So...I've sat down to blog the rest of Spinny Tour 2010 a couple of times, but I appear to have the attention span of a dyslexic bonobo on meth right now. I am finishing and sending out proposals for 2011 teaching gigs, I am wrapping up Fibre Week work for 2011 and laying groundwork for 2012, I am baking cookies and making gifts for an event that is still 2 weeks away. In short, I am living in the future in my brain, making it hard to focus in the present.
Today is the day I try and bring myself back to reality. So far, not working. I wrote all morning, then, somehow, deleted the whole thing. Nothing wrong with the post, just gone. Poof!
I thought I could remedy this situation as my cookies baked this afternoon, but that is not working out for me either. Can't sit still long enough to see a thought through to the end. Because the oven timer keeps buzzing, no doubt. I am sure it has nothing to do with the sugar rush brought on by my enthusiastic sampling. (A good cook ALWAYS tastes everything before feeding it to others. I'm just doing my job.)
Still, I feel the need to blog. So I'm stealing this meme thingy that seems to be making the rounds again amongst many of the blogs I read. It's supposed to be all revealing and stuff, but really, this is the internetz, people! I'm not about to go into really creepy detail. Besides, my Mom reads this blog.
101 Things You May Not Know About Me
1. I have a really high I.Q. Like Mensa, creepy nerd high.
2. I secretly like math.
3. And I'm pretty good at it.
4. Ditto physics.
5. Using these two disciplines, I have been working to expand time so that there are enough hours in a day to get everything done and still get a good night's sleep.
6. I am failing miserably at this task so far.
7. I am remarkably stubborn and not easily discouraged.
8. I often fail to recognize a lost cause. (See #7)
9. I almost never make snap decisions, even when it looks like I do.
10. I also believe that decisions have to be made. Debating your options can only go on so long. More that two shakes and it's playing with yourself, so to speak.
11. I have a very juvenile sense of humor. Talking about shafts and orifices, butts and tips, or saying puni all make me go tee-hee-hee inside.
12. I swear a lot when I spin and knit.
13. I swear more when I weave.
14. When my kids were little, I tried to teach myself not to swear because I did not want to be a bad influence. I substituted words that started with the same sound, like sugar, and mother...fathersisterbrother!
15. Some of those substitutions still slip out today, even though my kids swear more that I do now.
16. I admire my kids. A lot. They are, each in their own way, all remarkable human beings.
17. I take full credit for the fact that my kids are, each in their own way, all remarkable human beings.
18. I love being a mom, even though my kids are all adults, or close enough to count.
19. It's harder being a mom when your kids are all adults, or close enough to count.
20. My children made me who I am today, and I know that is a better person.
21. I could still be a better person than I am.
22. I try very hard not to be judgemental, no matter how awful someone seems at first glance.
23. Having said that, I must confess that a fashion Nazi lives in my head and makes comments about people and their fashion choices.
24. I like nice clothes.
25. I chose clothes based on fibre content, comfort, style, and price. In that order. (Except for the notorious yellow sweater.)
26. I am frequently annoyed by how little most knitters and weavers know about string.
27. I often suspect that Ravelry is a tool for evil.
28. I often feel the same way about the whole interwebz.
29. I sometimes long for a simpler time, with no TV, no computers, no cell phones.
30. I know that I would not adjust well to that lifestyle.
31. I sometimes turn everything off and light some candles and spin and pretend that I have adjusted to that lifestyle.
32. I would go crazy without music.
33. Music today is not any better or worse that it was when I was a teenager. There was crappy music then and there is crappy music now. Likewise, there was awesome music then and there is awesome music now.
34. I like rap. Not hip-hop. Rap.
35. I love opera.
36. I miss grunge.
37. I consider Leonard Cohen a minor deity.
38. Christmas carols often make me cry. Not sure why, they just do.
39. I love Christmas for the lights, the pine trees, the cookies, the knitting, the coziness.
40. I hate Christmas for the pressure to socialize with people you do not see any other time of the year and the whole "perfect present" syndrome.
41. I make most of my Christmas gifts.
42. I will not go into a store or mall on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday in December.
43. I don't like stores or malls much, anyway. They are full of stuff that people don't need and usually can't afford.
44. I suspect a rabid Marxist lurks not far beneath my small-l liberal surface.
45. I believe in moderation in all things, therefore do not allow any portion of my personality to become rabid.
47. I like the path of least resistance. That doesn't always mean I take it.
48. I am basically very lazy. I will spend hours trying to find the easiest way to do something.
49. I am very patient with others, except for the idiots that always seem to get into the self-checkout line right ahead of me..
