Sunday, April 3, 2011

Book roundup

This morning I read an interesting book that I would recommend everyone read. It is a short non-fiction book and although it is aimed at young adults, it is suitable for adults as well. The writing is clear and there is no talking down to the reader (which is sometimes a problem with books aimed at the youth market). And frankly, I'm guessing that you will learn something from it. The book is Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose and it is the story of a teen from Montgomery, Alabama who refused to give up her seat on the bus (because she knew the law and knew her rights) and went on to become part of a landmark lawsuit that ended the segregation on the buses. Seriously, check it out. My copy is headed to the library at work so the kids can read it.

Friday I treated myself to a couple of new knitting books: Westknits Book Two by Stephen West (autographed copy) & Malabrigo Book Three which I picked up at my favorite local knitting store, Klose Knit.  Both books have numerous patterns that I would like to make (Flibert, Dolinar, Splitbark, Loxley & Coler from Westknits -- Rasta Neckwarmer, Scalloped Shawl, Purl Ridge Hat, Lakedale Shawl & Akimbo Blanket from Malabrigo) so I think both books were a good buy. I'm not sure which will make it on the my needles first but I am looking forward to seeing the patterns come alive.

What are you reading?

Friday, April 1, 2011

A little bit of yummy in my mouth

So today I left work and decided that I wanted to treat myself to a little something to celebrate the bonus check. I decided that I would stop at the downtown cupcake store that I have been wanting to try for, like, 2 years. Why haven't I tried it? Well, I live in a rut and I don't really like to deviate too much. A new place means new people, new foods, new experiences: scary!!! So, I pulled up my big-girl boots and just did it. What was my reward? A little bit of yummy called a S'mores cupcake. My best guess at it's composition is a graham cracker crust topped with chocolate cake and "frosted" with marshmallow creme & mini marshmallows that were hit with one of those fancy torch thingies that all the cool foodies use.  So good.  Now dear readers, go forth and treat yourself to a little something today. Consider it a reward for putting up with all the ridiculous jokes or lame pranks you had to suffer through today.

Oh the places I've been...