Friday, August 22, 2008

friday, finally

Instead of knitting, I've been spending a lot of time reading. This stack represents what I've been working through lately. We've eaten through all the bread in the house, so I'm going to start my first loaf of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day over the weekend. I was very excited to finally get The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao from the library (Pulitzer Prize winner!), but it isn't exactly what I'd hoped. I'm only 30 pages in, and will keep going, but... :(

The second to the bottom book, The Woman at the Washington Zoo, represents my latest read about fabulous women that you'd like to know who die really young of dreadful cancer. I've learned that I really need to STOP reading these books (e.g., About Alice) because their husbands are too skilled at the writing thing. I end up bawling and feeling generally rotten. So: more books about cookies, less about cancer. An excellent recipe.

While we were off at the coast last weekend, I gave myself a little birthday present: two skeins of Socks That Rock, and I just cast on a new sock with one of them. I think this might be exactly what I want to knit at this second, and hopefully will get me going again!


Anonymous said...

That is a much better recipe, but then again, cookies always win out with me. ;-)

Two skeins? Lucky girl!

Brenda said...

I have the Martha Stewart Cookie cookbook, and I like it so far. The blondies with dried pear, pistachios and candied ginger were a huge hit with M. It was all I could do to get one for myself!

If you like reading about interesting women, but want to avoid the cancer issue, and I think you would be wise to do so, you might check out Freya Stark's books of her travels in the Middle East in the early part of the 20th century. I really enjoyed "Winter in Arabia."