Saturday 24 April 2010

Fave Friday

Five Favourite Signs of the Season

I had my first British asparagus of the year today, with some super fresh eggs from a colleague and the 8 year aged balsamic vinegar I splurged on in Italy. It was amazing. It's one of my favourite meals, which is why I had it for dinner even though it is usually a breakfast or lunch dish for me.
I am picky about asparagus and will only eat the British stuff, so I love the next 6 weeks.

2. Grass growing.
The lawn is growing quickly. I like it. It means everything has come back to life. I quite like mowing the lawn now, too. For one thing, it means I don't have to be endlessly a little pissed off with Mr Z for not bothering to do it until our property looks derelict. And since it only takes about 5 minutes (our lawn is not very big), I tend to do it upon my return from work at the end of the day, still dressed in a fancy frock and heels, which adds a little frisson to the whole experience. The neighbours must think I am mental.

3. Lighter evenings.
I whinge when the clocks change. I like the dark. I don't like the light evenings to start with. But then I remember how nice it is to have a few hours of daylight when I get in from work, and to kick off my shoes and run outside to let me feet cool down in the grass, and all is forgiven.

4. Sandals.
Oh yes! New shoes. With wedges, and platforms, and toes showing and all that.

Thanks to these little babies, I'm a clear 6 feet tall for the summer. Gladiator sandals wouldn't be nearly as intimidating. One of my year 12s told me on Wednesday, when I wore them for the first time, that he would be behaving in future. YES. The power of the shoe.
Bizarrely, they are more comfortable to walk in than whilst sitting/standing still, which is why I am currently trying to wear them in a bit by wearing them with ski socks. Only in the house, of course.

5. Lessons on the field.
Year 11 and I had our first lesson on the field today. It was an exam-marking picnic. It was hugely successful. Roll on, summer field lessons. As long as the weather lasts, anyway.

I am in a grump about work (just got to keep focusing on the fact that I love my job, it's the kids and other staff that are the important bits, not the "leadership") and this has spilled over into knitting. I am in a grump because I haven't finished my Ravelympics sweater, even though I wanted to wear it to Wonderwool on Sunday and show the Knitwitch how she has converted me to laceweight. In fact, I am struggling to finish anything lately, but I am bullishly refusing to start anything new until I have at least 2 projects off the needles. Consequently I spent this evening in the bath, or reading, or watching True Blood, and didn't put a stitch on anything because it's all dull and I want something new to knit.

I am also considering frogging something. I started a wrap top in Rowan bamboo last year but I made a bit of a mess of the edging and then lost interest. Well, I keep looking at this pattern and thinking it would be a far better option for the yarn. It might not take well to frogging, though; it's very splitty.
On the plus side, though, frogging it would get it out of my WIPs on Ravelry, which is feeling slightly oppressive at present.

Looking forward to Wonderwool. I am going to buy a sheepskin rug. I got my car loan through...

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