A collection of outright craziness – just because!
- I was fortunate to capture an image or two of the Astronomical, Gigantic, Larger-than-life Super-Duper Moon on Sunday night. It took a few shots to figure out exactly what settings to use (or not to use as was the case) on my camera – thanks Steve for your assistance! This was kind of a big deal for me because, the next time the moon will be this close to the earth will be in 2034, at which point in time I will be 74 years old and who knows if I will even care about the moon at that age!
- Because of this excellent post I considered volunteering as and ESL tutor, however in the great state of Pennsylvania – you must either have your teaching certificate or be in school to get your teaching certificate. Result – do not pass go, do not teach ESL, find another option. Boo!
- Trying to figure out a low calorie, yet appealing Thanksgiving feast is proving to be a challenge. Turkey is low calorie! That is until you add in all the other things like stuffing, gravy, etc. Not to mention sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie… The option of blowing my points for the entire MONTH is not very appealing and so really, I am considering calling the entire thing off because, Thanksgiving without those things just seems so un-Thanksgiving-like.
- Someone thought I was crazy for ripping out more than once in my weekend of gauge failure. Really? I knit and rip out often… doesn’t everyone? Now I am concerned that my knitting is not normal. What say you, Gentle Readers…
- I am in a Sunday Book club and we are reading C.S Lewis’ Screwtape Letters. I had read this book about 20 years ago, and as I am re-reading it I am struck by how timely it is for right now – which I think is incredibly curious!
- If you follow Mason Dixon Knitting, then you know about the Great Moby Dick Listen-Along. This got me wondering how many other classics are available in a similar format… Well, per my Google inquiry an incredible amount!! (about 2,000,000 results in 0.60 seconds, if you want to know) You can find some here and even more here and yet even more here. And, that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg!
I think that is enough craziness for one day! Have a good Tuesday!
I wanted to take a brief moment to pay tribute to Gwen Ifill who died yesterday and far, far too soon! I have watched PBS Newshour for such a very long time and I remember that monumental day when she and Judy Woodruff were named co-anchors. It was a banner day for women! I loved Gwen so much – her honesty, her trustworthiness, her amazing brilliance in delivering the news – and for continually challenging me to learn more. She made me more curious every single day.
In her words, she gives us all hope for the future:
“Change comes from listening, learning, caring, and conversation.”
These are words we can all carry with us in the days ahead.
Rest in Peace, Gwen. You will be missed.
I always use Thanksgiving as a “free” day. It only happens once a year, and I like to enjoy it.
I was so bummed to hear about Gwen Ifill yesterday. She was a class act.
I do not swatch. I do, however, cast on, knit a bit, and rip out. Lather, rinse, repeat. (Repeat, repeat, repeat…) So if your knitting habits are abnormal, mine are too.
Since going GF one thing I miss the most about Thanksgiving dinner was the stuffing. I saw this recipe and plan on trying it. Much lower in calories than regular stuffing. http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a50127/cauliflower-stuffing-recipe/
Thanksgiving IS a free day! Enjoy it and don’t feel guilty. And wow! That’s a ton of free audio books! I did listen to 9 chapters of Moby Dick last night while knitting. Really enjoying it.
Great photo! I’m not someone to judge what is normal, but I rip out all the time. I ran into much the same problem with our library ESL tutoring program. Eighty hours of training with a hefty fee and some other stringent requirements was more than I bargained for. I did talk to the ESL teacher at our local elementary school and she said they are always looking for volunteers to simply listen to kids (ESL or not) read out loud, correct and help as necessary. I did this for six years when my own kids were in elementary school and think that’s the avenue I’m going to pursue.
Okay. Now. Listen to me. Thanksgiving is important and the feast is part of that importance. You are allowed to enjoy yourself and eat some of the things you love. It doesn’t mean you have to go overboard but I do think it’s okay to indulge on a holiday.
I remember how empowering it was when I discovered (by reading blogs) that people actually did rip and re-knit when things weren’t working — and that *I* could do it, too!! The things I knit are not knit in stone! 😉
I’m a ripper. Willingness to rip is the sign of a knitter who cares about fit and good results. Thanksgiving can be anything you want it to be. I admire you for sticking to your plan and rethinking your menu.
Takre it from one who knows: at age 74, you’ll still be interested in a super moon…and one meal won’t hurt…temper your portions and servings…and enjoy!
I was so sad to hear of Gwen’s passing; it was a treat to read all the tributes in my daily Washington Post email today. I, too, am a ripper – but it can get frustrating to try, try, and try again… and I love Honoré’s input about Thanksgiving dinner. enjoy it!
you definitely should not count calories on a legal holiday! I would never consider you crazy for ripping out, experienced knitters do that 🙂
I rip. I had a home ec teacher in middle school. She had a cross-stitch motto on the wall of our sewing room. It said: “So shall you sew, so shall you rip.” She had a big influence on me.