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We’re having a good time in Ohio. We’ve met lots of interesting people – quite a few people who are very excited to be in Quilt National, quite a few others who are excited to meet live Quilt National exhibitors, friends and family of both camps… And I’ve gotten to meet people I’ve “done email with” for awhile or a long time and that is always a fun encounter.
I’ve heard some intriguing things about my own quilt, things I certainly never ponder before during or after making them. But it was interesting to hear what people think about when they look at it. Lots of people taking photos of it and I got asked quite a few questions about it.
One of the reactions I have to having a quilt in QN is “oooh – I’m in a show with some of my ‘heros’” — When you admire the work of someone for a number of years and suddenly there is their work hanging a few spots down from yours… well, it’s a good thing.
Travelling around Azeroth…. going to work….. commuting…. waiting for the Muse…..
In a bit – deepest, darkest (only at night I’m assuming) southern Ohio for the Quilt National opening.
Here are my only-inside-my-head replies to the question “so what have you made lately, Mary Beth?”
- I sent my brain out for cleaning about a year or so ago, and they lost it…..
- I was out on a walk one day and my brain sort of wandered off….Â I
see it occasionally now on a milk carton….
- Please come home brain — all is forgiven!Â Still love ya!Â I promise
to be less controlling….
hey they could work.Â But I’m sure we’ll still have a good time.Â If you’re going to be in deepest darkest southern ohio anytime soon,Â I’ll be there.
Sometimes it’s just out with the old, and in with something new and shiny! Wouldn’t it be way cool if the WoW stats applied in real life?
| Ring of Fearlessness
Binds when picked up
Requires Level 70
Equip: Increases damage and healing done by magical spells and effects by up to 24.
Equip: Increases spell critical strike rating by 20.
Use: Allows wearer to be fearless for shorter and gradually longer periods of time. Imparts courage to party members.
Whatever. Got a new ring to call my own.
I like this fellow over at the NYTimes anyway – his columns generally deal with very straightforward topics and solutions.Â Today’s piece is about equipping your own kitchen and now I know I really like him — he advocates for cast iron pans!Â (requires free registration).Â I love my old cast iron skillets and my much newer cast iron dutch oven.Â Nothing beats them for browning and yet non-stick qualities.Â Nothing beats them for heat distribution and retention.
My recommendation would not be to buy a new cast iron skillet but to go to a second hand or even an antique store and look at them.Â Don’t pay a lot of money for one.Â Look for a nice smooth finish on the inside and no apparent structural problems. Ask if they’ve done anything to them to put them in the decorative-only category.Â Take it home, wash it and season it.Â Then try it out!
That smooth finish priceless – andÂ comes with years of use.Â Modern, new ones are still good but all come with a pebbly finish.Â My dutch oven has that and is perfectly ok.Â But the old skillets?Â Like using good non-stick stuff, even for scrambled eggs!
This just in, via CNN: big long piece about why TV viewership is way down.
I’m not sure why this is news. And I can only think that it’s too hard for the networks to say “the programming isn’t all that good. OK, and we should at least have a new episode every week for each show that we put on…”
About the time I started muttering about the foolishness of plot lines on shows that I had previously looked forward to, and muttering more loudly about the ads that touted “all new episode this week!” – my attention was diverted by World of Warcraft. I made a clean break from watching TV (or in my case listening to it while doing other things) and found all my entertainment on my computer screen.
- Self-directed activity that changes moment to moment and provides challenge along the way.
- Interaction with real people although with the game interface inbetween us.
- Hours and hours of entertainment that doesn’t rely on someone else to choose for me.
- If I’m bored – pretty much my own fault.
I think I was looking for entertainment in TV – sometimes mindless, sometimes funny (funny, not abusive) sometimes sad (sad and touching, not grim and relentlessly scary).Â Maybe some relationships that I could relate to (not the “gee, I’m so screwed up that I can’t decide between the equally screwed up hunk or the fellow who seems gee-whiz nice who really likes me a lot, guess I’ll sleep with both sort of thing)….Â Oh and for weekly shows?Â How about a new show every week?Â duh.
If the high ups in the networks are worried maybe they should be.Â Not rocket science people.
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