Tuesday, September 30, 2008

How to Calculate the Molecular Mass of Hydrogen (A Bones Fan Fiction)

How to Calculate the Molecular Mass of Hydrogen

In the moments after they do not kiss, she sends certain known quantities of various types though her head. “Sine squared plus cosine squared equals one,” and “basic Pythagorean theorem brings us to this result.” It was easiest to start with math, with constants, to think that the angles of a triangle would always sum to one-hundred and eighty degrees. This is always the world.

The certain known quantities would broaden to certain known facts. “The Aztec calendar formed a fifty-two year century. The inhabitants of Machu Picchu were wiped out by small pox.” Then things would narrow to the relevant to a shinning point in which rationalities were inserted and a reminder was made that falling in love and all the complexities therein were a result of Phenylethylamine swirling around one’s brain. This is something that she believes not only in the moments after they did not kiss, but in all moments. Prairie voles and human beings are monogamous, although, not, of course, to the same degree of success.

In the moments after they do not kiss, the moments in which she goes through her day, she is glad. Their world views collide in the most cosmic of crashes. The universe will not, she believes, stretch onward towards infinity, out into the infinite abyss, which defies all to quantify it, to qualify it. The universe, like them, will close in on itself. This will be a catastrophe.

She is not, she thinks, like the prairie voles, monogamous by evolution. And, sitting across from her in the dinner, when he says that it’s crappy sex and talks about occupying the same point in space, she thinks about the single point that, in the end, the universe will occupy, atoms wrenched apart and thrown into one another, back to the original chaos. It will end like this.

One time, in the car on the way back from a crime scene involving copious amounts of sand, filled with memories of the earth birthing her after her entrapment in the car, she says things that she does not mean. Thinking of the earth pulling away from her in rivulets of fine granules, Booth pulling her upwards towards air, and the time she called him a hero; she thinks of Gilgamesh, hero king of Uruk – the first warrior of legend. And, this on her mind, she instead dives into the Sumerian story of the flood. “It predates the Judeo-Christian myth by centuries,” she says, waiting for the counterpoint with the vague knowledge that this is not what she meant to say.

His soliloquizing is always a source of confusion. The world is a clear place – the molecular mass of hydrogen is 2.0158g and will always be 2.0158g, just as love, of all sorts, of whatever sort this is, is a result of chemistry.

In the moments after they do not kiss sometimes she forgets this to be true.

Of course she knows mistletoe is a parasitic plant; the tradition of kissing under it coming from the Norse. She recalls these not being things she mentioned to Caroline in their moments of negotiations. Time is a constant except for where space bends. Even rooted in her biological sciences she knows this; that a kiss of five seconds is exactly five seconds. Feeling time has sped or slowed is only foolish.

These are the hours after they did kiss. The world snow-globes down flakes in gentle eddies. She has never loved someone the way she loves him, there and now, standing outside this stupid prison that’s replacing Peru, his automobile humming out electricity, making the light from the Christmas bulbs refract off the snow at angles she will calculate to get back into her head.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Awesome (or I Love My Kitty Sooooo Much!)

1. I got a new haircut. I like it a lot.

(Note: The hair-professional straightened my hair. It has not looked like it looks in this picture since the day of the haircut.)
2. Wow! Seth went to 7-Eleven to get milk and came back with this treat.

Even Lily wants a piece.

I want to say that Lily has been doing amazingly lately. Recently, she has begun to sit on my lap on furniture! This is a big deal when you think that a year ago Lily would always flinch when anyone stretched one's hand her way. Lily now likes to be picked up and cuddled, sit on my lap (on the floor first but now on furniture too), and be brushed. She flinches much less frequently, starts less often and is all around more relaxed seeming, which proves to me that you can love a pet enough to cure them of their past misfortunes.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Spun and Knitted

Over half of the Surfer's Paradise has been spun.

Also finished is the mitten I have been working on for Seth. I knit a little over half of it while watching copious amounts of the TV program Bones.

You'll notice something interesting about the mitten. It is way, way, way larger than any standard human hand. Seth thinks that this is perfect because it means that the mitten is for both of our hands together - we can hold hands and share this mitten.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

my current obsession

Look at how lovely the Surfer's Paradise roving is spinning up! I totally love it - it's going to look great with Glimmer, which I've already spun. These two yarns are going to make the most amazing mittens for Mom.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

franklin county fair and twist

A busy weekend so far. Last night we went to the Franklin County Fair.

There were large vegetables.

There were barnyard animals. I especially liked the pigs.

I ate large quantities of fair food, like fried dough and cotton candy. Seth won me a crazy, spongy, inflatable thing. No one has ever won me something at a fair before!

Today, Seth and I went with Maria and Bryant to Twist, a new craft fair in Northampton.

Seth got me this super, super cool bath/body stuff from Bunny Butt Apothecary. A couple of those soaps are good for shaving, which I am super excited about. One soap is special for my face, another had beer as the main ingredient!

I purchased a 2.0 batt of fiber from The Crafty Scientist. It will make a very lumpy bumpy art yarn.

While posting this, it struck me that I have some fiber in my stash that I haven't photographed and posted on the blog yet. Ready for the new members of the stash?

The following two items are from Treats for Breathing Fiber Company. I'd been looking for something green and the top item totally caught my eye. The bottom item - well it was so lovely and with it shipping for free with the first, how could I not? Beautiful merino.

