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Absolute Zero, Chapter 6, part 1

June 30th, 2010 — 8:40am

Episode 21: Absolute Zero, by Helen Cresswell, Chapter 6, part 1:
Absolute Zero, Chapter 6, Part 1 (8:40)

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Rubber Soul!

June 28th, 2010 — 12:35pm

Rockola did their Rubber Soul show on Saturday night! Henry played on several of the songs, so we were there early for rehearsal. We went straight from Henry’s ballroom dancing class so he was starving; I ran across the street to the Claire de Lune coffee shop and brought back lovely sandwiches and lemon cake. Here’s a quick and crappy video of Henry and Cody (Henry is on the right) playing the balalaika bits in “Girl” during rehearsal (the boys start playing about 1/3 through):

And here’s Henry playing the keyboard stuff in Here Comes the Sun during the performance! Henry is the blue blodge second from the right. He gets to fiddle with knobs to make the slidey keyboard sound. You’ll hear that right near the beginning. Oh, and that’s Chloe who scampers across the stage to do the handclaps and gets a big round of applause :)

Henry also did some percussion stuff, some vocals, more keyboards… It was such fun to watch him on perform, and the whole show was just fantastic, as usual! They played not only the whole Rubber Soul album but lots of other Beatles stuff including Hey Bulldog and Happiness is a Warm Gun (two of my all-time favorites). I sold t-shirts in the lobby during intermission.

Henry is in the purple shirt, here:

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And here are a couple of him waiting around, playing games and making a fierce face:

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Thanks Rockola (Bob, Mark, Doug, Bobby, Chloe, Sandy, and all!) for letting Henry participate and giving us such a musical treat!

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Absolute Zero, Chapter 5, part 2

June 28th, 2010 — 10:39am

Episode 20: Absolute Zero, by Helen Cresswell, Chapter 5, part 2:
Absolute Zero, Chapter 5, Part 2 (9:15)

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This Country of Ours, Ch 22

June 28th, 2010 — 10:38am

Starting a new audiobook for you today — the third part of This Country of Ours by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall, a book of US History stories for kids. If you want to read along and see the pictures, you can buy a lovely thick paperback reprint of this book at mainlesson.com: This Country of Ours.
22 The Story of the Pilgrim Fathers – 00:23:04

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The Cazalets

June 27th, 2010 — 10:49am

Grandma knows I love BBC costume dramas, and she recommended The Cazalets, so I got the first disk from netflix and watched last week. Really liked it! As usual, there were lots of actors whom I recognized from other BBC things :) I did a little internet searching and discovered that the BBC series was based on the Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard: The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, and Casting Off. I sent for The Light Years from my library and read it in three days — could not put it down. (Because I use the lovely “Readmore” app on my iPhone, I happen to know that it took me 7.3 hours of reading in 13 sessions over 3 days, heheh.)

It was just the sort of book I love: a big complicated family, lots of aunts and uncles and cousins, their servants, all the little details of relationships and family life, etc., set against a historical background (pre-WWII England, in this case). Every character seemed real to me, but I thought the author was particularly good at writing the children and teenagers. I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I don’t know which will get here first — the next book or the next disk of the miniseries, but either one will make me drop everything else.

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Absolute Zero, Chapter 4, part 2 and Chapter 5, part 1

June 24th, 2010 — 9:29am

Episode 18 of “Kayray Reads to You”: Absolute Zero, by Helen Cresswell, Chapter 4, part 2:
Absolute Zero, Chapter 4, Part 2 (9:56)

And episode 19: Absolute Zero, by Helen Cresswell, Chapter 5, part 1:
Absolute Zero, Chapter 5, Part 1 (9:20)

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Ch 11 & 12

June 21st, 2010 — 10:16am

11 Who Stole the Tarts? – 00:12:13

12 Alice’s Evidence – 00:13:21

And that’s the end! I’ll start a new book next Monday.

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Even more striped socks

June 17th, 2010 — 1:48pm

Just finished that pair of beautiful striped socks for Dan:

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The yarn is leftover scraps of light and dark blue Knitpicks’ Risata, and a bit of Regia Bamboo. I split all three balls of yarn exactly in half (yay for Dan’s gram scale) so I could make sure the socks matched exactly. I really didn’t think I had enough yarn, and thought I’d have to finish the feet in yet another color, but I had enough and a little to spare of all three yarns.

