I actually had to do some work at work today, and I’ve been plugging dutifully away all morning, to the exclusion of lunch or even bathroom breaks. I finally finished, just before deadline, at quarter to three. Sadly, quarter to three is a full fifteen minutes after the grubby cafeteria closes. Ravenous, I stumbled to the break-room and prepared myself a delicious lunch: the ubiquitous year-old microwave popcorn and a cup of green tea. Halfway through the bag of popcorn (ok, fine, after the whole bag) my tongue feels like a plastic intruder in my mouth and although the lightheadedness has abated a bit, I now feel slightly nauseous. I’ve just started reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, and the book opens with a lengthy discussion about the role of corn in the American diet. It’s a bit alarming to realize quite how much corn we all eat, but then, I have little confidence that the bag of starch I just consumed has any actual corn in it at all.
I’m in a good mood, today, in spite of the busy morning, because yesterday I saw not one but two actual babies! A co-worker brought her 10-week-old daughter in to the office and after lunch, when everyone else was lazy with food-coma, I snuck away and got to hold and cuddle the baby for almost a half-hour. I think her poor mother was a bit worried I would nibble her sweet little fingers and toes to pieces, and I nearly did.
I did rally enough to make it to the WeHo Stitch n Bitch – it was a smaller gathering than usual but still really friendly and fun, and, as a special bonus, there was a brand-new baby in attendance. It was hard to make too much progress on the socks, because that baby just looked so delicious, but after an evening of knitting I only have a few more stripes to go on the socks so I hope to make fairly quick work of it all.
This weekend I plan to spend my knitting time tackling the delicate beginning of the edging on the Frost Flowers & Leaves shawl and relaxing with The Baron by the pool . . . and tonight feeding my rumbling tummy with a giant meal that has never ever entered a microwave.