Saturday, March 15, 2008

Lazy Saturday

I've picked up working on the baby bath towel that had originally been slated for one of Dr. Mad Scientist's coworkers. She was due on Tuesday. I hope she's had the thing by now.


I'm not sure how I feel about the hood. It's really really small. I should have made it about 15-20 sts wider.

I dunno. I thought about frogging it. But I might just continue.

Right now it doesn't have a specific baby in mind. Although we just found out that Dr. Mad Scientist's brother and his wife are expecting another baby. God have mercy on the poor child's soul. I'd get into that sentiment more but I won't.

So for now, that's what I'm knitting. I'm still not sure if it will be a pig towel or a bunny towel. I guess it will just wait until it tells me what it wants to be.

In other news I stumbled upon these gorgeous wonderfully priced spinning wheels. I'm tempted to get one with my Etsy earnings.

But then I can't help but be gun shy.

Yes, Dr. MS has a job somewhere at Mt. Sinai, but it's not for sure when he'll be starting back. I can't spend money on frivolous things.

Part of me thinks they're going to give him the administrative run around to frustrate him into just quitting. That way they don't have to deal with him and they don't have any liability in firing a mentally ill employee because he would have quit.

But I'm borrowing trouble with that statement.

Besides, instead of a spinning wheel I just got back from paying for a different type of wheel--new brakes on Dr. Mad Scientist's car (there went 1/2 my paycheck).

But they told us they were pretty sure they replaced the original callipers on his car. Which considering the car is a 1996 is pretty impressive. I know I've already gone through two sets of callipers on my car and it's a 2000 and I haven't owned it for five years yet.

Stay tuned--Monday is St. Patty's day! I've got baking and crockpotting planned! Mmmmm!



Blogger janna said...

I am constantly tempted by spinning, but I tell myself that it would just take away time (and money) from knitting. Nevertheless, even if you're willing to give up knitting time for spinning, I agree that it's probably a good thing to wait and see what happens with Dr. MS's job....

11:31 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Bezzie,

I hope you're feeling better. I think my lingering cough of the past two months must have found it's way through the Internet to you, LOL! I agree about the job. I've seen companies do some pretty screwed up things - my husband was the sole maintenance guy at our old condo complex for 3.5 years, outside 6+ hours a day in the winter shoveling snow (company was too cheap to buy a snow blower), showing units when the property manager would disappear during her shift (but she and the area manager got bonuses every year for having 100% occupancy while my husband didn't get a penny), etc., etc. One year he needed to take a week off to stay home with our daughter on her Christmas break, and the area manager had the nerve to tell him to bring her to work with him (yeah, have a 5 year old outside all day in the snow), and when he refused, and took the week off, they didn't even bring anyone in to take care of his work while he was out, so the snow piled up outside, and nothing got fixed. When he took a day off from work, ONE day, when our son was born, they punished him by transferring him to another property, but the area manager could take time off to go play golf. Honestly, I wouldn't put anything past these companies. There's no loyalty to employees anymore.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! Laura I hope that your husband got a different job. It reminds me of one I had, I took the crap thinging that weveryone was being treated the sameway, till a new person came on and they got what ever they wanted.
Don't let DrMS quit his job, They are a hospital and they should know how to deal with mental illness. As long as he is being seen regularly and on his meds he should be fine. Love, Mom

2:09 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

So I gotta share this one:
My mom retired from her job, but just barely. She was a maintenance worker at my west-side LA HS. Once run by nuns, but no more, and that's when things changed...

The management felt they could save money by hiring someone younger and cheaper than my mom, who'd been there 25 years by then. Instead of offering her, oh I dunno, to retire? Cuz that would = pension? They tried to make her quit by making life hell for her. The students noticed. They told their parents who had been students there and remembered. I spread the word to my section of the scattered alumni...we wrote letters, made telephone calls, and the thing that made them really nervous? Made them put into my mom's file exactly what grievances she was experiencing.

They shut up, fast. Two years later she had a HUGE retirement celebration.

If the administration does give Dr MS the run around, let them know you know what they are doing. Administrators and people in power always think you are too stupid to notice what is going on and/or are too scared to complain, and that they will never get caught. (Hmm, maybe after what just happened in your neck of the woods they actually won't??? Fingers crossed for you.)

