Big Sky Mind

The IPhone is coming, The IPhone is coming
May 31, 2007, 9:46 am
Filed under: Technology


Tomorrow is the first day of June.  June is the scheduled arrival for the new Apple IPhone.  To say that I’m excited about this new phone is the understatement of the year.  I simply can not wait!  I love gadgets and I think this new phone maybe the bridge between computer and cell phone.  When I got my Razr 2 years ago, I thought it was the ultimate.  And at the time, it pretty much was.  My darling husband Carl, could not understand at the time why I would spend so much money on a telephone.  He thought I would never use the camera function.  Until this winter when I got a digital camera for my birthday, the camera phone was our main way of taking photos.  I love to text message, I’m still not as good as your average 15 year old, but I’m getting there. 

This new phone is going to be amazing, the fact that I have saved my money and not blown it on something else in the meantime is testament to how much I want it.  So don’t be hatin’ when I’m the first on my block with my new 8GB IPhone, I’ll totally let you play with it too.


One Sock Ends, Another Begins
May 30, 2007, 7:22 am
Filed under: Knitting, Pets

Back to the knitting.  Over the weekend I finished the Kona Socks.  These were my first socks made with my Yarn Pirate yarn, and I must say I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn.  It did seem to take forever for me to finish them, I think I’ve just had a lot of stuff going on.  So with no further ado, here is the finished product.
Completed Kona Socks“>
So I decided to take a new pair of socks with me to the speedway, nothing like a 3 hour rain delay to get some knitting done.
Knitting during the rain delay
Thanks to Mike B. for the photo. See his eye peeking in the corner?
Anyways, here is what the sock looks like so far.
Carabean Socks
This is Claudia’s Handpainted Yarn in the Caribbean Blue colorway. I am calling them Carabean since they are for Cara.
Finally this morning, here is a photo of Oscar playing with a catnip mouse. I made this for them months ago, within the last two weeks, they’ve decided it’s the best toy ever. Silly, huh?
Oscar and the Catnip Mouse

Rain, Rain Go Away
May 28, 2007, 10:29 am
Filed under: Auto Racing, Friends

The 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 is in the books. What a day it was. First impresstions are that the cars are much faster than stockcars, there was a lot of passing and lead changes, and the crowd is simply awe inspiring. It also maybe the only race event where the national anthem is played before “Back Home Again”. Cara, Joel, Mike B. and I made our way to our seats and had a little pre-race lunch.
Cara, Joel, and Mike B. Prerace“>
Then the race got underway. This is an early caution.
Caution Lap“>
Our new buddy Helio had a bad pitstop that left him way back in the field. We enjoyed watching him march his way back up to the front. He was going really fast, that’s why the photo is a little blurry.
Helio trying to catch up“>
The race went slightly past halfway, and then the skies opened up for Mother Nature’s first onslaught. The rain stopped and the track drying efforts began. The people sitting around us found creative ways to wait out the rain.
Rain Delay“>
Don’t worry, I did get some knitting done during the rain delay. There may be a photo of that coming. After about 3 hours, they did start racing again. You could tell it was different, everyone was very serious about getting to the front. Also, the people sitting in front of us changed. Interesting… Anyways, when Tony Kannan blew a tire, trying to avoid Jacques Lazier, Dario Franchitti inherited the lead. I think this photo is from the final restart.
Last Restart“>
Unforch, there was a spectaular accident in the backstretch, Marco Andretti’s car flipped but ended right side up. I’m amazed and so thankful he climbed out of that car. How old is Marco anyways, he looks about 15. Does he even have a driver’s license yet? Back to the race, right as the yellow came out, the skies opened again for downpour number 2 and Dario was declared the winner. His wife, movie actress Ashley Judd, celebrated his win by jumping up and down on pit road in the pouring rain. I’m sure this made the race for at least one racefan I know. She seemed so excited and so did Dario, so I couldn’t be happier for them. Our return trip was a very wet one, and included an interesting exchange between two racing buddies, one of which had not planned accordingly for the return trip. His buddy was trying to convince him we were almost there for the entire bus ride downtown. I really thought he wasn’t going to be able to make it back without having an accident. But he got off the bus just in time. He decided to take a very European approach to relieving himself. The RCA dome may never be the same.
All in all, it was an amazing day, one I’m sure I’ll never forget. I have to also give a big shout out to the Mercedes McLaren F1 drivers, Fernando Alonso, and Lewis Hamilton who dominated the Monaco Grand Prix yesterday.

