22 July 2011

The First of Many History Trips

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

"Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.

"We are met on a great battle-field of that war.

"We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.

"It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

"But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground.

"The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.

"The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us

"—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion

"—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain

"—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom

"—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

- Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863

(Translation: The boy and I went to Gettysburg. It was awesome.)

12 July 2011

Adjustment Issues

I'm going to come right out and say it... I'm having trouble adjusting to summer. The time, the complete and utter lack of any sort of finite schedule, the, well... freedom of it all has made me nervous.

I've been trying to relax. Trying to keep that little monkey in brain that keeps screaming "YOU'RE FORGETTING SOMETHING!" at bay. Remind myself that I worked my ass off this year, it's okay to really relax, that it shouldn't feel unnatural.

Some knitting in the hammock has helped a bit... it at least keeps my hands and mind busy. I've started knitting a Leisel out of the Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed... a yarn I can tell you right now I wish I had bought way more of before it went off the market. I love it. It is soft, knits up warm, and has that delightful tweedy look that I so love.

So far, so good. It took me a few tries to get started however, as my printer was running out of ink when I printed the pattern. As a result, the shaded block in the chart that means "no stitch" looked just like another knit stitch. There was much grinding and gnashing of teeth when least three times, I started off, got to row three, and got really confused when I reached the end of the stitches before I was supposed to.

What could I be doing wrong?!

Well, silly me. It took me three full frogs and another false start later to even think of taking a second look at the PDF version. And there it was, clear as day. "NO STITCH."


Well, that flub behind me, I'm well into my fifth repeat of the chart, and as it turns out, it's a relatively quick, relatively easy knit, and is doing the job of easing me into full relaxation mode... slowly.

Baby steps.

For now, back to the hammock, to concentrate on keeping my worries at bay.

08 July 2011

Of Weddings and Nice Shoes

Careful centerpieces...

My "Elle Woods" Shoes...

Splashes of color off the patio...

Champagne ready to toast the new married pair...

Sprawling and peaceful country club scenes as we celebrate inside...

Round that all out with a few calm nights at the Backyard Ale House with my boyfriend and some great friends, and the result is the end to a very successful, very exciting June.