What have I been up to?  Well, reading for one thing.  I’ve joined two very different book clubs.  The first, is a fun group of girls.  Book club nights tend to run til midnight.  Wine, sometimes a themed cocktail, and munchies are always involved, as is great conversation.  The theory is, whether you’ve read the book or not, it’s good to get out and generally a topic from the book brings on any number of adjacent conversations.  The actual book discussion usually doesn’t last that long, but it keeps me reading books I didn’t know where out there and gives me someone to talk to about it if I want.  Most nights though, it’s the comraderie of the women involved that gets me out of the house.

The second group, much more intellectual.  Still a social situation, but more discussion of the book.  Which is nice, makes my mommy brain feel like it’s getting some exercise.  I was invited into this one by a knitting friend who is also an English professor, no chance I would ever go to this one without having read the book!

So, what are we reading, you ask?  The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins are the selections for April.  I’ve finished both, much to my husband’s chagrin.  I’m a book worm, always have been.  As a child, my mom could never turn me down if I asked her to buy me a book.  We spent plenty of time at the library as well, even volunteered there as a teenager.  But, needless to say, I enjoy my book time.  I bury my nose in, and if it’s a good book, finish within a day or two (The Red Garden).  If it’s a great book (The Hunger Games), I only come up for food, and even then that’s optional!  So, to get through all three in the series, the laundry goes undone, dishes pile up, we eat leftovers, and in general, my family gets irritated with me!  Fortunately, this time, I wasn’t up until the wee hours of the night reading, somehow I always managed to finish by 10 or 11 o’clock.

So, if you’re looking for a good read, check out The Hunger Games.  It’s technically juvenile fiction, but, in this case, that just means it moves along at a quick pace.  Hints of Orwell’s 1984, some coming of age, a warning as to what can happen when politicians go unchecked, and some good old fashioned adventure.  It’s got a bit of everything!


Long time, no post

And the zebra says. . .

It has been a while since I’ve allowed myself the luxury of sitting down and putting a post up on the blog.  I can’t believe I didn’t blog my way through all the yummy food I ate when I was home in February, home being North Carolina.  I can’t believe I didn’t tell y’all about the Lazy 5 Ranch my mom and I took the kids.  It was the most fun I’d had in a long time.  Something about feeding animals out of the palm of your hand is just amazing.  Buffalo, ostriches, emus, water buffalo, giraffes, llamas, but not the zebras!  Something about them biting. . . The kids had a blast, though I’m not sure who had the better time, my mom or the kids!  It was a gorgeous day, 74 degrees and not a cloud in the sky, a vast change from the fields of white I’ve been staring at for months up here.  Really didn’t want to leave!

So, today I was reading a friend of mine’s blog, and she’s got a contest going for a copy of CraftSanity magazine, a magazine in which she just published a pattern.  Now I’ve never met a magazine I didn’t like, so I’m definitely entering to win a copy!  She has some great ideas, and more importantly, follow through! PoMo GoLightly has been an inspiration for me, giving me the courage to start this blog, live more simply (see her participation in Project 333), and hopefully this summer, try my hand at homemade jam, among other things.  Check her out, you just might learn something!

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