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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

RR: 8th Confession

THE BLURB


A killer picks off San Francisco's super-rich one by one–without a leaving so much as shred of evidence behind. And a street preacher and patron saint to the homeless is brutally beaten and left to die. What secrets lurk behind his mantle of holiness? Meanwhile, danger strikes close to home when an unexpected romance threatens to tear the girls apart. In the 8th Women's Murder Club, the stakes are high, but the truth is shrouded. Who will confess?

MY REVIEW

This was the first book written with Maxine Paetro that did not feature a full on trial. I must say I appreciated that a lot! I enjoyed all three stories that were going on in the book, two main and one “throw in”. Again, something that I had just read about and learned in “class” showed up in this book and I was all giddy because I knew what the “Allen Charge” was.

Patterson has a way of gripping the reader at the very beginning. There are several books where I have not been engrossed until a quarter or more of the way in. JP does it right from the very first line!

I blogged the other day that I was very nervous about how the Joe/Lindsay relationship was going to play out in this book. I am a HUGE fan of Joe’s and sometimes I just want to “Gibbs Smack” Lindsay for the things she does. I was very much appeased with the ending and I am very much anticipating the arrival of 9th Judgment. I just ordered it today!

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Recommendation: Fiction fans, Patterson fans, WMC fans

Monday, June 28, 2010

Flamingo Red Intensity

Well I have really been slacking on posting. I do apologize for that. A few months ago, I was letting things slide because I was busy playing games. Now things are sliding because I am busy reading and studying. I do more of the former than of the latter. I began a study at home Criminal Justice course and I am totally loving it. I am loving it so much that I am going above and beyond and supplementing my course materials with additional texts and internet resources. I have taken two exams so far and have received a perfect score on both of them! That is so exciting for me. I could just take the exam, look up all the answers and be done with it, but I don’t want to cheat myself out of a great learning experience. My method right now is to read each chapter, then re-read and highlight important stuff. Then I make notes off of the highlighted material, type it all up and then take my supplemental learning and expand on concepts. Then I take the test. This last test, I took the test first as a pre-test to see where my knowledge base was and while I didn’t score perfect, I didn’t do as bad as I thought I had done. It is great to see that I have retained some stuff over the years without any formal training in the area. Hindsight is always 20/20 and how I wish I would have changed my major back when I had the chance. But I have this chance now and this is definitely something that, if I were to have one, would be on my bucket list!


I have been doing a ton of reading as well. I know that a book a week doesn’t sound like much, but it really is, when you think that I work all day, or most of the day and then I still try to make time to do the other stuff I want to do. I have read four books in the month of June and am going to try to push myself to get a fifth one done in the next three days! I think I can really do it. Especially since the book is really good!

Crafting, however has taken sort of a back seat to all my learning. I was able to finish up an iPod cozy for a friend to go along with the Poppy bag I did a few months ago. It took me way longer than it should have. And then I couldn’t even really follow the directions, so after a while I just had to make it up as I went along! Frustrating. I got it done though and my friend really liked the set. Yay! I am now starting on another baby Abagail sweater for a new one due soon. I hope to finish up the garter top portion tonight and then start on the lace bottom tomorrow evening. I am taking this week off of “school” for the holiday. *snicker* I would like to get some mattresses made this weekend for the Princess & the Pea set. We will see what happens.

Work has been a bit slow going this month. I am not quite sure why. An entire week where the office was pretty much empty and then just slow with the bills. I thought it would have been a bit more hectic, but I now imagine that will be next month. Our fiscal year ends on Wednesday. Thursday will be like jumping beans around here getting A/R done.

Mom will be heading out to Washington the end of the month to spend some time with my sister and nephews. I think all parties are looking forward to it. I am looking forward to a few days by myself, but not an entire week! Especially in the middle of summer! Long days, hot nights, ugh!

