November 29th, 2016


The elbow is really fucking with me. Last night, when I turned out the lights to go to sleep, it was bugging me but I couldn't get up to take something because Zoey was all snuggled in. The net was that it took me 3 minutes to get to sleep instead of 1.5. Now, it just feels heavy. Like it's almost healed but not quite. I'm not canceling the doctor's appointment yet.

I was fairly near the end of my swim this morning. I stopped at the far end to see if I was done or not. The woman swimming next to me is a regular. She got to the end just after I stopped and looked over quite worried and asked "Are you ok???" I said I was fine and she said "Oh, I've never seen you stop before and I was worried something was wrong!" Cracked me up.

I believe that conventional thinking says that swimming with intervals of rest and max effort provides the bigger benefit but also requires thinking. How long do I swim? How long do I rest? So I don't bother. I get in and kick off from the edge and stop after about an hour and 5 or 10 minutes or when my Misfit app says I've gone more than 350 points. I sometimes stop to adjust my earbuds or lick the fog off my goggles. I didn't realize my non stopping was a thing. It was a good laugh.

Jeannie from The Baby Bank says she'd rather get the doll/bear delivery on Monday of next week so there will be no production number worries this month. There will, however, be a is-the-car-big-enough worry...

Tonight is a BFD. ljtourist and I have reservations at the Chef's counter at a renowned sushi place. I'm practicing getting the emphasis on the correct syllable for omakase. Lunch will be very early and very light and there will be zero snacking today.

My Pebble watch keeps vibrating randomly without telling me why. I'm not a fan when tech goes smart ass.

I just killed more than an hour dicking around with car insurance. My bill for the next six months is due $245.00. I went to another company for a quote to see if I cound save some coin. The result of that was learning that my current insurance price is very reasonable. The Guaranteed-Savings-Insurance-Quote came in $100 more than what I'm paying now. Er, no thank you. Then I went down a rabbit hole of discounts. I can save $32 a year by taking an 8 hour online course that cost $20 and only lasts 2 years. I think I'll worry about that another time.

Now I think I'll go put in a load of laundry and make a doll.

Best laid plans

I decided to make up some doll faces before I started on a new doll. Doll faces start with sewing on the eyes. I do a bunch of eyes and then draw on the mouths with a sharpie. The machine was not playing nice with the eyes but I got them all on. Then I changed the thread out to a different color and the machine gave up.

I opened it all up and cleaned it all good and put in a new needle and rethreaded and nope. I did it all again. Nope. Nada. One of the reasons I bought it (last March) from a store instead of online, was service. So... off we went.

I worked hard not to get frustrated. At least it was mid-day when you can actually get from my house to Ballard (where the store is) reasonably. At least it was a day when I had time to do this. If they can't fix it right off, then it will cost a bundle. At least I have a bundle. If they won't give me a loaner, at least I can rent one from them.

There was a lot of conversation between me and me on the way.

I got the very nicest guy waiting on me. Adam. He spent a while looking at it and explaining a bunch of things to be kindly and clearly. And then he told me it was going to take more. "The sewing machine hospital?" I asked. "We actually prefer to call it the spa."

Probably it will cost $200 and probably it will take 2 weeks. Which is OUCH and OUCH. BUT, he did give me a loaner machine that is several steps down from mine in bells and whistles and sounds like a freight train but works perfectly fine.

So now it's all set up and I even got a start on the next doll.

Could be soooooo much worse.

The rest of the day

So all that sewing machine wrestling was not that much fun for my elbow and I got a bruise on the knuckle of that hand at the end of the bad elbow. I've never even seen a bruise on a finger knuckle before. Geesh.

I made the first loaner machine doll and it was fine. It's actually fun to sew in a machine that feeds properly again. Way easier. I'm totally buying a repair policy on my machine. Adam said it was a 3 year policy. I didn't ask how much. Probably should have.

And I finished the faces.

And I finished a bear.

And now I'm starving. Our reservations are for early and I will totally be sushi ready by early.