Saturday, August 29, 2009
It's been a long time since I've written last, so I won't bore you (if you're out there) with various excuses. Let's just jump right in, shall we?
Between graduate school and the various projects that summer brings about, my reading has taken a turn to the disjointed at best, non-existent at worst. Despite these hurdles, I've managed to read some stand-out titles over the past few months that I'd like to share. I read all over the map- fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, home decor books, and biographies. If it catches my eye, I give it half a chance. I don't finish books anymore if they don't hold my attention, life is short and even if I've slogged through 100 pages I'll put it aside for something else. Some of my top picks this summer were:
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
A.D: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld
Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It: And Other Cooking Projects by Karen Solomon
I had my brain picked apart this summer by a course on cataloging which made it difficult to fully immerse myself in a novel. I know, that's a sad summer statement, however, I am really looking forward to fall when the new novels by Margaret Atwood and Lorrie Moore come out.
I'm currently working on a piece for American Craft magazine. I love talking with artists and seeing their work and living spaces, it's so inspiring. I finally painted our bathroom this summer, a beautiful robin's egg color. I'm still trying to figure out what to put on the walls- my collection of Dutch ephemera? Vintage washboards? We shall see.
It's cool out today...I'm not really a summer knitter, and we cancelled our television service for the summer which made me realize that I only seem to knit while watching TV. Luckily Comcast is positively desperate, and we'll be paying even less for the bundle than we were paying before. (My inner Yankee is pleased.) Time to pull out the sock yarn again...I'd like to be prepared for Christmas this year.