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- The show has closed.  The train made it to the end and everything.  I think my to do list for the two weeks I am off contract is actually longer than what I will need to do to prep the next show.

- I've seen Coraline (in 3D) twice.  The movie is very beautiful and well worth going to if you haven't seen it already.  (Also if you want to see the 3D {psst, and you do want to see the 3D} you need to go in the next two weeks.  Then the Jonas brothers 3D movie comes out and will take over all the 3D theatres.)  It is different from the book, but it gets the tone right.  My favorite line from the book isn't in the movie which makes me sad, but then, it's still in the book so I can go reread it any time I want. 

- I'm going with friends tomorrow to the SF Cartoon Art Museum where they have a Coraline exhibit.  I'm curious to see what is there.

- On Saturday I was running and a man passed me going the other way pushing a stroller.  An empty stroller.  I still haven't figured this out, was he practicing for when there would be a baby?  Did he leave the baby by the side of the path (I looked but didn't see one).  Did the baby get bored and decide to walk home?

- Also on Saturday I bought a new vacuum.  I spent more money that I probably should have to buy a Dyson, which came highly recommended by several friends.  Once I got home I vacuumed my living room, makes sense right?  I wasn't moving furniture or getting under the tables or anything, I just wanted to see how the vacuum worked.  After going over the living room, I had to empty the dust trap thingy.  Then I vacuumed my bedroom, and again had to empty the dust trap.  This tells me that: #1 the new vacuum is in fact awesome, #2 my house has been much dirtier than I realized for a very long time.  This is somewhat unsettling.

- I haven't been writing home topics for LJ Idol, without the deadline I find it hard to set aside the time.  Last week's topic was 'blanket' and while I had several ideas, really all it makes me think of these days is the baby blanket I am currently working on.  The pattern can be found here on Knitty, and this is what mine looks like so far.
I keep thinking I'm almost done because I only have four stripes of color left, but of couse the stripes get wider and the rows get longer so I'm not really all that close.  The baby shower is March 1st, I'm farily certain I can beat that.  I am very happy with the way the colors worked out though, buying yarn on line is always a little tricky when it comes to color. 

- To combine two previous thoughts in this post Coraline and knitting, I need to find a screenshot of the gloves she gets.  I so want to make myself a pair.

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That blanket is really cool!!

Thanks! I am incredibly happy with it and I want it to just get done already, mostly so I can give it to my friends.

I loved Coraline. My theater is only showing it in 3D, and some people get upset about the extra 2.50 but if I actually had to pay, I think it would be worth it. I wasn't the biggest fan of Wybie but I do agree that the tone felt right. Out of curiosity, what was your favorite quote from the book?

That blanket is awesome!!

My favorite quote is from when Coraline and the other mother make their deal.
OM: "I swear it on my own mother's grave."
"Does she have a grave?" asked Coraline.
"Oh yes," said the other mother. "I put her in there myself. And when I found her trying to crawl out, I put her back."


i like the colors you've used for the blanket. i thought the colors in the blanket from the original pattern were a little too much. that's very pretty.

Thank you. They happened a bit accidentally, the online store was backordered on white so I got 'natural' instead. It turns out to have been a much better choice with my other colors.

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Huh, I didn't notice Dakota's voice one way or the other, but then that's how I usually feel about her as an actress in general.

I haven't seen Coraline, but I really want to!

Hmm, the empty baby stroller - maybe it was like a walker and he needed it to stand up? Maybe the baby did walk home, babies are tricky like that. Maybe he thinks it's like a dog park and you just need to bring a leash and pretend the one by the tree is yours, so maybe he was going to try and pick up single moms at the playground.

New vacuum!! It's always a little disconcerting to realize the filth you've been living in :)

Heh I like the picking up single moms idea, 'and I just happen to have a stroller'. A friend here thought maybe he was going to the store and wanted to carry groceries home. Who knows? I really want to see him again so I can ask.

The new vacuum is awesome - but I'm a little afraid to go under the table and couch. I'm just not sure I want to know.

A friend of mine pushes a stroller when he runs because he said, it forces him to keep his arm straight and he works different muscle groups. He also puts weights in the stroller. He used to push a buggy, but then when it'd tip over, the moms on his jog would also crowd around thinking he hurt his kid.

Another friend who runs and pushes a stroller said he does it to push people out of the way as people will clear out for a stroller.

I never knew!

Just got back from Coraline, myself. Super awesome.

Behold, the power of the Rav: The Coraline gloves you seek (and their corresponding Rav page). And relatedly, Coraline's star sweater as designed by the woman who handknit the tiny one seen in the film.

Oops, just kidding, the human-sized version of the star sweater was designed by someone else, but you do have to download it from the movie website.

Many days later - thanks so much for the links. It had occurred to me to search Rav, I just hadn't gotten there yet. I still have baby knitting to do, but will need to add those to my to do list.

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