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Sunday, June 27, 2004

Ancient Chinese Curses

You know that ancient Chinese saying, "May you live in interesting times."? Well, it isn't necessarily a blessing.

This weekend I was saddened to hear of the death of a close friend's father. M, if you read this, lots of huggles to you - let me know when you need someone to talk to.

This weekend also marks the beginning of the choral week from heck. Every night there is a 3-hour rehearsal, and the week culminates Thursday night with a performance of Mozart's Requiem. For the curious, this is part of Southwestern University's Choral Director Institute (a week long seminar for choir directors) and Chorus Austin is performing as a favor to our director, who is also hosting the Institute. Had I known a month ago that this would be horrible timing, I would not have committed myself - but so far we have a total of about 7 sopranos and Kenny would never forgive me if I backed out now. (*Did you say you wanted to move to AVAE? Ha! You'll never perform for this group again!* Oy, I can hear it now. Okay, maybe he isn't that vindictive, but he sure wouldn't be my best buddy for it.)

There have been bright spots to this weekend: my crochet classes seem to be going very well, I've gotten to the middle of the 7th ball of yarn for PF, and after all is said and done, we did have a fabulous rehearsal tonight.

Since this week will be so hectic, my posts to this journal may be a little sketchy - my apologies in advance.

Friday, June 25, 2004

Thanks and inspiration

Thanks to everyone who helped commemorate the event - I appreciate all your comments and emails. :D

Yesterday I stopped by my LYS to check out her new stock after coming back from the latest market. So far some of the new yarns have come in, like Alchemy Yarns, in fabulous colors.

The thing that caught my attention the most was a new book, Hip to Crochet. Quite frankly, I was not overly taken with anything in its sister book, Hip to Knit, although that was also a well done book. HtC, on the other hand, has a few things I really want to do. The sock-weight skirt, for example, screams at me to be done in four complementary colorways of Koigu PPPM. The cute little capelet proclaims proudly that it wants the Baby Silk Alpaca I got for Christmas last year. There are even some nice easy projects in there for my crochet students to get ideas from (oh mohair, how you taunt me!). Even if I never get around to making that skirt, many of the other projects will be great inspirations. Yup, gotta have it. :)

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Happy Bloggiversary to me!

Hey, it's the blog's birthday (woohoo, YU is now 2 years old)! This is quite a record for me, as I've never before managed to keep any journal longer than a few weeks.

...and hey, stop by Purls Before Swine, because it's their Bloggiversary, too!

Funky weather and all that jazz

The last couple of days have been interesting in the morning -- relatively clear on my way to work, and then...odd weather. Tuesday, it was just a bit overcast, and about half an hour after I got to work, massive thunderboomers and drenchpour. Yesterday, it was clear, and again about an hour later, fog everywhere. Today it is drizzling a bit outside - I wonder what the weather holds for later today?

We did have our Knitspresso session last night - I worked for a few rows on Pink Flutterby, until my Cinema got so tangled (yarn vomit!) that I had to have help to reball the silly stuff. THis ribbon yarn is just so darn slinky that even a yarn bra wasn't helping much.

Well, tonight is Game Night, so probably little or no knitting, but at least I get to play some good games. :D Have a great Thursday!

Monday, June 21, 2004

The Flutterby Lives!

Yes, this evening I actually got some work done on Pink Flutterby, now that the poor thing has languished all winter and spring in my WIP pile.

Right now, however, I think I am going to play some more with my new toy (a new PDA) - pardon me while I geek out. :D

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Another FO

Yay - it isn't often that I can report not one, but TWO finished objects in a weekend. I re-started the birthday scarf yesterday afternoon (it is a commissioned piece, so no pics) using Brazilia Fantasy Color in a blue-white-pink colorway on size 13 needles. It's just garter stitch, and it worked up rather quickly (thankfully!).

My crochet class is doing well - one student started a fabulous bag from flower motifs and the other who made class today is working on a clones knot wrap. All my students have been doing so fabulously, I'm so proud of them! It all goes to show that you can do anything if you set your mind to it. :)

Ok, all you dads (and single moms) out there: have a happy Father's Day! To everyone else: have a fabulous Sunday! Enjoy yourselves. :D

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Proof of an FO

Lookie, cookie, who finally got her camera out! 'Twas a near miss, too - at first I couldn't find a decent location for the photo shoot. Then the models were cranky...you know the routine. However, the stars aligned to bring you this wonderful shot:


Aren't we precious?


