1. Would you please go and take this survey? It would be of great assistance to the folks at the OFA if you did.
2. I am pleased to announce that I think we have enough scarves for this year. How is THAT for vague and ambiguous? If you've only just mailed yours this week, don't fret, because if there is a surplus, it can be stored and saved for next year, as long as we don't bury them in a ton of scarves to save. Once again, kudos to everyone for the lovely high-quality scarves that you all sent in! I'm much relieved and so proud of all of us.
3. I have been getting such a kick out of a series of TV ads for a new medication. I can't remember the name of it, or even what it's for (sleep, perhaps?) but in the warnings it says words along the lines that the drug can cause hostility, anger, and irascibility, or something like that. "If this is unusual for you, please stop taking the medication and call your doctor," or something along those lines. HI-LAR-I-OUS.
4. I'm a little more hostile, angry, and irascible than usual lately because I am in Phase I of the South Beach Diet. But it's working! Cheerleading will be gratefully accepted. Negativity or advice that this is the wrong diet, or whatever, is not at all welcome. I'm doing it, I believe it's healthy, and it's working, after much lack of success in several other attempts over the last two years. Some extra weight has crept on, about which I am not comfortable, and I'm giving this a go. I am slightly feral due to detoxing from carbs, however.
Everybody has their own ideas about this subject, I know, and about health in general. I recently bought a book that I thought would be entertaining, called "Skinny Bitch," but besides the two-word title which WAS entertaining, the rest of the book was just annoying and repetitive and could be summed up in another two words: "Go vegan." Been there, done that, with disastrous results back in the '90s. (I gained 40 pounds, my blood pressure was dangerously high, my cholesterol was through the roof. I was being a super-careful whole foods vegan, supposedly doing "all the right things." It was bad, bad, bad for me.) So what is right for some people is not right for others. I should trademark and copyright that. Wait, probably somebody else already has. Nevah mind.
In the end, South Beach is not so very different from the Blood Type Diet for Type O's that quite literally saved my life and turned all my numbers around after that six-year period following a vegan diet. But I think I have become a bit bored with it and have cheated too often of late. SB, I hope, will shake things up a bit to good effect, and so far it's looking good.
4. I took two more little steps in the direction of a smaller carbon footprint yesterday. I bought these handy items:
Bamboo eating utensils in a nifty little carry pouch with a hook to attach to my handbag or computer case or whatever, from To-Go Ware. Aren't they CUTE? There's even a set of chopsticks in there, though I'm kind of crap at using chopsticks and will probably never use these. Now when I'm out and about and eating to-go foods, I don't have to take and then throw away the plastic forks & knives & spoons, which are so awful and always break, anyway. And when I carry my own lunch, these are lighter and more compact and handy in their own carry case than bringing a regular stainless steel set from home.
And a reusable, washable snack/sandwich bag from SnackTaxi.com
5. Barbara P. sent me info on this highly cool tool to make pdfs. This could make pattern-collecting (of, say, free patterns suitable for red scarf knitting) really easy and organized. Check it out!