It is possible that I might never get around to answering e-mails or reading blogs ever again: I have discovered the watch instantly feature on Netflix. I truly thought that it would only be the dregs on offer, too. So, having just finished reading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell and seeing mention on Goodreads that the BBC had done a mini series, I was very surprised - and happy - to discover that I could watch it online immediately.
I don't know if hearing English accents and seeing places that I recognise makes me more or less homesick. Most likely more so. I do feel sorry for Richard Armitage, the actor who played Mr. Thornton, though. I imagine that any girlfriend of his that has seen that series must be constantly pestering him to scowl a bit and put on that accent...
I might have been neglecting my inbox, but watching the series did help me finally get around to making a wee baby blanket for a nephew that will be soon putting in an entrance to this world (Ravelry link here). Ok, ok, so you all know that I don't crochet that fast. I *might* have watched the series twice...
Plus it took me about 15 bloomin' attempts at various patterns to find a zig-zag that worked for me. I cobbled this one out of this pattern, skipping the lengthwise stripes and seaming - then adding in some horizontal stripes instead. The usual avoidance of pale baby colours took place - my hope is that the baby blankets that I give are the ones that get use, as the mum won't be dreading that it gets vomited on or what have you...
You know, I don't think that I would have predicted that when I was in my early thirties that I'd have been spending an evening watching a period drama while crocheting a baby blanket. Anyone looking at a list of my likes would probably think that I had some sort of split personality. I like to read so-called 'gritty' murder mysteries; watch action movies and rugby; listen to rock, golden oldies and the like; I like to ski and to swim; I like putting together furniture and DIY; I have often been treated as one of the lads by male friends - and am therefore cynical about romance and all that, avoiding chick flicks with a groan. Yet you'll also find me spending quiet time at home sewing, knitting, crocheting and drawing; reading the odd Gaskell or Austen or Dickens; listening to classical music when I clean; crying at Out of Africa (ah, that bit when she gets on her knees to beg for the land for the tribe...tch).
When looking for a YouTube clip, I noticed that rather a lot of the comments tended to be along the lines of admiration for the aforementioned Armitage, so this seemed like a good time for these translations:
Translation of the Day:
UK English: dishy = good looking or attractive in US English
UK English: fit = good looking or attractive in US English
UK English: tidy = good looking or attractive in US English
UK English: fancy = be attracted to someone or have a crush on someone in US English
UK English: totty = attractive person that you are considering as a sexual object in US English
Take care all,