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NaNo and other things

I seem to have come down with a case of starteritis. Which is a very bad condition to get when in the middle of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. This means things don’t go well.

But I did start these:

It’s a secret what it’s going to end up being, but as you can see, they’re two of them and I’m using the “Magic Loop” method of knitting. The yarn is made in Italy, I got it on sale last week at the Hub Mills Factory Store in Lowell, MA which has now moved to N. Billerica and will be reopening on the 22nd. But I thought that it being from Italy was appropriate for what I was going to use it for.

And if you can’t tell, I’ve been playing with novelty stuff for my phone’s camera:

It’s fun and I like the retro-look (at least in photographs, not much else though).

I’ve also been working, rather industriously actually, on that baby blanket that I’ve been working on forever. I’m over halfway through the second skein of yarn and I think one more after that will make it the perfect length. And if it isn’t perfect I can block it into the correct shape.

In other new, my Nano is going, I’m not having any more 2,000 words days, but it’s still going and that’s what counts. I actually made the local paper (I’ll post a link if you’re really interested) and I’m going to be interviewed again when November’s all over.

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Also, my birthday is tomorrow (Nov 15) and I’m going to be 24. I share the date with my grandfather (may he rest in peace) but he was born in 1921 and I was born 69 years later. We always had a special connection, I was his only granddaughter and we spent a lot of time together. I tend to think about him a lot now around my birthday because we did share the day and it was always something special. It was interesting, because I was born on his birthday, and he passed on the anniversary of my Bat Mitzvah. It’s interesting how those little things in life work out.

My paternal grandmother passed not quite a year after my grandfather (who was my mother’s father) and she passed five days before my 21st birthday. I know that 21st birthdays tend to be a very big deal but I was in no mood to celebrated when my rolled around. My friends made up for it the next year. Which I take as a signal of having really good friends. When, on your birthday (after a very bad week at which you had to go to a funeral), they just take you out to dinner, order you a glass of wine and just make you laugh all the way through dinner. That’s the kind of friends everyone needs.

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Speaking of friends, I saw a very good friend of mine named Ben yesterday. He was in Boston for the weekend and we had a blast, taking the Duck Tours and going to the Museum of Science. It was a great day. I hadn’t seen him in about a year and it was great to hang out with my ‘brother’ again. Cause that’s how we think of each other, as siblings. He’s a great friend and it was great to see him again.

The following are pictures from yesterday.


Did you know that they keep the gas lamps lit in Boston 24/7 because it’s cheaper than hiring people to light them?

That’s Ben and me, I’ve got my Hufflepuff Scarf on and he’s in the hat.

Wohoo! Amphibious vehicle!

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