NaKniCroMo- Days 6-11:

Yes, I know. You don’t need to say it. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

Day 6: Any favorite books or designers?

Stitch ‘n’ Bitch will probably always be one of my favorite books because it was my very first knitting book. I love the Yarn Harlot because she’s so funny and so talented. I also love Franklin Habit, Nim Teasdale, and so many designers on Ravelry whose names escape me. You are all talented and brilliant.

 

Day 7- Show us your progress!

Almost to the halfway point. Cables so bright, you can see them from space

 

Day 8- Show us your crafting spot!

I have two. Home, and work. I didn’t include Knit Night because I don’t knit there as often as I do the other two places.

 

Day 9- When do you craft?

Mostly nights and weekends. Sometimes I can squeeze in an hour at work, but usually it’s at home

 

Day 10- What’s your crafting fuel?

Tea! Sometimes cocoa. Maybe water. But almost always tea.

 

Day 11- Listen to or do anything while crafting?

Bake Off!

 

And other documentaries and movies, of course. The occasional podcast.

 

Sometimes.

 

At work I listen to my iPod.

 

 

And now I’m all caught up. Ha!

Six for Saturday

  1. What I’m reading: A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth. It’s huge. 1349 pages. I’m only on page 175. It’s cool, though. I feel like I’m learning a bit about Indian history. It’s the first Indian novel I’ve read, and Seth is the first Indian author I’ve read. I don’t count Rudyard Kipling (he’s white and British- colonialists don’t count) or the Jungle Books (they’re about animals).
  2. What I’m knitting: Another Multnomah. This time for a wedding present. I don’t know if she has stumbled across this blog, so I’m going to keep the details to myself. I’m almost finished. I’ll post photos after the shower.
  3. Work is going good. Finally. We have finally hired extra people and are now fully staffed. Of course, they can’t do much until they have completed training, but still. We had a bit of a setback last month when my boss lost his battle with cancer. But my overtime is over (thank god) and I’m back to normal hours. I’m no longer stressed. I miss the extra money, but I feel like it’s working out.
  4. My fan fiction is also going well. I have 74 stories. My most subscribed is 255. 255 individual people read that story. It kinda blows me away a little. Okay, a lot.
  5. I’ve decided to get back into baking. I’ve seen the Great British Bake Off way too many times- which we all know is a lie, because there is no such thing as watching the Great British Bake Off too many times. Let’s be real here. It’s a bit shaky at first because it’s been so long. But, my new manager (who is a twig) is looking to gain weight, so I’m revving up to hone my skills. Her birthday is at the end of the month, so I will be baking cupcakes for her. Maybe I should do a weekly treat. Hmm. I wish there was a baking book that divided recipes up by skill level.
  6. Richie has joined a climbing gym. He took Lauren and me with him today as guests. It was fun. I only kinda sucked! I got to the top of one wall twice, and a second once. The others I attempted I only got halfway. I have to use my legs and feet more. I didn’t join today (we need groceries), but I do have a guest pass for $1o. So I’ll go one more time before making a final decision. They also offer yoga, which I’ve been wanting to try

Book List Progress: E’s

I finished all of my E’s last month. From e to The Eyre Affair. 0-E was as far as I got. I mean, I read a couple of F’s, but not all of them. Then, of course, I added a few new books to the list, and a few early letters have been added so I’m almost right back to where I was.

 

Eh.

 

And Emma Watson has started a feminist book club on Twitter. So now I’ll have new books to add to my list which will throw off my reading schedule.

 

But it’s Emma Watson, so who cares?

 

Anyways, I’m reading IT by Stephen King and I’m wondering why I thought it was a good idea. Because now, instead of just being afraid of clowns, I’m now also afraid of balloons.

 

Thanks, Stephen

NaBloPoMo Day 24: Ten for Tuesday

  1. I mailed G-Dragon’s cowl four months ago today. I have no idea whether or not he has it in his possession. I saw a photo of him wearing a large, thick, dark blue cowl at the airport, and I yelled at my computer,” That’s not my cowl, asshole!” Yeah, this is making me really cranky.
  2. Remember how I said yesterday that I wasn’t sure that I wanted to do my Autumn Bucket List anymore? Yeah, I’m getting ideas for a Winter Bucket List now.
  3. I LOVE tzatziki sauce. I had some at Ari’s on Friday, then we bought some at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday. I’m in the process of baking some bread (first rising) and I’m going to dip some of this bread into my tzatziki when it’s ready. My point? I love tzatziki more than hummus.
  4. Zombie and I went to Bailey’s Chocolate Bar on Saturday night. We were celebrating my full time promotion, and we also hadn’t seen each other in a few weeks. She’d never been there before, so it was nice that I was able to treat her to something special like that.
  5. I’ve been calorie counting since the 8th, and I’m already sick of it. Ugh. In two weeks I only lost 1.2 pounds. Of course, it’s more about the sugar restriction than calories and weight, but still.
  6. My landlord is going out of town this week and he’s asked me to check on his cat Pineapple. I was excited because I thought I would get some cat loving. When I went over there yesterday so that he could show me her things, she was less than thrilled. So I’ll just stick to the kitchen. Don’t want to stress the poor thing out.
  7. Turkey and Russia are sniping at each other. It’s the start of World War 3. I’m calling it.
  8. I finished reading The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami. I loved it. It was a collection of short stories. They ran the gamut from an excerpt from the novel The Wind Up Bird Chronicle (which I’ve read); a vanishing elephant; newlyweds who are so hungry they hold up a McDonald’s just for Big Macs; and a woman who hadn’t slept in seventeen days. Murakami is one of my favorites. Not going to lie.
  9. I finished Ibby’s scarf today! YAY! I’ve just got to bind off and block.
  10. I have a pen pal! You know- stamps, envelopes. Anyways, she’s a Twitter and AFF pal and lives in Alabama and it’s such fun. Yay being old-fashioned!

NaBloPoMo Day 18: Book List Progress- C’s and D’s

Yes, I have gotten through the C’s and D’s. From Candide to Cyrano de Bergerac, and from the Da Vinci Code to Dust Tracks on a Road.

 

I think I’m making good progress. I only have nine E’s, so maybe I’ll finish those before the year is out. Who can say? Although, apparently the Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer is really long, so we’ll have to see. Then again, it only took me fourteen days to read Dombey and Son.

NaBloPoMo Day 12: Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

Dombey and Son

A behemoth novel of Old Chas- 938 pages. It took me almost two weeks to read it. It was a labor of like, that’s for sure. But I will say this may be my favorite Dickens novel. Of course, there are still novels of his that I have not read.

 

This particular story is about the rich, cold, callous Paul Dombey, the owner of a shipping company. His neglect of his family (especially the women) leads to his personal and professional downfall, thanks to two back to back scandals. It also concerns the unwanted daughter, Florence, and her desire for her father’s love, and how she grows under his complete ignoring of her.

 

I can’t say exactly what it is about this novel that I like. How the mighty fall, perhaps? What could happen if you’re so cocky that you just walk over people without a sense of kindness or gratitude? Yes, probably. It was an effort, and I’m glad I read it.