w.w.w. wednesdays

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• What are you currently reading? I'm listening to Neil Patrick Harris Choose Your Own Autobiography and I'm reading The Sea Of Tranquility by Katja Millay, a student's recommendation; and at school, I'm reading The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde

• What did you recently finish reading? I read Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention Of Wings. Historical fiction at its best!

• What do you think you’ll read next? Probably my book group's November selection: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.


ten things tuesday

Ten things in my knitting project queue:

1) Present. An aptly named cowl I plan to whip up for gifts.

2) The Quickie Cowl. Another cowl I plan to knit up for gifting.

3) Biscuits & Bones dog sweater. Something for my sister's Bichon, Sugar. In hot pink!

4) Handy mittens. A student asked me to knit some for her. I'm not so good at mittens because I get one done and want to do something else.

5) Stacked. I think my youngest niece would like this.

6) Antler Hat. I might make this for my brother-in-law.

7) The Amanda Hat. I'm not sure who I give this to.

8) Cuddle Baby Blanket. My eldest niece is due in April!

9) February Lady Sweater. One of the first patterns I picked out to knit for myself.

10) And I joined the Westknits Mystery Knit Along, to create a shawl.

what's your reading personality?

What's your reading personality?

Your Result:
The Pundit
You like a book to be a springboard to future conversations, whether it's a best-selling novel, the biography of a political figure or celebrity or a think book that gives you fresh subjects to bring up at a dinner table or at the office water cooler. You pay attention to reviews, and when friends on social media praise The Flamethrowers, My Brilliant Friend or Not That Sort of Girl, or commentators on television programs lavish attention on a new nonfiction book, like War Hospital or Elizabeth Warren's A Fighting Chance, it increases the likelihood that you will read it. Whatever your guiding style of reading may be, if you have a Pundit element as well, you are strongly tempted to read books that people in your circle are reading, too, so your private experience of reading will acquire a social dimension.


finished reading...

This is a work of historical fiction. I was impressed with myself that I was already familiar with the Grimke sisters, who were staunch abolitionists and advocates for equal rights. The book covers a lot of ground and a lot of issues. Told in alternating perspectives from the point of view of Sarah Grimke and the slave she was given as a gift for her eleventh birthday, Hetty "Handful."

It's an exploration of loyalty, family, freedom, and ultimately the shackles we place on ourselves. Both women were inhibited by the times and both were desperate to break free of society's norms and mores.

I really liked this book although there were a couple of places that dragged.

musing mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying about it.
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

A Monday Senryu (like a haiku, but about human behavior):
Why do I do it?
Reading books I don't like.
I frustrate myself.


sunday stealing

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Sunday Stealing: Let's Talk Travel Meme

Ok let’s talk travel, do you like to travel? I do, but I hate the hassle of flying now

Where have you been? Ireland, England, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Portugal, Monaco, Aruba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Canada; in the US: California, Nevada, all of the Eastern Seaboard

Next place you want to go? I'd love to go back to Ireland, and I want to see Italy and Germany

What is something you MUST take with you when you travel? comfortable shoes

How do you like to travel? (mode of transportation) I like driving, trains, and flying (except the aforementioned hassles of flying)

With someone, or alone? doesn't matter, I'm a pretty chill traveler

Do you dance in your car when there are other people with you? yes

If you're quiet what does it mean? nothing

Favorite scent? puppies, babies, baking (bread, cookies, cake), coffee

Favorite store? today I'll answer Target

Say you wanted coffee.. what kind is your favorite? Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee

Favorite kind of pizza? there's a little place down the street from me called The Pizza Box that I like

Do you get embarrassed easily? yes

Do you mind people asking you personal questions? not really, I don't necessarily answer them

You have a tank of gas, $50, and the day off… what do you do? drive!

Favorite tv show? this season it's Gracepoint

Song you turn the volume up all the way to listen to? No More Drama by Mary J. Blige and most funk

Something you keep in your car? jumper cables... dental floss

Highlight of your day? waking up without the alarm

Something you do everyday that you wish you didn’t have to do? wash my hair

Do you mind if people just show up at your house unannounced? oh lord, how I hate this. Hate isn't a strong enough word!

What do you do when you disagree with someone? listen

Do you enjoy rain? if it's not pelting

Who’s your favorite person in the whole world… besides me? Maggie, hey, dogs are people, too!


PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week.


saturday 9

The Power Of Love

1) In this song, Huey explains that you don't need a credit card to find love. What's the last thing you charged? my groceries this morning

2) This song was written for Back to the Future. At the beginning of the movie, hero Marty McFly traveled around town on his skateboard. Are you good on a skateboard? I had a skateboard when I was a kid but I couldn't do any stunts

3) Huey sings lead and his backup group is The News. Was the most recent news you heard bad or good? my niece proclaimed she was out of breakfast food and had to eat crackers

4) Huey's mother, Maria, was born in Poland. Who is the first member of your family to be born in the US of A? my lineage goes back to pre-Revolutionary War times on both sides

5) Brainy Huey got a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT. Did you take the SAT? How did you do? I took the SAT in 1983 and scored above 1200, but I don't recall the exact number now

6) This song also hit #1 in Australia, where anzac biscuits are popular. To make them (the recipe is here) you need coconut. Do you have any coconut in your home right now? no coconut

7) Thinking of dessert, would you rather have cookies, cake, pie, ice cream or frozen yogurt? cake--the chocolate variety!

8) We're definitely into autumn now. What will you remember most about Summer 2014? my Portland trip and reconnecting with my friends

9) Tell us your superhero name, as determined by the color of your shirt and an item directly to your right. For example, Sam fights crime as The Gold Kleenex Box! Forest Green Charging Cord!