When I worked at the Senate, John McCain was known for being nice to his staff. That of course should be the norm, but it was not by a long shot. So you knew the nice ones, the kind ones, the good ones, even if they may have beliefs and views that you did not share. It helped you to remember that at the end of the day, they were all just people. I also admire anyone who lives through torture and comes out of it with a desire to do good for everyone. I didn't agree with most of his politics, but I also feel he understood what being a public servant meant, which is a rare commodity these days. I will also never forgive him for giving Sarah Palin national recognition. But in the end, I hope Senator McCain had a quiet and peaceful passing into paradise.
My oldest great-niece is now moved into her dorm at Arizona State University, ready for the adventure that is college. I know she will do well, but I am surprised every day that I have a great-niece old enough for college, because how can I be that old?
This Tuesday night is Stitch 'n Pitch here, with our Phillies playing the Washington Nationals. A group of us are going, and I'm sure it will be fun and ridiculous. I hope Aaron Nola is pitching, since he is one of my most fave Phillies. Of course, it's also going to be a bazillion degrees hot with a bazillion percent humidity, which makes me wonder why this can't happen in June or something ...
One of the things that we were told about Hamlet is that he is particularly fond of tissues, paper towels, etc. This morning he proudly came upstairs holding an empty toilet paper roll that we had set at the door to the basement for recycling. If a dog can be beaming, he was. It's definitely one of the funniest things he has done since he's come here to live.
Hamlet continues to get comfortable with the cats, after not being sure what to do about them at first. They of course cannot understand why he doesn't go out of his way to cuddle with them, etc. like Dug used to do. The Koodle of course continues to take advantage of this, particularly by enjoying the dog pad while Hamlet is too polite to unseat him.
I have been knitting, though I have not been taking a lot of pictures of my knitting, mostly because I only think to do it when there is no chance of getting any decent shots, or I don't really have the time (i.e., I'm getting ready to leave for work). But I did recently add another row of squares to my blanket.
The top row is the newest. I am having fun making this, and though it only is worked on in fits and spurts, I'm not in a big hurry with it. Plus, I can't work on it too much at any given time or I become obsessed and then my hands hurt.
It's looking more and more like I won't be finishing my Edie top in time to wear it this year, though it's still a possibility, just not a definite possibility. The person who was going to help me fix the messed up sleeve is not available anytime soon, so I have to wait for her schedule to open up. I am certain it will be finished though, so I'm not worried. I am trying to decide what my next "big" project should be - I have several in mind, all of which I already have yarn to make, and all of which I have the desire to make. Maybe I'll put the names in a hat and draw a random winner ...
This past Friday, I got my hair cut for what very well may be the last time at the place I've been going. It makes me sad, because it was really close to home and the person who cut my hair understood what I wanted, and I like her so much. But they recently raised their prices significantly, and even if The Tim had a full-time job, the price is a bridge too far for me to spend on my hair. It's funny, I'll pay more than I should, up to a certain point and then I just can't go beyond that. Anyway, there is a woman who works at my dentist's office who has a great short haircut, and she gave me the name of where she goes. So I'm gonna give them a try at my next appt. The cost for a haircut there plus a tip would be pretty close to just the cost of the haircut where I'm currently going. It's not as close to home and they apparently book up pretty quickly, but it's worth a try. If you have been reading this blog for more than a little while, you know I'm really picky about my hair.
I guess that's about everything currently rattling around in my brain. Today's plans include cleaning up some things, heading out to see if I can find a couple of new shirts that I could wear to work (there are a couple of sales to check), and some knitting. The pair of socks I'm making for my brother-in-law's birthday are moving along quite well, thanks to self-striping yarn being so much fun.
What are you thinking about or working on these days? Is anything exciting going on in your life?