Soundtrack of My Life

Synchronicity

(Click here for a soundtrack to accompany today's post.)  (Weren't those Police boys dreamy???) (Just sayin.)

syn - chro - nic - i - ty | noun

the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible  causal connection

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Shades of grey.  Plus white.  And a mustard-y yellow.  
Summer.  Linen.
Color blocks.  Grids.
Flowing all together.

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With one breath
With one flow
You will know . . . 

Synchronicity!

(Raverly details here.)

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One Week . . .

I'm not a fast knitter.  

I guess that's not it, exactly.  I just don't finish things quickly.  I am not one of those always-knitting people, y'know?  I like to knit a little every day.  But it's often just that . . . a little.

I don't think I've ever knit anything in just (cue soundtrack) . . . One Week

Until last week.

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Chickity China the Chinese chicken
You have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin'

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Like Snickers, guaranteed to satisfy

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One week!

(Ravelry details here.)

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Hop over to Kat's to read other Unraveled posts today.

 


Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things

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Way back in June, I cast on for Kirsten Kapur's 2017 Mystery Shawl . . .

a shawl with no name

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Knitting just hasn't been much of a priority for me this summer. This was the only project I worked on all summer,* finally finishing about a month ago -- and blocking just this week.

I've been through the desert on a horse with no name
It felt good to be out of the rain

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I kind of love it!  And . . . just in time, too.  Because it is suddenly feeling very fall-ish here.

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In the desert you can remember your name
'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain
La, la, la la la la, la la la, la la...

(Ravelry details here.)

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*  Except for that disaster-wedding-shawl.  But we're just going to let that one go.


Glide on the Peace Train

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Back in December - eager for peace - I climbed on board the Peace Train (aka Project Peace).  I got a bit waylaid for a while. . . busy with this, that, and another thing.  But, eventually, I got caught up.

Last weekend, I finally finished my peace cowl.

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I'd say . . . just in time.

For out on the edge of darkness
There runs the peace train
Peace train take this country
Come take me home again

Glide on the peace train!

(Ravelry details here.)

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PS -- Don't forget -- the Month of Letters begins today!  Let me know if you'd like a letter this month and I'll be happy to write to you. 


So Complicated

If your house was anything like my house back in 2002, this song was probably blasting from your kids' boomboxes all. the. time.  (Right up there with Pink's Get This Party Started and anything by N'Sync.)

Anyway.

As soon as I read through the cable chart for my latest knitting project, this "golden oldie" from Erin's middle school days popped right into my head!

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Because 17 symbols in an 18-row chart is . . . well.  Complicated.

Plus . . . changing stitch counts.

And "borrowing" stitches from the next round.  (Sometimes 2; sometimes just 1.)

See what I mean?

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But nice hat, huh?

I'm not so sure about the pompom, though.

I think I'll pull a Tom + Lorenzo here . . . 

IN or OUT?

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I knit this hat as part of a quick-and-informal knitalong with Kat and Juliann.  Ravelry details here.

 


Finding the Right Song

Back in October, I decided to knit a warm and cozy sweatshirt-of-a-sweater.  Kind of an (ahem) instant gratification project.  Simple.  Big needles.  Chunky yarn.

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And I cast on during one of the Cubs games . . . on their way to the World Series.  I knit through all the games, and my knitting soundtrack seemed to be David Bowie/Queen's Under Pressure.

I was planning to finish up the bottom ribbing a week later . . . as I watched the election results.  But.  That night I couldn't knit a stitch.  I just sat there.  With my knitting in my lap.

Weeks of angst.  No knitting.  I couldn't bear to pick up any knitting - let alone that particular sweater.  I was dealing with my election grief -- while also hosting my entire family for Thanksgiving and my Mom's memorial service.  My knitting soundtrack switched to grunge . . . insert any Nirvana song here . . . but let's go with Smells Like Teen Spirit.

I started knitting another project - Project Peace, in fact.  Which brought be back to my needles and away from my angst.  After a few rounds of Project Peace, I decided to put it aside temporarily -- and finish up the sweater.

This time, a new knitting soundtrack emerged . . . Foo Fighters Times Like These (here's a nice acoustic version for you).

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I, I'm a new day rising
I'm a brand new sky
To hang the stars upon tonight
I am a little divided
Do I stay or run away
And leave it all behind?

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again

And then . . . well.  I finished the sweater easily.  

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Sometimes you just need to find the right song.

(Ravely details here.)

 


Roll With It, Baby

Today is a special day . . . because this guy?

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Birthday Boy!

And because every birthday needs a soundtrack, here's my song for Tom . . . on his 58th birthday.

