• Son #1 performed 'Spring', from Vivaldi's Four Seasons (accompanied by a pianist) and it was delicious and delightful apart from the two mistakes which everyone forgave.
• Neither Flickr nor Facebook will let me upload the two-part recording of the performance which is sending my absent (ie. interstate) parents slightly insane with grandparental frustration.
• Son #2 was involved in an end of season soccer match where an official from the opposing team behaved so appallingly that the entire set of team members' parents have lodged formal complaints with the FFV. Such a distressing way to end a season. I was so proud of our boys though - they played brilliantly, fairly, and in a totally sportsmanlike manner.
• On Sunday at the presentation ceremony, Son #3 is to be awarded Player of the Year in his Under 10s soccer team but sssshhh, he doesn't know. Don't tell.
• I'm knitting socks in the same colour as the watermelon coloured shawl (and that link shows the welding rods pretending to be blocking wires, for those who asked to see action shots).
• And because I know if I don't include this, someone will ask in the comments and not leave their email address so I can answer them, the socks are Artichokes (pattern available here, the yarn is hand dyed by me with cherry and strawberry Kool Aid, and um, that's all I can think of. They're on my ravelry page if you need more info).
• I am coveting a piece of beautiful artwork from here.
• Jan held a competition over at the Sewjourn blog, which I promised to spruik on my blog. The competition has now closed. I am such a bad blogger.
• Work is gearing up for another couple of insane weeks, which it always manages to do when I have an essay due. Great.
• Son #1 made french toast for dinner last night. Shut up, french toast is a perfectly acceptable dinner option. The mister burnt some bacon to accompany it and we all ate a piece of fruit for dessert. I mention that to allay any concerns you may have.
• Janet dared me to write a scintillating blogpost featuring a wet dishrag, but I am not up to the challenge right now. I do however need to knit some new dishcloths. Mine are all looking a little tired and grey right now. Like me, ha.
Look! There are those kitchen tiles you helped me choose.
• I just listened to What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt on audiobook. Alternately tedious and so moving that I sobbed during that tricky bit where you come off the Ring Road at peak hour and suddenly the Tulla merges with the Calder and I was grabbing tissues and gulping while simultaneously merging left for my exit. Sheesh. Powerful book. (Yet tedious).
• I'm reading thirdcat's book. Squeee! In fact I selfishly have two copies of it on my bedside table; one from the library and one for mine own self.
• Two copies of the Handmade Help Cookbook landed on my doorstop the other day to distribute to two families we know who lost everything in the Black Saturday Bushfires. One will be delivered tomorrow when Son #1 has his music lesson and the other will be delivered as soon as semester break comes around (two weeks time) and I can get back to spinning group.
• Has anyone seen the version of Wuthering Heights starring Ralph Fiennes (I know, I know) and Juliette Binoche? Any reviews you care to share?
• If you had bought a brilliant red coat from an op shop recently, and you were also in possession of a pink[ish] complexion, blue eyes and silvery grey hair, what colour scarf do you imagine you might wear with said red coat? Current thoughts are deepest darkest blue, chocolate brown, or charcoal grey. Edited to add: I don't currently HAVE scarves in all those colours, I need to knit one, and require assistance with colour recommendations to go with red. Thank you.
• The Spring, she has sprung. (That wasn't a question).
• I'm thinking of fiddling with the look on my blog. (I heartily recommend this as an effective procrastination tool). Any special requests?