Thursday, November 17, 2005

 

Will Be Back Soon

I am off for work and I won't have internet access in that time. I should be back mid December and so will be able to catch up on everyone's news. I'll be taking CW with me along with a few decorations and some books. I don't think that I will get much done as the shifts are going to be quite long. But I should get enough done to give you all an update when I get back. Until then take care!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

 

New Cyberman



For those of you who read the Timewardens comment about the new cyberman this is what they now look like. At first I wasn't too sure. The body is so very different from the originals. It looks more mechanical which does make sense since they are supposed to be robots. I also think that the narrower face makes it a little more scary. I can picture a lot of new generation fans out there being a little scared of them. If used properly I think they will be good though. I'm really looking forward to seeing them in action.

Thanks everyone for your comments on Christmas. The image wasn't of my Christmas tree I'm afraid. Our tree is a smaller and very few of our decorations match. There are a lot of handmade things from when my sister and I were kids. Also whenever any of us go away on holiday we always bring my mum back a decoration for the tree. I think the earliest we have put our tree up is maybe a week into December.

I got the image of the Cyberman from the BBC.

 
Elvish
Elvish


To which race of Middle Earth do you belong?
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HASH(0x8c4a5ac)
The Noble Princess

You are just and fair, a perfectionist with a
strong sense of proper decorum. You are very
attracted to chivalry, ceremony and dignity.
For the most part you are rather sensible, but
you are also very idealistic.

Role Models: Guinevere, Princess Fiona (of Shrek)

You are most likely to: Get kidnapped by a stray
dragon.


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Sunday, November 13, 2005

 

Too Soon For Christmas?


I love Christmas. I love just about everything to do with Christmas. I don't mind when the shops start early with their Christmas campaigns. Simply because it's never too soon to start your Christmas shopping. That and you know it is going to happen anyway. It seems like it happens earlier every year but it's easy to ignore since most don't begin their Christmas music until December. It's never too soon to organise for Christmas. And I have been feeling the Christmas spirit for a while now. Stitching things for Christmas does that to me. I don't force it onto others though. I know there are a number of people out there who don't want to hear or see anything Christmas related until the week before at most. You can try to force Christmas on these people but from experience most just become grumpier and you will get the occasional "ba humbug" out of them (my lovely boyfriend is one of them).

Walking along my street the other day I counted several Christmas trees up at windows. I haven't walked along this part of the street in a while so I have no idea how long they have been there. Even that is too soon for me. I suppose of they had children who badgered their parents into putting their trees up early I could understand it. But many of them don't. When I was little my sister and I would be among those children who badgered their parents into putting the decorations up as soon as possible. In our case it never worked and looking back I'm glad it didn't. After a while you become used to them and don't notice that they are there. Every time you switch your tree lights on you should feel a sense of excitement that Christmas is almost here. I just think that you would lose that if you put them up too soon. If anyone disagrees with this I would love to hear about it.

I did do some stitching yesterday. I made a start on a Christmas decoration for my mum. I have still to do one more angel for my gran which I had planned to do last night. I was stitching over at the boyfriends and had everything with me apart from the chart. So I decided to make a start on the decoration. I haven't taken a photo since there is not much to see but at least I have lifted the needle again.

 

Time Travelers Wife and Confessions



"The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffeneger. Henry has something missing from his genetic code which causes him to travel through time. He can't control it and he doesn't know when it will happen until seconds before it does. He also can't change anything that happens in the past. It's also not something he enjoys. There is always that worry that something really bad will happen. He also can't travel with anything including his clothes. This has caused him to be beaten and arrested a number of times. The only good thing about it was he got to see his wife Claire grow up. This meant than when they met for the first time in real time she knew who he was and knew she would marry him. It's really more of a story about their lives together and how the time traveling affects them both.

In the new year I plan to do a top ten of my favourite books from this year. This will definitely be on it. I was hooked from page one. If it wasn't for work I could have sat down and read it in a day. It had a bit of everything in it. It was funny, sad and moving. The characters had their dark sides which made them seem more real. And Henry's problem actually sounded plausible. I know a lot of people who haven't wanted to read this because they feel it is too sci fi but that's not what this is about. Others felt that it was too much of a romance. Yes, it has romance but it isn't your typical romance. This should be on everyone's reading list.

"Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister" by Gregory Maguire.

This is written from the point of view of Iris, the youngest of the ugly stepsisters. It tells the story of her family traveling to Amsterdam where she meets her love and her future stepsister Clara. Unlike her portrayal in the Cinderella story we all know, Iris is ugly but kind hearted. Her sister Ruth is also ugly but loving and mute. Iris takes care of Ruth and then Clara. Clara throws herself into the role of Cinderella as she is afraid to leave the house. After the death of her mother she throws herself into chores to look after her father. The ball is near the end of the book and the sisters mother is the one who pushes her daughters to go to the ball in the hopes of improving their fortunes. Iris is under no illusions that she will be able to attract the prince and doesn't want to. In the end she plays the role of fairy Godmother to her stepsister.

I read this as part of my new interest in books based on fairy tales. I read "Wicked" a few months ago so I knew what to expect and wasn't disappointed. It's not quite as good as "Wicked" although has a slightly better start. It is definitely worth reading. Especially if you like stories about the so called bad guys who are just misunderstood. It's for people who are looking to read something a little bit different.


Friday, November 11, 2005

 

Another quiz

You Should Get a MFA (Masters of Fine Arts)

You're a blooming artistic talent, even if you aren't quite convinced.
You'd make an incredible artist, photographer, or film maker.
What Advanced Degree Should You Get?
I got this from Carols blog. The funny thing is that this is the degree my sister has.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

 

Hang Head In Shame!

Yep, I broke my own oath! Yes, my mum always told me I should never make promises I can't keep. I blame stupid sudoku and stupid lack of will power. I would say stupid books too but that would be almost blasphemy (my love of books is almost a form of worship). So I have been doing a lot of sudoku and a lot of reading and no stitching. If anyone else has read "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger they will know how difficult it is to put down. Anyone who hasn't should. It really is a great read. I'll do a proper review later. Also if anyone know of any authors or titles who have based stories on fairy tales I will be interested to hear of them. I already know of Gregory Maguire, Robin McKinley and Sheri S. Tepper. Really sorry about the broken promise. I will do stitching at some point this week. In my defense though I have gotten a third angel finished for my gran. I wanted to get the last one finished though before I posted a photo.

Monday, November 07, 2005

 

Oath

I promise to do some stitching today and have an update on it by Wednesday at the latest.

 

"Deerskin" and "Dancing Barefoot"


"Deerskin" by Robin McKinley.

A young princess loves to hear the story of how her father won the hand of the most beautiful women of the seven kingdoms. She is largely forgotten by everyone as they all have eyes only for her parents. And her parents have eyes only for each other. When her mother dies her father retreats into madness and the princess is largely to her own until she comes of age. Everyone then notices how like her mother she is, including her father. With all this unwanted attention she runs away with her dog Ash. She forgets who she is and becomes deerskin. The woman who can find and look after lost creatures.

I read this because a friend recommended it to me. We like a lot of the same things. However, I found it really dull and boring. Things didn't get interesting until the end. And that wasn't worth forcing myself through the rest of the book. Like most of McKinley's books it is based on a fairy tale. I am not sure which one as I didn't recognise it but if it wasn't for that I probably wouldn't have finished it. Don't let what I say put you off if you think that you would like to try it. As I said earlier my friend really enjoyed it. I probably will read more of her books though. Ever since reading "Beauty" by Sheri S. Tepper. I have become interested in books which use fairy tales as their base. If anyone know of any other authors who have written books based on them please let me know. I would love to hear about them.


"Dancing Barefoot" by Wil Wheaton.

This is the second book by Wil Wheaton. It contains five stories that are taken from his blog. They were originally supposed to be in his book "Just A Geek" but there wasn't enough room for them. Four of them are about his general life. Funny and sad stories about his family and childhood memories. The last story is about his acceptance by the Star Trek family. I think that is something that he always looked for from the fans as well as the people from the show. He writes about how he was rejected by his hero William Shatner and then goes on to talk about how he created his own fan base. It's a good read but only if you know Wil Wheaton (either through his acting career or his blog. Actually even you non Start Trek fans might enjoy it. Most of you will probably know him as one of the kids from "Stand By Me" and might find it interesting from that view point. It's a short book and a quick read. Those of you who have read his blog or "Just a Geek" will probably find the Star Trek story familiar but it is still worth reading.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

 

Su Doku


Su doku is the latest craze to hit Britain. Actually it hit Britain over 3 months ago. It started off in the papers (the craze that is) and then there were the books. I tend to stay away from most crazes (Dan Brown is another example). I was a Doctor Who fan before the new series and I was a Harry Potter fan before the madness. I wanted to keep away from this one. I could think of other things I would much rather be doing. I'm not a fan of puzzles and so was determined not to be sucked in by this one.

