One of the things that happens when you become a parent is that you change the exclamations you use. I was never much for cursing, but I still cleaned up my act a lot when my kids come along. These days, the most common expression I use in frustration or when something goes wrong is, “Nerds!” I think I picked it up from the early seasons of 30 Rock as it’s a Liz Lemon-ism. It definitely serves me well in any and all company.
Why am I telling you about this today? Well, it’s because I’ve been saying Nerds! t a lot lately. You know how they say when it rains, it pours? My little life has been full of first-world problems the last few days. First, my dryer transitioned from fully functional yet old appliance that adequately dried clothing to one that still worked but basically sounded like garbage truck driving around in the basement. I took it apart and consulted with both my dad & a local repairman and consensus was that given the age I was better off purchasing a new one. So I did that.
Then the microwave started doing this crazy whirring thing and making like it might explode a little. So that’s unplugged and most likely on the way to being replaced.
And then the cherry on the sundae — my computer’s keyboard began failing this morning. The T, Y, and backspace have completely stopped working. It’s been running slowly and I kind of knew it was showing its age, but I was hoping it would last at least another year. So via a spare keyboard plugged in via usb cord (which has a sticky shift & space bar), I’m researching computers which my hubby mentioned might be a plausible birthday gift for me, allowing us to convert the one with the faulty keyboard to a machine for the kiddos to use for school.
I realize that in the grand scheme of things, considering all the things that could be wrong in my life that these little hiccoughs are nothing. I know this and I’m not complaining. I am, however, kind of bummed that everything is breaking at once. I’m kind of holding my breath that the ‘ol 28 or 29 year old furnace isn’t next, but I suppose there’s not much I can do about it. Mr Knitting Sarah rolls with it all — he’s like the teflon of stress when it comes to unexpected home & appliance & car repairs. I’m kind of the opposite. It all just bugs me and stresses me out. A lot.
Thankfully, I have my stress relief…
My Miss Grace shawl is getting awfully close to complete. I would guess I’m about halfway or halfway plus through the border. I am very excited to see this as an FO.
And yesterday I finished my double marl’s singles…
It looks a bit uneven to me, but I think it’s just because I was adjusting tension quite a bit in the beginning. If need be, I can always send the yarn back through the wheel to perfect the plying, but I don’t think that will be necessary. I’ll admit I’m working on getting through this project ASAP because I have two spinning projects I really want to complete before the Christmas holiday along with some holiday knitting.
Apparently, I won’t be spending much time on my computer aside from what’s absolutely necessary thanks to the keyboard issues so I suppose that might be a blessing in disguise. Whatever the case, I’m seriously hopeful that we’ve had our fill of things breaking for a while. None of what we’re facing is significant in the grand scheme of things, of course, but it would be nice to have a brief respite from malfunctioning appliances and to be able to expand my vocabulary beyond a single word, ‘NERDS!” Whatever reality unfolds, I know we’ll handle it. I’m just happy to have my darling teflon for stress at my side and my knitting & spinning close at hand.