My brain needs a break…

•October 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The baby stuff is finally finished and my current embroidery/cross stitch project is stressing me out. Fortunately I noticed that I still had two skeins of the “Cappucino” yarn and we are off onto the next long clothing project.

Repetition is problematic for some people’s brain chemistry. For me, it’s one of the few things that eases it.

Favorite Halloween Videos: “Love Me Dead,” Ludo

•October 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I spent almost an hour listening to this song on a loop when I abruptly realized that I was knitting baby stuff (like, really cute baby stuff that has almost nothing to do with death and gore). Well, we all have two sides, I suppose.

Favorite Halloween Videos: “A Little Drop of Poison,” Tom Waits

•October 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Years ago, I used to have a late-night radio show that ran from 2am to 4am. This man was one of the most requested artists.

Nothing better this time of year (or any time of year) than Tom Waits. Nothing.

Made whole…

•October 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Thank heaven for waxed linen — my new mala is finished, lighter than the other two, and has a reasonable expectation of not falling apart. Huzzah!

Rebuilding from bits and pieces…

•October 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

So, I had not one, but two of my wrist malas break within a week as preparations for Halloween and Day of the Dead kick into high gear. I’m taking it in stride and seeing if I can’t find a nice arrangement for combining the elements I liked of each into one. The red bead is one of the two red cinnabar pieces I used to make a larger mala ages ago — the rest are blue lace agate, hematite and yak bone.

Shiva is Shiva, as always.

Favorite Halloween Videos: “The Gonk,” De Wolfe Music

•October 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I feel like this has been the soundtrack to every Monday of my life, even discounting the nine years spent working in shopping malls.

Favorite Halloween Videos: “Little Shop of Horrors,” Overture

•October 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The Chicago Parks Department has been planting ground lettuce, kale, and red cabbage in the flower beds all over the city to celebrate autumn. It’s a lovely idea (and helpful for those hungry enough), but passing a patch of particularly open red cabbage on my way to a medical appointment did give me a bit of pause.

 
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