Saturday, May 29, 2010

I just saw SATC 2 with my friend T and loved it! It was so fun. The audience was all women and gay men. Knowing this, the movie played to both audiences...Liza Minnelli's performance of "All the Single Ladies" was worth the admission price.

It didn't make me want to go to Abu Dhabi any time soon, but I did enjoy it. If anything, I think it was better than the first. And does anyone else prefer Aidan to Big?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cherie Amour

So I finished the body of the Cherie Amour sweater...now I just have to do the sleeves! Pardon the unbrushed hair, etc., I just had the urge to try it on and take a picture for Ravelry.


I'm currently reading Five Days Apart by Chris Binchy (Maeve's nephew) - it's an advance reviewer copy from Amazon - and The Lace Reader from the library.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The library pile


I think I have enough books for a while. I'm currently reading Molly Fox's Birthday, having finished So Many Books, So Little Time (a sort of reading memoir).

The library only had The Broken Teaglass in large print. I hope this won't be too weird/distracting as I am reading.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Promises, Promises


So D and I went to see Promises, Promises on Broadway today. It was amazing. It was based on The Apartment (old black and white movie with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine). For this showing, Kristin Chenoweth's role was played by an understudy, who was kind of lacking in charisma; but Sean Hayes, playing the Jack Lemmon role, was excellent. I really loved it, and would like to see it again. The play included the songs "I Say A Little Prayer For You" and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again."

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Here's a knitting picture for you:


This is my Cherie Amour sweater from Knitty, a few issues back. I stayed up way too late last night watching Same Time, Next Year. I really enjoyed it. It traced the lives of an unorthodox couple (Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn) from 1951 to 1976. Unorthodox because they were both married with 6 kids "between us," as Alda put it. They would meet once a year at an inn in California, and the movie included footage from famous news events between each meeting so the audience would be immersed in the times.

It was interesting to see how Ellen and Alan changed yet stayed fundamentally the same. My only complaint was how they played a song in the beginning for about 10 minutes instead of showing their first interaction with each other. You could see their mouths moving, but not hear what they were saying, because of the song.

Oh! And Ellen Burstyn always, always reminds me of my mother. I'm not sure why. If you're reading, I hope that doesn't bother you :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Pile

Here are some books I bought tonight:


The first book, Hotel Iris, is written by a woman who is better known for The Housekeeper and the Professor, which was a spare, elegant, Japanese book. This one looks a little more twisted, but interesting.

The second book is one of those books about reading. Sometimes I avoid these, but I liked Shelf Discovery, from the same genre, very much.

The third book is an Orange Prize finalist and looked interesting, in a slightly rambly, random, Molly Bloom-ish way.

The fourth book is told from the point of view of a woman whose children have put her in some kind of a home. She writes her recollections of her youth in Missouri, interspersed with modern-day goings-on in the nursing home (romances, etc.) I have a kind of fascination with this. I think assisted living and nursing homes have some very interesting communities.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

So I'm knitting a sweater and a tank top. They are both going to take a while - the sweater is, well, a sweater, and the tank top has TWELVE INCHES OF RIBBING on SIZE FIVE NEEDLES. So, yeah. When I am finished, or closer to finished, I'll put up some pictures.

Books. I know you like them. I just finished Arm Candy by Jill Kargman. I enjoyed it a lot. She's a really fun author who describes herself as a "trashy novelist" on Facebook, but she's smart too. Went to Yale, blah blah. Anyway, she's one of those people who writes books that are more meaningful than they seem. She's also funny, with lots of snappy dialogue and New York moments. So if you're looking for a light book that also has a Message (kind of), I recommend it.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Pile

Here it is:



I'm a little grumpy because E has a cold, which made him wake up, quite unhappy, a little before 5 am. He went back to sleep, but I didn't. And now I am coming down with said cold. But this, too, shall pass. I hope :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

I finished a shrug this morning. I'm very satisfied with it. Sometimes, like writing, a piece of knitting doesn't turn out exactly like you imagined...but this one did.


If you're interested in making it, the pattern is here.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Foliage


Here's a hat I finished today. The beginning was really hard, but I'm glad I persevered because I like the way it came out. The alpaca/silk yarn is very soft.

The pattern is called Foliage, and you can find it here.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Yogurt

I'm eating some yogurt that is just so good, I was moved to blog about it. It's Stonyfield Pomegranate Berry yogurt (and no, I'm not being paid to do this). I bought it because I was intrigued by the pomegranate. But I assumed it would be the standard-issue, lumps-of-fruit kind of deal. No! It's smooth and delicious. So, I'm recommending it to all of you.

I thought Stonyfield was kind of workmanlike before - nothing fancy, but does the job. However, this flavor is actively good.

What's your favorite yogurt?

Saturday, May 01, 2010



Here are some pics from my time in Memphis. I'm particularly pleased with the one of the Mississippi River. I think my cell phone camera might be better than my regular one.

Above is a pic of Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie as a baby. It's hanging in the halls of Graceland. And the first picture is of the Peacock Room in Graceland.

I like it down here. It has a totally different flavor than the north. I like experiencing new things and places.