Fireworks went on sale last week and it has just been terrible the past few nights. Poor Cooper is scared on loud noises and these just make him so nervous. He sticks pretty close when in the house. Elliott it doesn’t phase one bit. He is perfectly oblivious to it. I am crossing my fingers that our neighbors won’t partake in the festivities this year. I have to work the day after the 4th because of the way we are set up we get paid for the holiday if it falls on our regular day off. So I really need to have a good night’s sleep. Or at least I want a good night’s sleep.

I am returning to my old medical provider this week. I have tried two others and well neither one worked out for me, so Kathleen said she would take me back. I am so thankful for that. I should be able to get some written prescriptions and then I can get the pharmacy all back in order. It is so messed up right now, they are not even using the right provider for my refills!

Ooh, I got my hair cut yesterday. I was in bad need of a new style and so I found one that I liked, and that was super easy and so I am rocking a bit of a spiky cut. Not super short as in years gone past, but something that has some texture and most importantly, style to it. I also have bangs again. I had been sweeping them off to the side and well that was not working so great for me.

Let’s see what else. Got a new cell phone, a Samsung Intensity in Flamingo Red. It is so pretty. It has a full keyboard too. Yay! I was never much of a texter, but now I do it, I am such a hypocrite. It is great. The only thing is that I lost all of my ringtones . So now I have to find some new ones and I am having a hard time finding some of my favorites. Bummer!

I have been thinking about my writing some more and getting back into the practice. I have some stuff from years gone by that I am thinking about working with again. I have some bad stuff still in existence too, but there are some things that I think I could really improve on and use. Still gathering some background and ideas first. I am at least writing out sketches and ideas. Next I think I will try to outline and flesh something out. That will be a new experience for me. Well not totally new, when I did my short story in college I did an outline and I think that if I do that again, I am most likely to finish something!

Summer has finally hit our area of the world. I could have been totally happy with the cool temps and rain, but everyone else thought it was the end of the world! So now we are sitting in hot cars and stagnant air. Not my idea of fun. I am have a little burn on my shoulders and neck area. I expect it to brown over any day now. I went to my very first football game this weekend. A little game between some of the very daring men who work for my company and a contingent of officers and jailers from the local police department. The police had twice as many players as we did and were in probably a little better shape. But our team won and that is all that matters. Well really what matters is that a lot of people had fun and some money was raised for local causes. I still know next to nothing about football though. I know hockey. I am all hockey all the time. Eh, I don’t think it is likely that we will see them playing hockey.

Well that is all I really have for you right now. I know I have some photos on my camera that I need to get off. I will put that on the list of things to do this week and see if it gets done!

RR: 7th Heaven


THE BLURB


A VERY PUBLIC DISAPPEARANCE

The teenage son of California's ex-governor, Michael Campion has mysteriously vanished. Known as the "Boy with a Broken Heart" because of his incurable heart defect, Michael grew up under the eye of an adoring public. The pressure on Detective Lindsay Boxer to find Michael is overwhelming. When she finally does get a lead, it's devastating...

A DEADLY RASH OF ARSONS

While working on the Campion case, Lindsay and her partner, Rich Conklin, also investigate terrifying fires that are destroying some of the most beautiful homes in San Francisco–and killing their owners in the flames. But when Lindsay invites her friends in the Women's Murder Club to help her uncover the arsonist, the blazes suddenly start to rage much too close to home.

MY REVIEW

This was another fun book to read. The pages just seemed to turn themselves after a while. I do have some knit picking to do though.

First, in the last couple of books during the court proceedings, it frustrates me that when they do the closing arguments, the prosecution goes first. Normally the defense goes first and then the prosecution. It is reverse from the opening statements. I find that very frustrating. I know in this book they talked about Yuki’s “rebuttal” but they didn’t really write it, just as an afterthought.

I liked that this book pushed Lindsay and Joe closer. I can’t tell you how much I want them to be together and have a happily ever after. I fear that Lindsay is going to do something stupid and lose Joe.

A little disappointed they chose to rush Claire’s pregnancy along and not really explore it like they could have. I think it could have been fun and entertaining.

