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Playing Hookey!

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No, I didn't go to church today. I should be ashamed of myself. I'm not. Guess the anticipated insanity of the upcoming weeks convinced me to be a little slothful whilst I can.
Or, to come completely clean, I should confess that I spent until about 2 a.m. working on the other one of these:


That second mitten was haunting the back of my brain and while I was at it, I got a nice pattern (this time not from Vogue Knitting) for a fair isle hat - simple two-color pattern - using yarn I found in my stash - some homespun single ball I got at the Sheep and Wool festival about three years ago! I think those colors will be fine - the pattern is called Francis by Fiona Morris. It's from a set of free patterns offered by a U.K. website called The Inside Loop . Here's a thumbnail from that site, to show you what the hat should look like (if I don't mangle it!). No worry, no bandwidth stealing here:
I think the pale lavender should do well with the blue, since the blue has f…

Some Serious Drooling from Knitting Daily TV

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Barney Frank: Gotta Love Him!

Thursday evening: calm before the storm

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I was thinking today of all that is coming up at work, in church and in our family and that right now is truly the calm before the storm. K and D's little boy is due in about 5 weeks; our firm is on call for any new cases and shelter hearings that come up in September; at the same time my colleague goes on her honeymoon (LOL!); bell practice starts Tuesday; EfM (yes, I'm going back! isn't that cool?!!) starts Wednesday; choir practice starts Thursday and I'll be lucky if I can remember where I put my yarn, let alone get any knitting done.
But I love it. It's always true that the busier one is, the more one gets done.
Last Sunday, we had a shower for K and D. K is showing the baby belly more than ever. S did a lot of baking and cooking for the goodies. The rest of us bought food and stuff:). S's family couldn't make it - they had already planned a barbecue for other family members and it just wasn't going to work - but we had a nice time, with family a…

Well done, good and faithful servant! Rest in Peace!

Noggin Noggin, who's got a Noggin?

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Well, this morning has been one with the grandgirls, punctuated by blasts of potty training accidents, Noggin on TV and On Demand (for which I thank GOD!!!), a Saturday Happy Meal (McDonalds) treat and general messiness 'round the house. Never mind I've got two visits and some serious cleaning to do later. I started the morning early; their Dad starts his workday at 8:30 and has to drop them off to us a bit earlier. After showering and dressing, I walked downstairs to unlock and open the front door to be greeted with these lovely sights: It's fun to watch things grow - even for the second and third times. The weather we've had this summer and a moderately decent amount of rain has made for a very lush summer here in Merlin - in fact, as I've said to my friend in the Northwest, it looks like we've switched weather patterns for a season! I do have to say, we've gotten to be more Merlin-esque in the past few weeks with the temperature topping the 90s (Fahrenhe…

Oh My MY....

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As I type this, I am sitting at my desk at the home office, my cellphone at my side, on speakerphone, in the midst of what is euphemistically referred to as a "Family Team Decisionmaking Meeting." Oy. When one represents children, and one does not agree with the position of the local "department," (because one's clients can tell one what they want and my job is to represent THEM, dammit!), one generally is regarded as lower than the lowliest of worms. Anyway, I am listening as I type this to one parent's attorney getting information from the involved social worker and he's doing fine without me, LOL:)!
When this old world starts getting me down, and I'm not looking at my yarn stash, I look at these babies:
Aren't they lovely? And they will provide me with endless fodder for the occasional knitting book review. And it's in the next room from the kitschen, so when I sit down for a my lunch break, these provide endless inspiration:) Just think h…

Okey dokey then...

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Well today was not a very eventful one. We had the grandgirls over for another day. And their "other Pop-pop" is apparently doing well enough to step down from ICU to a regular hospital bed (thanks for your prayers and thoughts!) which is excellent news! (So I suppose it's been eventful after all, LOL:)! I spent the morning getting things in order for court tomorrow and returning phone calls. Then this afternoon was the first in six months' worth of doctor visits, documenting one of my many gazillion attempts at weight loss. I intend to do the best I can and have already started on a low-carb regime. Tomorrow I go to the "Y" to get a tour of the facilities so I can finally start some sort of swimming regimen (I like swimming even more than walking, but will also do the latter on cooler days). Not to bore you all, dear readers, but I'm not going to weigh myself until my next appointment in September. OK, enough o' that crapola.... Inch by inch I'm …

Interesting day....

