Monday, August 3, 2015

Idiot Summer

It started with the three sunburns. Although, maybe that's just one manifestation of it. I don't know. I don't know much of anything at the moment.

See, I've discovered that this summer I've turned into a complete idiot.

I already mentioned how I forgot to bring a chair to the farmer's market I did a couple weeks back. I did not mention how I managed to scrape the side of my car so bad that I could not open the passenger side door. How did I scrape my car? I misjudged the turn in the garage. Of course, you'd think I could manage to park my car in the garage I always park my car in, wouldn't you?

A couple days later I did something I've never done before. I locked my keys in my car. And didn't realize it until hours later.

It's gotten so bad I've started labeling my mishaps #IdiotSummer on Twitter.

The reason I'm mentioning any of this has to do with a discovery I made the other night. You've all seen the pillow I knit to prop up my ereader...


This pillow, while useful for things like keeping my knitting patterns propped up, has never really worked for its intended purpose. I wanted something to prop up my ereader so I wouldn't have to hold it while reading in bed.

The problem: I discovered that I like my ereader to be at an angle.


(The above pillow worked great with my old Nook, but the newer version goes all the way to the bottom of the device, so this pillow ends up covering up the last couple lines, making it annoying to use.)

But just a couple nights ago, I tried something different...


So, the thing I knit so long ago... can actually be used for its intended purpose...


I won't make this any worse by trying to figure out how to embed a gif here.

So...done anything interesting this summer?

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  1. Sorry about your car! Dinging your own car like that just sucks.
    At least your eReader pillow works now.

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  2. Oh my! You are having a very interesting summer. Love the e-reader pillow!

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    1. "Interesting" in a not so good way. Makes for a good blog post, though.

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  3. Oh I locked my keys in the car more than once-a few years ago. It sounds like you are having a bit of Murphy's law. We have just had another kitty to the vet for a cold and the car needed brakes and exhaust so always something money wise which bugs the hell out of me. Kitty is doing better and car is all fixed. The e-reader pillow looks good and should work well

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  4. When we first moved into our new house, I repeatedly locked myself out of it. I decided to blame the house, though.

    I haven't locked my keys in the car in a long time. It wouldn't matter much anymore if I did. The back windows just unzip, so I could always just climb in and get them. Which may or may not have been a deciding factor in choosing that particular vehicle.

    Sorry about your car...hope the tide turns for you soon!

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  5. My first thought was what Paula wrote, Oh my! It has been an interesting summer for you. At least you'll have something to mention when school resumes and you are asked "how did you spend your summer vacation." Let's hope the rest of summer goes a little bit smoother :)

    betty

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  6. Is it hot where you live? Maybe it's the heat playing with your brain. :P

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    1. Not crazy hot. Just normal summer heat. But yeah, I could blame it on the heat.

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  7. Okay, I'm curious--why do you like your ereader to be at an angle?

    The only thing saving me from locking my keys in my car is that it can't happen...my doors won't lock without the key fob! But I've had many, many periods of time like that. I say it's just a sign that we have too much going on and we need a beach vacation!

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    1. If I'm lying on my side, I like the book to be almost even with my eyes. If it's straight up and down, I find that I'll tilt my head at an uncomfortable angle to read it. (If I'm on my back, having it upright is fine.)

      Beach vacation? Considering that I can reach the beach in 20 minutes if I want to go (and how badly I burn), a trip to the beach is not a vacation for me.

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  8. If it makes you feel any better, the other day I was reading a post by some guy about the time his keyfob wouldn't unlock the car and he called a locksmith to help him. Even though he still had the keys. So that's definitely worse than locking your keys in the car :). And hey, you figured out how to put your ereader at an angle. Just do like I do and pretend you thought it up right away.

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  9. The e-reader pillow is very cool.

    You are having a an off summer. I’ve never locked my keys in the car, but I’ve locked myself out of my house. Very embarrassing.

    I live in a tourist area, so there’s something going on every day throughout the summer. Tonight it’s the Best Pizza Competition, tomorrow it’s the Ice Cream Bowl, the next day it’s movies on The Common. You get the idea. Never a dull moment.

    VR Barkowski

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  10. I accidentally drove down a one way street on Saturday. It was so embarrassing.

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  11. I knew a girl who wrote her car off (no exaggeration) because she swerved to avoid a coconut on her driveway so don't feel too bad. It's Winter here and I've just been in a bad mood the whole time.

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  12. Nah my "summer" (although it's winter here) has pretty much been dominated by writing, editing, publishing and crocheting.

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    1. Sounds a bit like my winters. Although more knitting than crocheting, and not (yet) the publishing part.

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  13. I've done the garage thing, if it makes you feel any better.
    I have an ereader but can't seem to stop buying books in the regular format!

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    1. I'm in the process of getting rid of many of my physical books.

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  14. I've done the same thing to my car, and more than once. All the damages that I have done to my car has been at speeds less than 5mph. One of my tail lights has been covered with red tail light tape for over a year and a half.

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  15. Yeh I can't remember how many times I have locked the keys in the car...so many in fact that I looked into having some lessons in breaking and entering so I could make good use of a wire hanger.

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  16. I've been feeling like an idiot more than usual, too. I'm normally an "everything in its place" kind of gal, and lately I've been leaving things wherever I drop them, so then I have to go looking around. Ugh!

    Nothing like some knitted object to cheer us up, though!

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    1. Knitting usually helps. Except when it, too, makes me feel like an idiot. (Just last night...)

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  17. Oh goodness. What a Summer, Liz! Hope the rest of August goes easy on ya.

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