The Campion story did little to really engage me and hold my interest for very long. The arson case, however, was the real meat for me. As much as I love the procedural parts, I really long for the intimate, personal life parts. I am a sucker for the “home life” stuff. What really surprised me was when Claire had the baby, there was no mention of Edmund, her husband being around. An oversight? Or a victim of over editing?

Final Thought: This was a very fast, entertaining read. It captivated me and pushed me to let things slide and finish this book.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5
Recommendation: Fiction fans, Patterson fans, WMC fans



You might be wondering about my rating system when I say that I really liked or loved a book, but then don’t give it a 5. I am a tough grader and to rate a 5, a book really has to make me sad that it didn’t continue. It has to have me begging for more. If I rated all the books I like/love at a 5, then there wouldn’t be any room for a really spectacular book.

Monday, June 21, 2010

RR: Monkeewrench



BLURB


When people start dying in strange ways in Minneapolis, everyone wonders what the murderer will do next--everyone except the employees of Monkeewrench Software, who are all too aware that their new serial-killer computer game is the model for the crimes. They go to the police with the what, where, and when of the next murders and quickly become suspects themselves as the killer strikes again exactly as they predict. Does the closely knit group of coworkers know something they're not telling about the all-important who and why? The missing pieces come eventually from an unlikely source as a rural Wisconsin sheriff links his own chilling case to the Minneapolis murders. The two teams of detectives--one from the big city and one from the small town but both with their own quirks, love interests, and insights--provide the sparkle in this engaging debut thriller by a mother-daughter writing team who lace their suspense with humor a la Harlan Coben

LdyPngn’s Review

I received this book in a Ravelry swap sometime last March and I just put it on the shelf thinking that I would probably never read it. Well I am so happy that I found it when I was cleaning because I absolutely loved every minute of it!

The mother-daughter writing team that is P.J. Tracy is outstanding. I loved everything about this book. I loved the chapter length, while not as compact as James Patterson, they were not overly long and unnecessarily drawn out. I loved the characters from Sheriff Mike Halloran and his best friend Bonar to Detective Leo Magozzi and the Monkeewrench crew. The dialogue was spot on and in parts so incredibly humorous, you can’t help but laugh out loud. It was easy to find your way around with vivid descriptions and insight. And while there were a lot of peripheral characters, you were able to get to know them a little and you could feel what they felt. My most favorite reference was to Roadrunner of the Monkeewrench crew when Gino referred to him as the “human pencil” due to is full length, trademark yellow lycra biking suit he wears.

I cannot wait to pick up more of Tracy’s books. Another well done series premiere that will cement this duo of authors in my hall of fame.

Rating: 5 out of 5 bookmarks

Recommendation: Fiction readers, murder mystery, detective/police procedural

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thursday Thirteen: Do You Think You Can Dance?

In honor of So You Think You Can Dance, here are my top thirteen favorite performances




1. Ramalama – group routine by Wade Robson

2. Mercy – Twitch & Katee by Mia Michaels

3. Shake – Destini & Jamile by Shane Sparks

4. Knock on Wood – Nick & Melody by Brian Freidman

5. Gyrate – Travis & Benji by Shane Sparks

6. We Will Rock You – Sara & Jesus by Jean-Marc Genereux

7. Hip Hip Chin Chin – Danny & Lacey by Dmitry & Heidi

8. Knock on Weood – Sara & Neil by Doriana Sanchez

9. No Air – Katee & Joshua by Napoleon & Tabitha

10. Bleeding Love – Chelsie & Mark by Napoleon & Tabitha

11. Alone – Jessica & William by Mandy Moore

12. Jeanine & Brandon – Tetsujin by Louis van Amstel

13. Din Da Da – Jose & All-Stars by Tabitha & Napoleon

 
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Monday, June 14, 2010

SWF Looking for Time

I think I owe you all a couple of posts. I just have been so preoccupied with stuff that I haven’t had a chance to sit down and do it. I remembered late on Thursday that it was Thursday and then I couldn’t come up with a 13 that was interesting. I even looked over some of my old stuff, but decided that My 13 Favorite Letters of the Alphabet was bad the first time I did it, and there was no need to repeat it! And then I wasn’t feeling Friday Fill Ins either! Oh the horror!