These are baby booties I did for a friend expecting her first grandchild. The parents-to-be have nicknamed the baby Tinkerbell until she is born, so I felt that any Tinkerbell needed to have appropriate footwear. :)

Technical details: LA pattern booklet Bootie Collection, pattern Antique Lace. Done on a size 7 hook with size 10 mercerized cotton crochet thread. Started 6/13/04, completed 6/16/04.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

And out of disaster...

...comes triumph. Well, of a sort. Since I was all wired anyway, I did get a bit of housecleaning done. In the process, I was looking for my copy of Mozart's Requiem, which I will be performing next weekend with Chorus Austin. The only problem is, I have no idea where I left it after our last performance, when I took it out of my Black Folder. (BTW, the BFs are marvelous and I highly recommend them to any vocalist.) In searching for it, I came across *drumroll please* the rest of my Cinema yarn for Pink Flutterby! I can at last get back to work on that tank!

The Cinema is now residing in my yarn tower so that it cannot get lost again. Now, if I could only find my Requiem score...

Violated

Aaaaaaaaaaaaargh. And you can quote me. Apparently I was so tired when I got home from work that I neglected to lock my door fully. Possibly I intended to run out again, but either way it lead to an interesting (and kind of scary) incident.

I dozed off reading a book in my bedroom and suddenly I heard my front door open. My first thought was that it probably wasn't really my door, since the walls in any apartment complex aren't the thickest you could want. Still, I popped up and peered around my bedroom door with a big book in my hand (ready to throw) and sure enough, there was a guy's head poked into my front entry. After yelling at him to get out, he quickly disappeared (might have been a neighbor's friend mistaking the apartment number, but at least KNOCK!) and I ran over and double bolted the door.

Repeat after me: I will always lock my door. I will always lock my door. I will always lock my door.

At least the adrenaline rush has taken care of the need to doze - now to get some housework done.

So...tired...

It is amazing how a "simple" budget meeting rapidly inflates to span three or four hours. Thankfully we got most of the issues hammered out (well, except for where all the money is coming from, but hey, it's a church) and got out of there before midnight.

In such a long meeting, as you might expect, I did work a bit on some projects. The baby booties are now done save for the finishing trim, and Victoria got 3 more rows closer to done. I'll try to do the bootie finishing tonight and get a picture. Possibly one will sneak in there of Vicki as well, now that she is getting to be a little more photogenic. :D

Monday, June 14, 2004

Booking it

Hm - got this from Maisy :) who found this list through J Strizzy. Copy the list. How many have you read?

Beowulf
Achebe, Chinua - Things Fall Apart
Agee, James - A Death in the Family
Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice
Baldwin, James - Go Tell It on the Mountain
Beckett, Samuel - Waiting for Godot (well, part of it)
Bellow, Saul - The Adventures of Augie March
Brontè, Charlotte - Jane Eyre
Brontè, Emily - Wuthering Heights

Camus, Albert - The Stranger
Cather, Willa - Death Comes for the Archbishop
Chaucer, Geoffrey - The Canterbury Tales
Chekhov, Anton - The Cherry Orchard
Chopin, Kate - The Awakening
Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness
Cooper, James Fenimore - The Last of the Mohicans
Crane, Stephen - The Red Badge of Courage

Dante - Inferno
de Cervantes, Miguel - Don Quixote
Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles - A Tale of Two Cities
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - Crime and Punishment

Douglass, Frederick - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Dreiser, Theodore - An American Tragedy
Dumas, Alexandre - The Three Musketeers
Eliot, George - The Mill on the Floss
Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man
Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Selected Essays
Faulkner, William - As I Lay Dying
Faulkner, William - The Sound and the Fury
Fielding, Henry - Tom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby
Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary

Ford, Ford Madox - The Good Soldier
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von - Faust
Golding, William - Lord of the Flies
Hardy, Thomas - Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The Scarlet Letter
Heller, Joseph - Catch 22
Hemingway, Ernest - A Farewell to Arms
Homer - The Iliad
Homer - The Odyssey
Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hurston, Zora Neale - Their Eyes Were Watching God
Huxley, Aldous - Brave New World
Ibsen, Henrik - A Doll's House
James, Henry - The Portrait of a Lady
James, Henry - The Turn of the Screw
Joyce, James - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kafka, Franz - The Metamorphosis
Kingston, Maxine Hong - The Woman Warrior
Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird
Lewis, Sinclair - Babbitt
London, Jack - The Call of the Wild
Mann, Thomas - The Magic Mountain
Marquez, Gabriel García - One Hundred Years of Solitude
Melville, Herman - Bartleby the Scrivener
Melville, Herman - Moby Dick
Miller, Arthur - The Crucible
Morrison, Toni - Beloved
O'Connor, Flannery - A Good Man is Hard to Find
O'Neill, Eugene - Long Day's Journey into Night
Orwell, George - Animal Farm
Pasternak, Boris - Doctor Zhivago

