Sunday, November 30, 2014

Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch Resumes


It's been a long time since I've shared anything relating to my Star Trek: The Next Generation re-watch. Almost a year! This is due to many factors and lots of life changes, and it not being on Netflix for quite a stretch. When I came back to it, I initially revisited a few episodes per season but then I decided to just dive back in where I left off. Given that it's been over 2 years since I started this project and I was only a season and a half to completion, I think the key is to enjoy re-watching the final episodes and finish this project off.

I was stumped on how to share these final 35 episodes. I love the archive of reflections I've created up until mid sixth season, but I know I can not keep up that practice as it's too labour intensive. My life has changed so much since Sept 2012 when this all started, and I've learned that I have to manage my energy and my time more carefully now. I am still hoping to share the process, but in a less intensive way because my goal now is to finish watching. If I can share... great! But if that holds me up, I might have to let it go.

I've also paired watching the episodes while assembling the squares of my Cabled Afghan Blanket. And wouldn't you know it, it takes about 1 episode to do 1 square, and I have roughly the number of squares as their are episodes left to watch. I'm taking that as a good sign.

Monday, November 24, 2014

When Do The Holidays Begin? Or...Am I Already Late to the Game?


I watched Elf on TV yesterday, today the grocery story had clementines and I've been seeing decorations of green and red since Halloween.  Plus, we've already had our first snow. But my question is... is this too early, or am I late to the game?

I'll admit that I've turned on the twinkie lights already for their awesome blue glow, but to be honest I didn't take them down last year. I've started baking but for birthday goodness, and have on my to do list to start planning for the holidays. But it feels like they are already upon us! So, when is the time to start getting all holiday'd up?

I have lots of holiday rituals from making cookies to watching certain movies. When to wrap stuff and what to cook. I never remember how early you need to put stuff in the mail, but thankfully Amazon can often do that thinking for me.

But this year I feel totally out of whack, because I want to throw tinsel around and pound out Winter Wonderland on the piano and it's only November. November! Now, my family has a huge proportion of birthdays November through January, so they usually serve as bookends for when the holidays start and sum up. But I really feel like starting them now. And, well, I really want to start using my new holiday mug.

So, when do they start for you? What are your holiday traditions? Do you ever change them?



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Magazine Love: Vogue Knitting


Although it hasn't been long since the Fall issue of Vogue Knitting International arrived, I've also received the Holiday 2014 Edition! Oi! So much knitting goodness, how will I handle it? I think I will actually save the Holiday edition to savour over the holidays, or at least wait until December hits. I have at least 1 thing I want to try from the fall edition. So many projects to choose from! How will I choose what to work on at any given time?

And my goodness, this colour story takes be striaght back to 1983.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

99 New-To-Me Words I Found While Reading Tender is the Night


I recently finished reading Tender is the Night for the Shannon Reads "Those Books" Exploration. One of the fun things I added to the reading process was collecting words that I either hadn't heard before, or wasn't quite sure what they actually meant. It feels a bit scary to admit I don't know what some of these words mean, but I won't know them until I actually work on them. In an effort to get the ball rolling on learning their meanings, I thought I would share them here.

I don't know if I will memorize definitions all of them, as 99 words is a lot to work with! Believe it or not, I culled down the list down from 150+ and I owe a big Thank You to my sister Jamie for helping me narrow the list. I will certainly look all 99 words up, and some may be easier than others to have their definitions stick, as I have different familiarity with different words.

For some of the words I have a sense of what they mean, like lark seems similar to whim, pandemonium feels like a state of chaos and wraith I would actually say is a manifestation of an evil or angry spirit (which doesn't makes sense in the context of the book, just one more reason to look it up!).

The next level is words I know what they mean, but I'm not able to articulate their meaning. This is the case for words like amorality, rigmarole and convalescence. If someone used them I would know what they were talking about, but if I would only be able to articulate it by using the exact same words.

Then I have the words that I am familiar with, but have a feeling I don't understand them correctly. Dogmatic and sardonic fall into this category.

And then we finally have the words I don't remember seeing or hearing before, ever. They are the truly new words to me: exigent, littoral, insouciant and gendarmes.

Now it's time to get to the fun part: The list!

abnegation
absolve
acme
acute
adagio
alienists
amorality
anagrams
antipathetic
arbitrary
armistice
ascetic, ascetically and asceticism
bereft
capitulated
cavorted
celerity
centrifugal
centripetal
clamour
complicity
convalescence
convivial
coquette
crevasse
curate
cyclorama
debauch
debutant
denunciation
disparity
dissent
dogmatic
edelweiss
epistolary
equanimity
exigent
expropriating
expurgated
facetious
facile
farcical
fatuous
felicity
funicular
gallantry
gendarmes
impertinence
inordinately
insolent
insouciant
insuperable
lark
lesion
littoral
malicious
mollifying
moribund
myriad
nascent
obsequious
palpable
pandemonium
paresis
paroxysm
pastoral
petulantly
polygrance
predicament
pronouncement
prurient
quiescent
reticent
retinue
retribution
reveries
rigmarole
salvo
sardonic
schizoid
sonorous
sordid
specious
stoicism
stratum
strident
subsistence
surfeit
taciturn
toiling
torpid
transference
treatise
trite
truant
urbane
valet
wraith

Looks like it's time for tea and the dictionary for me. How about you? Are new words peeking out from the list for you?

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Self Portrait: Impromptu


I can feel myself enjoying getting into blogging again, although one of the challenges is what to blog about. Not in the sense of having nothing to say or nothing to share, but rather where to start. In the past what I've done is set a schedule or create a structure, but I know that right now that method isn't serving me well. That throws a lot of my blogging (and vlogging) habits out the window, as I love doing things on certain days or the week, or weekly, monthly, yearly things.

Not relying on a structure started to block me, so I looked back through my blog for inspiration and remembered one of the first things I ever participated in: Self Portrait Challenge. The group doesn't appear to exist anymore, but given that it was a Tuesday thing and today is Tuesday, if felt serendipitous to post a self portrait today.

I like having self portraits on my blog, even if I don't love the pictures. I think it's something that we see so differently at the the time, then looking back at the pictures . Because at the time, we are just us. This is me, right now. Literally. I took the minute before I started the post. I don't love it, although I do like it the best of the five pictures I took. It's grainy, I wearing my glasses, neither are things that I love but I felt like going impromptu to there it is. And honestly this what I look like these days, especially when I blog.

Now, if I want to look different, I can. I can put in my contacts (or just take off my glasses), put on makeup or change what I'm wearing or the setting. All of that is possible to do, but today I felt like being impromptu so I went with it. That seems to go nicely with the not scheduling thing. Who knew the things could work together?

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Happy November!


Happy November Everyone!

For several months, I've been drawing calendar images to place on my monthly calendar. I usually do this for the month ahead, and on the first I can put up the new image but as you've probably gather from the pic above I haven't done that this month. I think it's because I don't have an image of what November looks like. This November in particular, but also November in general.

Hopefully inspiration will strike this weekend and I'll have an image come to me. I hope to do some planning this month, and I think those plans are still in the pre-idea-formation stage and too nebulous to become tangible yet. With that in mind, I could try and draw a nebula. Now I'm already inspired!

Have an inspiring weekend and month!