Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Feeling Sassy Anyone?

You come across these random online tests all the time. Usually they are fun and more than a little ridiculous.

Check this one out:


Your Stripper Song Is


Closer by Nine Inch Nails

'You let me violate you You let me desecrate you
You let me penetrate you You let me complicate you
Help me, I broke apart my insides Help me, I've got no soul to sell Help me, the only thing that works for me Help me get away from myself... Help me, you tear down my reason... Help me, you make me perfect Help me think I'm somebody else'
My whole existence is flawed You get me closer to God...


When you dance, it's a little scary - and a lot sexy.


What Song Should You Strip To?


During my wild and hedonistic youth Closer was MY SONG! Anytime I hear it, it takes me right back. I cannot sit still when this baby comes on. I did not expect this song to be on the test though.

Here is another fun blog test:



Your Personality Profile

You are elegant, withdrawn, and brilliant.
Your mind is a weapon, able to solve any puzzle.
You are also great at poking holes in arguments and common beliefs.

For you, comfort and calm are very important.
You tend to thrive on your own and shrug off most affection.
You prefer to protect your emotions and stay strong.

The World's Shortest Personality Test


PS I only post them when they feel accurate!

PSS Thanks for all of the compliments for the FO's. I am hoping to have Darling completed and modeled by the end of this weekend.

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Headway is being made!

Ta Da!


Honestly, this pattern is so adorable it should come with a warning. Wait until you see it on the recipient - we had a fitting the other day, and while she was a blur of motion, it was a charming blur.

Darling is nearly complete, still needs: Belts sewn on, embroidery added, loops and buttons, ends woven in and blocked. Not too shabby for a knitter of my speed.

The whirlwind that is my Mother's talent, resulted in this sweet vest. (intended for the same recipient - which means we will have to start something for her brother right away!)


This evening I began my Ravenclaw House Scarf while watching GoF. See the nearby Kleenex? My eyes were 'glistening with the ghosts of the past' - so recently past. Poor Cedric.


Notice how all of these items fall into the current PS2 theme?

It has been a busy weekend. My brother is visiting - so lots of catching up, visitors, visits and phone calls. My Mom and I drove in to the city to pick up some yarn for a project of hers. While there I bought some yummy yarn for my SP9 - that's right folks, I am still shopping: Late much? I also found a fantastic sewing project that will premiere here shortly.

I saw The Number 23 - people save your money! Fortunately we used free passes and our popcorn was fresh, so not a total waste. Really, really bad movie.

I finished a great book, Animal Dreams - now to get through the stack on my nightstand...

Oh, and I found a cool photo game - check it out here.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Signs are Everywhere

SPRING


Sound the flute!
Now it's mute!
Birds delight,
Day and night,
Nightingale,
In the dale,
Lark in sky, -
Merrily,
Merrily, merrily to welcome in the year.

Little boy,
Full of joy;
Little girl,
Sweet and small;
Cock does crow,
So do you;
Merry voice,
Infant noise;
Merrily, merrily to welcome in the year.

Little lamb,
Here I am;
Come and lick
My white neck;
Let me pull
Your soft wool;
Let me kiss
Your soft face;
Merrily, merrily we welcome in the year.
William Blake






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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Strike One!

I have to apologize for the pic - it is not the best light (maybe click on it to get a better view) today.

What you see on the left is 10 balls of hunter green Lana Gato that Cindy generously gave away! When is green part of PS2? Hmmmm....lots of time to come up with the perfect pattern.
It's a very soft wool-acrylic blend.

In the very front you can see the 2 skeins of hand-dyed sock yarn that I won at KnitPastis' contest last month. Beautiful wool just right for making some much needed ankle socks.

On the right there are 4 balls of dk. blue and 2 silver/grey Merino Superwash that are destined to become a Ravenclaw House Scarf over at the Countdown To Harry KAL. They also just happen to fit right in with the PS2 colour theme. The only thing is I will have to take a strike at Stashalong - 'cause I bought these ones.


In lieu of a project pic -- Darling is coming along; I should finish the body tonight and hopefully do the collar while I 'get my Lost on' tomorrow night -- I will leave you with a few links to some great blogs I found through PS2.


