Pink Monkey Knits

Using my opposable thumbs to knit up a storm!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

I'm Back, Sort Of 

Here I am, rock you like a hurricane!

I've been back in DC for more than a week now, so I thought I'd update you all on what's happening on the Pink Monkey homefront. First of all, thank you all so much for your words of support, this outporing really touched me. It's good to know I have friends who are caring for me in hard times, even those I've never met!

I am feeling much better and have mostly come to terms with my GM's passing. She has been ill for a while, had dementia (which is similar to Alzheimer's disease) for about 6 years and really hadn't been herself since then. I wrote a eulogy for her and that process really allowed me to return to my view of my GM as a child and reminded of the pride and love I had for her as a unique individual. I've been carrying that view with me since then and it's felt good to exorcise those bad, akward memories of this helpless woman and remember the true individual. That's really how she would have wanted to be remembered. Every once in a while when I think of her, I hear her raspy, hearty laugh in my head and imagine her as she looked in the 50's, holding a cigarette, with an arm draped over her shy husband's shoulders. That's what I imagine she's doing now.

So, what's up with me and the blog? Initially, I had decided that I would take a little break until the Spring so that I can get myself back to really feeling better but I've been doubting that decision now. Because, you know, I miss you guys and the community (although I have been doing much blog reading lately, just quietly). For now, I'll just say things might be a little sporadic for a bit as I have some big things coming up. Right now, I'm excited about some really dorky things, like cleaning! and organizing! and the fact that you can get books for free at the library! My spanish class will be finished in a few weeks and then I'll have to start packing to move. Yes y'all, I'm going to be moving to another apartment, my 6th home in DC in 5 3/4 years. Here's the crazy part: after celebrating our 2nd anniversary last week, Cobra and I have decided to go the cohabitation route, wee! I'm really excited but I'm also trying to be realistic as well in recognizing that there will be adjustments that could be stressful. I know some of you out there have experience with this, both positive and negative, so if you have any advice for a newbie, please pass it on.

Oh my goodness, and the knitting! I think I have 3 finished project and 2 UFOs to show you. In spite of everything, I've looked forward to the knitting I do everyday, I love it so much. So don't worry, I'll get it together soon.

So, to tide you over a bit, I'll leave this thrilling meme that I wasn't tagged with but liked.

4 jobs you have had in your life
1. Desk Receptionist
2. Movie Theater ticker seller
3. Political Organizer
4. Coder of documents in preparation for litigation (shudder)

4 Movies you could watch over and over
1. High Fidelity
2. Trainspotting
3. City of God
4. The Royal Tenenbaums

4 places you have lived
1. Coral Springs, FL
2. Mt. Lebanon, PA
3. Washington, DC
4. A ship traveling around the world

4 TV shows you love to watch
1. Scrubs
2. Arrested Development
3. Six Feet Under (I'm catching up on DVD, OK?)
4. Sex and the City

4 places you have been on vacation (I would say that I've traveled to more places than I've been on vacation. You could say it's semantics but I think it's a difference in mindset. Just my 2 cents).
1. Central Mexico
2. Israel
3. India
4. Czech Republic

4 websites you visit daily
1. Gmail
2. Bloglines
3. Craigslist
4. Your Blog :)

4 of your favorite foods
(just 4?)
1. Bread
2. Chickpea Chili Burrito from Mad Mex in Pittsburgh
3. Any other veggie burrito
4. Chocolate

4 places you would rather be right now
1. In my as yet unknown new apartment
2. on my couch, knitting
3. India
4. San Francisco

4 bloggers you are tagging
Go nuts, guys.

Keep watchin' out for each other and keep the peace.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Little Break 

Dear friends,

I am writing to you from Battle Creek, Michigan where I have travelled this week for a sad event. My grandmother passed away on Sunday night, an event which we have been anticipating for a while. We will be celebrating her life today and throughout the week, and will be laying her to rest beside her beloved husband. On some level, I am glad to see her beside him again. I will be away from the blog for a bit. I will look forward to when I can return to posting with a clearer head, as I have some great knits and yarn to show you.

As a point of clarity, my grandmother (GM as my brother and I always called her) most certainly did not teach me how to knit. She was a unique individual who defied every stereotype of age and if she were cognizant of the fact that I'm a knitter, she probably would have called me an "old bag." So, if you're so inclined, I would urge you to partake of any of the following activities in her memory and in celebration of her singularity.
  • Shake your hoo-ha.
  • Make some kick ass blintzes
  • Immerse yourself in something (yarn?) up to your ying yang
  • Take a brisk walk around the block with your finger place firmly on the button of a can of mace, in case anyone tries to mess with you.
  • Shoot some hoops.
  • Stubbornly act as you believe you should, no matter what anyone else says or thinks.

Take care, all.