Knitting by Blind Faith

A Delightful Anniversary
Friday, July 25, 2008, 6:37 am
Filed under: Life,Special Moments

RAM and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary last Saturday. Before I get to that, a quick update.

I finished my first pair of socks. I decided to do something other than the Jaywalkers and have a post in progress with details and my pattern. With everything going on, I haven’t actually had time to finish the post and hope too soon, along with photos.

I also finally got my hair cut and donated a whopping 16 inches of my hair to Locks of Love. It feels odd having hair to only just above the shoulders, but I am really enjoying the manageability.

Now, to the anniversary.

RAM and I took four days off and enjoyed a “staycation”. We spent Thursday troubleshooting the mess I had inadvertently made of my computer. My antivirus program had decided that my screen reader, which is used to translate the computer screen into synthesized speech and Braille (if a Braille display is connected) was a harmful program and decided to block it. This rendered my computer useless, and we had to fight to uninstall and reinstall the antivirus software.

At the same time, I had bought RAM a new computer for his birthday, which he badly needed. He was finishing up the transition from the old computer to the new one. You might think this was a boring day, but since we are both techies, we actually had fun.

On Friday, we took a day cruise on the ocean. This was Joy’s first cruise, and she loved it. We ate a delicious brunch and spent time out on deck enjoying the day.

Joy sits on deck.

Joy sits on deck.

I had started a pair of socks for RAM on the bus that morning, and got to knit a few rounds on the ship.

There is also a casino on the boat, and we had fun playing the two-cent machines. We ended up playing $40, and I won back $20 of it, so not a bad day. We don’t do this often, but when we do, we have fun.

What amazed me were the other passengers who recommended that we sign up for some sort of card where you could earn bonuses for gambling. When we told them that the last time we were on the boat was two and a half years ago, they laughed in our faces.

As I listened to them talk among themselves, both this time and on past trips, I heard stories of how they would lose thousands and thousands of dollars in one night. I can’t help but think how sad that is. If they just want to throw the money away anyway, let it do some good in the world! Give it to the Church or to charity.

When we got home, I cooked dinner, and we watched “Definitely Maybe”, which we never got to see in the theatre. We toasted our anniversary at midnight.

We got up early Saturday, and met RAM’s parents for breakfast. After that, we relaxed by the pool for a while and got ready for dinner when the weather clouded up. We had dinner at Courtine’s, a local French restaurant that is simply divine. Their house salad dressing, a creamy garlic, was so good that I told them they should bottle it. Turns out, a lot of people had the same idea and now they do! Of course, I couldn’t leave without bringing a jar home.

On Sunday, we left for Orlando after church. Of course, I knit all during the car ride. We stayed at a pet-friendly motel so that Peace could join us. We celebrated RAM’s birthday at Charley’s Steakhouse. (Did you notice that our anniversary and RAM’s birthday are a day apart? This was on purpose. Am I smart, or what? hehehe) We had been planning a trip like this for a while. I had wanted to take him to Charley’s on his birthday, but we wanted to wait for his birthday to fall on a weekend to do it. The fact that this year happened to be the year, and that it fell right into our little staycation, was just too awesome.

On Monday, we went to AES to look for a new microphone for one of our ham radios. They didn’t have the microphone, but they did have a Yaesu FT817, which RAM had been drooling over for a long time. The appeal of an FT817 is that it’s a QRP rig. This means that it only transmits up to 5 watts output, which is not very much power. (For reference, it can take 100 watts to power a light bulb in your house.) The challenge to using this radio is to hope for the right atmospheric conditions to talk all over the world with this tiny amount of power. The radio is also portable, so he can use it anywhere.

RAM had surprised me with an anniversary present–we weren’t supposed to exchange presents this year because of our little vacation–so I insisted that it was finally time for him to have his radio.

My present was a little piece of technology called a Victor Reader Stream. As the world is going digital, so are talking and Braille books provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a division of the Library of congress. This little player reads all NLS books, as well as specially copy-protected books from other organizations that make books available to those with documented print disabilities. The player is also compatible with, a commercial online source for audiobooks. It can also read text files and web pages.

Being an avid Braille reader, I hadn’t given the text to speech options much of a shot until I got my first laptop, and it wasn’t always convenient to connect a Braille display. Now, I see possibilities. I could download digital knitting books, patterns, and instructions, and have them read aloud as I carry them out. This is just like having another person reading instructions as I do them. Not to mention I can read virtually ANYTHING and still knit at the same time! Now, that is cool.

I was excited, dreaming of all those possibilities. I knew the package would be waiting for us when we came home. But for my knitting, I probably would have died from excitement. As it was, I had the rest of the leg, heel flap, and heel turn to keep me busy on the way home.

The weather was rainy Tuesday, so we took care of some paperwork and spent the day lounging around the house. I finished the gussets and started the foot for RAM’s first sock in between RAM and I troubleshooting why my antivirus program was blocking certain e-mails and working on more paperwork I had let fall through the cracks.

Wednesday, I came back to work and have been running ever since. RAM’s first sock will be finished by the weekend (if I don’t have time before then). (Of course, now I have this sinking feeling that I don’t have enough yarn. It’s a top-down sock, so I may have to frog.) I am looking forward to seeing the girls at Knit Night again soon. I don’t live far from where we meet, and I’m excited because the sidewalks are all finished. I can’t wait to be able to mix in some walking exercise with my knitting fun.

Until next time!

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Wow! You’ve been busy! I’ve been looking into books on tape too….knitting and reading don’t work for me. Some people make it work, but not me! Glad technology is out there to help you!!!

Comment by leah

I have been wondering where you were! How exciting to get the victor reader stream. I am so happy about th possibilities this will open to you.
16 inches of hair!!!I have never had 16 inches of hair. That is so amazing. I smile thinking of someone getting your hair and the blessing that will be!
I am having a contest soon so stop by!

Comment by addictedtoknitting

What a wonderful time spent and fruitful for both of you. You looked so tanned and relaxed at knit night too. It sounds like nothing will be keeping you back from enjoying reading, knitting and challeging yourself with new patterns. See you Thursday. You are an inspiration

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