Tuesday, April 11, 2017

LWB 2017

I think I may have forgotten to mention that I am going on a service trip later this month to Guatemala with Librarians Without Borders.

There's a Facebook page where you can like us and follow us.  I'm not on FB any more, but I may be pictured in upcoming posts :)

I have been busy with my sub-group, working up programming for the 7th - 10th graders.  I am the designated Spanish speaker in my group (wish me luck, I'm a bit rusty).   What does that mean?  I've been practicing reading aloud in Spanish - the first chapter of A Monster Calls - as well as translating instructions and programming information (lucky for me the book we're using with the kids was already available in Spanish so I didn't have to translate that!), buying books to donate to the school and packing.

Oh, and I've also been reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed, because critical pedagogy is the philosophy behind the school and the LWB project.  I think it's hilarious that I am reading this book.

Because I purchased so many books to donate, I have to take two suitcases.  I'm making sure that what I will be bringing home fits in just one so I can leave the second one behind.

That means that right now I'm testing space with one for my stuff:

And one for books:

I wasn't going to buy so many books, but my employer is supporting me both professionally and financially, which meant I had a personal budget allocation that could go for donations.

Needless to say, I'm super excited.  We'll be mostly in Quetzaltenango, but we're going to see Lake Atitlan and Antigua too.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Lulu is 3

My granddaughter turns 3 tomorrow (my dad's birthday). There was a party yesterday.

Masks were made - they were very popular.

Worn doubled up, even.

It was a beautiful day, so there was some outside time.

I used to have a day-care person who said if the kids weren't dirty by the end of the day they couldn't have had any fun.

Lulu knows how to have fun.

Opening packages is so much fun.

And perhaps the most amazing thing?

She had a polka-dotted cake.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Thankful for Thoughtfulness

I received the most delightful gifts today. All were wrapped in very special, personalized paper.

Each had a wonderful hand-knit card.

Three spectacularly thoughtful books.

I don't know why I didn't take pictures at our pizza-party, which was at Punch ... but there will be more opportunities for photos this week so I will try to post kid pics this weekend.

Monday, March 27, 2017


I went to DC to see Boy-child Saturday.  Actually, I went Friday night because they don't have the Saturday morning flight to National any more :(

Of course I had to take advantage of the trip to pop into Fibre Space.  Such a fabulous store.

We had lunch at Lyon Hall in Arlington.  It was yummy.

Boy-child humored me and we went to the Folger Shakespeare Library which was FABULOUS.

I don't know why I'd never been before.

It's cherry blossom time right now.

Now I'm back home with my newly acquired Miss Babs Yowza in Zinfandel.   

I would say I wish we had Miss Babs available here in Minnesota, but I think it's a good thing we don't.  The sock yarns are wonderful.  I have high hopes for the Yowza.

Friday, March 24, 2017


Girl-child mentioned to me, possibly a bit accusatorially, that I haven't posted in a long time.

So here's an update.

I totally fell off the wagon and bought some linen yarn which I hope will become either a tank or a summer cardigan:

#Resist activities continue.  I asked The Girls to design a stamp with a "pussy bites back" theme.  They came up with a great one.  For the record, Zazzle wouldn't print it.  We purchased them through Shutterfly.

I also went to my first postcard-signing open house.  A knitting buddy has them regularly.  It was fun; made me feel good too.

I got my resist pin but am disappointed by how many people think it's a cute kitty pin.  I may have to get the tattoo, if nothing else to let people know that I'm serious.

I hosted a slumber party recently with The Girls and the grandkids.  Soon there will be another with just the kids.

We always have fun either way.  OK, maybe a little more fun when The Girls are away because we are a little lax when Nana is the only adult >:)

I was recently in Atlanta for work.  It went well.  Tonight I'm hoping to make it to D.C. so I can have lunch with Boy-child tomorrow.  I used to go and return in one day but they don't have the 7am departure any more...

Whilst in Atlanta I went to the High Museum.  They had this buggy textile piece which I liked a lot.

Also in art, we have a fabulous Guillermo del Toro exhibit at MIA right now.  I highly recommend it.

Poe is there, and Lovecraft too.

I discovered the Goldfish Memory shawl and have added it to my list of projects I want to knit.  Right now I'm favoring this color combo.

I finished the first of a pair of Phalangees but I'm not sure if I'll make the second one.  I'm afraid it's kind of big (I have very small wrists) and a sproingy yarn would have been better for the pattern.  This is one of my knitting goals for the year: matching up yarns to patterns.  Alas, good matches are still sometimes elusive.

I do like the pattern; it's very clever.