I have been reading a lot lately and it seems like I am always cleaning. Every night it seems that I am picking up crap off the floor and stacking it somewhere else and then putting it back on the floor. I have this problem with putting stuff away when I am done with it. Being that I am tired of “cleaning up”, I have dug out my copy of Kick the Clutter and hope to read some of it to figure out how to get myself streamlined and simplified. I keep everything! I need to just get rid of it. But I need someone to tell me how to pick and chose what to keep and then tell me what I should do with it. If I can conquer my house, then perhaps I can conquer what is in the garage.

I spent a good portion of Sunday morning cleaning out my small living room. My small living room that is packed with furniture. I have taken out my indoor/outdoor wicker love seat and in just about 45 minutes to an hour will be receiving my brand new green recliner! I cannot tell you how happy I am. I have been wanting one for quite a while but I thought that they were much cheaper than they are! I was sticker shocked that is for sure. But when Mom turned me on to a local sale with free, yes FREE delivery, I just couldn’t resist. And that they could deliver it today and that I could leave a little early just sealed the deal. I have been doing little happy dances thinking about it. Well not so much when it came time to get that love seat out of the tiny room. I had to take the door off the hinges, jammed my fingers a few times, but finally it is in storage and is no longer my problem. The room is pretty much ready to go, I just have to put a few things in place once it is in and I can realize its true size.

I don’t have a lot of time to be cleaning or playing around tonight. I have decided to sort of go back to school. And when I say school, I mean study at home. I am doing a criminal justice program and I get to totally set the pace and pay the price. I was so happy when my first set of materials arrived last week that I promptly set about getting a plan and schedule done. Then on Tuesday I got right to work on chapter one. And then I stalled. I was supposed to study on Wednesday, but game six was on and I really had to see Chicago hoist the Stanley Cup and then Thursday So You Think You Can Dance was on and then Friday I was busy cleaning and Saturday I was busy slacking off and then yesterday was more cleaning, plus I wanted to finish my book and well here I sit on Monday with only chapter one done when I thought I would be taking my first exam today. I suck at life. But tonight, I have to read chapter two. Even if I have to forsake eating and sleeping, I need to get that done. I have a lull at work this entire week and it is the perfect time to do my notes and such. Shh…don’t tell anyone.

The weather was glorious the last couple of days. In fact last night I went to sleep without any covers. It is all due to change though the next few days as someone mentioned yesterday that we could see snow on Wednesday. Yes, you read that correctly, I said snow. I live in Montana and it has been known to snow on the 4th of July before, so really it is not unusual or hard for me to write that.

Speaking of writing. So many little signs have been popping up telling me that I should start writing again. First, my sister got me a book for my birthday with writing exercises, then I found all of my old writings and by old I mean four years or more. Plus all these things have been flooding my brain. So, if I can find the time, I think I will do some concept sheets and scenes. I don’t know that it will ever work itself into any complete volume, but it will at least let me see if I have grown any over the last four years or so. I was reading some old stuff today and I am a bit embarrassed by some of it and then I am in awe of some of it as well. Don’t expect to see the next great tome anytime soon from me.

I just wonder where I expect to find the time to study, read, craft and write?  Anyone have some extra they can send my way?

I hope to have some project photos and posts up in the next few days. So stay tuned.

RR: The Surgeon

I should preface this with saying that I am not good at book reviews.  I have searched for some templates/formats but I have found nothing that isn't for a book report.  I don't want to talk too much about the book because if you haven't read it you might hate me and then you will stop visiting my world.  So, with that, here is my sucky review of Tess Gerritsen's, The Surgeon

BLURB


He slips into their homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, unaware of the horrors they soon will endure. The precision of the killer’s methods suggests he is a deranged man of medicine, propelling the Boston newspapers and the frightened public to name him “The Surgeon.”

