Green Toad Book Store The Green Toad is my local bookshop, which is the best place to go if you'd like a signed copy of Sweater Quest. I can drop down to the store and personalize a copy for you, too. Just drop Michele an email and she'll set you up.
Jennie Ketcham: I Am Jennie Raw, compelling, honest and graphic.
Dorothy Wickenden: Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West What struck me most is how resilient these two women were and how much cheer they seemed to approached every obstacle with. This is the sort of story that reminds you that history isn't just monolith but an enormous series of interlocked very local stories.
ETA: Katie has taken her blog down for the time being. Which is understandable. If you want to do something tangible to help out the Granju family during this time, please consider Shane's reasonable proposal.
"It's a difficult thing to explain, made more difficult still by a phenomenon I've noticed many times since starting work here: it turns out it's very hard for people to listen clearly to a woman holding a butcher knife."
-- Julie Powell, Cleaving.
I'm kinda between here and there for the next few days so updates will be slim, if not nonexistent. Philadelphia has been swell, tho, if really warm, which is exactly the sort of weather where one wants to pull out a big wool sweater and talk about one's love for it.
I drove to the BING! yesterday to chat with Bill Jaker about Sweater Quest. The podcast version is here. A fine time was had by all.
And, of course, I made him pose with Mary Tudor. His eyes are usually open, fwiw.
The sweater he's wearing was knitted by his mom and sister while Bill was in college. You can really just feel the love that went into it. What the picture doesn't make clear is that it was 80 degrees yesterday, which made wearing a wool sweater an act of bravery.
* The Readercon programs are up! I'm excited to be going, if only to check out "David Foster Wallace wanted us to do This Panel: Authoritativeness in Fiction" and/or "Everybody Loves Dirigibles: Science for Tomorrow's Fiction."
* Scott and I always mock threaten the children with natto when they won't eat. Now it looks like we could do it for real. *shudder*
On Friday night, given that it is finally frozen dessert season, I went to get ice cream out of the freezer. What greeted me was not a lovely creamy confection but a waxed paper carton full of soup. Why is it that refrigerators only seem to fail in warm months?
Anyhoo, what followed was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Which was then followed by a trip to Lowe's - because who doesn't like buying a major appliance under time pressure? Which is why I now have a new refrigerator in the kitchen.
And that was pretty much my weekend. Exciting, no?
There was also the occasion of the Diva's first successful sleep-over at a friend's house. It is a new era, one that I'm not entirely comfortable with, because it's hard to believe we're already here. Next thing you know she'll be in college.
Today will be spent dealing with a lingering writing deadline so that I can run to Binghamton tomorrow for WSKG's Off the Page. Please tune in - or catch the podcast later.
Today will also be spent stepping over McGregor, who has decided that the best place to sleep is at the top of the stairs.
His head is dangling off of the top step in this picture. Weirdo.
Oh - and today will also be spent trying to not play Sushi Cat. Mmmmm. Tsunami roll ...
Quickly, quickly, for I must go fetch my children, since getting back from Troy took a little bit longer than I'd expected because while I did remember to take my camera, I did not remember to pack it up when I was leaving and had to double back. *sigh*
A few knitters (and crocheters) of Troy (or, technically, Brunswick) :
And there was cake! Didn't get a picture - but it was very, very good. Thanks for having me - and I hope I've inspired at least one more knitter to take the plunge.
In other news, I've started a new Fair Isle project...
* I can't find a link to the stories themselves there are two excellent stories in the June 2010 Real Simple: Jancee Dunn's Life Lessons column (in which she talks about lessons she learned from her Dad (including "Carry a Hanky")) and See How They Grow (which is about the Wonder Weeders in Woodstock (and, no, the first sort of weed you'd associate with Woodstock is not the focus of the story.))