I did a stupid thing. I have this Neurosis; every time I go anywhere with my laptop I am convinced that I am going to forget my power cord. I think I forget it every time I come home, and I freak out. Well I’m home…and I forgot my power cord. I have a very short amount of battery life, so watching the DVD I bought at Target today (I am such an addict) took two sections and an hour or so of recharge in the middle. I have about ten minutes left on this battery so I’m just posting to tell y’all I’m alive and very much enjoying my break. I had my final yesterday at 8 am (to repeat that, my final was at 8 AM on SATURDAY) and afterwards Mom and I did our customary stop at the Mall of America; I bought sweaters (including a merino one I am enjoying as we speak) and Ikea (next to the MoA). I bought a teapot with which I am totally in love. There are definitely Tea Parties in my future, especially if I get matching cups and saucers (another trip to Ikea). Today I bought a crochet hook (I’m not learning yet, waiting for the Happy Hooker) and Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitting Without Tears. I’ll adjust the sidebar tomorrow when I can use Dad’s at home power cord (we all Have HP laptops so the cords are interchangeable). Full post then, I want to switch to a daytime posting schedule anyway. Everyone who came this way via the Blue Blog, welcome! I am so excited to have you here. Please comment, even if it is to say that I have atrocious grammar and make poor word choices. I’m a student; I’ve heard it all before.
Studied, Went to class, ate, bingo and Sudoku. That’s all. So here:
It’s great because you can check your progress and see how you’re doing. It’s how I learned to do them. Btw, I solved an intermediate level one all by myself today.
Final. I have one on Saturday at 8 am, I am studying now, I just got back from a study group, and we spent 2 hours going through half the course. I need to do tomorrow’s reading now so I can get ready for meeting tomorrow; we’re doing the New Testament. This of course means that I’ve knit a whole half a row on Weasley, and very little reading on Les Mis. I did add tons of new things on the layout though (I like HTML, it’s been a bit of an interest of mine for a while, I know enough to make this here blog look cool and put all kinds of things on the sidebar. I can even change the size of the sidebar, which had to do because the Team USA button is freaking HUGE. I have a lot of Knitting Olympics buttons. I should stop, but I can’t help it, there are new ones every day, and they’re all so amazing! I only added one new Olympic one today, the Team Minnesota one, I have lived here for 8 years, and I should be on Team Minnesota. I also put in Books I’m reading and Audiobook links, I decided that as I’ve listened to like 4 full Broadway shows today, so putting “music I’m listening to” or “on my ipod” like other blogs do would be a bit difficult.
I think I may do Broadway show recording of the Week (I have about 110 different recordings of shows about 104 individual shows in all) I could go for 2 years without even repeating a show, but I may want to do all four recordings of Les Miserables for um…Les Mis month, it would be fun, find or create a Les Mis inspired pattern, review a CD each week and um…sing the songs even more than I do. And then I could do a Gilbert and Sullivan Month, I have 2 Pirates of Penzance and The Gondoliers and The Mikado…I could totally do these in groups, one for a significant even in each month, like a Hugh Jackman retrospective in May for X-men 3, although I don’t currently have any Hugh Jackman recordings… I’ll make it work. Anyway I have a huge Broadway collection, which I adore; it is really fantastic (I have that one too). I’ve spent so much time working my way through new ones; I just did what I have of Secret Garden earlier this week when I read the book.
This is actually something I wanted to talk about. It all started when I discovered Librivox (use the link I made in the sidebar!) This is a wonderful organization that records public domain audiobooks and distributes them for free on the Internet. You can record if you want to or else you can just download and listen. I discovered that people had started doing my favorite public domain books (L. Frank Baum’s Oz series) and in my desperation to download it I discovered Kara. Kara does a children’s book podcast and sounds exactly like a mother reading to her children, her voice is not at all grating (like the woman who recorded Pride and Prejudice, I actually preferred the computer generated audiobook to her). She recently finished reading A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I first read this book when I was…16. I just never was introduced to it, my parent’s weren’t very up on the showing/reading me classics of children’s literature thing. It’s a great book, really great as an anti-depressant. I have watched the movie a million times. So I just rewatched it (I got a double feature with the Alfonzo Cauron Princess and The Secret Garden at Target) and I am really disappointed in it. Perhaps I didn’t realize that the original was British and it makes so much more sense in that context. So the Americanization, while it was well done, was a bit off putting. The Sarah was incredible though, really perfect for the role. Anyway I still don’t like Alfonzo Cauron’s style, it’s not too bad but he makes choices that I wouldn’t make. I would like, if I ever become a film director, to do this one though, it would be great. So I also just read The Secret Garden, on Friday. Yes for the first time. That movies was closer, well it was at least set in England. But Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter movies) played Mrs. Medlock, which was very off putting, and they beefed up her part because she had star power. It was good though. The Secret Garden is what Kara is reading currently, I’m attempting to wait it out so I can enjoy it more cohesively.
So enjoy the new layout, next step is creating other pages on this website, like one for patterns, and if I record anything (like The Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum) and if I create a podcast out of it. Nothing promised though.
