Friday Gauge Check: BRB, Parade!

It’s time for our Friday rituals, the ceremonies of escorting one week out and preparing the next one. Which, around here, is the Gauge Check, where I take a look at my week and figure out where I’ve come from and where I’m going. Sometimes there are goals, sometimes I just talk about what’s going on in my life and my crafting. You are all welcome to join in in the comments.

A tree in full bloom.It’s been cold and almost unrelentingly rainy this week, including some snow and a little bit of hail.  It cleared up a little today, long enough for me to take this picture of the tree in front of my building.  Along with the nice weather, my energy has vanished, leaving me wanting to do little more than curl up under a blanket and knit. I didn’t accomplish much of anything, which also left me feeling pretty low.

You know, I have this problem nearly every week, where I sit down on Friday and think to myself, “Self, I wasn’t very productive this week.”  Then I start listing off everything I’ve done, and I think, “Gee, I guess I was pretty productive after all.”  I’m not sure why this happens; I will have to think on this. Does anyone else have this problem?

So, what did I do this week?  Well, not as much as I did last week, certainly.  I did some spinning – finished the teal superwash and plied it with the blue until the bobbin was full.  The blue, which I’ve been spinning out of a cake, is having some issues with tangling and I need to sit down with it and pick some knots out.

Knitting-wise, I’ve been completely monogamous.  I know, right?  I’m focusing on the Through the Woods hood, which is surprisingly potato-chippy for something that’s essentially K4,P4 with cabling every six rows.  I just finished the seventh pattern repeat, which means I have to pull the pattern out and figure out what comes next.

Much of my attention has been focused on going through my library in preparation of announcing the Year of Good Intentions project, identifying the probable list of projects.  That’s going up early next week, when I have the patience to link all the books and projects – there are thirteen, and all of them have more than one possible project.

So I’m kind of in love with Vancouver, and this is why.  I’ve been hearing a distant marching band off and on all week, so when I heard it again today, I wasn’t really surprised.  I was surprised, however, when the sound got closer – much closer.  I looked out my window, and through the trees, I saw people with instruments walking by the front of the building.  Mad with curiosity, I went downstairs just in time to watch the most adorable parade I’ve ever seen go by.

The neighborhood I live in is named for some seriously Irish guy, so I guess St. Patrick’s Day is kind of a big deal?  Therefore: parade.  Most of it appeared to be the various grades from the elementary school, carrying banners and waving flags and chanting various things.  (“APPLES MAKE YOU STRONG,” for example.)  The sixth graders had a timeline of Serious Irish Guy’s life, attached to a series of pipes that they were all carrying (trying to get two dozen sixth graders to all walk together appears to be challenging).  There were assorted cars carrying local dignitaries, a single very sad float, and (randomly) the Hamburglar and Chester Cheetah.  (There’s a Frito-Lay packaging plant in the neighborhood, so I guess they sent him over.)  Unfortunately I forgot to grab my camera, so all I had were lousy cell phone pics, otherwise I’d share some with you.  (Also I feel awkward about putting up pictures of random children on the internet.)

It was really precious, and all the more so for being a complete surprise. How often do you get to sit on your front stoop and watch a parade, even a cute little one?

What’s the best thing you’ve ever watched from your front stoop?  Let me know, or check your gauge in the comments.




~ by Amber on March 16, 2012.

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