Sunday, March 23, 2008

It's Madness Alright


We are actually postponing our Easter celebration this year for a few reasons... the main one being that the kids and I are almost all sick and no one wants us around. We sound like a chorus of coughing so church didn't seem like an apt place to visit, I was feverish yesterday so I was unable to do any Easter treat shopping (yes, I wait to the last minute and no, nothing is likely to change that), and my mom most graciously informed us that, well, she would prefer that we confine our germs to our own home.

Fortunately, with March Madness in full swing there's been no shortage of college basketball games on the TV to keep the crew entertained while I've discovered a new passion.

I've had an i-pod in my knitting basket since I received it for my birthday last July. My intention was to listen to audio books but I never got much further than downloading a few essentials like Billy Don't Be A Hero and Come On Eileen and I haven't even listened to those.

I did sign up for a rental audio book club but the first CD they sent me was a children's book. I gave it to my son, nobody listened to it and we lost it. It turned up about 2 months later so I figured I'd better cancel my membership when I returned it.

A couple of weeks ago, I finally signed up with and downloaded Tears of the Giraffe (the 2nd in the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency series). It sat there on my unused i-pod for a couple of weeks until yesterday when the "madness" of college basketball began to set in and I finally put the earplugs in my ears and started the book.

Wow! I have discovered that if my brain is engaged, I can knit virtually non-stop for hours on end. Hours I tell you! Remember the back of the Eyelet Cardigan I told you I pulled out on Friday? I finished it! Seriously. And let me ask you... how can you not feel productive when you've "read" a book and knit an entire sweater in one weekend? I'm quite sure that laundry never makes me feel this productive!

Well, my book is almost over and I'm almost done with the back on Talia so I must run. I am busy, busy, busy! And not moving at all! Bliss I tell you... I have found bliss.

Now hopefully I'll find the battery charger for my camera.


sophanne said...

Billy don't be a hero! Yes!

sophanne said...

Seems to me that if you have that song you also need "Seasons in the Sun." I always put those two together in my head and they were part of a collection of songs that I was sure I'd never get to hear again once they were no longer on the radio.

Angelika said...

I tried it yesterday. Knitting and trying to keep a paperback open at the same time is not very productive. And don't worry about the easter candy, it'll be all on sale now.

Lydee said...

books on my ipod, I was just thinking about doing that. It must be a sign.

Sarah said...

Happy Easter (when you recover)

Oh I have some stuff on my ipod... Impressed with the progress!! I like to knit in the car on long trips- totally keeps me entertained.

km said...

Feel better soon! I finished a sweater this weekend...size 11 needles will give you that feeling of accomplishment too.

We had problems with cords here, especially since my kids don't understand the power of these cords and just thought they were fun to play with. We finally got a powerstrip and put it in a cupboard. Now every charging cord lives in the same place (the phone, camera, videocamera, etc.). If you ever find that cord...maybe you should tell some of the boys there's a skinny black snake lost in the house...then you could find a new home for it.

Octopus Knits said...

I hope you all feel better soon - but isn't it great that you're being so productive : )

mom said...

You need to go sit in the sun and burn those germs right out of your system!

I don't think I could listen to a book AND knit unless I was knitting a scarf which was just plain knitting. How can you keep up with a pattern? I stand amazed! :-D

Tammy ~@~

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry you're still so sick. Whatever this "crud" is that has gone around this spring, has definitely hit everyone hard.

I'm now feeling like I should check back into the audible site. I can usually knit with the tv, but audible would be perfect for spinning.

5elementknitr said...

I find the library to be an excellent (in other words, free) source of audiobooks.

And of CD's to download!

Yarnhog said...

Sorry about the ongoing plague. With five kids, it's kind of surprising you're ever all well at the same time.

That audio book thing is a great idea. Of course, that would probably require learning how to actually use my iPod.

janet said...

I was sick on Easter too! I told my family and they all said, are we still getting together? So they all came over after they went to church (and I stayed in bed) and had brunch and visited. When they left my daughter said wow you really had a mood.
I'll check out the audio books