Fat Chick Crafts - some gorgeous Kool-Aid dyed yarn

FrickKnits - Knitting and books: a winning combo

The Knitting Philistine - come on, that title alone is worth the visit!

The Stitchin' Wench - check out her Peapod set

Thee Handworks - incredibly beautiful quilting

Tiennie Knits - stranded colour work

Turtlegirl's Bloggy Thing - Yarn Pron Fridays!

Velma's World - Scrumbling - I would love to try that.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Alphabet Meme

The Alphabet Meme:

A - Available or Taken: Available

B - Best Friend: Kira

C -Cake or Pie: Cake - chocolate of course!

D - Drink of Choice: Water - ice cold and with lemon if I can

E - Essential item you use everyday: Moisturizer

F - Favorite Color: Blue

G - Gummy Bears or Worms: Worms

H - Hometown: Prince Rupert, BC

I - Indulgence: Ben & Jerry's 1/2 Baked

J - January or February: January - so many possibilities

K - Kids & ages: NA :-(

L - Life is incomplete without: Laughter

M - Marriage Date or Most Memorable Date ( and why): May 4th, 1991 (baptism)

N - Number of Siblings: 1 sister, Jen & 1 brother, JD

O - Oranges or Apples: Crispy, crunchy apples.

P - Phobias or Fears: Whoops - Spiders

Q - Fave Quote: 'Maybe, maybe not, maybe go....' The Departed (just at this moment)

R - Reason to Smile: Family

S - Season: Spring

T - Tag 3 or 4 People: You wanna play? Go for it.

U - Unknown fact about me: I have had vegetables caught IN my larynx...twice. yep. See X

V - Vegetable you don't like: Mushrooms!

W - Worst Habit: Procrastination

X - X-rays: Really? Ankle, Knee, Throat (carrot in the larynx, yep - no voice whatsoever - and there were med students so I got the whole Barium experience), Chest.
The reason I hesitated at the start of this is 'cause I have broken my ankle twice, had multiple x-rays for a severe knee injury (and then 4 yrs later for a re-injury), and had chest x-rays many times too (pneumonia - twice).
Apparently if I am going to sustain a bodily injury/illness serious enough for X-Rays, I will do it twice!
Oh forgot teeth - do I glow in the dark yet??

Y - Your Fave Food: Thai

Z - Zodiac Sign: Scorpio - watch yourselves!

I found this at Studio T
One of the many cool and inspiring blogs I have discovered so far at the Project Spectrum Participants list.
I am trying to check most of them out. Shouldn't take long...there are only 1131.
But hey, I am at Ta now!

Oh - and I changed my header to reflect the current PS2 colours.
I am going to try and come up with some creative ways to do this....if I could only find some more time in the day...

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All things Potter

As the countdown to Movie 5 and Book 7 continues I have discovered some truly magical things online.

Are you looking to catchup or re-read before the final book? Then Knit Down to Harry might be the blog for you! Book discussions, knitting projects and contests - a sort of Knit the Classics for Junior Fiction.

I have pre-ordered Alison Hansel's, of Blue Blog fame, Charmed Knits.

I read the most enchanting blog entry over at Lickety Knit.

And I took a fun Which-Character-Are-You sort of test; results below:


You scored as Ron Weasley. Though you may not be very academically astute, you are definitely witty and make good points that most people overlook, mainly because you often tend to be a bit stubborn and lack confidence in situations. You're surrounded by people who have thus far outshined you, and this makes you irritable to where you put yourself in a low place; though you shouldn't. You're a great friend to have as you're loyal and caring and would do most anything to save your friends from harm.

Ron Weasley

75%

Hermione Granger

66%

Luna Lovegood

63%

Lord Voldemort

63%

Albus Dumbledore

63%

Severus Snape

63%

Harry Potter

53%

Sirius Black

53%

Bellatrix Lestrange

47%

Remus Lupin

47%

Oliver Wood

47%

Neville Longbottom

44%

Percy Weasley

41%

Draco Malfoy

16%

Harry Potter Character Combatibility Test
created with QuizFarm.com



I have to say, I don't really think that this is too accurate - I was sorted into Ravenclaw after all! So not academically astute? Maybe in math...

