Thursday, May 3, 2012

up, up and away

I am off to the Chicago area for the weekend for the SCAD research fundraiser walk with/for my friend Michele. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has made a donation, I am soooo close to my $1000 fundraising goal and feeling so very warm and tingly inside to have such wonderfully supportive friends and family. You guys rock! I am looking forward to a great weekend! AND- I did some "pre-shopping" online, which I have shipped to my American hotel room- yippee for free shipping and no border fees! I bet you can guess what I may have bought ;)

I am even looking forward to JUST SITTING on the plane. Bringing my knitting and some books to dig into. I caved and bought 50 Shades of Grey after hearing all the hype. Have you read it? What did you think??

Also have picked up another couple fun books lately. "All Wound Up", by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (the yarn harlot) is a collection of essays/short stories, most involving yarn and knitting. I loved the first one about time for knitting/craft. She talks about how people will comment to her, you know, in that tone, " I wish I had time to knit." Like they are not given the same 24 hours in a day like the rest of us. It is a pet peeve of mine when people say that, implying that I must lead a life of leisure to be able to fit in crafting, when really I spend all day running my butt off (correction- sadly, cannot outrun the butt) but still PLAN the time to craft, because it is important to me. Not every day, but when I can. And I manage because I am organized, hardly watch any t.v. and I sleep less then I should, not by some magic. So there. Rant done. ;)

I also picked up "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" by Jenny Lawson, the Blogess. I still chuckle when I think about the chicken story, so I am sure the book will be a riot.

Why stop there? Since I had free shipping I went ahead and also bought the Crafty Chloe book, wonderfully illustrated by Heather Ross. Chloe is pretty much exactly The Middle Child. A very cute read.

And I have to say that I can't WAIT for Heather's newest book to come out in October, Heather Ross Prints. How cool does that look?? It is basically a book with a DVD that has a bunch of her famous prints, and you can print it yourself onto paper, fabric, etc!!! Crazy awesome.

Anyways, off to go pack! See you all next week. And I am excited to say that I FINALLY will have a finished quilt to share with you :)


Jennifer said...

Have fun! I haven't read 50 Shades... I'll be interested to hear what you think.

Jennifer :)

Oh, and the chicken story still cracks me up...

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Have a great trip !!
And I love the Bloggess funny!
by the way, can you take knitting needles on an airplane??? Never thought about it before..but they took away my lip gloss LOL

Svetlana said...

Kristie, I'm doing the walk, too. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to spot you in the crowd and stop by to say Hello.

Jan said...

I read 50 Shades. I have to warn you, it's really different from your other books! I'm a bookseller, and I read widely. I was curious, and found it to be a good read. Erotic, yes, horrible, no.

Katie B said...

50 Shades, you dirty dirty girl. I haven't read it myself, but I've heard it referred to as "mom porn."

And I'm with you on having the time to do crafty things. When people ask me how I have time to sew, I always say something self-deprecating like, "Well, my house is a disaster!" or "You should see my pile of laundry!" And it annoys me to hear myself say it! What I should say is, "I love it, and it makes me happy!" Right??

Have a GREAT time. I love Chicago!

Poppyprint said...

Chicago, woohoo! I've never been but hear it is an amazing city. I hope the walk is a wonderful experience for you. My SIL just read all three of the book starting with Shades of Grey and she said I should read it, but that we can't discuss it b/c it would be too embarrassing since I'm married to her brother. Sex, sex and more sex, apparently. And not the kind we typically read about (hmmm, what?) I look forward to your review, hehe. I just love it that you made arrangements for your hotel room to be full of shopping when you arrive - that will definitely save time while on your trip (plus you'll feel all thrifty that you don't spend any money while you're away).

Anita said...

I believe bamboo needles are allowed through airport security. We just traveled from the US to London. Heathrow didn't have a problem with my double pointed bamboo needles.

Unknown said...

Hmm, I may have to pick up a few of these books!
Enjoy your peaceful flight! I'm off to Vancouver BC tomorrow and I'm SO excited to fly alone!!!!

Shay said...

Well it looks like you have plenty to read on the plane !

Good luck with the fundraiser.

Natalie said...

I hope you have a great trip!! Looks like you have lots of fun stuff to keep you entertained! And I know exactly what you mean about people saying "I don't know how you have time for that!"-- it drives me nuts. We all choose (to some degree) how we spend our time!
Good luck on the walk!

Anonymous said...

50 Shades is fairly good. It's not exactly well written but the characters are likable. Several story details are left hanging but they're not really major ones (part of what makes it not exactly well written). Over all, it's a fairly good read and a very mild intro to BDSM and D/s. If things like that freak you out in a bad way, then stop at the cover. :)