|yesterday evening, on the porch, with my sister, Holly, a bottle of wine and knitting|
Craving: Some sort of routine for exercise, work and play. These past few weeks have been fun, but my body and my mind are ready for some discipline.
|yesterday evening, on the porch, with my sister, Holly, a bottle of wine and knitting|
|the view from our deck on Wednesday evening|
|me, my dad and my brother, Steve (aka "Lydia's husband")|
|loved being with Steve on his 50th birthday!|
|8 months...my new iPhone lock photo|
|Katie, my dad and me|
|my mom & dad, toasting PJ (below - Steve & Lydia's older son)|
|PJ is the most gifted musician in our family...he sang Turn the Page as a birthday gift to his dad|
|me and Sara...just hanging...|
|this is mine - me, Holly, Sara, Charlie, Marc, Katie & Rob|
|highly cropped - but still such great smiles on both of them!|
|my dad loves to be behind the camera... sadly, I didn't take any when he was photographing my sister's family|
|life is good...this was the second book I read while I was there|
...high-fiving and pretty pleased with himself after chugging an entire eight ounces in record time.
And played. I should've known that little smirk-y smile (at about 12:30) meant "I'm not really gonna sleep for the rest of the day!" So we played some more.
And then it stormed. Charlie was delighted - for about five minutes - with the windows and the shutters and the raindrops.
Long-time readers might recall that Holly hates storms; and even newer readers probably know that Charlie and Holly don't exactly play well together. It was a busy afternoon. and of course the rain meant an extra-long commute home for Katie. One silver lining is that Marc had an hour with Charlie when he got home. They had a ball together. I couldn't even complain when the TV came on.
...but all that fun means my weekend post is going to be late. tomorrow. I promise.
...it's back (click here for the BotNS Podcast and here to download your card)! and just in time as my Memorial Day Weekend officially kicks off this evening. But for purposes of this Book Bingo, we'll count books finished between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends - Saturday, May 23 through Monday, September 7. I think this is the longest "summer reading" period possible...which is good since I've got some doozies on my card. "At least 800 pages", "Nonfiction" and "A biography of someone I dislike".
We'll follow the same rules as last year - each book you finish counts for one square. Each completed Bingo (a row, a column or a diagonal) earns you one entry in the drawing. I'll choose a winner from the pool of Bingos in September. (Bonny won last year - she covered her card, which counted for 12 Bingos...kind of a slam dunk!)
Wishing you a summer of delightful reading...and more than a few Bingos!
|at Sara's 2014 commencement (thank you to my mom for the photo!) - this is our Georgia Tech family!|
Marc ('82 Architecture), Katie ('09 Industrial Engineering), me ('83 Applied Mathematics), Sara ('14 Industrial Engineering), my dad ('61 Chemical Engineering), Rob ('08 Business)
Delivering a commencement address is a great responsibility; or so I thought until I cast my mind back to my own graduation. The commencement speaker that day was the distinguished British philosopher Baroness Mary Warnock. Reflecting on her speech has helped me enormously in writing this one, because it turns out that I can’t remember a single word she said. This liberating discovery enables me to proceed without any fear that I might inadvertently influence you to abandon promising careers in business, the law or politics for the giddy delights of becoming a gay wizard.
You see? If all you remember in years to come is the ‘gay wizard’ joke, I’ve come out ahead of Baroness Mary Warnock. Achievable goals: the first step to self improvement.2. So was Neil Gaiman's. His address was to The University of the Arts, but it still speaks powerfully to this technical graduate. The closing bit is one of my favorites:
And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.3. But you didn't hire them. Instead you have me. I graduated from college 32 years ago with a degree in Applied Mathematics (from a school known mostly for its engineering degrees) and a job, engaged to marry the guy I started dating before classes even started my freshman year. We will celebrate our 32nd anniversary this fall. We've raised two lovely daughters, who did graduate with those coveted engineering degrees, and are delighted to have the start of what we hope will be a bigger extended family. We've certainly been through some very rocky times, and it's never easy...but it's easier with the right partner. Choose wisely.
