Saturday, June 30, 2018

Good fences make good neighbors

We have a good percentage of good neighbors--there's one house that is diagonal from us that is a student rental, and that is always a bit of a s#$%show, and another neighbor is very nice but has some weird family issues, but besides that our cul de sac area is chock full of good neighbors. I know if I was ever in any trouble, I could go to several of the houses around us and get help, and that is always nice to know.

Today, Tim and our neighbor Aaron are working on the back fence. Our back fence crosses four other properties and we installed a new fence around three of the four properties probably ten years ago, but never the back fence that backed onto Aaron's yard (Aaron didn't live there at the time). Well, the time has come to fix that final section, and the fellows are working on it today. A lot of the planks are falling off and the cross beams have sort of rotted away. I feel a bit under the weather so my job is to do the 'back office' work (I tracked down a rental truck and am keeping the dogs from escaping out the back). I will also help take the old fence to the dump.

I'm trying to be equally productive, and so finished off two tops. This one:

I think the length is good and don't worry I AM NOT MISSING AN ARM it is just the way I photographed it. It is a bad hair day. The neckline is a bit wonky because I haven't added the icord edging as instructed but I might not. I kind of like the look of this.

This is 'Construction Zone' which I finished a while ago but never did the weaving in after the blocking. I did that now. I kind of like how it looks although it does look a bit heavy in this picture (it is bamboo tape).It might be a bit warm overall for summer but not sure. For a cool morning it might be just the ticket.

Friday, June 29, 2018


While I love Lindy Chain--the linen yarn from KnitPicks--I have to admit I'm a bit tired of it and ready to go back to lovely wool yarn. Hence, I am casting on for all the things. You've already seen "Close to  You" and I have also cast on for Casapinka's Woven, which is a half-linen stitch scarf.

I do love linen stitch.

The yarn is Wollmeise in a green/yellow/black colorway that has been in the stash forever. I don't wear these colors a lot but they look good with my skin tone and of course they are the U Oregon colors. Here is a close up:

It looks pretty cool, kind of honeycombed. This is not quite mindless knitting but it is *almost* mindless knitting, meaning I can work on this while watching Jeopardy. I can't say that about most things that aren't mindless.

I got quite a few things done yesterday, workwise, and now I have most of the 'simple' stuff crossed off and the bigger things are left. Sigh.  I'd rather just knit and read all day, with a few breaks for cross stitch, and I will make such a good retired person it isn't funny.

I finished "The Woman in the Window" and yeah. It got INSANE at the end as the whole thing got tied up in sort of a 'WTF' moment.  It moved pretty quickly and kept me guessing (I figured a few things out about halfway through). I just read it is being made into a movie with Amy Adams as the main character which is NOT how I saw the main character at all.

It seems like the rest of the US is a bit hot, so stay cool everyone. This is one of those weird years when the 4th of July is smack dab in the middle of the week. I don't like this at all, mostly because Pilot the dog hates fireworks and having the holiday in the middle of the week just gives more days of fireworks since people have various times off. Our city passed a law banning any fireworks that can be heard beyond 50 feet of where they are set off (except for big displays) so we'll see how that goes. I doubt it will be effective.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Are you ready for this to be done?

I'm ready for this to be done:
I'm done with the cables (which look pretty good here, don't they?) and have probably an inch and a half of the bottom left. I have one other linen thing on the needles that just started but I think I might put that on hiatus and start to work on some more wintery things.  And I really need to get going on the slippers.

I can't begin to tell you just how absolutely gorgeous our weather is here! I have to think that last year it was already quite hot at this time but the weather is cool (50) overnight and warms up to the mid-70s during the day. No humidity, lots of sunshine. An odd little shower came through last night and that tamped down some of the grass pollen.

Yesterday I was pretty brain dead, so I spent much of the afternoon reading with a little knitting in there. I'm reading "The Woman in the Window" which I avoided during much of the time this book was being hyped. It just sounded like another unreliable narrator book. Well, it was on sale for the Kindle at $1.99 so I did buy it, and I'm about halfway through it. It is pretty good, it is a page turner, I may have figured out what is going on but maybe not.

I just checked my blog archive and can't find any specific stuff about last summer in June. I do remember it got very very awful in August, with smoke issues, so I hope that doesn't happen again.

Have a good day!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Salt and Pepper

Calypso has a new friend--Onyx is vacationing at Aragon Alpacas.