I only posted this because I like my 3rd place characters - notice the tie? Between Dumbledore,Luna, Snape and Voldemort?! I do adore Snape, but I think it is a funny combo of characters to meet in a 63% tie.

Does anyone else think it is a little funny that Oliver Wood is listed? Also, please note: this test is for comBatability not to be mistaken for comPatability. ;-D

Oh goodness, and in case you haven't seen the pics of Daniel Radcliffe for Equus...let's just say shocking!


Next up: Some knitting content and maybe a little bit of yarn. I have been working away at Darling all week and I nearly have an FO!

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Friday, February 16, 2007

10 Weird Things

Finally, this could quite possibly be the slowest response to being tagged...


1. I am quite confident when it comes to public speaking - but to speak to individuals whom I don't know? Terrifying.


2. I will go to ludicrous lengths to avoid spoilers for shows/books I am excited about: eg. Deathly Hollows - when I get it at 12:01 AM on July 21st I will be in total seclusion until I have finished it - no phone, no tv, no internet, NO friends who might have read faster/heard something

However, if it is something I am not that keen on I will search for info and speculate away - eg. There were absolutely no surprises for me during last night's Grey's - although the show is the buzz everywhere and I have heard reports of people being devastated and trying to reassure each other that they didn't pronounce so Meredith is fine.


3. I collect utterly useless things that even I don't know what value I originally saw in them. eg. Postcards, letters, photos with or about times, people or places that only have bad connotations. Why??


4. I can't stand to have my food mixing on my plate. Imagine the horror of a buffet or potluck dinner! Yes, yes I know. It is all mixed once eaten. Isn't that what makes it weird?


5. I have no tolerance for fiddling or chatter - though I have been known to chatter - and is knitting a form of fiddling?


6. I would much rather eat most food with a spoon.


7. Eating with plastic utensils and dishes gives me shudders. Ugghhhh.


8. I generally view housework as monumental tasks that require Herculean effort. Once I tackle them I am surprised at how simple they are and vow to do them more often. EVERY WEEK people. Every week.


9. I can't bear to use the same towel, face or dish cloth twice. The idea makes me physically ill. You should see my bag for camping!


10. If the laundry doesn't get into the dryer within a 3 hr time frame, I rewash it. With more soap. Even though I hate to waste water. It is an inner conflict. And if you consider #9 you will realize I do a substantial amount of laundry.

Yikes - once you get to 6 the list just kind of flows ~~ What does that say about me?


And now a picture that could go on our neighbours List of Weird Things:


Click on picture to view in a larger window - this one needs to be seen up close!


And just for the h*ll of it. Kira @ work.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Poetry Thursday

Jabberwocky

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought -
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe

Lewis Carroll

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Dabbling with Dyeing

I decided to dye my own sock yarn for PS2 this colour round. Mostly because I couldn't find anything that really suited me.

I picked up some dye - the kind you need to cook for 20-30 minutes [what was I thinking about?] - and started with KnitPicks Bare.




I have seen people doing this online - well, like most things it looked a lot easier to do than it proved to be.
I used one pot of Royal Blue and one of Black - watered into a grey.



See those yellowy brown spots? Yeah. That was me, cooking the yarn. I wondered what that smell was.

After those 2 colours were done I placed the other end in a pot of Navy Blue - which totally looked purple and had me a little worried initially.


Not taking a lesson from the yellow spots I left the room to check blogs. Another 20 - 30 minutes watching wool sit in dye did not appeal. Well...I came back to find that the Navy Blue had seeped its way throughout the yarn. No more White and no more Grey. As pictured above.

I considered leaving it that way but I really wanted grey. So I went back to the plastic wrap and microwave method and overdyed the center yarn. Which resulted in this:

It is now drying and waiting to be wound and knit into fabulous PS2 sockies.

