I was going to show you photos of the Zenzi scarf today, but something very strange happened. It rained all day. I had almost forgotten what that windshield wiper thingy was for in the van. So it was gloomy and wet and not good photo taking weather.
I was also going to show you a project that I started on Saturday that is about to get ripped out. I figured we didn't really need terrific lighting for that. But then DH started watching a movie and even though I KNEW I shouldn't watch it, I got caught up and sat through the whole thing. Then I took a shower and sobbed crazily where no one could hear me.
It was a very good movie, calling Taking Chance with Kevin Bacon as the Marine officer who escorts home the remains of a young Marine killed in Iraq. Yeah, you'd think I could have known it might make me a bit emotional. I avoid movies with kids dying, spouses dying, military people dying, animals dying, war, natural disasters, and pretty much anything else that is unfortunate. It really drains me to get so sad about a movie. Anyway, before I got all teary I did notice that Kevin Bacon is even hotter now than he was in his Footloose era. Nice, Kevin, very nice.
We went to Las Cruces on Saturday to go to the Farmer's Market. We hadn't been since the end of December and it's a good way to hang out on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, the guy who sells the most delicious pecan trail mix wasn't there, so I was denied my ziploc baggie full of yum.
I've been trying VERY hard not to buy any more sock yarn. There was something of a binge in the recent weeks and I'm overwhelmed by how many things I want to knit. So I've kind of made a goal not to buy any more yarn, particularly sock yarn, until after we move. Except I had a $25 credit at The Loopy Ewe tonight and there was a perfectly wonderful skein of nummanumma Toasty called Blue Cheese. And I love blue (bleu?) cheese dressing, but I hardly ever eat it on salad anymore because it's mega-fattening. So the credit paid for the skein and I really only paid for shipping, so that shouldn't count. But now I'm done.
I mention this because I purposely did NOT go into the yarn store in Las Cruces. Usually, after the 45 minute drive and my morning Diet Coke, I need to use a restroom quite badly. Unravel is my first stop and of course, it would be rude just to use the bathroom and not at least peruse the shop, which often leads to standing at the cash register handing over my Visa.
Instead, we went to the COAS used bookstore to use their less attractive bathroom and it occurred to me look for travel books. The place is an absolute warren of messy shelves and room after room of books. I found the travel books but couldn't see the need for a book about Europe from 2001. I asked if they had any German language books and whoaaaa....did they ever.
I'm very fixated on learning German right now. It's like a crazy complicated puzzle and I love puzzles. The Rosetta Stone program I'm using is great in many ways, but there's no English written or spoken at all. It's all photos and written/spoken German. Which works fine for learning "three dogs". The voice says "drei Hunde" and I click on the photos with three pooches. It's a little harder for things that aren't as concrete. Is the kid pointing to the girl who looks like him saying, "This is my sister." or "Here is my sister." or "She is my sister."? The grammar part is very confusing for me.
I found several German lesson books, not the kind just for tourists, but for language study. My favorite is a volume published in 1979 called "German in 3 Months". I appreciate the time frame there. If they'd called it "German in 3 Weeks", the pressure would have been too much. But we just happen to be moving in 3 months, so it's clearly meant to be. It lists all the verb tenses and all kinds of grammary things. In fact, I'm more hindered by not knowing what the English grammar means. Past participle? Auxillary verbs? Pluperfect subjunctive?
Also, say what you will about the English language and it's wack-a-doo rules. At least we only have one article for nouns. THE. (Okay, there's also A and AN, but you can use THE as a default nearly all the time.) Everything is THE. The yarn. The whoopee cushion. The cactus. The Elvis impersonator. None of this masculine, feminine, neuter nouns. No das, der, dem, die. Just THE. Sure it's impossible to figure out how spelling works in English. Sure we have all kinds of grammar issues, too. But only one article.
For example, THE END.