Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Oh, we also ate at Molyvos, and had the incredible Grilled Baby Octopus. Go. It is worth the trip just for that. However, when you go to the website, leave them a note telling them to ditch the muzak.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
First it looked like this.. actually, it looked like this early in the morning. Then it RAINED bullets.
Then it looked like this for about 20 minutes.
Now there are these lovely leaves in the sun and this HUGE black cloud behind them and it is all going dark. I know there are tornadoes in Colorado, and I am glad I am not there, but it is raining again now, and in half an hour I'll bet it looks sunny. WEIRD weather. This year so far has been spectacularly odd in the weather department up here on the river.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Rainy Day on the waterside, not too many people there but some interesting convergences.. also an article in the NY Times today. The upside-down drill bit .. it is coming up from the tunnel .. is slowly rotating, and just sort of working its way up out of the ground, though it made no progress while I was watching.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.. oh my .. I was in heaven. Rain on the roof and really good ice cream in my mouth. How else should you spend a rainy day, especially when you don't have an umbrella.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Facing miles and miles of garter stitch, I find myself contemplating why I am a sock knitter. Or IF I am a sock knitter. I guess the pictures speak for themselves, so here are some of the pictures.
These were toe up from a pattern that was top down. By this point I think I was really a sock knitter, not just playing with it.
Fair isle knitting of my own creation. The left ones are merino, the right ones are cotton. I am not a knitter for cotton, though in the mass picture over on my picture blog you can see one more pair.. I am wearing them... that are cotton fair isle that I do love dearly.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
It is part of the 125th birthday party for the Brooklyn Bridge and it will allow people in New York to wave at people in the UK.. .... realtime. In London it is on the Thames near Tower Bridge.
Now I know I have reader(s) in the UK.. Does somebody want to try to set up a time and see if it works??? There is a way to email Telectroscope and schedule a time so that you can actually wave at people whom you either know or might recognize on the other end of "the device, which purports to connect New Yorkers with Londoners using giant parabolic mirrors installed in a forgotten Trans-Atlantic tunnel." These are the same people who did the Sultan's elephant
that I was/am so enamoured of and wish I had seen.
There is a video on that link if you want to see what I am going on about. I am hoping I can go down on Tuesday when "a gargantuan drill will rise up half-way from the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge. Another drill will rise in the Thames near the Tower Bridge." That should let me scope this whole thing out. Pictures then, if I can get close enough.
It runs from May 22nd to June 15th.. Any takers?
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Well, while I was mucking about in the Opinionated Knitter, I realized that it was time for another innoculation of EZ and her amazing viewpoint on knitting. I bought Knitting Without Tears back in 1971 when it first came out. I am not even sure I knew who EZ was at that time, but it made sense to me and made me a better knitter, for sure. I had forgotten how pithy and funny she was as a writer and how she made you see what she wanted you to with just some sketchy drawings and words.
In any case... once the yarn arrives and I figure out the guage I am going to post regular updates because this has to be finished SOON! I have procrastinated long enough.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
and our coming in...
Now how cute is THAT!! I think it is for security purposes, though when you think about it,
- there is the buzzer
- if TV not on, run to turn it on
- wait for warmup
- change to channel
- try to prevent deafness while buzzer rings again and again
- person goes away.
- if you can catch a fleeting glimpse as they go you can get dressed and run them down on the street if you hurry.
I am not sure this will enhance security. HOWEVER. Since I am such a sad person, I listen to music a lot instead of watching the daytime soaps, so I now just let the TV play channel 999 while the music is on and when I waft through the living room...(a fantasy for another time)... I glance at the TV and see, generally, this:The other thing is that I wish we had this in the other building I lived in, down in Chelsea before I came up here. Now THAT would have been a lobby worth watching. The mind boggles at what might have been seen there....sigh.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Attractive, however, it was not. You will also notice that I never got a real ladder, instead using some little library stairs and a stool painted to match nothing else in the room to get into bed at night.
Sienna and Clem were happy with it all though. Last week I got another surge of energy and decided the time had come to do something about that mess in the bedroom. 8 yards of fabric, a sewn hem, a staple gun and a lot of sweat later .... TA DAAAA!
I even found a fabric that matched the bottom of the stool and portions of the Chinese rug. NOW... all that is left is to dig some finished artwork out of the flat files and hang it on the walls. Almost 8 months after moving in, I am closing in on sort of finished.
I never am finished, that is not my style, but I am at least not wincing when people see the bedroom. You will notice, however, that I am still not making the bed. Hey! It is MY bed and it is hard to make. So I don't. Eventually I will figure out that part of civilization. For now...
Happy Mother's Day to me.
Travis and I are in sync, he called and offered to buy me the fabric to do this right after I finished it. How nice it is to have a child across the country who still somehow knows what will make his mother smile..
Friday, May 9, 2008
Then there are the vegetables and chips that resemble the famous -- or portions of the famous -- or things in the 'real' world.
Yesterday, I had what I think was the first sighting of Bambi in Hummus. I was just nibbling away last night when I noticed something in the top center of my container of hummus.
The discerning among you will no doubt notice that I did not decant my hummus but rather was eating it straight out of the container. Sigh. It TASTES better that way and there is only ME eating this so it is not as derelictus in majorum as it may appear.
Notice the top center item.
A closeup of Bambi, as he appeared to me in my hummus.
Now, the exact significance of this sighting is not clear to me at the present, however the truth in this will come out in the fullness of time. I will accept with gratitude any speculation from those of you who may be more enlightened in the area of apparitions in food than I am.
Is Bambi trying to send me a message? He appears to be leaping over something.. clouds perhaps? Urging me to take on new challenges? Or he could be just lying down in a nice hummus meadow, encouraging me to take it easy...
Feel free to speculate, meanwhile, dear reader, after I photographed him.... I ate him.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Off I got, onto a bus to the Navy Yard... only to find that the traffic was stopped just across the street.
You can see the Navy Yard from where I was standing, but in between me and the entrance was the ENTIRE 5 Borough Bike Ride. Not a race, just a ride, but they weren't stopping. Adults, kids, unicycles.. all between me and my access to a printing press.
So, I did what any red-blooded New Yorker would do. I ignored the cop, waited for a bit of a break and dived accross. No screeches, no crashes, I made it !
and this was what I did once I got there.
This one especially made me happy.
Friday, May 2, 2008
I talk a lot about living on a hill. Well, the subway is built under that hill, and when the down escalator at 181st street isn't working, this is what you face.
Don't get me wrong.. as long as the UP escalator is still working I am not complaining. When I first moved here there was a day when the up escalators, there are 2, were not working and I nearly panted myself to death coming up these stairs.
There is, however, a "Customer Assistance Intercom". See the red sign? See how close it is to the TOP of the stairs? Well, by the time you have managed there from the bottom, you can crawl the rest of the way. I figure that if you push the button a voice comes on and says "You made it this far, you can make it the rest of the way.. Just put one foot in front of the other and plod along you wimp."
I was new to the neighborhood then. Now I know there is an elevator at the other end, but it lets you out at 184th Street, so there is some walking included but it is downhill from there to 181.
Living in New York is NOT for sissies.