That's Onyx in the front and Calypso in the back. Onyx was born the day after Calypso at a nearby farm.  Carrie bred his mom again, and she just delivered Onyx's sister on Sunday. Alpacas apparently really like to be pregnant, and in the wild they are pretty much pregnant all the time, so this rapid turn around isn't unusual. Anyway---Onyx hadn't been weaned yet and he was not well behaved with his new little sister. So he's going cold turkey, and is hanging out with Calypso and the gelded lads at the farm for a week or two.

Yesterday, he was behaving the same way Calypso behaved when he was weaned--lots of pacing, some sad vocalizing, and general discontent. This lasted with Calypso for a few days, and then he was fine. So I'm sure Onyx will settle down soon.

Here are the salt and pepper boys with Atom to the left and with Navarre and Griffin's butts.

Ann and I went out to lunch and when we came back, Calypso was asleep in the field--his neck was stretched out in front of him and his chin was on the ground and his eyes were closed, just enjoying the sun. I had to wake him up to love on him, of course.

There's us.

Tim got home at 11 last night, I picked him up, and then could not go to sleep for the life of me. I got up and let the dogs out at 6:30, then fed them and came back to bed and slept a bit. It will be an easy day here! 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Setting a schedule

It is always a bit challenging for me to transition from spring to summer, with the end of spring being an overscheduled crazy train that suddenly screeches to a stop. This summer has been a bit more challenging since Tim left last Thursday (three days after the end of the term) which (as you know) means I get up really early with the dogs (he is home tonight).  I did do my summer academic 'to do' list which involves some data collection, some finishing up of writing projects, and some prep for next fall. All do-able---I just don't want to do it.

In order to procrastinate, I did count up the number of days til my first obligation at school, which is 9/24, and that is 90 days. (Well, we do have a retreat six days before that, but honestly, if we're getting settled in the coast house, I think I might have to miss it). So that takes a bit of pressure off of me (which is all put on me by ME in the first place).

This week, I've started putting together the survey for a funded study with my friend Kati on bike sharing programs, and I'm waiting for some feedback from her and then some things can be checked off. I also have several manuscript reviews so I'm trying to do one of those every three days or so.

But I have other stuff! Knitting and reading and counted cross stitch!

It is the A of the Alphabet!  And it loos pretty good, and took me forever!

Here is a lightened up one.

But it is a nice change of pace, so there's that.

Reading: I re-read "The Devil Wears Prada" that I read when it first came out, in the early 2000s, as I needed kind of a light and goofy book. I have seen the movie a few times and I'm astonished at how different the book is from the film!  So much different. It makes sense because you can't have Meryl Streep being as awful as the Miranda Priestly from the book, who is awful up to the end.

I also read "The Perfect Couple" by Elin Hilderbrand. I guess she is 'kind of' chick lit and this one was more 'kind of' a mystery and it is good. It was one of her books set on Nantucket which is always so full of local color. It is even more interesting to me now that we are moving to a 'vacation' spot where we will eventually live full time.

Now I'm reading "The Rebel Prince", a critical look at the British Monarchy.

I think that pretty much catches you up with me. Off to the farm to meet a new friend of Calypso's.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Shall we swap?

Yes, yes we shall.

Kathy hosted a summer swap. The first time I participated in a swap with Kathy I was partnered with the delightful Caffeine Girl, who is an amazing artist. And this time, I was partnered with yet ANOTHER amazing artist, Cindy at Delighted Hands. She does all kinds of crafts and I was the recipient of several!

 The theme was yarn, a button, and something red, white and blue (I kind of cheated on the last one, warning to Cindy). The yarn is HAND DYED by Cindy, and the colorway is called Coral Beach. There's also a seastar charm attached to it. This colorway is incredibly meaningful to me--one thing I did during this past two years is work with a group to ban certain types of sunscreen (those with oxybezone) from Hawaii since oxybenzone caused coral bleaching. Well, the Governor of Hawaii will be signing the bill banning oxybenzone into effect on July 2 or 3. SUCCESS! So I'm a big coral beach fan and this colorway is so special to me.

AND THE BAG! SHE MADE THE BAG! THE BAG IS HUGE which will be important in a second. It is so cute with the fishes. There is also a little zipper pocket on the back for stitch markers.

And look how cute the inside is;

Yesterday was hot, and the air conditioning was on, and I decided that I needed to start transitioning from summer tops to scarves for fall and winter. And socks, but I'm not in a sock mood. So I wound up four things:


CLockwise from the green yarn: Wollmeise (green), Coral Beach (wound up), black, white read and blue yarn (maybe Dashing Dachs?) and Earth Rainbow (definitely Dashing Dachs).

