Monday, December 27, 2004
It sounds like a really good idea. I can understand that it won't always work but it is certainly worth trying even if it is just out of interest. I might consider doing it. The only problem is that I would have to buy a fresh copy of the book. I have problems giving books away never mind giving away ones that mean a lot to me.
Sunday, December 26, 2004
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE
I had a great Christmas despite the fact that I was ill most of the time. At the moment I am recovering from the flu. I got lots of great pressies and everyone seemed to like the gifts from me. Christmas day was quiet with just my boyfriend and family. It was nice though. I have to admit that I am glad that the rush up to it is over. It doesn't matter how organised I am to begin with it always goes to pot and then I get stressed. Well it is over now and everything turned out well.
Sunday, December 19, 2004
I have also been able to do a lot of stitching. I got quite a bit of the Castle done. I have just about finished the dragon and now all I need to do is a few finishing touches to the face and the end of the tail. I will then begin work on the rocks which hopefully won't take me too long. The part I am dreading is the backstitch. There is just so much of it but I can usually do backstitch quite quickly and it does make a big difference to the design.
The scarf was a big hit with my sister. At first she didn't believe that I had made it. Apparently all her friends at uni were asking her where I bought it for her so that they can get one. She quite smugly told them that I had made it. I'm glad she likes it. Since she likes it so much I have plans to knit a blanket for her next year. She loves the blanket my gran made for her so I thought it would be a good idea to make another one that way she can swap them around when they are being washed.
I have begun writing again. I was inspired by a book I read during the week, "Life After God" by Douglas Coupland. It didn't inspire me because of it's style or because it was so good (although it was good). Basically after I finished it I just felt so depressed. It made me think that I don't want to go through life without having achieving something or without attempting to anyway. A big thing for me is my writing which I have put off in the last six months. I have decided to move on from fan fiction. I apologise as I know there was one person who reading something I was working on. It doesn't mean that I have totally given up on it. I still enjoy doing it. It's just that I now want to concentrate on my own work. I have notes for a possible trilogy which I have decided to aim at children. I have got back to it again and have begun writing passages for the first book. So far I am pleased with the way it is turning out although it will be a very long time before it is completed.
I'm not sure if this is the way the book is supposed to make you feel but it's the way it affected me. It is not my favorite Coupland book but it was still good. I now have to wait almost a year for his next book.
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Sunday, December 12, 2004
I also did some more stitching to The Castle and as you can see I even took the time to update it on my webshots page. I also fixed the loose ends on the scarf for my sister and posted a photo of that too. I now just need to wrap it but that will have to wait until tomorrow when I get home before her.
I finished "I Capture The Castle" by Dodie Smith. I'm glad I read it, it was a good read although I still say I would have fallen in love with it had I read it when I was a teen. I would still recommend it to those who want to read something that maybe takes them back to being a teen. It isn't for everyone though. If you aren't particularly girly or don't like books with even a little romance in it then it isn't for you. It wasn't just about romance it was also about families, friendship and growing up. I'm now curious about the film.
I also watched "12 Angry Men" for the first time. For all those movie lovers I know it's shocking that I haven't seen it before. I loved it! It was so clever and moving. I definitely want this one to add to my DVD collection.
The most exciting thing of my day (and the sad thing is that I am excited) was that I got my course materials through for my open university course. I got a couple of books including some exercise booklets and my course work. I was also sent two video tapes, CD's and some blank tapes. Today I am going to spend some time going through them. I can't wait to get started. I have all the dates for my course work and thankfully the first one isn't until the end of march. My training for my new position will be over by then and I will have had a chance to get settled.
Saturday, December 11, 2004
I am about two thirds of the way through "I Capture the Castle". It isn't what I expected it to be. I didn't realise that it was set in the 30's. Actually I didn't realise how old the book actually is. It is good although a little bit soppy for me. Too much of it is about falling in love. I think if I had read it while I was a teen I would have fallen in love with the book. I would like to see the film based on it.
Friday, December 10, 2004
My Wool Came
I picked up The Castle last night for the first time in ages. I was planning to stitch some of it today but since I got my wool I will be working on that instead. It's a shame in a way because I was getting back into it again.
Thursday, December 09, 2004
Christmas equals Lazy
The only thing I have done recently is finish the round robin square which is due this month. The next one I stitch will be for my own piece. I still haven't received mine yet but I don't think I will get it before Christmas. It has still to be passed on to the person before me. It is late but the member who is holding it up has very good reason so I am not going to get all annoyed or worried. I'll get it eventually and with all my plans for after Christmas I won't be able to start it straight away.
I am very much taken with knitting. I plan on buying a book that has patterns for knitting blankets. I think that a few of them will make Christmas presents next year.
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
I am now reading "I Capture The Castle" by Dodie Smith. I haven't read much of it yet so don't want to judge. I have heard from a few people that it is a great read so I am looking forward to getting into it.
I am also reading "Christmas Mystery" by Jostein Gaarder. I learned about this one last Christmas but it was too late to begin it. So this year I made a point of buying a copy before December. With this book you are supposed to read a chapter a day up until the last one which lands on Christmas Eve. Every day a little boy is opening the doors to a magic advent calendar. In each door he finds a sheet of paper which tells part of a tale. It's a very sweet story and I am very much enjoying it. I am also trying my hardest not to just finish it rather than read a chapter a day.