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Posted on 2010.22.03 at 14:36
where am I: drizzly, damp RI
How I feel about it all: ditzyrandom
Soundtrack: Turtles - Eleanor (in my head)
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  • I took meresy's advice and now have a brand-new copy of Top 100 Unusual Things to See in Ontario. This will be v. helpful!

  • I'm finally starting the Lady Eleanor Stole from Scarf Style. I'll be using Classy Dream In Color Good Luck Jade. I tried to make it once before a couple of years ago, but got snagged up with the entrelac, and I was trying it in a solid colour which didn't look as stunning as I thought it would. The subtle variegation of the Classy yarn is close to the original and will make it look more romantic, which is a big reason I fell in love with the Lady in the first place.

    I got the yarn at Unwind, which is also where I signed up for a class in Viking Knitting, something I'd never even heard of before a couple of days ago. I've been wanting to work with metal for a while now--maybe learn to make some jewellery or chain mail. This looks like a good place to start. Plus, the people at Unwind are very helpful and they have drop-in knitting hours which will come in handy when/if I reach a snag with Lady Eleanor.


  • It looks like I'll be moving to Narragansett. Yeah, I know, I said I wouldn't move again until I finally really move (which, um, yeah, too far in the future to even think about), but I have a chance to share an entire house with someone I've known for years and have lived with before without a problem (and this was back when we both had young kids). It's a three-bedroom ranch on a quiet street with a back yard and a deck and a dog and cat. It's a little more of a commute, but not too bad, nothing like commuting from Tewksbury. I'll also be paying less in rent and sharing the cost of internet, telly, utilities, etc. I'm sure there'll be some stumbling blocks, there always are, but for the most part it seems like a win-win situation. And I can pay my mother back what she loaned me for the security deposit, so that'll be one less thing to worry about moneywise. And anyway, my thing about not moving was that I'd only move in-state again if someplace in Narragansett became available. It really is a lovely town. Here, see for yourself. :)


  • John McCain was on CSPAN this morning, basically saying how icky the new healthcare plan is and how it's going to OMG RUIN THE ECONOMY. It's interesting to go back and see that basically the same things were said about Medicare and Social Security. This debate is SO not over, because the Republicans are going to nitpick it as much and as often as possible. They keep saying that the Dems may have won the battle, but they'll lose the war. I can't wait to see what Rachel says about the whole thing. I HEART HER SO MUCH.


  • I found a new hostel in Ottawa. It's very pretty and clean and stuff, and I'm going to be making reservations there as soon as I know when I'll be getting there and where I'm going to stay.


  • Trying, really, really trying to get through . The Fountainhead, but I keep going back to my reread of Perdido Street Station instead. Eventually, I'll have to give The Fountainhead back to my chiropractor. It's not looking good for me finishing it. And I've not even got to any of the political-philosophical stuff yet, so I can't blame it on that. It's just not that good. I mean, changing POV in the middle of a scene is just plain careless, IMO, unless there's a really good reason for it (I couldn't find one). And it reads like a 1940s movie would sound. Probably because it's a 1940s novel, but still. Lovecraft reads like the era he wrote in, too, and I can still read that with no problems. *shrugs*


  • Caprica, OMG. It had better get renewed, is all I can say.


  • Have been teaching Amelia this poem, because she should KNOW it, and stuff. Also, If anyone knows where I can get the pattern for that turtle (which I only found a minute ago when searching for a link to the poem), let me know? I'd much rather make it than buy it.

  • I'd post a Song of the Day, but I really want to get back to winding my yarn. Lady Eleanor awaits!

Comments:


peacey at 2010-03-22 18:49 (UTC) ()
how it's going to OMG RUIN THE ECONOMY. It's interesting to go back and see that basically the same things were said about Medicare and Social Security

And there wasn't an expiration date to those warnings. In case you hadn't noticed, both of those programs are in a wee bit 'o trouble moneywise, and any substantial fix is going to clock the economy a good one right in the kisser.

They keep saying that the Dems may have won the battle, but they'll lose the war.

Yep, sounds about right. My money's on red.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2010-03-22 18:52 (UTC) ()
Hmm. Well, the Chinese Water Torture has been known to be effective. ;)

But really, sure, SS and Medicare have issues, but nobody can seriously say that either was the Leninist-Marxist government takeover the fearmongers were telling everyone they were going to be back in the day. I'm not saying there aren't any problems, just that all the hyperbole is silly and ridiculous. And yeah, I know that's redundant. :)

Edited at 2010-03-22 18:57 (UTC)
Pepper Sauce
ginamariewade at 2010-03-22 19:06 (UTC) ()
FWIW, I read "The Fountainhead" when I was in high school. It was the most accessible of Ayn Rand's novels. I also read "Atlas Shrugged."

You know what? She wasn't a very good writer. Those two books were just too turgid and so full of her philosophy that it got in the way of the story, and the story was marginal, at best. The only thing she wrote that was even halfway interesting was "We The Living,' which is either autobiographical or semi-autobiographical, and had to do with her family's escape from the Soviet Union into Finland. After reading that, I came away with more understanding of why she was such a rabid capitalist and why she was so vociferous about individual freedoms and so forth. I still think she was wrong wrong wrong about just about everything, but her point of view made a lot more sense. And hey, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
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primroseburrows at 2010-03-22 19:14 (UTC) ()
I've been trying to read it because I figure, how can I argue objectivism without reading Rand (and sure, I could have become a total convert, but um, not very likely *g*)? It's just that, yeah, she kind of sucks as a writer.

I should look at "We the Living", though. I loves me some living history.
Luzula
luzula at 2010-03-22 20:23 (UTC) ()
Hey, congrats on the moving! Well, not the actual moving, which usually kind of sucks, but it sounds like a good place.

Hmm. So Caprica is good?
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primroseburrows at 2010-03-23 03:40 (UTC) ()
Caprica is excellent, and not just because I'm a BSG fan.

The moving should be very good. The moving-in, not so much.
newleaf31
newleaf31 at 2010-03-22 23:35 (UTC) ()
Loving the Lady Eleanor and your yarn! Very gorgeous. I've never tried entrelac, but have several patterns that use it saved for later. Did you ever have any luck with your Obama scarf? I'm still at about 60% completion, but I did bring it back out for more work recently. OMG it's such slow going!

Congrats on the promising new living situation! When do you think you're moving?
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primroseburrows at 2010-03-23 01:34 (UTC) ()
The entrelac is becoming less intimidating as I go on. Once I figured out the concept, it got waay easier. The Obama scarf is on hold because I didn't like the yarn--I really didn't want DK, and it's what I ended up with because I wasn't paying attention. It's still something I want to make, though. :)

My lease is up in June, so I should be leaving thereabouts. I really, really hate moving, but this time it should be not so bad because I don't have a lot of stuff and I haven't been in this apt. very long.
redhedlvr
redhedlvr at 2010-03-23 16:47 (UTC) ()
What a beautiful stole. I'm gonna have to order the pattern!
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primroseburrows at 2010-03-24 00:48 (UTC) ()
It's really a gorgeous thing.
Goosey
goseaward at 2010-03-25 05:33 (UTC) ()
My first major knitting project was entrelac! Oh, memories :D
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primroseburrows at 2010-03-25 11:15 (UTC) ()
I'm having fun with it so far. :)
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