The two week air stagnation alert that we were under finally blew out (bringing in a bit of rain). The two weeks was unseasonably cold (below freezing, down to almost 20 at night, which is very unusual) and of course no rain. One challenging thing was there was a ban on fireplace smoke--we have a neighbor or two who (I think) only use fireplaces so they get put in a bad position during inversions---stay warm and pollute the neighborhood, or stay cold and keep the air clear?
Lots of randomness for you today on the blog:
This kit also has the most solid icing I've ever used. That gingerbread house is gong to withstand all kinds of geothermic activities. The candies included with the kit were varied, colorful, and tasted absolutely awful. I'll share some pictures of the sides later.
Here's the scarf I'm working on--it is knit in the round and I'm using Cascade 220 and something else for the white (maybe Paton's something). In a few rounds this will be all grey. One does two separate hunks of tubes of scarves and then they are grafted together.
Yesterday was the Las Vegas Bowl where our Ducks went down in flames to Boise State. What can I say? We had no running game. Time to close the book on this season and move on.
Last night we watched a movie called "The Queen of the Desert." It was interesting and good. Please do not confuse this with Priscilla, Queen of the Desert because it is nothing like that. The Queen of the Desert is the story of Gertrude Bell, who was a real person who spent time with the Bedouin and apparently was instrumental in establishing the post-Ottomon-empire in Arabia. It was interesting, as I mentioned, because we knew nothing about her and I know nothing about that part of the world (that is a huge lapse in my education, I know). The movie, directed by Werner Herzog, was slow and kind of dreamy----Gertrude would go out into the desert with maybe four servants on camels, they'd be ambushed (for lack of a better word) by tribesmen on horses with guns, and then Gertrude would be invited to have refreshments with the Sheikh and they'd have a moment of insight together. This happened twice (three times?) in the movie and we both thought that there would be some violence at some point but nope. Just kind of dreamy desert stuff.
What was also interesting was that there were some highly recognizable actors in this movie. Nicole Kidman played Gertrude Bell, and she ages about 20 years in the movie (maybe less, not sure) but this was accomplished with a number of lens filters that softened out her face which I found highly distracting. Don't get me wrong, she looks great, but she was playing 20-25 years younger than she really is in the film, so filters were needed and it was bothersome. Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory! Edward Cullen!) was Lawrence of Arabia (luckily we've seen the movie Lawrence of Arabia so we understood that part) (and I always am taken aback when R Patt speaks in his natural british accent because Edward Cullen!). And Soames, the guy from Billions and Homeland (have to Google his real name) (Damian Lewis, love him) was in it as one of several men who falls in love with Gertrude. James Franco was in it too, also as a man who falls in love with Gertrude.Anyway--if you need a nice, quiet, pretty, warm movie, this could be the one for you.
This post is already too long so I'll end it. One week til Christmas eve!!! But you knew that.