Monday, January 31, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Yes, I realize it looks like something out of a swamp monster movie, but it tastes delicious. Here's my recipe of choice at the moment.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I'm running a bit late with the music post, but I thought I'd go ahead and share this one instead of waiting until next week. The new album from Hercules & Love Affair is being streamed HERE and I've been having a blast listening to it. "Blue Songs" is an awesome blend of disco infused beats with a whole lot of soul thrown in. Fun, funky and undeniably danceable, I highly recommend giving it a listen. I'm finding it a lovely way of distracting myself from the latest snow storm!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I have been busy with paper, thread and glue, making new cards to sell at the Co-op. I thought of February drawing near and decided hearts were quite appropriate for this shipment. I'm thinking of putting a few in the Etsy shop, but haven't quite decided yet...
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The highlight of our weekend was taking a trip with to Northampton to see John McCauley and Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick play at the Iron Horse. It was a late show so we made a night of it, stopping here first to get dinner and coffee. And then it was off to stand in line in the cold. Fortunately we had brought Joe and Matt with us and they kept us entertained while we waited. It was an amazing show, one of my favorites I've seen lately. Lot's of Deer Tick songs and also a bunch of tunes that were brand new to me. John McCauley played a few from a new band he's in called Middle Brother. You can listen to a song and read a bit about them here. It's definitely one I'm looking forward to hearing when it comes out.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Snow everywhere! We found ourselves quite unable to leave the house and settled in to watch the snow collect and drink hot chocolate. When we finally ventured outside to start shoveling it was up past my knees in most spots, and past my waist where it's drifted! I may not be a particularly tall person, but this is still impressive. We're still trying to shovel our cars out this morning.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
After getting sick yet AGAIN, listening to the new album from The Decemberists was just the thing to cheer me up this Monday. Just as their last album was completely different from anything we'd heard from them, The King is Dead has a sound that's all its own. This album delves into a distinctly Americana sound, with help on vocals from Gillian Welch. I haven't had time to listen to it all the way through yet, but so far I'm liking what I hear. But then, I've always loved Colin Meloy's voice and this band's unique take on storytelling.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Since ringing in the New Year I've basically been lazing around on the couch, watching far too much TV and battling a cold. It's hardly how I envisioned beginning 2011, but at least it's given me plenty of time to think about my resolutions and goals for the year. Towards the top of my list is what I consider to be a fun one; read 100 books.
There was a time when this goal would have been easy for me. I'm a fast reader, and for many years I didn't go anywhere without a book in hand. I have a deep love for fantasy, and I tore through our library's YA section at an amazing rate. But these past few years have been busy and it's taken a toll on my book count. Seeing as, for the most part, my time has been taken up by things that are new and exciting I can hardly complain. But still, there's a big part of me that misses how much time I spent being completely lost in a good book. So this year I'm going to make more time for the written word.
And I must say I'm off to a great start, with a book that combines my love of food with my fondness of France, and a series that kept me up until 3 am.
The first book is Julia Child's My Life in France. Perhaps I shouldn't count this one yet since I haven't actually finished it, but I'm enjoying it immensely so far. Her descriptions of food are so loving that I find myself drooling over dishes I'd never actually be tempted to try if they were set before me. I remember watching reruns of her cooking shows when I was little, but I never knew much about her life. It's wonderful to read this book and learn what an adventurous, passionate and funny women was behind all those recipes.
I've been hearing the buzz about The Hunger Games for months, but still didn't know very much about the plot when I started reading the first book. So I really had no idea what I was getting myself into! This trilogy is one of the best things I've read recently and officially made it onto my favorites shelf the moment I was finished. They are intense, brutal, believable and completely addicting. When I love something very much I tend to lose my abilities of description in favor of hand gestures and words like "Gah!" Not that that's actually a word, but you get my point. For a good plot description don't listen to me, instead go here. I will say that Katniss is a believable and brilliantly flawed protagonist who's view of the world around her ensnares you completely from start to finish. And it doesn't end there, the characters around her are just as fleshed out and interesting as she is. If I sound like I'm gushing, well, it's probably because I am. I may spend a lot of time around here posting polaroids and wish lists, but my true love is a good read. And these books were certainly that.
So, 4 down, 96 to go!