Nerds!

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…

IMG_1457My 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…

IMG_1454I have to admit, I had some help…

IMG_1450And this morning after yoga…

IMG_1455I started plying.

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.

16 responses to “Nerds!

  1. I also find that a lot of color variations make the plying look more uneven when it actually isn’t. The spinning looks beautiful! Sorry about your appliances 😦 I’m really grateful that I am still renting and don’t have to worry about that yet.

    • Yes, home ownership is awesome and freeing, but repairs stink! Like I said, in the grand scheme of life, I’m not complaining it’s just one of those times where it’s a lot of stuff not working at once and that can be kind of daunting on the trying to get things done and the pocketbook as well. Thanks for the kind words about the spinning — can’t wait to see it finished!

  2. I feel ya–we currently have a broken oven (stove works), completely dead dishwasher, and a car on the fritz (truck is not safe, either). This morning I went to turn on my washing machine and nothing…crickets…I almost cried. I decided to unplug/plug the thing first before dissolving into a rage/rant/fit/puddleoftears and it started up. I guess I’ll just be thankful for that and try to forget the rest. Hoping for the best like you! May your Thanksgiving be relaxing and the furnace hold out as long as possible. πŸ™‚

    • So you know exactly what I mean! I don’t want to be all ‘woe is me’ because its just a stream of little things that we depend on in everyday life. But it’s this stream of things we depend on and use daily and it’s frustrating when it all fails at once. Oh well, chin up & carry on? Lol! I will cross my fingers for both of us! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

  3. That is quite a bummer when everything fails at once, I am also stressed out by Things Not Working As They Should. My husband, on the other hand, is not a teflon of stress when these things happen. He usually freaks out, I talk him down, and then we figure out how to fix it. The freakout is short, but still unpleasant!

    • I believe you when you say it’s unpleasant – mostly because I’m familiar with my husband’s reaction when I flip out – lol! I’m also sorry you’re having things not work out, too. May resolutions be quick & mostly painless for you!

  4. I always say “It’s not a problem unless it’s leaking or on fire.” So when my husband called me a work one day to say we had a problem with the stove, I asked if it was leaking or on fire. He said it was on fire. (Just the heating element, though). A little appliance humor for you. I think they talk to each other and plan an escape! Beautiful spinning!

  5. Microwave (Christmas eve), washer, and stove in less than 6 months…when it rains it pours. Have a great Thanksgiving!

    • One year our fridge died Christmas Day evening. That was not great. But yea, so goes the life of a homeowner. On the bright side the new dryer dries in less than half the time. There’s always a silver lining I suppose! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

  6. Your handspun looks awesome and I love your shawl. Sorry to hear that your appliances are all consulting against you. A few years ago we had to replace our hot water heater, water softener, washer & dryer, and our dishwasher. The dishwasher started on fire and the rest acted like NERDS. I feel your pain!!!

    • I’ve learned from this post that this must be a very common thing, to have everything break at once – lol! Just goes to show that we’re all in this together! Hoping to have this shawl drying over the holiday — that’s the goal anyway!

    • Maybe your computer is conspiring with mine. LOL! I’m using an external keyboard that has one shift key not working… it’s incredible how difficult that makes typing!

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