carynb: (hearts desire)
It seems like I've been really busy lately, but I'm not sure doin' what...
  • I've been knitting lots - I'm working on a pair of socks right now, and I've the yarn for another pair coming in the next week or so. Those, I'm looking forward to - I'm going to be doing Viper Pilots in a dark blue yarn shot with silver, IndigoDragonfly's Shiny, in Tardis - I think they'll be gorgeous, but I'm not sure they'll be exactly high-wear. Kim (indigodragonfly) appears to have graduated from the OPI school of colour names, and half the attraction of the yarn is the names. Plus, it's very schooshy!

  • I've been reading lots, too. According to my Goodreads library, I've read 26 books so far this year, so I'm averaging two a week. My Kobo really seems to be upping that book count. I'm currently actually reading a hard copy book, now, though - I'm re-reading Jean Auel's Shelters of Stone before reading her new book, The Land of Painted Caves.

  • I've also, this week, been watching Ken Burns' The Civil War - PBS is re-broadcasting it right now, and I've never seen it. It's fascinating to watch, and a little horrifying. I don't think I ever realized how bloody that war really was; the fact is that it seems like the North spent the first two years snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, making the war last a lot longer than it needed to.

  • I've also started watching Castle - I've watched the first season, and I loved it! For a show about a murder cop, I end up with a smile on my face an awful lot. *g* Beckett's competent and smart! Castle's a wise-ass and smart! Plus, Castle's actually a good parent - how weird is that? He's, like, Keith-Mars-level good!

  • The return of sunshine makes everything better - I feel a little less like hibernating, and I'm watching my garden for changes daily. The lilacs are almost ready to start showing leaves, and the hyacinths and tulips are coming up nicely.


Heh. So that's a list of a bunch of the stuff I've been meaning to post, but haven't quite gotten around to...
carynb: (Chocolate)
Lazy's pretty much the only way I can sum up today :-)

Last night was mostly about a bout with the insomnia monster, combined with a killer allergy attack. At least - I hope it's allergies, or else I've got one hell of a spring cold.

So, I actually went back to bed at 9:30 this morning, and rested until noon. I've made it out to a drug store, and managed to pick up an allergy med for *nighttime* - why on earth are almost all allergy meds non-drowsy? I'd like to sleep sometime, y'know...

So, now I'm just organizing my LJ Scrapbook pictures and moving them all over to flickr, and updating the associated entries to point to the new locations. I've pretty much decided LJ is getting no more of my money, so when my account runs out in June, I won't renew. That means moving those pictures out now, so that the entries don't break. Oh, and updating carynknits so that the galleries of past projects point to the correct place.

Now, I'm off to find the originals for all the pictures in scrapbook.

On the plus side, I believe we're gonna be watching Sherlock Holmes, assuming I can stay awake that long. RDJ Goodness!

Goods

Mar. 18th, 2010 01:01 pm
carynb: (Summertime)
I love springtime.

I love watching our garden grow. Our snowdrops and bluebells are getting a little taller every day. (apparently, we'll have to move the snowdrops to somewhere with a little more sun for next year, since they're nowhere near blooming yet, and they should be completely out by now.)

I love talking walks in the warm spring air, stopping to talk to the neighbors for the first time in months. And getting all the news - one couple spent a month in the Philippines; another gave birth to twin girls.

I love the way people's moods just brighten, this first week of sunshine. Kids are out in the park, playing, people are out walking their dogs, and everyone says "hi" as they walk by.

And, our lilacs are thisclose to budding. There's something about the growing green that just makes me happy.

Life is good.
carynb: (Default)
+ Glorious, sunshine-y weather
- not being able to find my roller blades. For the first time in years, I wanted to go out on them, and I have no idea where they are. I've pretty much come to the conclusion that I gave them away at some point.
+ Starting a new mystery Knit-a-long project - a purple lacewieght shawl, with beading.
- Having to rip said shawl halfway back because the designer misunderstood my question about how the nupps were to be worked.
- My cholesterol has gone through the roof in the last three months, prompting my doctor to prescribe cholesterol pills. I'm really, really ambivalent about taking them. I think I'm gonna try actually being careful about what I eat, instead. My 3-4 chocolate bars a week habit has to go bye-bye. I'm just not sure what else to change - I don't eat a lot of fast food, although the amount has gone up recently and will be cut back. I have been drinking pop recently, so that'll be cut out - HFCS has got to be a bad thing. M and I spent part of the weekend trying to figure out what had changed to make my cholesterol readings go up my 50% in 3 months, and that's about all we could come up with. I've been eating more pizza, more pop, and more chocolate, so all that will be going away (or at least being cut way, way back).
+ Coming up with a plan for facing the cholesterol problems. I can't just do my usual thing and ignore it, for once.
+ Snow melting - can green, growing things be far behind?
+ Finally figuring out a good chicken tikka marinade (I doubled the cayenne, and it finally has enough kick)
+ Sunshine, and not needing to wear winter boots this morning.
+ A short work week - I have Friday off.
+ An upcoming visit with family, and getting to see my nephew!
+ Sunshine!

Sigh.

Feb. 7th, 2010 12:02 pm
carynb: (Me)
So, I thought I'd give home-dying my hair a try. One of the casualties of my home-ownership budget was getting my hair coloured regularly, and it's been boring the crap outta me recently.

I picked out a brand, selected a colour, and this morning, screwed my courage to the sticking point and gave it a shot.

The goal? reddish with blonde highlights (see icon for example. *g*)

The result? brunette with blonde polka dots.

Oh well, it'll grow out or fade eventually, right?
carynb: (Summertime)
An hour left before the weekend, and I figure it's time for some Good Things:
  • An hour left until the weekend, natch!

  • lunch with the girls tomorrow

  • A really productive week at work. My to-do list is still longer than it was on Monday, but I got 5 incidents closed yesterday alone, and that makes this a good week

  • My garden is growing. The hostas are getting bigger, all the tree type plants came back really well, and even the asiatic lilies survived the winter - I can't wait until they bud and bloom! (What? It's my first year with a garden to watch bloom in 20 years!)

  • I managed to snag a ticket home for a week this summer on points, and I've even got the approved vacation time for it. Two whole weeks off, one in Newfoundland, and one here. Yay!


So, what's going well in your world?

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