The cops’ only clue rests with another surgeon, the victim of a nearly identical crime. Two years ago, Dr. Catherine Cordell fought back and killed her attacker before he could complete his assault. Now she hides her fears of intimacy behind a cool and elegant exterior and well-earned reputation as a top trauma surgeon.

Cordell’s careful fa├žade is about to crack as this new killer re-creates, with chilling accuracy, the details of Cordell’s own ordeal. With every new murder he seems to be taunting her, cutting ever closer, from her hospital to her home. Her only comfort comes from Thomas Moore, the detective assigned to the case. But even Moore cannot protect Cordell from a brilliant hunter who somehow understands-and savors-the secret fears of every woman he kills.

Filled with the authentic detail that is the trademark of this doctor turned author, and peopled with rich and complex characters-from the ER to the squad room to the city morgue-here is a thriller of unprecedented depth and suspense. Exposing the shocking link between those who kill and cure, punish and protect, The Surgeon is Tess Gerritsen’s most exciting accomplishment yet.

LdyPngn’s Review

I used to fantasize about being a writer. About writing that great American novel that would propel me to the Best Seller List. So in preparation for that, I read several “how to” books. One of the first things I learned was that you were never supposed to detail violence towards children, animals or women. I don’t know that many authors read that book.  I'm pretty sure Tess Gerritsen didn't.

Tess Gerritsen takes you on a grisly journey of depravity. The Surgeon is not for the faint of heart!

I read this book at this time because of the TnT show Rizzoli & Isles, two of Tess Gerritsen’s main characters, although Isles doesn’t appear in The Surgeon. I am glad that I read it and even though I know that Anige Harmon is going to be portraying Jane Rizzoli, I did not “see” her as I read the book. I actually saw Sasha Alexander (with her dark hair circa NCIS), the actress who is going to play Maura Isles was I read the book. I can’t explain why I saw this flip, but I did.

This book had me wanting more. Well more dialogue and more action, more Rizzoli. It also had me wanting less. Less medical talk! It is sort of like an episode of ER mashed with an episode of NYPD Blue. Yeah I went old school there. While I appreciate Gerritsen’s medical background and fully acknowledge her knowledge, I could have done with less of that.

Like a lot of authors, this book was big on detail and a little low on dialogue. That usually changes as authors become more familiar with their characters and I hope that happens as I ordered the next three books in this series.

The detail of the crime, the mutilation, the horror these women must have lived through was gritty and a bit unnerving, but just made this book so much better than if it would have been glossed over. I love the gritty detail. The juicy adjectives placed in just the right spots.

It was a thrill ride. I was looking for a little more closure to the Rizzoli/Pacheco incident. I wonder if it was victim to the editing process. I guess I will just have to wait for the next book to find out what happened.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5
Recommendation: Fiction readers, murder mystery, detective/police procedural, medical thriller, strong women, behavioralists

Sunday, June 06, 2010

RR: 6th Target

When a horrifying attack leaves one of the four members of the Women's Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before anyone else is hurt.


And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department run flat-out to stop a series of kidnappings that has electrified the city: children are being plucked off the streets together with their nannies--but the kidnappers aren't demanding ransom. Amid uncertainty and rising panic, Lindsay juggles the possibility of a new love with an unsolvable investigation, and the knowledge that one member of the club could be on the brink of death.

And just when everything appears momentarily under control, the case takes a terrifying turn, putting an entire city in lethal danger. Lindsay must make a choice she never dreamed she'd face--with no certainty that either outcome has more than a prayer of success.

