The Play’s The Thing (#15 of 30)

Okay, so we weren’t catching the consciousness of any kings, but why let that stop us?

I was able to attend the “opening night” of my friend Kelly‘s play, Glory on High. She wrote it under her pen name, Anne Eston, and it was wonderful. A funny performance where a mother and daughter are able to reconnect over making ornaments using paint that was…well…You’ll just have to check it out when the film is finished.

Yes, I said FILM. Frantic Lounge Films filmed both performances of Glory on High, so I look forward to watching it again on DVD!

I’m so proud of Kelly. She’s worked so long and hard on her writing, and it’s wonderful to see such exciting things happen for her, and I was honored to be trusted to help out in such a minor way. I’m glad I was able to help alleviate just the tiniest bit of stress for her. Love ya, Kels!

Three of my fellow Yarnivores attended with me! Pia, Kristin, Alyson, and I all piled into the car and headed down to Hollywood. For some bizarre reason, Pia left the house without her knitting! *GASP* That’s okay, though. I had ordered yarns for Alyson through Knitpicks, and we had needles and yarn in the backseat. Whew! Crisis averted! LOL Pia was able to cast on a lovely little seed stitch scarf while we were waiting for doors to open. 

Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks
aka A Satisfied Theatergoer 

I Got Nothin’ (#14 of 30)

Seriously. I got nothing for today. Today has been a long, long day, which started with a 17 mile drive that took us nearly 2 hours. Then after I dropped mom off, I went to dad’s for a visit and lunch. Fun, but then it was back to pick up mom, and it took us an hour to get home, then dinner, some errands, and we ended up walking in the door nearly 12 hours after we left. We’re exhausted.

So…the only thing I know right now is my cat is cuddly, my bed is cozy, the leftover pumpkin pie is tasty, and there is a pretty good chance that Alex O’Loughlin will lose his shirt at some point during this episode of Hawaii 5-0

See you all tomorrow.

Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks
aka One Tired Little Guppy 

Knitting for the Holidays (#13 of 30)

I’m currently going through a tough time. I REALLY REALLY want to knit things for me, but I have a lot of Christmas knitting to do this year. I have a small thing for my mom for her birthday (which was over a week ago), a big thing for her for Christmas, not to mention my annual Christmas Ornament for my family members. I have a lot of knitting in a very short time!!!!

EEEEP!!!!

I have a lacy thing and a plain garter stitch thing in my knitting bag as relief projects for when the gift knitting gets to me and I just have to have a hit of something else before I go mad. LOL

So what, if anything, are you knitting for the holidays? Are you knitting gifts? What do you do to keep yourself sane while knitting gifts? Are you knitting for yourself as a balm to the insanity of gift giving? 

Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks
aka A Holiday Knitting Machine (no, not really) 

A Bookish Adventure, Part 2 (#12 of 30)

So…We left off with me still wandering around accosting authors. Let’s continue, shall we? 

Here’s Delilah Devlin

…And Cat Johnson

Julie James was a pleasure. She had just won Dabwaha, and there’s SUCH a pretty purple dress on the cover of her book, so I was weak and bought A Lot Like Love…

Mari Carr. Oh, Mari, Mari, Mari. Every time she posts one of her Snippets, I end up buying another book of hers. At some point she’ll run out of backlist, right? 

Here’s Shannon K. Butcher, whose books I had JUST started to read the week before…

Kelly Jamieson

And the Parade of Authors concludes with Tracy Wolff whose books I didn’t know until this convention. However, Katie, Shayera and I spent a bit of time talking books with her, and we realized with very few exceptions, all four of us love the same books. In fact, Tracy and I often said things at the same time that night. LOL Tons of fun. I’ve gone back and gone through her contemporary romance for Harlequin and I really enjoyed them all…

After the authors, Shayera, her friend (whose name totally escapes me), Katie, and I all went to lunch, then Katie and I did some exploring around town.

First off… DANG that Katie is TALL!!!! Sheesh! If I didn’t love her so much, I’d hate her. And no, she’s not wearing heels. Sadly, neither was I. *sigh*

We went to the Central Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, which was practically across the street from the hotel. It being L.A., we drove. LOL. 

We also did a quick trip to the Griffith Observatory, which, conveniently, is also one of the best places to view and take pictures of the Hollywood Sign. And bonus: it’s free, and open late.

They had this INCREDIBLE display. It is this really LONG ramp hallway going from one level down to another, and at the beginning of the hallway is this cloud of stars which represents the big bang, and then there is a stream of stars waving down the hallway showing a timeline of the universe, and it ends with an arrow signifying the future. What’s remarkable about the exhibit is the entire thing is made out of jewelry. Vintage and costume and real and fake, but the entire thing is made out of necklaces, pins, earrings, charms, and every piece of it (with the exception of the arrow at the end) all have stars or moons or something celestial on it. It was just stunning and so creative. 

