I haven't been much for posting these days. I wish I could get more in the habit of posting. I love the way that Gina's posts seem to have narrative flow--essays about her life with themes and codas. Jessica posts with ease about knitting, life, culture. Allison pops up with lively posts about graduate school and her knitting. I just can't seem to get into that flow, but I miss posting. When I lurk I feel like I am on the sidelines of this place called the blogiverse, which is fine when I am watching TV, but this is supposed to be a participatory activity.
Speaking of TV, the new season has started up and with my work life (uh, some people would call this a "career") in full swing and work on my thesis in gear television is the great respite. Here's what's on my tube this fall:
Heroes. I was suspicious of this show because the hype would indicate that this show would suck. But it really doesn't. Even Mr. likes it and he hates everything (wink, wink). The first few episodes had a little more gore than I typically want to see (Clare waking up during her autopsy?!), but it seems to have toned down. I am not exaggerating when I say that at the end of every episode I am at the edge of my seat. Hopefully, this story will lead somewhere unlike another show I used to be excited about . . .
Lost. I am sucked into this show because I have been watching from the beginning, but I really have the sense that no one is sailing the ship. JJ Abrams is a talented guy with great ideas. He knows how to get things started, but doesn't really know how to finish things up (see also: Alias). I think I am watching more out of loyalty to the characters than a desire to see what happens. For the Buffy/Lost fans, could last week's Sawyer fake-out been more like the Season 4 Spike storyline? Come on.
Veronica Mars. What the f&?#? Really, WTF? This season is disappointing beyond any low expecation I could have even imagined. I had heard some rumors about changes to the show to make it more "accessible." Apparently, these changes include an anti-feminist message (feminist are angry! bitter! pierced! grr!); Veronica being a jealous, insecure girlfriend; and storylines as thin as Nicole Richie. The camel's back has not been broken, but it is weak.
My Name is Earl/The Office. These shows are the strongest, smartest, funniest comedies on television. If you are letting something like the spectre of the British Office (so great, no doubt) keep you from watching it, let it keep you back no longer. Every episode of Earl is like a short film with great music supervision. Jason Lee is the solid base for a great supporting cast (Joy! Randy! Crabman!). The Office, what can I say? There is not a weak link on this show. Even the romances are believeable, heartbreaking, and hilarious.
The other shows I have sampled this season are Ugly Betty (Cute, but not all that compelling. I think I will watch them from time to time on the website), Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (I have never been a fan of Aaron Sorkin. This show does not reverse this trend), and The Nine (Don't believe the hype. Just go to bed early.)
While watching TV, I am working hard to whittle my UFOs down to ten. I want to wrap up soon because I am going to try to knit a handful of Christmas presents. I have been working hard on the following projects
- Sunrise Circle (finish by 11/11/06). For my mom's birthday, which is ten days later, but I want to give it to her before she goes to NYC and I will see her on 11/11. I have knit both fronts/sleeves. I need to cast on for the back this week. I want it to be blocking by next weekend because I want to make a lining for it.
Corset Pullover (finish by 11/04/06). All this requires is the lace border along the front neck. I wasn't crazy about the way the border on the back neck came out so I haven't been motivated to work on the front border.
- Jaywalkers (finish by 11/10/06). This are a gift for a co-worker for taping the Sopranos last season for me. Her birthday is around this time so I would like to finish these. I am almost to the toe on the second sock. Very exciting!
- Random strip blanket (finish by 11/12/06). I need to sew the two pieces together and do something with the dozens of ends. My current idea is to seam the center by hand, then machine sew along the seam so I can just cut the ends instead of weaving them in. Then I will machine sew the backing on and do the same with those ends.
Sorry for my lack of pictures, but it was foggy today (hell, I was foggy today). There will be some FOs right around the corner. Also, I have been going a little crazy with the yarn buying lately--when the sun is out again I will show you my new lovelies!