They’re worked on 60 stitches on size 0 needles, knit firmly. They are quite snug on Dan’s feet; he says they are fine, but next time I would work them on 64 stitches for just a little more room. I worked in the tails at the color changes as I went, thanks to the Techknitter’s marvelous “overcast” method: http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2007/07/overcast-method-part-3-of-tails-and.html, so I didn’t have to do any tedious finishing. The stripes are six rows of light blue, three of dark blue, three of bamboo, three of dark blue, repeat.

I wasn’t sure they’d fit Dan, and I must confess I wouldn’t have minded taking such a lovely pair of socks for myself :) But I’m glad they fit because he really needs more thin socks for summer.

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Absolute Zero, Chapter 4, part 1

June 17th, 2010 — 11:25am

Episode 17 of “Kayray Reads to You”: Absolute Zero, by Helen Cresswell, Chapter 4, part 1

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Absolute Zero, Chapter 4, Part 1 (10:25)

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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The fair!

June 12th, 2010 — 11:47am

The fair started yesterday! Henry and Chloe and I got there about 5pm and stayed till 9 and had a wonderful time! We ate some fair food (real food, no Deep-Fried Butter for us, though Henry did try a Deep-Fried Twinkie, gag), and of course the wonderful Squeezers fresh lemonade. We walked through a couple of the commercial buildings, saw some of the kids’ hobbies and art, and spent a long time up in the Home and Hobby exhibits. A really nice Fair lady helped us find all our entries. Chloe got a third place ribbon for her mittens, and that was her very first fair entry ever! I’m so proud of her!

After a lot of searching, we found my four entries. The quilt got a 1st, the lace nightie a 2nd, the purple cardigan a 3rd, and the mittens got a 1st and fancy “Best of Division” ribbon, which means they were judged to be the best hand-knitted item in the whole competition :) I’ll take my good camera next time and get photos of my stuff on display.

We also had fun looking at the collections, and we asked the nice Fair lady lots of questions about our idea for a display of Grandpa’s color photos of the Lustron, and she seemed to think it was a great idea, so I think next year we’ll try to work up an interesting exhibit. We were very taken with a collection of food items made entirely of LEGO. We all gave that collection our votes for “People’s Choice” or whatever it is.

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I can’t wait to go back to the fair!

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Absolute Zero, Chapter 3, part 1 & 2

June 8th, 2010 — 9:54am

Oops, I forgot to post Ch 3 Pt 1, so here are two at once:

Episodes 15 and 16 of “Kayray Reads to You”: Absolute Zero, by Helen Cresswell, Chapter 3, parts 1 and 2:

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Absolute Zero, Chapter 3, Part 1 (9:22)

Absolute Zero, Chapter 3, Part 2 (11:55)

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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Museum!

June 7th, 2010 — 10:39am

Yesterday (Sunday) Mom and I went to the San Diego Art Museum together. We drove separately (we live on opposite sides of town and the museum is between us) and she hiked up from the parking lot while I took the tram, but we both got there at exactly the same time, which was hilarious, and then the minute we’d bought our tickets a docent was ready take us through the Greek art — mostly beautiful pots, but some marble and bronze things too. I remember learning about Black Figure and Red Figure decorations in college but I’d never seen any in real life, so that was really wonderful. And then we spent a long time in the North American paintings (mostly 18th and 19th century), and then the 20th Century gallery (spent a long time in front of the huge Matisse and Picasso paintings hanging side by side). Then we ran upstairs to spend a bit of time in the European galleries. I wanted to see Giorgione’s “Portait of a Man” again and we finally found him. And then we got freezing cold and left.

In the evening, Bob and Chloe came over and we watched last week’s Breaking Bad episode and then the current one. Oh my goodness that’s a great show. RUN.

Oh, here’s the Giorgione portrait that I love (probably painted in 1506):
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Ch 10

June 6th, 2010 — 10:25am

10 The Lobster Quadrille – 00:13:50

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