Monday, April 29, 2013

Soap Box: One Life To Live & All My Children Return

Today marked the new era in soap operas. Well at least for former ABC long running soaps, All My Children & One Life To Live. Absent for over a year, Prospect Park launched the reboots today on Hulu, Hulu Plus & iTunes.

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God help you if you are new to the show. Chapter 1, Part 1 opened the series with a club launch, a lot of music, little dialogue, even more teenagers/younger crowd, and very few name drops. Oh yeah, and you have no idea how much time has passed between the end of the ABC run and today’s launch.

You can kind of guess on the time passed, as Natalie’s little boy, who was a baby when the show went black, is now toddling about and talking. I’m thinking maybe 3-4 years old. Maybe 5. And speaking of Natalie, she is still the worst character and actress on the show. At least in this first 28 minutes.

The teen set has grown up. I think. They are in the club drinking and dancing. Apparently Matthew has become Danni’s dealer of Oxy. Destiny has grown taller and skinnier (shame on you PP for recasting her and sending out a message of thin is in). There is a new kid on the block, Jeffery King (one of the few names dropped).

Vicki is basking in the glow of Dorian’s senatorial downfall, while Clint is off of house arrest thanks to Tea. Speaking of Tea, she is apparently mourning the loss of her and Victor’s child (a carry over from General Hospital?).

Cutter is now a club manager/promoter at the reinvented Capricorn now Shelter, which Blair owns. I am going to assume the younger set is all of age since they were drinking up a storm and she didn’t seem to mind.

There was an awkward dance sequence between Natalie & Cutter that I am going to try to forget.

Nothing like opening up a soap opera reboot with a murder & tattoo mystery. At least that’s what I think happened. It all seemed so choppy.

Nora & Bo seemed totally ill at ease. Bo calls out Matthew for drugs (he found the Oxy) and Matthew just storms out, while Nora just sits there and basically does nothing.

And to show that they are in the “big time” and not on network, they drop the word “shit” and flirt with the boundaries of nudity. Hello Natalie dropping her dress and curling up on the couch with a blanket barely covering her and her spiked heels. What?

There is a nice surprise at the end that people like me will like. What I would call a “Big” return.

I was not too impressed with the first episode. It left me with so many questions in a span of 28 minutes. And then I find out that there are only going to be four new episodes a week with an occasional Friday recap. Say what? I wish they would put out a “What’s happened since” episode or blog post or something. At this rate it is going to take a year to figure out what the hell is going on. Especially since the writers don’t appear to like to write much dialogue.

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Five years has passed since JR showed up to the festivities with a gun and gun shots rang out. You sort of get a glimpse of what happened, David wrestling with the gun and who I assume is JR. But, you never really find out what really happened. Whatever it was has Ace or AJ in a tizzy and not wanting to talk about it. It appears he’s living with Brooke & Adam & his BFF is Miranda. All grown up. But at least you know it’s been five years.

I will give credit to the writers for the line Petey had about t.v. being online. Nice. Petey or Peter is some sort of Silicon Valley app mogul. Yeah, I am not sure I get it either since you can get free courses from iTunes U on building apps. He was summoned back to town by mama Opal to try and save Cortland Electronics and only decides to stick around because he bumped into some sort of high school/college tween on the street named Celia. Who may or may not be responsible for handing out condoms at a girls school? Facts of Life with a twist.

Someone has been lying in a hospital bed for five years, but we don’t know who. It could be Tad, whom Dixie was maudlin over in a photo. Or it could be JR. Nobody knows.

Jessie has a surprised planned for Angie. Cassandra is set to come home. Only we find out she didn’t get picked up and someone has her phone, which they smashed. Could be because it was a Blackberry. At least it looked like a Blackberry.

We do know that David has been in jail for five years and is not out and heading home. I assume he is still married to Cara and I am not sure what happened to their unborn child (at least I think I remember he being pregnant at the end of the ABC run). But before he gets home, he hits the cemetery where he blames a dead person for his time behind bars, but sheds a tear. I didn’t think heartless people cried.

So who died? And who’s comatose (and will undoubtedly be awakened by snake charmer David)?

I was slightly more impressed with AMC’s debut. It answered a few questions, but still a recap of what happened would be nice.

Oh and AMC is also playing with the bounds of nudity and language. So, there’s that.