And of course I had to cast on with Coral Beach, for Close to You which seems to be the It Scarf:

So perfect.

THANK YOU CINDY! You are amazingly talented. THANK YOU KATHY for pairing me up with her!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Soccer Knitting and Morning Walk

Are you watching any of the FIFA world cup? It is on pretty early here (the first match starts at 5am--the last at 11am). I've been watching some of the matches---I tend to be up early when Tim is out of town (as he is now) and it is fun to hang out with the dogs and watch soccer and do some knitting.

This is my World Cup knitting, as it is primarily stockinette in the round with a few moments of cabling every so often:

It is going pretty well.

Right now Mexico is playing S. Korea and both announcers are Mexican (I think--they could be Spanish or from another Latin American country--they are so fun to listen to because they love soccer so much.

Mexico just got a goal and the announcer is diong that 'goallllllllll' thing which is pretty fun.

We (the dogs and I) were up early this morning (it was cloudy, which helps them sleep in a bit, but we still were up and about at 6. That's OK, since I think I fell asleep close to 9:30).  We walked a little over 4 miles I would guess--we were out for about 80 minutes. I wanted to show you some of the views from my neighborhood.

 We live at the bottom of this little valley, known as the Laurel Hill Valley. Our walk this morning took us up to the 'top' part of the valley and then down again. North of our little valley is the UO campus--it is about two miles from my house.

 This little woodpecker (I think?) stood still for quite a while and matches the parking sign perfectly!

The Willamette River runs through Eugene and then moseys up throughout Oregon to the Ocean. We kayak on this river occasionally--once the summer gets hot, though, it can be pretty shallow and some places are not kayakable since they are so shallow. This is looking south--the big bridge is the Interstate (I5).

The sun is out now so maybe I'll do some gardening. Or maybe I'll just lay on the couch and read. We'll see! Happy Saturday!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Kathy asked!

And I deliver!

Someone is almost a year old, can you believe it! The Duke of Calypso weights a little over 90 pounds, he hangs out with his friends Atom, Griffin and Navarre, he eats pellets out of a bowl, and he likes apples and carrots. He is becoming a visitor favorite at the farm, and is very comfortable getting pets. What a guy.

I haven't seen him for a while and was surprised to see his fleece is more than an inch long---two months after shearing!

Here he is with his buddy, Atom. Atom is a huacaya so you can see the difference between a suri (Calypso) and a Huacaya.

Close up of Atom.
Calypso and Pangur Ban share a moment.

Sometimes you just have to spill your pellets out of the bowl and eat them off the ground.

His friend Gryffin (with Atom in the background).  Gryffin was named after Gryffindor because of his lightning bolt on his forehead.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sumer is Icumen In!

Lhude sing cuccu!
Do you like Richard Thompson? He is one of my favorites. Here is his version of this song:

It's a round! Sing along!

Svmer is icumen in
Lhude sing cuccu
Groweþ sed
and bloweþ med
and springþ þe wde nu
Sing cuccu

Awe bleteþ after lomb
lhouþ after calue cu
Bulluc sterteþ
bucke uerteþ

murie sing cuccu
Cuccu cuccu
Wel singes þu cuccu
ne swik þu nauer nu

Sing cuccu nu • Sing cuccu.
Sing cuccu • Sing cuccu!

Happy first day of summer! As I read blogs around the web, it seems that summer is a bit divisive. Some people love the lazier pace of things and the longer days. Others hate the heat and the humidity.  We're lucky, here in the West, that we don't have humidity, so I can't complain about that. We generally sleep with the windows open all summer, and turn on the a/c maybe for a few hours in the middle of the afternoon. Summer icumen in-ed today with clouds and a high temperature in the 70s.

I'm going to be awake today from sunrise to sunset--Tim had a 6am flight so we were up at 4:30 to get him to the airport (one great thing about our small-town airport is that it is a 20 minute drive from our house and with pre-check you can get through security lickety split. There are only about ten gates at the airport, so it is easy peasy.

I took the dogs for a walk for about an hour when I got home, and I am meeting a former student for brunch at 11:30, then a wee nap might be in my future.

My rib is doing MUCH better and it has been very special to be able to lay on the sofa and relax and read and knit and get it all healed up. Now it only hurts when I sneeze--even coughing isn't bad any more. I did do some work yesterday--I have a couple writing projects that I want to get going and a few others I need to finish up.

