Saturday, January 30, 2010

Deeper and deeper or...

higher and higher. I'm getting into deeper and deeper trouble as my book piles get higher and higher. I've just joined another book group. This one has a twist, though. It's on Facebook. My cousin Dot has started it. Our first book is "Crossing to Safety" by Wallace Stegner, someone that I've always wanted to read. It was my cousin Kathy's suggestion. Did I mention that this is a mainly a family group? Go Mynahans! I'll never get to my personal stash as I work my way through two book groups from work and this one. Help!!! Oh, you know the drill - so many books, so little time.

Did I also mention that my pile of needlework projects is also growing by leaps and bounds? I'm becoming more of a "chick with sticks" than a stitcher. Sorry EGA friends. I took a class last Sunday in Scandinavian knitting. Not only am I learning how to knit Continental style with two colors, but I'll be dealing with steeks. Basically, that means I'll be cutting the knitting to put in the seams. Yikes. Of course, that means that I first have to finish the project - a teddy bear-sized sweater. Piece of cake right? Wrong. You have to be somewhat coordinated to do this and I'm struggling. So, what am I doing spending time writing this??? Onward and upwards.....

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Best Reads of 2009

I finally had a chance to put away the text books (but, I do miss going to school), so I ramped up my reading a bit. I've started far more than I finished and the pile keeps getting higher. I did read some really great books last year (along with one or two dogs). My favorites in no particular order:

  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Selznick

  • Revolutionary Road - Yates (audio)

  • The Group - McCarthy

  • White Tiger - Adiga (audio)

  • Lying Awake - Salzman

  • Optimist's Daughter - Welty (audio)

  • The Confederacy of Dunces - Toole (audio)

What is surprising is that four of the books I listened to. For someone who is not a big audio fan that really is quite a feat. Now if I could only find my MP3 so I could listen to more....... Here's to more great reading in 2010! Hurry up - time's a-wasting!


This looks like someone emptied out my knitting bag! Actually, my project bags are the few things that I do keep meticulously neat these days. Just like many projects, so little time. There is always something new to distract and just begging to be started. However, I am beginning to work on my stash. I have so many needlework and knitting projects that need to be finishes. While not exactly a New Year's Resolution, I am going to make more of an effort to work through these.....until my next trip to the yarn shoppe!!!!