Friday, January 21, 2011

7 Quick Takes (Vol 101)


Hurrah it is Friday!!! And it is snowing. Joy. Can you feel the sarcasm from where you are? So here are my weekly Quick Takes drivel. After you wallow in the idiocy that is my life make sure that you click on the pic above to be whisked, at the speed of the snow accumulating on my deck, over to Conversion Diary to see what everyone else has been doing.

And now……on with the drivel.

I am participating in a read along of all the Harry Potter books in anticipation of HPDH part 2 arriving soon at a theater near you in July. Trust me, I have read all the books before but it has been a long time for some of them.

I finished HP and the Sorcerer’s Stone on Thursday and was surprised to find, when I looked it up in my database, that it had been 10 years since I read it the first time. And I have to say that I had a difficult time at first just hearing the book in my head and not having the strong impressions from the movie intrude. I want to hear the book as I did the first time that I read it. Not that I don’t love the movies because we all know that I do, most emphatically. But I just want to concentrate on the books for a bit.

And to be reminded of how much I love them.

I am a belt AND suspenders kind of girl. I have all sorts of things backed up onto my external hard drive. All my pictures are there. Important documents are there. But, I also have decided to invest in having everything backed up to Carbonite.

Lets go to the cloud!

But let me tell you, this first back up is taking A…….LONG……TIME.

I knew it would, I do have about 20,000 pictures as well as all that other stuff. They tell you that it will. But I don’t think that I was prepared for it to take this long. It looks like it will take about 2 weeks.

Now, there have been some other computer issues this week and that may have slowed things down. I lost almost a whole day yesterday. And the more you are using your computer the slower Carbonite is backing up.

But I will feel so much better when it is all done.

So much better.


HHBL is a saint of a husband.

IMG_4707AA saint. And I will say it again and again and again.

I am often not the easiest person to live with.

Cough, cough, cough.

I know that is hard for you to believe.

And this week, and perhaps for weeks before that, I have been a crabby and unreasonable mess. Impatient. Frustrated.

And he has just taken it all in stride. Which is how he is.

A saint!


I am sorry Mom. I killed it. I didn’t mean to. I treated it just like you told me to…….

IMG_1208 IMG_1209 But it is dead. Dead as a doornail. Dried. Withered. Retched in it’s forlorn and passed away state.

One day it was happy. The next it had been overtaken by winds from the Sahara.

I bow my head in shame.


I have started with a new book club this week, we met for the first time last night. This group didn’t really start out to set up a book club, my friend Michelle commented of Facebook, “Hey I am reading this book does anyone want to read it along with me.”  and a number of us responded. It was great (Hi Elizabeth)! It has been several years since I participated in a book club and I have missed it more than I thought. What a great pleasure to be able to sit around and have some excellent discussion with others who have given a thoughtful reading of a difficult book. We are reading The Lost by Daniel Mendelsohn and it has been an engrossing if sometimes difficult read.

I found it!! I thought it was lost!! I didn’t see it where I always keep it……..

IMG_1210 My Gameboy!!!

We bought all the progeny Gameboys one year before a vacation to Mexico (this was obviously a LONG time ago). It was a brilliant move on our part I must say. They played in the pool and played with their Gameboys and life was glorious. Of course we had to make at least one trip to the grocery store to get more batteries. I learned a lesson with that and now make sure that I always have extra batteries with me when I travel overseas.

I have been playing endless games of Tetris Plus. I cannot stop myself. And I have remembered how abysmally poor I am at Tetris Plus.

But I cannot stop.


Do you ever get Blogger’s Block? Well I certainly do. I am struggling with it these days. What to write. Does anyone even read what I write? Does it matter if no one reads? Am I relevant?  It may be a topic all on it’s own at a later date. Of course, it never helps that here at Chez Knit it is January and that means that we are deep into winter. It is snowing even as I write this and it is blustery and cold which also isn’t a surprise. Sometimes I have to force myself to sit down and write something. It is a good exercise for me but hard.

And when you encounter people in daily life who look at you and say,

Blog? Why would you blog? Is that a good use of your time?

And you just stand there, mouth opening and closing like a fish flopped out onto the beach gasping for air, looking for an appropriate and pithy answer. And all you can come up with it…..

Because I like to?

Then that isn’t good.

Whine, whine, whine Deb. All you do is whine.


  1. Your 4 made me laugh. I, too, seem to share your plant expertise!

  2. How funny....I'm re-reading the HP books myself. I decided I wanted to after I saw DH Part 1 and couldn't remember a lot of the events. I think I may have purchased that one but forgot to read it!! :)

  3. If I lived near you, I might suspect that you had osmosis'd #7 out of my brain!

  4. I always enjoy your friday posts.

    I started blogging as another form of journaling that I can make "pretty" and never imagined anyone would actually want to read it, let alone follow it. Sometimes I feel the pressure to do more to make it more interesting to an audience but then I remember why I'm doing it. It's for me and I do enjoy the people I've met here as a result. If it ever becomes a chore, I'll quit.

  5. Fight through your Bloggers' Block--I need YOU to keep me motivated!
    Besides, that, I enjoy reading your posts tremendously.


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