Hangin’ With Helio
May 25, 2007, 8:08 am
Filed under: Auto Racing, Friends, Knitting

Here is a photo of me and my friend Cara with 2 time Indy Champ and current polesitter Helio Castroneves.
Hanging  with Helio“>
We were fortunate enough to be at an event and Helio was so nice to pose with us. Hard not to root for him this weekend.  Big thanks to RNR for being our paparazzi.
 I am planning on taking some knitting with me to the race. I have given this a lot of thought, as I want to take an easy project. Icarus, while light, would be too complicated. I would lose track of where I am in the pattern, and at this point, that would be disaster. I’ve considered socks, but am a little afraid of losing a needle along the way. There are always dishcloths, but that yarn is a little heavy to lug around all day. So I haven’t made a final decision. I just feel like there will be some sitting around time and that’s the perfect time to get some knitting in. Especially if there is a rain delay. What do you think I should take?

New Yarn Alert
May 24, 2007, 8:32 am
Filed under: American Idol, Hairstyles, Knitting

I got some new yarn in the mail yesterday. The name of the company is Zen String. Perfect fit for a yoga teacher. The yarn is Harmony which is a Merino/Tencel Blend and the colorway is called Dawn. I have to tell you, when I saw this yarn in person, it exceeded my expectations. It is so shiny and beautiful. I can’t wait to see how it knits up.

Zen String“>
Yesterday was another high hit day at BigSkyMind. Big thank you to all my loyal readers. One blog lesson I learned yesterday, if you have important news, call first, blog later. When I got home last night, my mother Carolyn was on the phone with my husband, talking to him about his new car she saw on my blog. Ooops! Sorry Mom!
As I predicted yesterday, Jordin is the new American Idol. The highlights of the finale show, (which I had no intention of watching, yet I sat though the entire thing) were the African Children’s Choir, Green Day (?), and the finalist duets, especially Melinda, she made me want to go to church and say hallelujah. Evidently, the American Idol hair department only can do one style as Kelly, Carrie, and Jordin all had the parted down the middle, big curl look. Is that the offical hairstyle of American Idol winners? Is that why Fantasia wasn’t there? Parts of it were fairly unbearable, but overall it was more entertaining than I anticipated.  

My First 500
May 23, 2007, 10:02 am
Filed under: Auto Racing


So this coming Sunday I’m headed off to my first ever Indianapolis 500.  I have lived in Indianapolis since 1988, and I must say for many of those years I have had zero interest in going to the race.  There are a multitude of reasons. 

In a previous career, I had to work at an event that brought me into intimate contact with drivers, their families, and others connected directly with the 500.  This close interaction usually left me wanting to get the heck out of Indianapolis on race weekend, much less go in person.  Another reason is what I like to call “The Curse of Tony George”.  It seemed to me that when the CART/IRL split happened, Tony George and the motorspeedway inherited a mountain of bad karma which caused the weather to be horrible for the entire month of May, especially on race day.  We’ve had tornadoes, torrential downpours, freezing cold temperatures, it’s just my silly theory, but don’t argue with Mother Nature.  I’m not that fond of being outside on a sunny 72 degree day, much less in bad weather. 

In recent times, however, my feelings have mellowed.  I went to the Brickyard 400 a couple of years ago.  While it was super-hot that day, we sat in a covered area and it was bearable.  The race was fun to see in person.  I survived the crowd without too much panic.  I know a fair amount about Indy car racing these days.  I don’t know if I would consider myself a fan, but if I see it on tv, I’ll sit down and watch for awhile.  I have friends who are Indycar fans who are acting as my guides for the day.  Most importantly, I again have a seat under cover.  So I’m going to give it a shot, and then I can at least say that I’ve been.  So cross your fingers and hope it doesn’t rain!

P.S. David tells me that Jaslene from ANTM is going to be at the race.  Why the heck wouldn’t you want to go if you can see her?

Cute Baby + Curious Cat = Priceless
May 23, 2007, 8:07 am
Filed under: Television

Oscar and Reece“>
Photo of Reece with Oscar checking him out, courtesy of Super Photographer Mike B.

Apolo and Juilianne
Well, last night Apolo and Julianne won the Dancing with the Semi Famous. I am totally okay with that. I can’t believe that Layla said she was “pissed” when she was voted third place. Where was the elegance the judges kept talking about? You could tell that she isn’t used to losing.
Tonight they will be crowning Jordin the American Idol. It seems so fixed this year. Melinda is the one who should be “pissed”. Maybe she should be thankful that she doesn’t have the anchor of “American Idol Winner” hanging around her neck. And what was with all of Chris Daughtry’s eye makeup? Dude, you’re not in Panic At The Disco, cool it with the guyliner!