This blog is mostly going to be my little place to talk about the novel I am writing. Which is why I stole a quote from one of my favorite tv shows, as this novel I am writing, I plan to finish, and at times.. it feels like an impossible thing. Also this is to journal my move to the UK, and starting my own business as an Indie Yarn Dyer

The Things One Sees in the Graveyard….

This morning I woke up with time on my mind.

Specifically the passage of time.

All week long I’ve been complaining each day how I wanted the week to be over.
Then last night, I realized “tomorrow is Friday? wow.”

I was once again reminded how The Day it’s self goes slow, but the weeks go by quickly.
I mean, it’s already the 15th of May.
I find this time warp situation most interesting. Am I the only one who experiences it?

This has been on my mind because I’ve been doing a lot of math.
Not my favorite subject.
But I realized I have less than 2400 work hours left in this country.
It wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t broken up into 8 hour groups with 48 hours of nothingingness in between.

Man I can’t wait to get out of here. but yes, I did the math. 2400 work hours. Less than that, as that was on a 60 week time line. Which, this week is nearly over and it is also including the holidays.

Nope, I’m not counting down at all… *innocent whistle*

But yes this morning when I woke up, this was on my mind. It’s been on my mind a lot recently, but I’m sure it was compounded by having watched the season 3 finale of NCIS last night. Where, not to give things away for those who haven’t seen it… Gibbs ponders everything that has taken place in the last 15 years of his life. Well, that is a way to sum it up, but not the full and correct way. But to say anything further on it would give things away.

This being fresh in my mind, it really made me look this morning at the last 10 years of my life. Well, not so much all those ten years, but what I was doing 10 years ago.

This time 10 years ago… I was finishing up my very first year at High School. Yup, 9th grade. 1998-1999 was my Freshman year.

We had just moved to Colorado right before the start of school..

Columbine Highschool, as of this day.. would have been only a few weeks ago.
You know whats funny about that day….
I remember it rather clearly. It was “Senior Ditch Day” and I remember this one senior.. who was one of the “smokers”, he always wore this black leather trench coat. He was one of the many at my school who did. But this day, he didn’t. Infact he was quite… normal looking. He was wearing a white tshirt and a pair of blue jeans. Now, this might be normal to you.. but for him, it was odd. He always wore dark pants, a dark shirt, and his trench. He didn’t have his trench. We laughed about how odd it was. I don’t remember his reason for not wearing it.
I remember being in the office talking with my friend Amy. I was sitting no more than 10 feet from the principles office. She knew I was there, it was a study period and I often had free license to roam the school. They knew I was responsible, and so I never got in trouble. Lets see, that particular semester… I was actually the assistant to the Swim Coach, and the pool area had been particularly muggy that day which is why I was hanging out in the office.
I remember watching everyone in the office go on alert.
They didn’t say what was going on, but I remember Mrs Bailey come out of her office with her walkie talkie and listened to her as she gave the order to ‘quietly’ lock down the school.
The bell rang, and I went to my 7th period class. Which also was with my Swim Coach, as I was in Life Guard Training.
I was one of the few lower class men to be in the class.
I was sitting next to my other friend Amy, and we got the announcement.
We then of course put on the tv and watched the travesty unfold.
I remember sitting there and when they panned across the parking lot of the school.. I remember seeing a Yellow VW Bug. I remember giving a half hearted laugh and said “Yellow Bug” (as I don’t know if you ever played that game, but there was a game involving the Bugs and if you spotted one.. I don’t remember the rules)
I remember Amy looking at me and saying something about “how could I say that, with whats going on.” Then she paused and realized “oh. you need to laugh” (mind you, I’m paraphrasing right now)
She understood why I needed to laugh about something so silly as seeing a yellow VW Bug.

It did help lighten the mood in the room. (there were only like 7 of us in there)

School was then over. I don’t recall how I got home. Whether it was via a ride from my 1)Mom, 2)friend, or 3) the bus.. I honestly can’t recall.

Mom had not yet been diagnosed with cancer.
I was still a very good student. Participating in school plays, and the swim team, and a few other things.
I think my best friends were Jen(Diz) and Nix (Jess??) and of course Gabe.

10 years ago, Mom and I were living in a town house in Denver. I most likely had a mountain of laundry (it was a common occurrence that I quite literally wore every single piece of clean clothing I had before doing laundry, simply because we had to pay to use the washer and dryer, and it was always such a hassle.)
I didn’t know how to drive. I had absolutely no desire to learn. (Ironically, I wouldn’t actually learn for at least 5 years)

I saw my very first Hockey game that year I believe. Watched it on the Telly of course. It might have been the year after. I mean my memory is slightly fuzzy.

Alright.. enough of a trek down memory lane.

