I stopped in at Tuesday Morning on the way home from work.  I had been a few weeks ago and there was a crazy amount of scrap booking paper.  Having not discovered my beloved Cricut at that point, I dismissed those crazy scrapbookers and their fancy paper. Now, of course I had to have it.  So I went in and walked out with two big packs of paper- one plain card stock in varying pretty colors and the other scrapbooking paper in stripes, dots and patterns, a collection of ribbon (6 packs were tied together for $2.99 and I can use this for my crochet, too, so you can see how one must buy that), a package of natural beads, because I also found a package of jewelry clasps- earrings, necklace and bracelet clasps (again, $2.99), and finally two books, both $4.99- one on scrapbooking and one on embroidery.  Here’s a picture of the loot:

I haven’t cross stitched since I was a kid making a Christmas ornament from a pattern, but a few months ago I saw Julie Jackson’s book Subversive Cross Stitch and inspired me to take up stitching. Since then I’ve found a ton of cool embroidery books.

In other gluttonous news, the dinner I made Wednesday and that we ate leftovers of on Thursday turned out delish.  It all started from a recipe that I found for eggplant pita sandwiches.  It involved eggplant, tomatoes, brown rice and seasonings in a pita.  When I showed it to my husband we were confused about the brown rice and pita, so I was going to make the eggplant and tomato and just put it over rice. Then we got to talking about how much we liked stuffing and tomato sauce from when I redid an arancini recipe, so together my husband and I designed what will henceforth be known as eggplant stuffing.  Sliced and sauteed mini eggplants, onion, diced no-salt added canned tomatoes and some liquid (I’d use fresh next time) and carrots- added pepper and pizza seasoning. Prepared cornbread stuffing in the microwave.  Greased a  square pan, put in the stuffing and poured the eggplant mix on top.  Baked for 20 minutes at 375.  It was quite good, though probably more of a fall dinner- gorgeous colors- purple, orange, red, yellow.  We had it with our last bottle of Artiste wine.  Artiste is this little winery in Santa Inez that has a gallery of artists who paint with wine.  Their bottles are sealed with melted wax and their wine is robust and delicious.

I finished And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie this morning.  I started it yesterday on the bus to work, and since two buses that morning passed up the stop, I had a good long time to read. I figured it was the Judge by about half way through, mostly because the whole tone of the book was judgment and he was the only one who didn’t receive a note from Owens, but when the last person died, I wasn’t sure. It was okay and I can see how back in the 30s when the books were published it would have been quite the story.  I think I’m jaded by all the procedurals on TV nowadays. I’d read more by her- it was quick and easy and I love the old sense of propriety,

And lastly, I finished the baby hat to match the blanket.  I also tried a bootie (sock), but it turned out too big.  The yarn I was using was over for a blanket and heavier hat, but the booties will have to be thinner yarn. I’m posting the hat, which I think is just adorable and a picture of the bootie, for laughs.

This weekend I plan on starting Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies.  The first in his sci-fi young adult trilogy about a place where 16 year olds get an operation to become pretty and begin their fabulous lives.  Some kids don’t want to to be pretty and live life outside the pretty world.  It reminds me of that Twilight Zone epirsode where the woman wakes up from surgery and everyone is in the shadows and they all gasp at how ugly she is and then they’re revealed to be “ugly” pig-like creatures  and she’s this “gorgeous” human and the moral of the story is… “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” It’s a little over 400 pages, but big font and large margins lead me to believe I have it done by Tuesday.

I also plan on doing some cricut-ing this weekend!  Hello lovely paper!

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    Candace said,

    and then there were none is a great story! I have it on audio and listen to it frequently. I was lucky to come across a few BBC recordings of some of her Ms. Marple and Hercoile Peroit stories. I’m not the biggest fan of Peroit but you know, he’ll do. hugs. 1

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