The Adventures of an Aussie Girl in Albuquerque

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

It's Back

For all my fans of the fabulous "Ten Facts on a Thursday" - IT'S BACK.
So without further ado....

1. I've just finished reading "A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey. You know, the one that was hailed as a masterpiece when it was released and then as a piece of rubbish when they found out that some of the work was fiction. Well, whether it was true or not I enjoyed the book (I must have, it only took me about 2 weeks to read it). At first I thought it was pretty full on (it's pretty graphic in it's descriptions and let me tell it's not pretty) but I think once I got over that I was able to really get into it. It was a pretty amazing story considering how out of control he was. I'd definitely recommend it (I've sent it to Jo if anyone in Oz wants to borrow it).

2. I've finished knitting my broadripple socks and they are in transit on the way to Australia. I hope they fit and that Agnes likes them. I'll post some photos once they have arrived at their destination.

3. Seeing as though I'm into knitting small things at the moment, I'm in the process of making some hand warmers. And because I'm the dork that I am they are going to be two different colours. I actually didn't intend for it to happen that way, but when I realised I didn't have quite enough for the second one I didn't really have much of a choice. Oh well, some extra colour will cheer me up in winter.

4. Last night we watched the AFI's count down of the 100 most inspirational movies of all time. This meant listening to Brad for three hours saying "How did that movie make the list?" and "That's not inspirational movie - now (fill in the blank) was an inspirational movie". And I must admit I did agree with him about a lot of their choices. I think he was most disappointed that "Schindlers List" only made number three, which is pretty funny seeing as though he never even wanted to see it. Since I made him watch it with me earlier this year, it has now made it into his top five movies of all time!

5. Tonight we are heading off to salsa dancing lessons. That's right - you read it correctly. We've been talking about it for a while now (well I've been doing most of the talking) and UNM has some classes running for the next 8 weeks. Hopefully there won't be too many squashed toes tomorrow.

6. Last Saturday was world wide knit in public day. I ended up heading down to the Flying Star on Rio Grande to join some fellow knitters and knit proudly in public. We knit for a while and then headed out to Edgewood for the Fibre and Farm Tour which was great. Jeannie, Pamela and I made it to 6 different studios and farms where we saw demonstrations of weaving, spinning, yarn dyeing. I bought some alpaca yarn which is just so soft I can't wait to knit with it. It is a yummy caramel colour and the best part was that I got the see the alpaca it actually came from. The tour also inspired me to try my hand at dyeing some of my own yarn. I think I'll start with some basic kool aid dyeing (for those in Oz, kool aid is like a powdered form of cordial - think tang). Hey, you can only try these things right?

7. Brad is at the dentist today. The bad news is that a tooth that he received a filling in about 6 months has broken again and needs to be refilled. The good news is that the electric toothbrushes we invested in 6 months ago seem to be paying off. Brad said his cleaning went well yesterday - no stabbing and bleeding like the last time. Lets hope mine goes just as well next month.

8. Our Seattle trip is all booked, including our train tickets to Vancouver for an overnight stay. I can't wait! I think I'll even begin the official countdown - 15 days to go!!!!

9. Good news - we found an equivalent to ice-magic! During our New York trip we were reminiscing with Simone and Tim about eating ice-magic as a kid (how you would put that bit extra in the bowl so it would freeze and you'd be left with a nice big chunk of chocolate). Well the other week we found Magic Shell - ok, it's not as good (doesn't freeze so well in the bottom of the bowl) but on a hot summers night it does the trip. (By the way, they also have Reeses peanut butter flavour).

10. Charlotte continues to keep growing and changing so quickly - I wish I was there to see it. She is now eating 3 meals a day and has learnt to sit up by herself. I've put some photos of her up by my computer at work so that I can see her everyday (though I'm sure she looks much different now)!


  • At 3:29 PM, Blogger jeannie said…

    If you want any help with dyeing, let me know. I even have pans that I use for it that you're welcome to borrow. And left over Kool Aid packs that I'll not use. Let me know at Napoli or call me at work. (I'm in the campus directory.)


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