Monday, July 06, 2009

Hodgepodge to annoy LL & the Good Doctor

Along with consistent catblogging to annoy LL to the nth degree (no, I haven't forgiven you for the whole Crosby thing yet), I've decided to tell you what I've been up friend Stephanie (from work) told me that I should occasionally knit for myself (I rarely do) and I was telling her about Beth and she said, You two need to pick a month when you knit only for yourselves. It was an idea that piqued my interest. So, I wrote to Beth and said that during the month of June we needed to knit something for us. And since we are who we are, we still knitted for others, but we had to work on something for ourselves more.

I had bought a number of knitting books in June and I chose this sweater (I liked the pattern, but even better, I had the necessary yarn) from them. In case that link doesn't work perfectly, it's on page 30 and it's pink - while mine is most definitely not.

I have finished the back and have started the front and I could have probably come close to finishing the knitting part of it this weekend, but I spent it re-reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, in preparation of re-reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince prior to seeing the movie next week. It's going to be an exciting month of movie watching as I've already seen one in the movie theater, and with HP6 coming out, that'll be TWO movies in one month in the theatre. It's craziness...and it'll probably be it for the year, unless I can catch HP6 at the IMAX.

Is anybody watching le Tour de France? I love it and am excited about this season and hoping like hell there's no bloody stupid doping scandal(s) this year. I'll be happy with any number of winners - the only one I don't want to see win is Cadel Evans. Anybody but him and I'll be pleased as punch - unless he's improved on his personality since last year - which I doubt.

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At Tuesday, 07 July, 2009, Blogger LL said...

Don't make me start posting Crosby everyday...

I will you know.

At Tuesday, 07 July, 2009, Blogger Evil Twin's Wife said...

I'm like you, I never know what to knit for myself, so I do stuff for others. Cute kitty! :-)

At Tuesday, 07 July, 2009, Blogger Fantasy Writer Guy said...


At Tuesday, 07 July, 2009, Blogger Kathleen said...

LL - You don't even like him.

ETW - Oh, it's not that I don't know what to knit for myself, it's that I'm too Catholic and feel guilty (and selfish) if I do that.

FWG - ;-)

At Wednesday, 08 July, 2009, Anonymous The Zombieslayer said...

Knitting is a good thing. Anything that uses your hands uses your mind and keeps your mind active. Proof of that is that people who use their hands in hobbies (playing a musical instrument that requires manual dexterity, knitting, etc) have much lower rates of dementia.

As for HP, one of my favorite subjects. I used to have arguments with people that Snape was a good guy. I won't say anything to give anything away but even after everything happened, I still believed Snape is a good guy.

OK, SPOILER ALERT. Do not read if you haven't finished HP6 yet...

After a certain good wizard was killed by Snape, I still thought he was a good guy. Why? I knew that it was a mercy killing and that that certain wizard asked him to do it. The true reason was found in the next book, but it turned out I was partially correct.

Can't wait to see HP6. I was really upset with HP5's movie because I thought it was the worst movie in the series, and even more upset when I found out the same guy will be directing HP6. HP5 was my favorite book, but HP3 was my favorite movie.

At Wednesday, 08 July, 2009, Blogger Kathleen said...

ZS - You're funny. I read the HP books as soon as they came out, generally finishing on the first day. I'm on at least the third reading of Book 6, but thanks for offering the spoiler alert. I had been wanting to re-read them but had so many other books to read I just wasn't getting there. But with the movie coming out next week I had to get it done, so I can be properly annoyed when they mess something up. And I've already decided that I'm re-reading HP7 next. Thank heavens, knitting is good at exercising the mind, since it makes the yarn stash more acceptable. ;-)

At Thursday, 09 July, 2009, Blogger dr sardonicus said...

Just give the cats the ball of yarn then...

At Friday, 10 July, 2009, Blogger Beth said...

Awww, that's a cute pic. Can't wait to see sweater pics!

At Sunday, 12 July, 2009, Blogger Dr Jenn said...

he looks so put out in that picture! LOL. Were u making him hold still or something?

Yeah on for HP6!

Kittens destroyed the LR while I cleaned the kitchen. GRRR>

At Sunday, 12 July, 2009, Blogger Kathleen said...

ZS - I actually didn't read down all the way. DOH! Anyway, re-reading the books is helping me get over my hatred of Snape...and I understand more why he did what he did and why he was so angry. I was thinking about that while driving home today (started HP7 last night). Now, HP3 was my favorite book, but it was my least favorite movie...I *hate* that they added that bit of Lupin making to attack Harry and Hermione when that didn't happen in the book and didn't, IMHO, add anything to the movie.

Dr - Can't do that...stupid Igor has actually eaten yarn. *eyes rolling* He won't eat snacks or treats that I give him, but he eats paper and yarn.

Dr J - Nope, *look! no hands!* - Sometimes he just has that look on his face. He's so funny.