Did you catch the new episodes of OLTL & AMC? Were you impressed? Are you happy they are back? Hit the comments and let me know.

Free online episodes are available at Hulu (with ten episodes available without a subscription). You can purchase them online through iTunes & if you subscribe to Hulu Plus, all episodes will be available. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The One Looking Forward

Well I can't believe I made it to the end! I almost fell off the wagon last night, but I eeked it out just in time to have it count for the day.

From Eskimimi Makes:

4kcbwday7 Looking Forward One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?

Here are a few of my hopes:

  • Socks! - I want to knit a pair of socks. 
  • Photoshop - I want to get a handle on Photoshop. Really take the time to explore it and have better photos to share.
  • Organization. - I want to have a better system for organizing patterns & projects.
  • Go Big or Go Home. - I want to have finished a BIG project. Something like a shawl or wrap. Maybe a blanket (baby steps). I don't want everything to be dishcloths and baby hats.
I feel like I am getting to a place where I feel comfortable with crafting again. A few weights are off my shoulders and things are falling into place.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The One with the Coveted Tool

From Eskimimi Makes:

4KCBWDAY6 - A Tool To Covet Write about your favourite knitting or crochet (or spinning, etc) tool. It can either be a tool directly involved in your craft (knitting needles or crochet hook) or something that makes your craft more pleasurable – be it a special lamp, or stitch markers.

I didn't really have to think to hard about my most coveted tool.

I love my Chibi needles & case. I keep my needles along with a interchangeable needle wrench in there.

I am that odd knitter that enjoys to weave in ends and this is my go to needle. I would be lost without it.

Sorry for the lack of links, I am using the iPad & the app is pretty bare bones.

Friday, April 26, 2013

The One That's Different

From Eskimimi Makes:

4KCBWDAY5 Something A Bit Different It’s the annual challenge to blog in a way different to how you normally blog. You may choose to create a podcast, or vlog, create a wordless post or write in verse. You've already stretched your wings with an infographic, now it's time to freestyle. You can post on any topic you like, but be sure to post in a style different from your usual blog presentation.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The One with Color Tendencies

Welcome to Day 4!

From Eskimimi Makes:

4KCBWDAY4 Colour ReviewWhat are your favourite colours for knitted or crocheted projects. Have a think about what colours you seem to favour when yarn shopping and crafting.

Only after writing this part of your post should you then actually look to see what colours you have used in your projects. Make a quick tally of what colours you have used in your projects over the past year and compare it to the colours you have written about. Compare this, in turn, to the colours that are most dominant in your yarn stash – do they correlate?

Now think back to your house animal - do the colours you have chosen relate to your animal in anyway - if you are in the house of peacock, for example, are your projects often multicoloured and bright?

My initial gut response is neutrals! Grey mostly, but some ivory, white, navy. Navy's a neutral right?  But that's not really all that correct. I love to look at the purples. Always the purples. A few blue & green skeins catch my eye. Lately orange has been on my radar. But that could just be an anomaly. I think it is because it is bright and this year has seemed so dark. That also could be an anomaly considering I rarely turn on lights. Meh...on to the task at hand.

In reality the only color I ever really rule out is pink. I just don't like pink.

Looking in my stash, I think I am pretty varied in the colors I have. A little bit of everything.

Some grey, taupe, red, purple, a little variegated. Good range.

Red, green, black, more purple variegated.

Some dishcloth yarn, purple & blues, some bright hippy dippy oh and hey look, some pink.

There's the grey. And the purple. Actually those two purple tones & the grey are for a Color Affection.

Brown, purple, some greeny baby yarn.

See, I am pretty well rounded. This by no way begins to showcase my stash. These were just a few drawers that were somewhat organized and not blocked by piles of crap!

What are your color tendencies? Hit the comments and let me know.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The One with the Infographic(s)

Today's assignment is sort of right up my alley.

From Eskimimi Makes:

4kcbwday3 Infographic 
There are many ways of conveying information on a blog; text and images being the two most widely used. Many infographics combine both these elements to provide a visual way of presenting text information.

I got to do something that I love...look at statistics and make some visuals. Now I didn't have a ton of time to spend on it, with work and all that jazz. And by all that jazz, I mean wasted hours on the Internet.

Since I had limited time, I chose to look at my pattern library on Ravelry. There is some discrepancy between the number they record versus the number when you go in to search your pattern. I used the number 1,321, although I believe the number of patterns is actually over 2,000. Potato, Potato.