You see, this year . . . well.  It hasn't been an easy one.  In fact, this year ranks right up there with some of the crappiest years of our 37 years together.  In fact, I'd place this year in the #1 spot of our Top Five Most Challenging Years Ever list.

There was 1993.  That was a frustrating year.

And 1999.  Lots of growing pains.

2003 was particularly nasty.  But only for a few very intense months.

2008.  Yeah.  That one was bad, too.  

But 2016?  Total shit storm.

But we're getting through it.  Because that's what we do!  We hold each other up.  We light each other's path.  We shoulder on.  We head up north.  We go to the gym.  Basically, we . . . 

Roll with it, baby.
Hang on and roll with it, baby.

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Get on through it, roll with it, baby
Luck'll come and then slip away,
you've gotta move,
bring it back to stay

You just roll with it, baby,
come on and just roll with it, baby
You and me, roll with it, baby,
hang on and just roll with it, baby

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So, happy birthday, dear Tom!  

No matter what life brings us in the coming year, I know we'll roll with it.  

Because that's what we do.

 


Right Now . . . November 2016

29/30

November has been a crazy-busy month for me, end to end.  Filled with stresses and emotions and too-long ToDo lists . . . but also with love and gratitude and turkey!

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(These gorgeous flowers are from my mom's memorial service last Tuesday.  Aren't they lovely?)

Here's what's happening in my world . . . Right Now:

Watching - I finished watching The Crown last night.  I loved it.  Tom and I watched Love Actually the other night.  Other than that, not much watching going on.

Reading - But . . . I do have plenty of reading happening!  I finished reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (and winner of this year's National Book Award) just yesterday morning.  This is a powerful book -- one I will be thinking about for quite a while.  I also recently finished Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  Again, powerful.  I have two books on library loan through Overdrive -- and I'm going to have to read fast because they're due far too soon (when it rains it pours, it seems): Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh and Hot Milk by Deborah Levy.  (Luckily, they're both on the short side.)  

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Knitting - I have been finding some time to knit a bit.  Not much, but some.  I'm knitting this sweater, and I'm nearing the end (just one more sleeve and the pockets).  On size 11 needles with bulky yarn, this one is clipping right along (so to speak; it's a relative statement).  I'm anxious to try some of these cute little guys -- and I'm still looking forward to knitting up some of these.

Drinking - Tea.   And plain old water-infused-with-oranges.  And wine.  (Natch.)

Humming - This one.  Four Strong Winds was one of my mom's favorites.  (She was from Alberta, you know.)  Erin sang it at the memorial service last week --- quite a bit different than Neil's version, of course.  Seeing that Erin's voice is classically trained.  And Neil's is . . . not.  Anyway.  I've been humming this song ever since.

Needing to - Resume my usual fitness routine.  Because my life has been so upside-down and inside-out lately that too many of my workouts have, well . . . pretty much disappeared.   (I also need to quit eating so much cheese.)  (But let's not talk about that.)

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Delighted by - Shhhhh.  It's kind of under the radar . . . but I'll let you in on a secret.  My knee has improved enough that I am running again.  Just a little.  And very slowly.  But I'm delighted.  (I'm also delighted by the shoelaces in my new running shoes.  Aren't they great?)

Looking forward to - Bringing light and winter comfort into my house during these dark times (seasonal AND political).  (Stay tuned.)

Celebrating - Something that I can't quite blog about yet.  But it's fun.  And I'll tell you as soon as I can.

Planning - A party.  The holidays.  My dad's move.  What to knit next.  Which book to load on my iPod.  Year-end tax stuff.  Pretty much . . . All The Things.

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Grateful for - These four goofballs.  I was so happy to have them all home last week.  I was happy to buy them drinks and take them out for dinner and laugh with them and listen to their banter.  It doesn't get much better!

How about YOU?  What's going on for you . . . right now?


 


What's on My Mind

7/30

Last night, Tom and I went to a concert.

Kansas.

It turns out, this year is the 40th anniversary of Kansas' Leftoverture album.  (Yeah.  I know.)  (One of the biggest albums of my senior year in high school.)  Carry on my Wayward Son . . . and all that.

It was a fun concert -- and they played the entire Leftoverture album.  A total trip down memory lane -- with so many familiar songs I haven't heard in . . . well, decades.

Like this one.

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Which . . . got me goin'.

Pardon me my feelings are showin.'

I'm only sayin'. . . 

What's on my mind . . . 

TOMORROW IS ELECTION DAY HERE IN THE US.

FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, GO VOTE!

For our future.

For RESPECT.

For civility.

For the planet.

For ending this circus.

For Hillary.

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