Sunday, May 24, 2020

Brightening the Day

It's a grey, gloomy day here today, when it isn't actually raining, which it mostly is, and it's easy to be a bit down with it. But I had a good mail day yesterday, which is helping!
The Target box was nothing exciting, and I'll go over one package another day, but here are details of two of them.

First up: My friend's husband wrote a book! (Well, it's a novella, but that totally counts.) I backed the campaign, and my copy came yesterday!
And it's good, thank heavens; it would be so embarrassing to try and deflect talking about it otherwise. Interesting character, good story, I want to see more of Inez. Recommended if you like space/sci-fi reading.

Next up: squishy mail!

My local knitting group pointed out to me, a few weeks back, that the exchange rate from the Canadian dollar to US was in our* favor right now, and we got to talking about indie dyers up there.
*Most of us are American, anyway: one woman is back in Canada already.

They mentioned one that was new to me, MidKnit Cravings (what a great name), and I had a fun poke around the website. I started looking around for three skeins that would work together for Casapinka's Magical Thinking pattern (which, she notes, is not a poncho: "This is an important point as I have a teenaged daughter and cannot cause her social annihilation by designing a poncho, so please follow this rule of nomenclature.").

I ended up messaging back and forth with them on Facebook along the lines of "do these colors work together or would you suggest something else" and a few combo considerations later, ordered these:
The yarn is 100% merino and super-soft! This is Blowing Bubbles.
This is Unsupervised.
And this is Droplet.
I think they're going to make a fun not-a-poncho. And for now, just looking at them makes me smile.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Two Different Musical Interludes, to Usher in the Long Weekend

I saw this on Twitter this morning; I don't know if you have to be familiar with Grease, but it really made me laugh.

Then there's this amazing accomplishment: Bach on a giant wooden xylophone in the woods.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Old Movies, New Perspective

I enjoy watching old movies, but one does get the impression that the actors way back then were, in person, as they were on the screen, if that makes sense. Censorship, what's that? Well, there were some potty mouths when they forgot their lines. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Pop Quiz, Work Edition

Ready for a question? Which of these do I hate the most:
  1. A hurry-up-and-rush project
  2. Content on COVID-19
  3. Projects in PowerPoint
  4. Projects in PowerPoint that are solid text, without any figures or visuals or any reason to be in PowerPoint and not in Word
  5. Projects that have been rushed and are of poor quality
Trick question: I hate them all! So of course you can guess what kind of work I was doing most of today.

I know that having a job is something to be grateful for these days, but wow, some days it's harder than others to feel that gratitude.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Retrospective: Flowers in Hawaii

I probably posted some of the photos I took of flowers* in Hawaii when I was writing about that trip, but I thought it might be nice to put them up today. If you're not much of a flower person, I apologize for doing this twice in a week; I think this will get it out of my system, so try me again later.
*In which category I am including trees, flowering trees, bushes, and palms. Nature, basically.

Just a reminder, these are all taken on the Big Island, back in January of this year (January! a lifetime ago). Enjoy!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Birds, Birds, Birds

All the way back in January, my mother and had dinner out that turned out to include a show of beautiful birds hanging out nearby (the restaurant has an outdoor area and is on a canal). I took dozens of photos, but it was right before I went off to Hawaii, so I never did blog about it. Shall we look at the pretty birds now? (It's nothing profound, but I find them pretty, and soothing to look at now.)