I just finished winding the second skein of Imagination for my shawl, using my favorite swift (read: my knees) and my favorite ball winder (read: my hands). I sometimes toy with the idea of buying a swift/ball winder, but I really don't have the space for it in my room right now. When Ben and I have our own place, I may get one, but I really enjoy the personal feeling of winding every yard of my yarn by hand. My mind may change later.
So, today we went to Borders with Alex, Ben's brother, to pick up a book. Normally, I have a reasonable amount of restraint in bookstores. It almost makes me sad to go into them, because I want so many of the books, but I don't like to let myself buy them, because it always snowballs. We spent at least an hour browsing and enjoying the loveliness of the store.
I've been wanting Abundance, At Knit's End, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but the other two were spontaneous. One is about the Salem witch trials, and one is about China. I don't know much more about that last one yet, but I read a bit out of it, and it seems like it's going to be amazing. I love reading fiction that is immersed in other times and cultures. I never buy this many books at a time for no reason, but I'm really happy to have these.
I sent a message to the designer of All Tied Up, and after reading her response, I think that I'm going to tackle the seams on the shawl soon, so that I can stop thinking about them. It seems like they're looming, and every time I stop to look at my work, that's all I see. I'm going to get it done now, so that I don't get any more psyched out.
Ben and Evan, a good friend of ours who lives too far away, are beating Halo 3 on Co-Op while Evan's here for a visit. He's leaving tomorrow night, and I'm very sad to see him go. We only see him twice a year, and we're such good friends. I find it amazing how close two people can become so quickly. I only met Evan a few years ago, but I feel as if we've always known each other. I think that my favorite thing about the holidays is getting the time to see the people that you can't see any other time of year.
It has been decided today that men are like Rocket Launchers, and women are like Spartan Lasers...because they are apparently Vehicle Sniper Rifles. LOL.
Well, it looks like they're saving the final mission of Halo until the morning. It's time for a match of Extreme Pictionary. I love the holidays.