50. I am very impatient with myself.
51 I love to cook. And I'm pretty good at it.
52. Baking calms me down and focuses me. You can tell I've had a bad day if there are suddenly a lot of muffins around.
53. I don't really like muffins all that much.
54. I do like cupcakes. Cupcakes make everyday a party!
55. I think everyday should be a party. I always find some little thing to celebrate, even if it is just getting through the day alive.
56. I intend to live to 103. I do not know why I chose that age, I just did. It seems like a good age to live to.
57. I do not intend to ever grow old. I may, however, become decrepit.
58. I do not trust modern medicine.
59. I have had 6 surgeries and 11 broken bones (mostly fingers and toes, 3 of those at Fibre Week!).
60. I need to have surgery on my knee and probably would have had it by now if I trusted modern medicine.
61. I don't really trust any institutional system. It is my humble opinion that they are designed to be non-functional in order to keep the management busy and employed.
62. If I ruled the world, systems would be efficient. I cannot stand waste, duplication and redundancy.
63. Also, if I ruled the world, the people who do the actual work would get paid more than the management. Teachers, nurses, and day-care providers would be the most highly-paid professionals on the planet. Next to plumbers.
64. I appreciate plumbers more than anyone else on the planet. I have spent a lot of time with them lately.
65. I have lost any respect I may have once had for roofers, though, now that I know that they shove their garbage down people's sewer vents. And that some of them pee there, too. Ewww!
66. Witnessing bad parenting makes me sad. We all have our different styles, but whacking your kid or calling them names in a supermarket is not a style choice. It is bad parenting. Actually, it's bad parenting where ever you do it.
67. I do not believe there is ever an excuse for cruelty. It is not funny. It is not taking control. It is not cool. Be excellent to one another.
68. I also do not appreciate holier-than-thouness. Especially when it is founded in false beliefs and bad information. I'm looking at you, PETA.
69. I do not understand reality television. Why is it entertaining to watch people behave badly because they think it will make them famous?
70. I do not understand why people think being famous is a reason to behave badly. I miss positive roll models.
71. I love clothes, but I hate the way the fashion industry treats women. Any industry that consistently tells you how inadequate you are to sell you shoddy, overpriced merchandise has got a few issues to work through.
72. I am a feminist.
73. And I think that feminism has failed women. And feminists.
74. I believe that the traditional gender-based work that women have done for the last 20,000 years is what has led us to civilization, not the wars, machines and get-rich-quick schemes of our male counterparts.
75. I tend to get really worked up about this topic. So much for moderation in all things!
76. I tend to randomly change topics when things start getting intense. It is my subtle way of heading off ugliness. Most people do not consider it subtle.
77. I like to read, but have only read 1 fiction book in the past 5 years.
78. I do a crossword puzzle every day.
79. I prefer to do a cryptic crossword puzzle every day, but the Globe and Mail is so damned expensive! And hard to find.
80. I love Mexican food. Real Mexican food.
81. I also love Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese food. Asian in general, I suppose.
82. I could live on nothing but sushi and avocados for the rest of my life.
83. I would require the occasional medium-rare steak to supplement that diet. But otherwise, I could do it.
84. I do not have a favorite color. I love them all! (Okay, maybe yellow not so much, but we could still be friends.)
85. I do not think that It's a Wonderful Life is the greatest Christmas movie ever made. I try to avoid watching it.
86. I also do not like the Harry Potter movies. The books, yes. The movies, no.
87. I loooove horror movies. Even bad ones.
88. I enjoy being a woman of a certain age and experience. I would not go back to 20 again for anything.
89. Okay, I do miss the knee I had when I was 20.
90. I will be 50 in July of 2011.
91. I intend to celebrate all year long, doing one thing I've always wanted to do each month.
92. I picked the first thing after a couple of glasses of wine: January's thing is going to see Cher perform in Vegas. She is leaving Caesar's Palace after February 5, so this may be my last chance.
93. I should never do things after a couple of glasses of wine that will cost me $3,000, but I occasionally do.
94. I am still in love with my husband. He's a nice guy, when he isn't snoring.
95. My life has not been perfect. I kind of like that.
96. I am a perfectionist, but I understand that sometimes perfect comes in unexpected forms.
97. I am grateful for the wonderful people that string has brought into my life. Some of my best friends are string people.
98. I don't really mind doing the laundry, it just pisses me off that I am the only one who ever does it around here. C'mon, people!
99. I used to be afraid of spiders, but now they are my personal totem. Hey, anybody who spins is okay with me.
100. I have a terrible memory. I honestly can't remember what I wrote for number 1...
101. ...but I have 8 dozen cookies, 2 pans of squares and a blog post to show for my afternoon!