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The good, the bad . . . 
9th-Aug-2005 04:10 pm
knitting sketch
and the bletch.

First the good
I finally gave in to MWNN's suggestion to switch to Mozilla, both on the laptop and the PC. When I went online today to have the second lesson in Helen Steven's Introductory Masterclass, instead of the real player window playing the lesson, (as it did under IE) it downloaded it to my PC. That means I can take the lessons with me to the boat if I want because they are now burned onto CD.

The Bad
The washing machine broke down two weeks ago. I made an appointment for a man to come and repair it last Friday. When he hadn't materialised by 2pm for a 'morning appointment', I phoned the company. They had no record of me or my appointment. I managed to get another firm to send someone out this morning. I now have a working machine again but my bank account is now £90 lighter.

I forgot to watch 'Deadwood' last night, which means I'm in for some late night viewing tonight and I really don't feel up to it.

The bletch
I have seen the Sock Monster and it's not pretty.. The reason why the washing machine was refusing to pump out was that there were two (non-matching, of course) socks (and a lot of other shredded ones) clogging up the filter that sits between the drum and the pump.

Add to that the fact that one glass of bubbly and a half pint of cider shandy at the weekend seem to have thrown me into a state of tharg with a touch of 'can't be bothered', and the bad and the bletch outweigh the good.
9th-Aug-2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
So that's where all the missing socks end up! Why is it that it never seems to swallow both socks, but only one? I've lost count of the amount of odd socks there are in my house. :)
9th-Aug-2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
Hee - socks that get separated are at most risk from the Sock Monster. I tried keeping them together by using one of those net bag things but Socky chewed its way through. There were the remains of the net in the filter, too.
9th-Aug-2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
Ahh, this explains a lot. I wondered where they went. I usually put them in a cotton baggie thing, but still they disappear...

Now I want to take my washer apart, just to see :)
9th-Aug-2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
Mine's a top loader, so they were grabbed from the space between the drum and the sides of the machine. That'll teach me to let MWNN put loads through unsupervised, he tends to overfill the machine on grounds of 'economy'.

But I warn you, the Sock Monster's lair is a yuk place to go rummaging about in.
9th-Aug-2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
Sock Monster rejects! That's what they are! No one sees the sock monster and lives to tell the tale! LOL
9th-Aug-2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
They were definitely dead. And I didn't actually see the Sock Monster, just its lair.
9th-Aug-2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
Oy, I'm sorry you're feeling bad and bletchy. You should be proud to have proven once and for all that washing machines truly do eat socks! I always suspected them, but could never find the proof. So you've convinced me that I'm not entirely paranoid, and I'm sure others will benefit from this knowledge too.

Glad you're getting on well with Mozilla so far. In my house it's known as 'Mozzarella Firefox', thanks to a misreading on my mum's part.
12th-Aug-2005 08:47 am (UTC)
One thing I have noticed with the cheese browser is that I'm getting more pop-ups. And I can't persuade the International Rescue that is their off-line mail reader to filter incomings into the correct folders.
12th-Aug-2005 08:54 am (UTC)
Technically the homour of proving the existence of the Sock Monster goes to Monsieur Pratchett in Hog Father. But as that's a work of fiction, I'll not quibble.

::pins on the I outed the Sock Monster badge.::
10th-Aug-2005 12:24 am (UTC)
Now that's a great story, hesadevil. I always thought the sock eating monster was imaginary, much like the clown in the sewers. Did you do a C.S.I.-like analysis of all the weird stuff in the filter? Speaking of weird stuff, have you seen stuffonmycat.com? Just like it sounds, pictures of peoples cats with stuff on them.
How is the embroidery coming along? I'm anxious for an update.
12th-Aug-2005 08:50 am (UTC)
How is the embroidery coming along?

I've just relearned how to do stem stitch using silk thread. Silk's a bitch to work with. So all the stems are now done and I've moved on to the opus plumarium work on the flower heads. Helen favours the waste knot on the front of the work which is supposed to be hidden by the stitching, but mine aren't - they're obviously too big. I think I might have to do my usual weave the end of the thread into stitches on the back when starting a new section.
10th-Aug-2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
That means I can take the lessons with me to the boat if I want because they are now burned onto CD.
That's of the good. Focus on the good. :)
12th-Aug-2005 08:52 am (UTC)
Focusing, focusing.

It's the WIP that's giving me sleepless nights. Thank goodness I put a notebook on the bedside table otherwise I'd be forever getting up to jot down ideas as they keep me awake/wake me up.
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