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May 27, 2012

What I’ve Been Up To

Blogging has fallen to the wayside recently, and I feel you readers deserve an explanation. Part of it is that there isn’t much to talk about lately. My healing is at a good place, a kind of happy plateau, for the time being. I’ve started to enact a couple of the things I wanted to do to remember Ethan, so more about that soon. Jacob is talking more all the time and generally loving life in his cheerful, relaxed demeanor. I recently finished a big work project, and have nothing else on my plate right now, which is nice at the start of the summer.


So what have I been doing? Well, a lot of really fun stuff. Stuff you might like to do, too, which is why I’m writing about it.


First, watch Temple Grandin.

Temle Grandin Movie DVD cover

Seriously. Watch it. John and I watched this the other night, after our dear friend/John’s brother’s girlfriend Cecilia recommended it to us. The film is the true story of an autistic woman who was able to communicate so much about her experience that she changed the way we, as a society, understood autism. John and I were blown away by the movie. You won’t believe it’s Claire Danes—wow. We talked about it for at least a half hour afterward, and both commented that we felt better equipped to parent an autistic child, should we have one. Even if we don’t, I think I better understand autistic people in general after seeing this movie, which was given the seal of approval by Cecilia’s autistic sister (whom I can’t wait to meet one day! For more about Angie, check out Cecilia’s Autism Awareness series, “Angelica Unfiltered”).


Second, Sweater Quest. (Kristin, this one’s for you.) I picked this up in the knitting section of the library, and had a lot of fun with it. It’s the story of a writer/mom/professor who takes on one of knitting’s greatest challenges and vows to complete a certain sweater—and write a book about it—in one year. It’s not just a memoir, but an exploration of the craft of knitting, of why people knit, and an investigation of the intersection of intellectual property and individual art.


And of course, I’ve been knitting. My sweater dress was two inches too long to start with, then grew another two inches the first day I wore it. Through a forum and a technical, yet approachable blog post, I learned how to shorten it. Now it’s four inches shorter and fits much better. Who knew you could do that?


I’m also knitting a cardigan for my mom and loving the pattern.

Okay, so Jacob’s knitting it, too. Not to brag or anything, but I’m doing most of the work. The sweater is light and airy and will be perfect for summer, which starts NOW!


Time to grab the sunscreen and GET OUT THERE! Summer means birthdays in our house, and birthdays mean cake! Let’s go eat cake! Happy summer!

  1. Kristin says:

    Ooh, my mom read that book! Did you like it? Also puhleeeez get a ravelry ( account! :]

    • It took a bit to get into it, but once it was more than just the lady and the sweater, I was hooked! I have a ravelry account, but there’s nothing on it yet. It’s on my to-do to bulk that up.

  2. ceciliamaria says:

    Thanks for the shout out!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the movie. And I can’t wait for you to meet our Ang!!! 🙂

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