Sunday, September 11, 2005

A little bit of everything

I'm having a hard time choosing just one subject for tonight's post. So I guess it's going to be a long jumble of various thoughts. Read on at your own risk!!

Today is the fourth anniversary of 9/11. It was on my mind a lot as we took the train into Manhattan yesterday. I remember how eerie it was, as I drove into work the next day, to see the highway traffic alert signs say "New York City Closed". It was really surreal, like it should be a movie or something, but it's actually real life. The city that never sleeps is closed. My dad is a volunteer EMT, and at first they were on call. The thought was that so many wounded would be coming out of the towers, the NYC hospitals would soon be over capacity, and wounded would be put on trains and sent to Connecticut for treatment. As we all know now, that never happened. Very few wounded came out.

I can tell you, after being in the city yesterday, that the NYC spirit has not been broken . . . that we pull together . . . and somehow life goes on. Broadway is still Broadway. And Spamalot was wonderful. It was, to quote the ads, "A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". Tim Curry played King Arthur and was phenomenal. David Hyde Pierce played a few roles, the largest being Sir Robin, and he totally blew me away. Even if no one in the theatre stood at curtain call, I knew I was giving him a standing ovation . . . but the whole theatre was on their feet when he came out. The play was silly and fun and went by in a flash. They poked fun at everyone and everything - including themselves and especially Broadway musicals. It's hard to pick favorite parts, but I guess I'd say "The Song That Goes Like This", A Very Expensive Forest (hint: black, like the cake), and "You Won't Succeed on Broadway". It was just a blast. Oh yes, and here's the obligatory NYC picture . . . everyone always see Rockefeller Center in the winter, but it's also quite beautiful in the summer too.

And on to knitting. I didn't get much knitting done on the train yesterday - I had forgotten how bumpy and jostley Metro-North trains are. Mom's dishcloth is 2/3 done. Misfit still needs the second seam sewn and the collar knitted, but I think she may actually fit!!! I'll have to change her name to Miss-Actually-Fits. She may even be wearable. I guess Sweetpea thought the first sweater was just for practice, because when I attempted to try it on with only one seam sewn he said "Oh, were you actually going to wear that?". Not quite the vote of confidence I was looking for!!

In the meantime, new projects keep calling to me and piling up. Yesterday I bought yet another knitting book, AlterKnits, and I can't wait to dive into a bunch of projects in there!! I also ordered some yarn and needles today from KnitPicks because I'm thinking of trying my first KnitAlong, on Tivoli. I haven't made up my mind, because it's Intermediate and I'm not sure I'm there yet. But the KnitPicks yarn was very reasonable (especially compared to the Debbie Bliss), so I went ahead and ordered it hoping that if I have the yarn, I will work up the confidence to give the pattern a try.

And that's it. Another weekend is gone already. Sunday nights are the worst, because I really, really hate my job and it's tough to know another week is just about here. I've been thinking a lot about the old adage "Do what you love, and the money will follow", and also to quote a silly Broadway musical "Find Your Grail", and I think it's time to make some life changes. You know things aren't right when Monty Python speaks to you soul!!

1 comment:

Jen said...

Sounds like a lovely trip to NYC. I miss being able to just pop in whenever I wanted, even if I was always a bit overwhelmed by it.

Monty Python speaks to your soul??? I'll have to go watch it again. I have fallen asleep evert time watching the movie version, so I'm not entirely sure how the movie is actually put together. I've seen the whole thing, just not in sequence. it makes for a somewhat disjointed experience. Oh wait, that's how it was intended.

And don't be put off on the Tivoli. Go for it! It's not as bad as you think it is, and don't forget, you have lots of support with the knitalong, and well, of course, MOI! Don't you just love the shameless self-promotion?

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