Saturday morning, 10 below
You get the picture. I will have to venture out to the grocery store this morning, and then it's going to be a soup day. I haven't decided what kind yet. I do believe tomorrow will be soup redux, as it isn't going to be much better, and I may as well fill the freezer and have some choices for next week's lunches.
Honestly, there must be something wrong with my nose. There are two things that I have been smelling a lot lately and most of the time it's for no good reason. One is cigarette smoke (I'm smelling it now, which is why the mention) and the other is exhaust. It's not stale, icky, old smoke, it's more like someone is standing a few feet away and it's wafting under my nose, "fresh," if you will, and not unpleasant to this ex-smoker -- I never developed an aversion; thankfully, it doesn't seem to trigger any urges. It is annoying. Even when I did smoke, I never smoked in the house. The exhaust smell is very unpleasant and stings my nose; I've actually gone to see if there's some old truck parked right outside my door, choking the neighborhood. So weird. Why can't I smell a freshly bathed baby or fresh-baked bread?
Tomorrow may also be an unscheduled Pajama Day -- though I will have to change into my "lucky" Green & Gold attire for Ice Bowl II tomorrow evening! I've been meaning to mention the upcoming Super International Pajama Day (third annual?), which falls on Super Bowl Sunday. I love Celia and I love Pajama Day!
And now, my last pitch for the ABC-Along 2008 and a few more links.
First: Deadline for inclusion in the Flickr group and on the blogroll is midnight tonight. I have no control over the Ravelry group, so we'll just have to see how that goes. There are new people joining Ravelry all the time, so maybe they'll want to jump in... play catch up or pick up at whatever point they get their invite or discover it, maybe someone will decide to do only vowels or the letters in their first name. Whatever. I hope they have fun with it.
Second: While I do run a loose ship and participants may do whatever they wish, I do wish to say that my intent – what I had in my mind – was ONE well-chosen THING for each letter, though possibly several pictures to illustrate that thing, not twenty different things for each letter. It forces one to be choosy and disciplined – what is the BEST representation of YOU for a given letter. I did not choose my words very carefully, however, and left the door wide open, and neither did I set any limits to how many pictures can be uploaded. I'm not going to go changing the "rules," but it's something to keep in mind and I think, in the end, it would be a much more powerful body of work, both as a whole and as a representation for each participant.
That's all. Except for a few more blog links that tickle and/or inspire: 1001 Arabian Knits, Art is the Handmaid of Human Good, Dalai Mama, Knitphomaniacs, Knitting and Sewing and All Forms of Procrastination..., Will Knit for Vodka, Will Pillage for Yarn, Yarn and Chocolate, and Yarn Mafia.