag (excluding sale items) is 20% off today only.

Me, I'm off to take a nap before rehearsal tonight. If you're in town and interested, TCC will be performing this weekend (May 4-6) at Northwest Hills United Methodist. Cheers!