Friday, May 30, 2008

Technology sucks

C’mon, you know I’m right. Sometimes, anyway.

We wanted to move a television from the bedroom to a spare room we are now calling The Den. Sounds trĂ©s sophisticated, doesn’t it? There’s a hodgepodge of furniture in there: A wicker trunk stands in for a coffee table, one of those cheap folding tables serves as an end table and a director’s chair is one of the seating options. The television cost more than all the other pieces in that room combined.

But I digress.

In order to move the television, we had to have a technician come to crawl under our house and move the cable. Some people probably could have done this themselves. Believe me, if you’ve ever crawled under our house you would agree it was worth 50 bucks to have someone else do it.

It’s now all hooked up and the picture is great and we can hear Brian Williams at 6:30 p.m., just as we’d hoped. But this morning I tried playing a DVD, just to see if it worked, and – well, the picture shows up just fine, but Joe Scarborough’s voice was coming out of my granddaughter’s mouth.

Not pretty. Funny, but definitely not what I expected.

Some experimenting is in order. After I run, mow the yard, put the bedroom back together and maybe, maybe, wash the car. Or maybe the experiment will have to wait until tomorrow.

As promised, here’s a photo of the most recent wee knitting project.

Yeah, I know it looks like radioactive dog waste. But really, it’s an adorable and tiny tug toy for an adorable and tiny dog. His mom says she takes his toys away as soon as they get frayed. I hope she’ll let him chew this one to bits. A little fiber is good for the diet. Heh.

And his poop will look like radioactive dog waste!

(To make the toy, using wool yarn and large needles, loosely knit a tube of approximately 20 stitches for approximately 10 inches. Sew both ends shut. Throw it in the washing machine with a low water level, a little dish detergent and the temperature set on hot wash/cold rinse.

While it’s still wet, tie an overhand knot in each end of the tube. If the fabric looks dense enough to you, throw it in the dryer and you’re done. If you think it could be a little more felted – you don’t want to be able to see individual knitting stitches – toss it back in for another session in the washer.

Eventually it will look like dog waste. I promise!)

1 comment:

Grumpy Chair said...

Awww how cute. That little dog of her's is so handsome.