Then it was time to take Katie back to the hotel and say goodbye. *sniffle* I tried to get her to move here, but, sadly, she’s now taken a new job and has moved even FARTHER* away! 

Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks
aka Hollywood Tour Operator 

*If “farther” is wrong, I blame Cyn. She knows why.

A Grateful Guppy

All gave some and some gave all
And some stood through
for the red, white and blue
And some had to fall

Thank you.

If you are a veteran or active military…

If you support a veteran or active military…

If you have been or currently are family to a veteran or active military…

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Without you and all you do we would not have the privileges we enjoy today. So thank you.

Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks
aka A Grateful Guppy
aka Army Great-Niece, Army Granddaughter,
and Navy Cousin 

A Bookish Adventure, Part 1 (#10 of 30)

Waaaaay back in March, I found out that the Romantic Times Booklover’s Convention was going to be here in Los Angeles. I wasn’t planning on going, until I found out that my good pal Katie was attending. Since she lives in Iowa (for a few more weeks at least. LOL) we try to take whatever opportunity we get to get together for a visit.

I’m SOOO glad I went. I met a bunch of authors whom I have been speaking to on Twitter, not to mention I collected yet another Librarian pal, Shayera. LOL I seem to have a lot of those. I met Katie and Shayera the day before the big signing, and we went to this “un-conference” that was fascinating, and it was followed by a cocktail party across the street, and afterword the three of us went up to Katie’s room where we proceeded to talk books for way too long before Shayera and I left. The next day, we again met up with Katie and proceeded to perform a military strike on the book signing!

So. Much. Fun. Oh, and be sure to click on the pictures. Hee!

*tap tap tap* “Pardon me. May I take a picture of your leg?” Me, to Carina Press Executive Editor Angela James.

Here I am with Bella Andre.

…And here I am with KB Alan who was nice enough to spend some time chatting with me while I was waiting for Bella…

…Did you know Jami Alden and Bella Andre are best friends? Here I am with Jami…

Cherry Adair was a hoot! Really funny lady. Got a little too friendly, though. LOL…

HelenKay Dimon whom I’ve been chatting with pretty regularly on Twitter. Since she’s fairly local, I may head down to meet her at a San Diego RWA event one of these days…

Robyn Carr. I LOVE her Virgin River books. I was so pleased to be able to meet her and let her know how very much I loved the first book in the series, especially. There’s a scene between Jack and Mel which was so well done, and I cry buckets whenever I read it…

And finally (for this post, anyway) Sarah Wendell. Visiting with Katie aside, she’s one of the reasons I went. I read her site Smart Bitches, Trashy Books all the time and find her to be smart, witty, and clever. With her first book (co-written with Candy Tan) and her second, she’s done a lot to try to change the way people view romance novels. I did lie to her, though. I told her that her book was the only one I was going to buy. I lied. I ended up buying one other book. More on that in a few days…

That’s it for tonight. I’ll wrap up my Romantic Times adventures in a few days.

Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks
aka A Bookish Fish

*Yawn* (#9 of 30)

I had a whole long post I started to write, but it turns out I’m way more tired than I thought. Today I’ve done a few loads of laundry, two loads of dishes, cooked dinner, blocked one side of my Brea Bag, made iced tea, cleaned up a bunch of photos and files on my computer, did some online research, spent an INSANE amount of time on Twitter, and now I’m currently in bed, under my warm and comfy comforter with a sleepy cat curled up next to me. *yawn*

So good night, all, and consider this my post for today. I’ll get the draft post up tomorrow before I head out to knitting with The Yarnivores.

And be nice to each other. I think we all need it, especially this week.

Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks
aka One Tired Little Fishy

More Than Just 140 Characters (#8 of 30)

The running “joke” about Twitter from those who don’t use it is “who cares what someone had for dinner?” or “I don’t want to know when they have to use the bathroom.” My family is completely baffled that I have over 100 followers. (Frankly, I’m a little baffled, too, but for different reasons. LOL ) Twitter is so much more than that. Here are a few ways I use it:

