Bookish

I spotted this meme on two blogs and I just couldn’t resist. Plus my brain is sort of in a fog and funk right now and this seemed like a good idea at the time.
1. Favorite childhood book?
Is it possible to pick one? I was a huge fan of the whole “Little House” series, Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, just about anything by Judy Blume, Bunnicula, Ramona & Beezus, Roll of Thunder Hear my cry, and Agatha Christie mysteries

2. What are you reading right now?
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
I think I have a few knitting / crochet books on request that I wanted to see.

4. Bad book habit?
I’ve gotten better with my books but as a kid, I would crack spines and dog ear the pages.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
A pile of books for the Lorax: Ladybug Girl at the Beach, Hug Time, Is There Really a Human Race?, Muncha Muncha Muncha, Where are You Blue Kangaroo, No More Kissing, Wiggle, and one for me: Sweater Design in Plain English

6. Do you have an e-reader?
I have a Kindle2

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
While I might have ADHD with my knitting, I like to enjoy one book at a time.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Not really, as the blog was started for knitting. I have occasionally reviewed books on the blog though.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
I have gotten rather sick and tired of a few of the Lorax’s books, and I didn’t love the last Twilight book.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
I really loved The Art of Racing in the Rain. And Eat, Pray, Love.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Now that school is all done and I get to choose my own books, never!

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
I like a good story – that could be in anything I guess.

13. Can you read on the bus?
Sure.

14. Favorite place to read?
On the beach.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
Fairly lenient – I’ve never been burned on this, so I will lend stuff out.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
I used to when I was younger, but I don’t anymore.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
Not so much

18. Not even with text books?
Nope.

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
English.

20. What makes you love a book?
Good story, good quotes, something that makes me think from a different point of view or interesting concepts where I can learn something new.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If I can’t stop thinking about what I read or I can relate to it.

22. Favorite genre?
Mystery, memoirs

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
History

24.Favorite biography?
Rachel Carson’s

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Sure.

26. Favorite cookbook?
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman (referred to around here as the Bittman bible)

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
I really enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love.

28. Favorite reading snack?
Mike & Ikes / Jellybeans

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Harry Potter? I’ve seen the movies and while I’m sure the books are better, I have no interest to read them (maybe when the Lorax is old enough we can read them together)

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I don’t read too many book reviews, I don’t care what the critics say.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I’m honest – if I didn’t like what I read, why would I say otherwise?

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
Italian

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
I have never thought of a book as intimidating, though in high school Shakespeare was probably just that. By the time I got to college and had to read it, something “clicked” and it was fine.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Can’t think of one.

35. Favorite Poet?
Shel Siverstein

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
With the Lorax, 5 – 10.

37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?
A handful – there’s just not enough time – I’m working on knitting and reading on the kindle – sometimes it works.

38. Favorite fictional character?
the Pigeon (by Mo Willems), Miss Marple, Ramona,

39. Favorite fictional villain?
Dracula

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Something light and fluffy – stephen king, chick lit a la Jodi Picoult or Jennifer Weiner

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
Hard to say – several weeks?

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
I totally gave up on the Lord of the Rings, Profiles in Courage, The Killer Angels

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
My toddler. but not much else. Jackson barking.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Each time, the book was better, but maybe The Princess Bride?

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
I’m not sure… so many times, the book was better.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Buying college textbooks easily ran up a few hundred dollars. Non college stuff could also be $100 or so buying gifts.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
I’ll flip through a book at the bookstore, but that’s all. I’ll skim / skip boring pages (Stephen King, I’m looking at you!)

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Life.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
There is a mild organization going on in my shelves now, but it’s quite fluid.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
I like to keep my books, but I’ve been thinning the shelves lately – books I’m not going to read again, books I didn’t love can move out to someone elses house.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
No.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
The last twilight book

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
I’m blanking…If i think I’m not going to like it, I generally don’t bother unless I hear from others that it’s worth the effort.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
Best Friends Forever (Jennifer Weiner)

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Knitting books? Cookbooks? Isn’t it supposed to be guilty pleasures?

