Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Two Things.............

IF you had been on a strict yarn diet for almost two years, what would your breaking point be?  I think I've been pretty good--I used my $50 credit to get yarn for a white shawl for me (reward yarn) and the rest I used for yarn for chemo caps.  Then the odd little things I didn't have--the white acrylic, the mens' scarf, the crochet thread, and the one ruffle scarf.  I have to say, I surprised myself.  I have held out against 1/2-off sock yarn, and had even resisted an angora blend worsted at a fabulous price, but this morning I finally broke.  For one day only (of course) the place with the fabulous angora yarn and the sock yarn was giving away 10 balls of chemo cap yarn with purchases over a certain amount--that amount being enough to get the angora yarn and a bit of sock yarn, conveniently enough.  So......................there might be some yarn on its way to my house at this point..........In my defense, it did take $35 of free yarn for my favorite project to push me over the edge and it's STILL one of my smallest purchases ever from this particular company.  So, maybe I have learned something.  And maybe I'll hide my credit card until January.......

And just on an interesting follow up from yesterday, TODAY in Idaho we learned that none of us really understand how the Supreme Court works.  Even though same-sex marriage is a pretty divisive issue, in some ways the last few days have been relatively unifying here.  No one on either side has any idea how anyone's marriage can cause anyone else to work longer hours, have affairs, drink more, or take up hobbies.  And NOW none of us fully understand why Idaho was granted a temporary emergency stay this morning to halt same-sex marriages, which were set to start today at 8:00 AM, when they were ordered to start in other states.  Even though we all studied government in one of our high school years, anything involving attorneys is much more complicated than the rest of us could ever dream.  Think of the most confusing knitting pattern you have ever attempted.  Now, replace every commonly-used word in it with obscure Latinate words with a minimum of 3 syllables, take out the actual measurements and replace them with footnotes to other patterns--the older, the better--and then, for good measure, throw in 20 pages detailing in great but purposely obtuse detailed jargon adescription of what knitting actually IS.  This is what the legal documents look like.  I've read the rulings thus far, and since I minored in political science until my last year of college, I did know several of the precedents being cited and looked up others, and I almost barely understood what was happening, but was finally saved tonight by The Atlantic, which at least sort of clarified the confusion.  Historically, one could usually pretty easily classify the Supreme Court as "liberal" or "conservative," but this particular court has managed to alienate pretty much the entire country at one point or another, so it can't be called either one.  Again, this isn't turning into a political blog, but it just isn't very often that an entire state is scrambling to understand legal technicalities, and it is possible that the Idaho case could be the one the Supreme Court finally has to hear.  I believe we'll find out more tomorrow.