Finish: an invited paper on online privacy, a book project with several co-authors that I need to organize
Start: a series of studies on bike sharing systems, a study of SuperHero Origin Stories and see if those stories can help inform messaging for responsible brands (think Patagonia).

I've been knitting on this mindless top in the cool yarn:

As I mentioned, Tim is out of town for a few days which means that I'll work on all kinds of crafts, hang out with dogs, and read a lot. The downside is (aside from really missing him) that the dogs tend to wake up very early and want me to get up with them. We'll see if we can tamp that down.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

So Sunny!

I wanted to show you the plant in the garden but it is just so darn sunny out!
Summer came a bit late this year but we've had a string of days in the mid-high 80s and lows around 50--pretty perfect. One worrisome sign is an increase in thunderstorms--that you Global Climate Change---because that will increase the fire danger greatly. The paper had a stat this morning saying we've already had more fires this season than the ten-year average number of fires.

Yesterday I pretty much lay on the sofa and knit and read. That was good for me---it had been a pretty busy three days, as you saw in my blog yesterday. I am reading two good books. One is called "The Awkward Age" and it is good: the basic story is that a British widow starts a relationship with an American doctor living in London, and how their children and other family members react to their relationship. It is well written and interesting and very believable. It's by Francesca Segal. I'm also reading the fourth Fina Ludlow detective novel called "Duplicity". I really like this character, and this is the most recent even though it came out in 2017, somehow I missed it. Anyway, Fina is a PI in Boston and her family has a law firm and it's just good. Just good and interesting. If you like strong women characters who are a bit flawed, you should try this series.

And Kathy had questions yesterday that I kind of forgot about:

  1. Share a tip for  a low fat meal or snack that you love: it is summer so I will be  loving all the fresh fruit at the farmers markets. Sorry, that's all I got.
  2. What’s the last thing you purchased at a farmers’ market? Oops haven't been to one yet this year.
  3. Have you put a knit/crochet project in a time out recently?Yes, that purpley shawl, but I'll start on it again.
  4. Did you know you can join Craftsy free (2 week trial)? I didn't, thanks!
  5. How do you try to reduce your carbon footprint? Recycle, have efficient cars, don't water in the summer, and we've really reduced our purchasing.
  6. Name a product you love. I have bunions and all summer long I'm either wearing Tevas flip flops or socks with padding between the big and second toes (I like these)
  7. As a kid, did you play GHOST IN THE GRAVEYARD BLOODY MURDER? Newp.
  8. How happy are you with your internet service? Well, it is socially acceptable to hate Comcast but other than the expense, it is actually OK.
  9. What color are you knitting with this week? White, orange, purple, not all at the same time.
  10. Are you wearing any rings on your fingers today? The only rings I wear, and I wear them every day, are engagement and wedding rings.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Busy weekend!

This was one of my busiest weekends ever, but the vast majority was great.

Friday I had the last defense, and Tim and I went out to celebrate our anniversary (which was yesterday, not Friday, but it is almost impossible to go out in Eugene during grad weekend). We went to King Estate Vineyards and it was a beautiful day with a delicious dinner. The Vineyard is about 45 minutes from our house, pretty much out in the country, and have a really great chef.  Tim had duck, I had filet, we had a pork hushpuppy amuse bouche (much much better than it sounds) and crab cakes. We were too full for dessert!

Saturday we got up pretty early and headed out to the house. We hadn't been for about three weeks and we knew the counters were in but weren't sure what else we might find. We found a lot. I felt like someone on an HGTV show as I exclaimed at everything we saw.

This is the view coming in (on the bay), not from our house. But it was an incredibly beautiful day in Pacific City, albeit a bit windy. We actually haven't spent a ton of time there in the summer--usually we have spent vacations after Labor Day, when the crowds thin out. It's a small town so it really isn't that crowded, but you can just TELL that the whole vibe is different in the summer than

Here is the kitchen.  The counters are in and the choice of 'Viscon White" was great. I was so enthralled with the counters that I didn't even notice the pendant lights.

The breakfast bar is being held up by a post that will go away. The electricity is on, and the pendant lights look good. The appliance are purchased but not delivered, and they'll be stainless so they'll look good with the lights too. I have to tell you, the pendants look better 'on' than 'off' becuase the 'light up' parts are kind of frosted plastic and not that great looking off, but we love them on.

The breakfast bar from the side, looking into the pantry. We have two sinks, one of this peninsula and the one you can see above.

