So much to do…

16 02 2009

Hello!! I’m still alive!! I’m not MIA. I swear. I spent the majority of last weekend overwhelmed with my sewing projects. Which means not online. It also means my brain is spinning because of sewing stuff and I can’t even think of topics to blog about…Oh, yeah, I’m also helping to plan and host my sister’s baby shower. And making the shower favors…  AND I’m running a rugby tournament at the end of March. OMG.

Fortunately, the rugby tournament is coming along. It kind of runs itself right now. Although, I’d love if more teams started paying the registration fee. So far only 16 of 34 teams have paid. And unfortunately for them, the cost goes up $50 as of March 1st…

I realized last week that I am runing out of time for these many sewing projects I’ve taken on… Teaspoon’s due date has been moved up, which means I better get moving on his quilt! A quilt I hadn’t even bought fabric for! Also, I have a little over one month until my sister’s baby shower. The shower where I’m oficially giving her the quilt and a thousand-million other things. A thousand-million other things that are not made yet!!!! Everything for my sister is going to have to be shipped to Florida – no way I can pack all of it. Which means it has to be ready mid-March at the latest.

But I’ve been working on it. I spent all day Saturday in or driving to JoAnn Fabrics & Michaels. I then spent the evening cuting out the pieces for Teaspoon’s quilt. And creating and adding the ‘personalization.’ So far, I have a few pieces sewn together besides the personalization pieces. So I’m happy with the progress.

My other projects, well, one of them isn’t really started yet, although a prototype was made and is semi-acceptable. But I found the embellishments I wanted over the weekend. The finalization of the the start of project #2 didn’t work out so well. I think it might have something to do with the thread tension on my sewing machine. I’m still working on that. And project #3, well, it looks craptastic. So I’m making the appropriate adjustments.

Oh, yeah, I also have to read a book by Feb. 25th for the book club. I just bought the book last week….

Here’s to hoping I can get ALL of this done in the next few weeks…. Hah.

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Book Club – Pt. 2

21 01 2009

The second book club meeting was last night… and it was a good time. This meeting’s book was Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, chosen by Kell’s Bells.

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This book is categorized as “historical fiction” and is set during the Great Depression in the 1930’s. The main character is Jacob Jankowski, who joins the circus after he leaves veterinary school upon finding out that his parents were killed in a car crash. The story alternates between memories of his time with the circus and the present-day, when Jacob is a 90-year old man living in a nursing home.

I loved this book. I read it on my flights to and from Florida for Christmas. I probably could have finished it on the flight down, but since I was enjoying it, I decided to take it a little slower than normal.

We had a good discussion about the book and it seems everyone to have liked it. It was a very intriguing story, and we all agreed that the author did a great job writing from a man’s point of view.

There are many mentions in the book to the Ringling Circus. I’ve mentioned it here before, but I’ve been to the Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, Florida. It was really interesting and if you’re ever near there, I highly suggest that you check it out… Where else can you find a teeny, tiny replica of the circus in its entirety?

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Before we left, we found out our next book… Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer. This should be interesting.

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Book Club – Update

28 12 2008

We were given our new book club book a few weeks ago, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.  I read it over my trip to Florida for Christmas. And I LOVED it. I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait till we have Book Club night so that we can discuss it. I think I have to read it again. Definitely.

I highly recommend it. If you want to read it and would like to borrow my copy after the Book Club night, let me know. I’ll gladly loan it out!





Book Club

10 12 2008

Last night was the first meeting for the new book club that I’m now a part of. For our first meeting, we were to read Waiter Rant. The book came about from the blog of the same name. I’m not normally a big fan of non-fiction books, but I was interested to give it a try.

By the time I was halfway through, I was bored out of my mind. None of the chapters were connected to the others, except for a mention of a few of the characters, and even then the characters’ stories didn’t even carry from one chapter to the next. It was difficult for me to keep reading. Honestly, I felt it was too choppy and covered things that most of us must assume – that some of us, as restaurant patrons, are just too demanding, too picky, too rude, too drunk, too arrogant to interact with others in that fashion. Also, a lot of it dealt with him trying to be a writer and complete the book. I made myself finish reading the book only because of this book club.

Fast forward to tonight. There were 9 girls in attendance. Two of them hadn’t finished the book yet. One of them hadn’t had time and the other stopped because she didn’t like the book. She’s not even sure she’s going to finish it.

It turns out that it was kind of interesting to hear how other people interpreted this book. We agreed that he captured the emotion of certain situations. But we also thought that he writes as if he views himself as the greatest waiter on the planet. Only a few of the girls there had ever worked in the food service industry, so it was interesting to hear how those who had and those who had not interpreted certain things.

At one point,I mentioned that the choppiness of the book made it seem like I was reading individual blog posts rather than a book. This started a whole new discussion. Only three of us who were there actually read any blogs. Two of us are bloggers, although only one person there knew of my blog. Some of them didn’t understand the point of being a blogger. Some of them were concerned that every blogger was out there trying to do what this guy did – be a writer and get a book deal. I tried to convince them that this was not the case. That it’s a form of personal expression. It was an eye opening conversation, to say the least.

We decided to keep the book club going. The girl who is hosting the next one is going to pick the book she wants us to read. I’m hoping that it will be something more in the fiction category…