Saturday, August 22, 2009

Skeins of porn, air hockey gloaty and my foot

I have been rather ill of late. But not before I stuffed in a bit of fun. The problem is that my fun seems to stop when the world goes all blue and I pass out. (Cheryl just added “a LOT!”). So I have had a fever for three days or four or I am not sure what day this is, do those things really matter compared to the joy of Air Hockey from Friday? I went with Cheryl and we had a very intense and close game.
The first game was a tie, and the second she lead 6-4 but I caught up and we were tied at 6-6 when she slammed the winning goal disc home. As you can see, there is NO obvious gloating and satisfaction on her face here! NOT!
Luckily we played the Hydro boat game which just uses hand controls, no feet controls. While I seemed to play to win, Cheryl seemed to play to have the Sierra Club, PETA and Greenpeace pissed at her as she ran her boat over: ‘unlimited number of penguins’, an Inuit kayaker who screamed at the last moment as well as running her speed boat across the deck of a cruise ship. At the end of the game, she was high speed approaching an oil rig I had NEVER seen before and the workers were running and screaming. She says it is good to let out ones’ aggressions.

Here is some knitter porn, which I will post more of when I get a little more stable and breathing on a regular schedule. But I thought you might like a taste of skeins to come. Oh, for those who need it, Cheryl measured my foot, which has grown in swelling (she says it looks very much like the foot of a person with Diabetes II she knows who is trying to avoid amputation – gosh that Cheryl says the most cheerful things!). Circumfrence at ball – 11 inches, widest, 10 and three quarters inches, heel to around where the ankle swells around is 15 inches, ankle is 12 inches (just above the ankle bone). Length toe tip to heel is 11 inches (I have grown?)), length for up the leg is 10 inches for slippers/11 inches for socks. Back when more um....stable.

19 comments:

SharonMV said...

Dear Beth,
sorry that you're not well. Especially the not-breathing part. do you think the fever is from overheating, lack of temperature control or an infection? I hope it goes down. I've been dealing with a persistent fever for the last couple of weeks from an infection.
Glad that you got in a bit of fun with the furious air hockey match & hydro boat races.

Sharon

wendryn said...

Hope you are more stable soon!

Looks like you had fun - I'm very glad to see it! :)

Kita said...

Isn't flying fun?

I was good on Friday - I went up and rode Junior (the horse) for about 10 minutes. Brushing him down took the guts of an hour.. so I flew..

Yesterday I didnt go up, but I did spend 4 hours cleaning Juniors tack...so I flew..

Today is a day off!

Like yourself, I am not feeling the best (pain, tiredness, the need to go 'OH FFS!!' very loudly at no-one in particular..so today, prehaps, I am grounded.) But not tomorrow!

Allons'y!

shiva said...

Well, that makes your feet about the same size as mine, ie a UK size 10/EU size 44-45 shoe (i have no idea what Canada's shoe sizing system is like, sorry). As you're about 4 inches taller than me, that's still probably at the smaller-end-of-average size range for your height.

(I presume you mean "heel", not "hell". Unless there's some sort of Buffy style portal to hell in your foot. Which would be... perhaps worth investigating.)

Anyway, apologies for the pointlessness of this comment. Just wanted to say sorry for not having commented for so long mainly. Thanks for the postcard with the very beautiful cherry blossom image. FYI i sent you one just over a week ago, but i don't know how long it will take to get to you.

Gaina said...

Kindly refrain from promising me Porn then disappointing me in that manner ever again, ya hear me? LOL

Now, get back to breathing. It's a habit I thoroughly endorse.

cheryl g said...

But the penguins get flung about like bowling pins and it is fun. My nerdy side likes seeing the extra bits the game creator has written into the code so that the Inuits scream and the oil rig workers run in terror.

We have had fun but I am a fan of you breathing regularly and not having a fever so let's work for that now - OK?

JaneB said...

sorry to hear you're a "bit unwell" - hmmm, I hope you ENJOYED the aggressive boat racing and the knitting porn, but it sounds like time to concentrate on the DULL stuff like resting, keeping the temperature regulated, breathing, that sort of stuff... at least it's nearly pay cheque time here, and then I will send you some manga which MIGHT help keep you in one place for five minutes...

Lene Andersen said...

Looks like the both of you had a fnatabulous time. Hope you get non-feverish soon.

Lene Andersen said...

p.s. "Unlimited number of penguins" had me snorting tea all over my keyboard.

TinkingBell said...

Good work - now I have measurements we can do something about socks.....Like the aggressions - I like playing shoot 'em ups against my husbeast - blowing him to bits and winning! _ It does me good!

FridaWrites said...

You know, I've always wanted to know how to knit--I love the colors of these skeins.

Cheryl definitely looks happy about winning air hockey. The games look fun--our family loves places like that (except the inaccessible one).

Raccoon said...

Stability is good. Playing air hockey, I suppose, is good.

Was the chair attached to the video game? Probably. They should make it able to swing away so that wheelchairs could get up to it.

Postcard! "L is for leather." It's part of a series of books. Should I pick them up?

Kate J said...

I've just been catching up on your recent posts - having been away and offline for a week - and while you seem to have had some fun... you've also obviously had a lot of pain and illness, which I'm very sorry to hear about.

I'm about to leave for Canada, and will hopefully be able to touch base with you in about 3 weeks time, when I finally make it to Victoria after lots of trains and boats and planes! I really look forward to meeting you in the real world for the first time. I'll be in touch by phone when I get within a reasonable distance.