...yep, he and his parents are back from the beach. I wasted no time and hosted a little brunch yesterday. So many photo opportunities! (which was a very good thing ... thank goodness we'll have more time next weekend to practice!) In all seriousness, I love that my dad wanted to try first. "Try", of course, being the operative word. But these five photos (all taken in under one minute) are my favorites of the whole party.
They tell part of a wonderful story, Little Charlie Clay and his Grandpa Roy.
|Thursday's walk...the baby geese are growing up fast!|
|last night's bookclub|
|this morning's run...it smelled wonderful|
|Becky, me and George|
|my mom, Becky and me|
|George and my dad|
|my dad and mom and me|
|all of us|
|Rock Mill Park, from this morning's run|
...this week, Carole's asked us to list things we need to quit procrastinating...and just do! This is going to be an interesting set of posts, assuming we're all honest ;-)
Of course it's nearly 8pm as I sit down to write this, so I'm happy to report that the prompt worked - I did a few of these things...today!
...it got off to a great start when I arrived home Friday afternoon to see this note.
The quiche was delicious and we opened a nice Petite Syrah. No movie, but a little bit of golf instead (I never complain about golf because it makes it easy for me to knit!)
Saturday morning Holly and I took a long walk; I'm struck right now by how good it smells...
The mailman delivered this delightful package - thank you, Bonny! I've never knit with Shalimar Breathless...can't wait to try it (in a few months...when it's time again to knit for cooler weather.)
Marc went to bed early (golf can really tire a guy out!) and I stayed up with Holly, knitting and listening to Neil Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors (which I finished Sunday morning - 4 stars).
Sunday was Mother's Day and the first one since I've been a mom that I didn't celebrate with either daughter...instead, I shared it with my mom (her first Mother's Day since 1979 that she got to celebrate with all three of her children!)
I did get cards, notes, texted photos, two phone calls...and my favorite bacon, tomato and avocado sandwiches for dinner.
Hope y'all enjoyed a weekend full of good things, too ... and belated Happy Mother's Day wishes to all the moms.
...a week ago Sunday, Katie sent me this text:
I think Charlie wants a blanket to sleep with eventually. Like a lovey. Before many naps and bedtimes, he tries to snuggle the bib. Or will reach for the gray pottery barn blanket to lay his head on. Could you knit something I could wash and dry in cotton? Or would I be better to buy something?
A few texts later, we'd agreed on the Swans Island Finest Kind Baby Blanket and Blue Sky Alpaca's Worsted Cotton, likely in the Sky colorway (I love that my LYS is online now and I can check out colors and quantities on hand...from home on a Sunday evening!)
Monday afternoon, I bought the yarn and cast on 131 stitches. (no, I didn't swatch, but I did a quick calculation figuring I'd get about 4 stitches per inch and wanted a blanket roughly 30" square, but not a skimpy 30"). I got a good start that evening and when I finished the first (of seven planned) skein on Tuesday evening, decided I'd try for a skein a day...and a finished blanket in a week.
By Wednesday evening, I'd joined the third skein.
Thursday morning I could hardly move my right arm. I took a break and planted flowers. and cleaned the garage. and KonMari'd the cupboards and drawers in my bathroom and part of my closet. and a few bookshelves. I finally picked up my knitting around 5pm...
...and it was after 10 before I finished that day's skein. Friday morning I was still sore, but I measured my progress and realized I would only need to knit six skeins (and the finished piece would be more like 40" square!)
Friends at the shop suggested I soak in Epsom salts and use some Aspercream. I couldn't figure out a great way to soak my entire arm (without taking a bath?!), but I did buy the Aspercream. Man, that stuff is awesome! I powered through another two skiens and had one to go by Sunday. I finally bound off and buried the ends on Monday afternoon. I gave it a quick wash and about an hour in the dryer. It was ready for Charlie on Tuesday.
He does seem to like it!
(and my arm is almost back to normal...but I'm not going to knit cotton again for a while ;-)