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November 26, 2020

thanksgiving eve unraveling
posted by soe 1:47 am

Thanksgiving Socks

May I present a finished pair of Thanksgiving socks? And a book I picked up Monday that I’m really excited to read?

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November 19, 2020

mid-november unraveling
posted by soe 2:00 am


I have reached the last stripe of my sock’s foot before I start the toe decreases. By this time next week, I will have a finished pair of fall socks!

I also hope to have returned this book to the library by then, with all my field hockey girls and guy ready to head into the 1990s with a better sense of their future. I’ve left them in Salem after a night at Papa Gino’s on Halloween for a couple of weeks now, and it’s probably best to propel them the rest of the way through their senior year season.

On audio, I’ve started Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert. I don’t usually bunch books in a series, so it’s a testament to the fact that I enjoyed the first book in the Brown sisters series that I’m listening to this in 2020.

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November 17, 2020

top ten literary pets
posted by soe 1:43 am

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl asks about the top ten characters I’d name a pet after, but I probably wouldn’t do that. Or, rather, I might, but I would have ended up there, rather than starting there, if that makes sense. (I’m totally not judging you if you do. I’d be the first to ask if that was the inspiration, to be honest.)

So, instead, I’ll give you a topic-adjacent list and give you ten of my favorite pets in books in the order in which they occurred to me:

  1. Eartha Kitty in The Voting Booth
  2. Fang in the Harry Potter series
  3. Dog Monday in Rilla of Ingleside
  4. Old Lace in the Runaways graphic novel series
  5. Winn-Dixie in Because of Winn-Dixie
  6. Hound in the Penderwicks series
  7. Pickwick in the Thursday Next series
  8. Cat Annoyance in The Man Called Ove
  9. Ivan in The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
  10. Max in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

What are some of your favorite bookish pets?

Also, since you’re here, may I direct you to information on next month’s Virtual Advent Tour?

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November 12, 2020

veterans day unraveling
posted by soe 1:56 am

Veterans Day Unraveling

The good news on the knitting front is that the heel has been turned and I’m on to the foot!

The bad news on the knitting front is that in the midst of last week’s … preoccupation … I temporarily forgot both to count the stitches on my heel needle and how to do do short rows. I mean, it’s fine. It’s fine! There were just two extra stitches on the heel. I temporarily considered ripping it all back and then I decided this is 2020 and that if the sock fits we do not toss things out for imperfection. And the short rows … I somehow decided to wrap about half the stitches the wrong way. Again, not a deal breaker; I just made picking up the wraps more challenging for myself. But as you can see, we’ve moved on. Now, as long as I remember to reorient the stitches to keep the heel centered when I start the toe decreases, we’re golden. (If none of that made sense the translation is: I messed up, I mostly fixed it, I may mess up again before we’re done.)

I started Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore tonight. I’d picked it up to be my waiting for the election results read. Instead it’s waiting to see how a coup is overturned in my own country read. It is not yet distracting enough, but I’m hopeful. About the book and our republic. Mostly.

I’m still listening to Alexandra Petri’s Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why while I wash dishes at night. I tried to keep listening one night after the dishes were done and awoke a couple hours later many essays into the future. This is way more a statement about my level of exhaustion than the writing.

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November 10, 2020

top ten book-song titles
posted by soe 1:23 am

I struggled with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, Ten Book Titles That Would Make Great Song Titles, from That Artsy Reader Girl but I got there in the end. Here are ten from my TBR list:

  1. The 10 P.M. Question
  2. Always Emily
  3. West of the Moon
  4. This Is Not a Love Story (I feel like Taylor Swift may have already written this one…
  5. Swing Sideways
  6. One Last Stop
  7. No Place to Fall
  8. Love You, Hate You
  9. Last Night in Montreal
  10. I’m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears (obviously, a song for kids)
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November 5, 2020

post-election unraveling
posted by soe 1:18 am

Post-Election Unraveling

By this point in the week, I’d expected to be done with Brandy Colbert’s The Voting Booth, a book about two Black teens on Election Day. But I hadn’t counted on being swallowed alive by work or fighting off the anxiety of the election with evening naps. Silly me! I should have expected that!

I’m also surprised to still find myself (just) on this side of the heel of my sock. I’d planned on turning the heel last night (instead of working) and then working on the foot during the four-hour phone call I was doing that presentation for. The one that got canceled this morning. Good for the work I needed to do, but not good for my knitting.

Hopefully by this weekend I’ll be done with both. I’ve got other things waiting impatiently on the sideline.

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