(Gaelic Fields)


The next two items are from Muzzlepuffs. The way I ended up with two rovings from her is a similar story to the one told above. The first roving is a lovely puffy merino. The bottom alpaca!

(Birthday ponies)

(Splish Splash)

The next roving is special. It was especially dyed for me by the owner of Pieces of String too Small to Save. It's Bluefaced Leicester. I am crazy about the colors and how they blend into one another.

(Crab Nebula)

Lily, a fiber artist in a past life (or just a curious cat?), invaded the stash as usual. She then gave me cute looks to try to convince me that she was not being naughty. I stopped her when she started getting too interested in the Gracie roving. One cat eating another cats roving is not a good idea.

I've also been working on Missy and Sean's blanket, Autumn Blaze. I finished the first of four leaf panels and started the first of three berry panels.

Here is the finished leaf panel. It looks like it might need to be blocked.

Here is the beginning of the first berry panel. It's about a quarter done.

Working on this blanket in parts is a unique experience. I'm used to making the entire blanket in one piece and toting it around in the biggest bag ever. Not this project. It fits into this little cute bag.

Seriously fun times!

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Do you have any pets?Yes, a cat, Lily, who I love super super lots!
What color shirt are you wearing?White lace.
Name three things that are physically close to you:Phone, my red planner/calendar book, a plant.
What is the last book you read?Marked.
Are you or were you a good student?I was.
What's your favorite sport?I am not very sporty - probably baseball.
Do you enjoy sleeping late?Only until around 8:00.
What's the weather like right now?Lovely!
Who tells the best jokes?I don't think that things are funny most of the time - I have a base sense of humor.
What was the last thing you dreamed about?My boyfriend.
Do you drive? If so, have you ever crashed?I do drive. I crashed into a telephone poll when my car encountered some black ice.
Do you believe in karma?No.
Do you believe in luck?No.
Do you like your eggs scrambled or sunny side up?Scrambled.
Do you collect anything? If so, what?I kind of collect spinning fiber.
Are you proud of yourself?When I do things well I feel gratified.
Are you reliable?I believe so.
Have you ever given money to a bum?No.
What's your favorite food?Matzo ball soup.
Have you ever had a secret admirer?Not that I can recall.
Do you like the smell of gasoline?Not particularly, although I don't find it terribly offensive.
Do like to draw?No.
What's your favorite invention?Plumming.
Is your room messy?Immaculately clean.
What do you like better: oranges or apples?Apples.
Do you give in easily?I like to think not.
Are you a good guesser?No.
Can you read other people's expressions?Hard to say.
Are you a bully?No.
Do you have a job?Yes.
What time did you wake up this morning?6:30.
What did you eat for breakfast this morning?Kashi Heart to Heart cereal.
When was the last time you showered?This morning.
What do you plan on doing tomorrow?Going to work again.
What's your favorite day of the week and why?Saturday because it's a day without responsibilities.
Do you have any nicknames?Yes.
Have you ever been scuba diving?No.
What's your least favorite color?Pink, in its various shades.
Is there someone you have been constantly thinking about? If yes, who?Yes, my boyfriend. He's lovely!
Would you ever go skydiving?Most likely not.
What toothpaste do you use?Crest Vivid White.
Do you enjoy challenges?Of a reasonable level.
What's the worst injury you have had?I got my finger closed in a couch and needed stitches.
What's the last movie you saw?Juno.
What do you want to know about the future?If I end up happy and successful.
What does your last text message say?I don't text. I call someone if I need to communicate with them.
Who was the last person you spoke over the phone to?Seth.
What's your favorite school subject?English!
What's your least favorite school subject?I wasn't very good at Spanish.
Would you rather have money or love?Love.
What is your dream vacation?I was just in Las Vegas, and we had such an amazing time.
What is your favorite animal?My cat.
Do you miss anyone right now?Not really. Although, I'd love to see Mom, Dad, and Greg.
What's the last sporting event you watched?I am not sure...
Do you need to do laundry?No, I did it last night. But I do need to iron.
Do you listen to the radio?I sometimes listen to AccuRadio online. In the car I listen to audio books.
Where were you when 9/11 happened?In Latin class.
What do you do when vending machines steal your money?What can one do? I'm annoyed I guess. I rarely use vending machines.
Have you ever caught a butterfly?No.
What color are your bed sheets?The ones on the bed now are white.
What's your ringtone?I have many ringtones. The main one is Yellow Taxi - the Counting Crows cover of it.
Who was the last person to make you laugh?I don't know... probably Seth.
Do you have any obsessions right now?Spinning.
Do you like things that glow in the dark?Yes, they're funny.
What's your favorite fruity scent?Hmm, berries maybe. I love fruity scents.
Do you watch cartoons?No.
Have you ever sat on a roof?Yes.
Have you ever been to a different country?I've been around the UK.
Name three things in the world you dislike:Intollerance, bigotry, that money is going towards the war and not helping people who are impoverished.
Name three people in the world you dislike:That's hard - I mean the people I might dislike, like President Bush, I don't know that well, so it's difficult to say. I don't want to cast stones.
Has a rumor even been spread about you?Probably.
Do you like sushi?Some kinds.
Do you believe in magic?No.
Do you hold grudges?I try not to.
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