Here is how the breakdown looks between knit and crochet patterns.

Obviously, I knit way more than I crochet, which is good because I label myself a Knitter.

Looking at the types of patterns, we see this...

I am not sure what components are and since it was such a small percentage, I didn't really delve into it too much. What I did look at was Accessories. I can tell you that the clothing is mostly baby items, the toys/hobbies are mostly stuffed animal types and the home category probably has a lot of dishcloths and some blanket patterns.

I can also tell you that people label their patterns with multiple tags and some of them stretch the terms quite a bit.

There are a few surprising things in this graphic. First, I do not recall having ever downloading a belt pattern, nor have I ever had the need to knit a belt. Second, I don't knit jewelry either and third, one of those Other Headwear is just supposed to be Other. And Ravelry doesn't recognize that Head Wear is two words, not one.

Looking at the two largest categories, I first looked and Feet & Legs...

I find it hilarious that 61% of my Feet/Legs patterns are socks. I have never knit a pair of socks. Well not adult socks. I knit one pair of baby socks and one mini sock and neither of those patterns are in my Ravelry library. Further, I have only knit two pairs of booties, yet it accounts for 22% of my total feet/legs patterns.

Looking at the oddly named Neck/Torso, we see

I could have told you that I have a lot of scarf patterns. I can tell you that I am surprised I have so many cowl patterns as I have only ever knit three. I could not ever have told you that I had three necktie patterns, where only one is a necktie. Now I don't know why I have this pattern. I looked at it and it is a pathetic attempt at reclaiming the wonder that was the 1985 skinny tie that all the cool guys wore and their girlfriends stole for 1986. I can tell you that one of the patterns under necktie is in fact a scarf that I knit as was called an ascot in the pattern title. Potato, Potato. I can also tell you that I have knit exactly zero shawls/wraps. I have great ambition, yet little motivation. Perhaps I should have done a study on that.

I can tell you that I plan on keeping this in the back of my mind and exploring further my tendencies, so the likely hood of seeing more infographics is great.

Did you do the study? Did you discover something about yourself? Hit the comments and let me know.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The One with A Mascot Project

From Eskimimi Makes:

Day Two (Tuesday April 23rd): A Mascot Project.
Your task today is to either think of or research a project that embodies that house/animal. It could be a knitting or crochet pattern – either of the animal itself or something that makes you think of the qualities of that house. Alternatively it could be a type or colour of yarn, or a single button. Whatever you choose, decide upon a project and blog about how and why it relates to your house/creature. You do not have to make this project! It is simply an exercise in blogging about how you come to decide upon what projects to make. Try and blog about the journey which inspiration and investigating patterns, yarns, stitches, (etc) can often guide you through. You may wish to make a collage or 'mood board' to present several ideas, or even sketch out your own design.

If you recall from yesterday, I took up residence in the House of Manatee. So I have spent the day thinking of comforting, soft, cuddly items for today's "assignment". I am not much of an artist so I did not attempt to draw anything, but my imagination ran wild for a while.

I posted that I really thought I should be in the House of ManaBEE and I considered knitting a black and yellow striped manatee to be my mascot. Then I quickly changed my mind when I realized I would have to knit it on size one needles in the round. No thanks. That doesn't sound too comfortable to me.

I started thinking about all of my works in progress. You know those projects I show once or twice and are never seen or heard of again. Yeah, those. I decided that perhaps I would spend my summer working on a couple of them and throw in a few new ones to mix it up a bit.

First I plan on knitting the Grow Old with Me sweater in size 18 months for my little nephew Ryker's first birthday in September. I think 18 months will get him through winter. Here is the yarn for that.

It's Berroco Vintage. I just couldn't quite bring myself to purchasing the Flyers orange for the stripe, so I chose something a little closer to Penguin's Vegas Gold. Hey, if Auntie doesn't influence him, his father will make sure he is a Flyer's fan.

That definitely fits the comfort, cuddly elements of the House of Manatee.

Also hitting those elements is the Brrr Bear that I have been working on since October.

Unfortunately I don't have a photo of it's blob like form. And that is mainly because I forgot where I put it. (and I am trying to get this done while watching the game)

I have been on something of a blanket craze lately. I see blankets and immediately think, "I want to make one of those". I tend to forget how long it takes to make a blanket. So I look for ones with interest, pieces, ease. And I still forget how freaking long they take to knit. doesn't stop me from starting. I started making garter squares...

