It's been one of those weeks I thought I'd left somewhere in Southern California. When I was a graduate student at UCLA, I spent countless hours driving all over SoCal playing various "gigs." At the time, it was exciting to be getting paid to play the viola, but after awhile, it became less fun and the hours in the car became more and more tedious. This week was an Austin week, and although the distance from my house in San Antonio to the parking garage at UT is a mere 73 miles (with a Whataburger stop), and it pales in comparison to the 130 mile bumper to bumper drive I used to do between the San Fernanado Valley and San Diego, I'm older now and apparently less tolerant. Seven trips to Austin and back in nine days, even with Whataburger, make a gal a little bit cranky.
One nice thing about the drive, and the thing that makes it so much better than my grad school days, is my iPod. I always have a selection of audio books from Audible, and I was also able to catch up on several knitting podcasts this week. I have two solid favorites. As always, Brenda Dayne of Cast On is excellent, and my other favorite is Pointy Sticks with Christine Selleck. Christine reminds me of a southern, Texified version of one of my Minnesota cousins, so I feel right at home with her.
One podcast that I started out loving is starting to disappoint me a bit. I listened to and loved the first seven or eight episodes of the podcast in question, and since then I've looked forward to each new episode. This podcast is done by two women, and it's just gotten a little too bawdy for my delicate Midwestern sensibilities. As this particular podcast has grown more popular, these ladies have gotten a bit sloppy, and more and more, I feel like a third wheel when listening to it. They sure do find themselves amusing though, and I'm often at a loss as to what is so funny. In fact, it's starting to remind me of a particularly irritating, though wildy popular morning radio show I used to listen to in L.A. on Star 98.7 hosted by Danny Bonaduce and some bimbo named Jamie. In any case, I have one word for this particular podcast: edit. I won't name names, but I'm sure that anyone who's into knitting podcasts knows exactly who I'm talking about. After looking through the reviews on iTunes, I realize that I may be the only person who doesn't love this podcast. Oh well, aside from my girl Kitty, I'm also the only person I know who is rooting for Jeffrey on Project Runway, so maybe it's me.
In other news, I have another new nephew. My sister-in-law, Joy, my brother, Greg, and my nephew Charlie have a new baby son/brother, Henry. Congratulations all around! Henry was born almost two weeks early, so his freshly knitted items aren't ready yet (and may not be ready until Christmas), but rest assured, I'm working on something. I've actually finished a couple of things this week, but pictures will have to wait. After all that driving, I need to get some sleep.