stitching, the flu, and another terrible movie

I didn’t get as much done this weekend, because I had either the flu or a really terrible cold, and for most of the weekend I wasn’t up to anything more strenuous than lying in bed and sipping Gatorade. I woke up with a sore throat on Friday, but thought it might just be a reaction to the incredibly poor air quality, from the wildfires. Plus, I didn’t know anyone who was sick; and I almost never get colds or flu in summer.

Well, Saturday put paid to that notion. When I woke up my throat felt like it had a flaming golf ball stuck in it, and after I’d been awake about an hour I started to feel lightheaded and achy all over. Hello, fever! The best part? I had no fluids in the house besides milk, and really nothing I could eat if I was sick, except for some crackers. There are times when being without a car really kind of sucks, and when you’re running a 101-degree fever and need some clear fluids is one of them.

So I got on my feet, and ever so slowly biked the mile or so down to the closest grocery store, loaded up on Gatorade, Coke, 7-Up, cough and Vitamin C drops (I know they don’t really make you any better, but it helps my throat to be sucking on anything, and it’s marginally more healthy than candy, even if it does have about the same amount of sugar) and chicken soup. Then I slooowly biked home, and collapsed into bed and barely moved for the next several hours; except to call the ‘rents and ask if Advil is a fever reducer (it is), because I don’t keep Tylenol in the house.

The fever broke Saturday evening, and now I’m just snotty and tired. It’s been 72 hours so I shouldn’t be contagious anymore, so I went ahead and came into work.

This weekend’s terrible movie was Strangeland on IFC, which was written by and starred Dee Snider. It’s about a killer stalking teens through the internet and is 10 years old, so of course it was totally hilarious. It’s filled with revelations, like did you know that people sometimes misrepresent themselves online?! And if you go into a chatroom, everyone in there will somehow be from your hometown. Also, Colorado suburbs are so blasé that a guy with multiple facial piercings and tattoos can just wander around unremarked.

Vote for McCain or I’ll kidnap you and give you a Prince Albert!

And that’s what the killer does to the teens: locks them in cages and gives them “body art”, in between torturing them with pseudo-philosophical blather like “We must all go through a rite of passage, and it must be physical, it must be painful, and it must leave a mark”. I’ll take the piercings, please. Also Dee, aren’t you like 50? Why are you ranting about “rites of passage”?? It’s like Dee Snider got pissed at Generation X for growing up and no longer being impressed with a fright wig and some badly applied make-up. These kids today, with their crazy pierced genitalia and tattoos! I’ll show them how dangerous it all is!! It makes sense once you realize that Dee Snider is a Republican (trufax, he campaigned for Schwarzenegger and performed at his inauguration).

I fell asleep about 2/3 of the way through, after Dee got lynched by some angry townfolk, so I don’t know how it ended. I can only assume he rose from the dead and extracted some bloody vengeance, before being dispatched by Lindsay Weir (Oh, Linda Cardellini, did you really need the money THAT badly?). Perhaps he continued stalking teens in their dreams, or maybe I just think that since Robert Englund, aka Freddy Kreuger in a zillion movies, was a member of the aforementioned mob.

ETA: How on earth did I become one of the top Google Image listings for “Dee Snider”?? This is disturbing.

variegated floss cross stitch sampler work-in-progress: 2

I didn’t get as much done this weekend as I’d wanted to; I had to work Saturday, and the less said about Sunday the better. It involved a bicycle tire innertube that had a busted seam 48 hours after I purchased it, a lot of yelling, and a trip to the bike repair place. I got maybe 3 1/2 hours in on Sunday evening.

butterfly embroidery pillowcase and variegated floss sampler work-in-progress: 1

I’ve been working on this pillowcase for my grandmother for months–I gave her the first one for Christmas. Satin stitching is my most-hated stitch (every stitcher has one), and after working on these pillowcases and another pair for my brother (which appears to have gotten lost in the mail >_<), I don’t want to do any more fucking satin stitch for quite a while.

Detail:

So after that, it was a relief to finally start a cross stitch project. I started this yesterday. It’s a sampler done entirely with variegated floss, so the colors darken and lighten and darken again as you stitch. The flash washed it out, but the cloth is actually quite a bit darker than it appears. I thought that would contrast nicely with the bright colors.

My next project was supposed to be a wedding sampler for my sister and her fiancé, but I can’t get the software to work on my computer. However, I got it installed on my mother’s computer last Christmas, when I bought it, so maybe it will be a Christmas present instead.

I also bought an embroidery book at Borders this weekend — actually I ordered it almost a month ago, and kept forgetting to pick it up: Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts: Wooly Embroidery. There are some really adorable designs in there and I can’t wait to try some, but it will probably have to wait until fall. Wooly embroidery is really not something that’s very enjoyable in hot weather.