August 2006

little miss sunshineWent to see Little Miss Sunshine with Susan and Amy last night. The movie was quirky and sweet and charming and hilarious. Go see it!

“Everyone pretend to be normal!”

I’m trying. Really.


lake2 from ridge pecos trail

Five blissful days in the Pecos Wilderness in the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico. Along with three smart, awesome ladies. We backpacked up to Pecos Baldy Lake and set up camp there. The trail up to the lake was pretty steep and featured plenty of switchbacks. From our lake camp, we hiked up to Pecos Baldy peak and the Trailrunners Ridge. (more…)

Back from New Mexico! Gorgeous scenery! Wonderful time! Lots of fun (the kind that brings out the exclamation points)! More on that later. In the meantime, here’s a knitting FO (that’s a finished object to you non-knitting fiends) to distract you.

stripey socksPattern: Yarrow Ribbed socks, Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Regia Mini Ringel #5217 Rio – about a ball and a half. Size 1 Inox DPNs

This pair of socks is for my friend Jill. I really liked how these socks turned out. I couldn’t get the stripes to match exactly but I was using stash yarn and I was afraid I’d run out of yarn.

stripey socks detailThese socks have a German heel, which has some interesting detail on the sides of the heel flap, and a “seam” stitch on the back of the flap created by p1 in the middle of the flap.

Leaving on a hiking trip to New Mexico in a couple of hours. This was a sort of last minute trip for me – so I’m not quite sure where we’re going, other than that we’ll (there’ll be four of us) be backpacking for about 4 days in New Mexico. Should be fun!

shakespeareThe title’s a quote from “The Tempest.” One of the offerings of this year’s Houston Shakespeare Festival (the other was Titus Andronicus). I try to catch both offerings every year – I’m not a theater connoisseur but I’ve usually enjoyed HSF’s interpretations. And the plays are free, which is even better.sandman cover

Anyway, the Tempest – there is a shipwreck, magic and monsters. There’s a love story in there too. I thought this was pretty good. Sidenote – my favoritest comic book series the Sandman had a memorable story that was loosely based on this play – issue #75, for you true believers. The picture on the right is the cover from that particular issue – cover art by the fantastic Dave McKean.

On to Titus Andronicus. Pretty bloody. Dismemberment, check. Rape, check. Massacres, check. Turban-type headgear, check. Of the two plays that the HSF stages, one usually has a relatively straightforward staging, and the other, well, has a more “creative” re-imagining. Ahem. Titus Andronicus was the latter. There was plenty of symbolic devices in this one, probably to make the onstage carnage less monotonous. Gore wrapped in sexy verses.



About 6 inches taken off the bottom. The hair person used a razor the entire time. I like it a lot. I don’t really look that orange.


This is what my workspace looks like at the moment. Complete and utter chaos. My department is moving to a new building in a few days, and the packing and purging have reached a fever pitch. It’s exciting – new building, yay! It’s also tedious – how did we accumulate so much stuff? The mess is almost enough to make my dormant Type A tendencies come to the fore (must make sure everything is labeled! must re-check list of stuff to keep or throw out!). I know this much though – I am a packing and bubble wrapping machine! That’s what they pay me the big bucks for 🙂

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