1.) Last week's torrential rain made me realize that I have Weather Paralysis. Okay, I totally made that condition up. But it basically means that when it rains I cannot seem to muster the strength to do anything beyond wrapping a blanket around me. I can't do laundry because I would have to walk outside and it's RAINING. I can't drive to the grocery store directly across the street from me because it's RAINING. I should cook dinner - but how can I when it's raining SO MUCH! This may have everything to do with spending the majority of my life in a sunny locale. Even though I love the rain it seems strangely suspicious and menacing, which makes doing ordinary things in less then ordinary conditions seem foolhardy. I'm thinking of drafting a grant proposal to get some funding to study this condition.
2.) My Exotic New Zealand Friend Mariah (Fact: I consider almost anyone from the southern hemisphere to be exotic) has a blog where she posts what she made for dinner. A recent post featured something called a Kransky octopus. I had to look up what this was. It is not, in fact, some exotic New Zealand octopus, as I initially thought, but a sausage shaped to look like an octopus. This is clearly the greatest food idea ever created and I'm going to attempt to make them because I imagine I will get hours of laughter from it.
3.) I knitted a sweater. I've known the basics of knitting for ages now but I've only ever made hats and scarves. On a whim I decided to figure out how to read a pattern and make a sweater. So I went to it and got all the supplies and it was surprisingly easy to learn all the new stitches involved and the resulting sweater...well, it looks like something a hobo would wear in tough times. Definitely an at-home sweater. It is about 5 times too big and it weighs a ton because the pattern called for really thick yarn so the sleeve seams are down at my elbows. If it were longer it would make the perfect Snuggie. So it's nice and cozy and ideal for wrapping up in when Weather Paralysis strikes again.