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And a quick(?) note

February 5th, 2006 (02:13 am)

current mood: melancholy

...... (what a way to start a post; at a loss for words. -_-;; ) Got an e-mail the other day from April; before I had a chance to write to her. I have no idea why I've been so reluctant to write. Maybe since I haven't written for so long now? Still, I was good and wrote back write away this time so maybe this could be considered as keeping my New Year's resolution to write to her? I did write afterall. *sigh*

She wrote back today (she's apparently going to Japan with hubby for a short while this year and wanted to know where to go) so I'll have to write back again tomorrow. *gloom*

BUT. Enough of that.

Today's alkie experiment was an ice wine & brandy mixed drink. Interesting and not bad. However, I don't drink brandy normally (I've had the odd sip to taste when a recipe calls for using brandy) so I think I'd rather go with a late harvest wine or a true ice wine. I wonder if we have any more "test the waters" bottles left. They're... usually fun. (Remembers the lychee liqueur). ^^;

Mystery Shawl #3's group doesn't seem to be moving much yet. I wonder if lots of people haven't gotten their supplies yet to start swatching. I know I'm still waiting for my yarn. And since that's not moving, I'd been looking at the various yarn shops and free patterns on the web... my eyes are going to pop out one of these days. Some of the shawls on the 'net are absolutely gorgeous! I wish I could knit like that! Of course, I'm still in my first baby steps so I've a long ways to go. -_-; But, after a couple of days of just looking, I decided doing that wasn't getting my lack of knitting skills anywhere, so I picked up the needles again.

I've started the very beginnings of the great cashmere afghan project and hope it'll work out all right. (The Barkarole is wonderful to work with!) The problem with the project though, is that I don't understand the instructions very well at a certain point (that I'm rapidly approaching). I'm hoping female sibling will understand and be able to help. I think I'm supposed to fold my knitting in half and join the initial row with the current row together and then continue the rest of the pattern. At least that's how it sounds. I'm sort of wondering if I should have left that part out of the pattern since it's probably not really needed in an afghan compared to a shawl. Oh well. ^^;

But, if there's something good that came from all the swatching I'd done for the past while, I seem to be getting a little control over tension. Not great yet, but getting better. Of course, I might be deluding myself too. ^^; The other thing is, I'm slowly learning how to get the pattern row on the great afghan project done without making a pin cushion of my finger. This is good. It might also mean I'll be able to stop using a thimble eventually. ^^;

Otherwise, we finally got to see FMA the movie. It was interesting. It had good points, funny points, sweet points... all in all I think I liked it. I'll have to watch it again later though.


Posted by: Lina (chibi_plum)
Posted at: February 5th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
FMA-Stand alone

Hmmm...the FMA movie. Yeah, I need to watch it again in order to figure out if I really liked it as well. I've been putting that off, and trying to get through Bleach, which has finally sparked some interest. Just one more series for me to be addicted to. ^^;;

But the FMA movie had a completely different feel from the TV series, and I had a hard time getting over the ending because I had already imagined 10 other possible endings that I thought were better. =/ But, that's only my opinion. I have the 'special', and I need to watch that. It's like a recap of the entire series, but I hear there are some things in it about Dante and Greed that you wouldn't know from the TV series...so...I will get to it eventually.

E-mails...lol. I used to have a lot of trouble responding to them, but since I am at work all day long...they have become the highlight of my days. *snorts* I have trouble sitting down to write certain ones because I am very talkative, and can go on and on without the slightest bit of reservation, but thanks for putting so much time and effort into writing me all of those times. T_T

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: February 9th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)

Yeah, that movie was a bit strange. A couple hours after I finished watching it, I wondered if I really liked it or not. Definitely an odd feeling. ^^; (BTW, believe me when I say the e-mails were my pleasure). ^_^

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: February 5th, 2006 12:20 pm (UTC)
APOD November 22 2003 - Eclipse

I sometimes get intimidated by the knitting patterns, but really, once you can knit, purl, yarnover, decrease (and maybe graft), you have all the skills you need. The rest is not getting overwhelmed by the pattern. Which can be a tall order.

On the afghan, it's the hem that you're just about finished? If so, then your interpretation sounds right to me, also.

mmmmm… cashmere… *dreamy sigh*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: February 9th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)

*laughs* What's the old saying... "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread?" In some ways it might be a good thing that I don't know enough to be afraid of anything out there and just think "Oooh nice pattern. I want to try that". ^^; I'll learn better sooner or later (although I am wary about cables after the first great knitting attempt crashed and burned). :P

It was indeed the hem as I discovered. The female sibling unit picked out the original stitches from the throw-away yarn cast-on and knit the two together for me after I decided it would be a royal pain. Oh, and I think grafting will come up at the end with the second hem. Urk.

I need to sit down and do more knitting rather than stare at pretty patterns I keep finding on the 'net. ^^;;

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 6th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
Hmmm Curious

hey ur japanese right well my family sayz were moving to japan from new york in about 7 months and i desperately need to learn!! plzzz help T_T

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: February 9th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmmm Curious

If you want to learn and have the wherewithal (financially and academically) to do so, I'd suggest checking with your local school board or local college/university and see if they offer evening basic Japanese language classes. If that doesn't work, see if you have a local chapter for the Japanese Association and see what they might offer. (Our local association here offers Japanese language school). If *that* doesn't work, if you have a local Japanese grocery store or bookstore, check the boards there and see if someone has posted looking for a language exchange partner (ie. where you teach them English they teach you Japanese). And if all that doesn't work, there are teach yourself books and I believe there are internet sites as well that teach Japanese, but it'll take a bit of hunting to find something that'll work for you. 'Japanese for Busy People' is a popular series for foreigners in Japan (for those not taking classes), but I suspect it's also geared more towards adult learners. Adults and youths/young adults learn differently though, so do be aware that it might not be best suited for you. (There are lots of different booksets and even software available for learning).

Oh! Almost forgot; you can also check with the local Buddhist church and see if they might have something available as well or have some suggestions. This is a bit of a long shot though.

Good luck!

Posted by: jan (midnightstar14)
Posted at: February 8th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)

Sorry if this comment seems very random, but I was reading some stuff at your site with the Fruits Basket info, and I had some questions, and this was the only way I could think of for trying to contact you. When I finished reading the character profiles you put up from the Neko Fanbook, I was wondering if you could tell me the other Fruits Basket characters who's names are derived from months and what month is it. I always found this rather interesting, and you seem to be the only person who's site I've been to that seems to know this. If it's too much of a hassle, I don't mind if you can't tell me, but thank you if you do. =)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: February 10th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)

Other than in the Neko Fanbook, there's a bit of information about the names and what month they're derived from in the author notes in Vol 14. It goes somehing like this:

Dec - Yuki; And while it's at the very beginning, Yuki's an exception and not from the name of a month. There was no good sounding name and the sound of "yuki" came to mind.

Jan - Hatsuharu (Hatsuharu)
Feb - Kisa (Kisaragi)
Mar - Kureno (Kurenoharu)
Apr - Hatori (Konohatoridzuki)
May - Ayame (Ayamedzuki)
Jun - Isuzu (Isuzukuredzuki)
Jul - Hiro (Fumihirogetsuki)
Aug - Ritsu (Odakaritsuki)
Sep - Momiji (Momijitsuki)
Oct - Shigure (Shiguredzuki)
Nov - Kagura (Kaguradzuki)

Posted by: jan (midnightstar14)
Posted at: February 11th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
Jan loves Shigure!!!

I haven't seen Vol. 14 yet (in English anyways), so I didn't know they spoke of it in there. Thank you very much!!! (^_^)

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