As regular readers of this blog know, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to become a better knitter. While I have been taking private lessons from a friend of the family, she lives over an hour away, and it’s not exactly feasible for me to call her up at midnight on a Wednesday and say, “Hey, I’m kind of in the mood to start a new project…ya busy?”
I’m so glad that Macy came up with the idea to start a link-up for things that went well each month. In a world where it seems as though all anyone does is complain, it’s great to take a moment, step back and think about the good things that have happened each month.
So, what went well for me this month?
1. Boyfriend and I strapped on our muscles (both brainy and brawny ones) and put together my mom’s longarm machine. If you don’t know what that is, Boyfriend calls it Mom’s “quilting robot.” Basically, it’s a machine that allows you to quilt the front, middle and back of your quilt together by rolling it up onto bars and using a type of video game-esque controller to create quilted designs onto the fabric. It looks like this:
Another week is wrapping up (woohoo, y’all!)! Here are some of the things that I have especially liked this week:
Favorite song this week:
Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
This is Criminal
Favorite Piece of Trivia:
I know that this blog is supposed to be all about things that I like and I really really do NOT like saying good-bye to Parenthood. 🙁 However, since this has become one of the best shows that I’ve ever watched (i.e. I “liked” it), I feel that I should share with you some of the things that made the show so incredible.
First of all, there’s the World’s Greatest Couple–Joel and Julia. Everyone take a moment to bask in their amazingness:
When I was a kid, my favorite favorite favorite movie was Father of the Bride. I can even remember being in Spanish class in 10th grade and were supposed to tell our favorite movies, but as I was paired up with a cute guy, I thought it would be too girly to say “El Padre de la Novia.” Instead I said it was Jurassic Park, and it turns out that the cute guy wasn’t a dinosaur fan (the horror!).
Anyway back to Father of the Bride:
So last week, I attended the first meeting of my book club, and we read Wild by Cheryl Strayed. When we were trying to choose our next month’s selection (which is The Children Act by Ian McEwan), I found out that the book club tries to read selections that are slightly more intellectual or high-brow (although I don’t know how Wild got in there, but whatevs).
Anyway, if I were in charge of the selections, here would be 10 choices that I would want for book club discussion (in no particular order):
1. Feed by M.T. Anderson
I’m not a fan of heights. At all. Example: when I was a kid, my family took a hike on the Billy Goat Trail near Washington, DC, and when we got to the parts that were near cliffs I started CRAWLING because I was too afraid to walk.
Fast forward several years to when I was 15. For the past several months, I had been helping out with my friend’s church’s youth group, and because they were so touched by my help, they asked me to join them on their mission trip to Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland. I was a little freaked out by the thought of being across the ocean from my family for 2 weeks, but I had no idea that something even scarier was on my itinerary.
Last week, it was my mom’s birthday, and I wanted to take her someplace new for her birthday. Usually, we go to her favorite Indian restaurant, but this year, I thought that we should branch out. So, for the first time, my mom had crepes!
We went to a little place in the Mt. Washington area of Baltimore called Crepe du Jour (or Crepe of the Day, if you want to feel like a true Frenchman). Crepes are a kind of pancake-y wrap stuffed with delicious foods. Mom had one filled with shrimp and huge pieces of crab meat. Mom’s friend Bev’s crepe was more vegetarian with a spinach base, and mine was chock-full of ground beef, swiss cheese and scrambled eggs.
And then it was onto my favorite part of a crepe experience–the desserts! The three of us split 2 crepes: one was the Crepe Chocolat (filled with chocolate sauce) and the other was a Crepe St. Germain (filled with caramelized apples and topped with ice cream)!
I’d love to be able to make these delicious creations myself, but for now, I’m glad to know that there are places around me that have them!
Have you had crepes before? What were in yours??
A few years ago, one of my friends turned me onto the TOMS brand of shoes. These very comfortable slip-on shoes also have an excellent mission in mind: every time you buy a pair of TOMS shoes, the company gives a pair to someone in a developing country that needs shoes. Since the start of their company, TOMS now offers more varieties of shoes, sunglasses (that translate into eye exams for those in need) and other types of clothing. But for me, my go-to are their classic shoes.
Unless you don’t own a television (which is ridiculous), you most likely have seen a reality show. Maybe you’re a Survivor fan or you keep up with the Kardashians. For me, the best reality shows have a competitive edge, and the best of them all is So You Think You Can Dance, which comes around each summer. Everyone on the show is incredibly talented, but here are my top 5:
5. Neil Haskell