This really takes the cake...
Anyway, Monday was my first day of work at Dublin Bay, and I was scheduled to start at 11. I was all ready to load Owen in the car and take him over to my mother-in-law's house for the day. I ran upstairs to grab something, thinking that the boy was occupied watching the Wonder Pets, but when I came back down I found him locked in the bathroom. Yes, somehow in the two minutes that I'd left him unattended he managed to go in the bathroom, shut the door and turn the deadbolt. Of course, I panicked. I called Sue and asked her to come over, and then called Bill to ask for advice. He was most unhelpful, telling me to just break down the door. Um, what? No, honey, you're supposed to tell me it's going to be fine and that you'll come home right away to help. Don't tell me to break down the door. It's a deadbolt lock with a metal plate on the door frame. The door is original from 1911 when the house was built and so it's solid wood. That sucker isn't coming down without an axe and I don't know where we keep the axe. Can't you just see me going at the door panel with an axe, ala Jack Nicholson in The Shining?
While I was waiting for Sue to come, I took the doorknob plate off, hoping that would give me access to the deadbolt mechanism. No such luck, but I was able to get the doorknob out and this gave me a little hole to peek through so I could see what kind of trouble Owen was getting himself into. He'd immediately found some old Halloween makeup and was proceeding to smear it all over every available surface in the bathroom. I tried talking him into unlocking the door, but he was having way too much fun to be at all interested in coming out. I begged, I pleaded, I threatened, I tried bribing him with M&Ms. No dice. Bill's next bit of helpful advice was to tell me to "just yell at him until he turns the knob". That was about as effective as telling Sydney to turn off the TV and put her shoes on so we can go to school. I was getting quite concerned about being late on my first day of work.
Sue arrived and I took off for downtown. Bill had managed to borrow his brother's car to drive home and help sort the situation out. I arrived at Dublin Bay pretty close to 11 am although definitely not on time. I walk in the door, say "hi" to Tricia, and the phone rings. She answers, then hands it to me. Way to make a great first impression! It was Sue, letting me know that Bill had managed to talk Owen into opening the door back up. I got off the phone, turned to Tricia and said "boy, do I have a story for you..."
Here are a couple pictures of the aftermath:
There are still remnants of pink and black smeared in out-of-the-way spots in the bathroom (and a particularly stubborn bit behind Owen's right ear). Needless to say, the deadbolt has been taped off so it can't be turned again and the baby gate has gone back up across the bathroom doorway.
Other than that bit of panic on Monday, my first two days working at a yarn shop have been great. It's very fun to be surrounded by yarn all day (particularly Tricia's great selection of Handmaiden and Fleece Artist) and I get to pick out store projects to make. Yes, I get an opportunity to knit things from other people's patterns while it's slow at the shop. I'm finishing off a Christmas stocking that a former employee had been working on, but after that I'm going to make the Sand Dollar Sweater from Norah Gaughan's Knitting Nature. There are so many possibilities - I can't wait! I'll be working Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays if you want to stop in and say hi.
Last night my knitting guild friends Amanda, Katrina and Donna came over to my side of town for a little birthday get-together. Yes, my birthday was in August but this was the first time we could manage to get all of our busy schedules together. We met up at Twisted for some tea and knitting (Katrina bought a whole armload of sock yarn) and then headed to the Kennedy School for dinner. Look at what my lovely friends got me:
Amanda got me the Folk Style book from Interweave (and it is fabulously inspiring) along with a little birthday-cake shaped tape measure from Lantern Moon - love it! Katrina got me a little sock kit from our friend Tiffany that included sock yarn in the Oregon Ducks colors, some ChiaoGoo bamboo sock needles and little donut stitch markers. So cute! I didn't even know that Tiffany was dyeing yarn, but she's got a little Etsy shop with her lovely yarns. I love it! Finally, Donna won the creative presentation prize with her awesome yarn bouquet. The "flower" is a skein of merino/tencel sock yarn from Chameleon Colorworks, and there are little chocolates attached to the branches. So cool. I am going to make some socks just for me with this yarn. It is just gorgeous.
It's also Amanda's birthday in a couple weeks, so we surprised her with some yarny gifties as well. After dinner, Katrina and I stuffed ourselves with the Molten Lava Cake. I could barely move when we were done. It was so good. Thanks again, ladies, for a great time! I just adore my knitting friends!!!
PS - I will be teaching a class on my Snowflake Socks from the fall Interweave Knits at Close Knit at the end of November. If you're interested, go sign up now! We'll get you knitting with both hands in this class. And now I smell a dirty diaper, so it's time to move on to less pleasant things. The little stinkpot is trying to destroy my office so that I'll stop typing. Right now I'm wishing he was locked in the bathroom again!