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Archive for November, 2007

Where Does the Time Go?

I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since my last post. Where does the time go? And why does it seem to move soooo much faster at the holidays?!

I had a very nice Thanksgiving with my family — but now it seems so far away as to not be worth mentioning.

Work has been crazy this week, which it usually isn’t. Started off horrible but has gotten marginally better. I’m still incredibly thankful it’s Friday, however.

I finished We Were The Mulvaneys over the holiday weekend. I can’t believe I’ve never read Joyce Carol Oates before. Probably because I tend to read authors who have been dead for about 50 years minimum. My boss is always trying to get me to read more modern fiction and this was another recommendation from her. I enjoyed it very much. It’s an engaging, though sad, story. I loved the narrator and how he did (and didn’t) fit into the story of the Mulvaney family. Highly recommended.

I’ve now moved on to The First Man in Rome, which I bought second-hand many months ago. It’s one of a series of books that Colleen McCullough has written about ancient Rome. A little slow getting started, but interesting reading. I always like a little history with my fiction.

My fave Heather was kicked off America’s Next Top Model this week. She was the only one I was really rooting for, so I don’t even know if I’ll watch the rest. It’s a pretty bland group.

And I should have been paying more attention to Survivor last night instead of multitasking with the laptop. Somehow I still haven’t figured out, James, with both immunity idols, got voted off last night. It was a brilliant strategic move — one I didn’t think any of the current players was capable of. This might be worth watching the last few episodes.

I’ve also started watching Project Runway. An interesting group of designers, but too early to tell who I like or don’t like.

I’ve bought one Christmas present so far. I am seriously behind.

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WIPs

At long last, a look at what I’ve got on the needles.

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This is the first sleeve of the Deconstructed Jacket. I’m still trying to decide whether to start on the body or the other sleeve. I could do both at the same time, as the body will be knit on a circular needle (back and forth, not in the round).

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This is the Red Scarf Project I started last year. How embarrassing! As you can see, there’s just that tiny little ball of yarn to finish. The vast majority of knitters would finish this in about five minutes. It will take me considerably longer. The yarn is very soft and easy to work with: Bernat Satin. It may be a Christmas present for someone this year.

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This is a throw I’m making for the reading nook in my bedroom. It’s super simple: four different colors of Bernat Soft Boucle held together, knitting every row. I think the reason this is taking longer for me is that I cast on a few too many stitches that can comfortably fit on the needle. And after this ball is finished, I’ve got a whole other skein to finish. But it is pretty easy knitting.

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This is a close-up. The colors aren’t really coming out well. I should have taken these in natural light. I’m using one strand each of Soft Taupe and Teal Twist and two strands of Misty Shades. This yarn is amazingly soft and will make a very cozy throw. At the rate I’m going, probably for next winter.

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Another Week

I’ve been a bad blogger lately. No specific reason. I hate that it’s dark at the end of the day when I leave work. It feels like all I want to do is go home, put on my PJs and go to bed.

I have been watching the last season of The Sopranos on DVD finally. It’s still some of the best television ever produced; it’s one of those shows that isn’t predictable, so you never know what’s going to happen. But Tony seems especially cruel in these episodes; he’s less the anti-hero or more just the villain. Simple evil needs to have something added to it to make it interesting to watch. At any rate, I’m giving up ANTM and Survivor so I can finish it up.

I finished The Blush* well over a week ago. It was an interesting collection of short stories, which I don’t normally read. And I don’t know why, because there is something alluring about getting sucked into just part of the whole. I’m so anal I usually like to start at Point A and finish at Point Z. You can’t do that in short stories — you maybe get to see part of Point M and a little bit of Point N. I’d like to read more of Elizabeth Taylor now that I know her.

I also decided to read Northanger Abbey*. I’ve read it before but it’s been years. Although I finished up the bulk of my non-fiction reading on the Gothic a couple of weeks ago, Danielle mentioned that she would be reading it and I thought I’d pick it up again. Austen was poking a bit of fun at the Gothic genre and there are several times I’ve found myself with a smile on my face as she skewers an overworked motif. It’s quite enjoyable.

*I’d do links, but LibraryThing seems to be down at the moment.

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NaNoWriMo/WIPs

Thanks to all for your kind comments about NaNoWriMo. I think I’m going to have to pass this year. I’m already so far behind and I’m taking a little road trip this weekend to visit a friend in central Michigan, so I won’t have much time for writing.

Thanks especially to my two most loyal and frequent commenters, Kirsty and Kirsten. Pictures of what I’ve got on the needles should show up next week.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Are You Talking to Me?

Film Web site myfilms.com just released a survey with the most popular movie lines to make it into everyday conversation. Two thousand people were asked: “Which famous phrase do you borrow from films to use in everyday conversation?” Not surprisingly, the Terminator’s “I’ll be back” topped the list. Here’s the rundown:

1. “I’ll be back.” from the The Terminator
2. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” from Gone With The Wind
3. “Beam me up, Scotty.” from Star Trek
4. “May the force be with you.” from Star Wars
5. “Life is like a box of chocolates.” from Forrest Gump
6. “You talking to me?” from Taxi Driver
7. “Show me the money.” from Jerry Maguire
8. “Do you feel lucky, punk?” from Dirty Harry
9. “Here’s looking at you, kid.” from Casablanca
10. “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” from Dirty Dancing

In my opinion, “You’re going to need a bigger boat” from Jaws is a glaring omission. We quote that one in my family all the time. I’m still working on figuring out how to get this exchange from A Few Good Men into my everyday life.

“The Marines at Guantanamo are fanatics.”
“About what?”
“About being Marines.”

Is your favorite on here? Tell us what’s missing!

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Prevaricating

It’s the fifth day of the month and I have not written a single word for NaNoWriMo. I have excuses, but I guess they are just that — excuses. I’m having job issues and health issues — the latter mostly in the form of not sleeping. I can see why sleep deprivation is a form of torture; it does some crazy things to your mind. The fact is I’ve been using all my energy just for work and regular stuff around the house, and there’s not a whole lot left over to contemplate a whole novel.

And I have these crafty things that I really want to spend time on. I have three WIPs on the needles. I also have this rather strange determination to want to learn how to use circular needles and I have the yarn for the project. I was also playing around with polymer clay a few months ago, with some ideas about making necklaces. All that seems to be calling to me and a novel just doesn’t seem like the top of the list.

I haven’t given up on the idea entirely. But let’s face it: I’m over 8,000 words behind schedule. That doesn’t bode well, does it?

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I Don’t Get It

I saw these two movie reviews today for American Gangster:

USA Today: “…probably the best gangster crime drama of the year.”

Detroit News: “…so derivative of other crime films that it has little life of its own.”

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