The little ones go quickly, but you have to make 800 bajillion. The larger ones take longer but you only need 1 trillion. Okay I exaggerated, you only need 28 or so of the larger ones. I have a feeling I am going to go with the larger squares. They are super easy a series of KFB & K2TOG interspersed with regular old K.

I also have a super secret project that I cannot speak of.

More towards the Bee part of the Manabee is this little project I started on Sunday...

I am attempting to take this, ball of Meh

and turning it into...

Something cute and girly. This is trying to become the Fiesta Frock. I have my doubts that it will see the light of day. There are 204 stitches. Each round is 204 stitches. I have knit 12 rounds or 2,448 stitches. Actually I have knit 2,244 stitches and purled 204. It's Tuesday. I'm not even close to being 10% done. You see my dilemma with the beedome right? Flitting off to another project seems VERY likely.

Maybe I should have just planned on knitting the yellow & black manatee with feelers.

So what are you working on as your mascot project? Oh and if you have any fabulous blanket patterns, let me know, I would love to add them to my knitting brain. You know, the one that can do everything!

Monday, April 22, 2013

The One with the House Cup

I wanted to take part in the Knit & Crochet Blog Week last year, but as is my m.o., I waited too long & forgot all about it. This year, I put it on my calendar.

The first "topic" is to pick your House.

From Eskimimi:

A bit like Harry Potter, but not quite, this year’s Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is split into 4 houses. Don your favourite knitted or crocheted hat and let it guide you to which house you will be in.

The House of Bee: Bees are busy and industrious, but can flit from one interesting project to the next as bright and shiny things capture their interest.

The House of Manatee: Manatees are gentle, calm and cuddly. Relaxed and unflashy they represent the comfort and soft side of knitting and crochet.

The House of Monkey: Intelligent and with a fun loving side, Monkeys like to be challenged with every project presenting them with something new and interesting.

The House of Peacock: Peacocks take something good and make it brilliant. Buttons, embellishments and a bit of sparkle prove that perfection lies in the details – like a Peacock's Tail.

I am not a Harry Potter enthusiast, so I am not sure what the "house" thing really is, but I spent a lot of time studying the different Knit/Crochet Houses.

I have chosen the...

I am pretty calm & relaxed. Actually I have been so calm & relaxed, I haven't been knitting a whole lot! I am definitely not flashy & have a huge affection for all things comfy. And who can resist a cute manatee? Right?

It was hard because I so wanted to be a Monkey. And while I do like a challenge, I tend to shy away from them when knitting (hello welts & intarsia bag that was frogged as soon as it was cast on).

I kind of thought I might be a bee at first because I have been printing off pattern after pattern & feel the need to cast on a project with every pair of needles and every ball of yarn I own. (Hello three blankets in progress, teddy bear in progress, baby dress in progress, curtain in progress, wrap in progress, scarves in progress).

In the end I think I am more of a Manabee but for the week I am going to align myself with the sea cow, whom I am sure would love to wear sweats as much as I do (hello elastic waistband).

Who are you aligning with this week? Are you a flashy peacock, because I haven't seen any of those yet!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Bookmarks: NYPD Red

James Patterson & Marshall Karp

I picked up NYPD Red on a whim. I have long been a fan of the Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson and after reading the blurb on this book, thought it sounded like it would be a good read. I wasn’t wrong.


The Chameleon is writing his own script and acting it out in the real world. And what better time to do it than Hollywood on the Hudson week in New York City? When a movie producer turns up dead on day one, NYPD Red is called in to investigate. A special unit of the NYPD, Red is tasked with handling high profile cases. Detective Zach Jordan is called into action along with his new temporary partner and former love interest, Kylie MacDonald, who just happens to be married to a television producer. Once the bodies start to pile up, Jordan & MacDonald must act quickly to find a master of disguise before he reveals his big finale.

The story moved along at a very nice pace. It wasn’t filled with empty words & description. One thing I have always appreciated about James Patterson is his chapter lengths. They are short and begin and end at an appropriate place. He doesn’t feel the need to bog them down.


Detective Zach Jordan
                A very likable hero, Jordan is well grounded and good at his job. He is level headed and obviously a trusted detective. I really liked him. I wanted more of him in the book.

