I'm a bit busier at work now, which makes for fewer updates. And makes the updates I do a mere smattering of miscellany.
On the Oscars: Boring boring boring. Good dresses, and boring.
I did not audition for the Martha Stewart version of The Apprentice on Saturday. This is for the best, as it turned out that they had people lined up at 3 am since the Trump version was also auditioning. I had no intention of actually trying to get on the show, I merely wanted to go do a great Donna Reed hyperdomestic act and see what happened.
Now that the Circa site is up and running, I am free to work on the WittyKnits site that's in my head. So I drew up some sketches and maps earlier, and will be trying to get that up in the next few weeks/months. Also, since the yarn shop is apparently a no-go (in addition to Knitter's Mercantile opening a store, it seems the Wolfe space is still to be a shop--I've got no details beyond that)I'm also getting together my plan of attack for teaching/knitting parties. I'm going to apply to teach with the UA Lifelong Learning program. Any locals know of other places that might need a knitting instructor?
On the new Tori Amos album, The Beekeeper: eh. I hate to say it, but this one isn't grabbing me. Then again, I didn't like Boys for Pele when it came out, and it's my favorite of hers. It's not horrible, it's just not up to her standards. What I hate more though, is stupid music critics who suggest things like "motherhood has mellowed her out" or whatever. They'd never say that about a male musician, they'd just say "he's had a misstep" or something. Grrrrr.... I haven't gotten the DVD out yet though--perhaps there'll be some redemption there.
Getting closer on the homebuying front. We have one session left in my How to Buy a House class, which is the real estate attorney. So far we've had the realtors, a lender and a home inspector. It's not a lot of new info, but it's good to know I know what I'm doing. I think I've shelved the idea of a downtown condo, as anything with enough space/more than 1 BR is starting in the $260K range, which is well above my range. Not cool. I don't care if it's tax-abated, I can't swing that. So Clintonville/North Campus it will be for me, most likely. And I've found a few decently affordable things online, so I think it's do-able. I'll get pre-approved in the next couple weeks and pick a realtor and get things moving. As I told automat76
yesterday, it's possible that last year was my last Comfest as a local. Scary!
Finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time yesterday, just in time for book club next week. I liked this a lot, as I found myself identifying so much with the narrator. I do all these odd things that he does. And it spurred an obsessive bout of Minesweeper last night, as I tried desperately to beat his best time. No such luck. We also read (re-read for me) the Nick Hornby edited anthology, Speaking with the Angel, which I love. I need to skim over some of those stories again before Monday.
Knitting: I am plugging along on my sister's wedding gift, with 20 weeks and 18.5 afghan squares to go. ( Here's the first completed one behind the cut )
That's a cable based on the DNA helix. And that popcorn stitch on the edges is addictive. Luckily the second square which I'm working on now also has it.
Also working on a cardigan for me (about 30% done), a hat for my mom's birthday that's coming out very cool (about 75% done), the second legwarmer for me. Starting soon: Bad penny (short sleeved raglan) for me and a lacey flower shawl for me. All for me!!
Tonight: Million Dollar Baby with B. This weekend: possibly a Joanna Newsom show Saturday, Stitch n' Bitch and much knitting.
Also need to figure out what to cook for ICFD: Foods on a stick battle. I wanna do something totally wacky, yet yummy.