In Stitches

Why oh why? I just had to lie down on the floor by a bookcase and pick up one of my knitting books. Damn, so here I am, taking a break from knitting a scarf. I’ve got the yarn to start another scarf once I get this one done. Yeah, I’m knitting again.

I think that knowing tomorrow is the first day of September, and that means Fall and Winter will be here soon, helps to motivate me to knit. I do wear knitted scarves when it’s cold and snowy.

Anyway, it is relaxing and fun to do. I just wish I could knit faster.

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I Feel Pretty….Pretty Tired

I survived the first week of the semester, one of the busiest times of the year for me, plus I had to watch all the Democratic Convention speeches at night (damn, Obama gave a great speech, didn’t he?). So, let’s just say that I’m tired.

This three-day weekend is a wonderful chance to lounge about, and even though I’m on call today, it’s really quiet at work and I had a chance to catch up on some snapshotting in Second Life. Now in Second Life, I don’t feel pretty tired, I just feel pretty.

Last week I saw a blog post on Fashion Planet showing off some clothes from Zaara, plus a cute, curly hairstyle from Fetish. I ran out and bought both. I certainly am not doing anything social in Second Life, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting new hair, skin, and clothes.

Here I am in Zaara’s Anjuna in green and Fetish’s Adora hair in black. The glasses are from Solar.

I would dress like that if I could. Casual, fun, and showing my belly button. Of course, in Real Life, no one wants to see my belly button. Trust me on that.

I bought the skin I’m wearing in the above photo from Nora. She had a great going-out-of-business sale a few weeks ago and I picked up this Samantha skin in the Ginger tone in Green Apple makeup at great prices. I’ve picked up a few more skins, because I can’t help myself. The following skins are the Nora skin (I’m showing off that green eyeshadow), KA skin in Drama in the Pale tone, KA freebie Special Edition skin in Dark Tan, and Tres Very’s Fuchsia Fit in the Tan tone:

I purchased the new hairdo from Find Ash. It’s the Clever Trickster in Neo Black. I keep thinking of hitting the big Hair Fair in Second Life, but I know I’ll go crazy and buy everything.

I put together an outfit with a shirt I bought at Zaara’s called Indian Summer. It’s in green and plum. I didn’t buy a pair of pants or a skirt to go with the top, and discovered that the bold colors don’t look right with jeans. Luckily, I’m a crazed shopper. I stumbled across these green capris from Aoharu in my inventory. Never worn, they now have a blouse I want to wear with them. The jewelry is from Zaara’s and is part of the Melange set. The shoes are Armidi’s Viniani Heel in Eggplant. The makeup is the Tres Very Fuchsia Fit in Tan.

It’s not often that one can wear such a symphony of lime and plum. It certainly looks more vibrant than I feel, sitting here on the couch. Ah heck. I feel better after putting together these snapshots. Let’s just say that I feel pretty!

More Conventional Me — I’m Jazzed

Man, what a great set of speeches tonight at the Democratic Convention. Jeez, Bill Clinton is amazing. The speech started slow, but when he warmed up I did not want the man to stop. His ability to lay out what the Republican rule did to us just got to me:

“…he (McCain) still embraces the extreme philosophy which has defined his party for more than 25 years, a philosophy we never had a real chance to see in action until 2001, when the Republicans finally gained control of both the White House and Congress. Then we saw what would happen to America if the policies they had talked about for decades were implemented.

They took us from record surpluses to an exploding national debt; from over 22 million new jobs down to 5 million; from an increase in working family incomes of $7,500 to a decline of more than $2,000; from almost 8 million Americans moving out of poverty to more than 5 and a half million falling into poverty – and millions more losing their health insurance.

Now, in spite of all the evidence, their candidate is promising more of the same: More tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that will swell the deficit, increase inequality, and weaken the economy. More band-aids for health care that will enrich insurance companies, impoverish families and increase the number of uninsured. More going it alone in the world, instead of building the shared responsibilities and shared opportunities necessary to advance our security and restore our influence.”

Update: Video of Bill Clinton

And I bet most people missed John Kerry (I gather the TV networks have to have network talking heads pontificating about the speeches and not actually showing the speeches), but Kerry was awesome.

Update: Video John Kerry’s speech

The Bidens finished things off with verve and then Obama showed up. It was a great night.

I am so excited about tomorrow night and Obama’s speech.

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp and Dianne Wiest to the Rescue

I am so goddawful tired. It’s the crazy start of the semester and I’ve worked way many hours. Last night after Michelle Obama’s speech I headed for bed to read for a while (it was 8:15). I fell asleep within ten minutes and still felt tired this morning. Tonight I need something to keep me awake for a while, plus make me smile.

Why look! It’s Edward Scissorhands in the DVD player. Now that movie makes me smile. From Dianne Wiest’s nurturing mom + Avon lady to Johnny Depp’s mournful Edward along with Tim Burton’s lovely direction, it’s such a great movie.

Conventional Me

I’m sitting here listening/watching the convention. I’m listening to NPR while keeping the video streaming from MSNBC.com. I’m looking forward to Michelle Obama’s speech. I also thought it was great to see Teddy Kennedy on stage.

It’s rather nice to sit back and relax and listen to this. No commercials, lots of options for seeing what’s going on — NPR cuts out lots of speeches, but I can catch them on the streaming video, yet if NPR has something fun to talk about, I can mute the video.

I hope Michelle does a great job. I love listening to her talk. She’s not going to be a bland First Lady, that’s for sure.

Update: she delivered a wonderful speech…and her daughters are too cute.

Blahs for The Rocker

Went to see The Rocker. Eh. Predictable and derivative of better movies. Not totally bad, and Rainn Wilson does have his moments, but all together, it’s just another late summer entry that doesn’t offer anything new to the moviegoer.

More Rain

Yay!  I’m really liking this wet summer of ours.