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Packing

I’m slowly, but surely knocking things off my summer to-do list. I made the above necklace with supplies from the 99 cent store, Joanne’s and Tuesday Morning. If you can’t tell, the large part is a branch with two birds and a nest. It caught my eye because the nature theme went so well with the natural beads I had. The other necklace is a wish necklace given to me by a student on the last day of school.  The giver puts the necklace on while the receiver makes a wish.  You don’t remove the necklace, and when it falls off your wish should come true. Its a tiny little apple, and despite my dislike of anything generally teacher-y, I love this necklace.  I’ve worn it since receiving it and I’m waiting patiently for it to fall off.  Luckily I have no modeling commitments in the near future, or they’d have to airbrush it out.

Due to the upcoming trip we’ve been winding our way down through our fresh foods, so we don’t have too much to get rid of before we leave. I did finally get my sandwich maker sandwich, though!  My hubby made me a fake turkey and cheese, with a side of salsa and avocado.  Look at that masterpiece!  So crunchy and warm on the outside and so melty and hot on the inside.  I loved this sandwich so much on Friday, I asked for another one at 9pm on Saturday night. Yum!

I’ve kind of dropped the ball (of yarn?) of my crocheting because I’m really getting into embroidery and cross stitch.  I finished my first project of each.  Using the unicorn iron-on from the Sublime Stitching Craft Pad and a 3 dollar tank top I made this gem.  I think the shirt is hysterically cute! There’s a close up and a picture of the shirt.  Neither came out great, but you’ll get the gist.

I also completed a counted cross stitch project from the embroidery book I bought at Tuesday Morning. I’ll post that when I get back from WI, as it’s a surprise for someone who reads my blog.

I finished Julie and Julia a while back and loved it.  I thought it was so easy to read and I think the author seems refreshingly real.  It felt like reading a blog (which it originally was). I love that she didn’t hold anything back about her ups and downs. I’m halfway through Middlesex, by Jeffery Eugenides.  My former TA gave me the hardcover book for the holidays and it’s beautiful.  It looked lovely on my shelf. I kept getting drawn to it and the turned away because of the enormous commitment it takes to read a 500 plus pager. So I waited until summer.  Now I’m kicking myself.  Why did I wait? Knowing this book has been easily available to me for months and I’ve snubbed my nose at it? What’s wrong with me? I’m completely absorbed in the book and the characters. I can’t wait to finish.  I think about the book while I’m doing other thing, plotting time to sit down and read more. It’s told from the point of view of a hermaphrodite male, born and raised as a female.  He tells the story of his family, beginning with his grandparents and follows them, along with the genetic mutation responsible for his condition, from Turkey/Greece to Detroit. This is a picture of the 1st edition version that I have (yes, pre-Oprah).

Native Son by Richard Wright and Any Human Heart by William Boyd (my August book club book) are both making the trek to the mid-west with me, along with two crochet projects, a cross stitch project, two sewing projects, my running shoes, my Nintendo DS, and my video iPOd. I think that will keep me busy?

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Gluttony

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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