Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Number 200

I've really been holding back on this one, as I've no idea what to say.  I wish I had a poem to give you.  Failing that, how about a brief book review?  I finally finished The Map of Time, and boy howdy was I surprised at the final chapters.  I really had no clue as to where this story was headed.  I understand there's a sequel; for the first half  or two-thirds of Map, I figured I wouldn't bother with the sequel.  Now I believe I'll have to read it!  I don't want to put out any spoilers, just say that it this book may "start" slow but you will be hooked.
I'm still working on Shadow of Night, the sequel to A Discovery of Witches (Deborah Harkness).  I'm interested, but I keep putting it down to work on other things.  One of those things is a Mercedes Lackey book, Crown of Vengence -- which has totally sucked me in; I have a very hard time putting it down. 
The Plaidman & I have been "jonesing" for the last book in A Song of Ice & Fire, which as far as I can tell hasn't been published yet.  So he bought the first season of Game of Thrones!  We'll be watching that whenever we can.  I'd like to get ther first seasons of Downton Abbey too.  And just to be sure I get enough variety in my reading, I finished Mary Roach's Packing for Mars (HILARIOUS! I laughed out loud about every third page.), started her book Stiff, and just yesterday picked up Catherynne Valente's The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland.  Not realizing that this is actually a sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making; so I suppose I'll have to request that on from the library too.  God bless the library; the Plaid Patrol loves to read. 
I have been knitting too; still working on the Cenote socks, and the fruit salad socks, and the large lace beret (Janet's Beret, if you want to find it on Ravelry.)  I knocked out a hat to match the ruffled scarves I made for myself & Disco, and have more than 1/2 of another knit (we must match!).  All small projects, although I keep buying yarn for larger projects.  I need to destash, or ask Disco to move out (not gonna happen!).  OR -- and here's a radical idea -- I need to knit up some larger projects.  EEP! Time to knit a vest, maybe?  I don't know why it's so difficult to decide what to make with a pile o'yarn; could it be that once the decision's made, the loss of other possiblities is disheartening?  But there's yarn everywhere; it's not like I live on a desert island with only "this" much yarn available.  And heavens, I may have reached SABLE status already. You don't know that acronym?  It's Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy.  Yarn, I haz it.  Some of it can go bye-bye (I'm looking at you, acrylics!), and some of it is in single skeins that have been admired for years without being knit.  I've started making pom-pom sheep with some of that.  I'd like to bring about 1,000 pom-pom sheep up to the office.  Or maybe I could make up a mix of sheep & bunnies, and call them Easter decor?

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