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I staged a daring raid on the Borders in Saratoga Springs this afternoon. Since they're one of the stores closing everything was at least 20% off.

I walked away with:
- This blank book, in the medium size.
-
Abraxas by Santana
- Blues To The Bone by Etta James
- The Best Of Bonnie Raitt
- Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders
- The Knitter's Guide to Hand-Dyed and Variegated Yarn: Techniques and Projects for Handpainted and Multicolored Yarn
- One More Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit
and
- the winter issue of Knit Simple Magazine


All in all, a good haul. I decided to get only "how-to" type books because I'm doing 99% of my reading on my Kindle these days, but when I'm trying to learn something a physical book is still easier.
jennythereader: (Default)
I staged a daring raid on the Borders in Saratoga Springs this afternoon. Since they're one of the stores closing everything was at least 20% off.

I walked away with:
- This blank book, in the medium size.
-
Abraxas by Santana
- Blues To The Bone by Etta James
- The Best Of Bonnie Raitt
- Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders
- The Knitter's Guide to Hand-Dyed and Variegated Yarn: Techniques and Projects for Handpainted and Multicolored Yarn
- One More Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit
and
- the winter issue of Knit Simple Magazine


All in all, a good haul. I decided to get only "how-to" type books because I'm doing 99% of my reading on my Kindle these days, but when I'm trying to learn something a physical book is still easier.
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Body: Meh. Nothing specific seems wrong, but I don't feel right.

Stress Level: 4. I'm not sure why, but things that shouldn't bother me at all have been bothering me a lot the last few days. Hopefully this and the body meh-ness are both hormonal and will go away on a few days.

Book Review: I finished Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain the other day. It's Mark Twain, so you know that every page was both interesting and entertaining. Rating: 8 out of 10, and the only reason it loses those 2 points is because I prefer either straight memoirs or straight general histories, not mixes of the two.

Reading: I know I started something last night, but I don't remember what. At work I'm reading Luminosity. In the author's own words - "The history and character of the Twilight world are intact in Luminosity up to the point where the story begins, with one exception: Bella's a rational self-awareness-junkie with a penchant for writing down everything that crosses her mind in a notebook. She maintains many of the traits and dispositions of canon - and Luminosity is a Bella/Edward story - but she's a distinctly different character." I'm a couple chapters in, and it's pretty interesting so far. I may actually have to read the Twilight series at some point so that I can make comparisons.

Hearing: My usual random mix of music.

Etsy Find: Pretty, hand-dyed silk ribbons. For necklaces or crafty uses.

Tonight's Project: Dinner with the gang, maybe crafting of some sort. Maybe I'll do some cordialling. I haven't done that in a while.

Randomness: All sorts of random biggish projects bouncing around my head, but none of them are things I'm really in the mood to do. Some of them are things that need to happen anyway.

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Body: Meh. Nothing specific seems wrong, but I don't feel right.

Stress Level: 4. I'm not sure why, but things that shouldn't bother me at all have been bothering me a lot the last few days. Hopefully this and the body meh-ness are both hormonal and will go away on a few days.

Book Review: I finished Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain the other day. It's Mark Twain, so you know that every page was both interesting and entertaining. Rating: 8 out of 10, and the only reason it loses those 2 points is because I prefer either straight memoirs or straight general histories, not mixes of the two.

Reading: I know I started something last night, but I don't remember what. At work I'm reading Luminosity. In the author's own words - "The history and character of the Twilight world are intact in Luminosity up to the point where the story begins, with one exception: Bella's a rational self-awareness-junkie with a penchant for writing down everything that crosses her mind in a notebook. She maintains many of the traits and dispositions of canon - and Luminosity is a Bella/Edward story - but she's a distinctly different character." I'm a couple chapters in, and it's pretty interesting so far. I may actually have to read the Twilight series at some point so that I can make comparisons.

Hearing: My usual random mix of music.

Etsy Find: Pretty, hand-dyed silk ribbons. For necklaces or crafty uses.

Tonight's Project: Dinner with the gang, maybe crafting of some sort. Maybe I'll do some cordialling. I haven't done that in a while.

Randomness: All sorts of random biggish projects bouncing around my head, but none of them are things I'm really in the mood to do. Some of them are things that need to happen anyway.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
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Body: My right hip and knee keep feeling like they're about to fail, but nothing actually hurts. I can live with that as long as I don't have to do too much walking.

