7.30.2014

w.w.w. wednesday

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• What are you currently reading? I'm listening to Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen.

• What did you recently finish reading? I read Landline by Rainbow Rowell and The Vacationers by Emma Straub.

• What do you think you’ll read next? I'm not sure!

finished reading

A two-week family vacation in gorgeous Mallorca, Spain, is the heart of this story. Each member of the Post family carries baggage from home with them on this idyllic trip. It's a study of relationships and love. Fran and Jim, celebrating their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary and their daughter, Sylvia's high school graduation; Bobby, the son, rounds out the Post family. Also along on this vacation are Charles and Lawrence--long time friends of Franny's and Bobby's girlfriend, Carmen.

Two weeks with family produce some cringe-worthy moments but also can strengthen bonds. In this case, it does both. Each of the Posts embodies a different phase of love and the dynamics are interesting. The writing is at times very funny. My one complaint is that Mallorca could have been more of an influence on the characters and instead it is just an exotic background. It was a fast read and it's the perfect summer book. It made me want to travel to Mallorca.

7.29.2014

wishes...


July 29: I wish...

my out of state sisters and their families lived closer. I miss the everyday celebrations. Or, I wish I could teleport.

ten things tuesday

Linking up with Ten On Tuesday this week.

This week's topic is 10 Patterns You Could Knit Again . . . and again and again!

1) Lately I've been knitting the Gallatin Scarf to kick off my holiday knitting. I've made three so far and plan on a few more. Love the pattern.

2) My go-to hat when students request one is the Quick & Easy Beanie. I think the whole basketball team got them last year.

3) I've made so many of these Star Crossed Slouchy Beret that I can't even keep track anymore. I love it!

4) I knit several chemo hats for one of my very dear friends who is going through treatment, and fell in love with the My Hat Of Choice by Amanda Soule.

5) For charity hat knitting, I love The Amazing Fit Anyone Hat.

6) I've made a couple sets of placemats and dish cloths for newlyweds that were well-received.

7) And the Gap-tastic cowl is probably the pattern I've made most--such a quick and easy gift!

8) Another fun charity auction knit was Mark's Cabled iPad Cozy. I've made several of these with and without the handles.

9) The Fisher Cable Hat is one I discovered last winter and I had the perfect tweed to use. It is a great pattern.

10) This tote was a good gift. I forgot how many of them I knit.

7.28.2014

monday musings

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• Question:One book at a time? Or more than one? If more, are they different types/genres? Or similar? {source}

I usually have an audio book and a Nook book going at the same time. Occasionally, there will be a third book, too, but not too often. For a long time, I listened exclusively to non-fiction, but now I listen to all kinds of books. I try not to read two mysteries at the same time.

puppy love


July 28: Someone/something you love

This face:

7.27.2014

happy time

It is time, once again, for the August Happiness Challenge! Thanks to The Gal Herself!

Here's a brief explanation of the Challenge: "Each day in August you are to post about something that makes *you* happy. Pretty simple. And, it doesn't even have to be every day if you don't want it to be. It's a great way to remind ourselves that there are positive things going on in our lives, our communities, and the world."

You're invited to join me. Visit me with a link to your daily happy, and I'll come read it. I've found that experiencing other peoples' everyday pleasures is a great moodlifter.

It helps if your Happiness Challenge posts are marked with an icon. Just something that means "happy" to you. Here are mine from summers gone by. They all still make me smile.





sunday stealing

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Sunday Stealing: Me A to Z Meme

A If you were an ANIMAL, what would you be? I would be a pampered dog

B BOOKS: What's on your reading list? currently reading The Vacationers and Lost Lake

C COMPULSIVE about anything? oy, yes, I'm compulsive about a LOT of things

D DREAMS - Do you ... dream in color? remember your dreams? keep a dream journal? I generally don't remember my dreams

E EATING - what's your usual snack? I don't know that I have a usual snack... maybe a Kashi granola bar

F A Few of your FAVORITE Things: hugs, puppies, road trips, knitting, friends, family and laughing

G GIGGLES! What (or who) makes you laugh? Do you have a good sense of humor? yes... I laugh a lot at school

H major HOT Button: intolerance

I I am ______________ ... in denial about my laziness

K Also KNOWN As... Aliases? Screen names? A non de plume perhaps? Kwizgiver is my favorite

L I LOVE ... my life!

M How do you feel about MEETING people? Do it all the time? Rarely? Parties or 1-on-1? well, I'm an introverted extrovert so sometimes I like meeting people and other times I want to be in my little hole

N What's the story of your NAME? were you named after anyone? Do you go by a nickname? Any aliases? I am named a variation of my mother's mother's name and my middle name is my father's father's name

O OBSERVANT - What's around you right now? What do you see? so much clutter!

P Who are the special PEOPLE in your life? oh, too many to list--but the newest special person is my great-nephew Jason Richard

Q Any Little QUIRKs About Yourself: I tend to do things in the same sequence

R What do you like to do for RECREATION? I like to read and knit

S Do You SING in the Shower? In the car? For your friends? not in the shower, but in the car and occasionally for friends

T What's at the Top of your TO DO list?: clean the tub

U Any UNUSUAL Experiences: I teach high school--I have millions of unusual experiences

V VEGAS, Vienna, Venice, Vladivostok... How far have you traveled? What's your favorite City? I think the farthest I've traveled is The Netherlands or California

W WINTER, Spring, Summer, Fall... What's your favorite season? What makes it special? my favorite is fall, I love that it's less humid and the colors are spectacular

X EXes - Things You Don't Do Anymore (but did, once (would you, again?)) I have not smoked a cigarette since December 27, 1998 and I would not again

Y Any secret/deep YEARNINGS? sometimes I would like a cuddle buddy

Z ZERO to ZENITH - Where are you in your life? Still growing? On an upward (or downward) curve? Just skating along? I'm in a really good place professionally and personally... still growing on an upward curve--I have challenges that keep me motivated

postsecret


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.

7.26.2014

so excited


July 26: I'm excited for...

my great-nephew, Jason. 10 pounds, 12 ounces and 22 inches long, he has auburn hair.

finished reading...

I anxiously awaited the publication of this book. And it didn't disappoint. So much clever dialog, such interesting and fleshed out secondary characters.

From the publisher:
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply—but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her—Neal is always a little upset with Georgie—but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

saturday 9





Summerfling

1) This song refers to the summer breezes and winds of mid-July. Now that July is almost over, how would you describe this month's weather where you are? there were some high 80s with humidity, but generally it's been gorgeous

2) The lyrics mention the "perfect plans." Do you have plans for today? Or will you just let this summer Saturday unfold? I had breakfast with friends this morning, now I have nothing planned--it's just going to unfold

3) This week's artist, k. d. lang, attended Red Deer Community College in Alberta. Red Deer's school colors are green, black and silver. What were your school colors? my current school is maroon and gold

4) She had a bit part in the 2006 murder mystery The Black Dahlia. Do you enjoy murder mysteries? I am a fan

5) Ms. lang is a vegetarian. What's the last beef, chicken, pork or fish you ate? ham was part of my scrambled omelet this morning

6) In 2000, when this song was released, California suffered a series of blackouts. Has your power gone out this summer? just briefly

7) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire also came out in 2000. Did you read it? yes! I love the Potter series

8) Which would you rather have on your hot dog: sauerkraut, ketchup/mustard/relish or chili? ketchup/mustard/relish

9) If you had your choice, which would you prefer: new shoes or a new wallet? I'm on a clothing moratorium until the end of the year so I will go with a wallet