3:18 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Hang in there. Hopefully things will work out. And if not, well, you've seen the bottom of the pit already, sooooo....yeah, I'll shut up now. Anyhoo, maybe you could do a few increases on the baby hoodie thingie? Or would that look weird? I'd have to go experiment with some scrap paper or fabri to figure it out.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

I'd like to get a wheel, too - but I figure I need to master handspinning first. One of the LYS around here offers spinning classes but they always fill up quickly.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Rebel said...

Pig towel! Pig towel!!!

4:27 PM  
Blogger Dkswife said...

Be gun shy and save your earnings for a bit, just to make sure everything is going to be really OKAY. I mean this in the most caring way, and I know you understand that.

I have a wheel, and I have used it a few times. I am out of roving, and told myself I would start buying some this year. If you do go ahead and get a wheel, I can turn you on to a company who sells merion wool top for 10.50 a pound, undyed, ready to spin. That's a heck of a bargain. I don't think you would mind coloring your own wool.


6:34 PM  
Blogger Batty said...

Good thoughts for you and Dr. Mad Scientist. I hate it when mental illness is not taken seriously, or when employers give people trouble over it. It's like a broken arm, just not as visible. Grrr.

Besides, it's keeping you from getting a spinning wheel right now. Hey, administration... get your act together!

7:46 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I have no desire right now to spin, but I know one day I'll be a squirrel in a huge mound of fluff working my way out of the middle of it. Probably wise to hold back on the wheel for a while, at least until there's a bit of a cushion under you. It hurts to hit pavement without a little something under your heiney to land on.

Good vibes to you and Dr MS. How annoying about the run around he's getting.

We have a towel like that which is a duck and it increases after the neck part, if that helps at all.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I have spinning wheel lust. I look at them and try to justify spending the money when I need to put a new roof on my house. The wheel will wait. Maybe I can put it on my christmas list. And maybe the hospital will be compassionate. I work with a psychiatrist who has bipolar d/o and our employer (the U of Pa health system) is very good to her.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Pig blanket! Whatever you decide, I'm sure it'll be cute. I've never spun but it looks like fun.

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Gene said...

Uh, Not sure if you want to hear this or not but here goes: brake calipers are NOT a consumable piece of equipment on a car. The brake pads/shoes are and SOMETIMES rotors and drums are. Have you been taking both your cars to the same joint and had them tell you the CALIPERS need to be replaced???? A capliper can fail but usually is rebuilt and even then, only the suspect one would be messed with. You might want to start looking for a different garage. I just don't want to see my sis and her fam taken for a ride.
Love, Oldest Bro

8:32 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Ah spinning, another great time suck, yet therapy too. It scares me, but keeps calling. I want 3 books out there, and I'm not spending until I'm employed again. At least the new baby coming will have nice hand knits, I'll take your word on the rest of it ;-)

10:00 AM  
Blogger Poops said...

*poops stands over on the Dark Side with all the pretty roving and wheels and waves*

Come on know you waaaant toooooooo...

12:00 PM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

I think you deserve a wheel! But I totally appreciate your sensibility. You've done a great job holding everything down during this tough time. I hope soon you'll have the freedom to reward yourself.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous joymama said...

Hey Ms. Bezzie,
Dr. MS must go into work knowing what the game may be and stick it out. It's not a choice at the moment since finding another job would entail needing a good reference and he won't get that from collegues at the moment. The current employer can only disclose how long he was employed and it's not been too long I take it.
Get the spinning wheel!!! You deserve and it. It is amazing how money will come to pay bills so do it. Dr. MS can get a p/t job to help recoup the losses from recently. I'm not dumping on him---please know that. It's just that it might be what he needs to get some sense of self back. It does not have to be forever and maybe only a weekend or two a month.
Take care.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

I love seeing the spinning people do but I fear taking on another thing LOL

I hope your able to get a wheel soon so you can try it out...I bet you'd do some great stuff.

I look forward to seeing what the towels gods tell you about what the towel shall become

9:27 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

ooh spinning wheel temptation!

but you're probably right on holding back. there will be more spinning wheel sales out there. i signed up for spin-sales on yahoo groups to get emails on potential destash bargains. i haven't found one yet.

9:40 AM  

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