Friday, August 17, 2007

The Continuing Adventures of an Obsessed Fan

Obsession 1: STITCHING --
Guess what – the Westside Club is having Stitching Night again. Judy called this meeting to order. It was her birthday last week, but her present isn’t in yet so we haven’t had the party. My bet is while I’m home at mom’s next week, it will arrive. C’est la. Gift or no, we’re getting together for a night of stitching and gossip.

Yesterday I thought I’d name the evening Finishing Night and haul along the pile of ornies I have to finish, but then I just went to get them out and realized not only would some planning need to take place, but some ironing too and I’d have to clean off the kitchen table to get the mini ironing board out so not tonite. If any finishing takes place tomorrow it will be the things I already had all set to go. At least for those all I need to do is find the needles, ribbons, and sewing thread. What? You don’t believe I could possibly stitch fast enough to have a “pile” to finish. Well, hmpf:
ornies awaiting finishing as of 8/16/2007
more ornies for finishing 8/16/2007

And those shots don’t even include the one I finished Tuesday! So there!

Obsession 2: FAMILY TREE --
In other matters, I’ve become obsessed, and I do mean, thoroughly and completely obsessed with my family tree. I never was before. I kinda thought it would be nice to write down the tree as far as including the people I’d met, but beyond that I always thought it was sort of silly to go tracing back a dozen generations to people you’d never heard of. And yet, I am a historian at heart and I was sucked in hook line and sinker. I’m going to blame Grandma Rosemary for it.
Grandma Rosemary
That's her featured in the local paper after years of poetry and letter writing, quilts, tatting, etc. for misc. communities and people across the country.

My compulsion was created and fed by “the Powers book.” Here’s the “colorful bit of it with pics of some of my more erstwhile kin:
It’s a family history of one of my great-grandparent’s people. Then the book got a little tiring so I looked up a straggler on the web and there I went. Next thing you know, there I was staring at Charlemagne on my computer screen. Sure I need to do some double checking, but it looks like the Holy Roman Emperor is my 39th great grandfather, and I’m also the 42nd great grand daughter of Alpaide, The Concubine of Austrasia. LOL Cool, huh?

The truly hysterical thing will be giving a copy to my cousin Craig who shared the notes he took from our Grandpa with us. Those notes and personal knowledge got us about 50 people. I just hit 1400 tonight. Lol Won’t he be surprised! That’ll be cool. Now to just reconnect with my dad’s people. He wasn’t so much for talking about family – oh sure there was the traditional up hill both ways in the snow to school, eating scraps and being proud to have them, going to the hospital in a horse-drawn ambulance, but beyond that he wasn’t much of a chatter on the topic.

Want to help with the continuing plans for the “cool packing” for CopperCon? Are any of you this over-excited about travel????
1. Reading – let’s see I’ll need a Pratchett on CD and the portable CD player (essential sleep accompaniment). I’ll also need such Charlaine Harris books as I have that are not yet signed. I should ask Anita (are you reading this Anita????) if she’d like her Charlaine’s signed. And I think Simon needs to go on the plane with me. That should keep me in reading lit for the weekend …. As if I won’t shop. LOL Oh, heavens, I need to make sure I have a truly up-to-date library list. I hate buying dups. Annnnnd, I need a “you’ve already got me these” books list from Lennie.

2. Stitching – I think my final (???) secret piece will need to come with me for the plane. I’ll make every night a Resuscitate the Vierlanden Night. And for stitching at panels or while enjoying the Phoenix air (can you do that the second week of September in Phoenix or is it still too hot????) I’ll bring along the Midsummer Nights Designs’ Quaker Meeting House and/or Mirabilla’s Halloween Fairy. Hmmmmm I might need a couple Christmas ornies too. I mean what would happen if there was a sudden emergency and I got stuck in an airport for a day? I’d hate to run out of things to stitch! Lol

3. Oooo. Gotta remember to pack the camera’s battery recharger! After all, I will be going to the Heard(s)! I am so terribly excited about the Heards.

4. Memo to self: Find out if there’s a powwow in town that weekend. How cool would that be? Fry bread from another state – yum!

Quote of the day:
Next time you plan on saving my ass, tell me before I go to the store.
Mike Weston – Burn Notice

Current Favorite Viewing: Burn Notice and Ice Road Truckers
Just bought: Harry Dresden Season 1 -- woo hooo!!!
Just finished reading: Jasper Fforde’s The Big Over Easy – loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Almost instantly started: Fforde’s The Fourth Bear
Just started reading (again): Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
Still reading: Simon Green’s The Man with the Golden Torc


Kathryn said...

Wow, that is a LOT of ornies to finish. Congratulations!

Yes, packing. We went and got Express Orders for Japan Rail (you turn those in for REAL rail passes in Narita). But I am still not sure I have enough unread books to last 14 days (with two ten hour plane rides). Maybe I need more stitching to fill the time (but then I need more podcasts, too.) And clothes. It's 93 F in Tokyo and they are not too keen on sandals and shorts. Need cool long pants and dressy stuff for the Hugos and all the toiletries I can manage. Oh, decisions, decisions!

Michele said...

OMGosh gf! what a great assortment of ornaments! Are those all coming to MB in October??? drool ...

I love your quote .. we are hugh Burn Notice fans! It's delicious!