Plath, Sylvia - The Bell Jar
Poe, Edgar Allan - Selected Tales
Proust, Marcel - Swann's Way
Pynchon, Thomas - The Crying of Lot 49
Remarque, Erich Maria - All Quiet on the Western Front
Rostand, Edmond - Cyrano de Bergerac
Roth, Henry - Call It Sleep
Salinger, J.D. - The Catcher in the Rye
Shakespeare, William - Hamlet
Shakespeare, William - Macbeth
Shakespeare, William - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare, William - Romeo and Juliet
Shaw, George Bernard - Pygmalion
Shelley, Mary - Frankenstein

Silko, Leslie Marmon - Ceremony
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Sophocles - Antigone
Sophocles - Oedipus Rex
Steinbeck, John - The Grapes of Wrath
Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island
Stowe, Harriet Beecher - Uncle Tom's Cabin
Swift, Jonathan - Gulliver's Travels

Thackeray, William - Vanity Fair
Thoreau, Henry David - Walden
Tolstoy, Leo - War and Peace

Turgenev, Ivan - Fathers and Sons
Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Voltaire - Candide

Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. - Slaughterhouse-Five
Walker, Alice - The Color Purple
Wharton, Edith - The House of Mirth
Welty, Eudora - Collected Stories
Whitman, Walt - Leaves of Grass
Wilde, Oscar - The Picture of Dorian Gray
Williams, Tennessee - The Glass Menagerie

Woolf, Virginia - To the Lighthouse
Wright, Richard - Native Son

Wow, many of these I read so long ago that I remember hardly anything from them. There are quite a few on the list that I haven't read but that are in my personal library, waiting for me to get to them. Some others I haven't ever heard of - and of course, there are some classics not on this list that should be.

Looks like it is time for another to-do list... :D

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Cheeseburgers in Paradise

This weekend was rather fun: I attended SanCon XI - a gaming convention, for the curious. I got to play several new-to-me board games, like Alhambra and Attika, and had an all-around good time. In the little bit of downtime we had, I got a baby bootie almost finished and a couple more rows done on Victoria.

Now I am suffering from a very large sleep deficit, so catch y'all tomorrow!

Thursday, June 10, 2004

...and the beat goes on...

Sometimes it is amazing how busy you can get in the course of a single week. No matter what you do, sometimes you can't seem to get back on top of the pile.

And then...the weekend comes, and all is right with the world. Regardless of the size of your inbox, somehow the twinkling light that is Friday shines bright and clear. No, we're not there yet, but it is only a few hours away, and a few more hours beyond that is...freedom.

Ok, so I overdramatize a bit. Life has been hectic as usual, but I've gotten a few more rows in on Victoria. This weekend, for at least part of the weekend, I'll be attending SanCon XI (yup, she knits, she blogs, she games, she's a geek!), so I probably won't get an update in again until Sunday.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

FFO

...or FINALLY finished object. I really shouldn't complain - it didn't take me long at all, really. I just had to do a crochet trim and some additional finishing on a commissioned baby poncho (someone else knit the body), but I hate sewing pieces together. Ah well, it's done now, so today I will call the happy owner.

I got a whopping two rows done on Victoria last night as well - both of these accomplishments coming after having spent several hours working on the church website (which is up and running again - yay!) - so I suppose I shouldn't grouse too much. At least I got a little done. :D

Tonight is my only really free night this week - I've got a few crochet objects at home that don't travel well that I'll try to work on. ...and perhaps I'll do some work on my personal site that has been sadly neglected for a few months.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Late night ramblings

Wow. I just typed out two really long posts. And deleted them before posting - one, then the other. You do have to watch what comes out of your fingers late at night - one badly oriented phrase and you can be in danger of alienating people you love. Or worse, encouraging people you don't. :D

Speaking of movies (we were, weren't we? today or yesterday? whatever... :), I saw a few good ones today. HPIII was first on the bill - nice mid-morning matinee with a long-time friend. I'll even forgive the kid who kept elbowing me in the side. :D While the screenwriters took a few (I thought) unnecessary liberties with the plot, the whole of it followed the book rather well. Quite well done, as a whole.

