Nearly derailed but still limping along…

…meaning my plans to write a post or two over breakfast this morning. I didn’t get that done, but here I am writing anyway, so it seems I’ll write a short post today after all. Naturally, it will be about what distracted me!

I read an email from the WordPress “Challenge for 2011” folks, and when I followed one of the link-chains from there I ended up at the “innate index” personality test.  I’m a sucker for standardized tests, and I wanted to see if the results correlated at all with the Clifton StrengthsFinder profile I took at work last week. And of course I had to send an email off to my wife with a link to the test, too.

Then I realized that I couldn’t very well type (or at least… not type very well) while eating a bowl-full of raisin bran, muesli, and FiberOne (good mix of stuff, really…!), so I checked the rav boards for the mitten challenge. So many people have posted excellent mittens. It took me a while to read through the 6 or 8 threads with new posts.

Two of us agreed that it’s okay to make a pair of Bella’s Mittens even if we didn’t like the movie or book.

An old friend from the Insanity forum wandered in and joined the challenge, and she requested patterns for stranded mittens that weren’t too feminine; I resisted adding any of them to my queue.

The drier buzzed at me, so I hung up a bunch of my shirts for work, then put a bunch of cardboard boxes out for recycling. One of them—the shipping crate for the very computer I’m using to write this post—will be great for hauling books to the Goodwill center once I start cleaning out the library, so it went back down into the basement.

That visit led me to start thinking again about my project to move my workbench to the back room and get back to fixing Myr’s spinning wheel. One big class of stuff occupying space on and under the bench comprises my reloading gear. I haven’t reloaded anything in 2+ years (and that was just a batch of a hundred shotshells that I still haven’t used), and several more years before that since I did any serious reloading. I invested a LOT of cash and time into building that setup, along with the reference books and associated lead melting gear, etc. But… I am beginning to think I’d feel better if I had that space back (the ‘psychic space’ as much as the physical).

Question being… do I set everything back up and try to use up a bunch of the consumables on hand… primers, brass, bullets, and powder… or do I just do a clean break? The dedicated .45 acp setup along with the shotshell rig could probably sell for enough to get me a spinning wheel of my own. And I could keep the RockChucker press in case I ever want to make a few custom loads. This way I can convince my inner hoarder that I’m not really giving up an older and once-beloved hobby.

Okay, time for work. Hope you have a great day.

Some of you I’ll see at Guild tonight. Jane’s short-row presentation! Woot!

a post a week?

I saw that WordPress is offering ideas to encourage people to write more on their blogs.  The idea is one I’ve seen before; send an idea a day to your email and you’re supposed to use the idea as a starting point for a blog post. Friday’s idea was “List three countries you’d like to visit, and why you want to go.

I like this one. Ummm… Ireland, New Zealand, and Iceland, I’ll say today. I could probably make a list of 30 countries I’d like to visit.

Honestly, feel free to skip this post. I’m only doing this to keep my ‘blogging muscles’ limber.

Ireland: in the tangled briar patch that is my family tree, one of the few things that seems certain is that at least one of my grandfathers came from Ireland. I’d like to see the place, and see if that sense of yearning that I get when I see photos of the countryside survives the reality being there. Strikes me as an excellent place to spend a few hours drinking ale and knitting.

New Zealand: Gotta see the landscape from the Lord of the Rings movies.

Iceland: Volcanoes

Interesting. I thought this would have a lot more to do with knitting. I probably should have chosen Scotland, Estonia, and Norway?

2010 in review

I got this amusing site stats summary from WordPress this morning… it’s a happy thing that I hadn’t been imagining that this site gets lots of traffic. Still… something to surpass in 2011.


The statistics helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 7 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 56 posts. There were 6 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb.

The busiest day of the year was December 22nd with 206 views. The most popular post that day was Mostly Chimera.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,, Google Reader, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for done by monday afghans, larry lavin, done by monday, “larry lavin”, and jorah lavin.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Mostly Chimera December 2010


Done Some Monday Afghan June 2008


R.I.P. Larry Lavin April 2008


About me and my knitting January 2008
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Stocking Cap July 2009