Or, How I Survived an Unintended 3-Week Blog Vacation

I was tagged eons ago by three people, Marjorie, Michelle, and Tam for the 7 random things thing. I’m finally getting around to it, and explaining the blog absence and knitting progress in the process. I’m publishing the rules, but I’m just not tagging anybody, because I think this one has probably reached the end of its blog life. If you haven’t done it, and want to, consider yourself tagged.


1. Each player starts with 7 random facts about themselves.

2. People who are tagged write a blog post about their 7 random things and post the rules.

3. At the end of your post you need to tag 7 people and post their names.

4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment and tell them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Random Fact 1: This has been one hell of a month at work. I signed up for a couple of extra shifts, which is just inexplicable in itself, as I don’t ordinarily sign up to do any more work than what I have to. We also had 3 team members have babies within a week of each other, so we were a bit short on staff and a bit long on patients to see. There used to be a warm-weather slowdown in hospital admissions in the good old days when people got to check in for questionable indications. As a byproduct of much tighter insurance company restrictions on what they will pay for, that doesn’t happen much anymore.

Random Fact 2: I generally work a 7-day on, 7-day off shift schedule. The 7-day off part sounds great, (and it is, really), but the 7-day on is a hell-on-wheels, 90-some hour extravaganza of fun, chaos, and terror. I thrive on fun, chaos, and terror, so it works for me. However, I don’t get much done except work, eat, and sleep, and the latter tends to be limited.

Random Fact 3: I am a total slob at home, and an expert procrastinator. This is in contrast to work, where I am obsessive-compulsive enough that even my coworkers, all obsessive-compulsive internists in their own rights, think it’s amusing. I have an unnatural love for cool and geeky office supplies.

Random Fact 4: They call me the Highlighter Queen at work.

Random Fact 5: My immediate family thinks I’m spoiled rotten and a princess-y prima donna. They are dead wrong. I’m spoiled rotten and a Queenly prima donna. I keep telling them, I’m not a Princess. The Princess has to answer to someone, and that would be the Queen, me. I even have a crown, you’ve all seen it here.

Random Fact 6: I’ve gotten virtually no knitting done this past 3 weeks. If you want to see progress photos on that stupid purple sweater, go back a few posts. I have all the pieces done and am in the process of knitting more stupid seed stitch on the collar, and then have the seams to do.

Random Fact 6 1/2: I love doing mattress-stitch seams.

Random Fact 7: I have actually finished something. The Easter Egg socks are done done done. These are just my favorite socks. Here’s a photo, and Project Specs.

Oh heck, here’s another one, I might get lost and not post again for another month. This is a closeup that shows my perfect little gussets. I loves me a good flap heel and gusset.

Random Project Specs:

Pattern: My own sock pattern. This one is 56 stitches, with a flap heel, gusset, and the toe grafted on 12 stitches.
Yarn: Joslyn’s Fiber Farm Bunny Luxury, in Easter Egg. The yarn is 20% angora, 80% wool, about a sport weight.
For: Me me me (refer back to Random Fact 5)
Started: April 3, this year.
Finished: This morning.
Needles: Lantern Moon ebony, size 2.75.
What I learned: Sport weight socks go fast, provided you actually pick them up and work on them now and then. I also learned to buy yarn when I see it. Joslyn doesn’t sell this particular blend anymore. These will make great Birkenstock socks (yes, I wear socks with my Birkenstocks; this is considered fashionable in the Pacific Northwest).

I’ve already picked out yarn for the next pair, and started them. I’ll post photos next time. Whenever that might be.


Randomness — 9 Comments

  1. There’s nothing like a nicely turned heel to make my day. What lovely socks! I hope things get back to a calm place soon!

  2. Hope you enjoyed your break–we’ve missed you!
    Oh, and for the record, I just started reading “Niccolo Rising”…..

  3. Yes! We have seen your crown!
    The hospital doctors here work a 7 day on/7 day off roster too – Mr BDK loves it!

  4. Pretty socks indeed! Hmm, I might actually have a skein of Bunny Luxury in my stash… 🙂 I love gusset/heel flap socks, too!

  5. 7 days on in a row? yikes. that sounds overwhelming. I have so many MD friends, and that is an amazing amount of work. Hat’s off to you grrl – now we know why you haven’t gotten much knittin done. The socks are lovely

  6. I have lust in my wallet at Staples and Office Depot. It’s part of the stash disease.
    Spoiled rotten? Why do they think that? Is Queen equal to Empress?