Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
My husband and some others are all excited about a sequel to the movie Tron called TR2N. I can't say that I'm all excited. I can't even say that I even liked the first movie. I like character driven stories, and I like plot driven stories, but I can't say that I like "gee look at the cool special effects" driven stories. I don't think that I really cared about it at all the first time I saw it. When I saw it later, I thought it was cool that Bruce Boxleitner and Peter Jurasik had been in a movie together before either of them had heard of Babylon 5. But that was about it. So I never got the big deal about the first movie and I don't really see why they decided to do a sequel twenty-five years later, but I'm sure that there are plenty of people out there saying the same thing about The Dark Crystal.
I continue to water my garden through the terrible hot whether, but other than that I'm not doing much work on it. I have not seen one single bee this whole summer. I'm not getting much out of my garden except for peppers, which is somewhat to be expected since most of my plants are peppers. But I also have three eggplants which have yet to produce anything, grape and cherry tomatoes that rarely have any tomatoes, several regular tomatoes that have only just now managed to produce one tomato (that was eaten by birds before I found it), and a zucchini plant which is only just now about to give me one lonely zucchini. I know that the whether is partially to blame, but this is a bit much.
Business is bad, and my husband had only been scheduled for three day weeks for several weeks. And now this week two of his days were canceled, so he's only working tomorrow. Of course, we still won't get any work around the house done. We didn't even put the foam stuff around the air conditioner yesterday.
Yesterday we found a travel coupon book in with the free advertisements at the movie theater, and we were looking through it a bit while we were waiting for the movie to start. We use a lot of these coupons, though not recently. Anyway, these coupons have the price of the room if you use the coupon, and the name of the motel, and the location of the motel, and a little list of reasons that you might like the motel such as free breakfast or heated pool or whatever. So we were looking at the coupons, wishing that since we have all this unexpected time off that we had enough money to go someplace. And on the cover of the little booklet it says something about getting away to South Padre Island, and then it says which page the South Padre Island coupons are on. So I turn to that page and there are a couple of coupons that give the name of the motel, and the location of the motel, and reasons why you might like the motel, and maybe even some dates saying when the coupons were good for (except for special events and weekend rates may be higher). But there were no prices on these two coupons. I don't think that I've ever seen coupons without prices before.
Seems like I had more to say, but I don't remember. That's plenty of nonsense for now anyway.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Somehow, whatever our plans were, it did not really work out that way, and we hardly got anything done at all.
For us as a couple, the weekend as usual started on Sunday. Saturday I had it in my head to try to do this and that, and then I remembered what Saturday it was and went off to see some friends. There was a club meeting, and then there's usually something to do after the official meeting, maybe several things, but I usually only make it to the meeting and the one thing afterward. This time I ended up doing four things. I went to the meeting, sat in on a meeting after the meeting, hung out with a small group afterwards, and then went to someone's house to hang out with the big group and watch videos. Didn't actually say anything at the after meeting, and didn't actually watch any videos at the last thing, but I did actually go to all four things, which I don't think I've done in well over a year. So I got home like at two in the morning and got about four or five hours sleep.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
So in the story there is this old man who's lost most of his marbles, and he lets the chicken or whatever is for dinner burn while he works on a crossword puzzle or something. That way his wife can come in and yell at him for being so careless and lecture him on everything being rationed, etc.... And they could not just go over to the farm next door and get another chicken or anything else because that was their meat ration for the day or the week or whatever and it was gone, period. There was just nothing to be done about it, and they'd just have to eat turnips on toast.
Turnips on toast?
So that just struck me as a really odd thing for a person to be eating. My husband reminded me that people in England like eating odd things like cucumber sandwiches, so maybe turnips on toast was just one of those things. Maybe it is. But I would think that there was something else going on with the cucumber sandwiches, like either it meant that you were well off enough to buy produce from someone with a greenhouse, or you had one yourself and were bragging about your green thumb. A cucumber is probably one of those summer things that you look forward to, but a turnip is probably just a turnip.
In this country, it seems like eating turnips is a sign that either you are from the south or you are poor or both. I see turnip greens in the grocery store next to the mustard greens and the collard greens, and I remember when my mother used to try to force us to eat them, because they had vitamins or something like that. Of course, she served us that awful canned stuff that possibly did not have any vitamins left in it, and since we never actually managed to eat much of the stuff whatever vitamins it might have had was not going to help us anyway.
Does anyone eat these things?
Monday, July 21, 2008
Still, if I'm thinking that things are maybe going to be bad, I should start thinking different things entirely, like I don't "need" any yarn at all no matter what a good deal it is or what I might intend to make with it, and I don't "need" either a pizza or Chaps. But without more solid proof that things will get bad, I still "needed" to see the Batman movie.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Only then there were a bunch of phone calls, most of which turned out to be salespeople or wrong numbers. And one call that was not a wrong number. And then I had a really bad day after that.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
We saw both Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3-D and Hellboy II. Hellboy II was okay. If you're a fan of Ron Perlman, and you're thinking that the king of the elves or the fairies or whatever looks familiar, that's Roy Dotrice, Father from the Beauty and the Beast TV series. Still, other than the wraith-like whatever they are, I think that I like the first one a bit better. There's no rookie character to look at everything weird like it's really something weird.
Saturday, I went to meet up with a fellow blogger and her club. Not that I need a new club. But it was a chance to meet a fellow blogger (only the second time that I've meet someone in real life after finding them online first), and I used to enjoy meeting other people's clubs. Back in the good old days (most of the 1990s) a lot of the clubs around here used to actually do things together. Recently my own club has gotten rather large. And sometimes we hang out with Klingons.
