Saturday, December 7, 2013

Books On FIlm | The Nutcracker{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER

The Nutcracker that we all know and love is almost two hundred years old. The Nutcracker and The Mouse King, a novella by German author E.T.A. Hoffmann, was originally published in 1816. It's the story of a young girl who meets a nutcracker prince and discovers a secret world of toys. 

Since it's publication, the book has been adapted on stage and film. The world famous ballet, which premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892, was based on Alexander Dumas adaptation of Hoffmann's story. The version my child-self is fond of is from 1986, designed by Sendak, with Macaulay Culkin as The Nutcracker.

If you've never seen The Nutcracker before you can catch it at San Joaquin Delta College on December 21st.{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Wanderlust Librarian | I'm on a Boat!!

It's been a pretty calm month for the bloggess... save for the adventure I had on the USS Hornet in Alameda. If you've read my blog regularly (or even if you haven't... WELCOME!), I like to visit places nearby and report back on some of the great things you can do within a 1-2 hour drive.

My friend Lizzie, found a deal on Groupon for an overnight on the USS Hornet (regularly $100/per person but reduced to $50 per person with the deal!). Like Costco, you have to snatch up the deal right away before it's sold out. I'll be honest, when she sent it to me, I only saw "overnight in Alameda" and agreed. When I found out it was on a military ship, I was a reluctant.  When I saw that I had a list of things to bring, I was hesitant.
The USS Hornet from the outside! 

Here's what I had to bring:
  • sleeping bag
  • pillow 
  • blanket (for cold nights)
  • small toiletry bag (no showers on board)
  • flashlight
  • a padlock for the locker

It was like camping but on a warcraft! My poor sleeping bag hadn't seen the light of day since an adventurous camping trip in May 2012. Luckily, I had all of the things needed AND was able to pack everything I needed in a small bag. I'm horrible at packing so this was a gigantic feat, indeed!

I had to remind myself that I had to be adventurous and try new things. So what, that I hadn't been on a naval ship before? The fun was in the new adventure and not in the fear of the unknown. 

(L) The bunks are 3 high
(R) My friend and I slept head to head on the bottom bunks
(so we could talk summer camp style!)

We were on the ship with about 120 additional overnight guests. There were Cub Scout groups, veterans, teens and adults. It was great to see such a mix of people together. 

We were sent to our berthing areas (sleeping quarters) where Lizzie and I discovered...COTS. We shared our area with about 50 other people! To respect the men who served on the ship and to keep our cots clean, we had to take off our shoes to get on them. There are covers on the cot mattresses called.... fart sacks. (I'll let you get your giggles out now, because I giggle just reading it!). 

Step over those doors! 
They fed us, military style (with no metal trays (much to Lizzie's dismay). After a dinner of chicken teriyaki skewers, rice and veggies, the groups were together again to meet their tour guides for a night walk around the Hornet. We were warned to keep with the group and to be mindful of the doors. Since the doors in a water-bound vessel were meant to keep water out, the steel doors were higher on the bottoms to help seal them when they closed. For me, they were a tripping hazard. I was careful because in a ship made of steel versus a person, the guides said "the ship wins every time". 
The tour took us to many places on the ship.
The war room was, by far, my favorite! 

*sidenote* I hit my arm on a door and it hurt like the dickens for about a week. No bruise, but dang... I was in pain!  *end of sidenote* 

The tour of the ship was a ton of walking along with going up and down stairs. It was amazing to see the different parts of the ship and how they fared without modern technology. In the war room, the shipmen had to learn to write backwards behind the boards so the officers could read the boards from their vantage points. It was cool when our guide was telling us about it... but jaw dropping when he turned the lights off and the entire room glowed (check out my pictures above!
Walk in an astronaut's footsteps! 

