Books To Be Read

I received a comment from my pal for the Favorite Colorswap asking about books I’ve read – so I added a book badge to my blog from Librarything.com and I’m adding in my “To Be Read” list for 2007, but I’m going to list them here as well. Hey I just noticed the librarything has knitting books too! Good way to keep track of the library.
Anyway, in no particular order, this year I’m planning to read these books which are already on my shelves:

Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult finished, Jan.2007
Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (Dan’s choice for me)
Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult
Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult
naked by David Sedaris
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank
Secret of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
Dog is my co-pilot
Dog Department by James Thurber
Cesar’s Way by Cesar Milan
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City Nick Flynn
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

And I’ll give myself extra credit here and there too.
Good quotes:
“In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you get through, but rather how many of them get through to you.” Mortimer Adler
“Beware of the person with one book” St. Thomas Aquinas

Sick Day

I requested a sick day yesterday at the end of school. There are already 3 other people out and we don’t have any subs. But, I stuck to my instincts and I am not feeling bad about taking this day off. I. Am. Not.

I’ve been walloped by a cold, and haven’t even knit the last two nights. So, while i sit on the couch today I’m plugging away at the LMKG Hourglass Sweater. I’ll probably kick myself later, but I’m saying “Screw gauge” and just started knitting. I want to make a sweater, I’ll learn from mistakes… maybe I’ll get lucky and it’ll fit.

Pictures later. I just don’t have the energy right now.

Favorite Color Swap Questions ’07

Favorite Color Swap Questionnaire

1. What are your top three favorite colors? blue-green-purple

2. What crafts do you really enjoy? knitting, I’m slowly teaching myself how to sew, I enjoy looking at amigurumi (though I can’t yet crochet)

3. What products do you really covet? I have an amazon wishlist, and I do frequently lust over things in this blog

4. What other activities do you enjoy besides your favorite crafty things? playing with my dog, photography

5. Is there anything you collect? I used to, but have tried to avoid collecting anything else but yarn, needles and fabric!

6. What is your zodiac sign and/or Chinese zodiac symbol? Gemini

7.What are your favorite…

…scents/smells? fresh / clean (like Clean Cotton from Yankee Candle), citrusy

…types of music and/or bands? I’m open to new things, I avoid country, I listen to everything from U2, Barenaked Ladies, Indigo Girls, Dave Matthews Band to classical and hiphop.

…authors? Right now I’m big into Jodi Picoult, I love Laurie Notaro and Jen Weiner too

…animals? dogs (dachshunds especially), penguins, frogs (no cats)

…places to shop? target

…season? fall

…yarn/fabric/paper/other craft supplies? non-acrylic yarns, retro designs

…candies or goodies? Jelly Beans, mike and ikes, coffee, tea,

8. Do you have any wish lists? yep, it’s linked at the top of the blog (amazon)

9. Are you allergic to anything? not really – I’m not a smoker though – smoke tends to bother me

10. Do you have any pets? What are they? 1 mini-dachshund, Jackson

11. Please include anything else you would like your secret pal to know about you- anything that would be helpful in finding you little gifts that you will really enjoy. The best thing about these swaps is the surprise factor!

Books & Sock Yarn

Yesterday when I got home there were two packages waiting – the first was sock yarn from the Knitting Sunshine Sock Club – soooo pretty!! And there were little treats too – candy / mints / stitch markers!

The second box contained books from crafter’s choice – Stylish Knits for Dogs to Knit in a Weekend, Doggy Knits, and Men Who Knit & Dogs Who Love Them – all are so cute and a good source of ideas. I think I’ll make Jackson another sweater – maybe the grey cable one with a matching vest for me (not Dan – he’s not really a vest guy)… Adorable pups!!

This weekend we’re in transit – down to Long Island today, east to Rhode Island tomorrow.

School is crazy still – supposedly the wall in my lab will be knocked out to make it bigger, and a widescreen tv for computer / internet stuff, and saturday school for my homeroom kids. Promises and ideas, but I have a feeling that follow-through will be lacking.