Tuesday, April 11, 2006

I Wish I was A Robot. I'd be HAL.

Cybernetic Artificial Replicant Responsible for Immediate Exploration

Oh, you do not want to know what I'd like to explore right now. Suffice it to say, I'm walking around my office muttering "bad word, bad word, increasingly foul bad word" (because mere bad words are not enough.) But enough about work.

Am I the only person left in the secular/non secular world that was unaware that the Forty Days of Lent, isn't? It's more like 47 days if you stop short of Easter. Sundays don't count? What kind of scurrilous logic is that? So fie on it all. I did my 40 Days and then.........well, I sort of ran amuck yesterday. Bought this (they were out of the Kali bags, fyi), picked up:
Women of the Twelfth Century, Volume 1 : Eleanor of Aquitaine and Six Others,
Queen Isabella : Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England,
Her Majesty's Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage,
The Secret History of Domesticity: Public, Private, and the Division of Knowledge,
The Uncrowned Kings of England: The Black History of the Dudleys and the Tudor Throne, and 1066: The Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry.

Not to mention what I picked up at the library. Ha. I am so not coming up for air come Tuesday. Except maybe a road trip or short trip w/Sheri. I'm actually kind of thinking Taos, NM, but can it be done in 3 days? Four?

Tulips from the rain soaked back yard.
I was at Carrie Scribe's the other day discussing our notebooks, so I thought I'd share mine. One stays with my knitting and is sort of a log of projects, diary and list of projects/patterns I want to make someday and where the pattern is. Fancy cover, eh? I have pretty bound books, but I never seem to use them more than once or twice. They don't lay open. Not unless you crack the spine and I've been yelled at too many times to do that (without guilt).

The other I drag around in my purse (and it shows). It's knitting, addresses, books I see that I want, notes, the occasional list of food I ate that day, etc. The Decrease Row page is what I tried in desperation because I must have ripped out this sweater 1800 times while I was waiting for my car to be fixed - nothing like spending six hours in an automotive shop. They were very solicitious. They would have ferried me somewhere, but hey, I was getting more done there than at home.

Scarlett Street with Edgar G. Robinson was much more satisfying. A girl in love with a cad playing an unhappily married man for a fool. It had more to do with his being a great albeit undiscovered and insecure artist than his marriage, but still played for a fool. There's murder, there's a frame, there's a set up and sadly there's guilt and remorse but luckily it's all too, too late.

Layer Cake is up next, then The Detective. Somewhere in there I am going to finish the other two repeats of the Adamas Shawl and the edging (and possibly the blocking) by Easter Sunday. Or I will wear it on the needles.

Anyone watching the History Channel's limited series Ten Days that Changed America? One of them had to do with the atomic bomb (timely! for me), the assasination of McKinley (which is how Teddy Roosevelt rode into office, he was the Vice Pres at the time), the massacre of the Pequot Indian tribe in the 1600's (led the way for the whole Manifest Destiny bit) and tonight - Elvis!!

House tonight. It's Tuesday, right?

Oh, and Carie of Chatterbox, if you're around, write in. Your blog and email vanished and now I'm a bit worried about you.


Blogger Chris said...

"What are you doing, Carrie?"

Hang in there! Um, does the madness end at 4/15 23:59:59, or is that just when you start working on the extension people??

I think you should wear the shawl on the needles - you might start a great fashion trend that will be picked up by Knitters magazine...

6:27 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Carrie? Are you my long lost sister? Sometimes I wonder....we're always watching the same things & reading the same books. If we hung out we would never fight over the remote control. (LOL)

I watched the McKinley thing too (very interesting, some stuff I didn't know). I also have the book on Queen Isabella & the one on the Dudleys (haven't read either yet though). I also went on a mini book buying binge, Last Medieval Queens arrived today, The Greatest Traitor (about Roger Mortimer) and a book about Lambert Simnel should be here soon. :)

6:27 PM  
Blogger Not An Artist said...

