Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Knitting Update: I'm working on this for my brother-in-law's sister [query: is she my "sister-in-law" or are we too far removed?] who is expecting a boy in late summer. Lana Grossa Merino 2000 (one of my all-time fave yarns).

I also finished these this weekend. These will be Momogus Knits Basic Baby Caps once we get pictures taken. Rowan Cashsoft DK, which is so dreamy to work with it'll make you cry. These are muy cute, eh??

Baseball Update: My Phillies are going to give me a heart attack one of these days [that's actually not really an update, since this happens every single year]. First they win in dramatic fashion, then they lose in dramatic fashion, then they win in dramatic fashion, then they lose, etc etc. It doesn't help that their closer Tom Gordon got injured, then Opening Day starting pitcher Brett Myers declared he was the new closer and went gangbusters until he blew out his shoulder. So now the Phillies have no closer and are also minus one starting pitcher. Oy. The good news is that Ryan Howard is back and seems to have regained some of his MVP form.

Arts Update: I watched "Monsoon Wedding" this past week. It fed into my love of all things Indian and also was directed by Mira Nair, who directed "Mississippi Masala" which is one of my favorite favorite FAVORITE movies of all time. First I watched "Monsoon Wedding" twice, then I watched it with the director's commentary. I love watching movies with the director's commentary - does anyone else? I don't think I would like it with movies that I adore more than life because it would spoil it, but for movies that I liked I find it so interesting.

Bittersweet Update: This weekend we had the very last Memorial Day Picnic at our old house. This used to be a huge family tradition and involved many neighbors and friends and family and the Epic Peanut Hunt and hella Rice Krispie Marshmallow Treats and Mighty EsteeBall and was a great time. After about 25 years it became a little bit too much and was discontinued, but this year sister Laura decided that we would have one last blast at the dear old place because she is moving and my father is selling the house. I thought it might be too sad, but it ended up being a great day and a good send-off for the house, which my family has lived in for 40 years.

I tried to find the perfect, evocative image, but they were all too chaotic or required too much explanation. So here's one that made me smile. This is Gus with two pals enjoying a quiet moment AND some contraband ROOT BEER!!! God knows I am not anyone's model for feeding her child, but Gus does not drink soda. It's the one thing I put my foot down on. That and gum. But that wily guy took advantage of the chaos and enjoyed a delightful forbidden root beer. But now he is SO busted!!


Blogger Liz K. said...

What a poignant post. Your family blow-out sounds like a blast! Sad that is has to come to an end, but maybe it is just evolving into something else.

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a lovely picture. I love that boy (with his rootbeer!)

5:03 PM  
Blogger diana said...

Liz - boy, they were a blast! And this one was a blast too. I hope they do evolve into something else -that's a great way of thinking about it!

CG - can you believe him?

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the peanut hunt can be at YOUR house next year!

I understand the rootbeer was quite delicious!

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i actually have thought of doing another one. i can't think of anything else that blue thing could be. well the pi shawl would work. and i DO have the barbara walker so i could plan a shawl, one of epic design.

that was such a funny joke...lol

2:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

two of my fav director's commentaries are "The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou" and the french film "La Haine". if you rent "La Haine" do not watch the Jodie Foster introduction before the film.

10:26 AM  

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