Things I’ve learned so far in 2014

1) Cartooning!

This is what I look like when someone doodles me!

2) Set theory.

Kiddo4: “I found this rusty bolt on the bus. One of the kids told me he’d give me all the money in the world for it. But I know he couldn’t do that, because I have some money.”

3) Irony.

When I say “I’m not being picky, I just want — ” I am actually in the middle of being very, very picky. (Realized as I stood in the yarn store muttering to myself, “I’m not being picky! I just want a washable worsted weight wool in multiple color skeins!”)

4) Yeah, that.

If I ever, ever again, attempt to knit hats for a baby with anencephaly or fetal acrania, I need someone to start whaling on me with a skein of yarn until I return to my senses. Because I tried, and even though I’ve been able to do it before, this time it knocked me to the ground. I don’t even know the family I was sending them to (friend-of-a-friend) but I found myself sitting there, yarn in my lap, repeating, “I can’t do this. I can’t do this.” (I ended up making four.)

5) Finances.

As it turns out, writing your violin teacher a huge check doesn’t actually teach you violin. You need to practice, too! Who knew?

6) Blogging.

Neither does the blog write itself. Sorry for the long absence.


  1. Pat

    Welcome back! I’ve missed you.
    That is one seriously smart kid.

  2. Normandie

    I’ve missed you, Jane. How’s the writing going?

    1. philangelus

      I’ve got a new project I started, and two short stories I want to submit (well, one needs to be rewritten first) and other than that, it’s pretty quiet around here.

  3. Tana Bevan

    J–Welcome back! Good to know your absence from the blog has been productive. After all you’ve learned some AND been doodled some. (Hehehe)

    1. philangelus

      Hah! THank you. 🙂 My dad says he made the doodle his computer wallpaper.

  4. Elizabeth Duncan

    Happy that you’re back! Loved the cartoon, lol! 🙂

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