- I just need to say this, for the record. I hate the end of the newer (2005) Pride & Prejudice, with Keira Knightly, where Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are out on their terrace talking about what endearments he's allowed to call her. It's a cheesy, strange, modern add-on, and comes close to ruining the interesting cinematography of that particular interpretation of, and the general enjoyment of anything written by, Jane Austen. I really can't stand it.
- Republican debates:
••• Boy, Perry has continued to bumble and fumble his way through his answers to even simple questions. And the polls are showing his foibles. Unless something significant changes, he'll need to bow out of the race before Christmas.
••• Romney is looking better and better in comparison, and I'm no Romney fan.
••• Course, Cain has a strong showing in the polls right now, but I think he may do like Bachman and Perry and be a flash in the pan, as voters haven't yet fully thought through the implications of having not only an income tax, but adding 10% to every purchase someone makes. That's a lousy idea, and will give future lawmakers yet another place to hit us with higher taxes when it suits them.
••• I could be wrong, but Newt Gingrich seems to be in this to get a significant role as elder statesman in the Republican party. I think he wants to be able to influence the debates, but not actually BE the President.
••• What has been interesting to me is to hear the Republican candidates espousing ideas and embracing positions that until recently, only Ron Paul was bold enough to hold.
- Fact is, Ron Paul has been trumpeting the problems of multiple wars, overtaxing, the growth of the federal government, and the need to understand and audit the Federal Reserve for decades. His political consistency and personal honesty have now won me over, and I grow more and more appreciative of the fact that I can count on him to give a real, thoughtful, non-pandering answer to the questions posed to him. He does not shift his positions based on the group or person to whom he is speaking. He's the kind of candidate that would have been elected 200, or 100, years ago, and he's the candidate we need today.
- I've been crafting up a storm lately. Up until about 3 years ago, I would have reacted with an immediate refusal if someone had described me as "crafty", but it's time for me to just go ahead and embrace it. I didn't used to be, and I don't do all kinds of crafty things (for example, I'm not a scrapbooker, and I don't make jewelry), but I love to crochet, embroider, make banners for our home; basically, I love the "fabric arts".
- Last week, I finished a crocheted baby blanket for my soon-to-be-born niece (I've never had a niece before!). I used the same wave-like pattern I used for Moses' baby blanket (it's the first picture, with blues), added a minky-style bump border, and used a pale almond colored bamboo-silk (70/30) yarn. The silk gives it a wonderful sheen, and turned out just right to match my niece's neutral-colored room.
- And since then, I've been embroidering a bunting-style banner for my daughter's room. I'm making all the triangles while here, and then I'll stitch them to a long fabric strip to hang once we get back overseas, in her room. Pinterest (Here's a link to my Pinterest boards.) has been GREAT fuel for ideas to use as springboards. (Maranatha, our 5 year old daughter, has been watching me, and decided she wanted to embroider one as well. It will be special to have her first embroidered piece hanging in her room.)
- We've been traveling a lot over the last 3-4 weeks, and it's good to hunker down in and find that it's finally FALL. The weather has been so pleasant-- long sleeve, open-window weather. I love it! Hope you're able to enjoy a great weekend!
7 Quick Takes Friday - #28
This week's (random) "seven takes" on any topic under the sun:
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