This afternoon was devoted mainly to knit and nosh time - catching up with P, J, and A while working on Victoria, which is now a whole 3 inches tall! Once back home, I sat down with the Daria bag and two movies - Under the Tuscan Sun and Le Divorce. UTS I've seen before - and it still astonishes me how different it is than the book it is (purportedly) based on. Or have I said that already? No matter, it's still a good movie. Le Divorce was a recommendation of a different movie friend - and this was an interesting one. 'Twas definitely not of a genre I would normally have gone with on my own -- I prefer outright chick-flicks to happy-sad dramas, although this one ended well. I always was a sucker for a happy ending. Daria is coming along, as well, though not nearly as fast as I would like. The cording is not as friendly to tired wrists and I cannot work on it as quickly as normal yarns.

Tomorrow's plan: to finish a commissioned item, and perhaps to make another Round the Capelet with some yarn I still have from Italy (and for which I cannot make up my mind as to which pattern to use). I had originally planned to do the underskirt for a long-overdue doll, but I think the pattern has gone to my storage unit - I'll have to go searching for it this week. ...ah, and I just remembered that one of my students wanted to learn lace crochet. Time to get some of those books out as well.

Being that it is after midnight, and therefore long past my bedtime - good night! :D

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Placido e il Mar

You know it's going to be an interesting day when you wake up singing Italian. Of course, that might be because I picked up and read another section of Under the Tuscan Sun (yes, V, I will finish it so I can give it back to you!). It continues to surprise me with the subtleties of what the author notices from their time in Cortona, and then again with the sheer difference between her story and the "based on" story that the writers came up with for the movie. Talk about a difference.

Now for something completely different.

Greta commented about the LToD over in my sidebar, and today's cracked me up as well. I love the humor bits over at Old Lutheran. Many are written from a Polish-American-Lutheran(somewhere 'round Minnesota -- say it: mini-SOH-da) point of view -- my family is of the German-American-Lutheran-living in Texas-kind-of-southern variety, and so some of the things don't apply (I've never eaten lutefisk and if you call it a hotdish I'll raise one eyebrow at you), but many really do. So, to end today's post, here are some of my absolute favorites from the You Might Be a Lutheran If... collection.

You Might Be a Lutheran If...

... you hear something funny and smile as loudly as you can. (C: When I read this, I did it! Oy, I can hardly believe it.)
...during the entire service you hold your hymnal open but never look down at it.
...in response to someone jumping up and shouting "Praise the Lord!", you politely remind him or her that we don't do that around here.
...when you were little you actually thought the Reverend's first name was "Pastor."
...it takes 10 minutes to say good-bye.
...doughnuts are in the official church budget.
...you're watching "Star Wars" in the theatre and when they say, "May the force be with you," the theatre replies, "and also with you."
...your house is a mess because you're "saved by Grace," not by works. (V and E, are you reading this?)
...your mother could give any Jewish mother a run for the money in the guilt department.
...the only mealtime prayer you know is "Come Lord Jesus." (C: And you can say it all in one breath, both verses, in under 15 seconds.)
...your idea of an affirmation is "This is most certainly true."
...you feel an overwhelming urge to sit in the back of any room.
... you can actually come up with responses to this.

Ok, I'm giggling a little too hard, so...have a fabulous Saturday!

Friday, June 04, 2004

Yarn diet, schmarn diet

Actually, I'm quite glad I never agreed to go on a yarn diet. Not that my stash really needs enhancing...

However, last night was (of course) First Thursday, and Suzanne was nice enough to discount all her yarns for the event this month. I picked up 4 skeins of a fingering weight alpaca (might be a little heavier, but not much) by Blue Sky, I think, in a neutral tan. These will be for two pair of fingerless gloves I'll knit for a friend and her hubby. I also picked up one each of three different novelty yarns in the same colorway (well, two in Sapphire and one in Alaska, which is close enough as to make no nevermind) - can't remember the manufacturer offhand, but I'll turn them into a bias stole a la Prism Wild Stuff.

...and now, time to go to work.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Happy Joy

'Cause tomorrow is First Thursday!