  • Keeping in touch with friends. I have friends here in Los Angeles, in other parts of California, across the country, and in fact around the world. A friend in Iowa needed a sentence translated to French, so I re-tweeted her request to my friend in Paris, and minutes later, Delie in Paris translated Katie in Iowa’s sentence and answered her questions.
  • Connect with authors. I follow (and in some cases am followed by) a number of authors. It allows me to find out about new releases or upcoming books. Details on events or future book signings. I’ve even picked up books based on their comments on books they’ve just read.
  • Connect with book reviewers, editors, publishers. Again, I find out about upcoming books, new releases, book signings in my area. I also find out about books and authors I’ve never heard of. I was sitting at Chez Guppy one day, and was stuck there all day. I asked my Twitter followers to recommend some new books, and I discovered four new authors that week. Four authors who are now all favorites of mine and I look forward to all their new releases.
  • Learning fun and interesting stuff. I follow scientists and astronomers and tech geeks. I follow NASA and some of the astronauts from the last Space Shuttle missions. It was fascinating when they’d tweet from space and send back these pictures they took. I was also following Mark Kelly (and his brother and fellow astronaut Scott Kelly) when Mark Kelly’s wife Gabrielle Giffords was shot.
  • Get behind-the-scenes glimpses. I follow actors and producers and make-up artists and get unique behind-the-scenes information and tidbits about shows I watch or movies I’m waiting for.
  • What’s Going On in Knitting. I follow yarn stores to find out about special discounts or sales. I hear about upcoming events or shows. I follow knitting designers to learn about patterns they’re working on or books they’re writing or events they’ll be attending nearby.
Twitter is so much more than just what someone is eating or the minutiae of their day. It can be that, don’t get me wrong. I’ve been guilty of posting things that were completely pointless, but it’s also bigger than just those 140 characters. It’s a way to learn more about what’s going in the world around us. It allows us to connect, however briefly, with people whose paths we never would have crossed if not for Twitter. 

Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks
aka @FishWithSticks 

See the Signs? You See Them. (#7 of 30)

I like to collect pictures of signs, and I’ve posted about them before. I like all kinds of signs, but my favorites are the ones with something either funny or a typo on them. I’ve collected more, so here are a few of the new ones…

Here’s one from my old Ford Focus. This was in the passenger foot well, on the door side. Who knows WHAT this was for??? And considering it took me 4 years before I ever SAW it, I don’t know who they thought was doing this…

Now, I’ve got a question. Does this mean the car will get cleaned, but will come out covered in salt?

Finally, here’s a sign found at my friend Linda-With-An-I’s “vacation” place. 

While I hate to speak ill of the dead (bookstores) and TECHNICALLY this sign doesn’t have a typo, one of these things is not like the other. Can you spot it? LOL.

SIGNed,
Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks 

A Very Harlot Adventure (again) (#6 of 30)

Way back in 2007 the Yarn Harlot came for a visit. Years later in 2010 my knitting group The Yarnivores were sitting around talking about her and her last visit when it came out that three of us had been “Harlotted“! Robin, Wendy and I are all on there. Robin is the first of the First Sock Knitters, mine had some gauge problems, and Wendy was Hat Lady #2.

At the time, I barely knew Wendy. I had been going to “our” group for only a little while and because I kept confusing her with someone else, I couldn’t remember her name that day. Still feel guilty about that. LOL

Robin didn’t come to the Yarnivores until 2010. It cracks me up looking at Robin’s picture from back then. She had long blonde hair. It’s now in a short bob and hot pink! VERY! HOT! PINK! Looks great on her, but since I’ve never known her with long hair, so the blonde looks fake. LOL.

This year, Wendy went with us, as did Linda-With-An-I and Alyson (known as Knitting Alyson, not to be confused with Cousin Allison). Two friends from another knitting group, Barbra and Heather, met up with us and we all sat together. Thankfully we got there early! Barbra got there about 3:45 and most of the seats that were out were already taken, so she snagged what she could, and then when I got there at 4:00 they were putting more chairs out, so we grabbed a couple more. There were A LOT of people there.

This time we were “Harlotted” as a group (Alyson, Heather, Barbra, and I are in the front row with Linda and Wendy peeking out on either side of me from the second row) and Linda got singled out, as she brought her “third first sock.” Stephanie debated if she was going to get invested in the Third First Sock adventure, but Linda promised this time she’d finish. I reminded Linda that if she DIDN’T finish there would probably be some public mocking. So I’ll keep you posted. 

Here are a few pictures. First up, The Sweater. The Sweater that Caught on Fire. LOL Probably the most blogged sweater in all the land…

Here a better picture. She’s reading us bits from the book. And let me just say that at one point I was laughing so hard I couldn’t hold the camera steady. Barbra and I were both in tears from laughing, and we’re TOTALLY going to steal some of her responses to Silly Muggle Questions (see the chapter titled “Personal Filters”).

Finally, here I am with Stephanie. Even blurred, it’s still a much better picture than the one from last time. LOL.

I’m wearing my Aestlight Shawl over one shoulder. I got a LOT of comments on my shawl, and there was a woman there who had knit it in a single variegated yarn, and it looked TOTALLY different. I got the idea for the two-tones from Laura’s Aestlight, so I went looking for other 2-color Aestlights and found a way to do it that made the most of the leftover yarns I was using. 

After The Yarn Harlot, we all went out for some really excellent Indian food, and then stumbled home. 

Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks
aka Twice Harlotted