Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Kindness of Strangers

Linda from Litla Skvis has been too, too kind. She sent me three charts from my wish list so I can have something to look forward to stitching when my finger heals. This gift couldn't have come at a better time. First, I am tired of the whole finger situation and not being able to do the things I normally do--even the laundry. Next, I have deduced that I won't be getting a second interview for a job I really, really wanted. (I had the worst phone interview ever, which came mere hours after I found out I would have to have surgery on my finger the next day. I was a jumbled mess. And it still upsets me that I blew it so completely.) Then, just before I opened the package, I jammed my right long finger on the closet door jamb as I was hanging up my coat. That kind of hurt, you know, a little. So it was just a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. And then a little surprise from someone I've never met. It just makes you smile, doesn't it? Thank you, thank you, thank you, Linda!

While I was over at Linda's blog telling her how fabulous she is, I saw this meme:
Why did you start your blog? I started my blog because I wanted people to know that you didn't have to be a little old lady or a demure housewife to enjoy cross stitch. But I like how it has become a stitching journal and a diary--I've never been the sort who could keep one.
How did you come up with your blog name? I had a project that I hated.
Do your friends and family know about your blog and if so, what do they think of it? I'll take this separately: my family is vaguely amused by it. I think only my cousin's husband reads it, not even the dude. Everyone else thinks I'm a big dork. I have a few friends who read it, and since I am not much of a telephone person, it's a good way for them to know what is going on in my life.
How do you write posts? That's sort of a weird question. It's kind of like asking how I breathe air.
Have you ever had a troll or had someone leave unkind comments? I think people know better than that. It's all in your attitude, people.
Do you check your stats? Yes.
Do you care how many people read your blog? Sometimes. Depends on how lonely I feel.
What kind of blogs/posts interest you? My reader includes mostly cross-stitch blogs, a few sewing blogs, a couple of designer's blogs, some craft magazine blogs, a couple of friend's blogs, a grammar blog, and a beer blog. I think the posts that interest me most are the ones when people philosophize about their hobby. In an interesting way.
What do you like and dislike about blogging?
I like having met people from all over the world who share my hobby and understand the depths of my obsession. And don't judge! I dislike when native English speakers abuse the language. You are on a computer, use spell check and grammar check or do a little googling for goodness' sake! You're letting the side down! The "foreign bloggers" blog in better English than you do!


Anonymous said...

Well I am glad I could make you smile. That's all I wanted to do :)

Now that finger of yours needs to heal so that I (and everyone else) can see progress pictures.

Barbara said...

What a great pick-me-up! :D

Kendra said...

I'm sorry you're having such a rotten time! When you're used to doing everyday kind of things, and then for whatever reason you can't anymore, it does get to you after awhile. When I was pregnant with my 2nd and had such terrible all-day sickness for 4 months, it started getting to me mentally. I didn't much care for that.

But what a great gift from Linda!

Sharon said...

It's always wonderful to receive surprises in the mail. Sorry about the job interview!

Coral said...

Did you explain in the job interview why were a bit scatty? I would have, it may have helped.

Your meme was really great, may I copy it?

Anna van Schurman said...

Go for it, Coral!

staci said...

Congrats on a wonderful surprise! So sorry that things are rough...I'm sending you lots of happy thoughts :)

Jacque said...

WOW! You've been through the ringer for sure! So sorry about the surgery, but under the circumstances, I'd have done the same.

Craft Wench said...

I love the reason behind your blog's name.

Hope that finger feels better soon.

xsquared said...

Sorry about the phone interview. Those are my worst nightmare, because I hate talking on the phone.

I'll be pinching this meme - don't have much going on to write about ;)

Chelle said...

Bummer about the phone interview! Been there, done that. Only I didn't have an excuse. Fortunately my latest round of interviews went well and I'll be employed again next month.

I might have to borrow your meme. It might even inspire me to blog. Wow.

And still no finger details. I'll read on...

Michelle said...

What a sweetie! I'm so sorry to hear about the phone interview...it's hard to pull it together when you've got so much going on. The perfect job for you is out there though, I'm sure of it! And maybe if you have another one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days, you could move to Australia. ;)

Jenna said...

I'm not so good on the phone, so I know I'd blow something like that. I'm sorry that you feel you didn't do well. I hope that you were able to explain your situation to them, but I guess I'll find out if you got a second chance as I continue reading your posts.