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Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


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This tree is in the main lobby at work. We have a second floor mezzanine, and that’s where I stood to get the photo. Great vantage point for photography!

And I  got this today:


My reward for donating blood this morning: a cheesy tote bag. Though as cheesy tote bags go, this one is pretty nice — very well-made with a flat bottom and a piece of cardboard that fits into the bottom to make it stand up.

Yes, I survived my blood donation. The worst I can say about it was that it was disorganized. It was a totally different group of people  running the bloodmobile since the last time I donated, which is a good thing. The only stupidity was that they had a boombox cranked up so loud I could not hear the questions in the health screening. Kind of ruins that whole “confidential” thing if you have to ask the person asking the questions to yell to be heard above the music. Turning it down was apparently not an option.

But as I was the only blessed donor in the place, there was no one else to hear my answers anyway.

On the bright side, someone in my office told me he had signed up to donate this afternoon inspired by my donating this morning. 😀

Speaking of the office, today was my last day of work until January 5, 2009. And there was much rejoicing.

I plan to spend the next two weeks lying around, watching soap operas, and eating bon-bons. Note to self: hire cabana boy to peel grapes for me.

Just kidding. I’ve got approximately eleventy-billion things I’d like to accomplish before heading back to work in January. And I’m sure Lucy will be happy to help!


Lucy fears that this will cut into her strict nap schedule.


  1. Hmmm…. my husband donated on Monday at his job. I wonder if I’ll be getting a tote bag for Christmas? (I collect totebags and other loot from his Red Cross blood & platelet donations – he’s AB+, so they really want his platelets!)

  2. anne marie in philly says:

    if you DO get a cabana boy, let me know where you found him! 😉

    lucy won’t know what to do with herself – “please, momma, let me sleep just 5 more minutes!”

    “And there was much rejoicing.” – and just WHO did the rejoicing, you or your co-workers…hmmmmm…LOL

    have a great weekend!

  3. Congrats on the commencement of holidays! Yay.
    Lucy will have her momma around for lots of cuddling time.
    Merry Christmas!

  4. Good for you – giving blood and now lots of time for you and Lucy to hang out. Happy holidays.

  5. If the cabana boy has a brother,, send him over here to shovel snow!

    Look at the bright side Lucy- another nap spot option (momma’s lap), and more daytime treats!

    Have a good, restful holiday break !

  6. See if the cabana boy has a younger brother.
    I want to be a cougar

  7. Lucy is looking forward to wrapping presents. I bet she is great at that!

  8. Good for you! Starting the middle of next week, I am off until the 5th! Enjoy, rest, knit, enjoy Lucy doing the happy-cat-pat on your lap! luv.m.

  9. I’ve always wanted an on-call cabana boy. I don’t want someone around all the time – I do like my solitude every now and then – just one who will show up when I happen to want him at my beck and call. Maybe someone will give me one for Christmas…

    (formerly) no-blog-rachels last blog post..Meme Miscellany

  10. I’ll bet Lucy will just love having her momma around all the time 🙂 I wish you a great break from work (and I won’t put pins in the Wendy voodoo doll due to my extreme jealousy – I promise!)

  11. Oh Cabana Boy, oh Cabana Boy,
    How lovely are your assets.
    Oh Cabana boy, oh Cabana Boy,
    How lovely are your assets.
    You bring me wine, and rub my feet, you do my work so I can knit.
    Oh Cabana boy, oh Cabana Boy,
    How lovely are your assets.

    Everyone needs a Cabana Boy, you know!

    Megan S.s last blog post..We Have A Winner!!

  12. I’ll trade you the cheesy tote bag for the sugar cookie I usually get for donating blood!

    I love love love your view of your lobby!!!!!

    shellys last blog post..Thanks!!!

  13. Glad you were not poorly poked!

    turtles last blog post..just a note

  14. Happy “vacating”! I hope you get to take a few naps with Lucy. Some of the eleventy billion things can wait till tomorrow (maybe).

