Spent the morning messing with the sidebar (and dyeing stuff). The "patterns and how-to" section was getting too long to be useful. Now patterns have a separate section, as does lace knitting. Added some links to food, mostly the chocolate and apple jack posts. Let me know if there are any links that don't work.
A few notes from the far side:
-thanks to those who pointed out that upping my thyroid meds on my own would ultimately draw the attention of the doctors. I know that. My pharmacy in particular is bad about rationing every last damn pill, to the point you can't even refill a prescription (even for the non-dangerous, non-addictive stuff) until a week or two before the numbers say it's expired. Tuesday I'm going to be making an appointment with another doctor to discuss things (Monday the military is closed for Columbus Day; if you want to declare war on Nebraska, that's the day to do it). One of the topics of the discussion will be, "I've upped my dosage. Deal with it or offer damn good reasons why I can't." So they will know. They may not like it, they may not like how I'll tell them, but they will know. Fairly soon. Even when I quit meds, I try to notify them and keep it documented; in the long run it makes things much easier, especially for the rare doctor who actually reads my medical records. What with the chronic pain, tinkering with my medication is a fairly common thing. But I do realize it's good for them to have some idea what's going on. (Plus if I'm honest all the time, it looks better on the rare occasion when weird stuff happens.)
-thanks also to those offering info and ideas on the Goober and her gifted status. The husbeast and I were both 'gifted' kids who were largely ignored by the school system because we already knew everything, and we both pretty much slept through grade school. I am hellbent on avoiding that with the Goober. Either we'll put her forward a couple grades, put her in a gifted program, SOMETHING. Home schooling is a possibility, lurking at the back of my head, but I'd rather avoid it, for several reasons (social for her, wanting some time to go back to school myself for me). A friend of mine, ages ago, had a daughter who was good at math. REALLY good at math. She kept her daughter in regular public school, though in a gifted program, and then also enrolled her in math classes at the local college. By the time her daughter graduated from HS, she'd maxed out the teaching abilities of the University of Virginia math department, and had full scholarship offers from several really good schools. I forget if the kid wound up going to Stanford or MIT. But every time she had a fit over clothes or boys or dates, her mother would think "Thank god, she's normal." That solution comes to mind whenever the Goober comes out with something brilliant; public school and the local college. Many college professors are thrilled to take on a gifted kid as a private student, one-on-one. My mother-in-law is a retired teacher at both public school and private college level, and I'm sure will be very helpful. Mostly, at this stage, I keep throwing information at her and we'll see how school goes, when we get there. Though I'd like to start her in kindergarten next year. Again, we'll see. That depends most on her social skills when she hits age four, and how annoying the school system is, wherever we move to. (That's another deal - the Goob will not be going to public school in South Carolina. Ever. Over my rotting corpse.)
Otherwise, I'll be spending the rest of the day knitting, and possibly, at long last, finishing some stuff that's been laying around here WAY TOO LONG. Photos will be posted if events shake out as expected.