Here's the sink in the picture above:

The same tile is in the bathroom, and in the utility room.

The wall tile is up in the bathroom:

It's ceramic that looks like marble. The floor isn't in yet.

The Tulikivi is in, along with all the tile around it. You can also see one of the sconces. The wood for the floor is there but not put in yet. And the 'art nook' is there.

And last but not least, the outside lights are installed:

We love the house.

Sunday was the official anniversary. We decided on a 'no gifts' anniversary so these are officially not an anniversary gift:

The honors reception was at 9am and the J school graduation was at noon.

We walked in with the Duck and a bagpiper:

It was pretty packed:

And one of my advisees gave the student speech:

She did a terrific job.

Tim made a delicious dinner and we enjoyed a surprise thunderstorm to close out the weekend.

My rib is better although it hurts the least when I stand or lay down. So I think I'll spend a lot of today laying down.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Casting on for all the things

I cast on for this yesterday:
It's another Notched hem tank top made with Lang Splash. It is a fun cotton nep yarn. Here's a close-up:
I love the little nep thingees.

I am feeling better today--more like I had a good workout while someone poked my side. I went out for drinks with colleagues last night to celebrate the end of the term and that took my mind off things. I took the dogs out this morning and we did a pretty good walk, so I'm fairly certain that nothing is broken and everything is OK.

I also am spending time on the Alphabet, and it goes really, really slowly:

This is the "A" (it is the Austrlian flag, wrapped around a letter A, you can see the right leg of the A done in a kind of peach color). To the right of that you can see the legs of the bird  (a  brolga) that makes up the B. I like the concentration needed to do CCS, so that's a good thing.

It will be a busy weekend. Tonight we're going to King Estate Winery to celebrate our anniversary (on Sunday, but as you will see that day is kind of busy).  I'm guessing we'll go see the house tomorrow: the counters are supposed to be going in today and we're eager to see how they look.  Some of the tilework is done too (I think our bathroom might be done, not the kitchen backsplash yet though). Sunday I have the Honors reception at 9am and graduation at noon.  And then I'll put a bow on this academic year.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

It could have gone horribly bad.

Spoiler alert: But it didn't.

I'm talking about my walk with the dogs this morning. Tim is out of town for a few days so as usual, we were up a bit earlier than normal. We left for a walk at about 6:20 and started on a neighborhood walk that is just about four miles long.  I was surprised to see there were quite a few people out walking and running this early, but then we are close to the solstice so the sun comes up around 5:30 am. We were about 20 minutes into the walk, along a section where there are a few large pastures (one neighbor keeps sheep, another keeps llamas--there used to be a person who kept wallabies but they're gone. WALLABIES). So I see coming toward us a guy with a Big Dog, a Known Big Dog that frightens both my dogs (I have no idea what breed it is, but the google suggests it may be a black and white newfie, or maybe a landseer. A Big Dog).

So as I am want to do, I looked for a place to shield my dogs from seeing the Big Dog (this tends to work well, as both dogs have short legs and I can hide behind cars or bushes and generally be OK).  There was a short gravel driveway surrounded by bushes leading down to the llama pasture, so we started down there. And that's when it all went bad.

There were llamas near the gates, and for some reason the dogs went crazy (they've seen the llamas before so I have no idea what happened).. Barking and pulling and pulling and barking--they pulled me down so I fell on my side into the bushes and sticky vine undergrowth. Ouch!  I was having on to the leash for dear life because the gap at the fence was plenty big for both dogs to get in to the pasture, and llamas would be likely to trample the dogs, as crazy as they were acting.

Now, picture this. You are laying on your side, on a downhill slope, with your head facing downhill. You have one armed stretched out holding onto leashes. You cannot let go of the leashes to get up. What would you do?

I kind of lay there for a minute or two (yes, Big Dog was long gone) and rolled my knees forward so I could eventually stand up while still holding the leash. One hand was a bit scratched and my right side is sore but I'm fine. The dogs are fine, the llamas are fine.

It could have been so much worse.

And so there is some knitting too:

The start of the new top. It's forest green. There's not much to see.

Today, I finish up school stuff and my department is going out for drinks at 5. If I can drag my poor, battered body over there.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

As I Was Putting this On Yesterday-

-I realized I hadn't ever shown it to you 'done'.

The pattern is called 'Eavesdrop' and as I wore this yesterday, I thought "wow, this is a nice weight and it fits well. If I still have the pattern I knit this one from (with notes and circles and scribbles) then maybe I'll knit another one."

