Just Living...

... and finally writing a little again, but mostly just staying alive, lately. It's been kind of cool.

Yesterday the chiropractor tried to straighten me out after all the coughing. My massage therapist was just shocked at how knotted up I was last Tuesday, so she recommended me getting worked on, as he could help with the immune system as well as the muscles that were just messed up by lying, sitting, and coughing all week. The funny thing was that for the middle of my back he got me all positioned like a pretzel and then bounced on me, and nothing moved. He said that my muscles had locked up so tight from the coughing he couldn't do anything there. So we worked on both ends, neck and hips, and got some movement there. I'm going back next week.

Jet's New Hat
Got a lovely hat from r0ck3tsci3ntist in exchange for those hand-dyed skeins. Jet wears it everywhere now, and he gets all kinds of complements. *grins* He loves it.

The lining is a lovely black satin, and Jet loves the green as it goes with his sweater. Yeah, I made that sweater for him last year, and it's a bit short now. I need to get another one together for him soon. I really need to finish the shawl first, but I keep churning out lots of pairs of Fetching instead. They're so much faster, and satisfying to just finish, and I have this crazy idea of doing a pair for every mom and doing a "Charming" for every Dad that comes to the bus stop in the mornings.

But everyone at the bus stop complimented Jet on his new hat and he's really, really proud of it and has pretty much worn it every minute he can since he got it.

John came back on Sunday bearing gifts and a cold. One of the cooler gifts were these. Jet and I built these way cool piperoids that are made from little paper pipes that you cut apart and just put together without any glue. They're very Japanese, detailed and precise. Luckily, John's cold was just a head cold and it only took him two days to recover, though he was glad I drove last night as we met up with kjc and her Pat at a local Asian complex. We had yummy buffet and then went shopping. I bought oxtails for pho. I really loved making a huge pot of the stuff, and it turned out well last time.

We haven't seen Kelly for nearly a decade, I think, since we got busy with Jet and life and stuff in Colorado, and it was great to be able to see her, and talk for a while about how East Coasters see the Great Plains. The Big Flat. *laughs* It was really fun to be able to see her, talk with her, and she gave Jet a comicbook that he's using for his reading time now. That was really fun.

I'm really grateful that John's back and he's doing morning duties again and picking up his half of the laundry, cooking, and dishwashing and daily upkeep on the household. I can do it while he's gone, but it's a lot more work. *laughs* I'm really, really grateful and lucky that I have a husband that shares in all that work with me, or else he does the lion's share.

Jet Cooking Tofu
One things Jet did was cook his own dinners while John was gone. He really likes tofu stir fried with just a bit of soy sauce and teriyaki on rice with carrots on the side, and he was really enthusiastic about learning how to cook it himself. So I cut things up for him, and set up the wok and figured he would learn how to cook from it just as easily as I had. He would learn if he got burned or whatever, but he was really careful and did just fine. I had to be the one to say, wait, wait, wait until it's hot enough or stuff will stick...

We just heated it until it smoked, then added the oil and while the oil was still relatively cool, dumped in all the tofu and he stirred away happily, added his own sauces when he thought it was browned enough, and then let me do the dumping of it on his rice. He really liked his dinners when he cooked them, so I'm all for it. *laughs*

So that's been the last few days.

I'm zooming along on a Winter War chapter or two, doing my requests, and now have a November total of 5093 words. I'm now very glad that I didn't sign up for nanowrimo as I would be putting more pressure on myself after that illness, and I really don't need to.
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The cold sounds like it did nasty things to you, but I'm glad to hear you sound like you're getting over it. Seeing how much I haven't written, I'm rather glad I didn't sign up for Nano either as I'd be right depressed with myself.
Yeah, I know that last feeling, and I am glad I'm finally starting to feel like I have enough brain to write again. It's nice.
yay Jet! he's really loving it.

No reason to apologize!! You're on vacation! And I have another in the works anyway, so I'm not waiting, I've got plenty on my plate at the moment, that the wait isn't any problem at all.
Oh the hat looks great on him! It looks like it fits just right (or like I was planing anyway. he should be able to pull it down farther so the tops of his ears fit under it). He can pull the ribbing down over his ears on really cold windy days. If the fleece lining makes it too tight just cut it away and put something lighter in. Oh, and if you want to try steam blocking out to make it a little larger do it from the outside because that fleece could melt if the iron is too hot.

I've started the mermaid gloves with the monet style colorway and they are lovely so far. I'll post a pic as soon as I'm done.
Excellent! I'm glad that it looks just right. That's good to know.

Ooo... I'm glad that the gloves are working, though I'll admit that I wrote it with fingering weight yarn in mind, not worsted... so just so you know that the gauge is going to turn out different. But if you like what you've gotten, then all power to you!!
So far they are prefect. I knit rather tightly. They're a bit dense but not too much. I actually wanted the fabric of them to be a bit tighter than some of the more open versions I've seen. I've had to put them aside for a little bit because I'm working on things for my nieces.

I have the cuff of one finished though and it fits just right and I love the way the colorway looks! <3
Oh, that is working out very well for you! So very cool!

I'm glad that the bits distributed themselves so well on all the colors! That looks really nice... and they'll be good and warm, too.
Oh it has been a rough fall on your family, especially you. *big hugs*

I envy you that Jet is confident enough to make his own food occasionally. ;)
*hugs back warmly*

I am very happy that he's confident enough to try it, and I try not to talk him out of it because *I* am the nervous one. It's hard! *laughs*

*hugs back happily*
It's nice to hear this story of normal things. I'm glad that things are moving that way for you all!
Ugh. That sounds like a nasty cold indeed. Coughing is one of those things too that if you don't do it, you about suffocate, and if you do, you hurt yourself ><

Positioned like a pretzel and bounced on...remind me not to ever go to a chiropractor O.O.

And cool pics xD Especially the cooking. He's better in the kitchen than I twenty seven :| That's...quite awful, actually O.o
*giggles about the chiropractor* He actually is supposed to be aligning my spine up so that it's "right" and I usually feel a lot better after...

Still, it's disconcerting...

And, yes, it's better if I don't hurt myself coughing. *hugs*

Thank you.

Hee about the pictures, and the Boy Cooking. He's kind of a self-confident kind of cuss.