Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I heard a funny story today...

My sister M is a nanny. One of the children she cares for is I, just turned four. The other day they watched Richard Scarry's Best Busy People Video Ever!, a video telling stories about various people and what they did all day. Afterward, M asked I what she wanted to be when she grew up. She answered "A baker!" and M replied "My sister is a baker! She makes cookies and pies and cakes." I's eyes grew wide, her mouth dropped open, and with awe in her voice she said, "You sister is growed up?!"

Thursday, June 15, 2006

What I've been doing

Kntting-wise, that is. Putting the sawtooth border on my Pie are Square shawl (from Knitting Around). I really like this border. I like the way it looks, plus after the first couple of teeth you don't even have to think about it anymore.

I really haven't been knitting much lately; I've been catching up on my reading instead. I've reread several Lois Lenski books from my childhood: Strawberry Girl, Judy's Journey, and Cotton in my Sack. I've also read children's books about Florence Nightingale - my heroine as a child - and Marco Polo. I'm currently reading The Coconut Oil Miracle; I know, hokey title, but it's actually a very well researched and written book, as far as I can tell. The author argues his points very logically, which I like; I hate it when authors state something as "evidence" when there's really no evidence there. Sigh. Again, I lament the fact that I have become a crunchy-granola diet type of person.

Another thing I've been doing recently is watching movies. I'm watching the Prisoner - a British TV series from the 60s - and I think I'm about halfway through now. My husband and I also just finished watching the Masterpiece Theatre version of Anna Karenina. Neither of us have read the book, so perhaps it would be better, but we weren't engrossed by the story. We only really liked one of the characters (Constantine), and Anna herself caused all of her own problems so we had no sympathy for her.

I have been somewhat discouraged lately because on all the knitting blogs I read, everyone finishes things so fast! My husband is kind and reminds me that not all of them have a one-year-old to care for and are on a special diet which requires making just about everything from scratch. Very true. I just have to remind myself of it often.

I really want to start a few new projects, but I'm telling myself that I have projects already going that need to be finished up first. Oh, the temptation!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Poor Jim Duncan.

We get a lot of callers who have the wrong number. And when I say a lot, I mean that literally half the calls we get are for someone else (usually Jennifer or Lauren). Interestingly, the last caller for Lauren actually checked the number with me - turned out he had misdialed (twice) - so if she gets any more calls I'll be able to tell them her correct phone number. But anyway. So last night at 8:30 we get a call. I can tell it's a telemarketer or survey or something because I can hear the call center background noise. Here's how the conversation went:

"Hi, Jim Duncan."
"Sorry, you have the wrong number." Then, as I was hanging up, I heard:
"No, no, I'm Jim Duncan..."