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June 4, 2015

yarning along: class project and a #tbrtakedown read
posted by soe 2:01 am

Today’s Yarning Along shot shows you two projects I’m working on:

Yarning Along: Early June

The knitting, cast on this evening, is the project for the class I mentioned last week. I’m learning how to knit two socks on a single circular needle over the course of four weeks in June. This week’s class was devoted to casting on, so you see I’ve got a couple rows on a pair of socks. The yarn is Holiday Yarn’s Flock Sock in the Yarn Fairy self-striping colorway. It’s wound for two-at-a-time knitting, with both strands of yarn emerging together from a center-pull ball. The staff at the yarn store were excited by the idea of it and suggested they might see about carrying it.

The book is Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper and is the story of an 83-year-old woman who decides to walk 3,000 km alone to see the ocean for the first time. One of you recommended it last month on your blog, but I can’t find whom it was just right now.

I’m reading it as part of the #TBRTakedown challenge Leaning Lights is running this week. Since I picked this up at the library last week, it counts as a book from my most recent library haul. I’m not firmly committed to matches in the other categories, although Fablehaven and Ms. Marvel Vol. 2 are probably going to be the two series finishers:

1. A book that’s been on your TBR shelf over a year!
2. An unread sequel sitting on your TBR shelf.
3. A first book in a series on your TBR shelf.
4. An “out of your comfort zone” book on le TBR shelf!
5. A book from your most recent book haul!

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June 2, 2015

top ten tuesday: song roulette
posted by soe 4:49 pm

Today, Carole asks for The First Ten Songs That Play On Your Favorite Pandora Station:

List the first 10 Songs that play on your favorite Pandora station. Or Spotify or whatever other music service you use. If you don’t use an online service then feel free to hit shuffle on your ipod and list the first ten songs that play. Or, if you don’t use any technology for music, go to your favorite radio station and list the first 10 songs that play. Get the idea?

Songza is my preferred free streaming service, in part because you can browse playlists by mood, activity (everything from barbecuing to falling in love to sleeping), preferred decade (it goes back as far as the 1920s), or genre, or the concierge can offer some suggestions based on the day and time, such as (during the day) waking up or working to music without lyrics or (in the evening) working out or getting ready to go out.

I’m playing at the office, so I’ll take the concierge up on its suggestion to play music for having fun at work and then further narrow it down to “Clearing Your Inbox: Pumped Up Hits.” These come from the “Get Pumped: Pop Anthems” playlist:

  1. “Believe” by Cher
  2. “Break Your Heart” by Taio Cruz
  3. “You Belong with Me” by Taylor Swift
  4. “22” by Taylor Swift
  5. “Forget You” by Cee-Lo Green
  6. “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift [Really, Songza, I like Taylor Swift, but thrice in six songs seems a bit much.]
  7. “Moves like Jagger” by Maroon 5
  8. “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by the Backstreet Boys
  9. “Last Friday” by Katy Perry
  10. “Alejandro” by Lady GaGa

Taio Cruz was the only artist I was unfamiliar with.

Feel free to play along in the comments if you’d like.

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