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Gosh, it seems like a long time since I did one of these. And since it has caught my eye on several other blogs I figure I would play along too.

1. What’s your staple meal (ie. what meal do you cook most often when you can’t be bothered to be adventurous)? I think that would have to be spaghetti and meatballs. It’s done quickly, satisfies, and is relatively hard to screw up.

2. What do you want to be when you grow up? My dad has been asking me what my career plan is since I was 6 years old. Frequently. Lucky for me, he supported me in pretty much whatever answer I gave. I wanted to be a photographer for Life magazine and National Geographic. I’ve loved science for a very long time (I’ve got a chemistry background and am trying to return to those roots). I thought about being a teacher (and I did that). I wanted to be a mom (doing that now). I love that I’m building my knitting resume even though it’s not a viable full-time gig, yet. I want to do something challenging and interesting.

3. What book are you reading at the moment (if any) I’ve just started reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on the kindle. It’s slow going, only because I tend to knit during times I would be reading.

4. How do you relax? I love to sit on the beach and feel the breeze and hear the waves. That doesn’t happen too often, so I knit (duh), and I play with the Lorax at her kiddie pool or push her on the swingset.

5. What color are the interior walls of your home? Depends on the room – white, mauve-ish, pale pink, light apple green, tiffany blue, smoky purple, dapple grey and a stripe of dark apple green are found on the walls.

6. What is your guiltiest pleasure? High fructose corn syrup in candy – jelly beans, mike & ikes, gummy worms… As much as I try to resist the genentically modified food and over developed chickens and un-fair trade coffees and HFCS, I cannot resist a handful of wonka candy. That and the train wreck reality tv shows – Real Housewives, Wife Swap, Toddlers / Tiaras, Little Miss Perfect.

7. What time is bedtime and getting up time? I usually get up and go to bed around hubby’s bedtime / wake up since he’s the one to go out into the work world. That works out to be about 6:30am to get up and 10-ish p.m for bed. The Lorax is usually up by 6:45 or earlier, but is content to read in her room – she’s up and out by 7. It’s an early day, but I can no longer really sleep in like I did back in college. Now, sleeping in means waking up without an alarm clock – so, 7:15 – 7:30.

8. How long do you spend reading blogs (per day or per week)? At least 1 hour a day I think… maybe more since I can get them on my iphone… There are so many interesting things to read! I can’t get enough!

Around the House Meme

PeacefulKnitter posted an “Around the House” photo meme on her blog and I’ve decided to play along, as my knitting right now is not ready for prime time as they say.

So, I’ll show you mine if you show me yours…just copy the list, take a stroll through your house one day, and post on your blog. Because we all like to see how other people live, right?!

Here are the categories for the Around the House meme:

* In the kitchen
* On the nightstand
* In your work/craft space
* Out the window
* What the pets or children are up to
* On your feet
* Knitting or knitwear in action

(My photos come from the iphone over the course of the New Year Weekend)

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2008 Review

(Don’t forget to check out my contest)

Where did you begin 2008?
At home, with family.

What was your status by Valentine’s Day?
Married.

Were you in school (anytime this year)?
Not at all. Still can’t believe it has gone by so fast.

Did you have to go to the hospital?
Luckily, not this year.

Did you have any encounters with the police?
Two – once for a traffic violation (went through a red light. it was coming home from Rhinebeck. 20 minutes from home. I didn’t see it until I was under it and made a poor choice.) once for the house alarm going off (turned out to be nothing, but I wanted someone else there just in case.)

Where did you go on vacation?
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands – can’t wait to go back! I also took a quick trip to DC in June and that was fun too.

What did you purchase that was over $500?
I can’t think of a purchase that was over $500… I probably spent several times that much on diapers (sadly. I still want to try the g-diapers.)

Did you know anybody who got married?
Sean & Caroline, Jamie & Jen

Did you know anybody who passed away?
My grandfather, and the dad of my favorite 9-year-old.