Next time I am going to skip the entire pot experience and stick with the plastic wrap and the microwave. Cleaner. Easier. Clearer colours. Faster. Much Faster.

Still no White - but I am considering using a colour remover which I also bought along with the dye.

Next Post: 10 Weird Things About Me
It would appear 5 are not enough as I have been tagged!

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Posture

One doesn't generally think of a slouch as a good thing. But when it is a jaunty cap, it is a very good thing indeed. Here is my 1st PS2 project.




Pattern: Le Slouch, by Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Lang Tosca -- about 1 1/4 balls

I really enjoyed this simple pattern and I plan to make another in a neutral, solid colour soon. The best part of this for me was that for the first time ever I used my gauge to adjust the pattern and it WORKED. How long have I been knitting again? Never mind.
Very hard to get a photo I liked - mostly because it was moments from GA and I did not want to be bothered doing my hair or putting on makeup - result: I looked sheer exhausted. Not something you want to post online is an understatement.

I finished this hat at work, while the children played tag. Not something I do often but it did lead to this the following afternoon:

"Can I yarn something - I know how to knit." 5 yr old boy who demonstrated his ability to knit by intertwining his fingers and twiddling them quickly while moving his elbows up and down [not my knitting style in case you are wondering - he might just know another knitter].
I then spent an hour 'teaching' 3 5 yr old boys to knit.

It was too fun. They were so excited. 2 of them worked really hard at it too - their attention span was much lengthier than I expected. I plan on bringing in some needles to keep on site - we had one pair and lots of wool.

Here is an excerpt of some of the conversation:
"I'm going to make this into a sweater for my Mom." boy A
"I'm going to make my baby a shirt" boy B whose Mom is pregnant
"What about pants?" asked boy C
"Oh I'll make pants next time" boy B
"I chose Army. I am going to make a Army sweater for my kitten." boy D who had olive green and cream yarn
"I'll be done my baby shirt in about an hour" boy B "Then I guess I should make pants, but what about a sweater too?"

With one pair of needles the plan was to knit 4 sweaters, a pair of pants, a shirt and a blanket before we went outside - about 40 minutes altogether.
Boy C worked about 3 rows and then looked up to ask "When is it going to turn into a sweater?" I was torn between being honest and keeping the experience enjoyable.

Clearly this is something we are going to have to do more of. These are some hyperactive guys who stayed with it for 40 minutes - some sitting on chairs and watching their friends knit. I am sure knitting is good for all sorts of brain development. Could I be any happier to add this component to our day? I just hope none of them get hassled by their Fathers. It happens with dolls and dress up clothes - as if they are never going to be fathers themselves!

Last Sunday was my cousin's 1st Anniversary. Her Mom had an appy night to celebrate. Somehow I failed to take a picture of the happy couple...whenever there are children/babies you will be upstaged!

Here are the girls getting ready for some 'Su-see beans' [edamame].


I am amazed at how universal this is: Young children will put anything in their mouths -- except edamame - they always need an adult to squeeze the beans out for them. Why is that?


Here is Kai-Kai looking desperate to escape another set of arms. I took some video of him trying to walk but I didn't know that you cannot edit video with our HP program and I was holding the camera sideways. So, the picture is sideways. Not the best for ease of viewing.

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Poetry Thursday


The Lady of Shalott

On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the wold and meet the sky;
And through the field the road run by
To many-tower'd Camelot;
And up and down the people go,
Gazing where the lilies blow
Round an island there below,
The island of Shalott.

Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Little breezes dusk and shiver
Through the wave that runs for ever
By the island in the river
Flowing down to Camelot.
Four grey walls, and four grey towers,
Overlook a space of flowers,
And the silent isle imbowers,
The Lady of Shalott.

By the margin, willow veil'd,
Slide the heavy barges trail'd
By slow horses; and unhail'd
The shallop flitteth silken-sail'd
Skimming down to Camelot:
But who hath seen her wave her hand?
Or at the casement seen her stand?
Or is she known in all the land,
The Lady of Shalott?

