I don't think it needs to be said AGAIN that the last quarter of 2013 was a bit busy. There just weren't enough hours in the day to work 12-14 hours a day, commute, craft, or read a good book.
Though, apparently, I did try, occasionally. But not enough.
The usual caveat applies: If you are just finding the blog,
please note that this list was maintained mainly so that I could
remember what I've read this year. The record does not fully represent
me or all of my interests, so don't judge my reading habits. My
interests change quite frequently. Also, as a general rule, I don't do
book recommendations or link to major retailers or publishers. Except
for the ARCs listed below [thanks major publishers!], most of these
books came from MY library or a public library.
Go forth, use your library card and READ!
October - December
[Surely I have read more than this?]
Jane by April Lindner Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White (reread) Dark Witch (Book 1 of the Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy) by Nora Roberts The Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee A Cookbook Conspiracy (A Bibliophile Mystery) by Kate Carlisle Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
I probably will get another blanket done on my upcoming vacation (lots of time on planes and in cars), but given the fact that I can't seem to keep up with the blog, I thought I'd better post these now.
ANA 2014-1: Shades of Grey Chain Moebius
One (1) skein Red Heart Dash Graphite, acrylic
ANA 2014-2: Host of Hearts for Valentine's Day and Random Acts of Kindness Day
Left-over stash of miscellaneous yarns, mostly acrylic (no longer available, gifted)
ANA 2014-3: Baby Pink Chevron Crib Cover
Three (3) skeins of Bernat Softee Baby (30301)
(as of 2/2014, not available, was a commission)
LATER UPDATES c. Sept. 2015:
ANA 2014-4: Denim blue blanket, bubble pattern
One (1) skein of Lion Brand Yarn, acrylic
(shown here on vacation, backseat passenger work-in-progress)
ANA 2014-5: Variegated Pink Bubble gum blankie
Three (3) skeins of loops & Threads, Snuggly Wuggly mini dots, acrylic
(no photo, as of 9/15 no longer available, gifted)
ANA 2014-6: Large Turquoise and chocolate blanket
Four (4) skeins of Red Heart Soft waterscapes, acrylic
(No photo, as of 7/14 no longer available)
ANA 2014-7: Large Pastel Open Shell afghan
One skein Loops & Threats Snuggly Wuggly, Big Baby yarn, acrylic
ANA 2014-8/9: Random long orange scarves
(no photos, mystery yarn from antiques store purchase late 2014)
Note to crafters; If you don't up date your project book/blogs in 2 years,
you forget WHEN you made things.
This one might have been from 2014 too. But I can't reconcile my notes.
The weather is finally making New England look like a scene out of Currier and Ives.
Which reminds me, when I was out in Logan, Utah in December hanging with the Great-Aunties, Aunt Shirley dragged out an album with some of her choice correspondence. Upon flipping through the book, what did I spy, but a letter from a youthful me. The letter was dated in the 1970s, but both Mom and I agree. Based on the handwriting and the subject matter, it must have been the early 1980s. No matter. Just look at that. Isn't this cute?
To be truthful, I'm about 150% sure this is not an original work. I think it was a black & white drawing that I enhanced before I sent it off in the mail.
Remember when we would just draw and be free and not constricted by self doubt? When we could be content to just color and draw, and sketch and paint, and trace and scribble -- just for fun?
Remember when we'd BEG to go out and play in the snow? When we'd BEG to go out and make snowballs, snow forts, snow angels, and snowmen - excuse me snow PEOPLE? When we'd have to be coaxed inside when our faces where bright red, our noses streaming (let's be honest here), when we couldn't feel our fingers or toes - and we'd have cocoa to warm up?
I think that song from Frozen needs a new set of lyrics.
Do you want to drink a snowman?
These cuties were created by Kelli for Christmas 2013 - out of old baby food jars.
I wonder if it's too late to order about 15 for pickup this Thursday?
Well, this certainly has been a wild winter and a bunch of wild transportation.
Polar Vortex anyone?
Sometimes a photographic mistake is a surrealistic truth.
There's been too many nights of travel that looks like this:
Not to mention, platforms that look like this:
Views from the platforms look like this:
It really starts to get to you.
You start to think about alternate transportation options.
Forget the train. One day - maybe this could be my ride.
Innocuous debris in the subway begins to remind you of
Frosty the Snowman.
Frosty RIP 2013-2013
If he had a REALLY bad night.
You rejoice in empty train cars, even if they are wrapped in the yucky competitor's cola*,
and even if it is for some Sportsball Cup Event Thingy (TM).
You trudge to the train, only to be lulled out of the trudge
by the dulcet sounds of a classical guitar wafting up an almost empty corridor.
Thank you traveling troubadour.
The guitar music totally was a graceful note that I try to remember, and NOT the night I spent three hours on the floor of Grand Central with thousands of people because Metro-North lost power to their control room - grinding the train wheels of transportation to a complete standstill.
This was my limited view. I did not venture forth from my spot by the Eastern staircase at the foot of the Apple Store very often. It was a mob scene.
I looked at this ... a lot for three hours.
Did I say three hours? Did both my phone and my iTouch almost die because all I did was send out updates and try to figure out if I was staying in the City overnight, even though I didn't have an overnight bag? Yes.
Some notes from my phones from that evening:
* Missing Grand Central's grand waiting rooms and bench seats in scenarios
like this. And walls of power outlets to recharge devices.
* I bet the iFruit store, FrozenDrinkHut & FrostedSITCtreat places at
Grand Central rake in the $$$ tonight with stranded crowds. [Ed. Note: Apple Store, Shake Shake, Magnolia Bakery]
* Today's #momentsofgrace: being acutely grateful to be stuck in Grand Central & not on a train in ParkAve tunnel or cold rails.
* LOOK Mr Announcer Dude. "Temporarily" is the wrong word if it has been more than an hr. "temporarily suspended" is code, right? [Ed. Note: they said "temporarily" for over 2 hours. SERIOUSLY!]
* And the NYC media has arrived. I see shoulder cams. Time for 10 &
11pm news clips. (Like that is going to help us one damn bit). [Ed. Note: It didn't.]
* People at my old job used to mock the fact that I kept a "go bag" under
my desk with change of clothes, etc. Regretting I don't have 1 now. [Ed. Note: I prepped and packed one the next weekend. It still has yet to get to the new job. A fact that was regrettable given the weather the first 2 weeks of the new job.]
* Trying to remain positive. Standing &\or sitting on cold marble in
the Terminal is better than being stuck on a cold dark train.
* Just declined giving a quote to traditional print media re: situation.
Because, you know, "privacy" & all that. I do appreciate the
"irony." [Ed. Note: Also invited to do a phone interview with television. Didn't get message. Declined follow-up later. Because, you know, "privacy" and all that.]
* Karma is a wonderful thing. I charged an old lady's phone when stuck in
Salt Lake. A nice businessman is charging my phone in Grand Central.
* Phone battery dead. Nice business man had to go. News later. Signing off to save.
* I also think I will be "experiencing considerable residual delays" for my inbound NYC commute tomorrow.
* On the 11:13 local on track 27, packed to bursting, when conductor tells the entire train to move to track 28.
* The kicker of tonight's commute from heck? If I had just worked until
10:30 on my 6th to last day, like usual, I would have missed the mess.