Sunday, March 30, 2008

Bite my shiny metal ass

Having spent the last three or so days in bed, I can tell you that there are occasionally good things about being decently sick. Like you feel less guilty to treating yourself to season one of Futurama on DVD (and the most recent Low album because they were playing at your old campus that night). And that it is perfectly acceptable to do nothing but sit in bed all day, watch TV, play DS, and nap. You can't even feel guilty about not being in class or working on homework. I'm sure I had thought up more good things, but I'm blanking on them now.

I went to the walk-in clinic on Saturday morning to find out I don't have strep throat, which means either another bacteria is responsible or it is viral. I'm really hoping it isn't mono. I did come away from that visit with a seven day prescription for Super Motrin, which is really helping me feel more normal. Knitting is even too taxing on my brain lately. I hope this is over soon.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Billy The Kid did what he did and he died

I woke up only to find myself pretty excited after I checked my blog reader to find out that Michigan-based band Mason Proper were the stars of today's Daytrotter session. Three of the songs are unreleased and one is coming out on their upcoming video EP due out next Tuesday. - Mason Proper

And yesterday, I found out that the Centro-matic / South San Gabriel double album "Dual Hawks" is out on April 8. The two bands each supply a disc of material, South San Gabriel should be providing the softer side, while Centro-matic brings the hard-rocking Americana. Be aware that this is the only distinction between the two bands, as they both share generally the same cast and are both led by Will Johnson. I have said at times that South San Gabriel/Will Johnson/Centro-matic are my new Songs: Ohia/Jason Molina/Magnolia Electric Co., and after this is released I'm sure they will be again for a few months.
Centro-matic - I, The Kite

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

This is what you get

Some things are always nice. My parents did a particularly good job with my Easter Box this year: Cadbury Creme Eggs, Hershey's Special Dark Eggs, Green Peeps, Meijer brand jelly beans (because Starburst jelly beans have green apple instead of lime), Reeses Peanut Butter Eggs, and the required milk chocolate bunny (which I probably have ended up throwing away every year). I have to remember to call them later.

Easter Box 2008

Fingerless mittens!


They have been done for about a week now. The second one had quite a bit more purple in it than I was expecting. I also think I cast off a bit too loosely on it. I have a whole bunch of this skein left, so I will probably make at least another pair with a different rib pattern across the top. I'm going to finish my Noro socks first though!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I wasn't much to look at then

The letter of the day is D thanks to new albums by Destroyer and The Dodos. This means that I am grading at home this afternoon and listening to music.

Edit: Only I didn't end up listening to them. I can't seem to stop listening to Chris Bathgate Live @ Wads Annex 2006.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

The stupidest thing

It's been a long time since I've updated. I've just been busy. :-) I finished the first of my socks using the Noro Kureyon sock yarn, and yesterday afternoon I finished the first of a pair of fingerless mittens using a different colorway of that same yarn.


I started these as a spring break project because as I was knitting at Fiberphilia, my LYS, my hands were cold, and I really liked how this yarn was turning out as socks and thought it would be fantastic for them. It's a really simple improvised pattern, 60 stitches cast on size 2 needles, a 2x2 rib for the cuff, the Madder Rib pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks for the top of the mitts. So today when I really should be cleaning my apartment, I'll be knitting the other one and watching a bunch of NBA basketball.