At Monday, 13 July, 2009, Anonymous Woof said...

Yes, I've been watching Le Tour. It's going to be interesting, given just how stacked the Astana team is (btw, check the rumor mill about Alonso from F1 and Contador possibly getting a cycling team going)...

Mont Ventoux should be good, if it's relatively close still.


At Tuesday, 14 July, 2009, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Kathleen - You serious? HP3 was the best movie by far, and one of my all-time favorite movies. It was a good movie all around and directed by a damn good director. I wish Cuaron stayed on and directed 4, but he declined.

I read the last 3 books the first day. We went to HP parties and bought the books that night and read them immediately cover to cover. Kind of regret doing that, but that's just how I am.

SPOILER ALERT - do not read if you've only gotten to book 5

I happen to love Snape. Harry's father was a prick. Snape was just some nerd minding his own business. He got the evil words though from Harry's mother and despite that, was in love with her his entire life.

Despite the resentment for James, Snape did everything he could to protect Harry, even though Harry reminded him of James.

Yeah, it's not fair to pass the guilt from father to son, but nobody's perfect. Snape's best quality of all was staying true to Dumbledore. If anyone risked it all, it was Snape. Just like I argue the child who suffered the most was not Harry but Neville. There are things worse than death.

Snape was also the 3rd toughest wizard behind Dumbledore and Voldemort (I'm manly man, not afraid to say his name). I was really hoping he had his shot in the end.

My favorite adult character though was Sirius Black, probably followed by Lupin. Now I can see why you didn't like that scene in HP3, but the reason is watch Snape's instinctive reflex. That reflex is a foreshadowing to what happens several books later. It does add a lot to the character of Snape.

At Wednesday, 15 July, 2009, Blogger Kathleen said...

Woof - Rowlin' is watching, too. He's not a Lance fan. I'm a stage behind and won't catch up today because I'm off to see HP6. It'll probably be Saturday before I catch up. *sigh*

SPOILER ALERT (in case somebody who cares hasn't read them yet.

ZS - I think that I might appreciate HP3 movie now more...but at the time it really pissed me off. I have to see it again.

I didn't regret reading them in the first day because I would have been seriously PISSED if anybody had spoiled the books for me. I heard stories of people who drove past bookstores when HP6 came out and yelling who dies. I wanted to avoid that possibility.

With the re-reading I can view Snape's anger and such through Books 5-7 as knowing that he's losing everything to help them defeat Voldemort. In the end, it was the kindest thing Voldemort ever did - killing Snape - what kind of life could he have had after Voldemort was defeated to be thought of as a Death Eater and the killer of Dumbledore. Yes, James was a bit of a prick, but teenagers are shitheads. He apparently reformed enough for Lily to have married him.

I agree with you about Sirius and Lupin as favorite adult characters - although I do think quite highly of Minerva McGonagall. Of course, I love Maggie Smith, so that probably helps. HP3 was my favorite book because it gave me hope about Harry escaping the Dursleys and having a happy home life...which is why I have problems with HP5 - that hope is say nothing about how horrible that Umbridge person was. I seriously wanted to slap the shit out of her. And really, how bloody hard would it have been to have her wear the black bow in the movie???

At Thursday, 16 July, 2009, Anonymous The Zombieslayer said...

SPOILER ALERT - Do not read if you haven't gotten to book 5 or so.

I love her too. But one bad thing about JK Rowling is she didn't have her kick ass like we all wanted her to in HP7. I wanted to see her kill at least one Death Eater. Instead, she was a background character for the entire book.

As for HP3, watch it as a movie separate from the HP series and just watch it as you never read the books and you're watching a film with great sets, great coloring, wonderful character development, good dialog, and the right amount of twists and surprises. It's no coincidence that my love for the HP books aside, I actually put this movie as one of my all-time favorite films. It's the only HP film that's in that list.

Now back to Snape. Imagine having to pose as a bad person and not have any friends. As much as people like to believe they enjoy being alone, 99.99% of people do want some company. Snape has none, and has to intentionally alienate everyone. Yes, he's not the most agreeable person to begin with but that's besides the point.

As for Umbridge, Rowling did a great job at making someone so hateable I wanted to step inside the book and strangle her. She got me so angry. She's probably one of my most hated fictional antagonists of all-time. Plus, she's Lawful Evil (in Dungeons and Dragons terms), which is the exact opposite of me, and she's for everything I'm against (from a political perspective).

I love Maggie Smith too. Yates could have done more with her.

At Friday, 17 July, 2009, Blogger trinamick said...

Not much for knitting around my house, though a friend's little boy crocheted a bracelet for me the other day. I can barely sew a button on that stays on more than a day. The closest I get to domestication is cooking for others. Even then, it's a gamble. :)

At Friday, 17 July, 2009, Blogger Kathleen said...

Trina - I don't even cook for myself...I just can't be bothered. Are you wearing your crocheted bracelet? That's so sweet.


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