I haven't mastered the act of "getting gauge" yet... it took 3 attempts at this before I decided that 80 stitches cast on would be the right amount for Mom's sock. It seems to be moving along fairly quickly, especially in comparison to my two previous pairs of socks.
I also downloaded Amy Winehouse's Back to Black album off iTunes. She's absolutely brilliant. Listening to her is like being in a timewarp... except there are enough new/fresh elements that it is fascinating to listen to her.