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1. Jim is driving.

In our nine years together, he's driven exactly once -- he had to get us back from Michigan in '99 because I got food poisoning at my cousin's wedding. But now he's going to be taking care of his mom on his own for the rest of the week, so he's been doing some test driving of her car (under my skillful guidance) back and forth to the nursing facility. He was pretty tense about it, but he's a natural behind the wheel. I predict that by tomorrow, he'll be cruising along, getting a driver tan on his left arm, cranking the Zeppelin.

2. I am knitting.

I've never done this before. My craftiness has always been more of the glitter-n-glue variety -- I've never really attempted the fabric arts. But I've got a lot more long-ass bus rides to Peoria in my future, and I've been wanting something portable to both occupy my time and give me a sense of accomplishment, so I asked my crafty sister-in-law to teach me how to knit. (She knows a thing or two about knitting -- her "8-ball Tea Cozy" pattern is in the Stitch 'N Bitch Nation book.) She found a copy of La Biblia for me at the Peoria Goodwill, set me up with a skein of acrylic (for practicing) and a couple of needles, and showed me how to knit.

I dig it. I am very slow and still have to think through the four steps -- in through the front door, run around the back, out through the window, off jumps Jack -- but I'm getting the hang of it. It's all I can think about right now, actually. I love learning new skills!

3. I like ice cream.

I've been lactose intolerant for most of my life, so I haven't really had ice cream since my teens. I've learned to live without it, and I've never really missed it. (Frozen yogurt is not a problem for me, for some reason.) I used to keep Lactaid pills on hand, but they would expire before I used them up, so I just quit buying them and learned to deal. No big whoop.

Or so I thought. One of the big (or only) things to do in Peoria is get soft-serve treats from Emo's. The opening of Emo's every spring is an event of such import in this town that the local TV stations send news crews to cover it. And Jim's mom lives a block from Emo's. So I've been gulping Lactaid pills and snarfing down caramel sundaes and chocolate-vanilla swirl cones with alarming frequency. It is so good, but it is not good. I was much happier believing I could not eat ice cream. Damn you, Emo!

Which leads me to....

4. I'm going to start riding my bike.

My bike's been in storage for eight years, but a couple weeks ago I got it tuned up and bought a new lock and helmet. My goal is to ride at least three times a week before work all summer long, as my gym has been shut down until its new location opens in August or September.

I used to ride a lot when I lived in Oak Park, but I've been way too freaked out by the horrifying bike accidents of friends and acquaintances the past few years to ride in the city. But, hey, thousands of people ride in Chicago every day and don't get maimed or killed, so I figure it's time to toughen up. Cautiously.

So, what's new with you?

Replies: 7 Confessions

good news--after a night at the hospital lynn is back at riverview! jimmie beat me and the amubulance to the hospital last night--i think i see NASCAR in his future! Have left him a list on his blog of fun things to do in peoria while you guys are here..i know there is not much free time after visiting lynn--but this friday is Five Spot Jazz--it is really really cool! I hope he goes.....and there are several other items for you guys to check out...according to him he is bored out of his mind while here.......we may be small but with a little effort (and being able to drive) there are great things to do here!! chris

chris hardine @ 05/28/2008 12:23 PM CST

Hey Amy- The kids and I just got back from the zoo in Peoria-it is nice since it is so close to Aunt Lynn's house (just down the road on Prospect)Plus it is small so if Jimmy wanted to take a break from the hospital he could toatlly go there and walk around for an hour or so....just a thought on something for him to do since he is here all week. Or Wildlife Prairie park has some great hiking trails-I know we spend hours on end out there some days! Let me know if you want some more ideas...Lakeview Museum is neat too!

Jessica Dobra @ 05/28/2008 03:12 PM CST

I totally had to run and grab my SABN book to see the tea cozy. It's fabulous. I'm hopeless at knitting anything but scarves. I did make myself a new knitting tote though, and bought lots of pretty yarn and fancy knittin' sticks. ;)
I look forward to seeing your stuff.

I am also afraid to ride my bike. Be careful and wear your ugly-ass helment!

Best wishes to your family.

amy_b @ 05/28/2008 04:52 PM CST

as I live and breathe I never thought I'd see the day Jima driving, next thing you know rev. spork'll be driving and then what are we gonna do?

That emo's will make you suffer any gastrointestinal distress.

And the bike, that's a good thing to do. reduce your carbon footprint even more. ;) I been on my bike almost 1600miles since february and I feel great, I bet you will too.

eighmie @ 05/31/2008 03:08 PM CST

OK, now I gotta get back on my m-b. I had rationalized that since I'm only 1.6 miles from where I work, I wouldn't save that much in gas anyhow, and the days I couldn't ride, rain, schedule, etc, means I REALLY wouldn't make much of a dent, but who knows, there is going to be that last pound of carbon someplace that is the tipping point, and I might be the one who produces it by driving to work. So, OK, OK, I'll start riding again.

JT Elder @ 06/01/2008 06:24 AM CST

I miss biking to work and am annoyed I won't be able to get back on my bike till aug/sept. I also miss biking to Devon Market with the trailer and biking home with a week's worth of food.

The S-n-B book is a great book. I learned shaping, grafting, and how to do a proper mattress seam from it.

Hope your weekend is good. We are in NM for MC's mother's memorial service. bah.

shechemist @ 06/01/2008 09:30 AM CST

Hey, I've been riding my bike in RP a lot more in recent months, mostly due to gas prices, but the weather and my waistline are notable factors.

Anyway, I have found that choosing routes carefully helps with the scare factor a LOT. So take a look around at side streets, if you haven't already. I assume you're enjoying the weather on your bike these days? Happy riding!

Thomas Westgard @ 06/19/2008 01:33 PM CST

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