OK, you're definitely not the only person who didn't realize that Lent wasn't 40 days, since I actually learned that from reading your blog just now. What is up with that?

7:30 PM  
Blogger susoolu said...

Well, at least you didn't start channelling Stephen King's Carrie!

(I try to keep a knitting journal, but fail miserably. It seems I'm more of a bits of paper/back of receipts note-taker. Open the knitting bag, and a ticker tape parade falls out.)

2:47 AM  
Blogger Marji said...

I'm rather impressed with the ability to keep a notebook and keep it together. I fall into the scattered notes all over category of people.
and does this mean you aren't watching 24? Oh, Carrie my girl, there is a reason Keifer Sutherland is the highest paid drama television personality these days. Pure eye candy.
I should get yours and Stephanies addresses - over the next 4 years I need to divest myself of a rather extensive library (which I'm very fond of) of books covering the English Royalty from the Plantegenets all the way up to King George. (correction - back to Aurthurian legend)
What's with all the divesting you may ask? We are moving to a boat, and there isn't much room on a boat, and some things are just better finding new homes than going into storage.

5:43 AM  
Anonymous Imbrium said...

I can't seem to take notes, let alone keep them together. I started a knitting journal once, then promptly lost it (I think I left it in a LYS.)

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

I do believe that I need to go to notebooks annoymous. I have a ton of notebooks I'm constantly scribbling in, and constantly buying new notebooks. I just love them.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

The Secret History of Domesticity: Public, Private, and the Division of Knowledge

Ooh... Let me know how that one goes!

10:38 AM  
Blogger Carrie K said...

The madness never ends. And you've got until April 17th this year since the 15th falls on a Saturday.

I should wear the shawl on the needles just to see if it shows up in Vogue. Hey, princess seams came in when I got interested in them. hmmmmm....knitting is in since I've learned how..... OMG! It's true! The world revolves around me. I am so going to tell my Dad.

Roger Mortimer and Lambert Simnel? Lambert Simnel? I want it! I am so coming to your house to raid your stash and your library.

Oh, Marji, I am SO THERE for you. Divesting of your library. Living on a boat is fun, if a wee bit cramped.

Sure thing, Christine!

And I'm not that organized. I've got notebooks everywhere. I love notebooks. They're more or less randomly written in, depending on mood and inclination.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Marji said...

ok, get on back over to my blog and tell me which of those, or all of them?, are on your TBR list, then send me an email with your snail mail address!. I wasn't kidding, but no addressee, no sendee.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Curlie Girl said...

I heard Layer Cake was amazing!

Love the knitting journals...must be so neat to go back and read them, remember where and who you were while you were knitting.

Isn't it nice to finally see tulips!

2:31 PM  
Blogger Marji said...

LOL, my email is written out word by word up on my sidebar under the heading Profile.
I can't email you because I can't find your email addy anywhere...
the case of the hidden emails
mlweaving at earthlink dot net

8:48 PM  
Blogger Peevish said...

I am totally in love with the list of books you got! Wow!!

10:22 PM  
Blogger AmyArtisan said...

Hi Carrie - It's your vacation swap pal checking in. :) The tulips are beautiful! Looking forward to seeing your Adamas Shawl. Have a great day!

6:39 AM  
Anonymous Bron said...

I love your taste in books! I really admire your ability to write things down & keep notes. I always say I will & never do. And counting on my memory these days is an iffy proposition! ;)

7:04 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I voted helpfully anyway. Supernatural fiends scare me.

Is that a good or bad thing? Do you want to be scared?

11:16 AM  
Anonymous CarrieScribe said...

Oooh, I'm so glad you showed me yours! I love the decrease row page. That's just exactly something I would do.

Your notes are more complete than mine, but your "general" notebook that you keep in your purse looks a lot like mine.

Are you a writer?

Thanks much for sharing! (Did you pick up a Richard Rhodes book? If so, which one?)

5:42 PM  

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