Wednesday, April 26, 2006

My new faucet

Faucet Two
Originally uploaded by emtkatydid.
My husband and I are useful. We know how to put new faucets in! This is the "Kate's sink" faucet, the "Chris' sink" faucet is on my flickr pages ( It's pretty. Now if only I could make the focus right....I have a lot of work to do with my camera!

The packaged sockpal socks

The socks!
Originally uploaded by emtkatydid.
Here are the socks, all labeled up and ready to go. They have a long journey...I hope they don't get too cold!

Sockpal Socks

Sockpal Socks
Originally uploaded by emtkatydid.
They are finally done! I finished them two nights ago, and didn't get around to photographing them until today. (Allow me to digress briefly about how NICE a LOT of the knitting photography on other peoples' blogs is. And how challenging it's been for me to take partially nice photos. Part of the challence is the built-in flash on my camera. When I am close enough to get the interesting details in my knitting, esp. in macro mode, the flash just washes out all the color. I'm looking at external flashes for my camera now. It's getting to that point where I really notice the performance of the flash. So it results in me feeling inadequate about posting knitting photos. Anyway.)

So the socks are done, and done BEFORE the deadline, which I must say is pretty impressive for a busy intern! Fortunately socks are just the right kind of project for me, they are easy to transport and not too obvious to work on during grand rounds and lectures. Also, people fuss over them, which is nice. I hope my sockpal loves her socks! They have lots of knowledge knitted in.

Now I have to find a few "goodies" to include with the package, and it will be ready to be sent off!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Scenes from the ER

"So, how much alcohol do you drink? A case a night?"

"Nooooo, not a case. Not anything like that."

"How much, then?"

"Oh, only about 10 beers a night."

"Uh. Hm. And how's that working out for you?"


"So what brings you to the emergency room this morning?"

"Well, I woke up with this weird rash. And I knew my doctor's office would be busy and I wouldn't be able to see anyone until like 2 pm, and I just didn't feel like waiting."

"So. . . you came to the EMERGENCY room?"



"I smoke about 2 packs per day of cigarettes, been doin' it for about 20 years."

"Have you thought about quitting?"

"Yeah, I used the nicotine patch for about a week. Worked good, I didn't want to smoke at all. But I stopped it."

"Why was that?"

"Oh, it made my chest feel funny. Kind of tight."

"Hmm. And how's your breathing been lately?"

"Not too good. My doctor says something about. . . emphysema? Something like that."

"I guess having shortness of breath and having to wear oxygen for the rest of your life would make your chest feel kind of funny, too, huh?"

(that smacking sound you hear is my hand impacting on my head. Over. . . and over . . . and over . . . )

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Still life of Socks and Two Paws

Still life of Socks and Two Paws
Originally uploaded by DrEtak.
Another pair of socks, made (for CA$H) for one of the psych social workers. It took me a while to get them finished, but happily they are now done. And I can GIVE THEM to her.

Sockpal Socks

Sockpal Socks
Originally uploaded by DrEtak.
Here are my sockpal socks! Finally, when I finished pediatrics I was able to get started on my socks. They are a nice soft yarn (Sirdar) and the pattern is mostly of my own design, though I think the lace pattern might be similar to Interweave Knits' Spring issue socks. Sock One is all finished and sock two is almost to the heel. I sure hope my pal likes them!