Instead I went with my dad to get him glasses. Because I know he wouldn't have otherwise, despite nagging from me and his eye doctor. It should be interesting, it's his first pair of plastic glasses, much less high index plastic. I think he'll be astounding how much less they weigh.
Now, I may have mentioned this back when I tried to sell him, but the man never made a long story short in his life, even when he said "To make a long story short.." if you know him, you know that means, settle in for the duration, you're about to find out more about airplanes/psychology/criminal behavior/his friends/reasons why politics influence gas prices and the connections between the oil companies and everything else. Sometimes all at once in a story about how he was mowing a friend's lawn.
Okay.. maybe I exaggerate a little. But the point is, going to get him glasses turned into a 2 hour trip at Costco and lots of stories about prices of everything. Plus he complained about my buying itunes cards. Seems like a waste of money to him (uh.. dad? All that great indie music your grandson loves has to come from somewhere, and downloading it off itunes is frequently the least expensive option). My dad is 60, but he's blind in one eye, absolutely stubborn, and not really equipped for the new millennium. I never really knew how much Mom did for him until Mom wasn't around to do it. So.. glasses.. I had to pick them. Dad can decide what he doesn't like, but deciding what he does can be harder. It's not like he's going to wear them anywhere but home. He's a belt and suspenders kind of guy, he has 4 contact lenses. (that's not 2 pairs by the way. He's blind in one eye) So if one breaks, he's got a replacement. But they still had to be right. So, we got all the shopping done, and I got treats for W that Dad doesn't think of like cans of unsweetened pineapples. Get home, and at this point, I can start to feel my back not liking me much.
But then M and I went to the hardware store so he could get some stuff to do fix ups around the house. Which got a lot more involved then it needed to be, and wound up being another hour and half on my feet at a store with a very hard floor. By the time we got home, I was in agony, which always makes me entirely too emotional. Somehow, mostly because Mike has the patience of a saint, we got through the evening with me breaking down or us getting into a fight.
Sunday we went to the gym, and after that, out to get a few things we needed, but mostly, we took it very easy. I needed to. I baked chicken breasts for dinner with cranberry sauce from Alaska Birch Syrup, which is very nearly as good as homemade. They turned out lovely, and Mike made brown rice and broccoli with cheese to go with it. Yum yum.
So I planned on doing some beading, but I never get to it this weekend. Instead I worked on knitting another kerchief, this one I think for Mel, it's in rainbow-y colors with a triangle design worked into it using yarn overs, k2tog, and ssk. Nobody told me that ssk looked better on the opposite side of a symmetrical design then k2tog. C'mon ladies and gentleman.. you know I'm a beginner! Help a girl out! I'm not going to follow patterns except my own, it's sort of the way I work... so I need all the helpful hints you can give me.
Next up, for knitting, is either an eyeball pouch or a fair isle pouch, so any hints on changing colors, carrying colors, etc.. please?
The hardware store was full of stuff I can see using soon. All sorts of meshes I want to play with to make things out of. I also got the oak dowels for the sets of dpns I'm making for people for the holidays. I'm thinking of getting some dowel caps and beading them with geometric peyote designs for straight needles or hair sticks.
For the gym yesterday, I braided my hair into a long braid down the back, then coiled it up into a bun and pinned it with 2 dpns, it wound up looking very fancy for going to the gym in a pair of shorts and a Linkin Park teeshirt. I think I need to teach E how to weave ribbons in my hair when it's up like that. Easiest method is just to thread 1/8th inch ribbon through a plastic yarn needle and "sew" it through your hair to help pin it into place and to decorate.