It is with enormous regret that I pass on the following email from my sister Erin (mother of my 4 year old nephew Hank.)
It is with great sadness we regret to inform you that Bruce the Fish passed away peacefully today at home, in his bowl. He will be sadly missed by Erin, who never cleaned his tank, and Hank, who regularly over-fed him. Bruce had a short life, and not a very happy one since Baby the Cat joined the family. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that cash donations be dropped off at the above mentioned address.
PS. I do not recommend the fish flushing funeral technique (recommended to me by Jack) as Hank will no longer sit on the toilet.
PSS. The fish has actually been dead for 2 days , but I let Hank believe that Bruce was sleeping due to a busy work schedule. (I have no time for death)
I know that you will all join me in a moment of silence for Bruce The Fish and also send Erin our very best wishes as she attempts to quickly undo the damage done to Hanks fragile toiletting routine. I know that I speak for every mother out there when I say, from the bottom of my heart..."Thanks Jack".
The mittens are coming along.
My boredom with them has passed and I am once again enamoured of their smart little star motifs and exciting pointy tops. Assuming that I don't get distracted again, that the grief I feel over the tragic loss of Bruce doesn't prevent me from finishing, we can assume that the end is in sight, though I wouldn't go getting married to the idea that they will be finished tomorrow or anything drastic like that. I laugh in the face of predictability. I mock deadlines. I am...well, apparently not very reliable. Sorry about that.
Today we shower the generous with more gifts. The super folks at Lion Brand have donated gifts for members of TSF. (Isn't it nice when yarn people share? Does a woman good to see yarn freely given like that. When I run the world, much of the yarn will be free.)
3 balls Moonlight Mohair in "Tundra" (enough for a scarf) is going out to Rabbitch! (I suppose there will be no confusion about *which* Rabbitch that might be.)
4 balls Landscapes in "Country sunset" to Siri! (again...probably not going to be a whole whack of Siri's beating down my door)
3 balls of Magic stripes sock yarn (1 ball makes 1 Pair of socks)
One each going to: Joanna S., Caroline L (who assured me that entering her in the draw was completely pointless. Snork. The fates disagree), and Tara S.
Risa has generously donated a copy of Jacqueline Fee's Sweater Workshop and it will be winging it's way to Katherine C. (ps. Look at Risa's babies in the top left of her blog. Dangerously cute.)
I have emailed all parties concerned.
There is much, much more...but there's only so much merriment and happiness we should be engaging in during the period of mourning that Bruce The Fish so richly deserves. Note: Bruce was only a fish, so I intend to mourn pretty briefly. Probably just until Hank will sit on the toilet again. Peace out.