Saturday, September 13, 2008

I Sit in the Stands and People Look at me Like I'm Crazy

So I'm sitting at a soccer game this evening and this lady working as security keeps looking at me like I'm crazy.
Seriously, don't you knit at sporting events?
Even in inclement weather?
I do.
What's a little rain to some socks?
They're going to be washed anyway.
Perhaps that is not what people are staring at, perhaps they are looking at me knitting.
I've gotten to the point where I have not only knitting ADD, but I can't sit still and not be working on something.
So we went to SN2's soccer game this evening, and naturally I brought along my knitting since I have a sock to work on.
And yes it was raining, but I managed to get several inches done on the leg.
His team won 2-1 in a game that was very dirty, and I don't mean because of the mud.
A lot of tackling from behind, and one of the players punched a guy from our team.
Did the ref see any of this?
He must have been too busy looking at the crazy lady sitting in the stands knitting in the rain.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Knitting in Class

So I started my new class two weeks ago.
It will be interesting. Difficult, but definitely interesting.
The professor is a character; he is very entertaining and helps to pass the time, but honestly that hour between 8 and 9 pm always passes very slowly.
I heard one girl ask him at the end of class on Wednesday if he minded if she brought her knitting to class.
He asked, "What will you do when you have to take notes?"
And she replied, "Put my needles down."
I have to admire her for doing this, not only asking but actually bringing it in, and I'm sure I'll wish that I brought mine in too, but I probably won't.
Yes, working on knitting is soothing and definitely does help me concentrate more, but the classroom we are in is in the basement of the building, so I already feel claustrophobic, and on top of that we have 20 people plus the professor. Even though we have windows I still feel very cramped in that room sitting in a circle, elbow to elbow with the other students.
Of course I'm sure if I lost about 30-100 pounds I wouldn't feel so big, but that's not going to happen quickly.
Who knows, I may bring something in eventually because I have to knit the companion to this guy.

Isn't he cute?
He's very well-constructed, if I do say so myself.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Thursday Quiz - Fruity Stuff

I took the day off on Tuesday, the first day of school.
I like to watch the kids get on the bus, or in their friend's car, and embarrass them by taking pictures.
Oh and I do.
So then I spent the morning sorting out some knitting projects and watching a movie I adore, Wild Strawberries, an Ingmar Bergman film.
I think this movie is one of my favorites by Bergman. It is a poignant look back at an old man's life and the events that projected him into a lonely and cold old age, and the small steps he takes to rectify this for himself and his heirs.
If you don't mind Swedish (with subtitles), watch this movie straight through and I mean really watch it.
It was the last movie for Victor Sjostrom, who plays the protagonist Dr. Borg, as he died three years after filming and one year after the film's release.
Interestingly enough the Vatican has vetted this film and found it worthy.
So, with Wild Strawberries in mind, I have a quiz for you.

You Are a Pear

You are independent, intelligent, and a free thinker.
You can accomplish great things, especially when you do them on your own.
You are direct, honest, and sometimes even a bit brutal.
There's not much that gets in the way of you and your ambition.
While you are hard nosed, you do have a much sweeter side to you.
It takes times for you to soften toward someone, but once you do, you'll be their friend for life.

So I am a pear not only in shape but also in nature.
How sad.
Here's a trailer for the film, just in case you're interested.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Firsts and Lasts

Yesterday was the first day of school.

It was also the last first day of high school for this little boy.

In addition, it was the first game of the season and SN2 got to start.
Here he is running out onto the field.

And this is just prior to the start of the game, he's the one bending in the center.

Unfortunately the team played...not so well...and lost the game.
Sorry about the bad pictures, but we were high up in the stands and facing west at 6:40 at night, right into the setting sun.
Ouch. It was hard to even look through the viewfinder to take the pictures!
Didn't help my migraine.

Monday, September 01, 2008

All is Fair

We went to the NYS Fair this weekend.
Lots to see and do.
Lots to tell you about, but first I'll tell you about one of the booths there -- it was my favorite.
Of course it cost money.
You sign your name and get your personality analysis.
Here is what mine had to say:
You are a loyal, energetic, and capable worker
Your temperament is suitable for competitive occupations
You are somewhat critical of others at times
You love admiration and acknowledgement
Your sense of humor gets you into trouble sometimes
Your moods vary from the highest to the lowest
You can be a tyrant at home and difficult to live with
You become depressed if you don't make the progress you planned
You have a strong desire for wisdom
You are open minded and adaptable in most situations
You enjoy associating with glamorous people
It is your nature to fight defeat

DN2 thinks the point about my sense of humor getting me in trouble is true.
What does she know.
Did I pay her $3.00 to agree with the analysis?