I was doing very well until a few days ago. I was very bored and was flicking through the paper. I came accross the su doku puzzle and thought I would give it a go. I couldn't finish it as I had to leave for work. However, the memory of those few mintues spent on it was still with me. Whilst in a newsagents I spied some of the su doku magazines and picked one up. Since then I have spent all my spare time poring over them. I'm not very good and I don't time myself but I am addicted. Just a few puzzles was all it took. I want to go back to my books but su doku keep calling me.

For those of you who want to give it a try the guardian is a good place. The BBC also has an article one the craze (that's where I got my image from).

Thursday, November 03, 2005

 

Nothing much to say.

I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who commented on the angels. I haven't made the next two yet. I did finally buy some ribbon. I used dark green for the angels. I won't bother taking another photo. No doubt you will see it when I finish the set. I also changed my mind over the colours for my nieces. Originally I was thinking of blues. Instead I thought I would stitch the dresses white, the wings gold and the lettering metallic red. I like blues at Christmas but gold and red seems more traditional.

Thanks to Lili and Kim I am going to have to go back and read Anne Rice. As I said before I only read the one witches book. But since they are better than the Vampire Chronicles I will go back and give them another try. It won't be until after Christmas as I have a huge pile to go through just now. I enjoyed the cross overs too as I do remember something about that in the vampire stories. I always liked the organistaion which watched these supernatural creatures and catalogued their history. I always felt that a book could be done on the organisation itself. I don't know if maybe it appeals to me because I enjoy history. I actually have a nasty habit of buying a book because what I have seen to the back makes it look interesting. Okay so not really a nasty habit but I only read enough to catch my interest. I don't pay close attention to the details. So the first time I tried one of the witches book it wasn't the first one. I think I read a good portion of it before I put it down in frustration because I didn't understand what was going on. It wasn't until I looked at it again I realised what I had done. I didn't finish it funnily enough and it was some time later before I read the first one. You would think that I would learn but I do this at least once a year.

For all Anne Rice fans this is her official website. http://www.annerice.com/. I didn't actually realise that there was a Lestat musical!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

 

Little Angels



Okay so these little angels look miserable but that really is just the angle, honest! I got this design from cross stitcher but I couldn't tell you which edition. It was filed away long ago so probably from two years ago. These were originally for my nieces. However, I started stitching the first one too high on the plastic. It wasn't until I had almost finished the angel that I noticed there was no room for the letter. I still liked the little angel and I still wanted to make ones with letters for my nieces. So I have decided to make a set of these ones for my gran. I changed the dresses to a deep red as it looked more Christmassy. Also I wanted them all the same to prevent fighting (not that my gran will fight). The wings are made with the same pearly white thread I used in the lettering of one of the elves. I also used metallic gold for the backstitch in the hair. I plan on making a few more of these ones. I will still use the same design for my nieces but will use blues and silvers instead.

Hi Lili, I have read all of Anne McCaffreys Pern books. I came across them about a year or so ago. The only one I haven't read is the second one she did with her son. I am waiting for it to come out in paperback. They were pure escapism too but there was more of a story to these than the Mercedes Lackey. I read the first one again not that long ago. It really wasn't how I remembered it. The story was the same but I remembered it to be a lot better than what it was. I think I built it up too much in my head since I read it. I would still love to read them all again but I have so many other books I want to read. I have read a lot of Anne Rice too. I went through a horror phase when I was younger. After reading a lot of Stephen King and then seeing "Interview With A Vampire" I read a lot of her Vampire Chronicles. I liked how they were all linked and written almost in diary form. I can't remember how many I read but I did get bored after a while. I think I sickened myself with them. I read one of the witches books. But if I was to read the rest I would have to go back and read the first one again. I remember virtually nothing about it. I do remember that I really enjoyed it though.


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