A Meme While Waiting

The mailwoman hasn’t seen fit to deliver my ornament in the exchange I participated in, so I’ve decided to re-post the booky meme that Anna posted way before Thanksgiving. WordPress ate it the first time I posted it.

ABC Book Meme
For this meme, you list a favorite book that starts with each letter of the alphabet. If you don’t have a book for a letter (such as Z or X) then you can substitute a favorite book that simply has that letter in the title (ex. The Lost City of Z or Hot Six by Janet Evanovich). However, you can only do this a maximum of 3 times. (Z, X, and Q. But not Z, X, Q, and V.) Books can be of any genre from fiction to non-fiction to poetry to textbooks.

A: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
B: Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
C: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
D: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
E: Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesey
F: The Fellowship of the Ring…and the rest, here in Middle Earth! by JRR Tolkien
G: The Godfather by Mario Puzo
H: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
I: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
J: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
K: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
L: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
M: The Muse Asylum by David Czuchlewski
N: Night by Elie Wiesel
O: Ordeal by Hunger by George R Stewart
P: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Q: The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis
R: Replay by Ken Grimwood
S: Shogun by James Clavell
T: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
U: True Grit by Charles Portis
V: The Valley of Horses by Jean M Auel
W: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
X: The Lorax by Dr Seuss
Y: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Z: Zoom Trilogy by Tim Wynne-Jones


I hope I can post the stitchy news I’ve been wanting to post soon…like tomorrow! In the meantime, I’ve been whiling away the hours on a Christmas gift to myself. 🙂

Happy Stitching, and be good to yourself.

Book Meme

I got this from Anna.

Favorite childhood book? I wish I still had Where Does the Butterfly Go When It Rains? by May Garelick. I’ve looked for it on Alibris and Abe Books from time to time, but the issue I want (from the 60’s) is usually more than I want to spend or unavailable.  I still have Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parish, a hardcover I got from Scholastic.

What are you reading right now? I’m listening to The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. I’ve read it, but haven’t listened to it. It’s one of my favorite books, like, ever. I’m also listening to The Gates by John Connolly with my son on the school commute. I’ve just started Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsely.

What books do you have on request at the library? None right now. Most recently I had The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean on request. I didn’t finish it. I may check it out again, but it has several holds on it. I don’t want to finish it that badly. I didn’t like the format. It was written as though for a layperson, but could have done with a few graphics, or at the very least, when naming an element, he could have put the Periodic Symbol in parentheses. Help a sister out, eh?

Bad book habit? Buying too many.

What do you currently have checked out at the library? Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I actually listened to this on audio, but I have this fetish for books. If I’m enjoying an audiobook, I crave the actual book. I also have The Profiler by Pat Brown and Bob Andelman. Haven’t started it yet. Oh, and some sewing books. No, I can’t sew. Whatever. They’re free.

Do you have an e-reader? A Kindle.

Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? I don’t have a hard and fast rule. If I end up with more than one book going, okay. I guess I’d pick one at a time as ideal. Like cross-stitching, one-at-a-time isn’t reality.

Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? I read on the computer a lot more, instead of books. I think my attention span is shorter.

Least favorite book you read this year (so far?) The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. I hated both the protagonists. It’s definitely not a good sign if one character is planning a suicide and you’re thinking, “Stop thinking about it and get busy!” Especially if that character is a child. I didn’t finish it.

Favorite book you’ve read this year?  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Rarely.

What is your reading comfort zone? I usually prefer general fiction. I also enjoy some thrillers, some science fiction and fantasy, true crime and the occasional non-fiction book. I like a lot of things.

Can you read on the bus or train? Yes.

Favorite place to read? On my bed. I like to read on the couch, too, but the TV ends up on, and that distracts me. I dream of a chaise longue for reading.

What is your policy on book lending? I’m having an anxiety attack thinking about it, but I’d likely lend you a book.  

Do you ever dog-ear books? Not usually, but sometimes.

Do you ever write in the margins of your books? Yes, especially a non-fiction book I’ve bought for research.

Not even with text books? Definitely with text books.

What is your favorite language to read in? English

If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose? I suppose French. I have some French stitching books whose text I would be happy to understand.

What makes you love a book? I have to fall into it entirely, like I’ve woken up in a new world that I don’t want to leave. <–That’s what Anna said.  Me: This.

What will inspire you to recommend a book? If I love a book and believe others would, too. Sometimes I love books but don’t recommend them. I think I have weird taste in books.

Favorite genre? Fiction. Is that a cop-out? Tough.

Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?) Poetry, I guess. I don’t much like poetry. I like several famous poems, but don’t give me a poetry book or ask me to read a poem you’ve read. I won’t get it. I also don’t read animal books. I don’t care how wonderful Marley and Dewey are. I don’t read romance novels, either. I prefer romance movies over books. I’m not especially rueful that I don’t read any of these genres.

Favorite biography? I don’t like biographies. I guess I could sort of count The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, but I don’t. I remember reading a biography about J. Edgar Hoover a couple of decades ago. What an asshole.

 Have you ever read a self-help book? Yes.

Favorite cookbook? The one someone else uses to cook me something yummy.

Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? Beaded Macrame Jewelry by Sherri Haab. Creative inspiration counts, right?

Favorite reading snack? I always picture eating an apple when I think of an afternoon reading, but I don’t eat them when I read. Not since that time after 6th grade when I was reading outside and was eating an apple and a bird pooped on me. Worst. Reading. Memory. Ever. It was a new shirt!

Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience. I am drawing a total blank.

How often do you agree with critics about a book? I don’t keep track, really. I will make a choice based on Bookmarks magazine. I didn’t agree that Disappearing Spoon was four stars. Same for Elegance of the Hedgehog.

How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? If I can’t stand a book, I’ll tell you. I like reading negative reviews on This year I read negative reviews about A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. A lot of negative reviews said they liked the book better when it was called Waltz into Darkness by Cornell Woolrich. I was intrigued, so I read Waltztoo. They are basically the same story, only different. There’s more similarities to these books than just the author’s last names. 😉 Goolrick says the movie Wisconsin Death Trip inspired A Reliable Wife. I haven’t read anywhere that it inspired him to do a riff on Waltz. I wish I had. Because it’s so obvious. I preferred A Reliable Wife, by the way.

Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? Maybe a physics book I picked up and looked at without actually reading.

Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin? Name a physics book.

Favorite Poet? Mother Goose. No, really. It’s not just because I don’t like poetry. I love nursery rhymes.

How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time? Anywhere from zero to eight.

How often have you returned book to the library unread? Routinely.

Favorite fictional character? Andy DuFresne. Jean Louise Finch.

Favorite fictional villain? Smaug. Because he’s a dragon!!

Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation? The Kindle.

The longest I’ve gone without reading. I don’t know. It’s not something I keep track of. I’m assuming you mean a book. Otherwise, a few hours.

Name a book that you could/would not finish. The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

What distracts you easily when you’re reading? The TV.

Favorite film adaptation of a novel? The Lord of the Rings. Because, wow. And of course, To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m also extremely excited to see True Grit. I love that book. I loved the movie w John Wayne, but I never much liked Kim Darby as Mattie Ross, so I’m looking forward to getting that taste out of my mouth.

Most disappointing film adaptation? The  Handmaid’s Tale was pretty disappointing.

The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time? More than $200, but I don’t really remember how much.

How often do you skim a book before reading it? Sometimes. Especially craft books.

What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through? A plot I can’t bear one minute longer.

Do you like to keep your books organized? Oh, yes. I must.

Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? Keep.

Are there any books you’ve been avoiding? Sure.

Name a book that made you angry. I’m sure there’s at least one, but I can’t think of any right now.

A book you didn’t expect to like but did. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.

A book that you expected to like but didn’t. Life of Pi.

Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading. Audiobooks. They count.

Meme for the New Year.

Stitchy news: I have two fresh starts.  Missing You by Prairie Moon.  I am not loving my color choices.  I started that a few days after Christmas.  I started Patty Parsley by CHS on New Year’s Day.  New year, new start.

Now here I am, motivated to blog and update my Goals page for the coming year, and my scanner won’t cooperate.  So, I took this meme from Monique instead.

Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to – leave in plain font

1. started your own blog
2. slept under the stars
3. played in a band
4. visited Hawaii
5. watched a meteor shower
6. given more than you can afford to charity
7. been to Disneyworld

8. climbed a mountain
9. held a praying mantis
10. sang a solo
11. bungee jumped
12. visited Paris
13. watched a lightning storm at sea
14. taught yourself an art from scratch (art, no. craft, yes)
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning
17. walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. grown your own vegetables
19. seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. slept on an overnight train
21. had a pillow fight
22. hitch-hiked
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon
28. ridden a gondola in Venice
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset
31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise
33. seen Niagara Falls in person

34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. seen an Amish community
36. taught yourself a new language
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. seen the leaning tower of Pisa in person
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen Michelangelo’s David in person
41. sung karaoke
42. seen old faithful geyser erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. visited Africa
45. walked on a beach by moonlight
46. been transported in an ambulance
47. had your portrait painted
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the Sistine Chapel in person
. been to the top of the Eiffel tower in Paris
51. gone scuba diving or snorkeling (sort of. We got scuba lessons as a wedding present. My husband went, I didn’t. It was then I learned of my intense claustrophobia. I tried. I count it.)
52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud

