Sunday Roundup

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100 words a day/100 days — at 32 days now. Sitting down to write the words has almost become second nature, with shows the muscles are coming back. This puts me in a good place for the class that’s starting in two weeks, where I will have to do some exercises.

Knitting — Not much to report here except that I put more rows on the sleeves of the diagonal jacket, mostly over the past two days. With the holidays (and end of year madness at work) over, I’m planning to devote more time to this.

Books — Within shouting distance of the end of three books, but much of my reading has been clearing out samples on my Kindle App. When I feel broke, I have a tendency to download samples because it’s retail therapy without spending money. Sometimes, it’s led to books where the author is new to me or that I might not have picked up otherwise, but a number of times, I read, delete and move on. I will note that Kindle often provides a much more generous sample than the Nook does.

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Everyone is doing New Year’s Resolutions, but I thought this one Lora of LitDiva was one I should add to my list:

5. Fold clean laundry and put away rather than fishing matching socks from pile on living room chair.

Yeah, done that too many times myself.

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Over on The Debutante Ball, Deb Eleanor has some great quotes from Henry Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt. Mrs. Roosevelt had another quote which is one of my favorites: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” New Year’s is for believing and finding those dreams and their beauty again.

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And, on a perfectly silly note, Alastair Stephens shares an instructional video on how to survive a zombie attack during the holidays.

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On the knitting front, Sheri at the Loopy Ewe has posted her first quarter challenge: cables. The Loopy Ewe is one of my favorite on-line yarn pushers, where I spend more money than I’m ever willing to tell my husband. (He reminds when I said I wasn’t going to buy more yarn than I could fit in a single small plastic tub.)

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If you love beautiful costumes, check out this post from Enchanted Serenity of Period Films on Edwardian weddings. As someone who recreated a Regency Scottish Court presentation gown for her wedding, I’m a sucker for things such as this.

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The Intern compares manuscript revision to keeping the car she bought cheap — really, really, really cheap — running on a trip across country. Very funny, and very true in many ways.

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And, finally, I have discovered my small white cat hisses when he’s out of sorts. We’ve gotten used to him hissing at odd moments, but as I composed this, he was attempting to get comfortable on the couch and couldn’t because of where I was sitting. Finally, he just sat his fuzzy little butt down and gave a mighty hiss, letting the world know his displeasure. Trust me, he’s got a much larger will than his size would indicate. Probably one of the reasons this runt of the litter survived.