Monday, March 20, 2017

Where have I been?

Do you still read blogs?

I have found that most of the blogs I used to check on daily, are no longer active- or at least they aren't being actively updated.

I've spent the last 3 weeks trying to remember how to log into my blog. This blog. Clearly I have now figured that one out.

But that's beside the point. Because I haven't been posting. And there's at least one person who still follows this crazy page. And even though that one person is well up to date with what's been going on, there maybe another one of you out there wondering just what happened, or where I went.

So, to solve that mystery... the update: I moved back to Texas. I moved just as I was getting the hang of California, and enjoying the company of my co-workers. I moved. That's the short answer. There's a long answer that doesn't belong in the public eye, so you won't find that answer here. But I moved at the end of January.

I moved in with my parents in a rural part of North East Texas, where I have taken over their house with my many moving boxes.

The last post I had mentioned that I had gotten into dyeing yarn. I took a whole online class about it, and it was fun, and I hadn't planned on doing it as anything more than for myself...but it's so much fun that I can't control myself and have dyed too much. So I created an etsy page to sell the skeins I don't horde for myself. www.etsy.com/shop/aluyarns and I even created an Instagram @aluyarns to share the madness. Both of these are fantastic for me, minus the fact that the rural part of Texas that I moved to has very little internet access- so it's hard to update (In fact, I'm doing this blog update from the comfort of the good internet at work...hehehe...don't tell!)

So along with taking over my parents house with moving boxes, I have also taken over a corner of my dad's wood shop, which he is kindly letting me use as a yarn dyeing area. Of course we have to take turns on who uses the shop and when (so he doesn't get wood shavings in my yarn and I don't get dye particles in the air for him to breathe in).

There's more to the update: Of course, life and it's ever changing sense of humor has also thrown my existence for a loop. While I had moved back to Texas, and was looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and family and co-workers (I went back to the place I had been working at before the move to CA)- while visiting a very dear friend days after the move, I managed to have a slight medical emergency that landed me in the ER. The slight medical emergency lead to a discovery that no one was expecting. Especially not me.

Hydrocephalus.

If you look it up (google), it basically says that I'm either a baby or an old person and either way I should be dead-because it's a brain problem. Mine, is a tumor. A brain tumor, that they don't want to operate on right now. Which I'm fine with. But one day they may, and the side effects of brain surgery don't sound that great.

My brain has actually been suffering from Hydrocephalus for so long that it learned to adapt to the extra fluid that's hanging out in the ventricles- which is both awesome and not so good. It makes the surgery more complicated; but also not an emergency.

To cope with that, my tumor has a Twitter now: @hydrotumor

Yes, I named my tumor the angriest name I could come up with.

It's not really trying to kill me, contrary to what the Twitter page indicates- well at least not that I'm aware of. Although I was unable to say the word "doctor" this morning, and it kept coming out as "droct", so there maybe something happening. I'll be seeing my neuro-surgeon in about 3 weeks to have a follow up- so we'll see.

I'll be moving again at the end of May, closer to work, closer to civilization (read that: internet)- so I should be able to update more often (when I remember). But then again, if no one is reading, why should I update? And, since this was created more for drawing than yarn-ing, why should I update? I promise I still draw, just not as much as I once did. I'll post. I'm just not sure what the few folks who still follow me are interested in reading. Follow instagram for yarn, etsy if your interested in purchasing yarn and twitter if you want to read some not so funny tweets about a brain tumor trying to kill the host. But the blog isn't completely dead yet.  

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