  15. As a former federal employee, I can say “You go, girl!” for having time off. How great for you and Lucy and anyone else who is so lucky to know you both. Happy Christmas and New Year!!

  16. Note to Wendy: NOTHING interferes with cat’s nap schedule. Plan around it!

    Barbara-Kays last blog post..Knitting secret revealed

  17. Glad the donation went relatively well. Good luck with the eleventy billion things on your list. Have a great end to 2008.

    FarOutMoms last blog post..Devil’s Cape

  18. Congratulations… on being “ready for the festivities” to begin, and earning the totebag. I got a flu shot as a gift from my oncologist, and permission NOT to take any more chemo-in-a-pill meds… but I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to donate blood again. (And I’ve gotten so USED to needles!) Hypos AND knitting.

    painterwomans last blog post..

  19. Theresa in Italy says:

    Good luck with the eleventy-billion things! And I’m sure Lucy will be more than happy to help out. We’re almost ready for vacation as well—-going home for Christmas this year, can’t wait! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, will be back in 2009!

  20. Did they give you free cookies?
    Alas, I am forever unable to donate blood due to my bout with Lyme disease and its friend, babesiosis. Once they find out you’ve taken antimalarial drugs, it is NO free cookies and NO tote bag for you, missy, just move it on out and free up the gurney for someone with NICE blood.

    Carols last blog post..More designer links — and a post on Knitting Daily!

  21. Hi Wendy,

    Congrats on the feature in Knit.1!

    Eryka Jacksons last blog post..MKG Guild Meeting vs the Snow

  22. I want to spend the next two weeks doing whatever I please. Alas, I have to work. Some day I will have enough vacation time built up to take longer vacations. 🙂

    LittleWits last blog post..Rounding the corner

  23. “And there was much rejoicing.”
    I’m sure bon bons taste much better than minstrels.

    Enjoy the time off!

  24. i’m so pleased that you survived! but i am so, so jealous that you’re off work until january 5. GRRRR!

    mais last blog post..fourth time’s a charm!

  25. I want a strict nap schedule, but they would frown on that at work! No sleeping under the desk for you!

    Seanna Leas last blog post..recovering well

  26. Yayyy! I am celebrating your holiday break. I have one too, but I don’t think it’s big enough (two days, plus new year’s).

    You’re a better woman than I am…I would have told them to “Turn it DOWN!!!!”

    madonnaearths last blog post..Nothing to report knitwise

  27. The “cheesy tote bag” might be a “reusable shopping tote” to use instead of grocery bags. I have several that look just like that; they are made of a thin but tough kind of textured material.

  28. My daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia 3 weeks ago. She’s gotten numerous blood products since and will continue. So from the recieving end… I’d like to say thank you so much. It’s such a small thing, but it really does help save lives!

    Jesss last blog post..My Sweet Girl

  29. Congratulations on giving blood! I’m glad it wasn’t too traumatic, and that you generosity inspired someone else to follow suit. It’s an important gift — as the comment above me testifies. (Jess…if you see this: I wish your daughter all the best for recovery.)

    Enjoy your holiday!

    yarnpiggys last blog post..Piggy’s in the Christmas spirit…

  30. Good for you!

    I know it’s a cliche, but it really does save lives. My unborn son and I would both have died eight years ago had strangers not donated the blood that saved our lives. I will be forever grateful to these people I never met, not just for my own life, but for the life of my beautiful, perfect child.

    I am terrified of needles and faint at the sight of my own blood, but I donate every 12 weeks. It’s the only way I can repay the generosity of the strangers to whom I owe so much.

  31. Thanks for giving blood.I recently needed some. Due to past chemotherapy I can’t give any more. sigh But my Hubby still does ,
    Bless the Both of you!

  32. (Hey, I like that tote!) Good for you for donating blood.

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