Stress Level: 1

Book Review: Everyday Foods in War Time by Mary Swartz Rose. An interesting look at what sort of nutrition advice the experts were giving homemakers during WWI. The government was asking people to reduce their intake of meat, wheat, sugar, and fat; and this book was written to help women figure out how to make healthy and satisfying meals while still keeping those ingredients to a minimum. It's clearly written and most of the broad advice about how to eat a balanced diet is still useful, but it's incomplete by today's standards. I hadn't realized that they still only knew about a couple of the vitamins that late. The recipes at the back look interesting, and I may actually try a couple of them. Rating: 6 out of 10. If you ignore the detailed advice and just look at the recipes and big picture suggestions it might go as high as 7 out of 10. Not loanable through the Kindle, but since it's a freebie that doesn't really matter.

Reading: I started Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain. I didn't get very far in, but so far it's pretty good.

Hearing: Musical pinball. My iPod is going from Glam Rock to Frank Sinatra to Doo-wop to Folk to The Grateful Dead to Santana to CPR to Arlo Guthrie to Broadway.

Etsy Find: 6 "_____ More" buttons

Project Follow-up: We tried someplace new for dinner last night. Mr. Aisan has wonderful sushi and very good tempura. The stuff Jaime and Jenn ordered looked good too.

Tonight's Project: I'm getting out of work at 3:30 and hitting the road for a weekend downstate with friends.

Randomness: Look at the above sentence and see if you can figure out which word in it makes me think I've been living in New York for too long.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
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Body: My right hip and knee keep feeling like they're about to fail, but nothing actually hurts. I can live with that as long as I don't have to do too much walking.

Stress Level: 1

Book Review: Everyday Foods in War Time by Mary Swartz Rose. An interesting look at what sort of nutrition advice the experts were giving homemakers during WWI. The government was asking people to reduce their intake of meat, wheat, sugar, and fat; and this book was written to help women figure out how to make healthy and satisfying meals while still keeping those ingredients to a minimum. It's clearly written and most of the broad advice about how to eat a balanced diet is still useful, but it's incomplete by today's standards. I hadn't realized that they still only knew about a couple of the vitamins that late. The recipes at the back look interesting, and I may actually try a couple of them. Rating: 6 out of 10. If you ignore the detailed advice and just look at the recipes and big picture suggestions it might go as high as 7 out of 10. Not loanable through the Kindle, but since it's a freebie that doesn't really matter.

Reading: I started Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain. I didn't get very far in, but so far it's pretty good.

Hearing: Musical pinball. My iPod is going from Glam Rock to Frank Sinatra to Doo-wop to Folk to The Grateful Dead to Santana to CPR to Arlo Guthrie to Broadway.

Etsy Find: 6 "_____ More" buttons

Project Follow-up: We tried someplace new for dinner last night. Mr. Aisan has wonderful sushi and very good tempura. The stuff Jaime and Jenn ordered looked good too.

Tonight's Project: I'm getting out of work at 3:30 and hitting the road for a weekend downstate with friends.

Randomness: Look at the above sentence and see if you can figure out which word in it makes me think I've been living in New York for too long.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
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Body: So freaking cold. I can't seem to get warm, and the cold is making all of my joints hurt.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: Finished The Crazy Years by Spider Robinson on Friday night. A truly excellent collection of essays and articles. My only problem with any of them is that they generally were too short. I would have liked to see more detail. Rating: 9 out of 10. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro


Hearing: Music - right this second, "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from my Original London Cast recording of Les Miserables.

Etsy Find: Vintage crystal cordial glasses.

Project Follow-up: Both dropping the car off on Friday and picking it up again on Saturday were more hassle than I wanted. Next time it needs work done I'll take it in early on a weekday morning and use their shuttle to get to work, and the use the shuttle to pick it up again when they're done with it.

Tonight's Project: Dishes, and continuing to untangle the giant mess of yarn so that I can actually make it into a scarf for myself.

Randomness: What's the weather like where you are? Here in the upper Hudson Valley it's absurdly cold. The predicted high is 9F. Ick. They're also predicting another major storm for tomorrow.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: So freaking cold. I can't seem to get warm, and the cold is making all of my joints hurt.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: Finished The Crazy Years by Spider Robinson on Friday night. A truly excellent collection of essays and articles. My only problem with any of them is that they generally were too short. I would have liked to see more detail. Rating: 9 out of 10. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro


Hearing: Music - right this second, "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from my Original London Cast recording of Les Miserables.

