Sunday, October 28, 2007
The first was Babyville by Jane Green. I was a little sad when I realized it was set in London because sometimes all the British lingo annoys me, but it didn't end up bothering me at all in this one. Despite the title, this book is a lot more about women, mainly single women, than about babies. I found it entertaining and relate-able. It was a bit unrealistic at times, but I enjoy suspending disbelief and enjoying a little extra happiness. It's definitely a "fluff" book which I was in the mood for so very enjoyable.
The second book I read was The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. This one was definitely not fluff. It's a memoir. Let me tell you, Jeannette Walls had a very interesting, but not a very easy life. A little disturbing at times, but very well written. The chapters are pretty short and they make you want to just keep reading and reading and reading.
The third book was more fluff--The Cubicle Next Door by Siri L. Mitchell. It's about a blogger. It's the first book I've ever read about a blogger. She's a bit of an oddball, but somehow that made me relate to her even more (well, because I'm a bit of a strange one myself). The guy in the novel is a military guy and even though he doesn't fit the description, I kept picturing him as The Rock. Irrelevant, but somehow it humored me throughout the novel. Anyway, a great little fluffy romance with some food for thought built in for good measure. Very nice read. Again, I couldn't put it down because I'm sucker for romance and I wanted a happy ending.
Anyway, I'm always looking for a good book so if anyone has any suggestions, please pass them on. Happy day, everyone! Hope it's a good one.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Reed, Mary and Madeline
I think they really like them.
Happy almost Halloween, everyone!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Top Ten Things I Remember About September 11, 2001
10. I was at work. I was a Director of Education at a Sylvan Learning Center at the time.
9. It was a busy day because we were all supposed to leave the next day to go to Baltimore for the Sylvan annual conference (the first time for most of us to attend.) We were excited because we wanted to go to the Cheesecake Factory while we were there.
8. My co-worker's husband called and told her she had to listen to the radio because a plane had run into a building in New York. I remember thinking, "Who does this man think he is telling his wife what she HAS to do?".
7. At first, they weren't sure what was going on. There was talk that it was just a small plane that does tours of that area of New York.
6. Then the second plane hit and everyone was freaking out. We didn't have a tv, but everyone kept watching it on the internet.
5. I couldn't take it all in so I just went back to work. I pretended it wasn't happening. I just went on making lesson plans and getting materials ready for instruction that night.
4. My in-laws and husband kept calling because they were worried about me flying the next day. Needless to say this fear was unfounded as all flights were canceled.
3. At one point, there was a suspicious plane coming towards Cleveland. More panic. The plane rerouted and later crashed. It was United 93.
2. Somewhere in all this chaos, the Pentagon was hit. I remember being worried because although I knew some people in NYC, I knew a LOT in the DC area. Everyone wondered when the horrible chaos was going to stop.
1. We decided to stay open for instruction that night (even though a lot of students canceled) because we wanted to keep some sort of normalcy in the lives of our students. Which is ironic because at the time it seemed like life would never be normal again.
But here it is, 6 years later, and life seems very normal. So normal that most of us rarely think about September 11th and all that happened that day. Most of us don't think about all those innocent people who died or who lost loved ones. I admit, I'm usually one of those people. But I'm trying to be better. So just a little post to remember all of those lives so personally affected that day. My heart goes out to you all.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Reed, Mary and Madeline
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Top Ten Reasons I'm Not __________ ing
(Fill in the blank with any verb and it's probably true.)
10. I'm tired.
9. The Indians are in the play-offs.
8. The Indians are actually playing well (for the most part) and thus I'm even more tempted to stay up.
7. Brian is still unemployed.
6. Brian's been "working" from home (unpaid, but still working a lot) and has been on the phone and the computer a lot.
5. Little Man has been waking up early.
4. Little Man has been taking short naps.
3. Little Man has strep.
2. I might have strep.
1. Did I mention I'm tired?
The only thing I have been able to keep up with (sort of) is this, started by Erin of Pepperknit. See my pictures here if you want. Hope you all are doing well. Happy living life to its fullest! I'll be catching up soon.
Friday, October 12, 2007
That was one big hill he climbed. I was so proud! Hope you all have a great weekend. Happy knitting and otherwise relaxing!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Ribbon Hat from Itty-Bitty Hats by Susan B. Anderson
5. Even people who are somewhat conservative will wear a fun hat.
Hats for little boys in my life. Pattern (Cable and Rib Hat) from the 2006 Knit Pattern a Day calendar. I just deleted one repeat of the cable to make the hats childsize.
Some hats I knit for Little Man: cabled preemie hat from the 2006 Knit Pattern a Day Calendar; twizzle hat (part of Little Man's clown costume), Helloyarn's Topdown Bonnet, Fair Isle Tassel Hat from Zoe Mellor's Adorable Knits for Tiny Tots.
1. Hats are FUN to knit.
Preemie Pumpkin Hat (my design). Still playing with the design. Halloween gifts for the triplets.
Hope everyone is having a great week. If you've never knit a hat, I hope this will inspire you to try one. Off to knit more preemie size hats for my wee nephew and nieces. They are all home from the hospital now and off to a great start in life. I'm so proud of my brother and sister-in-law for making three such lovely and healthy babies!
Thursday, October 4, 2007
On the day we were traveling to Oregon, my brother and his wife had their triplets. (see previous post for more details.)
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Shelley with Reed, Madeline and Mary.
4. They all weighed over 4 lbs! Very impressive for triplets. Shelley delivered over 13 lbs of baby. You go, girl!
I haven't had a chance to go see the triplets myself, but I got these pics from my family. We were in Oregon to meet my nephew (my husband's sister's first child) who got baptized this weekend. We will head to Virginia to meet the triplets in person in the next few weeks. If you want to know more, check out the triplet website.
I hope you all are doing well. I have so much to tell you, but it will have to wait for another day. I've been up for way too long and I'm exhausted. Catch up with you soon!