Things making me happy this week

In an attempt to get back in the habit of posting, I thought I'd follow the lead of one of my favorite podcasts, NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and post a short list of some of the things making me happy this week.

  • Lunch plans with mycrazyhair, neeuqdrazil, and crystal_diva. Girls' lunch is always fun, and having crystal_diva in town is a welcome plus.

  • The new Star Wars trailer! Every time I see it, I get goosebumps. I wasn't getting my hopes up, after the mess that was the prequels, but all of a sudden, I can't wait to see this movie :-)

  • Orphan Black returns this weekend. I love that show, and I'm looking forward to the twists and turns of the the new season.

Yay! Made a post! Could I use more exclamation marks?

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Knitting in public. *g*

Wow, I've really gotten out of the habit of posting, haven't I? Six months, it's been. Not that I was ever a prolific poster, mind, but six months seems a bit much.

Anyway, I spent last night out at a reading by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, i.e. the Yarn Harlot, followed by dinner with crystal_diva and neeuqdrazil (Hmm, I should drop a line to Dreamwidth to allow for links to ravelry IDs - they would be a little more appropriate here).

Anyway, the reading was lots of fun. Stephanie was really entertaining, and having heard her voice, I'll be hearing her read her blog in my head from now on. The bookstore was obviously not quite prepared for us - they had maybe 40 chairs put out, and I'd say there were 100-150 people there. It was hard to see how many people were in the standing-room only areas, like us. It was kinda fun, being in a largeish group of people, most of whom had knitting in their hands. There was a wide variety of projects on display, and I think I freaked the woman next to me out a bit when she hauled out an sweater with an intricate pattern of twisted stitches, and I gushed over it. She was peppered with questions - what pattern? what yarn? and I think she got a little flustered. *g* And neeuqdrazil had a bee-you-ti-ful test knit shawl in three different colours of Indigodragonfly's fabulous yarn.

It was a fun evening. I really should try to get out more. *g*

Speaking of which, M & I have tickets to see Hey Rosetta! next week, so that will be two weeks in a row where I've actually been out socially on a work night. Woo-hoo!

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Keepin' Busy

It seems like I've been really busy lately, but I'm not sure doin' what...
  • I've been knitting lots - I'm working on a pair of socks right now, and I've the yarn for another pair coming in the next week or so. Those, I'm looking forward to - I'm going to be doing Viper Pilots in a dark blue yarn shot with silver, IndigoDragonfly's Shiny, in Tardis - I think they'll be gorgeous, but I'm not sure they'll be exactly high-wear. Kim (indigodragonfly) appears to have graduated from the OPI school of colour names, and half the attraction of the yarn is the names. Plus, it's very schooshy!

  • I've been reading lots, too. According to my Goodreads library, I've read 26 books so far this year, so I'm averaging two a week. My Kobo really seems to be upping that book count. I'm currently actually reading a hard copy book, now, though - I'm re-reading Jean Auel's Shelters of Stone before reading her new book, The Land of Painted Caves.

  • I've also, this week, been watching Ken Burns' The Civil War - PBS is re-broadcasting it right now, and I've never seen it. It's fascinating to watch, and a little horrifying. I don't think I ever realized how bloody that war really was; the fact is that it seems like the North spent the first two years snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, making the war last a lot longer than it needed to.

  • I've also started watching Castle - I've watched the first season, and I loved it! For a show about a murder cop, I end up with a smile on my face an awful lot. *g* Beckett's competent and smart! Castle's a wise-ass and smart! Plus, Castle's actually a good parent - how weird is that? He's, like, Keith-Mars-level good!

  • The return of sunshine makes everything better - I feel a little less like hibernating, and I'm watching my garden for changes daily. The lilacs are almost ready to start showing leaves, and the hyacinths and tulips are coming up nicely.

Heh. So that's a list of a bunch of the stuff I've been meaning to post, but haven't quite gotten around to...

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In an attempt to get myself posting again, I thought I'd start doing booklog/short review posting. Ever since I got my Kobo e-reader last June, I've been reading a lot more than I had been - something about the ease of reading with it, and the constant presence of the books has meant that I've done a lot more reading. I do love having an eReader in my purse at all times, and the Kobo has worked great for me.

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Currently open on my "I'm Reading" list - 1634: the Ram Rebellion, 1634: The Bavarian Crisis, Magic Burns, The Search, and Anne of Green Gables.

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I think my budget is doomed. Doomed, I say!

So, crystal_diva and I were talking about a possible visit to the Purple Purl tomorrow, since we're downtown anyway, and her ordered book should be in. I've got a shawl in my queue that needs some yarn, and I thought I'd pick up something from Tanis Fibre Arts for it.

