Yep, the kids and I are back to work, with the exception of the eldest~~he will start back after Labor Day as he is currently working 40-50 hour weeks. His job is seasonal and will no longer be open during the day after Labor Day. I'm looking forward to having him around the house more. I hope you didn't take the lack of posting as a sign that I wasn't knitting or didn't like you guys anymore. Never! Just a reflection of how busy I have been getting ready for and then starting school.
I have been reading and reached my Summer Reading Program bonus goal of 20 books last night while Mr Fix-it watched preseason football. Here's my last SRP update. (I may continue to write reviews of books I've read, although I'm sure the lists won't be as lengthy as Deb's, for she is a true voracious reader, the likes of which I can only aspire to.)
#19 The Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter, 1975, 282 p. The first of the Inspector Morse books. I became interested in his books after watching some of the Inspector Morse mysteries on PBS's Mystery on Sunday evenings. The book was okay. I don't know that I will pick up another Inspector Morse for a while. I'm really not sure what put me off.
#20 Unnatural Causes by PD James, 1976, 236 p. The fourth of the Adam Dalgliesh mysteries. Quite good. I do enjoy PD James' books. The Adam Dalgliesh series is set in England and revolves around mysteries solved by Chief Inspector Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard. In this book Dalgliesh finds himself in the midst of a murder investigation while on holiday. Only on this case he is not the investigator incharge, merely a spectator, and almost victim.
It's been the summer of mysteries for me, and I'm not sure in what direction I'll head now. I do have in the library bin a fictional book centered around the War of the Roses, a history of the Middle Ages (one of our history topics this year), and a memoir of sorts of the life of a chef from his first days as a potwasher to becoming a world famous chef. Along the way he reveals secrets of the culinary world most of us don't know, and probably wish we still didn't know after reading the book. In whatever direction I head, it will be a definite change of pace.
What I haven't been reading are my bloglines subscriptions. I just popped over there and found that I am up to 575 entries behind. Gads! Maybe I'll be able to catch-up on some of the reading and commenting in the coming week. If you're used to me commenting on your blog and have missed my posts~~well, this explains it. I'm not snubbing you :o)
On the knitting front.....
I finished my test yarn socks made with Sweet Feet Sock yarn. Love. Them. Soft, comfy, and tall! Not knee socks, but they come up pretty high on my leg. Definitely not just little crew socks. I'll post pictures when my camera batteries are charged.
After finishing those I sorted and re-sorted my sock yarn looking for the next one I wanted to start with. I landed on the Trekking that was one of the prizes for guessing when I reached 1000 miles on my bike. I'm knitting Jaywalkers (only my 2nd pair) toe-up, two at a time on Magic Loop. After all the socks I've knit, using the Magic Loop is still my method of choice. Two at a time is pretty much a must now, too.
My birthday loot has finally started to arrive! It's been pretty exciting here at Chez Jenny Raye when the mail carrier or UPS driver come by. I still have a few things that haven't made it here yet, but hope to have them in my hot little hands soon. Some of my birthday purchases have been blocking wires to use on the three rectangular shawls/scarves I have on the needles right now, BW's 2nd Treasury (I got tired of borrowing the one from the library), 3 skeins each of Alpaca Cloud in Iris and Autumn--gorgeous and soft, and one of the new circulars in size 2~~ all from KnitPicks. From my lys I bought 2 skeins of Claudia's Handpaint fingering weight in Carribean blue (unbelievably beautiful colorway) and 2 skeins of Koigu (my first Koigu). At first I had this bright pinky, red varigation, but didn't like it so much when I got home. More colors came in recently, so I went back yesterday and exchanged my original choice for #112. Much better.
I haven't received my purchase from Hill Country Yarns--I ordered some of the Sweet Feet Sock yarn that I test knit--this time in the Chocolate Covered Kisses colorway. It wasn't available as an in-stock color, so I had to go the custom route, which means a 3-4 week wait. (I'm not sure what the deal is with them right now--they're not showing any in-stock yarn. Strange. I'll have to keep an eye out on the site. Ahh, I see now....looks like they've put up their own site since I ordered from discountyarns.com. Nope, that's not it, it still directs you back to the discountyarns site to order online. Maybe they're only going the custom route now. Don't know.) Anyway, in non-knitting related purchases I ordered the first and second seasons of Lost on dvd. Love that show. I wanted to get M*A*S*H, but understand they will be releasing a new complete set in November when the 11th and final season finally makes it to dvd. I'll wait until after that to order--maybe the price of individual seasons will drop once the complete set hits the market. Oh yeah, lastly was an exercise video. I'm currently searching for a good cardio video that lasts more than 20 minutes. Just cardio--no weights, no toning--just cardio. If you have a suggestion, please leave it in the comments or email me.
My biking miles have plummeted as I was spending way too much time away from home and things just weren't running as smoothly as I would have liked in my absence. So now, I'm up early, spend 40 minutes or so exercising while the kids eat breakfast, and then it's right into chores and then school. Seems to be working better all around. I do miss my bike rides though. I was able to hit the road yesterday for a good ride. A bit on the hot side, however.