Etsy Find: Vintage crystal cordial glasses.

Project Follow-up: Both dropping the car off on Friday and picking it up again on Saturday were more hassle than I wanted. Next time it needs work done I'll take it in early on a weekday morning and use their shuttle to get to work, and the use the shuttle to pick it up again when they're done with it.

Tonight's Project: Dishes, and continuing to untangle the giant mess of yarn so that I can actually make it into a scarf for myself.

Randomness: What's the weather like where you are? Here in the upper Hudson Valley it's absurdly cold. The predicted high is 9F. Ick. They're also predicting another major storm for tomorrow.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
jennythereader: (Giles 012)
While I was down at Harmony Drive this weekend [livejournal.com profile] nounsandverbs loaned me the book 13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?. Overall it was pretty interesting, but I'm going to wait to do any detailed post on what I think about the theories behind it until I've read some of their other books as well.

The other thing I'm going to do once I've read more of their work is start my own research project on how the generation an author is from affects their choice of time periods they write about. My current theory is that when an author writes contemporary fiction (which I define as anything set less than 20 years before it was written) they will usually choose to make the protagonist a member of their own generation, and that when they write historical fiction (that is, stuff set more than 20 years before it was written) it will be more likely to focus on either their own generation as children/young adults or on their generation's parallels from earlier cycles.

For example: by this theory an author of historical fiction who is a member of the 13th Generation (born in the 1960's or 70's) would be more likely to write characters who are fellow members of Nomad generations (like the Lost Generation), than they would be to write about Prophet generations like the Boomers or Hero generations like the Millennial and G.I. generations.

A list of Strauss & Howe's named generations

My theory may end up being revised, or even abandoned, as I read more of Strauss and Howe's work. I'm looking forward to working on it, though. It's the first big picture, "how does the world fit together?" project that has come to me since my giant family tree of European nobility died a fiery death in a computer crash.

I know, I know. I need to suck it up, go back to school, and get my sociology degree already.

Edit: I should probably also look at movies, TV shows, and plays, but I can't figure out how to determine who the primary creator is. The writer(s)? The producer? The director?
jennythereader: (Giles 012)
While I was down at Harmony Drive this weekend [livejournal.com profile] nounsandverbs loaned me the book 13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?. Overall it was pretty interesting, but I'm going to wait to do any detailed post on what I think about the theories behind it until I've read some of their other books as well.

The other thing I'm going to do once I've read more of their work is start my own research project on how the generation an author is from affects their choice of time periods they write about. My current theory is that when an author writes contemporary fiction (which I define as anything set less than 20 years before it was written) they will usually choose to make the protagonist a member of their own generation, and that when they write historical fiction (that is, stuff set more than 20 years before it was written) it will be more likely to focus on either their own generation as children/young adults or on their generation's parallels from earlier cycles.

For example: by this theory an author of historical fiction who is a member of the 13th Generation (born in the 1960's or 70's) would be more likely to write characters who are fellow members of Nomad generations (like the Lost Generation), than they would be to write about Prophet generations like the Boomers or Hero generations like the Millennial and G.I. generations.

A list of Strauss & Howe's named generations

My theory may end up being revised, or even abandoned, as I read more of Strauss and Howe's work. I'm looking forward to working on it, though. It's the first big picture, "how does the world fit together?" project that has come to me since my giant family tree of European nobility died a fiery death in a computer crash.

I know, I know. I need to suck it up, go back to school, and get my sociology degree already.

Edit: I should probably also look at movies, TV shows, and plays, but I can't figure out how to determine who the primary creator is. The writer(s)? The producer? The director?
jennythereader: (* J)
Body: Physically I feel pretty good today. At least, none of the aches and pains stand out as being particularly noteworthy.

Book Review: I finally finished The Golden Bough by James Frazer. It was quite interesting overall, but it's pretty dated. I think I need to find some more recent books on compartative religion, mythology, and folk traditions.

Reading: After I finished The Golden Bough I spent some time playing with the new features that Amazon has added to my Kindle instead of starting something new right away. Then I ran out of awake.

