Saturday, March 18, 2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Whew!! That was a super busy 2016. Now thinking about it I think it was mainly from September all the way to December .. just one giant blur. So busy in fact we didn't really get much time to relax. But with the start of February we have finally added movies onto our movie list and I am telling you those are 4 hours I can't get back and another 2 spent wisely.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Ever since picking up the Mysterious Benedict Society book a year or so back .. I have made it a habit to peak into the kids section of the Library just to see what they had. To be honest I have been thinking about picking up Harry Potter this year but then I past this little treasure.
Wonder by RJ Palacio is a sweet story about a 10 year old boy - Auggie - who was born with a facial abnormality and his (and his parents) decision to pursue going to a traditional school. Up until now he has been homeschool due to his various and extensive surgeries. All his experiences are captured .. who he meets, how he meets them, how he feels and the ups and downs of being around so many people when all he wants to be is invisible. Each chapter is at the view point of a different character - Auggie, his sister, some friends - each with their own view point of events and how they see and feel about Auggie.
Like I said it is a sweet story but one with a deep and emotional theme.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
I am sorry for being gone. I hope everyone's holiday was wonderful. I ended and started the year with my main book man Alex Cross. I did have such a hard time with the ending of Cross Justice than with Merry Christmas .. to the point that I might need a small break from his books.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
I know that this post is a little late. I was so bummed when I found out that I had to work the day the show came out - so I didn't get to watch until the weekend. Made plans for my Mister to be occupied so that I wouldn't feel bad about ditching him. I laid out my snacks .. sat in the center of the couch with my fluffiest blanket and stared excitedly at my TV. I [like many fans] enjoy rewatching the old shows and everyone having their favorite seasons [mine are 1 and 3]. But I am so disappointed I can not get myself to rewatch this one.
*SPOILER ALERT AND TONS OF RANTING*
Uhmmm .... what was that? No really .. what was that? I thought it would be a peek into their lives 9 years later. Something witty and sad without Edward. Instead it seemed that the main characters lives stood still and it picked up right after season 7. Which would have been fine but timelines don't match up. It is like only half the cast actually lived a life in 9 years and the other half were just existing. It was weird to say the least.
Luke and Lorelai .. really after 9 years together there has been no mention of marriage or children. How is that possible?!? I would have been okay with missing out on the wedding or even the birth of Lorelai III to have a decent story .. like her starting school or perhaps her and Luke couldn't have children and this is Rory's daughter starting kindergarten. With Lane's and Sookie's kids showing her the ropes with a 'don't worry I gotcha kid' story. That would have been sweet. Or a huge scene about picking out school supplies and getting to school early especially on the first day of school because nobody wants to be labeled 'the late kid'.
Instead we end up with just about everyone's lives shattered .. divorcing, cheating, feeling incompetent, running away, and going to retreats? .. Really ??? .. Is this a thing now? I am all for 'finding yourself' but do you know what you find out when you are all alone in the woods? That you are all alone in the woods .. nothing usually changes. Or you realized just how much you either hate or love nature .. which you probably knew before you left. Was anybody else confused about the pool scene? Seven years and not once did anyone say .. hey if anyone needs me I will be at the pool .. just weird.
I didn't mind Rory coming back to live but she seemed defeated instead of uncertainly confident. We should have seen Logan a mile away .. she was the same way with Dean. It didn't matter that they were in committed relationships .. disappointed with both of them.
The best part of this whole event is Emily. Her story line was sad and tender .. I can not imagine loosing my Mister but I know I would be shattered. But she didn't have to go to a spa or a retreat to find herself and boy was she lost. She whittled [with the help of KonMari] her life .. clothes, possessions, then her DAR friends .. to find her own voice .. her own self. Without Richard .. she was no longer obligated to carry the status of being Mrs. Richard Gilmore and all the grand pageantry that went with it. The DAR scene was epic and I liked the glisten in her eye when she was telling the whaling story at the museum tour. Did anyone else catch that her new maid Berta was Gypsy?
So sad for Paris and Doyle and their little family. Michel has a family which we didn't see but he is going to move on? He was always a big fish in a small town .. sad that he was leaving but he should have done it sooner. He liked the large city .. the theater, the nightlife, the prestige .. but still if Sookie was not wanting to be tied to the BnB Lorelai should have bought her out and made him a larger part of the business. What ever happened to the spa idea? Why didn't something happen with that? Emily and Lorelai talked about it on the final episode and what nothing was ever brought up again. So bizarre. Did anyone else find it weird that Sookie made the wedding cake but wasn't at the late-night surprise ceremony? I understand that Melissa was more than likely not there during the shooting of the scene but couldn't it have been reshot? Heck .. I might have been okay with a CGI Sookie standing next to Michel.
Then there is the ending. Does this mean that we have a possibility of another Year in the Life? Please tell me we do .. if anything just so we can correct all that went wrong.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
I love giving blankets as baby gifts and a few years ago there seemed to be that everyone I knew was having a baby. This little gem is just perfect. I cannot tell you how super simple this pattern is and how easy it is to adjust it to any size you want. This particular blanket is made for my nephew's son for when they are traveling – some blankets are too large for the car seat and makes it cumbersome for the parent to carry. But this one is perfect for keeping baby warm without adding the unnecessary length. This pattern is double sided so there is no ‘wrong’ or ‘back’ side … which adds to its appeal. Using the Caron Simple Soft makes the care for it easy on his parents. I started to use some leftover yarn from a previous project but I had to buy another bundle, so I am not exact as to how much yarn was used but two bundles is enough.
This pattern is a series of repetition – one row is of 4 front post double crochet and 4 back post double crochet 7 times and then 4 front post double crochet. The next row is the opposite – working 4 back post double crochet and 4 front post double crochet 7 times and then 4 back post double crochet. See easy – just remember to stitch around the post from the previous row and not the loops, you want that stitch to be in front/behind the previous row stitch. If you start the row with a back post double you will end with a back post double – it seems more uniform that way and it’s easy to remember which row you are at. And having the 1st/last double crochets keeps the sides uniform. Also try to keep your stitches somewhat loose – not too baggy but loose enough to where there isn’t a gap between the front and back posts change over. If you stitch is too tight either change your stitch (which is always harder) or just go up a hook size.
fdc=front post double crochet (yarn over put hook across previous rows post - with the post facing you – yarn over pull yarn thru yarn over pull 2 yarn over pull 2)
bdc=back post double crochet (yarn over put hook across previous rows post - with the post facing away from you – yarn over pull yarn thru yarn over pull 2 yarn over pull 2)
dc=double crochet (yarn over insert hook in chain (NOT POST) from front to back yarn over pull yarn thru yarn over pull 2 yarn over pull 2)************************************************************************************
Foundation : Chain 65 turn
Row 2: dc in 4th chain from hook and dc across all chains – 62 dc total – chain 3 - turn
Row 3: in 2nd post start pattern *bdc 4xs – fdc 4xs* repeat from * 7 times, bdc 4xs, dc in last stitch - chain 3 - turn
Row 4: in 2nd post start pattern *fdc 4xs – bdc 4xs* repeat from * 7 times, fdc 4xs, dc in last stitch – chain 3 - turn
Rows 5-50: repeat rows 3 – 4 and cast off and don’t forget to weave your ends
Diagram Below d=dc f=fdc b=bdc
Row 3: dbbbbffffbbbbffffbbbbffffbbbbffffbbbbffffbbbbffffbbbbffffbbbb(ch3)
Row 4: dffffbbbbffffbbbbffffbbbbffffbbbbffffbbbbffffbbbbffffbbbbffff(ch3)