Monday, July 27, 2009

Reading Bullets:

So I was bragging about my reading progress the other week (I will never match Chris or Cursing Mama but I have had my nose in the Kindle for the last week or so...).

The Walk by Lee Goldberg
This is a pretty good story about a self-centered movie executive who survives the initial "Big One" in LA and decides the only thing he needs to do is hike home for his wife. The foreshadowing is pretty clumsy and I guessed the big surprise more than halfway through the novel.

Paranoia by Joseph Finder
This was a good story (this was a freebie from Amazon for the Kindle). A story about corporate intrigue microprocessor industry. The concept is good but this guy is supposed to be really smart and I had a hard time trying to buy that judging by some of his methods. Once I didn't buy into that it was hard to buy the whole story.

Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn
It's a Kitty book, I rely on a good yarn from Ms. Vaughn

Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian
This is a pretty steamy book, and for the most part I enjoyed it, but I have a problem with messing with the Vampire mythology so along with sparkley vampires goes the Alien Race vampires.

His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
I plan on purchasing the rest of this series - I really enjoyed the details about the different dragons and the hero dragon Temeraire was charming.

Empress by Karen Miller
The main character in this book started out pretty sympathetic but she quickly becomes a very scary mommy. I'm not sure I could handle another book in this series - she got REALLY scary.

Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt
I loved this story about Sorcerer Marla Mason and I could definitely see this as a TV series. Typical hardass with a good heart - and very interesting.

I got another pretty new accessory in the mail today and I'll show and tell later in the week.

Knitting Progress:

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Milkweed Shawl

Did you know that Milkweed is the ONLY thing that Monarch Caterpillars will eat? Generally, people think Milkweed is bad and it has become harder and harder for the Monarch Caterpillars to find food. Poor little caterpillars.

This Milkweed Shawl is warm and lovely but it is VERY heavy. I plan on wrapping up with it this Winter for Hockey and Football games.

Pattern: Milkweed Shawl by Laura Chau Yarn: Knitterly Things Kid Mohair Color: Tobacco Needles: Knitpicks DPN's US 4/3.5 mm Started: July 1, 2009 Completed: July 19, 2009.

Note: Pattern was easy-peasy, but it ate up the yarn. I'd like to make it again in a lighter weight. I love the color with little pops of red.

Well, what do you know? I managed to post twice in one week. Now I am off to pick up the Teen's Senior Portrait Proofs and take Grandma to lunch. I may actually finish a sweater this weekend - sleeve purgatory is nearing the end. Also? Lumberjack World Championships are this weekend - we have tickets for Saturday's show - um yeah, I'll let you know.

Monday, July 20, 2009


Has it really been 20 days since I posted?


There was the Fourth, and then there was a Lacrosse Tournament, then there were cabin weekends and suddenly, voila! (Really. It's a French word and it means "there it is!" or "here it is!" - It bugs me to no end when people say wa-la or whaala or even worse? Viola. I guess everyone has something they nitpick, that's mine.) Twenty days!

Teen has been reffing, working on college applications, reading Shakespeare, having his Senior Portrait taken and planning a camping trip with his pals.

Have I mentioned the Teen got a 34 on his ACT's? He thinks he could do better.

Puck has been playing Lacrosse, reading Three Cups of Tea and going to lots and lots of movies.

The weather was cool and overcast this weekend and I plowed through three books on my Kindle, nearly finished the second sleeve on my Copine and polished off my Milkweed Shawl that I started three weeks ago. It is currently blocking on my floor; that means photos soon, that that's the leftover yarn up there. That yellow blob is Acer and that is just flying along - stockinette, don't you know!

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