Archive for May 2010


Knitted stuff

May 31st, 2010 — 9:50pm

Jeeze, when’s the last time I wrote a real post? Well, anyway, I hope you’re enjoying the podcasts. Here are a bunch of things I’ve knitted recently. For more details, click the “Ravelry” button above each photo.

Slippers for Dan (he wears them constantly!)

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Heavily modified “Girl Friday” cardi for me (top-down, no seams, elbow sleeves)

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Self-stripe socks for Mom’s friend

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Striped socks for Dan, in progress

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Next time I’ll tell you about the new flower bed that Dan dug for me, and the veggies growing in my backyard garden bed.

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Absolute Zero, Chapter 2, part 3

May 30th, 2010 — 11:27am

Episode 14 of “Kayray Reads to You”: Absolute Zero, by Helen Cresswell, Chapter 2, part 3:

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Absolute Zero, Chapter 2, Part 3 (10:35)

Please note: I made these recordings around 2002, and the sound quality is not as good as my more recent recordings. But I hope you will not mind the lower quality too much. You’ll probably be too busy laughing to notice, anyway.

This book is, sadly, out of print in the US. You can find a few used copies on Amazon: Absolute Zero on Amazon. Beware. Every edition after the original 1978 printing has the wrong cover art.

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Absolute Zero, Chapter 2, part 2

May 29th, 2010 — 8:35am

Episode 13 of “Kayray Reads to You”: Absolute Zero, by Helen Cresswell, Chapter 2, part 2:

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Absolute Zero, Chapter 2, Part 2 (10:35)

Please note: I made these recordings around 2002, and the sound quality is not as good as my more recent recordings. But I hope you will not mind the lower quality too much. You’ll probably be too busy laughing to notice, anyway.

This book is, sadly, out of print in the US. You can find a few used copies on Amazon: Absolute Zero on Amazon. Beware. Every edition after the original 1978 printing has the wrong cover art.

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Absolute Zero, Chapter 2, part 1

May 26th, 2010 — 12:12pm

Episode 12 of “Kayray Reads to You”: Absolute Zero, by Helen Cresswell, Chapter 2, part 1:

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Absolute Zero, Chapter 2, Part 1 (9:56)

Please note: I made these recordings around 2002, and the sound quality is not as good as my more recent recordings. But I hope you will not mind the lower quality too much. You’ll probably be too busy laughing to notice, anyway.

This book is, sadly, out of print in the US. You can find a few used copies on Amazon: Absolute Zero on Amazon. Beware. Every edition after the original 1978 printing has the wrong cover art.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Ch 9

May 26th, 2010 — 12:11pm

09 The Mock-Turtle’s Story – 00:15:11

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Absolute Zero, Chapter 1, part 2

May 21st, 2010 — 9:48am

Episode 11 of “Kayray Reads to You”: Absolute Zero, by Helen Cresswell, Chapter 1, part 2:

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Absolute Zero, Chapter 1, Part 2 (14:04)

Please note: I made these recordings around 2002, and the sound quality is not as good as my more recent recordings. But I hope you will not mind the lower quality too much. You’ll probably be too busy laughing to notice, anyway.

This book is, sadly, out of print in the US. You can find a few used copies on Amazon: Absolute Zero on Amazon. Beware. Every edition after the original 1978 printing has the wrong cover art.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Ch 8

May 18th, 2010 — 9:09am

08 The Queen’s Croquet-Ground – 00:15:17

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Absolute Zero, Chapter 1, part 1

May 15th, 2010 — 5:33pm

It’s time for a new book in the “Kayray Reads to You” Podcast! Absolute Zero, by Helen Cresswell, is the second book in the wonderful Bagthorpe Saga. Well, I should qualify that — the first four books in the series are wonderful. After that… well, let’s just say I recommend you stick to the first four ;-)

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Absolute Zero, Chapter 1, Part 1 (11:42)

Please note: I made these recordings around 2002, and the sound quality is not as good as my more recent recordings. But I hope you will not mind the lower quality too much. You’ll probably be too busy laughing to notice, anyway.

Absolute Zero takes place in 1970s England and concerns the eccentric and multi-talented Bagthorpe family. In this book, Uncle Parker wins a contest and sets off a hilarious and chaotic chain of events in which the family’s pudding-footed mongrel dog, Zero, plays an increasingly large role. The humor is dry and very British, so it might not suit all listeners; however, I thought this series was the funniest thing I’d ever read when I discovered them at about age 10, and my son enjoyed the stories at age 6 or so, though he has been said to have “an advanced sense of humor”. This book still makes me laugh aloud every time I read it!

While searching for the right cover art (not easy), I bumped into a good review. Here’s an excerpt, and you might like to read the whole thing.

One of the things I like best about the Bagthorpe books is that the family is neither full of happy supportiveness nor full of abuse and negativity. The kids snipe at each other occasionally, mostly ignore each other, and rally around each other against any attack from the outside. The father screams a lot and is relentlessly sarcastic; the mother is practical but occasionally ineffective and distracted. Cresswell finds humor by exaggerating normal human behavior patterns until they break and throwing on beautifully timed coincidences, avoiding both the sickly-sweet feeling of some children’s books and the over-the-top nastiness of others. It’s very nicely done.

The book is, sadly, out of print in the US. You can find a few used copies on Amazon: Absolute Zero on Amazon. Beware. Every edition after the original 1978 printing has the wrong cover art.

