My Trusted Assistant, Sidekick, and Best Bud

Isn’t Walter the cutest? He sits behind me on the chair (taking up most of the seat) while I am working (or playing) on my computer.

And here’s some Harvey love. He is doing much better on his anti-anxiety meds. He has been very calm during grandma Chris’ visit.

Happy Birthday, Ringer!

Abandoned Wild Babies Animal Rescue (AWBAR) of Lockport, IL rescues and rehabilitates small animals such as raccoons, ducks, rabbits, and squirrels. They are fundraising for medical expenses, shelter, and food. AWBAR is a member of Etsy for Animals and a great friend to wildlife. They are celebrating the fifth birthday of Ringer, their blind raccoon, who sadly lost his eyesight after being abused. Luckily, AWBAR nursed Ringer back to health and has given him a safe and loving home since he cannot be released back into the wild.

To help raise funds, AWBAR is selling t-shirts with their very adorable logo (featuring Ringer, of course!) Please buy an AWBAR t-shirt or one of the other great products in their shop.

Buy an AWBAR t-shirt!
Thanks to Amanda Smith of AWBAR for permission to use Ringer’s birthday photo!

Viper Scale

Here’s my Viper Scale bracelet made during a class with Marilyn Gardiner. Marilyn’s kits use hefty, substantial jump rings, so the bracelet is thick and wide. It’s a striking piece, and I’ve worn it nearly every day since I completed it.

Because I’ve been doing chain maille for a relatively long time and have mastered a number of weaves, I take it for granted that I can understand the patterns and make quick work of the pieces. The Viper Scale, though, was the hardest I’ve done since Jen’s Pinds. (My bracelet does have one mistake, but I’m not telling what it is!)


Sloane Update

Sloane is still hiding in the corner of the guest room behind George’s bike and eating very little if at all. The blood work came back normal, so George sent a sample out for a valley fever test. The internal specialist at his work said the best guess is that stress is causing Sloane’s symptoms.

So That’s Why My Dissertation Isn’t Finished Yet

As reported in yesterday’s Chronicle of Higher Education, an informal study in Nature magazine indicates that up to 20% of academics have taken pharmaceuticals (specifically Ritalin, Provigil, or beta blockers) to increase their brain power–memory, concentration, and focus. Maybe if I had engaged in such pursuits, my dissertation would be finished!

Instead of the dangerous and addictive path of drug use, I’ve decided to hire a statistical consultant to help me finish my data analysis. While not dangerous and not addictive, the consultant is certainly as expensive if not more expensive than the misused prescription drugs.

Can you hear the change in my tin cup banging?