Thursday, September 26, 2019

Let's just sit and be quiet, shall we?

Woah the first three days this week have been crazy, with welcoming students back to campus, having the Groundshog day meeting, getting all my new grad students up to speed, and talking to colleagues that I haven't seen for a bit. Too many people. I have a day sans people today, and then more people things tomorrow.

The good news is that campus is closed on Monday for Yom Kippur, so I don't start teaching til next Wednesday. I'm all set.

Today I'm just being quiet. I need to go to Michaels to get some floss and to the grocers', but other than that I am just being quiet (until this evening, when we'll go to the opening night of the symphony.  It isn't a chi-chi as it sounds.)

Chi-chi. You don't hear that a lot, do you?


This is another one from the Etsy shop Hook, Line and Tinker (a brick and mortar store in Corvallis carries a few of her patterns as well). This is one where I printed out the pattern on transfer cloth and the next step is to 'soak it off'.  I have another one from her, with a lighthouse, and I have another one from Cozy Blue of a whale, and that will be a little ocean triptich. 

Mystery KAL

I guess it is becoming a fall tradition for me to do a mystery KAL. I'm going to do The Great British Baking Shawl mostly because I like the name and I got some pretty colors from Miss Babs. It doesn't start til the end of October so maybe I'll get going on Speckle Tonic again, and do some cable socks too.

I read "Bleaker House" which is--interesting? About a writer who got a fellowship to spend several months in the Falkland Islands, on an island named Bleaker, and what happened there. The book includes some other pieces on her journey to be a writer. It is a bit--I don't know--disjointed? Which is fine if you want a book that you can pick up and put down. She writes well. So if I had to give it stars, I'd probably give it four stars. ANd I got the novel she wrote after her journey (which she did not work on in the Falklands) so there's that. 

Next up is "The Dutch House" by Ann Patchett. I started it last night and I'm hopeful. As I've written before, one of my absolute favorite books of all time is "State of Wonder". I really didn't like "Commonwealth". In my limited experience, if you like "SoW" you generally don't like "C" and vice versa.  YMMV. But so far, I like The Dutch House. 

I think that's all for now. We have frost warnings for the next few nights!!!! And snow above 4000 feet!!!!


Vera said...

Bleaker house looks like it could be interesting - but what a place to choose to go!! Cute stitching.

Kym said...

It's rather jarring to start the new year again . . . after such a pleasant summer, isn't it? Your stitching is perfect! And I've just started reading The Dutch House, too.

Tired Teacher said...

I love the sailboat and the surroundings. I hope your school year goes well.

DelightedHands said...

I hope you enjoyed the quiet until the concert!
Great job on the sailboat embroidery!

kathy b said...

Oh you deserve some quiet time. !!! I had some time tonight while Fireman was out cycling and I was good. No TV, no radio. Just porch and cats and birds calling . AN occasional dog bark. But IM still behind on my knit plans for tonight. Sometimes I NEED TO READ MY BLOG PALS BLOGS. !!! like yours!

KSD said...

Yeah, people are overrated.

Jeannie Gray Knits said...

Love the boat! Actually, I love anything nautical.

rosy said...

The sailing boat stitching is fabulous. I think it's my fave so far!
Intrigued by the British Baking Shawl although, despite the fact I learned to knit 60 years ago my skill set is still 'beginner' ~ too difficult for me I fear. Do you get the show over there? I looked at week five tonight ~ they are such a great group of people ~ and Sandi and Noel make me laugh so much!