Saturday, February 23, 2008
These were just a little pair of plain stockinette socks that I started to kill time when traveling, and to use up some of the mass of sock yarn that I've acquired. However, my sock club yarn and then the Noro sock yarn got in the way. I actually got down to the business of getting these done last week during our Twin Peaks marathon (only about 7 hours to go!).
The foot came out a little bit long, but not enough to be a problem, like maybe one or two rows. The biggest problem was that I knit the second one down to half way through the foot and then realized that I'd messed up at the cuff. (The second cuff was 1/2 the length of the 1st) This is what happens when you knit while drinking (alternating wine and coffee), talking, and watching tv. Since I had intended to match up the starting colors, and hadn't remembered when actually casting on the cuff issue was the final straw. I frogged the entire sock and started over again.
I think they came out pretty damn nice.
Next up: knitting the second sock for the test sock I did last year. I knit a full size test sock so that I could see how it would fair in the laundry. I knew I couldn't put it in the dryer, but I wanted to make sure that the yarn could at least survive the washer, and come out in wearable condition. The sock passed the test, and then I got down to knitting the socks I gifted my dad for Christmas. This is going to be a fast knit, since it's only 48 sts per round, and I think I only made a 5 inch leg.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Shoot 'Em Up is just what it sounds like. The movie is just one big gun fight after another. The gun slinging and fight sequences are just off the wall insane, and will keep you enthralled... Well if you like that kind of movie anyway. Honestly the movie only goes down hill when they start to introduce more than a cursory plot. The strongest sequences are in the first 10 minutes when you really don't have a clue what's going on. I found myself getting irritated with Mr. Hertz as he starts figuring out the history of Mr. Smith, because it was better when I didn't know. They just needed to shut up and keep shooting at each other!
Still, I rated this 4 out of 5 on Netflix, because it was enjoyable, and there's some damn funny scenes. I know I'll get sucked in when it starts popping up on USA and I'll watch it again. It probably would have been worth it to see it in the theater, but oh-frickin-well, it's too late for that now. If you like a good mindless action movie from time to time, and especially if you like Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, and Monica Bellucci, then you ought to check this one out.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
It's not that there's anything terribly wrong with these folks, it's just that there's about a 20 year gap in our ages. They all have children, but those kids are old enough to have moved out from home already. They've both been married, divorced, and married again. And... I think they might both be republican.
Still, comfortable yet attractive footwear can bridge these gaps of age, and history to bring us all a little bit closer together, and I think that's kind of cool.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The Automat is another fine Loaded Gun Theory production by Timothy Thomas. I really like the story that Tim has written in this play, and it's going to be a great show*. Don't take my word for it though, go check it out.
Feb 29, Mar 1 & 2
Sundays start at 5pm, all other shows are at 8pm
Dougherty Arts Center
Call 512-916-9856 or go to lgt.buyplaytix.com (or click the pretty button over there ->) to make your reservations.
*I got a sneak peak during a rehearsal because I forgot my keys and Julie wasn't cruel enough to just dump me on my front porch.
Well, it happened again last night. Some cat threw up on the bed. The time before was only back on Saturday. I suspect Bullet, since I'd seen him toss his pellets on the "dining room" floor on Sunday, but Jeff refuses to lay blame. I think mostly Jeff doesn't want to lay blame, because then he'd know who to be mad at. See, the cat(s) have a pattern. If they throw up on the bed, they only do it on Jeff's side. Why? I dunno. It might be because his side is pretty much bare, and mine is piled with covers. It might be because they feel comforted by his scent on his side, or maybe they like me more and don't want to puke on my side. There's really no telling. Still, as much as I like clean sheets I think that I'd like to not have to wash them every 3 days. It would be nice if they would go barf in the tub or something where it would be easier to clean up.
Aren't you glad that you read my blog today? I promise the next post will be more pleasant.
Friday, February 15, 2008
In Bruges was awesome. I really completely enjoyed the movie. I don't have anything bad to say about it, and that's rare. I will warn you, the movie centers around the lives of two hit men…. That means that there is violence, and things are said and done that might offend your delicate sensibilities. I didn't find anything offensive in it, but that's me. The movie was touching, and funny, and sad, and I don't know. There is just such a sweet story buried in this strange circumstance. I honestly would like to recommend this movie to everyone, because I believe it is that fantastic. The only thing that holds me back is the subject matter, and the graphic-ness, because I know that would be a big turn off to some people. I don't want to put down any details that might be spoilers for people that want to watch it, but if you want some specifics before deciding whether you want to watch it I'd be happy to email you any details that you want. (Or I'm sure you can find them at some other review type site.)
After the movie we grabbed some Outback Steakhouse to go. I loves lamb. We also picked up some wine, and took it all back to our home.