Then, this morning, the new Knitty came out. It's the first one I can remember in quite a while where every single click brings me to a pattern that makes me go "cool, I'd like that." Every. Single. Click.

In an attempt to limit the damage, I've narrowed it down to three sweaters (one, two, three), two scarves, and two hats. Now, if I could just narrow it down to one of each, I might be able to get out of there without making my credit card card scream for mercy.

(First world problems, I know! *g*)

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Freedom from Cable?

On Monday, we're having a HDTV antenna installed on the roof.

Now, I know we could have just bought the equipment and installed it ourselves, but the thought of me or Mike up on the roof to install the thing, plus us drilling a hole into the house to get the cable in... Nope, not gonna happen. That's what people who do this kinda thing for a living are out there for.

Monday night, I'll cancel my cable, and bring the box back to Rogers.

It's odd - the only thing I'll really think we'll miss is Cake Boss (which is watchable online) - and maybe the Weather Network.

I just figured, if I was gonna try to break from from the Rogers fold, it would be a good thing to get it done BEFORE the new season actually starts, and I get back into the habit of watching 15 gazillions shows, most of them on at the same time. Now I'll be forced into one at a time, and hopefully, I'll actually cut back a little. *g* Hopefully.

To top it off, those shows we do watch - on the 20 or so channels we should be able to get - will have a much higher picture quality. Have you seen the over-the-air HDTV picture quality? It's absolutely fantastic!

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That's ... weird

All of a sudden, Firefox will not start on my work computer. Well, that's not entirely true - it starts and then immediately crashes (complete with the Mozilla Crash Reporter popping up).

I've installed no new hardware or software, although some of my Firefox add-ons did update yesterday.

So today, I'm using Google Chrome. *g* It seems to work pretty well, although I miss my FoxyTunes control and my Flashblock (and my RSS reader)

Hopefully a reboot tonight will solve the problem; otherwise, I've no idea how to fix it other than a complete new install.

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Dear Virgin Mobile....

This fancy-schmancy (supposedly) new billing system you've implemented? So far, I'm not impressed.

You never sent me either a new bill or a new account number, so that i could go into your system and check my balance for myself.

And then, this morning, you text me a friendly reminder to pay my bill before service is cut off? Not cool. I have not yet received this bill that I'm supposedly not paying. And I've not received the account number that I'm supposed to make the payment on. How, precisely, was I supposed to pay it?

After 25 minutes on hold with your support people, I am not a happy camper.

No love,

P.S. If that friendly voice says "Thanks for hanging in there. You're a real trooper!" once more, I'll really start getting peeved.

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Lazy Sunday

Lazy's pretty much the only way I can sum up today :-)

Last night was mostly about a bout with the insomnia monster, combined with a killer allergy attack. At least - I hope it's allergies, or else I've got one hell of a spring cold.

So, I actually went back to bed at 9:30 this morning, and rested until noon. I've made it out to a drug store, and managed to pick up an allergy med for *nighttime* - why on earth are almost all allergy meds non-drowsy? I'd like to sleep sometime, y'know...

So, now I'm just organizing my LJ Scrapbook pictures and moving them all over to flickr, and updating the associated entries to point to the new locations. I've pretty much decided LJ is getting no more of my money, so when my account runs out in June, I won't renew. That means moving those pictures out now, so that the entries don't break. Oh, and updating carynknits so that the galleries of past projects point to the correct place.

Now, I'm off to find the originals for all the pictures in scrapbook.

On the plus side, I believe we're gonna be watching Sherlock Holmes, assuming I can stay awake that long. RDJ Goodness!

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So, I just noticed this morning that iTunes is now carrying what appears to be all available seasons of Doctor Who for sale/download.

I'd never watched any Doctor Who before RTD took over; I was a HUGE Queer as Folk fan, and when the creator of that moved over to Doctor Who, I thought I would try it out. Of course, I loved it.

Every now and again, I'd wander through HMV or Best Buy and look at the old seasons for sale, but the prices for the BBC releases were ridiculous - I wasn't about to pay $30 or $40 for 4 half-hour episodes. The iTunes releases, though are a lot more reasonable - $6 for the 4-episode seasons.

So, now I'm thinking I'll buy some old-school Doctor Who.

Which doctor should I start with? Go back to the very beginning and get the William Hartnell Series? Just start with the Tom Baker Ones? Which Doctor had Sarah Jane as a Companion?

Who's your favorite old-school Doctor?

(As a separate question, has anyone downloaded TV episodes off iTunes? What's the quality like? I'll be hooking my laptop up to the TV to watch them; is the quality good enough for that, or do they just sell the lower quality stuff optimized for watching on an iPod?)

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