Only reapers, reaping early,
In among the bearded barley
Hear a song that echoes cheerly
From the river winding clearly;
Down to tower'd Camelot;
And by the moon the reaper weary,
Piling sheaves in uplands airy,
Listening, whispers, " 'Tis the fairy
The Lady of Shalott."

There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay.
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay
To look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little other care hath she,
The Lady of Shalott.

And moving through a mirror clear
That hangs before her all the year,
Shadows of the world appear.
There she sees the highway near
Winding down to Camelot;
There the river eddy whirls,
And there the surly village churls,
And the red cloaks of market girls
Pass onward from Shalott.

Sometimes a troop of damsels glad,
An abbot on an ambling pad,
Sometimes a curly shepherd lad,
Or long-hair'd page in crimson clad
Goes by to tower'd Camelot;
And sometimes through the mirror blue
The knights come riding two and two.
She hath no loyal Knight and true,
The Lady of Shalott.

But in her web she still delights
To weave the mirror's magic sights,
For often through the silent nights
A funeral, with plumes and lights
And music, went to Camelot;
Or when the Moon was overhead,
Came two young lovers lately wed.
"I am half sick of shadows," said
The Lady of Shalott.

A bow-shot from her bower-eaves,
He rode between the barley sheaves,
The sun came dazzling thro' the leaves,
And flamed upon the brazen greaves
Of bold Sir Lancelot.
A red-cross knight for ever kneel'd
To a lady in his shield,
That sparkled on the yellow field,
Beside remote Shalott.

The gemmy bridle glitter'd free,
Like to some branch of stars we see
Hung in the golden Galaxy.
The bridle bells rang merrily
As he rode down to Camelot:
And from his blazon'd baldric slung
A mighty silver bugle hung,
And as he rode his armor rung
Beside remote Shalott.

All in the blue unclouded weather
Thick-jewell'd shone the saddle-leather,
The helmet and the helmet-feather
Burn'd like one burning flame together,
As he rode down to Camelot.
As often thro' the purple night,
Below the starry clusters bright,
Some bearded meteor, burning bright,
Moves over still Shalott.

His broad clear brow in sunlight glow'd;
On burnish'd hooves his war-horse trode;
From underneath his helmet flow'd
His coal-black curls as on he rode,
As he rode down to Camelot.
From the bank and from the river
He flashed into the crystal mirror,
"Tirra lirra," by the river Sang Sir Lancelot.

She left the web, she left the loom,
She made three paces through the room,
She saw the water-lily bloom,
She saw the helmet and the plume,
She look'd down to Camelot.
Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror crack'd from side to side;
"The curse is come upon me," cried
The Lady of Shalott.

In the stormy east-wind straining,
The pale yellow woods were waning,
The broad stream in his banks complaining.
Heavily the low sky raining
Over tower'd Camelot;
Down she came and found a boat
Beneath a willow left afloat,
And around about the prow she wrote
The Lady of Shalott.

And down the river's dim expanse
Like some bold seer in a trance,
Seeing all his own mischance --
With a glassy countenance
Did she look to Camelot.
And at the closing of the day
She loosed the chain, and down she lay;
The broad stream bore her far away,
The Lady of Shalott.

Lying, robed in snowy white
That loosely flew to left and right --
The leaves upon her falling light --
Thro' the noises of the night,
She floated down to Camelot:
And as the boat-head wound along
The willowy hills and fields among,
They heard her singing her last song,
The Lady of Shalott.

Heard a carol, mournful, holy,
Chanted loudly, chanted lowly,
Till her blood was frozen slowly,
And her eyes were darkened wholly,
Turn'd to tower'd Camelot.
For ere she reach'd upon the tide
The first house by the water-side,
Singing in her song she died,
The Lady of Shalott.

Under tower and balcony,
By garden-wall and gallery,
A gleaming shape she floated by,
Dead-pale between the houses high,
Silent into Camelot.
Out upon the wharfs they came,
Knight and Burgher, Lord and Dame,
And around the prow they read her name,
The Lady of Shalott.

Who is this? And what is here?
And in the lighted palace near
Died the sound of royal cheer;
And they crossed themselves for fear,
All the Knights at Camelot;
But Lancelot mused a little space
He said, "She has a lovely face;
God in his mercy lend her grace,
The Lady of Shalott."


Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Things, Theories & Themes

Brought to you by the Letter: R


Read
[reed] –verb (used with object) 1.to look at carefully so as to understand the meaning of (something written, printed, etc.): to read a book; to read music.

Since the earliest age I could be found with a book in hand. I was given the gift of being read to as an infant. Over the course of my childhood I learned the power of the written word to lift you out of your life, to show you what is possible, to teach you to dream and to share your dreams with others.

I work with children and I try to instill in them a love for books, for writing and reading. We read together and often and our classroom is filled with books of all kinds.

Some of my fondest memories include the presence of a book.

Record
[rek-erd] –verb (used with object) 1.to set down in writing or the like

Akin to reading, I have experienced great joy in writing. I have kept a journal - online and on paper - for many years. Some of the funniest to re-read are from Elementary school!

There is something so freeing in pouring words onto paper.

Drawing, sketching, painting and photography are the same for me. Any tangible, physical expression of an event or emotion captured for posterity.

Relative
(rěl'ə-tĭv) adj. 1. connected or related

My family is a huge part of my life. We are close - sometimes suffocatingly - we enjoy many of the same things. We love, we laugh, we cry and we grow together.

Included in my family are many dear, longtime friends - family means so much more to me than mere blood relations.

Religion
[ri-lij-uhn] noun 1.a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

Like books, religion has always been a part of my life: my spiritual heritage. My beliefs are the hub of the wheel; they keep me moving when my inclination is to stop.

Remove
[ri-moov] –noun 14.a mental distance from the reality of something as a result of psychological detachment

I often find myself experiencing life as a spectator. A coping mechanism leftover from childhood that sometimes gets in the way. However, the capacity to remove myself also allows me to do my job and to provide for children in want without subjecting them to my emotional reaction to their need.

Repose
[ri-pohz] –noun 2.peace; tranquillity; calm.

I tend to require a lot of quiet time. Time spent reading, knitting, gardening, outdoors or with Kira provides me much needed rest and rejuvenation. Rescue
[res-kyoo] –verb (used with object) 1.to free or deliver

Over the years many of our best loved pets have come to us by being rescued. I am a little notorious for taking in strays of all kinds - from gerbils to cats and everything in between.
Rhyme
[rahym] –noun 4.a poem or piece of verse

Poetry moves me - whether I am writing or reading it, I find poetry to be an exhilarating experience.

Ridiculous
[ri-dik-yuh-luhs] –adjective Origin: 1540–50; LL rīdiculōsus: laughable, droll

I have a loud, unique laugh and it is heard frequently.
Rythm
[rith-uhm] –noun 2.Music. a)the pattern of regular or irregular pulses caused in music by the occurrence of strong and weak melodic and harmonic beats.
3.measured movement, as in dancing.

Nothing delights me more than to dance. I could "dance and dance to my heart's intent" and still want to dance some more. I spend hours listening to music, from Mozart to NIN's. I also like to play music and wish I had time to study it more.
Thank you Dipsy Doodle for this Alphabet meme.

If you would like to play, leave a comment requesting a letter and I will send you one.


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Monday, February 05, 2007

She only looks cute

Inside beats the heart of a vicious beast!










You're too kind to have viewed these dark videos. I am just learning how to use the camera to film. I have to find a way to tape more than 27 sec worth! Sorry for the 3 seperate clips.
This is what I did while waiting for 24 to begin. I tried to get Kira to run like crazy ('cause I think it is so funny to see her try to gain ground on the hardwood! what can I say...small minds) maybe another time.
BTW - there is a lag with the sound. I am really not that slow to react to her!
BTW2 - we filmed because this kind of growly play is quite rare for her - don't worry, we are not training her to be viscious - we know that whole tug of war=mean dog thing!
And now - here is a preview of my PS2 project:

It is nearly finished. Look for it to be modeled soon.

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

In a bloody big nutshell

(warning - link heavy post ahead)

I have had a week.

