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Yesterday I received a “canned sunflower” as a late birthday present. LOL!

canned sunflower

The instructions really sound easy. Just open the can, fill with water and wait…. the waiting probably is the hardest part. (I’m fighting the tempation to dig out the seed to see if it is starting to grow. ;))

My second attempt at knitting that Hermione Hat, I blogged about earlier, met with an accident yesterday:

Jinxed hat

Luckily she didn’t do too much damage… still I’m starting to think that this knitting project is doomed.

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Over the last couple of days I had quite a lot of time to kill. There was absolutely nothingΒ  to do and I even got to the point, where it felt like I had talked to everybody about everything twice. So I spent a lot of time reading the LV forums, everything on archive.org, a vast number of blogs… until it felt like it had read the whole internet.

Apart from that I played about all the games I have on my phone. I’ve become really good at playing “Crystal Defenders” and even beat the first 2 levels. But in “Maestro” I’m hopelessly stuck in Dvorak’s symphony “From the New World”. The music is beautiful and the game is fun, but I’m starting to hate that symphony.

Also I found a wonderful book on knitting. It’s called “Charmed Knits” and contains a lot of cute patterns from the Harry Potter movies. Speaking of knitting, I finished my “Hermione Hat” yesterday. It’s really pretty, but a total failure. Guess I can now officially say, that I have no talent at all for hats. Here is the pic I took, before ripping it all out:

Hermione Hat

Pretty, isn’t it?

Only it’s WAY too small and I messed up the eyelets. There are supposed to be three tiny holes in the purl rows, only they don’t show up. I have no clue as to what went wrong. 😦

Hermione Hat

In this pic it looks a lot bigger than it really is.

On my wanderings through the internet I also discovered 2 books for future German solos. One is called “KΓΆnig Nussknacker und der arme Reinhold” by Heinrich Hoffmann. He is the author of “Struwwelpeter”. It’s a really cute story about sick boy and his fever dreams.

The other one is called “Ohne den Vater” by Agnes Sapper. It’s about a boy living near the border with his family. It’s during the war and one day soldiers come to their house. While the father is forced to lead the soldiers through the woods, the boy and his stepmother and sister have to flee… So far I’ve read the first 2 chapters. I really like it, but before I decide to solo it, I’ll read a bit more to see “how sad it really gets”…

Oh I almost forgot. Kara and I started watching “Mad Men” together. SO much fun!!! At first I couldn’t quite decide whether or not I liked it, but I couldn’t stop either… and now I’m absolutely hooked! I love it, all the details, the beautiful dresses, the actors… only wish Don wouldn’t mumble so much. πŸ˜‰

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“Allerleirauh”, or “The many-furred creature” by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm is one of my fav. fairy tales. It is a cute story about a princess running away from home after her father, the king declares that he intends to marry her…

Acutally he only does that in the German version. The version is somewhat watered down… there he only plans to marry her to somebody else, whom she does not love. (…which totally ruins the story if you ask me! ;))

Anyway as it happens I recorded the story twice (once in German and once in English). The first time way back in August with my old Logitec Desktop Mic. I liked it very much, for it gives a really decent sound qualitly without making you sound too tinny and it’s pretty cheap. But it also picks up every tiny noise, which is very annoying if you are using a laptop to record.

The second time I recorded Allerleirauh in English with my new Zoom H2. The Zoom is quite expensive, but it’s totally worth it. The sound quality is wonderful, it does not pick up too much background noise and an added bonus is that you can use it as USB Mic as well as a portable one. The only drawback is that my recordings never get quite as loud as I’d like them. I always have to amp. by about 5 dB.

Listen and let me know what you think! πŸ˜€

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Hey, everybody! Sorry to blog about my pathetic knitting yet again. But I just need to show off a little. So here is my second pair of really weird socks:

My second pair of odd self knit socks

My second pair of odd self knit socks

And another pic of me wearing them:

Odd socks

Odd socks

So, done showing off. I promise to blog about something completely different next time! πŸ˜‰

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My cute pink socks (ya, I’m talking of the oddly colored ones I did myself ;)), of which I’m still incredibly proud, have decided to be come larger and larger and larger… Don’t ask me what I did wrong, but they are getting bigger by the minute. At first they were a wee bit too tight, but now they are huuuuuuuuuuuge… but they are still really comfortable, though they no longer look stylish (let’s not go into defining that word… but what else would I say abt. them ;))

I’ll post a pic next time with one of them in comparison to one of my normal ones! It’s well worth seeing.

Something completely different now. There is another super awesome LibriVox Community Podcast #109 out. Neeru and Dii did the hosting this time. The podcast is about the past year and everything we hope to achieve next year. Also it’s got a couple of segements from 2009ers talking about their achievements (Me included of course, though Neeru read it out for me…. sore throat, yet AGAIN)!

Anyway, have fun listening! πŸ˜€

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A super-awesome LibriVox project made it to the catalog today! It was one of those projects, that are the reason, why I love LibriVox so much! So a huge drum roll please for the Christmas Carol Collection 2009!

It consists of 30 carols, which are all unique, very personal and just a lot of fun to listen to! But let me forwarn you, listening will spoil your liking for commercial ones forever! πŸ˜‰ There is nothing commercial, slick or overproduced about them… and they certainly don’t make you wonder, how the singer got through all the verses without dropping dead from lack of breathing. They are just the real thing and more fun to listen to, then I can say! (Btw. don’t worry I’m not singing… I just did the prooflistening. ;))

Btw. if you liked them, you might like the Christmas Carol Collection 2006!

Angelina and Tom hanging the Christmas Angel on the tree

Oooo, I almost forgot. While you are at it, listen to Jan’s beautiful recording of “The Christmas Angel” by Abbie Farewell Brown! It’s one of the loveliest Christmas stories I’ve read (in this case heard) so far!

At first it strongly reminds one of the more-than-well-known-and-I’ll-probably-start-to-scream Uncle Scrooge thing…. but first impressions can be misleading. Anyway here is Jan’s summary:

Disagreeable old Miss Terry spends her Christmas Eve getting rid of toys from her childhood toy box. One by one she tosses them onto the sidewalk in front of her house, then secretly watches the little scenes that occur, which seem to confirm her belief that true Christmas spirit does not exist. Then the Angel from her childhood Christmas tree appears to show Miss Terry that she has not yet witnessed the final act of each of those little dramas…

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It’s such a pity that we don’t have a proper Halloween over here. I’d really love to see Jack O’Lanterns, ghosts, witches, zombies and ghouls everywhere. We acutally did get a few more trick-or-treaters than usual this year. They were so cute and so glad to find somebody who knowns it’s Halloween (and has candy ;)).

Halloween cookies
My self made Halloween cookies

But apart from that everybody here seems keen on just ignoring the day completely… so all we get is Christmas decorations everywhere starting in early September and lasting almost to New Years Eve. A bit of ghosts and ghouls inbetween wouldn’t hurt.

Anyway I used Halloween as an excuse to make “early” cookies… with lots of ghosts, witches, fallen angels, bats, vutures, pumpkins… the whole works. They actually turned out to be super yummy!

Instead of Halloween, all we have is All Saints Day today, which is today and NO fun at all. It only involves visiting the cemetary and be seen. The whole cemetary is usually completely crowded and you get to see great aunts and uncles, you didn’t even know you had… πŸ˜‰

Anyway a late Happy Halloween everybody! πŸ˜€

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