Monday, October 3, 2016

September reading list

Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting. Ann Hood, ed.*
I had gotten Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting (also edited by Ann Hood) as a gift a few years ago and enjoyed almost all of the essays, so I thought this was a pretty safe bet when I saw it in the library.

Never has reading about something I love so much left me so cold (with the exception of mom essays, but that's always a mixed bag).  I don't remember liking a single thing in this!  Even the happy selections were ridiculous, but maybe that's because they were kind of lost in a sea of absolute misery.  It was just terrible.  Everyone was so miserable, but the knitting projects made them so serene?  Or something?  I talk to knitters and read blogs by knitters and sometimes just interact with regular ol' people with whom I have nothing in common without feeling as alienated as I did reading this.  Which is probably good, because let me say it again: absolute misery.

People of Darkness. Tony Hillerman.
Sacred Clowns. Tony Hillerman.

Several characters die in these books.  There's a lot of poverty and drought and lying and aging and loss of traditions and stories.  It was preferable to the knitting book.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

We had an anniversary adventure

Cody and I went to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art a few days before our anniversary.  Mom picked up Evelyn from school that day and they had a sleepover on a school night.  Clearly, we were all partying pretty hard.

Cody and I hit the road as soon as we dropped Evelyn off at school (late) and I was nervous that she would get sick or that Cody would get sick or that something would somehow go wrong and we wouldn't get to go before the exhibit on folk art left.

Mom told me I would probably cry and I did a little bit a few times!

But we did.  The drive was great and we had an absolute blast. It was beautiful!  I took a bunch of pictures!  For people who were so excited to have a kid-free day, we sure did talk about our kid a lot.  This sculpture really reminded us of her because she's in a spider phase again.

Now here's a slew of things that Americans made that WERE JUST SO GREAT.



I love this couple.  They seem fun.

This is a rug that made me gasp audibly.  It probably wasn't used to ever cover a floor, which is good.  I would murder someone if they ever put their feet on this.  But only far away from this because I wouldn't want to mess it up.

We stopped for lunch and then checked out the rest of the museum:

We stopped at the gift shop. We wished we had time to explore the trails.  We took pictures of each other.

I wore my shawl. It was great.
We talked all the home (and took a break for Braum's!  It was so greasy!), and it was a wonderful, wonderful day.

And on our actual anniversary? 

The three of us went to Chuck E. Cheese for dinner.  It was fantastic!

What a blessed ten years it's been.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hey there

It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted.  Even before then, I didn't comment on a few post-worthy events.  Sara had a big birthday after a big year.  My parents had an anniversary.  Cody and I had an anniversary.  Dallas had a birthday.  Grandparents Day came and went.

I was going to write a post yesterday, but our Internet was out.  Well then!

Sometimes it's nice to say something or share a picture.  But then I feel like I have to (no one is holding my feet to some fire, for Pete's sake.  But I feel that way), even though I'm sure the masses are getting along fine without me. 

Still, I'll try to catch up in the next few weeks.  Like I said, Sara had a birthday and Dallas had a birthday and Grandparents Day came and went (I have given out 1 of the 3 cards I bought) and my parents had an anniversary and even I had an anniversary (ten years! That felt like forever!).  I'll get to at least some of that soon. 

For now, I just wanted to show you some pictures I took at Dallas's birthday party a few weeks ago.  It was a pretty night and a lovely time.

Friday, September 2, 2016

August reading list

The Blessingway. Tony Hillerman.
Talking God. Tony Hillerman.
Step Aside, Pops. Kate Beaton.*
Prepper's Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets, and Kits. Jim Cobb.*

The Tony Hillerman books are kind of running together now, but that's okay.

Kate Beaton is hilarious and comics with history jokes are probably the best kind of comics.

The prepper book was light on talks about something knocking out power and heavy on the 'hey, this is a fun project that can come in handy'....which is a tone that was less pleasant on the author's website.  Still, this was an okay book about being resourceful for when the power goes out, you wind up having to stay overnight at work, or you wander off the trail while hiking.  I'm definitely going to try the candles and little cooking flames.

Also, it turns out I read that "Grandmother's Knitting" book this month and not last month.  It was fine, I guess.  It was mostly the editor recapping people's memories of their grandmothers (or grandpas or aunts or whatever), rather than their own words.  The patterns were...fine, I guess.  I cast on for one of the hat patterns and then returned the book to the library without thinking about it.  I'll figure something out.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Flowers in the window

My morning glories are blooming.  We see 4 or 5 of them a day, strewn over half the balcony.  I really want to put out some fishing wire or more yarn to give some of the more 'flailing' vines somewhere to go.

I picked all the roses I could reach at Mom and Dad's on Sunday.  And then on Monday I still went down to the community garden and picked some zinnias.  Our table is pretty covered in plants and I love it.

I've got flowers in the window, flowers I can look at through the window, and I'm remembering to take pictures of these lovely flowers.  I even have a philodendron cutting in a jug of water in a windowsill at work!

It makes me happy.