Work. Let's just get that out of the way. I don't like to gripe on my blog much so I will give you the very short, short version. Last week I began a part-time medical leave. I have been called in repeatedly to work while sick since then. My employer is being quite difficult. End result: A meeting with my Union Rep and then a meeting with my Union Rep, Manager and HR lady. Ugly. Ugly. Stressfull. And we all know how much stress helps you get better when you are ill.

Plus we are working with the Ministry to protect a child who may soon be apprehended. Heavy, heavy stuff.

Now for after work: I have been on a theatre binge this week!

1st I saw Blood Diamond. Whoa. Intense. Unbelievably well acted. Djimon Hounsou is utterly shattering in his role. DiCaprio is superb. Quite a violent and terrifying movie -- then again, I could be more sensitive because of my stress level -- I was torn about going. I actually thought I was going to have to leave. I regretted my choice in movie during the 1st scene. I have to say though that I am glad I stayed. It is an incredible film. And I have never felt better that I have no diamond on my hand!

Oh wait - I nearly forgot - ummm aside from DiCaprio finally looking like a man in a movie (doesn't he have a babyface?) the very delicious Arnold Vosloo had a feature role. Thank you!


Last night I saw Babel. Now that movie is one of the best I have seen in I don't know how long. Thoroughly riveting. I cannot recall ever speaking to the screen in a theatre before! Seriously. I was talking to (whispering - I tried people!) and gesturing at the actors. Visceral film. I do have to say that I was warned not to see it by 2 of my cousins and their warning actually made the film easier on me - I kept thinking much worse things were going to befall the people than did.

{Incidentally the same thing happened to me when I watched Band of Brothers. A good friend told me the last episode was going to leave me distraught. It turned out she thought that the 2nd to last episode where they encounter the concentration camp was the last episode. The whole time I was watching feeling nauseous and steeling myself for the next episode, terrified about what could possibly be worse than what I was watching. What a relief that last episode was after that! It did spare me some emotional agony since I wasn't as in the moment as I would have been without her warning.}

Back to Babel. A film worthy of its Oscar nominations. Highly, highly recommended.
Ok and honestly, how do those Fannings keep having such vivacious children?

Finally today I went to see Jesus Christ Superstar: The Farewell Tour.
I had never heard the music before - just the title song. I have to tell you that I thought the words were: 'Jesus Christ, Superstar. Who in the h*ll do you think you are?'
Pretty funny. But those words are sticking in my head even after seeing the show.

The production was fabulous. We had the greatest seats, quite close to the stage - though that served to show us why it was the Farewell Tour! Ted Neeley is looking like an incredibly Old Messiah - though clearly a great talent, I do think it takes a particular ear to enjoy that sort of screechy, hard rock voice; he made me think of Jack Black quite often. Here is a video from his 1973 movie role - you have to wait until 2:07 to hear what I am talking about.

Judas' voice was goosebump-raising phenomenal. Mary was excellent - her voice was sweet without making you cringe (if you know what I mean).

True to Lloyd Webber form the songs are catchy, fun and singable. I had to download much of the soundtrack while I am posting. Go here for a sample of the old ALW magic. I had been worried that it was slightly blasphemous to see a religious musical, but then I remembered how much I enjoyed Joseph & The Amazingly Long Title (Donny Osmond - I saw it as a cynical teen and was blown away) and am glad I went.

Pretty crazy week - I am looking forward to a much quieter week with more time to knit!

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PS2









A little late but nonetheless...I am very excited about this creative assignment!
Look for a post with my new PS2 project.

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Again? Poetry Friday

it is at moments after i have dreamed it is at moments after i have dreamed
of the rare entertainment of your eyes,
when (being fool to fancy) i have deemed

with your peculiar mouth my heart made wise;
at moments when the glassy darkness holds

the genuine apparition of your smile
(it was through tears always)and silence moulds
such strangeness as was mine a little while;

moments when my once more illustrious arms
are filled with fascination, when my breast
wears the intolerant brightness of your charms:

one pierced moment whiter than the rest

-turning from the tremendous lie of sleep
i watch the roses of the day grow deep.

E.E. Cummings

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