has far to go!
I celebrated my birthday last Thursday.
Thursday birthdays are special to me since I was born on a Thursday 45 years ago. I remember my mother telling me that she felt her first labor pain at 3:30pm, and I was born at exactly 7:30 pm that evening. She always felt she would have a girl, and was going to name me Vivien Leigh, but changed it to Vera after seeing Vera Miles in Backstreet.
I often think how my mother felt that day--she was only 19--and how she would end up only a few years later alone with five children in New York City. She must have been scared and lonely, but she did was necessary and then some.
My mother was an intelligent and courageous person. She loved to read--especially history, and I remember her giving me books like Gone with the Wind , Eye of the Needle, and On the Night of the Seventh Moon (and everything else by Victoria Holt) to read so we could discuss them together.
She also loved music (Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Marvin Gaye,Tammy Wynette), and I know I got my eclectic taste in it from her. She also stressed to us to judge people for who they are rather than skin color or status and not to resort on stereotypes. I'm still working on that, but I keep her words in mind.
She didn't knit or crochet, but encouraged me as I struggled to learn, and even wore some of my hideous creations.
I miss her greatly. At least I know she was proud of all her kids (and liked Patrick) and would remain so today.
I took my birthday off from work, watched a stage of the Tour de France (more later), hung out at the LYS, and just relaxed.
I got these from Patrick.
Among other things, some Beanie Babies, and a birthday card with my latest obsession. He also gave me a book--the Ty Beanie Tracker. Although I simply collect without regard to value, it will be interesting to just to inventory things, and see what my collection is worth.
I had some of my collection in the Tracker he gave me, and so far, it's not worth much except to me, but a new one is coming out very soon.
I got these from the LYS crew.
From the store owner, a lighted crochet hook which I really like. A skein of Schaefer Anne in Blood Orange from Pam, and a stunning bracelet from Suzanne. I also got yummy cupcakes from Mollie, and good wishes from all. Thanks so much for making my birthday special.
I think it was Dorothy who wrote in her blog a few months back that an introvert is a person who gains strength from solitude and and extrovert gains strength by being with others. I find that to be very true for me. I love solitude, but there has to be a balance, and, sometimes, I really have to fight the urge to retreat.
This Thursday's Child has far to go, but knows she has been blessed with friends and a dear--and extroverted-- husband.
Cameras In Paris
The Tour de France ended today. This was the first time I watched every stage of the tour, and I throughly enjoyed it. It was great when Liggett and Sherwen has Lance Armstrong in the booth for a while.
I was disappointed when my favorite rider (along with his entire team) was booted from the race for blood doping, and the next day, the race leader was cut by his team for lying about his location to avoid drug testing.
While the whole drug mess created lots of drama, I was pleased that cycling will go after the top riders. Due to all the money involved, drug testing in all professional sports is a high stakes cat and mouse game with people working hard on both sides of the tube.
In NFL terms, this would be like taking Payton Manning out on the eve of the Super Bowl. I suppose it way naive to just want to see what the best trained and talented humans can do without doping up.
Here are the jersey winners. The youth movement hit tour this year with all the winners being 26 or younger.
The Discovery Team was dominant with the first and thid place winner as well as the team win.
I learned a lot about the Tour and professional cycling ,and hope to gain more knowledge next year.
Breeze on Down the Road
Now for some knitting. My first SOS '07 pair of socks are done! I finished my Breeze anklets this afternoon.
Ooooh! They came out so way cute in the Dream in Color Wisterious. I think I have enough left to make another pair out of that yarn.
I plan to start on another pair for Pat's mom with Lisa Souza's Violet's Pink Ribbon. I've had this yarn for a while, and think it will work with this pattern.
If only I could get everyone to knit Breeze socks and love Crowded House as I do...
I also managed to finish my second Tulip Baby Cardigan today too.
Isn't he sweet. I really liked working with the Jeannee yarn, and it makes up a lighter sweater more suited to Charleston.
I'm sure my co-worker will like it for her grandson who is due in a couple of weeks. I have enough yarn left over for another sweater, but I want to get some more colors for a girl sweater.