Speaking of Klingons, I have to decide if I want to go out with them in a couple of months. Several of them I like, but one I really don't. At least, I don't think that I like him anymore. I'm just debating whether or not I dislike him enough to avoid the whole group. The matter will probably be decided not so much on whether or not I decide I need to avoid this person, but more on whether or not I find something nice to wear.
And on a similar subject, next month my own club plans to go out and scare the straights, but I have nothing to wear. I suppose I could find some Hogwarts stuff to wear, but that's about it. Most of my more suitable costumes no longer fit me. And it is not appropriate to run around the restaurant in my underwear, which is more or less what I did at the last Halloween party. You know that you are not quite wearing enough clothing over certain areas when one of the men admiring your behind suggests that you might need to cover it.
Anyway, the game is to freak out the mundanes, not get asked to leave the restaurant.
It is July now, and I have not yet decided on a Halloween costume for this year's party. Nor have I decided which art class to take in the fall. The two are somewhat related, as if I choose something complicated for the Halloween party I either have to choose a class that won't take up much of my time during October, or else I have to do most of the work on the costume before October gets here.
Yesterday and today I spent about forty dollars on yarn. The original price of the yarn was closer to a hundred and twenty, so I was quite happy to find it on the clearance rack. I have made a couple of Dr. Who scarves and other long scarves, and I was thinking that I might also like a Dr. Who season 18 scarf. Except that I never made one, because it needed a different kind of yarn than I usually work with. The seasons 12-17 scarves were made of wool yarn, and you can make an okay copy from common 4-ply medium weight acrylic yarn. But season 18 is a totally different color scheme, and the yarn used is totally different. It has a more frilly or fuzzy look to it, and it is orange, red, and purple. I've had trouble finding those three colors that look good together in a more interesting yarn, and of course when I do find some that looks like it might work it is rather expensive. So yesterday I found some purple on clearance that might work, and today I found more purple and some orange that might work. That's great, except now that I look at how much I'll actually need, I think I might still be a bit short in those two colors. And the red is still regular price and would cost me another seventy dollars or so. I don't think that I want to make such an expensive scarf. Right now I'm not sure if I'm going to be doing this at all, or if I might do a similar type of scarf that is smaller or what.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Okay, back to my usual stuff. And, no, I don't know how to unstick five gallon bucks.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Okay, today I'm going to get lots of work done. Not really, but I am going to run a few errands and sift through some of this mud. And apparently I'm going to have a nice lunch.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Which is not saying that the people making these scarves are getting rich. I've seen the scarves sell for about a hundred dollars. Even if you have a machine to do a lot of the work, for the most part a knitting machine isn't something that you push a few buttons and then go to lunch and come back to find a completed scarf. So even if you have a machine you still spend a lot of time on it. And of course yarn isn't free either. If I wanted to sell a scarf, and I wanted to make a reasonable ten dollars an hour for my time, I would need to sell the scarves for at least $175. (That's for season 12. Other seasons are longer or more complicated and would cost more.) So I figure that the people who sell the scarves on eBay are a bit better at this than I am, but they are still working for about five dollars an hour.
Anyway, while there are copyright laws and all of that, and the BBC probably has the legal right to make someone stop selling things that came from the show, and they might even have the right to ask someone to stop telling people how to make their own toys and/or costumes, for the most part you're supposed to know not to enforce this particular right on fans who are not getting rich from knitting and who are not in direct competition with anything they are selling. Fan made stuff is free advertising, so the fans are usually left alone.
All of this was almost two months ago, and the Doctor Who Scarf website is still there, so I'm guessing that they are not going to do anything about it.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Other than that, Friday we didn't do anything. And I don't mean that we didn't do anything special for the 4th, I mean that we really didn't do anything. I got up and blogged a bit, went back to bed and read a little bit. Then we watched the Stargate thing. At some point he ate a hog dog and I ate leftover pizza for breakfast. I read some more while he was on the computer. Then I was thinking that I should eat lunch, but I really didn't feel like it and ate a bunch of cookies instead. Then my husband wanted to go eat, but I wasn't hungry because of the cookies. So he read for a bit and I used the computer, and after a while we went to Panchos. I'm not sure when that was, except that it was after two but before four, so I'm not sure if that counts as late lunch or early dinner. We came home and I remembered that I hadn't watered the plants yet, so I did that, and then I was thinking how I hadn't done any work. We were going to go for a walk, but very soon into it we decided to turn back. It was hot, but mainly I was just too tired. Too tired from what? We didn't do anything except go to Panchos. We didn't do even just normal stuff like wash dishes. I didn't do any laundry or any sorting or anything. Except for watering the plants late, I didn't do anything in the garden. We didn't even have sex. Why the hell was I so tired? Later, we did manage to take that walk, and I tried to figure out a bit of knitting from this video I rented, but I didn't try for very long. So that was it. We didn't go anywhere to watch fireworks. In fact, we didn't even bother to go outside and try to watch any just from the house. I was just too tired. But what the hell was I tired from?
So that was pretty much it for our holiday weekend. I spent most of it reading the Tripods trilogy. I should have tried to get some work done yesterday, but, no. I spent one more day being totally lazy. Anyway, it turns out that I read the schedule wrong and my husband has to work today, and he even has to leave early, so that's soon enough to think about work.
Friday, July 04, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Anyway, in my little group we are glad that we got to meet him and we're sorry that he's gone.