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While breakfast cooks....a variety of short things [Dec. 25th, 2012|10:56 am]
It's Christmas morning, and I didn't get to bed until around 2 am (singing late service, then driving back from city)  so this morning has been s...l...o...w, and I'm still tired.   Good music, good singing, but I'm a natural lark, not an owl.  A little rain last night--just enough to make the dry dust sticky--but the main rains passed well north of us, and now it's sunny and clear.  Which means when the streets dry off, I need to ride the bike today. 

On the fitness side of things, besides being in the week of 3 miles or more a day (leading to the next week of 4 miles or more a day, and so on and so on)  the "numbers" are doing what they should.  Blood pressure's down, also resting heart rate, and recovery from exercise is much faster.  It takes more (distance, time, intensity) to raise heart rate.   BP's maybe halfway to where it should be, and resting heart rate ditto.  

On the work side of things, I was able to get the last bits of work on Limits of Power off to the publisher last week, so all that should be in hand.   There's a contest for an ARC over at the Paksworld blog -- poetry or verse on a related topic--with lots of fun entries.   The drawing will be sometime next week, when my brain's finished with the holiday stuff.   Some parts of the ARC are...um...quite different from what will appear when the book comes out in June, perhaps even more than usual with ARCs (which are printed before the page proofs have been corrected.  Anyway, I'll be back at work on the final book of Paladin's Legacy tomorrow. 

On the knitting side of things,  the third pair of red socks (Red Three) is now poised at the heel turn (one done, one to be done today)  and the very first pair of socks is now showing some wear.   I suppose learning to darn is my next task, but I think I'll try simple reinforcement first.  It's clear where I wear out socks, and that will help to pre-protect others.   I might even consider going down another needle size for a denser fabric (but I like breathable socks...hmmm.)    The last of the gift scarves made it to its intended recipient before Christmas, and she likes it.  Wore Christmas Eve, in fact.

Christmas dinner isn't in the oven yet (very late night, headache, moving slowly this morning) but will be soon.  Soon-ish.
   I want breakfast before I start cooking dinner.    Thanksgiving is the only time I'll put a bird in the oven before breakfast, and only because that's two birds and with lots of company coming.  This is a turkey breast, so it shouldn't take that long.   It'll feed the three of us,  even with one of us being very tall and capable of eating an immense amount without gaining weight.   (When I was his age, I could eat an immense amount without gaining weight too.  Almost 40 years makes a difference.) 

Update half an hour later: Christmas dinner IS in the oven now.   Bacon and a sausage are inside me and the headache is less while the brain seems to be stuttering towards fully awake.  I think a piece of pie would complete the cure.  SOMEbody has to make the sacrifice and more room in the fridge...

Update again:   Slice of pumpkin pie eaten (yum!)   Presents opened; I got quite a few opera recordings and a small DVD player to play them.   Husband got the new chain saw he wanted.   Son got the usual shoes, slacks, etc.  and a gift card to his favorite source of hamburgers.   And now,  time for a bike ride.  


From: (Anonymous)
2012-12-26 02:34 am (UTC)
Sounds lovely. Merry Christmas! May you have something to sing about each of the twelve days.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-12-26 05:13 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: EClaireMcLean
2012-12-26 04:36 am (UTC)

Christmas Day

Elizabeth Moon, you know a blue norther is a sign from God to settle down in the warmth once you've finished caring for your animals, not to go gallivanting about on a bicycle. Tomorrow will be warmer by afternoon. Glad you had a lovely Christmas. We did too with grandchildren being particularly enchanted by the boxes, fancy bags, and ribbons. The extremely cute frog with a book in his mouth was regarded with utter terror.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-12-26 05:16 pm (UTC)

Re: Christmas Day

I had a face-plant in the bed in the afternoon and woke up feeling headachy and stuffy. Today it's a full-blown cold. At least it's AFTER Christmas.

I should've started a batch of therapeutic chili yesterday or the day before, but lacking that, I went for the homemade chicken soup (from frozen components except for the Ro-Tel.) Nice and hot in both senses. One bowl's in me now, and I added some barley to make it a bit heartier. I may add some additional hotness.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2012-12-26 11:46 am (UTC)
I overdid it on christmas eve too; had a very slow and relaxed christmas day.

I hope yours was lovely, and that you had the energy for the dinner and guests, and a good rest afterwards.

Happy and safe holidays to you and yours!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-12-26 05:38 pm (UTC)
Fortunately no guests, just the family. today I have a cold, but nothing worse, so...a good time.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2012-12-27 12:02 am (UTC)
Ahh nice.
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[User Picture]From: hugh_mannity
2012-12-26 03:15 pm (UTC)
I use sock yarn for my socks and generally work them at a gauge of 8 - 9 st/in on US #2 needles.

I have a couple of pairs in a heavier yarn worked at a gauge of 6 st/in.

And two pairs where I messed up and knit the heavier yarn at 8 st/in. These two pairs are generally too warm to wear except in the depths of a New England winter. They do, however, still breathe very nicely.

Don't be afraid of working at a tighter gauge (unless you're using acrylic, which doesn't breathe anyway). The only downside is that it takes longer to make a pair of socks on smaller needles and you'll need to adjust your base pattern to allow for the different gauge.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-12-26 05:50 pm (UTC)
I use worsted weight yarn because I like thick socks, and get 6 1/2 st/inch on US #5 needles. I think I remember (from a gauge swatch done last year sometime) that I get 7 st/inch with the US #4. But I really can't see my work on anything smaller than #4 (and I have to squint a lot at #4, and some with the #5s.) So I won't be using the smaller needles.

I'm thinking that worsted weight with the US #4 needles would make a denser sock for winter--of course I'd have to redo the numbers to get the same size. The hiking socks my mother knit me decades ago were done on #4s, according to her notes. They were dense and a little stiffish--and cuff and leg no longer fit comfortably, thanks to weight and swelling.
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[User Picture]From: EClaireMcLean
2012-12-27 05:25 am (UTC)

Your knitting....

Remember the lovely thundercloud colored scarf you knitted for me? It has been wonderful armor against this norther. Thank you again!
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