54. gone to a drive-in theater
55. been in a movie

56. visited the Great Wall of China
57. started a business
58. taken a martial arts class
59. visited Russia
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies

62. gone whale watching
63. gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood
65. gone sky diving
66. visited a Nazi concentration camp
67. bounced a check
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy
70. visited the Lincoln memorial

71. eaten caviar
72. pieced a quilt
73. stood in times square
74. toured the Everglades
75. been fired from a job
76. seen the changing of the guard in London
77. broken a bone
78. been on a speeding motorcycle
79. seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. published a book
81. visited the Vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in Jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper
85. read the entire bible
86. visited the White House
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. had chickenpox
89. saved someone’s life
90. sat on a jury
91. met someone famous
92. joined a book club
93. lost a loved one

94. had a baby
95. seen the Alamo in person.
96. taken a road trip
97. been involved in a law suit
98. owned a cell phone
99. been stung by a bee
100. met the love of your life

Happy New Year, everyone.

Hopeful colors

Your Colors Say You Are Hopeful

When you are at peace, you are:

Giving and unselfish

When you are moved to act, you are:

Confident and optimistic

When you are inspired, you are:

Flexible and experimental

When your life is perfectly balanced, you are:

Connected to nature and the world

Your life’s purpose is:

To live a passionate life

Getting to Know You…

Or me, I guess.  I don’t know a song about getting to know me.


I have been tagged by Monique to share some information about myself.

Rule #1 ~ Link to the person that tagged you.
Rule #2 ~ Post the rules on your Blog.
Rule #3 ~ Write 6 random things about yourself.
Rule #4 ~ Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
Rule #5 ~ Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their Blog.
Rule #6 ~ Let the tagger know your entry is up.

1. I am terminally shy.  I’m quite reclusive, a real homebody, but I’m not agoraphobic.
2. I swear like the sailor that raised me.  I try not to, but it happens.  Especially when I’m anxious or angry or otherwise verklempt.  Lately I’ve taken to exclaiming, “Holy cats!” or “For the love of coffee!”  I pretend it helps. 
3. When I get stormin’ mad, my New York accent comes out.  You wouldn’t know I was from NY otherwise.  I moved to California when I was 12.  About six months after I moved, I met a friend’s mother who thought I was making up being from New York–no accent.  I adopted my best accent and told her, “Oh, sure, I used to love to go to toidy-toid and toid and watch the boids eat the woims.”  She laughed.  Yeah, I’m kind of a smart-ass.
4. When we go through tunnels, my family hollers, “Make a wish!”  My son once asked me why I say that.  I told him it was fun, didn’t he agree?  He did.  You can tell your wish if you want, but you don’t have to.  When we drove the Blue Ridge Parkway, we made a lot of wishes. 
5. I love putting dill pickles in my tuna salad.  I hate sweet pickles and sweet pickle relish.  I don’t know why people think it’s good in tuna salad.  I disagree.
6. I wrote a manual for learning to deal casino craps and taught a craps school with the manual.

Now I’ll tag:

Tiger Willow, just to be difficult ;o)

Butterfly from the butterfly exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

