Larger Than Life Dilemma and The Power of Four

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I guess draperies aren’t very heavy and I should have stuck to hauling only yarn in the Larger Than Life Bag!  This is going to be kind of a pain to fix.  The bigger pain, at the moment, is that I think my washing machine is busted again.  I’m sitting here listening to it behind me… not spinning.

>insert all of your favorite expletives here, and I promise I won’t delete a single one<

I can’t find my receipt from the recent repair, but I did find the carbon copy of my check…  April 5th.  That’s, like, 90 days tomorrow.  I honestly don’t remember if it was 30 days or 90 days and/or a year and which corresponded to parts and which to labor.

>insert all those expletives again, with emphasis!<

Dsc00704We had an early Fourth of July cookout — shishkabobs on the grill and Mom brought some Death By Chocolate — and it’s actually my red, white & blue bunting in the washing machine — a little late, but it’ll be up on the Fourth.  DH & Maddy took off for the "beach" — Wisconsin’s "east coast" on Lake Michigan — and Katie had to work late and Ali’s working double shifts, but it’s holiday pay and — well, at the moment, I’m home alone and not too happy with developments.

On a happier note, Lynne received the Special Swap "In The Garden" package that I sent and, oh, I couldn’t be happier with her response.  I had so much fun putting it all together and trying some new things!  The next swap theme is "Picnic" and that’s going to be fun to play around with, too!

Deb tagged me with a Power of 4 Meme and I thought it was appropriate — here’s my Four for the Fourth:

4 Jobs I have had in my life (other than being a mother)
– Typesetter
– Proofreader
– Library assistant
– Sales — My dad is a natural-born salesman and once, when I worked for him as a typesetter on the weekly shopping guide he published, he thought I might follow in his footsteps.  They were awfully big shoes to fill and I wasn’t too confident or outgoing or comfortable in my own shoes, never mind his, so I never really bothered to put that on my resume.  These days, however, I do feel more confident (most days) and outgoing (sometimes) and definitely more comfortable in my own shoes (especially my new, red Keens) and I’m not trying to fill anyone else’s shoes, and I can’t believe I’m even saying this, but I’ve actually thought about trying sales again — it would have to be something I love, love, love, of course.

4 films I can watch again and again
– Shawshank Redemption
– The Sound of Music
– Oklahoma!
– The Godfather Part II

4 places I have lived
– Denver, CO
– Pacific City, OR
– St. Louis, MO
– Toronto, Ontario, Canada

4 TV series I watch
– Grey’s Anatomy
– Ugly Betty
– Antiques Roadshow
– Law and Order (any and all)

4 places I have been on holiday
– Grand Marais, MI
– "At the lake"
– Lake Geneva, WI
– Disneyland

4 things I do every time I go on the Net
– check my email
– check the blogs
– check Ravelry
– check my email again

4 things I would NOT eat for anything in the world
– escargot
– octopus
– tongue
– bugs

4 places I would love to be right now
– a yarn store with no money limits (that was Deb’s answer and it’s a good one!)
– in Italy or Greece or somewhere in the Mediterranean
– traveling the US North America in an RV (that was Deb’s answer, too!)
– knitting with friends

4 people to tag
– up for grabs, folks

I think there was some of that Death By Chocolate left over and it sounds pretty good right now!  I was going to sew, but I think I won’t test the machines anymore today.  I made good progress on the second Celtic Braid Sock at Knit Night yesterday and I think I’ll carry on with that — closing in on the heel!

8 thoughts on “Larger Than Life Dilemma and The Power of Four

  1. Awww, I’m sorry you’re having a rotten time, Vicki. I was having a day like that too, and it cheered me up to imagine writing about the day as a humorous short story, making everything waaaay worse (in a comical way) than it actually was, and by the end I had really cracked myself up! You’ve got my sympathy anyway, having survived my own washing machine angst last year!

  2. That stinks about the bag handles…I still can’t decide what I will use for mine. Maybe some good old fashioned canvas web straps. You bet I loved that tray…I was oogling it again this morning, while I ate a caramel that I have hidden from my husband!

  3. The larger than life bag is beautiful, I hope the handle is an easier fix than you think it will be. Oh, woe is a busted washer. On the bright side, your garden is lovely.

  4. You have lots to fix! I didn’t insert expetives cause, well mine may go too and I don’t want to jinx it. I was just drooling over your ensalde caprese, one of my all time faves 🙂

  5. So sorry about your bag handles…hope they can be reattached without too much trouble. Actually sorry that things just are kinda outta wack for you…Mercury will go out of retrograde on the 25th and all normalicy will resume. 🙂

  6. Escargot is tasty, tongue is fine, but octopus is kind of rubbery.
    I’m with you on the bugs, though!

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