Friday, November 07, 2008

Jules Verne, P&P, Spinning, Elvis Costello & Madeline Albright

Day one of the time management exercise and it went well. A little too much TV today but I spun while we watched back to back episodes of Kitchen Nightmares. After that was over I put in the latest DVD from Netflix. The 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightly and Donald Sutherland. Was very disappointed with this version. The A&E 2 disc version was so much better.

Not sure about the weather here. It feels like Summer is giving us one last hurrah. We're looking a 80F temps for the next few days.

I started the Jules Verne book today. "Carpathian Castle" takes place in the mountains of Transylvania in the 1300's. I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this out at our local library. After reading more about Mr. Verne it looks like this was one of his few romantic novels but it was written over a 40 year period. I also found out his books are the 2nd most translated novels after Agatha Christie. It's an easy read so far and looks to be finished in a couple days. I don't read for speed, I read to enjoy the travels the author takes me on.

Oh I wanted to share a picture or two. I'm spinning Ashland Bay Merino in Midnight.

An in process single picture. I changed my technique a little and made the yarn much softer but still strong enough for the 3 ply fingering I have planned. I'll have this single finished soon and start the 3rd single tomorrow.

I was watching a little late night Conan OBrian and Elvis Costello was one of the guest. I found out he is hosting a talk show "Spectacle" on the Sundance Chanel produced by Elton John. It's a show where he talks to other musicians. Times like these I wish we had cable TV. The 2nd guest was Madeline Albright, the former Secretary of State under Clinton. She had a book to promote but she sang a duet with Elvis at the end of her segment. What a great country where a former SOS will sing a duet with an angst filled new wave artist of my youth. They sang "Don't fence me in." Not the greatest song but it was entertaining to see these two sing together.


  1. stalepeeps1:32 PM

    I was disappointed in P&P too - the A&E version was much better! I wish I had stayed up to watch Elvis with you....:)

  2. Anonymous1:47 PM

    Your spinning is so lovely. You've really just gotten to be so very skilled with different fibers. Now that it isn't a million degrees up here, I think I will be able to pull my wheel out again and not get fiber stuck to my sweaty hands!

    I was disappointed in the Knightley version of P&P as well, loved the A&E version. What I did like about the 2005 movie was the... oh how do I put this, the earthiness and realism in the costuming. The dresses the girls wore looked like clothes that had been worn, not like costumes off a mannequin. The hems got tattered and dirty. There was a subtle patina that said "real" to me, that the A&E version lacked very much. The movie got dirty, if that makes any sense. Still, for plain acting and charm and staying true to the story, there is nothing to top the A&E set.

  3. That fiber is absolutely awesome and I love how the singles are looking. I can't wait to see the finished product.


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