Monday Musings, Tuesday Twitterings, Wednesday Witticisms, Thurs-- oh never mind

Our library system offers ebook downloads. There's even a nice little app for it too.

So far I've spent untold hours trying to get an audiobook to freaking download.

So far, in vain.

Evidently it doesn't support WMA files but only MP3's. So why won't my MP3's download? And isn't the app supposed to support the WMAs? WTH is a WMA anyway? No, don't tell me. At this point, I do not care. Not that it matters, I have something like 400 unlistened to podcasts to listen to and 12ish hour work days for the next week but it's the principle.

Blog pix 1765 Elizabeth I is up to the armscye decreases on the second haf! w00t!No pix, they all came out looking yellowed and wonky. Fluorescent lights are not kind to Hempathy.

I managed to suck it up and weave up 3/4's of the middle back of the Tailored Jacket before I decided that it was way too much seaming and too darn hot outside - what happened to my nice cold weather? 90 today and 94 tomorrow? I liked the temp in the 70's. I need to move.

You can see how carefully I wove in the ends while I was knitting. I know you're supposed to block the pieces first and then seam but I made it intentionally too big so I could full it a bit for warmth and a cheat custom fit. It would probably be a good thing for the seams to shrink about the same amount as the pieces.

People have alternately been amusing and annoying me. Mostly annoying me. Learn. To. Drive. People. If you're lost, don't slow down and look for the address from the far left lane!!! Don't dive across three lanes (cutting me off) then dither about making the light so that we both miss it. It's possible that it's hormonal but it's also possible I'm going to smack a total stranger in the head with a 2x4.

Adrienne Martini's SweaterQuest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously was interesting. I knit Mary Tudor and I didn't find it all that dangerous. She spent half the book questioning if she was knitting an Alice Starmore if she didn't use the wool Alice did originally, something that never occurred to me. If I changed the style (pullover to cardigan) or the shaping (waist shaped and set in sleeves) and used her charts, I'd still call it an Alice Starmore. Have you seen her colorways? Amazing. Now Alice might take one horrified look at the sweater and disavow it, but that's her perogative. Adrienne also seems to dislike her for her ferocious protection of her name and brand but even that makes sense to me, if slightly counterproductive. It's a cold cruel world out there. Filled with nice strangers. (And the occasional one with a 2x4 indentation).

Blog pix 1760 The Two Lives of Charlotte Merryweather by Alexandra Potter was cute, if a total trifle. Thirty one year old control freak Charlotte has a chance encounter with her 21 year old self over the course of a week (or possibly more, I admit it, I started skimming it when I realized it was basically Charlotte dithering over her choice of men and career, as if at 31 the whole game is over. Hardly). She tries to protect her younger self from bad decisions, her younger self teaches her who she was.

One Step Behind by Henning Mankell is a later outing in the Wallender series. I had just caught Kenneth Branaugh's version on PBS the night before I picked this up on Gale's reccomendation. Nice and psychologically driven.

Warrior's Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High by Melba Pattillo Beals. Searing memoir is right. I've just started this so I'll say more on it later, but I'm only a few pages in and her life is making me cry in both rage and fear and sympathy. I cannnot believe what she and eight other teenagers had to endure just to go to a good high school in 1957. Unbelievable. Adults. Parents. Teachers. Students. Not to mention what she, her family and every person of color had to deal with on a daily basis.  I hope we've come a long, long, long way from there.


First I'm Obsessed with Poetry and now Television. Where will it end?

Nowhere good, no doubt.

What to Watch This Week:


  • Dancing With the Stars. ABC 8pm. I am weirdly fond of Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino from Jersey Shore. It probably helps that I've never seen it. I think Margaret Cho has the capacity to do really well, if she stops sabotaging herself. I was right! I was right! The Hoff went first!
  • Hawaii Five-O CBS 10pm On the high end of violent but the best bromances are. I liked the banter between McGarrett and Danno. A little too twee explanation for "Danno" but acceptable. Daniel Dae Kim rounds out the cast perfectly.
  • Watch later: House, Chuck, Castle. 


  • NCIS CBS 8pm. The pilot was a little flat - the team had been split up? Again? I didn't follow the recap but then again, I haven't seen the finale since it aired. I was just happy that Jethro took after his father.
  • NCIS: LA 9pm. Deeks is back! He adds a nice bit of life to the show - Sam and G needed a little brother to gibe them and he works really well with Kensi.
  • . Detroit 1-8-7 ABC 10pm My parents are from Detroit (as in, Detroit was the nearest big city), my dad worked Homicide so it was a natural. Not bad. Great cast, great quirky characters without being cartoonish but still slightly over the top. At the end of the first day? Really?
  • Watch later: Dancing With the Stars Results show, Stargate Universe, Sons of Anarchy, The Good Wife.


  • Law & Order:LA NBC 10pm. Premiere. I wonder if Dick Wolf and Sam Waterston are gnashing their teeth over this timeslot? But Skeet Ulrich, late of the late, lamented Jericho is in it, so I have to give it a shot.
  • Also on: Undercovers, Criminal Minds, Terriers. I spaced Undercovers last week, did anyone catch it? I have yet to actually record/watch Terriers but it looks cute. It also looks like the ratings are tanking so if it's any good, watch it now.


  • The Big Bang Theory CBS 8pm. Sheldon dating. The earth is spinning on its axis. (huh).
  • Fringe/ Fox & Nikita/ CW 9pm. I flipped back and forth between the two last week and they were both confusing enough that I actually thought I was following the plotlines. We'll see.
  • The Mentalist CBS 10pm.
  • Watch later: Ace of Cakes Food Network 10pm, Project Runway Lifetime 9pm. 


  • CSI:NY CBS 9pm Sela Ward seems like a good fit with the team. If only she could move her forehead.
  • Supernatural CW 9pm. Wait, what? I think I've missed a few episodes. Or a season.
  • Watch later: Medium, Blue Bloods
Blog pix 1746I'm being viewed with deep suspicion, I have no idea why. She's the one laying on my knitting and my book.Of course, the word "bath" may have been bandied about.


Up to the chart on the other side of Elizabeth. Woot!

Tailored Jacket pulled out of its bag and inspected - no elves completed any further work but then again, I'm practically done with it except the sleeves and collar.

Books Read:

Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard Queen by Anna Whitlock. A nice sturdy introduction to Mary,  daughter of Henry VIII and sister of Queen Elizabeth. Linda Porter's The First Queen of England: The Myth of Bloody Mary packs more research into her book and fleshes out Mary's life a bit more. Both are good reads. 

My fascination with Jack Reacher continues. I finally broke down and put Killing Floor on hold at the library, what the heck, might as well read where Lee Child started the series.