Monday, March 31, 2008

weekend, in six parts

Part 1-Nacho Libre
I went to Alexandria to pick up a few things and then went to visit my friend Jenny. Her son was excited to show me many of his library books about cars. After the kids went to bed we watched the movie Nacho Libre. The movie is a bit quirky, but if you like the Napoleon Dynamite movie, you might like this one.Part 2-Lots of Hearts
On Saturday, I sewed 120 hearts onto the blocks that I am making for my next quilt. I sewed 70 red hearts on white six and a half inch unfinished squares. Then I sewed 50 more smaller pink hearts on top of the red hearts, too. I did the last 20 on Sunday night, so now I have 70 blocks to put together to make the top.
Part 3-Beauty Shop
My friend and coworker called on Saturday night and invited me to visit. So I drove up to see her. I had the priviledge of getting my hair done by a three and half year old and seeing part of her favorite movie, Annie.
Part 4-How to Not Be Found at Church
I decided to sit on the opposite side in church on Sunday-I also happened to have a dress on and my hair put up in a clip. Anyway, on Sunday night I was talking to my friend on the phone. She asked me where I was on Sunday morning. I told her I was there, and she didn't believe me. I proceeded to tell her who I sat by and more details from the service. I realized that you can actually hide in church if you change just a few things-location being the primary factor.
Part 5-Birthday Party
We had chocolate cake and chocolate chip ice cream at the farm on Sunday afternoon for Wayne's birthday. After we were done eating Mark asked that we play Scrabble. He is only six, but he stuck with the whole game, despite the long time it takes for us to play a game.
Part 6-Sobieski
I went to visit my grandma on the way home. She thinks that the quilt (click here to see some pictures) Amanda made for her is beautiful.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Blue Heart Blessed

This is Susan Meissner's newest book. I read it in one Saturday (my sister cannot believe I do this, but I live alone.) Daisy was jilted by her fiance ten days before their planned wedding. This has caused some good things and bad things...she now runs a shop called Something Blue in Minneapolis, but she also is wondering why it happened. I enjoyed this story because of the characters- most of whom live in the same apartment building Daisy lives in with her friends-Max, Rosalina and Mario, Father Laurent, her aunt, and her mother. It is also fun to read a book that references places I have been to or are familiar with (parts of the Twin Cities). This story is much more lighthearted book than many of Meissner's other books, which I was glad about. In fact, if you like this book you could also look at Meissner's blog about the book at Blue Heart Blessed.

Monday, March 24, 2008

fun times

My shower curtain is great. I made it several years ago and bought towels to match it. But the best thing about my shower curtain is it helps when children (my niece and nephews) are over to visit. Six of my seven nieces and nephews were over on Friday night and they wanted to play hide and seek. That works well in my two bedroom apartment since I have seven closets and not too many things. So the kids hid in some of the closets, behind furniture, under blankets and pillows, and in cupboards. Z. hid in the bathtub once (behind the shower curtain), and it took awhile for him to be found. After awhile, even little A wanted to hide in one of the closets.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Saving Levi

I heard about Saving Levi by Lisa Misraje Bentley from my friend-her sister had given it to her to read. It looked interesting, and so I requested it from the library. It is the story of a boy, Levi, who was abandoned in China because he had been badly burned. He was rescued and proceeded to change a whole family's life. It is a short book that is definitely worth reading.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

book club

Last year I started a book club...not sure why it took me so long to do that since I have been an avid reader since second or third grade. We have been meeting a little over a year, with a break in the summer and for Christmas. Anyway, the books that we have read so far are

  • The End of the Spear by Steve Saint
  • Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury
  • One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
  • Angry Housewives Eating BonBons by Lorna Landvik
  • At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Scrap Everything by Leslie Gould
  • In An Instant by Lee and Bob Woodruff
  • A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
  • Hamilton Heir by Valerie Hansen
  • Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy

The two books that I like the best are The End of the Spear and Like Dandelion Dust. As you can see by the titles, the book have been a mix of fiction and nonfiction. I think in May it will be my turn to bring the books. Does anyone have a recommendation for a book that would be good for a book club? Has anyone read any of the books that our book club has read?