I’ve been sitting here trying to find something to post about. I could post about my knitting, but, really, there’s been nothing new. Just more progress on the same old things. 

So I thought about posting about the political debate going on today. The DNC Rules Committee is debating what to do about Michigan’s and Florida’s delegates, and, if they count, how to split them. But, really, I am so completely done with “Primary Season” that I just don’t have the energy.  I’d say that I can’t wait for the primaries to be over (the last one is next Tuesday) but, really…does anyone expect there to be a clear Dem Candidate on Tuesday night? Because I don’t. I think this is going to go all the way to the DNC and it’s going to be an ugly battle. 

From there I thought about gas prices. I was going to post about how 2 1/2 years ago I paid $25 to put 12 gallons in my car. And this week, it’s over $50. Gas here in my part of Los Angeles is $4.35 a gallon for self-serve regular. No, that’s not a typo. $4.35. A gallon.

Frankly, I’m tired, annoyed, and mildly depressed. So to cheer me up, I’m going to do Love Saturday.

Here are things I’m loving this week.

  • Nicolas Cage and the National Treasure movies.
  • Knitting.
  • With Silk Garden.
  • A job I love.
  • Co-workers I enjoy.
  • Jerry Springer and Maury Povich.
  • Audiobooks.
  • A good tri-tip sandwich.
  • A warm cat curled up on my lap.
  • A weekend nap.

What are you loving this week?

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

As the three of you those of you who read this blog know, my mother, aunt, and cousin are all quilters. Some of my closest friends are quilters, and I’m an honorary member of a quilting group my mother has belonged to since I was a teenager. I tried it and it was okay. But quilting never fired my imagination or soothed my soul the way knitting does. Knitting not only gives me something beautiful as an end product, but the process itself fits seamlessly into my life. This August will be three years since I started knitting, and I don’t quite remember what I used to do before it.

I was at my favorite LYS a couple weekends ago and I admired a shawl Shannita had made. And when I looked closely I realized my worlds had collided. It was the Anthracite Shawl (Ravel it!) from Knitter’s Magazine. It was a beautiful shawl knit in Noro Silk Garden using a Log Cabin pattern all in garter stitch. So while sitting there at A Mano’s table, I decided I was going to make one. It turns out I had what I thought would be enough yarn at home, but I picked up a couple of extra balls just in case. It’s turning out really lovely, but a bit smaller since I’m using a lighter weight yarn (Silk Garden Lite).

I. Love. This. Pattern. It’s the perfect project when you just want to whip something up. It’s easy to do, fairly portable, and because it’s all garter, simple to just do a couple stitches here and there when you have time. Once I finish this one, I may make one in Silk Garden for something a bit heavier. (Check the comments for the inevitable motherly comment about how much SHE needs one, too!).

So here it is about 2 1/2 skeins in (click for big)…

The color’s off, but I’ll fix that when I take my FO glamour shot. LOL. I’m hoping to finish this in time to wear when I go see “A Chorus Line” downtown in two weeks. I can’t imagine I won’t make it. I’ve been working on it for a week and I’m down to the last three sections. Granted, they’re doozies, but it should be doable.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks


Welcome! After fighting with the last fish pond a few too many times, I decided to make the move to the NEW! IMPROVED! Fish pond! This blogging system seems to be much easier than the last one, and that will hopefully make it easier to post more frequently. LOL. I wouldn’t hold your breath, if I were you. Just sayin’.

All my posts have migrated over (I hope!), so come on in, swim around and make yourselves at home! (And be sure to update your links/bookmarks/feeds).

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks



I’ve recently acquired a copy of Photoshop. I. Love. It. I’ve become hooked on Pioneer Woman’s blog, and she posts some really amazing pictures. She periodically posts How-To-Photoshop posts that tell you how to make your photos look like hers. So I’ve been playing around and using her tips as a starting point, and have been editing some of my photos.

I took some of my travel photos and used some Photoshop tricks and here’s what I came up with. On the left are the Straight out of the Camera shots and on the right the same photo, but edited.

As you can see, I went for subtlety for some, and just went wild for others. Either way, it was just plain fun.I love this program.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Once again, my mom, aunt, friend, and I all participated in the Revlon Run/Walk today. It took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Colliseum, and I volunteered as a finish line timer. And just like last year, it was the most inspiring, amazing, incredible (and FUN!) day.

Last week I went to the Volunteer meeting to pick up my t-shirt and get my team assignment.

When I walked in the stadium, it looked pretty empty…

Unlike Race Day…

There were tables of medals…

And an army of people to hand them out…

The Olympic Torch was lit…

There were volunteers handing out Survivor Roses…

The runners start arriving…

And two hours later, the walkers are still pouring in…

And the Go-Gos were there!

There were teams with great t-shirts that made me laugh, like “Saving Second Base” and “Save the Ta-Tas”;

There was a little girl who was pushed the whole way to the stadium in a wheelchair…and then was helped by her mother to walk to the finish line under her own steam;

There were women, men, kids with signs saying they walked for family, friends, etc. who had fought and survived…and wonderful people who walked for those who had fought and lost the battle;

There were women who were singing along to the Go-Gos at the top of their lungs…just like I was. And possibly a boogie or two;

There was a group of three women…one was a sister, one was a daughter, and one was a niece walking for their sister/mother/aunt who had lost her battle against cancer the day before;

There was a woman who came through my lane who looked like every single step was a struggle. She was exhausted and still she looked at me, sighed with relief, gave me the biggest smile I’d ever seen and said “I made it.” She was a survivor of two months.

The Revlon Run/Walk is always such an emotional day for me. It’s the most amazing, powerful, heartbreaking, and inspiring event. You cannot comprehend the immense feeling of pride to be a human being that day in that stadium. And as a volunteer, it feels so wonderful to help support all these amazing women and their families. I spent most of the day laughing through my tears, and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.

In fact, I’ll do it all again May 9, 2009.

Who wants to join me?

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish with Sticks

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