Saturday, May 21, 2016

Go On, Listen To A Book!!

It looks like Audible and Goodreads have finally jumped on board in a combined effort to get folks into books and ahead in the reading challenges. .... I've only been saying this for a while too I might add (but I don't take credit for inventing this though, that'd be silly). Ha!

I checked my email and seen this pop in... Can't help but think they read my blog post!  I'm so delusional sometimes.  

I do agree though that no matter what ordinary day to day thing you got going on, an audio book is a great choice instead of those radio stations that play "today's music hits" over and over and over and over.... or if there aren't any interesting topics on the talk radio stations.  So thanks Audible and Goodreads for not mentioning that you got this idea from reading my blog for getting the word out!!  :-)

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Twitchy Eye

Seems lately I get the "twitchy eye" when things don't go according to my mental plan.  Then again, I should know better because nothing ever goes according to my mental plan anyway!  

I had this super great idea for this blog then it went all bonkers and now I find I'm blogging less and less and pinteresting more and more... is "pinteresting" a word?  If not, I take full credit for inventing it.

Ok so it's a long weekend here in my neck of the woods and lets hope my weekend plan works out well.  If it does then I can stop the twitchy eye.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Listen To A Book

I fell in love with audio books.  There, I said it. 

If you've never tried an audio book, give Audible a try and download a free book!   

I wouldn't say that I've always loved to read.  I checked out books from the library while at school and read most of what I borrowed.  I borrowed books from friends that they insisted were worth reading and I've purchased the occasional book mostly based on the cover.  For a while there, I just stopped reading novels and filled my mind with "stories" from The National Enquirer, and other magazines but nothing of real substance.  I can't say what nudged me back into reading but I do recall standing in the pharmacy in front of the shelf consisting of magazines and paperback books and skimming over the covers and titles of the books instead of the magazines.  I also recall my selection was a romance paperback book... a historical romance and that did me in.  From then on I read countless historical romance novels and enjoyed pretty much all of them.  

With the invention of audio books in mp3 format rather than on a bazillion cassettes, I found I read even more than I did when I was saving money by buying second hand paperback books from the used book store in the hospital. Ok technically it's not "reading" but listening, but either way, I'm getting the story.  I found that eventually, I just downloaded books to have something interesting to listen to while I was at work.  One romance book after another in audio book form.  

The best thing about audio books is it's a great way to read books you otherwise wouldn't really give a second glance.  I read the Millennium trilogy (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo....etc) via audio book and loved it!  Had I read the ebook or printed copy I doubt I would have gotten past the first chapter.  Not to say the first chapter was boring, but it has to set the scene like all books do and it's usually ..... dry.  Ha!  And also, getting into a reading challenge that encouraged me to read outside of my favorite genre... well... I have a greater love for audio books now!!!   Last weekend, while I was busy stitching an order for my shop, I listened to an audio book : Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (ya, I don't always pick winners but it had potential).  I even listen to them when I'm out for a walk.  Or should I say, when I'm walking round in circles at the track in the park because you know me, likely to fall off the sidewalk and bust a hip joint.

I'm falling deeper and deeper in love with audio books!   Got a book suggestion for me? 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Smells Like Boiled Eggs

I seem to always have an interesting experience when riding public transportation.  

This morning, the bus I decided to take smelled like boiled eggs.  I won't say rotten eggs but certainly hard boiled eggs.

There was a lady on the bus having her breakfast which appeared to be an egg sandwich... that she started eating before I got on the bus... and was still eating when I got off the bus thirty minutes later!  

I'm all for eating breakfast and healthy breakfast too but everyone on the bus had windows open because nobody wanted to arrive at work smelling like a hard boiled egg.

And there you have it!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Bless You!

I spent the past two weeks stitching up a storm!  Usually, I'm not fond of stitching the same thing twice, let alone dozens of times but if there's a colour change, then I somehow convince myself that it's not the same....though technically it isn't but you know what I mean.

I'd fallen in love with the purse storage pocket tissue pack covers.  They really don't hold a full pocket pack of tissues, more like a few at a time but it's nice to have this little packet stashed in your purse or backpack or overnight bag with a couple tissues inside.  I just fold up regular tissues in mine. 

The photo above was the only opportunity I had to photograph them... As I was boxing them up for delivery because I stitched right down to the last possible minute even forgoing sleep to get then out in time.  At the time I took that photo, I'd been awake for just over thirty six hours!  Ouch!  Unfortunately, the dark hot pink colour didn't make it into the photo!  Ugh! I really like to photograph everything I stitch.  I sell these in my etsy shop (the blue one at the moment, but other colours can be requested).

I'm truly surprised that I'm not looking to break from stitching right now,  usually, once I'm done stitching a big lot, like let's say, the Christmas family ornament, I can't bring myself to stitch anything else for at least three months!  But this time around I can't wait to get started on a new pattern.  

Items sold in my shop don't include labour time because I just like to stitch, especially when I find a cute pattern!  I'm hoping to load the shop up with lots more items in the coming weeks because I've got about a dozen patterns I'm itching to see completed!