This was my fourth Women’s Murder Club book in a row. And to be completely honest, it is my least favorite thus far. I was unhappy by page sixty and my unhappiness continued to grow. I was not expecting the sudden demotion of Lindsay Boxer and the promotion of Warren Jacobi. I did not like the way the sudden change was handled and the way both seemed to fall into their new positions with ease. I expected tension and a learning curve for both. I expected Lindsay to overstep boundaries because she was used to being in charge and I expected Jacobi to look to here for advice. What I read was in stark contrast to that. Jacobi seemed to ease into his job and had no problem commanding his former superior. Perhaps it played out the way it would in a real life situation, I just didn’t think that the entire human element was portrayed.

There were three main stories playing throughout much of the book. Once the “B” story, the Del Norte seemed to have wrapped up, the “A” story was introduced. The kidnapping story. The B story continued in the form of a trial and then there was the “C” story, the Blakely Arms. All that drama and then add in a snippet about a surprise pregnancy for one of the club members and a monumental breakup and you have a mish mash of stories.

The writers do a great job of keeping everything straight and strategically placing the stories throughout to keep you engaged, but they let some things slack this time around. Things I missed were the relationships and personal stories for the Women. In the two preceding books, there was so much focus on the women, and this time around, there was little. I did not like that the pregnancy was mentioned all of maybe three times. I would have thought that that would have been a huge conversation between the ladies and the authors seemed to have forgotten that little tidbit until the edits came around and then threw in a reference here and there. Also, the entire relationship between Lindsay and Joe seemed a little bit backburner after having such heat in the last two books. I have looked forward to that story line since Joe was introduced in 3rd Degree.

Overall the book kept me entertained and interested, but in so many ways it was a let down.

Rating: 3 out of 5 
Recommendation: Fiction fans, Patterson fans, WMC fans

Friday, June 04, 2010

FF: #2

1. Washington is my favorite place to travel to.


2. When I think about my childhood, I often remember "I'll double it for you".

3. Mom and Sister makes for a good friend.

4. The wind in the trees, the rain on my skin, makes me shiver.

5. Finishing a project is so exciting!

6. My best friend knows when I have something on my mind.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to getting off work, tomorrow my plans include knitting and Sunday, I want to knit some more!
 
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Thursday, June 03, 2010

52in52 I Quit You - Come Join Me WYC53

I am so totally quitting this bitch!  I don't need some sort of organized challenge that makes the shit up as it suits each person...it becomes less of a challenge.  So, follow me on my own challenge with my own self-imposed guidelines. 

LdyPngn (which I should mention reads Lady Penguin and not Lady Pigeon) What You Can in 53* or WYC53*.  And you know what, since it is my challenge, I am making my start date May 1, 2010.  You know why?  Because I finished more than 52 projects between June 1, 2009 and May 1, 2010!  And I started tracking May 1, so it makes sense.
*because sometimes you need an extra week.

Here are my guidelines


1. Use stash as much as possible for all projects

2. Knit at least two things for myself

3. Knit one shawl or wrap (may purchase yarn for this)

4. Knit/Crochet five (5) hats

5. Knit mittens

6. Knit twelve (12) dishcloths

7. Knit/Crochet twelve (12) stuffies for charity

8. Knit/Crochet one (1) blanket/throw

9. Knit something in lace weight

10. Knit entrelac/garterlac

11. Knit/Crochet twenty six (26) projects from patterns already in library

12. All projects must be started and completed between the May 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011 time frame!

Gah, I have no life!  I seriously work, knit, eat (way too much), read and sleep.  Occassionally I clean.  Oh and well I spend way too much time on the internet.  But if I had a life, you wouldn't all get to waste time reading my nonsense!  Silver lining!

My new philosophy is "No Crafting Under Pressure*"
*except at Christmas and birthdays oh and Easter and Mother's Day

Thursday Thirteen: At The Movies

Thirteen DVD’s I Own


1. Grease

2. Grease 2

3. Shoot ‘Em Up

4. King Arthur

5. From Hell

6. Hard to Hold

7. Closer

8. American Outlaws

9. Top Gun

10. Children of Men

11. The International

12. Duplicity

13. Beyond Borders

And yes, I am totally in love with Clive Owen

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

WTJ Wednesday: Vol 1 Post 3


This was my most favorite page to do.  The directions (which are covered) said to drip something and then close the book to make a design.  I found these little sets of paint pots at Joann Fabric & Crafts for $1.00 and grabbed two and dropped my favorite colors and let the magic happen.

