getting ready for chicago

Shorts or jeans, tee-shirts or sweaters? Will I regret not bringing my raincoat? These are the questions I’m asking myself as I prepare for another weekend get away. I don’t know what to pack because Chicago is just so “temperamental” this time of year!

My sister says I can borrow her clothes if need be, but she’s a few sizes smaller than me so I don’t think it’ll work out. (Poor thing got hand-me-downs and hand-me-ups…) I think I am going to have to suck it up and check in a bag.

Ok, now I’ve got to figure out my accessories.  iPhone or laptop?   Circular needles (my shawl) or straights (more bibs)?  Girl with a Dragon Tattoo or When Jesus Became God?

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my knitting nook

As you know, I have been busy working on making many of these:

Bibs

And I’ve also been working on this:

My Cables in Squares Throw by Redheart

So I have had to work on a way to organize my knitting, and I came up with this:

Knitting Nook

I am a fan of rearranging what you already have to improve functionality in your home.  (That’s a nice way of stating that I stole a bookcase from Okey’s office.)  This bookcase with doors will be the perfect home for my ever growing stash of yarn and knitting books!

Now I just have to get back to working on this:

Square Shawl

What tips do you have for storing your hobbies?

dana point harbor panorama

Thanks to the power of Twitter, I came across this beautiful time lapse video, The Unseen Sea, by Simon Christen (via @wilw via @paulandstorm via @leeunkrich).  It just shows the beautiful city of San Francisco under a sea of clouds.  I wonder what his time lapse rate is…  When Jenna and I were up at Coit Tower, the clouds were blowing by pretty fast as it was.

Anyway, I finally got around to installing the software that came with my new Nikon L22.  (Awesome camera, awesome software.) Check out this photograph which was stitched together from six separate photographs:

Dana Point Harbor

I think Okey and I might be fighting over who gets to play with the point and shoot this weekend for the Search & Snap scavenger hunt.  Our poor little Nikon D60 is going to feel unloved.

Edited on September 22, 2010 at 2:01 EST: I found a video I took at Coit Tower where the clouds were breezing by awfully fast:  http://gallery.me.com/paulamckinney#100070 Nothing like Simon Christen’s video.  I can’t even get the orientation right!  Haha!

knitting news

I am taking a break from knitting gifts for the snowstorm babies and started on a project for myself! Here’s a stock image of the throw I’m making:

Cables in Squares Throw by Redheart

Mine is going to look a little different as I picked a creamy white, a baby boy blue and a shimmery charcoal.  I’m knitting this on the largest needles I own, US 15 – about the size of drumsticks, and the project is going pretty quickly.

spam, anyone?

I logged into my email this evening and got this apology from Facebook:

"Getting back onto Facebook"

It just reeks of spam to me.  I mean, spam prevention 101 teaches you to never respond to an e-mail prompting you to enter your password.  What other clues do you see that would indicate that this is a fraudulent e-mail? (You might have to click on the picture to make it bigger.)

I need to be honest and answer your question about giving up my personal Facebook account.  Yes, I did do that.  I did set up, however, an administrative account for organizing my Search and Snap events.  This e-mail was directed to that account.

just a cat and a dog

Although humans claim to stand atop the food chain, it’s the four-legged critters living in our homes that make the important decisions.

They determine when to be fed, preferably the moist food, and they demand fresh water because it’s been sitting for a couple of hours.

They choose when to sleep and select how much of the bed they think you should have.  Then they tell you it is time to wake up in the morning.

These loving creatures are also kind enough to tell you when a job’s been well done.  The dog will wag her tail when the belly has been rubbed, and the cat will purr contentedly by your side after a satisfying meal.

So if being at the top of the food chain requires the ability to open doors, pour food and rub bellies, then we are definitely there.

question #1

Question: Does being alone have to mean you are lonely?

Of course I find myself asking this rhetorical question sitting at home alone, looking ahead into the coming weeks and realizing how alone I will be. Yes, I find myself to be lonely.

I stumbled across a poem a few weeks ago by Tanya Davis. In “How to be Alone,” she gives good points on how to be alone. She was an encouragement to me on a recent trip when Okey had to go into the office and I was left in an unfamiliar place. I could have sat in the hotel room without purpose. I could have walked around for hours without purpose. Instead I found the courage to avoid my being alone principle and went to the beach and enjoyed myself there.

I’m at home now, in familiar surroundings, and I am struggling with the quietness again. My life is so full that I am overwhelmed when the silence rushes in at me. I should learn to embrace this time in my life though. I ought to follow in the footsteps of Jesus who often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5v16). I need to remind myself that being lonely doesn’t have to be a bad thing.