Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"









Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Food and Books

Must be lasagna week. I made a meatless Mexican "lasagna" Sunday night for our dinner, and last night we had vegetable lasagna. I get into a rut so quickly sometimes, but it's been quite cool lately and oven baked food sounded so good. It's supposed to warm up this week so I'll soon switch to stove top dinners and salads.

I'm not making noticable progress on knitting, although I am getting in a couple of rows done on the Hitchhiker every day. Tonight I am definitely going to finish the baby sweater so I can block it and mail it off to my cousin. I listened to Stash and Burn's latest podcast on Sunday; they are so fun to listen to and it's really interesting to me to hear them discuss some of the same issues I have about knitting and stashing yarn. Steve said it feels like we're eavesdropping on them, which is probably a compliment, don't you think?

I really need to get myself down to the beach with my chair soon, as it's been a ridiculously long time since I've made the effort. I know once I get down there, I'll kick myself for having taken so long.

I've been reading a bit too, which contributes to the reduced knitting time. I read a young adult book over the weekend, The Green Glass Sea, which is about Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project. It is going to be used in our gifted curriculum next year and I definitely enjoyed it. There are lots of ways to integrate the book with the science and historical context.

I also picked up a book of short stories, Pulse, by Julian Barnes, an author I've never read before. I enjoyed most of the stories, with the exception of a few near the end of the collection. Oh, and I read Anne Tyler's latest too, The Beginner's Goodbye, and of course loved it, as I always do. I was even lucky enough to get a signed copy from my local independent bookseller. Before knitting, I used to read voraciously, but I have really slowed down, and I'd like to get back into it before I lose what is left of my attention span. What are you reading these days?



10 comments:

  1. I probably couldn't knit without Audible.com. Right now I'm listening to the Sebastian St Cyr mysteries by C.S. Harris. Soooo good!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'll have to check that out, thanks!

      Delete
  2. I too like Stash & Burn - I listen to podcasts a lot. Another good one where they talk out their knitting is Knit Knit Cafe. I also recently stumbled on a new one called the Yarniacs where they talk about what patterns they are "stalking" to knit and help use up their stash.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the suggestions, I'll be sure to give them a listen!

      Delete
  3. When are we invited over for lasagna? It looks so yummy!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Maybe you should pair that book with U2's, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.

    I'm off to check out that podcast. Happy Knitting!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Replies
    1. Thank you, it was! The secret is enchilada sauce

      Delete
  6. Thanks for all the recommendations. I have never listened to Stash and Burn, so I'll have to give that a try.

    I'm so glad to hear the new Anne Tyler is good. Some of her later books have disappointed me, but she remains one of my favorites.

    The Green Glass Sea sounds intriguing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think I love Tyler's books out of loyalty, but this one was thought provoking and quirky, as always.

      Delete