Saturday, May 12, 2007

Springtime in California...Pretty!

Enjoying the lovely spring in the Bay Area, and feeling like there's something I haven't done.


Oh, yeah, I’ve been tagged by Jane Ann to reveal some random facts and idiosyncracies about myself (moi, idiosyncratic? Nah!) and am finally finding a few minutes to post.

1. I was a professional ballet dancer in my earlier years, a founding member of Oakland Ballet in 1965. We performed in the Bay Area and toured around the Pacific Northwest. Sadly, the company became defunct last year. Being a member of a touring company is an interesting state of affairs: fun, nerve-wracking, infantile at times, satisfying and thrilling at others. I really enjoyed these years of my life.

2. My internal temperature control is set on a hair trigger: 68 degrees F. is just right. 65 degrees is freezing, and 73 degrees is boiling. Just ask my DH! He also says my speed tolerance is too fine-tuned: 65 mph is fine, 63 and I start asking if he’s zoning out, 67 and I wonder what’s the hurry. I think I have to cop to this…

3. I hate people. Well, actually, I love CERTAIN people (all of you, for instance!) but I hate people in large groups. Maybe I’m just really shy, or maybe I have an antisocial streak. Personally, I think it dates back to being raised in the country and having to find ways to amuse myself. I enjoy my own company and am seldom bored. I can always find something to do that amuses me…reading and writing blogs, for one! Quilting (or knitting) for another.

4, I hate to cook, except when I don’t…that is, I enjoy cooking occasionally, for friends and family or to try out an interesting recipe. I hate the day to day, breakfast-lunch-dinner production line, and especially coming up with what-to-eat ideas. However, I LOVE to eat, and as we now live in the country in Australia, I’m having to come to terms with more cooking than I really like. If I had a zillion bucks, I’d have a cook!

5. I love to read, but have gotten tired of amassing too many books. This was a fall-out, I think, of two major moves in three years. I gave away many, many books when we moved from the Sierra Nevada Foothills back to the Bay Area, and then made heavy use of the Marin County Library system. I’m slowly coming back to the land of buying paperbacks again, but I’m really trying to keep the numbers down.

6. I tend to be just the teensiest bit compulsive (like, none of you are like that, right?). If I’m going to make a black and white quilt, I have to buy a gazillion blacks and whites, more than I could use in ten black and white quilts, because once I get into it I want to have just the “right” black and white.

7. I love plants and flowers, and have a need to know the botanical names of all the plants I grow. However, now that we are living in the land of the scary snakes, my actual gardening activities will be curtailed to plant selection, supervision and observation. Maybe I’ll finally have fingernails again!


8. And I have to add an eighth item, after reading the above items, since I have another observation about myself. I have Overactive Exclamation Point Disorder...OEPD...have you noticed that?


In other news, I tried to buy some fabric to back the As Time Goes By quilt, which is the next one queued up on my to-finish list, but they didn't have enough yardage. Gee, I guess this means I meed to make a visit to the LQS before we head for home in a week or so.


And finally, here's what I've been doing at the apartment, since I don't have a sewing machine here...pretty, huh? The yarn is Koigu KPPPM and it was a dream to knit. Also, I knit these on 3mm needles, which seem absolutely huge after using 2.5mm for the last couple of pairs.

14 comments:

Patti said...

I can so relate to parts of your list - 3, 4 and 6 to be exact. I think a lot of quilters are probably like that - we have no trouble amusing ourselves for hours on end. We come up for air only when we want someone else's opinion or need someone to hold up a quilt for a picture. And I certainly relate to your compulsive fabric shopping - as my sewing room stash can attest to!

Libby said...

Number 3 - that's me! I'm okay in a big group as long as I can just sit back and observe - but a quiet afternoon alone or with Hubby is plenty to sustain me.

floribunda said...

hmm -- could we possibly be related? (2,3,7...)

I love that Koigu! I'm doing a scarf out of it right now; it knits like a dream.

Jane Ann said...

You are a good sport! I already knew how neat you are, and now so does everyone else.

Rian said...

You would like living on the central coast (San Luis Obispo area). The temperature is almost always 68 degrees.

Like you, I love solitude and quiet and could be quite happy alone for loooooong periods of time.

The Calico Cat said...

I've got number 6, too! (900 cat prints can attest to it!)

Wendy said...

I just found your blog and just love it. I can relate to #3 & 4.
But what I noticed the most is your socks, I just started and really really like knitting socks.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

I drool over the Koigu on websites - the colours are so amazing. Glad you got your ointy sticks on the plane.

Clare said...

No. - that's me. Doing a blue and pink quilt? Why not buy up the entire stock and make blue and pink quilts forever - not!

Clare said...

I meant No 6. Blasted French keyboard.

QuiltingFitzy said...

I figured out what to do with my paperbacks, once they're read. I write my name and city and state, and under it: Please enjoy, sign, and pass on.

I've made 2 huge moves within 2 years as well. There just isn't any reason to hang on to those books if I've already read them.

Mary said...

I probably could have written about 3/4 of your list about myself however I was really impressed to read that you'd been a professional ballet dancer.

I had also told myself that I was going to use the library more with this last move and buy fewer books but so far I haven't kept that promise.

Tonya R said...

I'm definitely with you on 3 and 4. I love to read and woefully miss having a library. It makes my husband crazy that I read library books and neglect the ones I already own - but I do that with a reason - when I don't have a library to use I still have something to read, at least for a little while. We're lucky enough not to have to pack and move our own belongings at least, so someone else gets to do the heavy lifting...

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Hi, soumds like your trip is fine, I'm sith you on the cooking, I'm only 37 though!! I have to provide healthy food for a good 20 plus years yet! Would that cook travel between NSW and Vic? Tracey