Last night, I cast on a new project. A project I had been putting off, as I was missing 2 skeins of yarn (well, I had bought enough for the project, but I got 4 skeins of 1 color, instead of 2 of one and 2 of another.)
I have decided to say screw it, and use the yarn I have.
I will not post pictures yet, as it is for someone.
I’ve never started a project like this, and it’s taking a bit to wrap my head about it. I’m sure I’ll do fine, it’s just… odd. I’m actually really liking the colors. I might have to make one for myself. I mean, I had saved the pattern for myself as well before I ever decided to make it for someone else.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
I did enjoy this one. Though, I have to say I am annoyed that it was a different actress that played Sonja. Yes, I realize the original actress was.. not an actress. She was Miss Turkey ’03 if I remember correctly. (The country, not the bird..)
I can understand then why they didn’t use her. I mean all she did was writhe while chained up. Not much acting involved.
But I remember Sonja in the #1 (and #2) as being blond. The actress they used for Rise of the Lycans, was very much not blond. And it kind of bugged me.
Michael Sheen of course was fabulous as Lucien.
Bill Nighey of course is brilliant as always. No one could ever play Viktor like him.
It was nice to see everything from the Lycans point of view.
I will of course own it.

Having just watched the trilogy, I have to say I’m very glad I did. I forgot how much I love the movies… and it brought an interesting perspective to my own writing. Mostly the “rules” of the Vamps.
These vamps are not “dead”. They are immortal, and need blood to sustain them.
They can bear children, as they are not dead. They can in fact age… (look at Viktor)
I like the reasoning behind why they are what they are. It’s a genetic defect, but they didn’t go too much into the science. (Well, they did a bit, but not going so far as to claim “it’s nano technology, and we are from Atlantis!” (ahem.. looking at you Lynsay Sands) )

If I continue, I’ll start rambling.

Yesterday, I was reading the blog of one of my Boys..
Alan Doyle from Great Big Sea. Now you all know I am a huge fan. His most recent blog amused me. It was talking about his experience while filming the new Robin Hood movie.
Yup,Ridley Scott is directing… Russell Crowe is Robin… Cate Blanchette is Marion .. and a little musician from Nova Scotia is playing Allan A’Dayle. We know him better as Alan Doyle from GBS.
I’m very happy that he got a role in it.
But so he was musing on his recent adventures in regards to his horse Arthur. Arthur is a screen veteran, and has been in many many recent horse involved movies.

For those interested in reading the quite amusing musing, here is the link:

Alan From The Road

Today is Friday, and I shall be going to see Angels and Demons today. Woohoo. I can’t wait.

In other knitting news… I have discovered the pattern I will use for my Avalanche Hockey sweater.
Oh yes, I had forgotten to mention that.
I cannot stand the team sweaters (jerseys) that are out there. They are made of material that.. I can’t stand to have near my skin.
Not to mention, they are never flattering for the female form.
So, I’m going to knit myself one. A little reminder of home as it were.
Now, I’m a huge fan of the 3rd Jersey, when it comes to the Av’s.

This one: And ignore the “Your name” part, it’s from a website that will do custom jerseys.

I have found the pattern I’m going to use for the base sweater. The only thing I will have to change, will be the neck line, as I do in fact want it to lace up.

There is no good way to link to the pattern I’m gonna use, as most of my readers are not Ravelry peeps.
I will be buying my yarn from KnitPicks, as they have the right colors, and it’s cotton. Woohoo for cotton!

I haven’t decided if I’m going to put “Wicked” on the back, and my number, or if I’m going to put my last name. Which… with how long this sweater will take me… My last name by then will be Grandison, so I still haven’t decided what I shall do. Either way, I’m not going to put a real player on the back, because.. that would be like picking your favorite children. I’ve just got too many.
I think, in a pinch.. I might pick Roy… but meh… I don’t know.
I think I’ll put up a vote when it comes time.

Still reading Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs. It is quite enjoyable, and I’m zooming through it. Though, I think I understand why some people have problems reading the books. There are times I laugh because the description to me at least seems a bit.. Technical. I don’t know if it’s just me or not, but there was a scene, the only “romantic” scene in the entire book thus far (and i’m nearly finished the book), and it was very “His hands were here.. then they moved here counter clockwise” I don’t know.. it just felt… a little like a text book lol.

But it’s still enjoyable. I’m still so early in the series that I quasi try to put faces to characters. Like, I’m thinking that the Booth character in the show is the Detctive Ryan character in the books. So, for me.. I see Detective Ryan as David B. Not bad at all lol, but I don’t know if that is supposed to be the closest book character to the tv character.

Does that make sense?

Alright, I guess I’ve yammered enough. I’ll certainly let you know what I think about Angels and Demons.

Oh, and today’s blog title, is not as profound as you might have suspected. I was just listening to the Repo Soundtrack before coming into work.


One response

  1. Leslie

    Wow, so much in such a little space.

    May 15, 2009 at 2:36 pm

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