As you may recall, I have been dithering over what to knit next. So I looked in the yarn room (aka the Guest room) and found the pattern! With the notes and circles and scribbles (mostly needed are the circles, which indicated which size I knit. Often with oversized things I 'size down' a bit).

So I dug out the forest green Lindy Chain and cast on. I only have four rows done but I think this will be a good one. And I only have one more color of Lindy Chain left and so will do something a bit more novel and involved for that one.

I also did a bit of work on the Australian  Alphabet yesterday and will show you a photo of that soon. It doesn't go quite as quickly as knitting!

We are in a bit of a 'holding pattern' on the house as we wait for two things to happen. First, the counters must be fabricated. They have been all measured and now we wait for them to be made and installed. You might remember that we selected "Viscon White" granite, and it looks something like this image I stole from the internet:

Also, the wood floors have arrived but one has to wait for the wood floors to acclimate. Apparently the wood has to absorb moisture so it fits well, and given that the coast is the coast, the wood needs to acclimate for two weeks. So those are two big things we're waiting for, and then the final touches begin to be put in! Hoorah!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Scraping the Bottom of the Blogging Barrel

I really have nothing to show you and not a whole lot to tell you (doesn't that get you excited to read this blog?) but here goes!

It's finals week (I know you're tired of hearing me complain about school) and I'm almost done! One last defense on Friday and then graduation on Sunday. Grading is manageable, and it is freeing up some headspace to start to plan what I want to do over the summer. I have a couple writing projects but nothing overwhelming. I'm hoping to spend a lot of time getting Calypso comfortable on a halter (he does pretty well) and I need to plan his first birthday party.

The garden is pretty much depleted and this is the only thing to look forward to:
It's the start of a bloom on the Butterfly Bush. I love this plant: I love the color (a beautiful purple that never photographs well), I love the smell, I love the butterflies, I just love this plant.

And I'm officially an old lady:

You hang this around your neck to work on counted cross stitch. It is a godsend, although really. Little old lady.

I need to figure out some other knitting projects to get going, don't I?

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Best Sound Ever Is This One!

It is dry here. Yes, it rains a lot, but it has been relatively dry and the snowpack is gone (we get our electricity through hydropower, and so snowpack is important since it feeds the rivers during the summer drought). There are also always concerns with fires. So a rainy day yesterday was very welcome!

Friday I had a defense and then a faculty meeting (not good, my friends) due to one word: METRICS. My school, like many others, is trying to reduce our work to measurable units that can be tracked and measured and mostly used to punish those who do not constantly improve their metrics.

I'm all for improvement, but not without context. I won't go into the details here, but here's an example: one year, I could publish four articles and be working on a book. The next year, I might be waiting for the book to be published so my 'counts' will decrease greatly. And without the context that I was doing something 'bigger' wouldn't be captured. Stuff like that.

So left on the school year plate is 1. submitting my grades for the undergrad class, 2. grading 15 grad papers due at 6:30am tomorrow, 3. submitting grades for the grad class, 4. two defenses on Monday and 5. one defense on Friday. And then graduation on Sunday. Then done. Done done done.

There has been a bit of knitting on the top:

And as several of you mentioned, cables aren't that great in linen:

But I'm ok with these. I think they'll show up ok. And I like the linen look.

I don't think I have anything else in this color, but I kind of like it, for a little summer top. I don't think I'd like a whole sweater out of this.

Let's see, what else can I tell you? Last night we watched a movie called "Rebel in the Rye" which was a biopic of JD Salinger. I knew very little about Salinger other than 1. Catcher in the Rye 2.  Recluse 3. Joyce Maynard 4. My college roommate Nealla went to high school with his son Matt and 5. in high school, we put on a production of "For Esme with Love and Squalor" and I played Esme. This movie focused on the early part of his life, when he was trying to be a writer and then fought in WW2 and then wrote Catcher in the Rye and then became a recluse. The 'after-recluse' part was pretty much sped through in the movie. Anyway--we got it as a Netflix dvd, if you still those. If you're trying to avoid Kevin Spacey movies, please do note that Spacey is in this, chewing the scenery.

I also finished reading "The Essex Serpent" and it was a slog at the end. It is an interesting story covering a lot of philosophical territory but I didn't like any of the characters that well. I'm glad to be done with it.

Today we're going to a high school graduation party. I don't think I've been to one since I graduated from high school!