Bah! to 2008 so far, but 2008 will get better!



Like The Little Engine That Could, I must say to myself "2008 will get better, 2008 will get better, 2008 will get better!"

On Sunday night, I returned from a nice Oregon visit with my son and his girlfriend (after 2 flight delays and a flight change - bah, I hate flying!). Felt a little "chesty" on Monday. And have been sick with chest and head congestion (upper respiratory infection?) since Tuesday morning - January 1, 2008! What a way to start the new year!

Laid out sick - not just sniffly sick. Chest congestion (tight tight tight), coughing (shake, rattle, and sweat from the exertion!), hot (layers off!), cold (layers on!), wheezing from the lungs (like a teapot filled with boiling water), achy congested sinuses (stuffy stuffy stuffy), runny nose (lots of trees died to provide tissue!).

By Thursday afternoon, I had totally lost my sense of smell and taste, so I've been eating paper (or what might as well be paper!) since then. I'm concentrating on eating healthy paper - err, foods - however!

Five days have past in a fog of napping (when I can get in a few minutes of sleep between coughing attacks and blowing my nose); drinking lots of hot decaf Green Tea (good for the chest and throat); watching miscellaneous shows recorded on our DVR (daytime television sucks!), such as leftover sappy Christmas movies I didn't watch before/during Christmas, Steven Seagal movies, and a bunch of Journeyman episodes.

Hubby has been shopping three times to invest in expectorants, cough suppressants, and antihistamines. Oh, and almost daily he's been bringing me a wonderfully slushy Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino (excellent medicine for the throat even when I can't taste it!). Yesterday required a trip to the store for blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries - even though I can't taste them, they feel good to eat!

Anything requiring thinking or effort has been put on hold. I managed to crochet 2 basic solid granny squares (can't think about reading a pattern!) Wednesday night last week before the head congestion got really bad. It took me about 4 hours to balance 2 checkbooks yesterday evening (lots of resting during the process), so I could pay a few bills online this morning.

I stayed home from work Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. As I type this, there are lots of typos and slow, foggy thinking, so it's obvious to me now that going to work tomorrow probably isn't going to happen.

But, as I said above… "2008 will get better, 2008 will get better, 2008 will get better!"

It took 50+ minutes of sitting upright, thinking, and typing to write this entry! I'm exhausted now - time for a nap!


cheryl, hope you feel much better soon. if it's any small consolation, even your descriptions of sickness are well-written. :)
take care, sharon

Could you please help me?! I am desperately seeking a pattern for the Babette blanket. I cannot find it anywhere. I even contacted interweave and they said they no longer have any spring 2006 magazines. From my understanding about copyright, if you have the original pattern you can make photocopies as long as you do not do it for profit. Can you please help...I need to make this blanket!!!!

I hope you feel better soon.

Thanks, Sharon and Norma! I'm gradually feeling better and will be heading to work for a full day tomorrow.

Hi, Monica - Other than continuing to look on eBay and other auction websites for that issue the magazine and checking the Interweave website to see if they will reprint the issue, you can try the forum to see if anyone is selling or trading their issue or visit a library to see if they have the magazine.

The pattern for the granny squares used in the Babette Blanket is a common variation of the traditional granny square. It is published as square #3 Square Target in the book "200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans" by Jean Eaton - AND, it is square #77 in "99 Granny Squares to Crochet" by Leisure Arts. There is also an online version of the square pattern called "No Seam Granny Square" at Chez Crochet (scroll to bottom of page).

You can create your own one-of-a-kind version of the Babette Blanket by drawing squares in different sizes and selecting your own colors - which is what I did to design the additional panel for my Babette - info here.

Here is a Babette-style blanket I made using solid colored squares and a custom layout.

You'll create the blanket layout using 2-row, 4-row, 6-row, 8-row, and 10-row squares. You can make squares that change color every row and/or every 2 rows or every 3 rows, and/or solid-color squares.

Use the joining instructions on this web page for a good result.

Have fun with it - don't feel constrained to make the original Babette! Examples of other Babette-inspired blankets are on the Flickr Babette Blanket pool.

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Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

List maker, detail-oriented, organized, leans heavily toward perfectionism. ISTJ. Libra.

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