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I’d rather be… December 12, 2006

Posted by marymac in knitting, yarn.

I’d like to be making something out of this yarn right now:

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Or this one:

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The Calmer! It would be so nice to be making something out of the Calmer right this minute:

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But alas, I’m still working on super-seecrud project #23157, and tonight as I was knitting along with my beloved Denise needles, the little connector piece on the cord snapped. Suh-napped. My favorite extra-long cord, too (before it comes up in the comments: I know they have great customer service and have already emailed them). So I dug out another cord and moved the super-seecrud project over, but I must’ve been so flustered that I didn’t secure the needle tips properly and one end came off of the cord as I was knitting along again. No dropped stitches, fortunately, but it wasted a ridiculous amount of time. Also, my darling Kacha-Kacha counter wandered off in the commotion. I’m not sure I can knit without the Kacha-Kacha counter.

At least I have chocolate in the house.

ETA: The Kacha-Kacha has returned! Woot!


One of these things is not like the other. December 7, 2006

Posted by marymac in Excuses for not posting.

As I continue to be sidelined by a job where they actually expect me to work, and the plague (plague, sinus infection — tomayto, tomahto), and trying to come up with new and clever text messages to send Monkee, and the blogpost-eating interweb, today is Choose Your Own Blogventure Day here at StoryValue. Enjoy!

Choice one: Who says feminists aren’t funny? (Alternate title: You can take the woman out of the women’s studies program, but you can’t make her shut up.)

Choice two: Holidaze Meme ganked from the loverly Peri:


25 Years December 1, 2006

Posted by marymac in activism, Feeling historical, I'm so deep.

I remember a time before, when the scariest thing about S-E-X was that girls could get pregnant, and boys could make girls pregnant. And you could get mono from kissing, and maybe VD, whatever that was, from S-E-X.

I remember a time before, when people were starting to get sick. But it was only certain kinds of people, and if you interact with any of them you would be fine.

I remember a time before, when a child got sick and got kicked out of school, and then a celebrity got sick and people started to notice that something was going on.

I remember a time before, when the President of the U.S. couldn’t or wouldn’t mention in public the name of a disease that had taken the lives of thousands of people.

I remember a time before, when there was no Quilt. Before all those names, all those faces, all that grief was spread out for everyone to see. And I remember when it grew and grew and grew until the whole of it was just too much to view at once.

I remember a time before, when the medication wore people out physically, financially, and emotionally because they had to take SO DAMN MUCH of it, ALL DAY LONG, and it hurt as much as it helped and the best anyone could hope for was that it would slow down the inevitable.

I remember a time before, when volunteering to work with people who were Positive meant driving them to one medical appointment after another, and visiting them in the hospital, and being one of the only people willing to touch them, and keeping them company while they waited for the disease to take them.

I remember a time before, when I visited one of my dearest friends in the hospital and hoped he’d make it out. And he did.

Twenty-five years since the first AIDS case was reported, and it’s still affecting millions of people every day, all over the world.

December 1st is World AIDS Day — please take a minute today to think about how we can make this a time before… before the AIDS Pandemic came to an end.

World AIDS Day website:
The Kaiser Family Foundation’s excellent World HIV/AIDS Timeline: http://www.kff.org/hivaids/timeline/hivtimeline.cfm
The AIDS Memorial Quilt website: http://www.aidsquilt.org/
Information on the AIDS Pandemic: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5531a1.htm

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