We settled into the couch and popped in Eastern Promises. I really thought that I would like this movie. I'd seen lots of trailers, and I thought I wanted to see it. I don't know if it just couldn't compete with In Bruges, or if it was just the lack of story arch that made it a disappointment. I mean, the acting was top notch, and the story was compelling, but at the end it just stops. It really felt like there should have been a fade to new scene, but instead the credits came up. It wasn't satisfying as a movie to me, but still not bad. (Also violent, in case you weren't aware, it does center around the Russian mafia, so lots of blood and general nastiness.) (Oh and a nekid Viggo with his junk flopping around as he tries not to get killed in a sauna… just you know, in case you care.)
So all in all it was a pretty nice night. It might not have been a pink and red candy Valentine's, but then again neither are we.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Julie had such success with Weight Watchers that I did a little online digging. I started to analyze what I was eating, as much as I could without having any real access to "official" sources. Finally a couple of weeks ago I broke down and asked Julie if she would help me get started. I'm a big chicken, and I don't like going to meetings and things where I don't know anyone, at least at first. I knew it would be better with a friend.
The first meeting was last Friday (right after that fender bender I mentioned earlier). The leader was strange, and I wasn't really sold on her. I was definitely going to give the program a try though, because what I was doing on my own wasn't cutting it. I had some hard times, especially on the weekend when I typically have a greater access to junk food. I also had some really good days, and Jeff's been working on modifying his recipes so that they're still tasty, but worth fewer points.
We went to another meeting yesterday, and the leader was a lot more fun. I think that I'll like this Wednesday group better, so I'll probably stick with them for a while. The scary part is that according to the weigh-in I've already started to lose weight. That means that in 5 days I managed to do what I haven't been able to accomplish on my own in 3 months. That is encouraging to me, and I hope that I can keep it up. Of course, I also hope that I stop feeling so hungry all the time. I'm a snacker. I don't tend to eat a whole lot at once, but I do spend a lot of time eating here and there. I'm having a hard time figuring out when to eat and what to eat, but supposedly that will get better as I go along.
I'll try not to bore you with mundane day to day details of my weight watcher experience. I'm just kind of proud I guess, and I wanted to share. So if you offer me something delicious and I don't take it, don't be offended. I'm just still in the early stages of this and having a somewhat difficult time. Sometimes it's easier not to have any than it is to have just one piece.
Friday afternoon Jeff damn near totaled the car. Now, he didn't get in a major accident or anything, there's a picture right there of what my "totaled" car looked like. We were making a u-turn under MoPac and the car in front of us made to go, and as Jeff rolled forward and checked to see if he was clear too, then chickened out and slammed on the brakes. We basically bumped into them and of course my sturdy aluminum car folded like the piece of Hyundai crap that it is. So with a busted fender the car was almost a total loss to the insurance company. Since Saturday we've gone from the car having $1200 of previous damage and being repairable, to the car having $1550 of previous damage and being totaled, to finally the car having $1000 of previous damage and again being repairable, albeit needing more repairs. *sigh* Our original claims agent Scott Hunter at Progressive in Austin,TX was a total prick, and I think hell bent on totaling my vehicle. Yesterday we dealt with several other nice people who were able to give us additional money and decide that the car was not the big piece of crap that Scott seemed to think it was. Yesterday I got the type of service that I'm used to receiving from Progressive. They've always taken care of me. I choose to believe that Scott is a fluke, and I hope to never ever speak to him again. We were given the name and number of someone else in the claim department that we will work with if we have any other issues come up during this repair cycle.
We also finally got the wedding inviations put together Sunday, and they went in the mail Monday. I've already heard back from several local people that they've started getting them in. I'm still looking forward to being married to Jeff, but honestly I just can't wait for all this wedding shit to be over with.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
The instructions are simple:
Bold those you’ve read.
Add an asterisk* to those you have read more than once.
Italicize books you have started but couldn’t finish.
Underline those on your TBR list.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Life of Pi: A Novel
The Name of the Rose
Pride and Prejudice
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies
War and Peace
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
*The Canterbury Tales
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
Angels & Demons
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Sound and the Fury
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-Present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
*The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
In Cold Blood
The Three Musketeers
I didn't underline any books as being on my to be read list, because I don't really have one. For the most part if a book falls into my hands that I want to read I will read it. I hardly ever seek out a book. There are several books that I have read (even on this list) that I would like to read again though. Maybe I should have made up my own category and underlined the bolded books that I've read, and hope to read again.
For the most part I read the older books on this list for school purposes, if I read them more than once it was either because I liked it (The Inferno), or because the first time I skimmed it real quick, and then had to read it again to make sure I could write about it or pass a test (The Scarlet Letter). Most of the books that I started and didn't finish were school assignments where I only had to read an excerpt and choose not to finish them because they weren't to my tastes. The exceptions were:
1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - I tried, but I felt like I beating my skull in with all those words.
2. David Copperfield - I was extremely dissappointed in the 7th grade when I checked this book out from the library and found out that it had nothing to do with the magician.
Well, that took up entirely too much of the time that I should have been working today, so that will probably be it. Happy Monday folks.