Wednesday, May 30, 2007

catching up

home, sweet home. at least for a few more weeks.

i cannot possibly stress enough how much i hate full blue moons. it is amazing how incredibly psychotic otherwise normal people become on the days surrounding a full moon. first i had to dress down a client to get her to stop calling every twenty minutes and harassing us for lab results not due back for at least another day. she went so far as to claim we were withholding results, had results faxed directly to her from the lab against their policies (probably by impersonating me), and demanded to speak to the practice manager about how results 'can't take that long'. [rolls eyes] at least she had the grace to apologize when i called the following day with results.

next day i have to fire a guy who decided that my honesty about his dog's poor response to treatment and grave prognosis was me 'not caring'. he alternated between crowding my space both physically and verbally in such a threatening manner that i thought we might have to call police, vowing to take me to the Board (basically for being honest) to get my license taken away, and accusing me of lying about being a doctor.

i cheer myself with the knowledge that the next full blue moon is a long time coming...

so to catch up on visuals now that Flickr is back, check out these awesome presents!!!! the first is a delightful surprise package from my pal Denise whom i will hopefully be meeting in person next weekend. her dog Toby also got in on the action, sending my kitties some special treats! Elise, aka Miss Priss, particularly is loving the little catnip hearts so much that i couldn't find the second one to include in the package photo!

Presents from Nancy
Originally uploaded by jacquichris
last weekend i come home to another surprise! my dear friend Nancy sent both Travy and I gifts. mine is a hand-made glasses holder for my new professorial reading glasses. Travy lucked out as well- his is a gorgeous necklace. Nancy made both using gorgeous antique beads from Africa.

in the meantime, i was able to send off a super-special care package for Nancy and her petit ami* Dave. for Dave, i made a double knit cap adapting the basic instructions from here to suit. it is to replace a seaman's cap Dave has had so long that the yarn is irreparably failing. tomorrow i will get to find out whether it really fits, or whether their claims to that effect are just politeness.

*okay, he is officially her husband, but petit ami just sounds more lovely.

Surprise socks for Nancy
Originally uploaded by jacquichris
the other item is the secret item i couldn't share last month. it is a Cascade midweight sock pattern (don't have it in front of me- sorry!) using Fancy Image Hand-dyed Yarn from another great online buddy Lara who has been having some challenges of her own this moon cycle! Nancy claims she will be the envy of the neighborhood, which may be a bit of an overstatement, but the colorway is so happy that perhaps not.

this weekend i hope to finish the last Blacksburg afghan i will be knitting, so that i can enjoy puttering on small projects without guilt during talks at the big internal medicine convention next week...

of course, i do also have to finish slides for a presentation Thursday, finish an abstract also due Thursday, and reformat a paper for submission to a 'higher-impact' journal ASAP. hmm. maybe the afghan can wait...

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