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A few photos

May 15th, 2010 — 10:15am

On Wednesday we all (Susan, Sally, Henry, and me) went to Tango del Rey for the Rockola show and had the best time! Besides listening and singing along in the audience, we got to perform a little bit! I got to do the “Me and Julio” whistling solo, Henry and I did handclaps on “Stuck in the Middle”, Henry played guitar for “Wish You Were Here” and… something else, I forget what. So much FUN!

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On Thursday evening, Bob, Chloe, and Susan all came over to watch Survivor, which was a riot. Dan got a few nice photos; here’s my favorite, but there are a few more on my flickr:

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Also I’m knitting a pair of socks for Mom’s friend. Mom chose Felici Sport self-striping sock yarn in the “Ecology” colorway. They’re turning out really nice:


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I’m knitting them both at once on one circ. That way they’ll turn out identical and I don’t have to count rows :)

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The Saturdays, Ch. 8

May 12th, 2010 — 8:18am

Here’s the 9th episode of “Kayray Reads to You”: The Saturdays, Chapter 8:

The Saturdays: Saturday Eight (30:04)

Oh, it’s the last chapter already, darn it. The beginning of a wonderful summer (plus the introduction to the book).

(Love the story? Buy the book!) http://www.amazon.com/Saturdays-Elizabeth-Enright/dp/0805070605

the saturdays

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Susan is here!

May 11th, 2010 — 8:47am

Aunt Susan is here! Hooray! Chloe, Susan, Mom, and I went to breakfast on Sunday, and on Monday, Bob and Chloe and Susan came over for hours in the afternoon/evening. We all sat around and talked and ate and had such a nice time. I have the best family!

I still feel kind of rotten from that sore throat I had, tired and sniffly and run-down, and in the middle of the night I had a big coughing fit. Ugh.

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Brontë Sisters Power Dolls

May 10th, 2010 — 10:40am

This is the best thing I’ve seen in a long long time!

The joke’s on you, narrow-minded cur! We are WOMEN!

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Ch 7

May 10th, 2010 — 9:11am

07 A Mad Tea-Party – 00:14:54

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The Saturdays, Ch. 7

May 10th, 2010 — 9:10am

Here’s the 8th episode of “Kayray Reads to You”: The Saturdays, Chapter 7:

The Saturdays: Saturday Seven (24:55)

Tea with Mrs Oliphant!

(Love the story? Buy the book!) http://www.amazon.com/Saturdays-Elizabeth-Enright/dp/0805070605

the saturdays

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The Saturdays, Ch. 6

May 5th, 2010 — 10:27am

Here’s the 7th episode of “Kayray Reads to You”: The Saturdays, Chapter 6:

The Saturdays: Saturday Six (29:21)

A picnic in Central Park, and what happened afterwards…

(Love the story? Buy the book!) http://www.amazon.com/Saturdays-Elizabeth-Enright/dp/0805070605

the saturdays

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Sick-ish

May 5th, 2010 — 10:16am

On Monday my throat felt funny all day, and then at night it turned into a proper sore throat. But not a terrible one. And then by Tuesday afternoon it seemed a lot better but then Tuesday night it came back with a vengeance. And now today it is just tender, but I suppose it will come calling again tonight. And now Henry’s throat feels funny. But we have to get better soon because my dear wonderful Aunt Susan is coming to visit for a whole week on Saturday! Go away, sore throat, go away.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Ch 6

May 3rd, 2010 — 2:25pm

06 Pig and Pepper – 00:16:27

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The Saturdays, Ch. 5

May 3rd, 2010 — 10:47am

Here’s the 6th episode of “Kayray Reads to You”, Chapter 5:

The Saturdays: Saturday Five (21:51)

Oliver’s startling and adventurous Saturday.

(Love the story? Buy the book!) http://www.amazon.com/Saturdays-Elizabeth-Enright/dp/0805070605

the saturdays

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Tournament

May 2nd, 2010 — 9:06am

Yesterday was the long-anticipated White Dragon kung fu tournament, Henry’s third tournament since he joined the school. It’s held at this huge gymnasium at USD, and people from all seven branches of the school come to compete all day. We got there at 7:45am because Henry is part of the Lion Dance team, who perform the opening ceremony, so he had to be early to practice. Here’s a video of the lions practicing without costumes; Henry is the tall boy who is usually nearest the camera at the right side of the scene. The back-end of Henry’s lion is a really nice boy named Mister Clements (everyone at the school goes by Mister or Miss).

I tried to film the actual performance but I pressed a wrong button (haven’t used my new camera for video very much yet) and didn’t get it, but the team did very well and Henry and Mister Clements landed all their complicated stacks and everything!

Henry competed in three divisions (based on sash color and age/weight) — Technique, Form, and Continuous Sparring. He did very well in all three and won a Silver Medal for Form! We are so proud of him, so very proud. All three medalists in that division of Form were from Henry’s school. Go Clairemont!

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It was a long long long day… Henry’s division of Continuous Sparring was one of the very last ones, so we didn’t leave till nearly 5pm. But I had my book (Busman’s Honeymoon) and my knitting and a big cooler of food, and Henry had his kung fu friends to hang out with, and it was very fun to watch all the other people competing, too.

Congratulations again, Henry!

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