And now a post on one of the fun parts of aging...rediscovering stuff you used to like. (And still getting to discover new stuff!)
A while ago I came into possession of a bunch of iTunes song credits. Here's what I bought:( Read more... )
What music have you (re)acquired lately?
Friends keep saying stuff like that where I can see it, and I've been feeling it for a while now too. One said it really well in a friends-locked post:
It's been hard for the last some-odd months, with my age catching up to me, not to feel that I've been a continual failure in school, work, and my personal life. ...It was a revelation to read this, especially the part about "as bad as it ever was in the worst years of my adolescence," because that's exactly what bugs me about the similar feelings I have—"WTF? I thought I was DONE with these feelings of self-consciousness. No one told me they would come back, dammit! I thought 'mid-life crisis' just meant you went out and got your virtual red sports car and had done with it."
I've been trying so hard to hide from my friends -- most of them not very close, even if they were before -- the fact that I'm not in their league in any sense of the word. ...
Come to think of it, I don't do yard work because I'm afraid of being looked at/judged by passersby. I don't do artwork because I'm afraid of ill-judgment and meaningless or worthless praise. This has gotten as bad as it ever was in the worst years of my adolescence. Worse, because I don't have the energy or the twenty years ahead of me to think I have plenty of time yet to pull myself out of it.
When a whole bunch of my friends and acquaintances are having similar uncomfortable feelings, and especially when each one is having these feelings privately and feeling shame about it because it seems like no one else has them, I ask myself whether there's some kind of cultural pressure going on, and I ask myself whether maybe we would do better examining these tendencies and pressures together, so we can figure out where we stand, and which of the beliefs and tendencies to embrace, and which to say pbtpbtpbtpbt!!!! to.
I wonder how that could be accomplished.
Do you have those feelings? Could you use a way to talk about those feelings with other folks who struggle with them?
So Speakeasy just got bought out by Best Buy. Ewwww! I'm not changingPress release here:
immediately, but I'd like some current recommendations for broadband
choices in the SF Bay Area. We prefer non-cable but are willing to
consider anything reliable at this point (we currently do not have a
Wrap Style: Innovative to Traditional, 24 Inspirational Shawls, Ponchos, and Capelets to Knit and Crochet by Pam Allen, Ann Budd
I like this wrap from it and either don't like or can't tell whether I like (Green Sleeves) the other wraps shown on the Interweave site (here and here). I like this but it's available for free. I want to know if there are any others I like, because I would rather not pay $22 for one pattern.
I find myself wanting to play around with cable and celtic knot stitches so I would also like to have a look at these:
Aran Sweater Design by Janet Szabo
I have these on hold at the library:
220 Aran stitches : includes diamonds, cables, twists, honeycombs, textures, panels, backgrounds
Aran knitting, Alice Starmore
Vogue knitting stitchionary 2. Vol. 2, cables : the ultimate stitch dictionary
Michael Pearson's Traditional knitting : Aran, Fair Isle, and fisher ganseys
Finally, if you have any opinions about the books in my Amazon yarncrafts wishlist I would welcome them. (ObDisclaimer: I am not trolling for gifts; this is just a convenient place to keep track of stuff I want to check out.)