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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Impulse Power Only

Tomorrow I will take Taz to Children's for his annual MRI and clinic checkup. Statistically, by now, nine years from completion of radiation, this should be nearly a formality, with no great anxiety required.

Right. Try telling that to my brain. I think I'm doing just fine, not worried at all, but day by day more and more circuits occupy themselves with freaking out and with telling myself I'm not freaking out, and the next thing I know I have barely enough functional neurons to walk straight.

Maybe I should try the trick Kirk would use on the original Star Trek whenever an alien intelligence tried to take over the ship's computer. Kirk would tell the computer to calculate π to the last digit, the computer would slavishly obey, and eventually the alien would be expelled from the computer and the ship, Kirk would tell the computer "you can stop now," and all would be well again. So help me worry about something less fraught: I can go to Connecticut Sheep & Wool on Saturday or to WEBS on Sunday to see the Harlot, but I can't do both. Which should I pick? Convoluted arguments are encouraged.


  • Ouch..tough choice here. I can't make either, so which ever your choice, may I live vicariously?

    By Blogger Chris H, at 1:38 PM  

  • Amazing how the mama-brain works. That said, I would skip the Harlot (unless you've never seen her before) and do the festival. I'm needing to decide between CT and NH (can't do both I don't think) and having a hard time with that.

    By Anonymous PumpkinMama, at 1:54 PM  

  • The Harlot. Because I'll be there.

    By Blogger Cece, at 2:08 PM  

  • Sending good thoughts.
    Go where you'll see the most friends!

    By Blogger Margene, at 2:10 PM  

  • i think you should go to CT. the harlot will be mayhem. whereas CT will be calming and fun and you'll see and touch pretty things.

    i signed up to go see the harlot but i'm not sure i'm going to go. j is away next week for work and i'm kind of thinking i might want to hang with him. and if i went to see the harlot it would be to hang out with friends anyway. of course i say that i want to hang with j but he probably won't want to hang with me ...

    so never mind. ;)

    By Blogger maryse, at 2:17 PM  

  • I'll be thinking about you tomorrow - all will be well!

    By Blogger Carole Knits, at 4:44 PM  

  • Okay, here's something to think about. The Sheep and Wool Festival will be outdoors (presumably), so you will be closer to nature, more open environment, closer to the root source of knitted goodies. WEBS will have nice yarn and an upbeat entertaining speaker, but it will be indoors and further up the knitting . . . well "food chain" so to speak. And the WEBS event will be more passive; you will be entertained. You might think about whether you are a more active or passive sort of person. And then there's the interaction with people. Do you want to see familiar faces? Or would you rather meet new folks? Which event is likely to provide the most of old versus new friends? There are probably more parameters to consider, but this is what comes to mind most immediately.

    By Blogger Wool Enough, at 5:22 PM  

  • Have I told you this story, told to me by my friend Karen who we got our girldogs from? She does speach and occupational therapy with kids and when 'her' kids need to go to Boston Children's, she often goes too, along with her dogs. This was before Bear was officially a therapy dog. The girl, who was I think 4, was getting an EEG, and her mom had brought a movie to distract her. But mom didn't pre-view it (a scooby doo movie). So the kid is getting all hooked up, when the bad guy in the movie has a machine hooked to his head with all sorts of wires and gets totally electrocuted. Which of course sends kid into fits of panic. Karen tells the nurse, I have my dogs in the truck, kid wants Bear, and Bear, who had no training at all, came in and kept that child (who was afraid of dogs) content and calm for hours. I'd go see the Harlot... wool festivals come and go (and I suppose Stephenie does too, but...). But I bet she'll provide you with some much needed humor, eh?

    By Blogger knitnzu, at 6:04 PM  

  • What do you need more, entertainment and distraction (Harlot) or time and space to wander freely (S&W)? I like Margene's answer too -- wherever there are more friends! Or, for the convoluted argument part of the decision: Calculate the likelihood of seeing friends, and give greater weight to the friends you see less frequently due to distance or schedules. Sum up the value of the likely purchases at each location and compare to the budget you have on hand. Add in some measure of probability of bad weather for an outdoor event. See, now it's a nice convoluted math problem, which means there must be a logical way to respond right? (Hah! As if!)

    By Blogger Danielle, at 7:31 PM  

  • Dude. I can't even decide between a bagel and a muffin for breakfast, so things involving yarn are completely beyond me right now. Which cheers you up more -- touching yarn or laughing about yarn?

    We will be thinking good thoughts for you tomorrow.

    By Blogger Ackery, at 10:42 PM  

  • I'm getting ready to take the boy in for wisdom teeth extraction this morning, my own (obviously less scary) worry. I am not awake enough atm for convoluted arguments but I will say look out for me if you go to CT as I'll be there with Debbi and possibly Mary.

    By Blogger Julie, at 6:07 AM  

  • hmmm, I would go with the inside or outside choice and leave it at that. Good luck with Taz, i am sure that everything will be fine.

    By Blogger J., at 8:24 AM  

  • Blessings on Taz and all who love him. It will be OK!

    I think the Harlot would do it. One, because I just heard her talk and it is affirming, funny, and though-provoking. Two, because beinging surrounded by all that knitting induces a zen-like state even when there is cause for distress. Three, you will be with friends you haven't met yet. Four, take a load off, girlfriend. Get there early, sit, knit and watch the world go by. "Breathe in. Breathe out. Move on." (Jimmy Buffet)

    By Blogger Roxie, at 1:01 PM  

  • I'm glad everything went well with Taz's MRI.

    Sounds like your decision is already made!

    By Blogger WandaWoman, at 12:09 AM  

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