If you're running (wheeling?) the Terry Fox on 13th September, good luck! I'd love to meet you there, and even take part, BUT we'll almost certainly be having a big family get-together over on Saltspring on the the weekend, to fit around my family's work and school schedules! I'll be there in spirit, anyway, and see you a couple of days later.

And as for those skeins... what a waste to knit when you could weave!
Love & peace
Kate

Elizabeth McClung said...

Sharon: Yeah, the not breathing is worrisome, the fever is definately from lack of control, or a breakdown in my system or another infection somewhere. I hope your fever goes away as having a fever is no fun at all, it is really odd what a person can get used to - but I wish we didn't have to.

Fever, fever go away, don't come back another day!

Yes, I did many things, with the fever and the passing out.

Wendryn: I try to be 'all energy' in all the things I do, so when I stop, then I pass out - I am not sure how to be not 'all there' - how can I play a 60% energy game of air hockey - one has to be all out or nothing! So it is all out, then nothing. haha.

Kita: I'm sorry you are having a punked time now but I am really glad to hear that you did the goal and you got to see your horse, that is really cool, and you rode Junior too. Sweet.

Shiva: Thanks for the comment, I made the correction with 'hell' - I read your blog and the list that was being made with some interest. Thanks for the postcard you sent me, I really enjoyed that.

Gaina: I promise not to use the word 'porn' lightly again - since I am going to talk about sex and stuff soon if I can get my act together (oh wait, that sounded dirty).

Yeah, the breathing thing, you know I try to point out that other parts of my body work fine, why be so obsessed with one thing, like breathing; go with the flow...or not.

Cheryl: Yes, I liked the extra bits of that game where you can do all sorts of stuff. I will work hard on having a non-fever for at least 50% of the time. We did a lot this weekend.

Jane: I need to have a bed day or bed week because I am still doing that pesky, "Not breathing regular thing" and passing out thing and having blue hands or purple or whatever. It is annoying, I want to DO - but then reading is DOING isn't it?

Lene: Thanks, I am getting tired of being tired and fevered, much like I bet you are very tired of being not able to use shoulder. But I still got to have fun, I just wish there was a manual saying "two days of bed rest=3 days of energy".

Tinkingbell: What shoot em up games do you play? I used to do that but my reactions are a bit slow on that now - I need to get back into winning - at least I made a close comeback and it was only a 1 point game. I am glad measurements are useful - if they make sense.

Frida: This place is strangely accessible and what is odder, when they remodeled they made it MORE accessible! So I can sit in my chair behind the air hockey. I like going here because it is a trip away but not too far and easy to come back from.

I want to knit too - The woman doing it was almost out of her silk and wool blend, it had sold out early in the season and she makes it over the winter. But beautiful colours.

Elizabeth McClung said...

Raccoon: I guess air hockey is good, I react a half second slower so my defence kinda sucks, but then with Cheryl's back injury she reacts slower too so that makes it almost fair, and I can sit in my chair.

With all the racing games I was glad to see them keep the one which requires no hands, I wish they did have a fold away, but they have a large space between it and the next game where I can transfer into the chair. With the speed preset, it is just mini movements on the steering wheel, I am pretty sure we could race on this one. Since as I said to cheryl, "sparks are good!" (the boat doesn't blow up, so go for it)

It is an interesting book that was a present called something like the Erotic book of postcards, which has pin-up girls and a tongue in cheek of kink so it is fun, I will see if I can find the ISBN. Glad you liked, I am always not sure when sending those cards how many people are going to be in the right mood to get it.

Kate J: Ahh, I just sent you a postcard. Oh well. And you are coming to see me - that is cool. We should email. You seem to have an exciting life of travel. Salt Spring is a highly desireable location, so good to visit and a great farmers/craft market. Oh that would be great as Cheryl and Linda and doing the Terry fox as well - we could all do it - that would be so great! I hope it works out that they choose the other day to have the family gathering so we can do that.

You have a loom? interesting.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the foot measurements! For the length up the leg - it might be harder to make it 11inches long before you get to the heel (I assume that's what you mean?). I'm not sure I'll have enough yarn for that (your feet are so much bigger than I'm used to knitting socks for :P). Is it all right if it's a little shorter, say 8 or 9inches?

SharonMV said...

Hi Beth,
I'm still fevered and sick with a respiratory infection. Yesterday I kept falling asleep - a half hour there, 45 minutes there. Maybe this infection is curing my insomnia!

Speaking of weaving - there are off-loom kinds of weaving and also small hand looms & table looms. Of course on the hand looms, usually you can only do plain-weave. All you really need is a warp & a weft (vertical threads & horizontal threads). I used to weave scarves on a long piece of cardboard. And there are some types of weaving where you only need a warp. I do have one big loom - it is a Navajo type loom that I built years ago before my weaving days were over.

Sharon

Baba Yaga said...

Yes, reading counts as doing. Very important doing, imo.

No, turning blue is not good. I'm sure getting rid of the fever would help you at least feel better - I hope you manage to do so soon. It's probably silly to ask what condition your immune system's in, so I won't. ;-p

(I'm so with Cheryl on the running down penguins and oil rigs. That sounds my sort of game.)

Neil said...

Beth, please remember tha breath goes in and out, while blood goes round and round; any variation on this is a bad thing. I hope you can stabilize for a while. And yes, it's naughty to tease your loyal readers and relatives with only one yarn photo. You enabler, you!

KateJ: You're coming to Canada, but will you be visiting the prairies? If so, I'd love to meet you!

Love and zen hugs to all,
Neil