Hearing: More music. I think I'm actually going to go in and delete/unsubscribe some of my podcasts. I'm just not listening to them as much as I used to.

Tonight's Project: I have to hurry to pick up and put away the farm share tonight, and then get to a friend's birthday dinner.
jennythereader: (* J)
Body: Physically I feel pretty good today. At least, none of the aches and pains stand out as being particularly noteworthy.

Book Review: I finally finished The Golden Bough by James Frazer. It was quite interesting overall, but it's pretty dated. I think I need to find some more recent books on compartative religion, mythology, and folk traditions.

Reading: After I finished The Golden Bough I spent some time playing with the new features that Amazon has added to my Kindle instead of starting something new right away. Then I ran out of awake.

Hearing: More music. I think I'm actually going to go in and delete/unsubscribe some of my podcasts. I'm just not listening to them as much as I used to.

Tonight's Project: I have to hurry to pick up and put away the farm share tonight, and then get to a friend's birthday dinner.
jennythereader: (Opal *)
Body: I haven't been sleeping very well recently, but that seems to be the only major problem lately.

Reading: The Golden Bough by James Frazer - I'm about 10% of the way through, and so far it's interesting but dated.

Hearing: The Celtic Roots Radio Podcast

Tonight's Project: Tonight's plan is to preserve a bunch of the fruits and vegetables from last week's farm share before we get another box tomorrow. I have cherries that will get turned into more cordial, cucumbers that will become refrigerator pickles, sugar snap peas that will be frozen, and... actually I think that's everything. I don't know how much time/energy all of this will take, but this is the order I'm going to do the work in, so you can see what's most important to me. :)

Randomness: I'm starting to think about everything I need to do to get ready for Pennsic. Less than a month!
jennythereader: (Opal *)
Body: I haven't been sleeping very well recently, but that seems to be the only major problem lately.

Reading: The Golden Bough by James Frazer - I'm about 10% of the way through, and so far it's interesting but dated.

Hearing: The Celtic Roots Radio Podcast

Tonight's Project: Tonight's plan is to preserve a bunch of the fruits and vegetables from last week's farm share before we get another box tomorrow. I have cherries that will get turned into more cordial, cucumbers that will become refrigerator pickles, sugar snap peas that will be frozen, and... actually I think that's everything. I don't know how much time/energy all of this will take, but this is the order I'm going to do the work in, so you can see what's most important to me. :)

Randomness: I'm starting to think about everything I need to do to get ready for Pennsic. Less than a month!
jennythereader: (Book 001)
Body: My digestive system is a little iffy, but other than that I feel decent.

Reading: I'm re-reading In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto for the umpteenth time.

Hearing: The Commonwealth Club's radio show.

Etsy find: Faceted moonstone necklace.

Project Follow-up: I'm closer to caught up with the dishes, and and I'm really making progress on my knitting. I have almost a foot done of my practice piece.

Tonight's Project: More knitting, more dishes, maybe some laundry.

Randomness: Now that I've started knitting, I've been warned about the dangers of buying yarn just because it's pretty. I'm a little broke right now, so I haven't actually been buying, but I've added a lot of pretty yarns to my etsy favorites list. I'm thinking of it as my virtual stash.
jennythereader: (Book 001)
Body: My digestive system is a little iffy, but other than that I feel decent.

Reading: I'm re-reading In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto for the umpteenth time.

Hearing: The Commonwealth Club's radio show.

Etsy find: Faceted moonstone necklace.

Project Follow-up: I'm closer to caught up with the dishes, and and I'm really making progress on my knitting. I have almost a foot done of my practice piece.

Tonight's Project: More knitting, more dishes, maybe some laundry.

Randomness: Now that I've started knitting, I've been warned about the dangers of buying yarn just because it's pretty. I'm a little broke right now, so I haven't actually been buying, but I've added a lot of pretty yarns to my etsy favorites list. I'm thinking of it as my virtual stash.
jennythereader: (Blue Fractal)
Body: I still have a cough and a stuffy nose, but I don't really feel sick.

Book Review: I finally finished The Kalevala: Or Poems of the Kaleva District. Overall it was interesting, but probably not worth reading unless you're really interested in European mythology.

Reading: I was too tired to start anything new after finishing my last book.