Pretty much the motto of today. I did a little bit of homework (caught up on everything I hadn’t read yet in Con), I knit a little bit (I’m at 23 of 26 inches on the back of Weasley), I’m going to read a little bit (I want to Finish Les Miserables before I go see the play…which could be like Saturday or something).
I’m having a pretty bad day but, well as my alarm clock keeps reminding me, “Always look on the bright side of life”. So being Pollyannaish, I cleaned some of my room; it feels nice to have clean floors again. I got my midterm and it looks as if I’ll get a solid B+ in Con for interim (a whole letter grade better than I did last semester). If I totally rock the final, I think I could get an A-, that would be very nice, I aim for A-‘s. I’m really not feeling loquacious tonight, I think it’s because I feel like I’ve written a novel on this blog today because of the time I spent working on the format. Speaking of the format, what do ya’ll think? I’m becoming rather pleased with myself.
Oh! I just remembered something cool did happen today. I decided that I didn’t like the way I got to the ending last time, it just was a total cop out. I realized that for what I was describing as a swords and sorcery novel I didn’t have a very exciting, magical or swordsy ending. So I decided to scrap the old ending (I’m going to do a project with the old ending, so I’ll explain it later when I have time to work on it). Then I realized that part of what I didn’t like was that my decision for the final romantic pairing (which I’m not quite sure is going to be the final pairing, wait, I’ll explain), because he disappeared for like half the novel and then was like ‘I’ll overcome the fact that I was originally written as a teacher figure, I love you’. So I need to develop him more if I want to have the love hexagon (or if you Romanize it the sexagon). But then I realized something even worse, I think I may be choosing this one guy because he’s the only male member of the hexagon (sexagon) that I’ve written so far. I mean what about the hero who’s practically immortal and is conveniently brought in by the old wizard character, or the lovely well adjusted young man who is stable and safe and who I just found out actually loves her (what, this is as much of a reading experience to me as it is to you). Then there’s the amazingly handsome wizard who is the fulfillment of her every childhood dream (he’s really, really, really yummy), and don’t forget the feral male counterpart (yes I am using feral correctly, he’s cool, that’s all). And then there’s this guy who I’ve already written and he’s such a tragic figure, I would be all over him, but I’m not sure if I’d want him if I had these choices, well I’ll decide once I’ve written a few more of them.
I’m pretty tired and now after listening to like 2 hours of Les Mis I am totally ready to go read the book for a bit.
So as you can probably tell I just spent time I didn’t have ( I should have been doing my Con. assignment) mucking around with the layout. it’s almost there, I’m not a big fan of the sidebar background and I couldn’t find the bit of code where you change the color of the bio, but apart from that it’s great. I got link, blogs, and knitalongs up. I think I’ll add Books I’m reading and What’s on my Ipod, but not for a bit, I’ve done about all I can do for right now. I will probably change that sidebar sooner rather than later, although I do love my palm tree.
I am currently working on the layout of this blog, it’s new, we’re in flux, I’m liking the changes so far. I get to show off more of my photos, all the non pink (note that I love pink) pictures are my work, I really like the way we’re going so I’m going to keep playing, but right now I’m limited due to lack of camera (wait till next week whe I can use the family camera, then I’ll go hog wild). I’m really happy so forgive me saying that I really like it, I have a right, I am doing all the designing myself.
I am actually not sure whether it was jus the batteries dying or something more dire but my camera is currently not working. This means I’ll be posting some canned or old images to tide me over, because I really like posting with pictures. This also means that you cannot see my rapidly growing sweater (last measured at 23 of 26 inches on the back) It is a pity and as I am going to Target today I’ll hopefully be able to remedy it, hopefully. Expect that if I get a camera it’ll be a .5 mega pixel piece of junk to get me through till summer when I can buy a really good one. Anyway I have been knitting to the point where I needed to do a bit of yoga several times a day to keep myself going. Aiding and in many ways hindering this process is 24.
for the uninitiated 24 is a television show. The main gimmick is that everything happens in real time, so if you go to commercials you’ll be losing four minutes of time. The problem is that in the last few days I’ve watched about 17 episodes of 24 (only 11 hours and 20 min). I really love this show. I mean, I’ve barely missed an episode since I started watching in 2003 (in the middle of season 2). Now season five started last Sunday and I am just a bit cheesed about not being able to watch it, so I started watching one of my Christmas presents
the one on the left is 24 season 2, and much of it was a new experience to me. Anyway I am really obsessed and it was just what I needed to break up this last (very stressful) week.
I know you may be thinking, “What has this girl got to be stressed about?” Well the week started with my midterm paper, I had such a hard time with this one, really it just would not write for me. One of those times when I had to write for hours and hours and barely made any progress. I have another paper this weekend but it is less than half the size and I think I know what the prof. is looking for. Besides papers things were just happening and happening and I am now very glad that it is Saturday. I need to work a bit on my paper but other than that it’s bum around on the internet, listen to music loudly because my roommate is gone for the day and just enjoy a moment of peaceful life. I’ll be very glad this time next week because if I’m not home yet I’ll be shopping with Mom at the Mall of America. I’ll talk more about those plans later though, when I’m studying for the final and I need the escape. Now it’s back to the paper.