Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Where does the time go?

These days, it goes mostly to reading this:


My mom read it and liked it, so I decided to give it a go too.  She found it interesting, having been a young woman at the time.  I like it too; it's a good time-travel story.  But the reason I'm spending so much time reading it is that it's a loooonngggg book:  849 pages!  And the Chicago Public Library only loans for 3 weeks.  I have a feeling I won't be able to renew it, since it's a new book, so I want to make sure to finish it on time.  Sadly, I'm a pretty slow reader.


The rest of my time has been going into finishing The Sweater, and I'm almost there.  Those two collars took forever to knit, and I was further slowed down by having to sew them on as I went in order to determine the length needed.  But I've finally gotten past that and am at the point of the final seaming:


Who ever thought sewing together would be a relief?!

I've also been trying to deal with a First World Problem (thank you to Hubby for introducing me to that!).  Our AC gave up the ghost and looks like it will need to be replaced.  Not usually a big deal, except that our condenser is on the ROOF of our 4-story building, accessible only by ladder as far as we know.  What a brilliant builder, right?  So we've had no AC in this heatwave and I haven't been able to find anyone to sell us a new one.  Thus actual knitting and sewing have come to a screeching halt, and I find myself only able to handle the sweater for seaming for very short amounts of time.

But I have nail polish to play with!  Here's a new one, from the OPI Holland Collection, called A Roll in the Hague:


A pretty, hot red-orange.  Sadly, the formula was one of the worst I've experienced - ever.  Very patchy, and application was made even more difficult because I bought the set of minis.  I thought I was doing myself a favor, because I'm not a fan of the OPI brush.  But the mini brush was terrible!  Live and learn!

16 comments:

  1. I am on strike and refuse to cut the A/C on in March, I don't care how much I sweat! Your home is 4 stories?! Wow. We can't go over 3 stories here due to hurricanes.
    I have seen that book on Amazon so thanks for the recommendation, I will have to order it.
    I popped over to check out First World Problem...I may be in trouble! :)

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    1. No, our building is 4 stories - we're in a townhome and have the 3rd and 4th floors, so we're the "lucky" ones with the AC on the roof!

      I have to admit, my attitude toward the heat has changed greatly since The Menopause! I used to love it, but now can't stand it! Only a few more days though I think, and then we're back to more normal weather.

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  2. Out West the AC was always on the roof. When we moved here I was surprized to see them on the ground.
    Your sweater is going to be a wonderful garment to wear.
    Well, when the temps are in the 80s that is.
    hugs
    Gerry

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    1. I think it will be quite wonderful. I think it will become my new cozy sweater for when I go on an airplane!

      Maybe not so strange to have the AC on the roof, but certainly strange to limit access to it!

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    2. They are not easily replaced, that's for certain.

      I believe the reason they were on the roof is that they replaced the evaporative coolers that were installed on the roof.

      It was practical to have them up there so that the evaporation of the water in the cooler pads was more efficient in the sunshine. We grew up in the Southern California desert. Hot ! Hot! HOT!

      The duct work was already in place for the evap cooler and the ac's were just set there when they replaced the coolers.

      TMI ! ! !

      hugs

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  3. I'm surprised that you're a slow reader given your speed in knitting. :)The sweater is coming along nicely, and I love the color of the polish. My $OPI Glee polishes are minis too, and they have the thinnest brush I've ever seen!

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    1. I think it's a combo of ADD plus my love of language - when I come across a well-crafted sentence, I often read it over and over!

      The brush on this one was not only tiny, but splayed at the end, so it was next to impossible to get an even edge. Grrrrr!

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  4. Can't wait to see your sweater!! You nails look great!

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  5. Arghhh... I'm a slow reader, too, and try as I might, I can't seem to speed it up. Oh well, it doesn't deter either one of us from tackling large tomes, does it! Love your nails!

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    1. I'm glad to know I'm in good company! I've always been a little embarrassed by it :-)

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  6. Knittinnnnnng! Here in New Zealand it's the perfect weather for knitting. I'm so itching to make a sweater but only one snag- I don't know how! I shall live vicariously through you for now! :) Looking good!

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    1. You can do it, Jo! You just need to choose a simple pattern! You've already made a couple of complicated projects! A sweater is just bigger :-)

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  7. Thank you for FWP, I pretty much laughed non-stop. For new releases my library lets you have it for one week only. Normally I can finish a book in a week, but just knowing I have to makes me bonkers, such pressure. That is my FWP.

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    1. Really gives you perspective, doesn't it?

      Wow, one week is so little! I guess I can stop being mad at Chicago - at least for that!

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