It looks like your new chalkboard fits its new space perfectly, and not only will it be fun for Munchkin in the years to come (once she can reach it) and useful for you and Matt, it’s really cool that it has those special, personal memories that are part of its creation. It also looks pretty much gorgeous.
Speaking of gorgeous, that picture of the farm is amazing. If you haven’t printed and framed that one, you should give it some serious consideration.
My post today isn’t very unified either. There’s a little of this and a little of that to tell you, and none of it is closely related. Oh, I know! I’ll do a list.
1. It’s raining today. Yay! There’s not much in the way of thunderstorms around here, as I think I’ve said before. No bang! flash! downpour! done! Instead, it will be gray and soft and wet all day today (and hopefully for a good chunk of tomorrow as well), while the rain drips down lazily. It makes us all sleepy, but we’ll take it! Any rain is good.
2. Here the progress on my Empty Shelf.
The post-it says +375 (pages). So, making progress. Slowly. I feel like I’ve read more, but those were audiobooks, which don’t have pages, and which I am consequently not counting.
3. Speaking of audiobooks, I’ve started listening to The Fellowship of the Ring again. I got this for Christmas, and it is so good. I already knew this, having listened to it before, but it’s been several years, and it’s quite a pleasure going back into this world as read by this reader. I still know many of the inflections of his voice, which implies that I might have listened to it a little obsessively last time around.
4. This week’s knitting update also comes from Christmas time. Remember how I was worried that a blanket I was knitting was going to be too small? I was seriously debating getting another skein because the two I had were just going to produce this tiny scrap of cloth. As I recall, you and Mom talked me out of it, and it’s ended up turning out fine.
So, it was a scrap of cloth when I finished it, around the time we returned from Christmas. But then, last night I blocked it, and it made all the difference! It’s still a bit smallish, but a good size for a little one to carry around and love on. Blocking it (which, in case you don’t know, is gently washing it then allowing it to air dry in the position and dimensions you want the finished product to have; most knitted things will keep this shape for awhile as long as they’re dry) really opened up the lace and thinned out the whole fabric. I’m very happy with how it turned out. Pattern: Baby Chalice Blanket; Yarn: Three Irish Girls Springvale Worsted in “Aileen”. (The color is much more vibrant than it appears in the pictures; maybe when we have sun again I’ll reshoot it to give you a better sense of it.)
5. Have to have a fifth thing, right? Otherwise, it wouldn’t be a Top 5 list, at least not officially. I suppose I could talk about personal stuff, but let’s keep it light. Last Saturday, Charles and I spent a nearly perfect afternoon together. We went up to Palo Alto for lunch and ice cream; then took the scenic route home, through Los Altos and Cupertino and up into the mountains (where it was chilly and fresh), then down into Saratoga and back into San Jose proper; and finally we went to see the Lego movie.
After all the raves I’d heard about it, I was expecting it to be utterly transcendent, but it didn’t really get there. Still, it wasn’t a cleverly disguised feature length ad for Legos. Or at least, it wasn’t only that. The movie was cute and clever, energetic and good-spirited. (It’s maybe worth noting, though, that one of its main messages – that everyone is special – seems to be in direct conflict with the message of The Incredibles, where that sentiment is what comes out of the mouth of the bad guy. It’s a contrast I find interesting to ponder when I’m not listening to Frodo and Sam on their perilous journey.)