Did you move anywhere?
We moved stuff around the house again, but that’s all.

What sporting events did you attend?
We watched / participated in dachshund races at the local rescue group meet-ups, does that count?

Describe your birthday:
Quiet

What’s the one thing you thought you would never do but did in 2008?
Win the fantasy football picks pool with/against Dan, Tom, & Harry or have a (somewhat) successful booth at a local craft fair.

What has been your favorite moment(s)?
Relaxing in the BVI, watching Lorelai figure out how to do anything / everything, Rhinebeck, rav party

What’s something you learned about yourself?
That I can hack it as a mom – I have had some fabulous role models and I have a fabulous support system.

Any new additions to your family?
In my family of friends, yes – Will and Patrick.

What was your best month?
On the whole it was a pretty good year, each month has a highlight. Maybe November? Lorelai turned 1 and we hosted Thanksgiving – that was a good month.

What music will you remember from 2008?
Brittany / Womanizer, Coldplay,

Made new friends?
Yes, Jenn & Addison through the baby groups and I’m going to have to agree with Betsy – if I met you through fiber you are my friend 🙂

New best friend?
Those who are maintained their status!

Favorite night out?
New York City to see MacBeth with Patrick Stewart, the Rav party @ Rhinebeck

Any regrets?
“Forget regret or life is yours to miss.” Do the best you can with what you have while you have it.

What do you want to change in 2009?
I always have ideas I want to put forth to make change. They are pretty standard. (My resolutions will be a separate post.)

Overall, how would you rate this year?
This year started out sad, but ended on a good note. I’m cautiously optimistc for 2009.

What would you change about 2008?
Things happened and didn’t happen, and I’m ok with how it all worked out.

Other than home, where did you spend most of your time?
The car, SnB, baby groups

Have any life changes in 2008?
My baby turned 1, that’s a pretty good milestone.

Change your hairstyle?
Nope.

Have any car accidents?
Well, my car was backed into a fence railing, but it was an accident (and I wasn’t driving the car!)

Buy a new car?
Nope.

Get a new job?
Yes, I now work for an agency contracted to Google. I was approved for online tutoring. I’ve been doing model / sample knitting for Schaefer Yarns, Lornas Laces and am in talks with J.knits. And I write the show notes for the LimeNViolet podcast.

Do you have a New Year’s resolution?
Always and it’s not just one.

Do anything embarrassing?
Only mildly so.

Buy anything new from eBay?
Not this year.

What was your favorite purchase of 2008?
My Rhinebeck yarns / Sheep mug, wii fit

Get married or divorced?
No

Get arrested?
No

Be honest – did you watch American Idol?
Honestly I’ll watch most any reality crap, but not that.

Did you get sick this year?
Mildly so.

Start a new hobby?
I taught myself crochet.

Been snowboarding?
Not this year. I haven’t been out to a mountain for skiing / snowboarding in years – I miss it (skiing that is, I hated snowboarding.)

Drank Starbucks in 2008?
Yes, thanks to listening to Lime & Violet, then going to SnB at Starbucks. I know a few of the baristas at the one in town by their names and they are fantastic!

Are you happy to see 2008 go?
I’m always happy for the new year, it feels like a fresh start. I am hopeful that 2009 will have more positives than negatives, but on the whole 2008 was not a bad year. The only way out is through, so here we go again!

Finish the sentence meme

Saw this twice today, and thought it was neat. Take if you like and share!

1. My uncle once worked at the zoo

2. Never in my life will I give less than my best.

3. When I was five my parents sent my dog “to the farm” and they still won’t tell me what happened to him. I also went to Disneyworld. Being 5 had it’s ups and downs 🙂

4. High school was where I met my best friends and my husband.

5. I will never forget the day Lorelai was born.

6. Once I met Anthony Rapp. Twice actually.

7. There’s this boy I know who is new to the world and I would really like to meet him. (Hi Will!)

8. Once, at a bar,a guy took my hat – it was St. Patrick’s Day in Worcester, MA. I think I got the hat back. Don’t remember that part.