Cheating in 52

*Sigh* I am so upset. Last year I did the 52in52 project challenge on Ravelry and started and completed 52+ projects in the allotted time and so I was ready to do it again this year, only try to have more challenging projects. Well it officially began yesterday and there are already several finished objects for June. And by finished objects, I mean big mother projects. Two shawls, a large bag, a vest, a sweater and skirt combo, a sock. I just don’t feel that it was in the spirit of the challenge. Finishing something that you had 99% done doesn’t seem quite fair. I purposefully didn’t start something new over the long weekend waiting for the June 1 start. Had I done stuff over the weekend, I would have had completed projects too as I am sure some of the people just had to sew in the ends. That, in my opinion, is cheating and I am not down with that. So, I will do the challenge on my own. They even had other challenges this year with a points system. It is all a bit skewed and I just don’t like the direction the group is going with the new moderator. I think that she, in trying to garner more excitement, has completely destroyed the idea of the challenge.


That being said, I did wait and last night I started the Princess from Itty Bitty Toys’ Princes and the Pea set. I am using Knit Picks Comfy. I have the doll “finished”. I have to do her arms tonight and then get her hair installed, her face embroidered and then I can stuff her and sew her up. After that I plan on starting on a mattress. The project needs to be ready to go by August 10th so I am pacing myself as to not go completely insane and totally hate it doing it. Somewhere around 11 mattresses need to be made! I am thinking about cheating and doing some in fabric. I have loads of cute fabric lying around.

On Monday I worked up a couple of panels for a stained glass blanket I want to do. I fear it will be a long project as it is all garter and quite boring. 81 rows in the large panel and then 28 in the small diamond and 14 in the half diamond. Yeah it’s going to take some time. I chose the ugliest color to start it in too. I am using scrap yarns. I would have loved to have used Cascade Superwash (the pattern used Cascade 220), but that would be a bit spendy and I have loads of scrap yarn.

Part of my 52in52 goal is to use as much of the yarn I purchased prior to yesterday. I have lots to use up that’s for sure.

I also started my 52 books in 52 weeks yesterday as well. I am 100 pages into my first book, The 6th Target by James Patterson. I finished four books in May, so I hope to keep on the same track for the next year. I try to read at least 40 pages per day, but if I am having an off day, I am trying to read at least ten pages per day. I think I am averaging somewhere around 47 right now.

I am trying to journal more about time spent on projects. Sometimes I think people must think I am the slowest knitter on earth by looking at when I start and finish projects. That is not necessarily the case. I am a slow knitter, but sometimes I start something and then do something else and then come back. Like now, I will finish up the Princess body and then put it away for a while to work on some stuff for swaps and finish up a baby outfit (still waiting on the damned yarn to arrive). So, if I can note in my book each night how much time I spent on each project then I can really say, this project to x number of hours to make. Like last night, I spent an hour and a half on the doll’s body. And that baby outfit is going super fast…or was until I ran out of yarn. It shouldn’t take much tomorrow or Friday to finish up.

How funny is it to refer to tomorrow as Thursday? Okay, maybe not for some of you, but for me the worker bee it is quite lovely. I spent most of today doing all those little things that I keep putting off. Some filing, some cleaning, etc. Tomorrow begins the nitty gritty of the beginning of the month for me. It is also bank day and it will be crazy tomorrow because all the SS checks and welfare is deposited tomorrow. Joy.

Well I don’t have any photos to share. Hopefully later this week I will have something. I will post a Wreck This Journal later…after I take the photo. I am really excited about this and tomorrow you can check in for Thursday 13!