Tuesday, January 27, 2004

I finished the Christmas card for my mum and dad. I have to admit that I am quite proud of the way it turned out. I also started a valentines card for the boyf. Normally we have a competition to see who can get each other the funniest card. My card at Christmas won so this time I thought I would let him win it and stitch him a nice card. I finished it this morning and posted it on my webshots page along with the Christmas card for my mum and dad.

I have sent everyone their instructions for the round robin and now they can get started. I was waiting for one person to get in touch with me but she is no longer able to take part due to family illness. It just means that the rest of us will stitch something in our last box. I thought that was better than giving up on it. I have chosen a theme. I decided on Christmas simply because I don't have enough charts of dragons. At least none small enough to fit in the boxes. I have since chosen which one I am going to stitch in the first box and I have written in the diary. Looks like I will be organised before I have to pass everything on in two months.

Still reading Michael Moore. Very funny but also scary. I will finish the book tonight.

Saturday, January 24, 2004

The Red Hot Chille Peppers are playing in Murryfield in June and I got tickets. So excited! I saw them last year when they played at Glasgow Green and they were so good. The whole time I watched them it felt so surreal. I just couldn't believe that I was there to see them playing live. My sister couldn't afford a ticket and I couldn't go knowing that I had left her behind. I would see her wee face in my head and would feel so guilty, so I got her a ticket too. She was overjoyed and has only now stopped jumping up and down. Nick is also going as is his brother and two of his friends. I think my sisters friend is also getting a ticket so she will be coming with us. The more the merrier.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

oooh, it has been a while again.

I didn't do much writing because I have been obsessed with reading Gone With The Wind. However, I finished it on Saturday night and yesterday I finished chapter 2 of my Star Trek story. I know where I am going with the next few chapters so hopefully that is me back in the swing. I will have to do some research eventually though. I am going to have to do some research in mining. I know about some of the illnesses caused by it thanks to a course I did a few years ago. However, I couldn't tell you much about mining itself. I just need this research for the little details. I haven't touched my Pern story since I wrote down the bits and pieces a while ago. I don't think I will turn it into anything big especially since the author doesn't like fanfiction based on her work.

Gone With The Wind was amazing. I know that I found it a little dull at first but last week I couldn't even put it down. I did write a whole criticism of it in my diary. I couldn't help myself. The story was stuck in my head and it was the only way I could get it out. It was basically all on Scarlett and how she is seen as a heroine who highlights women's rights. I didn't see that way. She wasn't fighting for women's rights. She was fighting for her own selfish needs and didn't care who got hurt in the process. She just wants pretty clothes and to be rich enough so that she doesn't have to bother with anyone she doesn't like. If she had a man who was rich she wouldn't have went out and did the things she did. I confess that I did cry when Melly died and that by the end of the book I thought Scarlett was a more likeable character and I hoped that everything would work out for her. It's frustrating that it ends the way it does. That was the whole point though. The reader was supposed to imagine what happened next. Still it would have been nice to know what the author thought.

I am now reading Stupid White Men by Michael Moore. I'm only a few pages into it and already I am extremely shocked. I must have had my head in the sand a few years ago during the elections. I mean I had heard a few rumours but because it was America I didn't pay that much attention.

Stitching is going well. I have sent updates of Celtic Christmas to the SAL page but so far none of them have been updated. I have saved them on my webshots page anyway so it doesn't really matter. I am doing really well with it. I am onto the difficult part of her dress and I seem to be making quick progress. She is just so easy to stitch. I have almost finished the Christmas card for my mum and dad. I just have the scarf of the little bear to finish and then the snow before I move onto the outline. It isn't much and I should have it finished by the end of the month. I also finished the second bookmark for the exchange group. I did an art deco rose design. My mum really liked it so I have promised to make one for her too but in red rather than purple. I sent out the first bookmark and it has been well received. There isn't going to be a charity stitch anymore. The person who runs it has been ill and she has decided to stop it so that it won't affect her illness. She has offered the site to anyone else who wishes to run it but so far no one seems interested.

I am organising a round robin which should start next month. I will tell you more about that then.

Saturday, January 03, 2004

I picked up me pen yesterday and did some writing. Not on the Star Trek story but just some ideas that were running around my head. I won't be able to get anything else done until I have got them all down on paper. Theses ideas won't be seen by others because the author of the original work doesn't want fanfiction based on her writing to be published in any form. I don't think there is any harm in doing this in a small notebook that no one is going to see. Basically I think this person has left huge gaps and I feel the need to put in a new story to fill in one of those gaps.

I'm still reading Gone With The Wind. I'm finding it a little dull but I have found myself itching to pick it up again so I will finish it. I am also reading All the Wyers of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. After that I only have four more books in the Pern series to read. Unfortunately I only have one of them so the others will have to wait until I work my way through that huge pile of books.

Stitching is going well. I have promised myself that I will stitch one Christmas card a month until July when I will stitch them more often. That way I will have enough for Nick's family too. My first one is the one I bought for my mum and dad. I am determined to stitch one that my mum won't have the chart of. Since I bought this one rather than got it from a magazine I shouldn't have any problems. Still waiting for the charity stitch to get in touch with details on which charity we are stitching for and who we are sending it too.

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