September 8, 2012

RE: Your Regularly Scheduled Program

I know, I know, nothing new has really been posted for a few days. I really am sorry. I have been kept busy by a teething baby escape artist and today, a funeral. It hasn't been a great week, really. But the weekend is here again and I will try to return to the "regularly scheduled programming." I have a lot of ideas for posts that are, I think, pretty interesting. I hope I will actually get to type them up, and that I won't be the only one to find them interesting.
*adjusts bowtie*
Until then, please enjoy this awesome image from SharpWriter on Deviant Art.

Abe Lincoln Riding a Grizzly by *SharpWriter on deviantART

I mean, it's Abe Lincoln riding a bear. A grizzly bear, in fact. I doubt I will be able to top that, actually. Maybe I shouldn't have posted it after all? Ah well.

September 4, 2012

I'm a Multi-Tasking Reader

Are you a Book Buster (I really hope not!), a Bookophile, or even an Antireader?
According to the article, I am mostly a Multitasker.
"This is the nice way of saying you are a promiscuous reader, but it's not that you don't finish reads. Instead, you just have a sort of hippie reading way about you, free love or some such. You might start the day out with a few pages from one novelist, then read something entirely different on the subway, and when you come home from work, another work as well. Your bedtime read, too, might be different, and all in all, when you count up the books, you've got quite a lot of irons in the fire all at the same time."

Guilty as charged. Oh, so guilty!

I am also a "Cross Under" because when I was a kid I read grown up books and now that I'm an adult I read a lot of young adult books along with everything else.

So tell me, what sort of reader are you?
Click below to find out.
What Kind of Book Reader Are You?

Not Your Granny's Potholders!

It just occurred to me that for a blog with "balls of yarn" in the title, there has been very little...or nothing? about actually using balls of yarn! Believe me, that is just an oversight. I have been crocheting fairly often considering my responsibilities and recently completed a set of three potholders. I wish with all my heart I could remember the Red Heart colourway because this yarn is fascinating. I think it is meant to be self-patterning but for the life of me I can't figure out what the pattern is supposed to be. I love it though because it has these wonderful black and white tweed sections and then lots of great 70s colours that seem to come in random order and in random amounts.

I used just single crochet so they'll be sturdy and reinforced the loops for the same reason. I think they turned out looking pretty cool (the pictures really don't do them justice because they wanted to curl a bit. They really are all the exact same size). I know from looking at what is available on etsy that they're not everyone's cup of tea. It seems double-crocheted pastels are what is popular, but I'm hoping that there is someone out there who likes things that are a bit different.

Buy my potholders!

September 3, 2012

Labor Day Plans

A three day weekend sounds nice and long until it actually comes and starts flying by! Having a baby seems to make it go even faster, but that's another story. So far we've had a great time. Of course, there have been chores upon chores. I actually got a floor mopped and the refrigerator cleaned out! But we are taking time to relax too. Yesterday Doldin melted down a bunch of aluminium cans for his metalworking experiments, and last night I managed to finally cut out a dress to sew for The Precious (just hoping it will fit! She is SO tall!) It should be really cute though.

Perhaps best of all, we watched Doctor Who close to midnight (it was just that late by the time we got everything done). Of course that meant we had to stay up to discuss Amy Pond's recklessness (we know now where River Song gets it from!) and how sweet poor Rory is, and speculate as to how "Oswin Oswald" is going to end up being the Doctor's new companion, Clara. Has anyone else noticed that she, Jenna-Louise Coleman I mean, looks a bit like Helena Bonham Carter?

Helena picture found here

I never could find the perfect picture to show exactly what I mean, but maybe you can see the resemblance.

So anyway, naturally we have big plans for today. Will we achieve them? Who knows. For me the biggest is that I need to try and make crib rail teething guards for The Precious. I found a tutorial on Baby Rabies and I have all the stuff, but every time I measure the crib I come up with different numbers. Hmm. I will post my results later!

And of course, I really want to get in some LOTRO. With the Summer Festival going on there are lots of things I want to get for my characters. So far I have only got the Summerdays pony for my hobbit burgler, Caledonia.

I really like it and must get it for Aurelas (my elf hunter) as soon as possible.

I would love to get a chance to work on a short story I started months ago that involves time travel and endless regret. Sorry, that's all I'm going to tell you about that one until it's finished!

I have a horrible feeling I will end up wasting most of my precious day doing silly things that will make me annoyed if I can even remember them afterward, but maybe this Labor Day will be different than most and we will actually get things done!

September 2, 2012

Begin The Soul-Sucking That Is Potty Training

The Precious isn't quite to the point where we can start potty training her (she wants the diapers off, but can't really walk on her own yet), but this was still way too accurate about our experiences with her so far.  Check out this funny (and incredibly identifiable) story on one of my favorite blogs, Baby Rabies.
Begin The Soul-Sucking That Is Potty Training

To Rite-Aid!

I have just seen the most amazing thing: fishnet "lip tattoos" over on Nouveau Cheap. I'm not sure what my husband would think of them, but I am in love. I am going to have to make some sales on etsy so I can buy some of these!

Nouveau Cheap

What do you think? Are these gorgeous or insane? Or both? Would you wear them?

Nerdy Quote of the Week

At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.
E. M. Forster

We don't have a fire, but I know the feeling. By the way, I'm wanting to make this a weekly feature, so that every Sunday a new quote will be posted. Okay with you?

Image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy