The Long Weekend

Labor Day, as marking the end of summer, sort of bugs me, because it’s not the end of the summer, as a season. But I realize I’m fighting a losing battle here. And I am happy for the return of college football because it means, well, football, which I enjoy, but also, whenever the Buckeyes are playing is prime time to run errands, because no one will be on the roads. So I do love having Easton, or downtown, or the grocery, all to myself while Buckeye Nation watches football.

(I’m not a born and bred Buckeye fan. Yes, I have lived in Columbus my entire life, but my parents are native Pittsburghers, and my dad is a graduate of Pitt and Carnegie Mellon. And Mom’s family was totally pro ND, all the way, because two of her siblings went there. So when it came to college loyalty, we were rooting for Pitt and ND. Also, Pittsburgh has three pro sports teams. The idea that a college team would get so much press was incroyable to my parents. So, my siblings and I grew up sort of OSU neutral, and this remains, even though my brother is an OSU grad. I have been to an OSU game, and I love the marching band. Really, I watch the games just for the band.)

With this long weekend, I have a few things in mind:

  • knitting, of course. I ordered some yarn from Quince and Co. today, and am excited to work with it! The yarn will make up Christmas Scarf No. 3, as well as a longer scarf/wrap for me (two balls of yarn. I’m excited for this.), and possibly Christmas Scarf No. 4. We’ll see. Also I want to make up a few bookmarks as part of the Christmas packages.
  • Learning lines for And Then There Were None. We’ll have rehearsals over the weekend, and I want to start getting to the off-book stage. I’m only in one act, so I don’t have too terribly many lines, but I want to really get them down so I can focus on other things.
  • Restocking the pantry, and cooking. This is part of my revamp: consistent meal planning and having healthy things around the house that are easy.
  • Working out: ballet beautiful and walks. Also possible pool, before it closes. My pool is in my complex, and it closes at various and sundry times every year; sometimes it’s open until October!
  • Reading some Jane, especially Persuasion.
  • Sleeping in. That’s definitely happening.
  • Along with restocking the pantry comes cleaning out the pantry and the fridge. For some reason I love to do this in the fall. Must be some sort of latent nesting instinct.
  • Potentially the piano.
  • Also decorating for fall, which means putting my scarecrow in the front yard, and a little wreath (assuming I can find said wreath)

Yarn Along No. 4

This week, I finished this scarf, also a Christmas Gift! So Christmas Gift Scarf No. 2 is done!

It’s the same yarn as I used here, except in Brocade. Same needles, too.

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And now I’m back to the bookmarks: this is Palette Yarn in Heathered Salsa, and it reminds me of the colors on the trees here in the fall. I really like working with it.  I’m using size 5 Harmony Needles. The books I’m reading are sort of CCD prep; one is because I’ve really started lectio in earnest, and any book about the bible is good for me; the other is sort of a “how to” tip book, at least thus far.

 

Various and Sundry

Time for some updates, since I’ve been bad about them. Sorry!

  • OK, first. This is a salad I created over the summer. People really like it. You should try it. (And yes, Jenny, here is lovely yummy food! It’s so good!)
  • Life Revamping Goes on, and this is how it goes:  I am definitely doing well in the “get up earlier” Sweeps. I’ve moved my get up time back 20 minutes, so 40 minutes to go until we hit the 6:30 goal time. The Kitchen needs major work–cleaning out the fridge, the cabinets, etc. and reorganizing–so that’s next up in the house revamping. I’m currently using the Book of Job for my lectio and really enjoying it. (Enjoying Job. I know. I’m weird.) I chose Job because I’d started reading it during my retreat to Nashville, and then left it when I got home, so I’ve decided to finish it and move on from there in terms of what book of the bible to read. I read a chapter a day. (In Job, some of those chapters are really short, but even then, I only read one chapter.)I’m also working my way though a book called The Artist’s Rule, which is about monastic habits in the creative life.
  • I’m also into rehearsals for And Then There Were None, which goes up in mid-October. I’m really enjoying working with such a fabulous cast and director, and bringing this character to life. I’ve modeled a lot of her on the White Rabbit from Alice In Wonderland, if that gives you any ideas. Last Friday we practiced the blocking for the end of Act I, where I have to faint, and I got a lovely bruise on my right leg from all the practiced falling (But I like it.) I really like the physicality of this character, how much she moves and how important putting the character in my body is here. One thing I recently read in an acting book is a lot of actors don’t act with their bodies–they only act with their faces. So I am consciously making an effort to act with my entire body–my fingers, hands, posture, feet, etc.
  • CCD catechist retreat was last Sunday and it was a lot of fun! I’ll be co-teaching 26 first graders and I am so ready to go!

Prosper the work of our hands

Recently, I took up knitting. I’ve been wanting to do this for many years, now, but somehow I never quite got the gist of it–how to cast on, how to actually knit. I liked to look at the pretty patterns and vibrant yarn shades in craft stores, but the actual art of sewing remained a mystery to me.

Last month, a friend of mine sat down with me and taught me to knit. One of the things she taught me is that knitting isn’t an art where you see immediate results. It takes time for the rows and shape of the item to come into being; in fact, for the first three or four rows of any project, it can look like large bit of knotted wool! I kept thinking I was doing it wrong. But by the time I reached 10, 20, or 30 rows, I could see that I was actually making something. There was form and beauty there, and probably a few mistakes. But for the most part, it was a recognizable object. The yarn had been turned, by my hands and the needles, into a piece of fabric that had uses.

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Catholic Women’s Almanac No. 34

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Wearing::

Black maxi skirt and purple top, both from White House Black Market.

reading::

Prayer Primer; Tips for Actors (I re-read this every time I do a straight play), the novel And Then There Were None.

In The CD Player::

Nothing. In the midst of CD changing. 🙂

Around the house:: 

We did this and this over the weekend. Now on to deep cleaning the living room!

From the kitchen::

Not sure this week. I know. I’m bad.

Being healthy::

Swimming, since it’ll be warm enough this week, and ballet beautiful. 

Being creative::

Christmas Scarf No. 2 in the works; learning my lines for And Then There Were None.

Praying for::

Thomas Peters

Plans for the week::

Catechist retreat for the upcoming CCD year on Sunday. Possible rehearsals this weekend (I’m only in Act I, so I’m not sure what this weekend’s schedule looks like.) Parents coming over for dinner tomorrow.

captured::My Oxford University Press books–well, some of them–displayed

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A new show for Fall

Last weekend I started rehearsals for Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, with Pickerington Community Theater.  This is my first show with them and I am really excited!

The play is based on Christie’s best-selling novel, but the ending is different, so be warned if you’re coming. 🙂 I play Mrs. Rodgers, the cook, who is accused, with her husband Tom Rodgers, of killing their former employer.

I’m only in the first act, which is almost done being blocked. On Friday we had a table reading and we started blocking on the stage on Saturday. I’m having a lot of fun with this cast and this role, and I can’t wait to perform it!

The show runs Oct. 18, 19, 20 and October 25, 26, 27 (Fri-Sunday). Fri-Sat. shows are at 8 PM, and Sunday shows at 2 PM.

 

 

ERHL VI: The book room and curtains

This is part of a series. To read the entire series, go here. 

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My little sister, Mel, was here last night for some girl bonding. While we were munching on wings at BW3’s, the idea came up that we should run to Target and get curtains for my bedroom window, because I’ve been wanting curtains there for a long time. I sort of hate the whole rental place white blind window treatment thing, especially in my bedroom. And since there’s only one window in there, it would be less work and less money.

So after dinner we went to Target, bought some window fixture things, and went back to my place. We are surprisingly handy girls. Sadly I forgot to take a before picture, but here’s the after:

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That is, indeed, a lot better than just regular white blinds which are boring!

So I thought, OK, we’re done. But then Mel said, why don’t we do the other bedroom?

Now, my other bedroom–aka, the book room–had a bit of progress made. But there was a lot of stuff in there that needed done to bring it in line with my vision of the room. I wanted a couch, or at least a big comfy chair in there; I wanted it to be a cozy space where I could write and work.

BEFORE: 

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That wasn’t happening. But Mel, like a human tornado/Genevieve from Trading Spaces, took it on. For the next 90 minutes, we worked hard. First up was moving the desk from the center of the room to the right hand wall, which immediately freed up space for the other piece of furniture I wanted there.

AFTER:

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The next task: My piles of books. Melanie took them and arranged them on the windowsills, adding some of the hockey-related stuffed animals I’ve acquired over the years.

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Third, we tackled the Paper Monster. There were lots of piles of papers that needed dealt with. A lot of them just got trashed, but the rest found homes in now-empty binders.

Also, we unpacked the last box from my move, found that I didn’t need the stuff in it, an used it to gather all the trash we were accumulating.

Under the desk, we put my printer, my box of photos, and a box of envelopes. The printer really shouldn’t be on the floor, but it’s the best we’ve got right now, and at least under the desk it’s somewhat protected.

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More books were also found for the HPB file.

I’m really excited about what we did here, because now the room is organized, useful, and really pretty. Eventually I will have a big fat chair or a loveseat in here for reading, which will make me really happy, or even knitting.

Mel will make a fantastic nurse, but she also is a pretty sweet interior decorator.  So thanks to Mel, the book room is a real room  and not just a book breeding ground. 🙂

ERHL V: The Living Room

The Living Room is the first area in Organized Simplicity’s 10 Day plan. (As we can tell, I’ve been doing this for way more than 10 days…). The first step is to get everything out of the room that you don’t love/use.  That took a few days for me, because my living room is also the “dining room”, and the family room. It’s the sort of everything room.

So the first thing was to get all the stuff I didn’t want out of the room, and to put things in a place that were in this room. Cookbooks on the cookbook shelves; books on the book shelves; CDs on the rack I have for them. Now I have a lot of books, as we know, so I did some purging of the shelves, first, to make room for the books I wanted to keep.

It’s always hard for me to get rid of books, unless I really hated the book. 🙂 But that’s a rare occurrence.  So if I haven’t read a book recently, it goes. I do tend to re-read it before I get rid of it, if I’m iffy about it. I Just did that with my Love Comes Softly books, and really, they’re still on the fence. Re-reading didn’t help me here! So what I’ll do it put them in my book room closet, and if I haven’t looked for them in a year, then they go.

When it came to the “meta stuff”, as Tsh calls items that hold stuff (baskets, shelves, etc.), I had some big cleaning out to do. My tables are mission-style tables, with storage underneath. In one of them, I store photo albums, so that one was in good shape. The other, however, was a mess. It held Thanksgiving editions of magazines, notebooks, books, my cable company information–all sorts of stuff. So I took it all out. Tossed the magazines, filed the cable information in my new file system, and then placed the books I wanted to keep back in the table.

I’ve stored my books for spiritual reading, as well as a few workout books, and my book on learning Latin (which I will get around to. I know it. I don’t want to part with it quite yet.) are all in here, as well as therapy putty for working my right hand (which is the one that was burned during transplant surgery), and a small photo book.

This table is much more useful to me, since I can clearly see what’s in there now, and find what I’m looking for, but it’s also more aesthetically pleasing for the room, since it’s organized and doesn’t look like a huge pile of crazy.

The other main focus in this room is my trunk, which I use as a coffee table. It tends to accumulate stuff like a magnet, so this had to be dealt with. I do keep a fair amount of “stuff” on this, for easy access–my bible, a few recent magazines, my novelling notebook, and a basket that holds the remotes and some bookmarks.

The next step after all this is cleared off, is to deep clean the room–vacuum, dust, polish, etc. I last did this in May, so it shouldn’t be too awful (I mean I last did a polish last May, not the vacuuming and dusting!).

Yarn Along No.3


Oh boy oh boy do I have something to show you today!

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So this is a Christmas gift scarf (on the left) . Is it not gorgeous? I’m so proud of this puppy. There’s only a few small mistakes, which is even better.

This yarn was a real delight to work with. I used Knit Picks City Tweed in Emerald Isle for this, on my sunstruck 11 needles. The yarn was so soft and easy to work with–no pilling or splitting or any funny business. And I just love the color! And it’s got some Donegal Tweed in it, which appeals to my Irish-ness.

I also knitted up a scarf for myself: this is Knit Picks Chroma Worsted in Regency. This was not as easy to work with, because this yarn tends to get sort of fuzzy as you work with it, and that  made for a few more mistakes. But, again, that’s  OK. I still love it. And it’s for me. Same needles as the first one.

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I’m reading Heni Nouwen’s The Genesee Diary, which is an account of the seven months he spent with Trappist monks in New York State. I love reading people’s journals and diaries, so this is right up my alley.

Catholic Women’s Almanac No. 33

Wearing::

A black and white maxi skirt and a violet 3/4 length sleeve top, both from White House Black Market.

Reading::

St. Catherine’s Dialogues; The Genesee Diary, by Henri Nouwen.

In the CD player::

Loreena McKennit’s The Book of Secrets.

Around the house::

Revamping hits the living room. More on that in a later post.

From the kitchen::

I’m feeling bruschetta meal again. Yes. Also there was this great Rachael Ray recipe that I pinned, and this is being made soon, too. (It has this and this as sides. I mean, how good is that.)

Being healthy::

More ballet beautiful this week.,

Being creative::

Knitting! Oh my goodness, knitting. I’ve got more in today’s yarn along, which will be up later. 🙂

Praying for::

Thomas Peters

Other special intentions

Plans for the week::

Mass tonight (I think).