Did you know that the USS Hornet captured the Apollo 11 capsule when it landed in the ocean? Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps out of the capsule IN the Hornet! There was an Airstream trailer that doubled as a  Mobile Quarantine Facility that the astronauts were to go in when they left the capsule. The Hornet has a replica of the capsule and the Quarantine Trailer on site. 

For the military buff in your life or for a trip back in time, go and visit the USS Hornet. If you have a library card, your admission to the USS Hornet museum is free. Just visit the Discover and Go website through our library page, choose a day to visit and print out your ticket! Keep in mind, the Live Aboard / overnight program on the Hornet is an additional cost and needs to be booked ahead of time. 

Military adventures are out there!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

She's Crafty | Yarn On The Big Screen

Have you seen Catching Fire yet?!

I haven't, but already I'm in love with all the beautiful yarn pieces Katniss wears throughout the film.

After flipping through a copy of the Official Illustrated Movie Companion for Catching Fire at the library, I came across at least three pieces I had to search the internet to see if any original designs were available yet or any fan-created inspired patterns.

Enter the Katniss cowl. Probably the most popular piece from the movie if you listen to the internet buzz. The original is woven, which you can read all about in this interview with the designer herself, Maria Dora: Catching Fire Fashion: The Story Behind Katniss' Cowl. 

With a bit of searching, you can find plenty of patterns so you can knit yourself a fashionable Katniss cowl inspired, vest...cape thingy. My favorite so far lives on Ravelry. It's a free pattern created by Lauren McClain, known on the site as LollyKnits. If you're interested in making your own, you can find that pattern here.

The cowl is cool but I'm actually in love with a sweater she wears during the Victory Tour. It has a high-low hem, flattering color-block panels, and trendy thumb holes.

I haven't found a pattern for the sweater yet, but I'm determined. Maybe I'll even try my best at making my own inspired piece. Then again, I may not have to wait long for an official (or unofficial) Catching Fire knits book of patterns. The rumor is, the demand for patterns is HIGH.

This isn't the first time I've gone gaga over a piece of needlework in a movie. After watching Elf for the thousandth time I wondered if there was a pattern for the slouchy white hat Jovie wears while singing outside Central Park. I haven't found the right one yet, but I look whenever I think about the movie.

And, of course, you can't speak about cozy knits at the movies without discussing Harry Potter. House scarves, fingerless gloves, cowls, capes, hats...the movies are a treasure trove of fantastic knits. You can channel your inner wizard or witch with a cozy pair of house socks from Charmed Knits: Projects For Fans of Harry Potter by Alison Hansel, which you can check out from Link+.

So, tell us, what are your favorite big screen cozy pieces? Have you ever made one?

Let us know how you added the ear-flaps to your Jane hat from Firefly. Or how your stripey Tom Baker, Doctor Who scarf turned out. We want to know how efficient that Spock sweater is at keeping you warm.

Kaye & Malia

Monday, December 2, 2013

Just Life | Ice Ice .....

Nope, you guessed it wrong. 

I am not talking about the "Ice Ice Baby" song. 

ICE stands for "In Case of Emergency" on the contact list of your cell phone. 

Lets say that you were in a car accident and you are unconscious. What is the easiest way to contact your next of kin? Your cell phone. Right?(Assuming that your phone isn't passworded.)

So, take a minute today to put your emergency contact info on your phone so paramedics and other first responders can contact your family fast.

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Here is an example of how to enter it in your cell phone contact list:

ICE Husband

You can even put an ICE sticker on your cell phone informing the first responders that you have your emergency contact info on your cell phone.

You can purchase an ICE sticker from the following website:

Here are a few facts from this website:

  • Millions of teenagers and pre-teens leave their houses every day without ID but most of them carry cell phones.
  • According to CDS, in 2006, 1.6 million patients came to emergency rooms and couldn't provide their contact information because they were incapacitated.

ICE might save your life...or the lives of your loved ones.

Baby & child emergency first aid

Infant & child CPR [DVD] : what every parent should know

First aid and CPR  

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha