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Cryin’ the Nyquil Blues

Top view of abalone shuttle

Top view of abalone shuttle

Is there any liquid medicine more disgusting than Nyquil?! “Cherry flavored” my derriere; this stuff doesn’t taste like any cherry I’ve ever eaten in my life! And the flavor lingers for quite awhile, no matter what I drink. Blecch!!! It’s horrible! But it must be taken. I haven’t been able to shake this cough in weeks. It’s like a tickle in the back of my throat that just won’t. Go. Away. I don’t feel sick, I’m not running a fever, there’s nothing else going on, just this persistent coughing, especially at night. It’s driving me crazy. Yeah, okay, there are those who would say that’s a short trip for me, but that’s not the point! 🙂

My abalone shell shuttle arrived on Friday, and I love it!!!! It’s so beautiful. I will probably buy a second one at some point just because abalone is one of my favorite things. That, and I think I’m going to designate one of each to a particular size of thread. I have a feeling that using a size ten thread is going to separate the tips a bit, and I only want that on one shuttle, at least for now. With the exception of the plastic shuttles, all of them have tips that rest so tightly together that #10 thread would be close to impossible to use. I haven’t even tried, because I’ve had enough trouble winding the shuttles with #12 thread. It’s essentially a matter of pulling on the thread almost hard enough to break it to get it to go between the tips.

Bottom view of abalone shuttle

Bottom view of abalone shuttle

I can’t decide which shuttle is my favorite to use. Right now it’s a tossup between the horn, the abalone, and the Celtic. Both the horn and the abalone have a little bit more weight to them, which I like. Despite being metal, the Celtic shuttle is the lightest of the three. My wooden shuttles, as beautiful as they all are, are a lot

thicker and it makes them a little harder to grip with the index finger and thumb for me. I’m constantly dropping them. But I have no grip issues with my three favorites, which lets me work a little bit faster. Nothing like the speed of some tatters I’ve seen on YouTube; those folks are impressive! I need a lot of practice before I get to that point!

I’ve been wondering if there’s a way to tat chains if you’re not tatting from the ball? Apparently I’m using the wrong search keywords to find any tutorials, or maybe there aren’t any?

My PIP has had company for the last few days, so I’ve been tatting in front of the computer, watching my current schoolgirl crush, Josh Holloway. Yeah, I know, but a girl has to have pretty things to look at, and he is certainly that! And he’s only a year younger than I am, which is a bit less ridiculous than my other crush, Roman Reigns. Roman’s seventeen years my junior! But I wouldn’t be robbing the cradle with Josh lol. I’ve tatted my way through both Lost and Colony, now I’m watching Intelligence. I’ve seen some reviews of the show, and none of the critics liked it, which, I assume, is why it was cancelled. I think it was great!! How is it that crap shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy stay on the air forever, but shows like Firefly and Intelligence get cancelled before they really have a chance to shine? Ye gods, get rid of the so-called reality shows, for starters, or give them their own channel to make room on the networks for some good episodic television. Why do people watch reality shows anyway? Isn’t the point of TV to be an escape from reality for a little while?

Okay, mini-rant over. I’m about to go dose myself with the oh-so-gross Nyquil and tat my way through another couple episodes of Intelligence. Enjoy your evening, everybody!


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