Hearing: Dan Carlin's show Hardcore History, and a Documentary series from the BBC.

Etsy find: Falling Leaves Blue Scoop Neck Shirt, a very pretty everyday shirt.

Project Follow-up: "Probably nothing more complicated than some Sims" - Hah! I realized that I needed to filter the strawberry cordial for the second time, and decided to do that. I put a coffee filter in my funnel and tried to pour the cordial through it. FAIL! I think the cause of failure was bad tools, and (with some suggestions from Tom) I think I've figured out what I need to get.

Tonight's Project: Picking up the supplies to properly filter cordials, and if I have time I'll actually do the filtering.

Randomness: The Knowledge Web was put together by historian James Burke to help illustrate how history is a result of connections and coincidences.
jennythereader: (Blue Fractal)
Body: I still have a cough and a stuffy nose, but I don't really feel sick.

Book Review: I finally finished The Kalevala: Or Poems of the Kaleva District. Overall it was interesting, but probably not worth reading unless you're really interested in European mythology.

Reading: I was too tired to start anything new after finishing my last book.

Hearing: Dan Carlin's show Hardcore History, and a Documentary series from the BBC.

Etsy find: Falling Leaves Blue Scoop Neck Shirt, a very pretty everyday shirt.

Project Follow-up: "Probably nothing more complicated than some Sims" - Hah! I realized that I needed to filter the strawberry cordial for the second time, and decided to do that. I put a coffee filter in my funnel and tried to pour the cordial through it. FAIL! I think the cause of failure was bad tools, and (with some suggestions from Tom) I think I've figured out what I need to get.

Tonight's Project: Picking up the supplies to properly filter cordials, and if I have time I'll actually do the filtering.

Randomness: The Knowledge Web was put together by historian James Burke to help illustrate how history is a result of connections and coincidences.
jennythereader: (Parakeets *)
Body: My back was bad for a while, but ibuprofen seems to have done its job. Also, in the catagory of things I need to remember to tell my doctor about at my next appointment, sometimes I've been getting dizzy & light-headed when I stretch. Not fainting, but feeling a little like I did just before the one time I did faint.

Book Review: I finished If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path last night. It had some good advice, but most of it boils down to "Be yourself. No, really. From day one. Be who you really are. If you're not sure who you really are, figure that out first."

Reading: I started reading The Kalevala: Or Poems of the Kaleva District last night, but ended up turning the lights out before I had finished the introduction.

Hearing: The Commonwealth Club of California's podcast is mostly drowning out the passive-aggressive co-workers being bitchy.

Etsy find: A really interesting black & silver necklace

Project Follow-up: I got the cordial filtered, and discovered that I need better tools for that job. The strainer is fine, but I don't have a good container to filter into. Dinner was yummy and fun. And... I didn't get around to assembling the swap. Maybe this weekend, more likely Monday.

Tonight's Project: Tom & I are heading out of town this weekend, so tonight's project is to get home and on the road as soon as possible.

Randomness: Welcome to the world Taya! Tom's brother & his wife had their little girl yesterday. I can't wait to meet her. :-)
jennythereader: (Parakeets *)
Body: My back was bad for a while, but ibuprofen seems to have done its job. Also, in the catagory of things I need to remember to tell my doctor about at my next appointment, sometimes I've been getting dizzy & light-headed when I stretch. Not fainting, but feeling a little like I did just before the one time I did faint.

Book Review: I finished If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path last night. It had some good advice, but most of it boils down to "Be yourself. No, really. From day one. Be who you really are. If you're not sure who you really are, figure that out first."

Reading: I started reading The Kalevala: Or Poems of the Kaleva District last night, but ended up turning the lights out before I had finished the introduction.

Hearing: The Commonwealth Club of California's podcast is mostly drowning out the passive-aggressive co-workers being bitchy.

Etsy find: A really interesting black & silver necklace

Project Follow-up: I got the cordial filtered, and discovered that I need better tools for that job. The strainer is fine, but I don't have a good container to filter into. Dinner was yummy and fun. And... I didn't get around to assembling the swap. Maybe this weekend, more likely Monday.

Tonight's Project: Tom & I are heading out of town this weekend, so tonight's project is to get home and on the road as soon as possible.

Randomness: Welcome to the world Taya! Tom's brother & his wife had their little girl yesterday. I can't wait to meet her. :-)

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