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Pollyanna’s New Look

All I can say is, it’s about time!

(Lyda must agree – we tinkered with it together via long distance).

There may be further tinkering with details, but I think we’ll go with this for a while.


Pollyanna Rainbow Sunshine and the Homework of Despair

Hi I’m Lyda, reporting in from Southern California (where I live in Orange County about 60 miles from LA as the crow flies – or 2 to 3 hours as the commuter drives).  Just got off the phone with my new partner in blog crime, and I’ve been instructed to “post something!”

So, instead of finishing my paper that’s due Friday for my graduate class, I’m posting this.  (Hey, procrastination is an underappreciated gift.)  The homework isn’t really bad, it’s just plentiful.  I’ve been in graduate school for 6 months, studying for my masters in psychology. 

I work full-time at a Huge Educational Institute, mostly doing complex and amazing things with numbers (you should be impressed) and trying not to run amok too often.  Work is like a laboratory class for school.  I’m studying psychology – you get the idea.

I’m a single mom of one teenager, the Resident Sith Master.  Tommy the cat is his Sith apprentice and is trying to kill me by tripping me in the hallway and by keeping me from sleeping through the night.  (My son is a great guy and not reallly a Sith… but I’m not sure about the cat.)  Right now, Sith Master’s best friend (who mysteriously wants to be known as Chuck Norris, I have no explanation for this) is here and they are – surprise! – playing video games.  Together they plan to some day rule the video game empire, and make millions.  They promise to buy me a house and servants.  Maybe I’ll even get a pony.

My needlecraft is quilting, which started with a baby quilt for my son 17 years ago and grew into an obsession.  I have two quilt tops cut out right now in the closet which are supposed to be gifts for Anna-Liza’s boys.  As they are now 3 and 5, you can see I’ve been a bit busy lately… hope I finish them before the boys graduate from medical school.

I am a bit of a hermit (a bit!  Hah!) and would rather be home quilting or puttering in my garden than cruising So Cal hot spots.  This may be why I’m not dating, ya’ll think?  (I’m from Texas originally.)

Anna-Liza and I met in college and discovered mutual interests in men, chocolate, and the general weirdness of humans.

So, anyway, hi!  I’d better get back to the Paper of Immenseness, but I’ll be back soon!

Pollyanna meets the Blogiverse

…. 3 …. 2 …. 1 ….

The blog is launched. Houston, the blog is launched.

 This is going to be a knitblog. Also a quiltblog. Also the random tangents of two friends with way too much dirt on each other to ever let the friendship die.

 We’ll probably have a little firespinning and Burning Man-related stuff in here. Just pick out what you like and leave the rest.

I’m Anna-Liza, and Lyda will post her own introduction as soon as she realizes the blog is up and running. She’s a grad student, single mom, and working full-time into the bargain, so it could be a while.

I am a not-single mom, working, and knitting whenever I can sit still for a few minutes with my hands free. Don’t get a lot done some weeks, but I make up for it by reading lots of knitblogs and downloading patterns the number of which, if I have to knit all of them before I die, pretty much guarantees I’ll live to be 164 or so.

I’m mid-forties, short, a little pudgy ’round the middle but still look pretty good with clothes on. Oldest child 21, youngest 3. Don’t look at me like that–there are only four of them, two to a marriage. My husband and two oldest children are firespinners. I’m an educated fire show audience member.

Lyda and I met in college, had a lot of adventures, ended up in different parts of the country, and are still best friends after … well, you know my age, so I might as well ‘fess up. 26 years. When we realized that we’d let year 25 go by without celebrating, we decided we’d better come up with some reason to stay in touch more often. Then I went and addicted her to blog-reading, and well, now another blog has been born. Overpopulation may be a problem, but we’re hoping to make this one a keeper.

 She isn’t a knitter yet, but she will be assimilated.