a free jazz sort of list

what i've been reading, watching, doing, eating, etc.

  • i finally stitched my favorite mantra. i've been stitching a lot. i have an idea, i run with it and it feels really good. but, my arm is really tired. its probably good that i'm volunteering at craftcation this weekend. five days off from all day stitching is not a bad idea. i guarantee i'll be back at it immediately when i come home.
  • i am bringing a dropcloth sampler with. just in case i get stitchy twitches.
  • bj novak's book will be waiting for me on my nightstand when i get home. i would bring it with but this book is due back first and i'm dying to read this.  
  • i've read a lot of books about gardening these part few months. this blog is like the best of all the information i absorbed from those books and it just appears in my blog reader when action needs to be taken. i LOVE it. 
  • my friends are doing excellent things. hmmm. they could have their own list. maybe i need to bring back friday friends?
  • i'm dreaming of tomatoes and tomato recipes. when can i make this
  • i really like sady doyle. i read this one about tori amos right before i read this one about hannibal. i enjoyed them both. i just read her post about veronica mars. le sigh.
  • tv. omg. hannibal. its so good its killing me. 
  • also, bob's burgers. 
  • the muppet movie was so cute. the lemur. tee hee.
  • i'm taking tap three days a week. whoa. and i'd really like tap shoes like these
  • and this, this is awesome: 

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word of the week

herbaceous. of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an herb; having little or no woody tissue and persisting usually for a single growing season; having the texture, color, or appearance of a leaf.

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music monday

i think i might need to watch the blues brothers soon. its been forever.

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variegated. having streaks, marks, or patches of a different color or colors; varicolored; having pale patches, usually as a result of mutation, infection, etc; varied, diverse.

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this must be the place

a new piece of embroidery inspired by my favorite song: 

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shiny. radiating light; bright; having a sheen from being rubbed or worn smooth; to be good, in a state of being good, to be having a good time.

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magical

i first read a very old man with enormous wings by gabriel garcia marquez in high school. it was in a short story textbook that my english class was using. it wasn't an assigned story but i read it one night anyway and asked my teacher about it the next day in class. it had honestly turned my world a little upside down. i had read science fiction. this story was different and i loved it. my teacher excitedly gave me a quick lecture on magical realism. he was my favorite teacher and within a month, i had a new favorite writer. 

he's still in my top ten, even though it'd been awhile since i've read anything of his. i can recite long passages from one hundred years of solitude because i reread them so many times when writing my longest (and best) college paper on the book. when i read of love and other demons, which he wrote when he was 17, i was in love. and furious. no one should be allowed to write that beautifully at seventeen. but of course he could and did. because he was magical.

i'd been running all day on thursday after a late night. i hadn't spent much time on the internet but had seen his name pop up in a few places. it never occur to me that he'd died. i was saddened to learn that he had.

since thursday, i've been wanting to reread a very old man with enormous wings. it showed up in my blog reader today and i clicked without thinking. its shorter than i remember but just as sad and lovely and yes, magical. if you've never read it, you should. if you have, read it again. 

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hanafubuki. a cherry blossom blizzard; a petal storm.

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word of the week

procrastination.  putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention; what i was doing when i made this.

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