Friday, May 13, 2011

Running in Place

This has been a madly busy week. I have been running in circles, trying to catch up on a million things on this, my one week of summer break. But be it knitting, professional development, or writing, everything is in the same infuriating state of partial completion it was at the beginning of the week. Take my current knitting project: that photo was taken on Monday. I have been knitting on the project daily, but lo--today, it looks *exactly* the same.


All else having failed, I know I can look up on my ride home and see the Old County Courthouse, with its flower medallions and stone eagles under the windows. Huzzah for Historic Places!

Friday, May 6, 2011


On my commute, I am lucky that the bus comes off the highway well before the area around where I actually work. As it wends its way through the narrow streets one-way streets of downtown, I get to see some of the the best of the city before we swing west and traverse some of its worst.

Tucked among the modern mid-century concrete, steel, and glass monoliths are some lovely old buildings (old for being located in the capital of a state that has yet to celebrate its centennial). Out of these, I have my pets--the buildings I look up from my homework/reading/knitting to see as we pass, to make sure they're still there, safe and sound.

My first pet, pictured above, is the Securities Building. The picture is awful. It obscures the beauty of the bricks, which are all different shades of red, gray, and gold mixed together, and obliterates the delicate dimensionality of the ornamental stonework. Such are the trials of bus photography. At the risk of being considered totally insane by my fellow commuters, I may try to do better with that.

In the meantime, check out this beautiful post by Felix of the Domestic Soundscape on Reading's brickmaking history!