Friday, December 18, 2009

Thanks to Librivox I have finally finished the two crochet blankets that I've been working on forever. It feels very good to have them done! Just in time to give to two little boys for x-mas :)

The green and blue one is for Jesse. He has been watching me work on this and knows that it's a present for him. He hasn't seen it all done and I know he will be happy to get it on Christmas morning. I think it's so sweet how much he likes it when I make him things!

This blanket is for Leo and it is very soft and fuzzy. Leo likes texture a lot more than Jesse ever did. I do expect him to open this up on Christmas morning and toss it aside with the appreciation for a blanket that most 2 year olds would have.

I'm trying to keep gifts very simple this year. I know my boys are pretty easy to please at this age and they don't need a ton of new toys and I very much want to leave a smaller footprint on our planet.

Happy Holidays!


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Too much reading

I said I was going to stop reading when I finished my last pile of books, but I just have no will power. However, I am too lazy to go to the library and too poor to buy more books. So I have discovered two fun online options. and are two of my new favorites.

Readprint has over 8,000 online books to read and librivox contains audio recordings of books in the public domain (according to their site this is generally things published before 1923). Librivox is a really cool idea, anyone can volunteer to do recordings and it adds to the fun of listening in my opinion. The books I've listened to are broken into chapters read by different people all done well and some very well. I really enjoy different people's accents ;) So if you are in the mood for some classics, here are some free easy options!

So I decided to read Jane Austen since I had only read Pride and Prejudice and Emma before. I started with Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park and lastly, Northanger Abbey. For some parts I sat way too long in front of my computer reading and other parts I listened to audio recordings while I crocheted.

Northanger Abbey really surprised me, I had no idea that it would be so different from her other books. It was by far my favorite. I was laughing out loud the whole way through and Jacob thought I was nuts. It is kind of a parody of the Gothic novels- horror stories that were popular at the time which I am not at all familiar with. The main character is really into these books and it influences the way she sees things. Nearly every line in the book is funny!

Hmm.. what to read next? Enjoy some classics with me!