Friday, May 4, 2012

Call In Well Instead of Sick

Good morning!  Where have I been, you ask?  Nowhere.  The following are all true statements as to what I have done since my last post:

1.  Started and nearly finished a prayer shawl for a friend with cancer (that damn crocheted edging is KILLING me...what was I thinking?).
2.  Convinced the government I was worthy of a grant to the tune of seven grand, all because I run a failing business.
3.  Listen to a god-fearing woman tell me I should avoid porn and leave my baggage packed up.
4.  Posted a teaser-photo, only to get a great compliment from the company that makes the yarn in the photo.
5.  Re-lived the moment in "The Blues Brothers" when Jake and Elwood decided to get the band back together.

Yes, some of those items are out of context, but word-for-word, they are all true.

My employer (who I very rarely mention by name) is a big supporter of the Children's Miracle Network, and the local hospital for which they raise money is the current Children's Memorial Hospital.  On the first weekend of June, the hospital is relocating and becoming the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital.  This made me realize one and only one thing:  I want to be important enough...and rich enough to make a large grant...for a children's hospital to be named after me.

St. Jude was started because Danny Thomas was failing in Hollywood, and prayed to St. Jude (the patron saint of hopeless cases) that if he had great success, he would build a shrine in his name.  How's THAT for delivering on a promise?

Anyway, I am going to be walking for Children's Miracle Network during our fundraising period, in an unconventional way.  I'm going to be walking on a treadmill at the front door, greeting customers and putting a tip jar in front of me for customers to donate to the cause.  Yes, I'll go nowhere fast, but BOY will it be worth it.  I may have to find a job-approved way of getting the date and location into the paper (well, the internet) so people can come and donate.

On the knitting front, stay tuned for an article later today.  Last month, I had over two thousand hits on my page...I wrote an article about what to knit for your teen, and three major yarn companies retweeted it to their followers.  The article had 56 likes on facebook.  Obviously, this isn't going to get me my millions to open that hospital, but it could be the start of something bigger, no?

I already have the pattern ready for June, and I have to finish knitting the sample but Tiny E and I have not found an error in the pattern.  Here is a teaser for the pattern in's the only one I'm releasing to those who did not subscribe to the series:

Also, I have been feeling a bit discombobulated for the last month, so I decided that it's time to get organized.  The bottom fell out when I realized my car insurance bill was going to be late (as if that's the end of the world, but if you know me, you know what a big deal that is).  So this may include organizing my yarn stash, cleaning, putting things away, throwing things out, and even alphabetizing.  But the breaks will involve knitting my current projects; my goal is to have only two projects on needles by the time I am finished.

Stop laughing.  Nothing is wrong with shooting big and missing.  Be well!

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