First off, some knitting
Fabulosity is coming along and I need to take pictures of it outside so you can see the colors. And the pattern. Anyway, it is coming along.
We watched "Mary, Queen of Scots" and pretty much realized we know nothing about the history of Scotland.
A few thoughts on the environment
We participated in the SOLVE beach cleanup on Saturday and I picked up (mostly) tiny tiny pieces of plastic. I probably picked up several hundred of these:
I was interested in reading this blog post from Mollie Makes about eco crafts. Usually things like this make me roll my eyes but I was especially interested in the eco-tape and the eco-glitter. There are calls here to ban glitter since it is essentially a micro-plastic like those little beads that were in face wash and such, so I was happy to see someone is making biodegradable glitter. The tape is probably a good choice too-I'll look into it some more. And of course, we know that alpacas are good for the planet.
I just finished The Altruists (Amazon link) and it was good. It was about what happens when the glue holding your family together is gone. It was a fairly fast read and it was well written with a good sense of place (it was set in St. Louis, where I grew up, and it captured places in St. Louis very well).
The 'new' neighborhood
Our neighborhood on the coast is called "Pacific City Heights" and is kind of the 'old' neighborhood up here (it consists primarily of seven streets that go north-south, one a bit higher than the other, and then some east/west streets that connect them all). The neighborhood was probably developed sometime in the 1980s. To the north of us is one new neighborhood that is being developed now--we call it 'Hawaii' because the two streets there have Hawaiian names. The other new neighborhood is to the south of us and for lack of a better word it is swanky. It has a very strict neighborhood covenant (no whimsical house decorations among other things) and it has gorgeous, gorgeous views.
Very expansive vistas of the rock and the cape to the north, and to the bay to the south. But we still love our view the best.