Thursday, February 26, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
Amid all the movie fun, there was sleet and snow out there. It was strange because it didn't look too bad where we were, but apparently Dulles got significantly more and understandably the theater had employees who wanted to get home safely, so they pushed up the showtime of the final movie which meant I consumed way more movie theater food than I had planned to that day.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
Monday, February 09, 2015
I've noticed a trend lately. This idea that if people's mother's knew about their behavior they would stop or change or adjust. And I want to clarify, if a six year old is running loose in a store, or behaving badly, absolutely, find the adult looking after this kid. But that's not what we're talking about. We're talking about people (okay, men, it is usually men, and for some reason we want to tell their moms and not their dads, grandparents, siblings, spouses, or other loved ones) who are saying inappropriate things either on the street or the internet. And somehow bringing up mama shame, is seen as some sort of victory.
And...I don't get it. Even if the mother is legitimately sad about this person's behavior, how is this going to adjust the behavior of this person? And if it does, how is this a victory? Do mother's have to remain on call to answer for every bad step their child takes ever? And what if this person either does not or no longer has a mother? Are we then out of ways to address this? I would certainly hope not. And I would certainly hope that this isn't considered a viable solution for, well, any sort of adult behavior.
And particularly in the realm of things like inappropriate sexual remarks, this really seems to me like shifting the blame to a woman. And that doesn't seem like progress to me at all.
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Monday, February 02, 2015
So, I have two (at least points). It's hard to figure out which is the thing that will be awesome, until you try. I knit one pattern using the twisted German cast on, and honestly, I can't tell the difference in the finished product between that and the long tail. So, I tried, for me, the long tail works great for most things, we move on.
When I first heard about NaNoWriMo, it sounded like the best idea ever. (I still think it is really cool.) It was a ridiculous month, given the rest of my life, but I knew that the shared competition/pain would work for me.
The second part of this is that sometimes things that you think are silly or for other people, suddenly sound awesome. There is a Buddhist proverb, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." Basically, things show up all the time and suddenly you're thinking, yes, I would love to learn more about martial arts and then you meet someone or remember that that person you were talking to a few months ago said something about that too.
When I first heard about fast draft, I thought, wow, that is amazing and crazy. That's like climbing Everest, you go have fun with that, I'll be here in the lodge. And then, somewhere along the line, I started thinking, well, it's really only like twice as many words as Nano in like half the time. And then I stumbled across a blog post where someone was talking about their experience going through a workshop. And I ended up signing up for one. Even though it was in January. Even though I had work, and volunteer stuff, and was already enrolled in another class for part of that time.
And I did it, and it was great, and I had a draft that...changed halfway through. So I haven't officially done that since. But I usually try to NaNo and finish early now. Somewhere between 14 and 30 days seems a good match for my style. And let's face it, like a lot of things, some stories, some knitting projects, some, exercise days (I hear) are different from others. It's not always the new thing that either helped or hurt. But it's worth exploring.