Friday, June 19, 2015


I'm now mildly obsessed with the review website Smart Bitches Trashy Books.

First example: "First Watch is a short story set post WWI about a Swiss Legionnaire named Edouard who is cursed into serving as the sexual slave of a tentacle monster aboard a submarine. I sort of wish that was the weirdest sentence I’ve ever typed for Smart Bitches, but it’s not." (actual review is here)

Second example: "Basically the only female character I identified with was Blue the velociraptor because 1. She got shit done and 2. She wanted to bone Chris Pratt and don’t tell me she didn’t.(actual review is here

Third example: "By choosing not to include a rape scene in Fury Road, Miller demonstrates how powerful a story can be when you trust the actors, the storytelling, and the audience, and when you keep the focus not on the actual moment of sexual assault but on the culture that permits it and on impact it has on survivors." (actual review is here)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Yellow modified NHM #2

Because there's nothing like an undecipherable title, am I right?

Made for my younger son's teacher.
Finished back in March, but of course I forgot to blog about it.
Knit from Cascade 220 Superwash, on #3 needles (wooden, 16" circs, two of them)
The pattern is a slightly modified version of NHM #2, to make it small enough to fit a woman's medium hand.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Back in the saddle

Well, between the technology issues and the general pressure of January, my month-to-blog fell apart almost immediately. I just realized that the first of March offers me an excellent chance to try again, so here I am...

It's snowing. On top of the several feet of snow we've already had, it makes for a pretty landscape, but treacherous driving conditions. There's ice under a lot of the recent snow accumulation.

Today, I went to CostCo and Chipotle with some friends. It was low key and fun and I now begin to understand my students' obsession with Chipotle.

It occurs to me that I should give pseudonyms to the people in my daily life (a la Robin McKinley).

Monday, January 5, 2015

Day 5: whoops

Well, I'm off to an absolutely rocking start of a year of blogging - namely, I missed yesterday because my laptop's hard drive bit the dust.

I have a full list of "intentions" scheduled to write about tomorrow (it's part of the Ten on Tuesday series), but I wanted to discuss one of them a bit more here. That would be my decision to move to the metric system. Right now I'm focusing on using Celsius in place of Fahrenheit. The conversion formula isn't tough; it's

C = 5(F-32)/9

but keeping it straight in my head has been amusing my friends and students no end.

BTW tomorrow is forecast to be -19C. Ouch!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Day 3: Broadchurch

I'm still feeling really sick but I'm done with the whining. Instead, today I binge-watched the entire first season of Broadchurch. It was really well-acted and well-told. And it was completely NOT in my usual sweet spot for TV; which is to say that while I like police procedurals and I adore yummy British accents, I steer clear of anything in which a tween boy gets hurt or killed. It usually just hits too close to home.

I'm not sure why this was different.

But anyway, it's totally worth watching and at only about 6 hours total AND available on Netflix, it's an easy fix for a weekend or even just one long day of honking one's nose and coughing while laid up on the sofa.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Day 2: sick and uninspired

Well, this is just a great way to start of my month-of-blogging... sinus infection, sore throat, and no plan for the blog!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome to January!

I'm welcoming in the new year with a stuffy head and post-nasal drip, so this isn't the glorious first day of blogging that I was aiming for.

However, I want to say that I read 114 books, tried 124 new recipes, and watched 24 movies in 2014. This is 2 shy of my goal in movies, and rather a massive over-achievement in everything else. I just beat my goal in new authors: goal was 26, I read 30.

I haven't yet decided upon my new resolutions. Clearly the recipe one is ridiculous: I reached 52 sometime in late April. The new author goal seems like the best bet, as it pushed me to read a bunch of things I otherwise might have skipped.