Detective Kylie MacDonald
                An irritating, rule bending, if not all out breaking hotshot, MacDonald borders on juvenile. It is clear from the minute she enters NYPD Red that she has not grown up.

The Chameleon/Gabriel Benoit
                A villain who truly sees himself as the writer/director/star of his own little movie. You are unsure if he is brilliant or delusional. Or perhaps a little bit of both.

Final Thoughts: 

I am hoping this book is the first of many NYPD Red books. It felt like the opening of a series. I feel invested in the characters, even Kylie MacDonald. There is a plethora of storylines waiting to be told among the rich and fabulous of New York.

As with most of Patterson’s books, I still wonder how much of it he actually wrote.

I give this book 4 out of 5 bookmarks. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

T.V. Talk: Dallas Season 2 Finale

For a whole week I waited for the season finale of Dallas. When we last left off, John Ross had secured Pamela’s share of Barnes Global by marrying her in Vegas!!! And Christopher found out his mother, Pam was alive and well in Switzerland!! What?

The writer’s needed two hours to answer all the questions of the season. And they did it in grand fashion.

The Ewings were in deep. Cliff had taken over Ewing Energies after buying their loan and then calling it due. With their trouble with TESHA, they were in no position to pay that loan. Not to fear though because JR had drawn up his Master Plan and Bobby put the final pieces in to play.

First up they needed to gain control of Cliff’s company. John Ross ticked off 1/3 ownership when he married Pamela. For real.

Christopher jetted off to Switzerland with love Elena (who had recently hooked her on the run brother up with some cash and an untraceable cell phone). He was unable to find mommy dearest at her “husband’s” house, but made plans with a mysterious investigator to keep tabs on the comings and goings. While looking for a cell phone charger, he found Elena’s secret cell phone and called the only number in memory and immediately spoke, ever so briefly with Drew. Ruh Oh Shaggy. After a heated conversation, Christopher dismissed Elena (who apparently caught a rush return flight to Dallas).

Upon hearing that his mother was clearing out her account, Christopher hightailed it to the bank only to discover that the woman posing as his mom, was not his mom. After a chat with Pam’s plastic surgeon, it was revealed that Pam passed away from pancreatic cancer. Right before she finished her treatments that would have allowed her to reunite with her family. Further, Cliff set the doc and his wife up with a nice little setup to make it look as though Pam were still alive and thus he essentially controlled her shares.

Back in Dallas, Pamela & John Ross had discovered Pam’s death certificate and now the Ewings had 2/3rds ownership in Barnes Global. They also conveniently had Cliff’s gun that killed JR & his flight log that showed he was in Mexico the night of JR’s death. Dum dum dum…

Oh and Pamela got confirmation that her father gave the order to blow the rig knowing full well that she was on it.

Let’s take a different path in the journey to the end…Drew was hanging out looking for Roy who was on the lam and tracked him to some sort of small town and put his well thought out plan into action. He set Roy up to go to prison for a long time and Roy did. Go to prison that is. Not for as long as anyone thought though because he was shanked in the neck and died.

The Ewings also got little Miss Emma involved when she moved back into Ryland’s mansion. She eventually drug her father, stole his cartel ledger and briefcase. He is in jail and she is…

Pamela was able to get Cliff down to Mexico without problem and upon checking in, he was confronted by all the Ewings and the Federales. He was taken into custody and proclaimed his innocence in JR’s murder. And you sort of believed him. Because if Cliff were ever going to own up to anything, it would be killing JR.

Back in Dallas, John Ross and Christopher confront Bobby and JR’s gravesite to learn the truth. The truth is that JR was dying of cancer and only had a few days to live, so he set in motion everything that would be needed to bring Cliff down. Including getting Bum to steal Cliff’s gun and shoot JR. So technically, Bum killed JR. Sort of a mercy killing. If you are going to go out, you may as well go out big.

Elena has essentially been dumped by Christopher and is lamenting her troubles to Mama Ramos at home when a package is delivered and her presence is requested in a Mexican jail to visit with Cliff Barnes. Say What? She heads to Mexico and Cliff informs her that JR used some good old trickery to dupe her grandfather and thus father out of barren land and that the land that really belongs to the Ramos family is the Ewing land. Whoa. She is upset and heads for a very heavily fortified compound to meet up with an old childhood friend just as Christopher is banging on her door professing his love. I get the feeling that next season is going to be about Elena claiming her birthright.