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Bob Breszny's sort-of-horoscope (verrrry interesting):
"In the days ahead, you may not realize what you're looking for until you find it. I advise you, therefore, to put into action the following five-point plan. 1) Suppress any know-it-all tendencies you might have. 2) Revive your childhood talent for being voraciously curious about everything. 3) Ask more questions than you've ever asked before. 4) Figure out how to be receptive without being passive, and how you can be humble without muffling your self-confidence. 5) Consider the possibility that you have a lot to learn about what's best for you. " As usual with these things, my reaction is, "Hah! I WISH!" And then I go about my life, scratching my head and acting generally confused. But there's something about this one that I really really like. Well, dear readers, the grandangels came over today and John watched them pretty much all day. I got up, got dressed for court (because I knew I'…

Update: tired but feeling good.

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Well, I did my thing as a citizen today with fellow chorister, Linda K-M. I twittered a little while ago something about seeing so many morons in one place, but I meant no disrespect to the people who were shouting those stupid things. (OK sorry, I'll behave now - I'm sure there's a person on the other side of this issue saying the same things about me.) I felt, that after all the coverage of people at these town hall meetings on health care who are organizers from the Republican party and/or insurance companies screaming down anyone who doesn't agree with them, that I should do my part to show that there is also a very strong group of people who support health care reform and the public/single payor option.
When I arrived there, the people on the other side of this issue were already getting personal, shouting at all of us, asking how many of us had jobs, etc. A few came over to our side and tried to start fights with individuals, but we held firm. When someone was par…

Court, First Amendment and Toe-up Socks

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Hello dear readers - back again. Well, this morning I had court - a brief hearing during which the Judge (it was an exceptions hearing) ruled against me despite my best arguments. I hate when that happens - luckily the client was all right and will probably be all right. After that I came home to the "office away from office" I call home. Answered e-mails and phone calls and now I'm posting. The picture above is of the Towson University Arts Center where one of our Senators, Ben Cardin, is going to be holding a Town Meeting on the issue of health care reform. Since I am a firm believer in health care reform and am hoping some real changes happen this time, a friend from choir and I will be heading over there for a rally to support the public option or at a minimum, some sort of reform. I do have some concerns, since there have been a number of rather "in your face" protesters at some of these events - and Sen. Cardin is a democrat in my little blue State - but h…

Wonderful instructional videos on YouTube. One of my all-time favorites: Oftroy

Hopefully, your computer, dear 2.5 readers, will be able to play these videos posted by Helen of New York, NY (Queens, I think) - Oftroy on ravelry and on YouTube. If she hasn't already been, she should be dubbed the Queen of Cast-Ons because her instructional videos are just wonderful. This one is not titled, it was taught to her by a Russian lady in her building. And it's actually a really good cast-on. I strongly urge you to subscribe to her videos on YouTube because she's quite good!




And this one is just awesome:



Well, dear readers, another Sunday and yours truly has been too lazy to go to anyone's church. It's funny, but for a number of reasons, I feel that the last couple of weeks it's been a good thing to stay away. I love my church and the people in it, but I've had to do some personal introspection that sadly required my absence - and I didn't realize that until I got up to get ready to go this morning, but next week I have to be there because I&…

Knitting on ...and on... and on..., Some Book Reviews and August Meaderings

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Life just goes on. Since last I posted, dear 2.5 readers, we've all been plugging along, working, babysitting the grandgirls, knitting, sleeping and not much else. Makes for thrilling reading, I'm sure. In the news, I've been following the despicable behavior of people who think intimidation and screaming (behavior apparently funded by some interesting right-wing groups), lies, name calling (as in Nazi) and other techniques and dirty tricks reminiscent of Hitler's cronies in the 1920s will stop the people of this country from determining how to address our health care issues. It amazes me how many people just buy into whatever BS somebody tells them, like, yeah, sure, Obama is sitting in a back room, plotting to kill all of the nations elderly. I mean, after all, his grandmother died, so he wants everyone else's grandmother to die. Yeah, sure, right. OY! Random thought: I wonder if there's ever been a website (hosted of course by GodasBBL) called, "No She D…

I promise, I will actually WRITE something soon, but this is really cool. Thanks, Berroco!

HUZZAH

And Al Franken got to call it! O Happy Day:)!!

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Facts and Artifacts

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A bit overly dramatic for pictures of a mitten-in-progress, eh? (Hmmm, if there is a Canadian in the house, can you tell me if "eh?" is the equivalent of "n'est-ce pas?" These and other burning questions (hopefully) answered here:)

Since last I wrote, the entire family came for dinner Sunday night and we celebrated S's birthday. It was good to have everybody over in that quiet time before the storm of a new life in our midst. K an S are due in another 8 weeks or so and once that happens, after the busy-ness of autumn, school, new activities, old activities starting up and then a new baby, life will be very busy and very full, not that it isn't now!

Yesterday was fairly quiet at work and today was court. I write this after a fairly short work day - that will be beginning again in a few moments. This morning started out with what I thought was going to be a contested hearing, but was (as in most cases) ultimately settled. Sort of. After that, e-mails and co…