Thanks for all of the sympathy and good wishes you sent my way. We've cleaned up the debris from the hail storm and put a tarp over our skylight, but there's not much else we can do until an insurance adjuster comes to assess the damage. So we're waiting.
In the meantime I've been knitting and reading. You probably figured that. My Dejeuner bag finally looks like something. For the first few rows it just looked like I spilled oatmeal on my knitting needles, so I'm happy that the pattern is developing. At first the pattern wraps took me a long time to complete, but I'm getting more comfortable with them so the rows going faster. I will say that the pattern instructions aren't very clear for the end of each row. Luckily Ravelry came to my rescue, as several other people had already encountered this problem and written helpful tips.
This week I'm reading Minor Characters by Joyce Johnson. It's billed as a memoir about the Beat Generation, but so far it has chronicled Johnson's early life in New York in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Even though I haven't gotten to the Kerouac gossip yet, I still find it interesting to learn about New York at that time and the mundane details of a teenage girl's life. I was a teenage girl enthralled by the creativity of the Beats 50 years later, so I'm sure my teenage self would have loved this book. In a way, I feel like I'm visiting my younger self as I read this book. At 16, I read lots of Beat novels, kept a writer's notebook, and ached to get out of high school. It's a strange sensation to meet that girl again.
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What were you like at 16? I'd love to hear.