Pamela is ready to start fresh on Southfork with John Ross. So I guess they did marry for love. Well at least she did, because while she is picking out bedding, he is crumpling some bedding at what I think might be his old penthouse where he is with…Emma. That girl sure does get around. Oh and she delivered Ryland’s briefcase to John Ross. So I am also assuming that in the midst of Elena’s adventure, John Ross is going to try to hone in on Ryland’s trucking company…maybe.

Is anyone else wondering what is going to happen to Mama Ryland with Harris in jail and Emma not in the loop? Did they drop the ball on that or are they going to revisit it again next year? Because I love Judith Light.

So questions…
  • ·         Were you satisfied with the “Where is Pam Barnes-Ewing” question that has been hanging around since the series premiere?
  • ·         Could John Ross be anymore of a man whore?
  • ·         Who is going to get Cliff out of Mexican jail?
  • ·         Is Elena going to be a force to be reckoned with?
  • ·         Who had Roy killed? Harris? Cliff? The Governor?
  • ·         Will Sue Ellen get her 30 day chip?
  • ·         Did Bobby enjoy the sweet taste of JR’s play book?

Hit the comments and let me know your thoughts.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The WiP Wednesday That Would Have Been

I was all set to return to my regular blogging this week, but once again life got in the way.

I have decided to merge my blogs & have a television related post ready to go for tomorrow.

I plan on making some time this weekend to work out a few kinks in my scheduling and life & am gearing up for a more regular posting schedule.

Thank you for your patience.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The One with the Extended Spring Break

It seems that time is getting away from me. I do apologize for my absence and complete lack of posting. I feel like I have been on my own little spring break for nearly a month now!

I had a wonderful visit with my sister, brother-in-law and nephews. It was nice to be able to spend time with them. After their visit, I had to readjust to working life…after taking three days off. I can’t imagine taking a week or more at one time! I was so tired last Tuesday, that I fell asleep during the Penguins/Carolina game. Woops!

I have been knitting. I don’t actually have anything new on the needles at the moment. I plan on rectifying that tonight after a little mani action. So if I don’t have anything new on the needles, it must mean that I a) didn’t knit at all the last few weeks b) finished something c) a combination of a & b. The answer is…c. I finished a project and I took some time off. I do have a share post to get up. I have the photos taken, now I just need to get the post done. But first, things first, I have to get something on the needles tonight for WiP Wednesday!

I am in the midst of planning my summer reading/viewing/project lists. I am super excited. I plan on starting my summer reading on May 1st. Summer viewing (movies) will start sometime after season finales and cleaning up some DVR backlog (hello Elementary. I see you lurking all the way back from November). And my summer projects are set to begin around April 30th or so. I always try to plan a playoff project and usually fail miserably. But it is not going to keep me from trying. I am NOT going to try to knit with the cursed Penguins yarn this year. I think two years in a row of a first round ousting is enough.

I am warming up for summer reading with NYPD Red by James Patterson which I started recently. And for projects warm up I am putting together a binder of patterns that I have recently purchased/banked in my library and am picking out yarn for this week. It is going to be fun to go stash diving. Plus I have a little idea in mind that is begging to be knit, so I might make that my warm up project.

The weather is decidedly spring….for Montana. We are having some snow flurries, nothing to get to worked up for. I am always amazed at people who complain about the snow/rain/coldness of spring when they live in areas that are notorious for it. I have a hard rule that I don’t wear socks past April 1st. That is the beginning of sandal season for me and true to my rule, I have only worn socks to work once last week and that is because the shoes I chose to wear hurt my feet without socks. Today I am wearing my new Clark sandals. And I already know that they will be my go to sandals for work. I also got a pedicure last night and am so in love with the polish color, I am stripping off my mani from last night and redoing it tonight. In my defense, the mani I did last night looks horrible. I used a Nicole by OPI topcoat with hearts and the hearts look like I smudges in my polish. It is not cool, not cool at all. And to boot, getting those hearts out of the bottle? Mission Impossible!

Do you have a summer reading list? A summer movie list? I am so far behind on movies, I have yet to see Dark Knight Rises and Pitch Perfect, two of my must sees from last summer/fall. I would love to hear what books and movies you plan on reading/seeing in the coming weeks and months. Also, what projects are you working on this summer? Christmas gifts? Light & airy? Big & bulky? Hit the comments and let me know.

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