9. By noon, Lorelai and I are usually out and about.

10. Last night I got to spend too short a time with one of my brothers.

11. If only I had a dog that didn’t bark so much…. (I swear, dachshunds are GREAT watchdogs. A dust bunny scurries and they bark. Chipmunks fart and they bark. Don’t get me wrong, I love love love love my dog. When he barks there is no changing his mind!)

12. “Next time I go to church” is not a phrase I say often, but probably should.

13. What worries me most the health of grandparents, aging parents, my brothers decisions and Lorelai’s happiness.

14. When I turn my head left I see a door.

15. When I turn my head right I see twilight and trees.

16. You know I’m lying when….. Why would I answer that?

17. What I miss most about the Eighties is the music. And how my dad and I would rate hair do’s with how many cans of hairspray were needed for the do.

18. If I were a character in Shakespeare I’d be (oh god, Betsy? VIK? help?) Who was the shrew, maybe her? Maybe a queen from Midsummer? I am not up on my Shakespeare.

19. By this time next year I might be working outside of the home?

20. A better name for me would be – Rachel? That’s what some people think my name is, but it’s not. I was so close to being a Molly or Sorcha, but Dad squashed those. I currently also go by “mommy” even though my daughter can’t get past “mmmm”.

21. I have a hard time understanding people who lack common sense. Or common courtesy. Or a sense of humor.

22. If I ever go back to school, I’d take an art class. Photography maybe. Drawing perhaps.

23. You know I like you if I respond in sentences and converse, not just “mmm-hmm.”

24. If I ever won an award, the first person I would thank would be my parents probably. They’ve instilled all that is award worthy in me I think.

25. Take my advice, never forget to say Thank You.

26. My ideal breakfast is blueberry pancakes.

27. A song I love but do not have is that song from a LimeNViolet podcast that referenced Shakespeare and The Princess Bride.

28. If you visit my hometown, I suggest that you visit the trails.

29. Why won’t people use common sense? Think about others? Think about the planet? Think someone else might be right?

30. If you spend a night at my house you will be barked at by Jackson if you use the guest bathroom and you will either a)share a wall with the baby or b)share a room with yarn.

31. I’d stop my wedding for nothing short of the groom not showing (which he did. no worries.)

32. The world could do without drug advertisements all over the tv.

33. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than sing in public.

34. My favorite blondie is a type of brownie?

35. Paper clips are more useful than staples.

36. If I do anything well it’s word puzzles. take photographs. make Lorelai smile. science.

37. I can’t help but shop a sale.

38. I usually cry when I think I’ve let someone close to me down.

39. My advice to my nephew/niece is will be Conduct and Effort are what count for everything. And someday you’ll appreciate how cool your parents are.

40. And by the way, Have a Nice weekend!

Filler

Fifty things you didn’t know about me. At least I don’t think you do.

1. Do you like blue cheese? Sometimes.

2. Have you ever smoked a cigarette? Yes, hated it.

3. Do you own a gun? No

4. What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? I’ve never been to Sonic!

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? No.

6. What do you think of hot dogs? Dachshunds!

7. Favorite Christmas Song? Nat King Cole’s “Christmas Song”

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Coffee & orange juice

9. Can you do push ups? one or two

10. Favorite movie? Say Anything, Singin’ in the Rain

11. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? my engagement ring

12. Favorite hobby? knitting and photography

13. Do you work with people who idolize you? Sure, Lorelai doesn’t really know anyone else, and I’m the source of Jackson’s treats

14. Do you have ADD? no

15. What’s one trait that you hate about yourself? I’ll answer it later (procrastination)

16. Middle name? Given: Mary but Officially: My maiden name

17. Three thoughts at this moment: I wish it wasn’t so hot / humid, I hope Lorelai is having a good nap, I should be working on that sweater…