The boy’s information meme

The boy wanted to do this today…

 1. What is in the back of your car?
Back seat?  OMG, all kinds of crap.  The tube mom used to take Desiderata to be framed.  It’s inside a plastic bag.  For some reason, mom’s “utility kit” for the car that usually hangs on the back of the passenger seat is on the back seat, and its contents have spilled across the seat: An English Beat CD,
The Old Country by Mordecai Gerstein, a Michigan atlas, an umbrella.  I believe the backseat trash can is full.  I can hear an empty glass bottle back there, too.  Probably Gatorade.  Oh, wait, that’s a plastic bottle.
2. What color is your toothbrush?
3. Name one person that made you smile today?
4. What were you doing at 8 am this morning?
Standing outside, waiting for school to open and harassing my BFF.
5. What were you doing 45 minutes ago?
Talking to my BFF
6. What is your favorite candy bar?
7. Have you ever been to a strip club?
8. What is the last thing you said aloud?
“I don’t think so!”
9. What is the best ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Moo
10. What was the last thing you had to drink?
11. What are you wearing right now?
Jeans and a t-shirt and socks
12. What was the last think you ate?
Mandarin oranges
13. Have you bought any new clothing items this week?
14. What was the last time you ran?
3:00 pm, coming home from school
15. The last sporting event you watched?
I don’t watch sports.  It might have been the basketball game when my dad was watching it.
16. What is your favorite flavor of popcorn?
17. Who is the last person you sent a comment/message on my space?
Don’t do the My Space thing
18. Ever go camping?
Yes, sorta
19. Do you take vitamins daily?
Sorta.  I forget alot
20. Do you go to church every Sunday?
21. Do you have a tan?
22. Do you like Chinese food over pizza?
No, I prefer pizza
23. Do you drink your soda with a straw?
24. What did your last text message say?
I don’t text
25. Are you someone’s best friend?
26. What are you doing tomorrow?
27. Look to your left, what do you see?
my mom and the fridge
28. What color is your watch?
I don’t wear a watch
29. What do you think of when you think of Australia?
30. Do you use chap stick?
31. What is your birthstone?
I have no idea (Ruby, says mom)
32. What is your favorite number?
I don’t have one
33. Do you have a dog?
Not yet–getting one for my birthday
34. Last person you talked to on the phone?
BFF, as usual
35. Have you met anyone famous?
36. Any plans today?
Pot pies for dinner!
37. How many states have you lived in?
2–Indiana, Michigan
38. Ever go to college?
No, lol
39. Do you dye your hair?
40. Biggest annoyance in your life right now?
Not being able to have lunch at the freaking table I’ve sat at all year.
41. Last song listened to?
Star World
42. Can you say the alphabet backwards?
no, I always get confused
43. Do you have a maid service clean your house?
44. Are you jealous of anyone?
45. Is anyone jealous of you?
46. Do you love anyone?
47. Do any of your friends have children?
48. Do you eat healthy?
49. What do you usually do during the day?
Talk about stupid crap with my friends
50. Do you hate anyone that you know right now?
51. Do you use the word ‘hello’ daily?
52. What color is your car?
53. Do you like cats?
A little, sorta
54. Have you ever been to Six Flags?
55. How did you get your worst scar?
Falling backwards off the coffee table

bloggy q & a

These questions are making the rounds, and I’ve decided to play.  But first, you know what?  My LNS is finished framing Magnificent Wizard already!  I can’t wait for the boy to get home from school to go pick it up.  They had to leave a msg, and said, “Your dragon is framed and ready to fly!”  The husband thinks that means the woman leaving the msg loves it.  I hopes so, I really do.  OK, now, down to business.

Why did you start your blog?

I’m not a big journaler.  I’ve tried before, but I usually end up tossing them as clutter.  I thought a digital record of my creativity would have a good chance of taking root.  Plus, I get to chatter on about cross-stitch as much as I want without having to contend with glazed, bemused looks (*What* is it she finds so endlessly fascinating about cross-stitch??).

How did you come up with your blog name?

I thought it was funny!  You can read the story on my “About” page.  My brother was chuffed to be the inspiration for the name.

Do your friends and family know about your blog and if so, what do they think of it?

Yes, they know about it.  One sister finds it amusing that I blog at all.  Noone I know reads it on a regular basis.  My father would ask me, “How’s that dragon coming along?” quite a bit, so I would send him links when I posted progress pics.  Other than that, they don’t pay attention.

How do you write posts?

Sometimes I can’t wait to get to a goal so I can mark the occasion with a post.  Other times I just want to talk stitching. 

Have you ever had a troll or had someone leave unkind comments?

No trolls, but someone did once say something nasty about the subject matter of one of the boy’s pictures–not the picture, but that the show is lame (I think, I don’t exactly remember).  I didn’t approve it.  No one’s said anything unkind about my stitching. 

Do you check your stats?


Do you care how many people read your blog?

I care enough to check my stats, but I don’t go out of my way to increase readers, or feel discouraged if I don’t get X number of hits.  I keep mostly to myself in the blogosphere, so I don’t expect a lot of hits.

What kind of blogs/posts interest you?

I love posts with pictures.  I want to see what you’re stitching!  Any kind of stitching, except knitting.  I do not understand knitted socks, OK?  I like crafty posts of most any kind, and I’m always on the lookout for interesting Star Wars crafts for sp*mming my brother.  I like I can has cheeseburger and boing boing.  I keep up with a few non-stitchy friends blogs, too.

What do you like and dislike about blogging?

I like having a place to talk about my stitching and to share the boy’s drawings.  I dislike the self-imposed feeling of being obligated to post.

And because I like posts with pictures, I give you this:

1724 MH Sampler by Threads of Gold.  It’s on my Goals list.  I’ll get to it.  I’ve been busy! 😀