Anais Nin Quote

"Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live." Anais Nin

"A life undocumented is a life unlived."

Monday, April 22, 2013

My Dirt Devil Really Is From Hell

So my writing buddy, Jay, suggested I re-tell my story for posterity. Well, actually, he just wanted to be sure my future grandkids had something to laugh at me about – like they’re not already going to have oodles of things to laugh about me anyway.

I’ve been having some problems with my vacuum. It hasn’t been picking up very well and I had gotten to the point where I was going to go back to the old way of using my broom to sweep my carpet. I looked underneath it for wadded up threads, looked in the tubes for a huge dust bunny clogging things up. This had been going on for about three weeks now. Tonight, I was determined to figure out what was ailing my poor vacuum.

Rewind to about three weeks ago. Now, have a little sympathy for me. I’m an old-fashioned bagged vacuum cleaner girl. I still have yet to fully appreciate having a filter-less vacuum. As a result, I’m not always good about emptying the thing out when I need to. It’s messy. It’s dusty. It makes me sneeze. After I get done emptying it, I feel like everything I just vacuumed is now floating in the air again. It’s at that point that I usually remember that I was going to empty it outside again. Crap. Mental note to actually do that next time. This last time I emptied it in the trash like I normally do, sneezing, coughing, and gagging.

Fast forward up to tonight again. I’m digging around in the tube, feeling for that big ol’ dust bunny that I KNOW has got to be in there somewhere. I take the see-through dirt container off, find a little dust bunny clogging it up. Surely THAT little thing wasn't clogging the whole vacuum up. I empty out what little dirt is in there and re-attach the container. It looks funny. I don’t remember that hole in the middle being that short. Wait a minute. There’s supposed to be a filter there… I start rummaging through the trash. It’s not there. I remember back to three weeks ago. Oops…

So tomorrow I’ll be taking a trip to Target where they hopefully sell the filters for my vacuum. I’ve got the mental note to #1 – not wait so long between vacuuming to empty the filter out. #2 – empty it outside and #3 – make sure I don’t toss the filter out with the dirt. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Crochet Flower Garland Scarf

I'm in the last few weeks of my final semester as an undergrad at University of Memphis and things are exciting and scary at the same time. I graduate the second weekend of May with my bachelor's in Psychology and English Literature. Those of you who know me know it's been a very long and hard road and I have appreciated everyone's encouragement and prayers. I've been accepted into the School Psychology Graduate Program and I start classes this fall which is VERY exciting. UofM has an excellent Psychology program and I feel very proud to be a part of that.

So! On to my latest crochet shenanigans! A friend posted a photo on my Facebook wall asking if I could make it. The flower garland in the photo was red, but I had a couple of skeins of discontinued Elsebeth Lavold Cable Cotton Rose (05) yarn and this is what I came up with:

It was fun to make and I'm hoping to make more of these in the future with different kinds of yarn. I have this particular one for sale in my Etsy shop which I just opened up so bear with me as I go through my growing pains.

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