18. Three things you bought yesterday. blueberries, peas, peppers

19. Name 3 drinks you drink regularly. Coffee, orange juice, water

20. Current worry right now? my brother is off on a two week hiking trip by himself

21. Current hate right now? drug commercials

22. Favorite place to be? laughing with family / friends

23. How did you bring in the New Year? We had dinner with the in-laws.

24. Where would you like to go? the beach, New York City

25. Name three people who will complete this. whoever else feels like it!

26. Who’s answer do you want to read the most? Um, see #25

27. What color shirt are you wearing? black t-shirt

28. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? Can’t say I’ve had the opportunity

29. Can you whistle? yes, but my mom can’t!

30. Favorite color? ocean blues

31. Would you be a pirate? I’ve got a little of the Captain in me.

32. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don’t

33. Favorite girl’s name? Lorelai

34. Favorite boy’s name? Nathaniel

35.What’s in your pocket right now? lint

36. Last thing that made you laugh? Lorelai

37. Best bed sheets as a child? flannel penguin sheets

38. Worst injury you’ve ever had? giving birth

39. Do you love where you live? I love the people I’m with, I love the people I’m near. This isn’t a perfect town, but I love New England, so I’m content

40. How many TVs do you have in your house? 2

41. Who is your loudest friend? Betsy when she gets going

42. How many dogs do you have? 1

43. Does someone have a crush on you? Just my husband

44. If you could marry a movie actor/actress who would it be? Brad Pitt

45. What is your favorite book? Little House on the Prairie

46. What is your favorite candy? Mike & Ikes, Jellybeans, good’N’fruity

47. Who is your favorite sports team? Jets, I guess.

48. What song do you want played at your funeral? I have no idea… Time to Say Goodbye (Andrea Bocelli)

49. What were you doing at 12 AM last night? sleeping

50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up this morning? That was not a good dream.

About Mememememe

I’m behind on taking photos of my knits, and don’t have much to show for them anyway right now – maybe this weekend. Last night I did get out to the SnB and felt so charged up when I got home – silly I know, but to spend ~ 2 hours with other knitters is a rush 🙂 And I got to see people from the Monday afternoon group I used to go to (Sonia, Nancy) and I got to meet some people I only know from online / ravelry (Kelly, Jenn) – so cool! My family is very supportive of my knitting, but it’s just not the same. I was telling some people about local gourmet cookies – find them here: Red Rooster Baking.

Peaceful Knitter tagged me – so, stuff about me will have to do until my next post….

The rules: Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1) What was I doing ten years ago?
Let’s see, May 1998 – I finished my sophmore year of college…I was probably already back at work at The Paper Trail. I wasn’t knitting! Dan & I were together at that point (a little more than 2 years).

2) What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today:
Go to the farmer’s market.
Take the kids (Jackson & Lorelai) for a walk.
Pick up photo prints.
Locate my copy of the Bobbi Bear pattern (I am challenging myself to finish it for next week – all he needs are ears and some embroidery…)
Seam up the project I’m test knitting.

3) Snacks I enjoy:
Jelly beans, mike & ikes, air heads, (I’ve got a sugar addiction, I’m trying to detach myself from high fructose corn syrup….) fresh fruit – I can not wait for the berries to come back in season – we’re almost there!

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Travel
Go back to school – for what? photography & languages
Purchase shares in a local CSA
Make sure Lorelai has a trust of some sort set for college / grad school (if she wishes) / car / travel
Buy & Live at the beach (Rhode Island beaches!)

5) Places I have lived:
Born in Rhode Island, lived in New Jersey for a few years, moved to Connecticut, went to college in Rhode Island and spent 10 weeks in North Dakota, and went to graduate school in Syracuse, NY. ND and NY were ok, but I’m a New Englander at my core and here is where I plan to stay!

6) Jobs I have had:
paid: babysitter, retail sales, 1-hour photo developer, lab assistant, teaching assistant, middle school science teacher, mom, sister, daughter
volunteering: hospital escort, beach monitor for bird nests, Big Sisters, local women & family support center

7) Peeps I want to know more about:
theatreknitter
knelleyknits
mad-knitter
firemanshunny
ibunnysavetroy