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#11 on the list

We have no local yarn shop, as such, in Abilene. Actually, we have no local yarn shops within a 150-mile radius. As an increasingly obsessed knitter, this makes me very sad. (Though Michaels and Hobby Lobby do come through for me sometimes.)

However, on our way down to visit my grandparents this past weekend, we stopped at Stonehill Spinning in Fredericksburg. (We went by on Memorial Day, but it was closed.) J graciously let me browse for 15 or 20 minutes. And oh my goodness, it was WONDERFUL.

It’s such a cute, rustic little place, and they offer knitting, spinning and rug hooking classes. They had Rowan and Brown Sheep and Cascade and Manos del Uruguay yarns, and more. They even had some locally spun yarn, and a rack of knitting books. There were handmade samples everywhere, and afternoon light drifting through the windows. It was lovely.

Here I am outside the shop, with my beautiful skein of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend yarn. (Which will be made into a soft, lovely cowl for me, as soon as I can get to it.)

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Since he was in high school, my husband has deeply loved the music of U2. Whenever we go on road trips, it’s sure to be part of the mix, and it frequently crops up at other times, too. A couple of years ago, for his birthday, I bought him the book U2 By U2, a huge compendium of stories, interviews and photos with Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton. And, on Monday night, in Dallas, I got to help him fulfill a long-held dream: seeing them in concert.

This was my graduation gift to Jeremiah, and even though it meant getting back to Abilene at 3 a.m., it was TOTALLY worth it. He sang along to nearly every song and just grinned the whole way through. I also love U2 – though mine is a more recent fondness – so I sang my heart out to “Beautiful Day” and “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “One” and “Where The Streets Have No Name” (which Bono began by singing “Amazing Grace”). We spotted our friends the Becks, who miraculously were sitting just six sections over from us, and got to chat with them before the concert. (And Jana, bless her, provided me with earplugs.)

Here we are outside “the spaceship,” aka the new Cowboys Stadium:

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And here’s the crazy gigantic stage – what Bono called “the spaceship” that travels with them. “You guys [Texans] are space cowboys,” he teased.

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We jammed along to “Vertigo” and “With or Without You,” and I very nearly lost it during “Sunday Bloody Sunday” when the screen filled with images of Iran. What a fantastic night. Thanks to U2 for a completely amazing show – and for making my Jeremiah very, very happy.

Happy Love Thursday, everyone. See links to more images and stories of love at Karen’s blog.

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This is my office.

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It used to be a storage space, and is still kind of a catch-all for cabinets filled with office stuff. It’s not orange and yellow because I want it to be. Melody, my predecessor, had this whole “Tuscan villa” idea in her head when she worked here in 2005-06. (Needless to say, it never quite came to fruition.) I helped her paint it when I was a student worker, and then I inherited it for a few months after she left. After leaving this office in August 2006 for another one across campus, I didn’t expect I’d ever be back here.

But I did come back – in January, as a full-time employee. I ignored the paint color for a while, since I didn’t know if I’d be here beyond my husband’s graduation in August and I was diving headfirst into a new job. I covered parts of the mustard-and-terra-cotta walls with photos and calendars and prints, and tried to ignore the rest.

However, “the time has come, the Walrus said” for a change. I can’t take the orange any more. I just can’t. No matter how long I’m going to be here (still indefinite), it’s time for some fresh color. So I have a sheaf of paint chips sitting in my office – the pre-approved “ACU palette.” (This is a new thing, presumably put in place to keep people from doing things like painting their offices orange and yellow.)

There’s just one small snag: the colors are all neutrals. ALL of them. Except for a (very nice) eggplant purple called, entertainingly, “Midnight Affair.” The rest are varying shades of tan, beige, gray, cream and an odd range of gray-greens. I’m trying to decide what the heck to do with them, though NONE of them are what I would choose. (I’m not into cream walls with cream trim, and the greenish grays are disgusting.) So far, my choices are:

~Paint the entire office a cool gray
~Paint 3 walls gray, with a purple accent wall
~Paint 3 walls tan/beige, with a purple accent wall
~Paint all four walls tan/beige

So, dear readers, what would YOU do? This is a small space with no windows (oh, how I want a window!). Four dark walls would turn it into a cave, but I think the lightest colors would wash the space out, and also be plain boring. So, view the pics, try to imagine gray or brown or purple on the walls, and give your opinion in the comments. I’m sorry the choices are so limited, but your help is MUCH appreciated.

Happy weekend!

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