Friday, March 18, 2005

When you're done multi-tasking...

Be sure to put the cat away, so you'll know where he is the next time you need him.

(By the way, what I won't tell you about yesterday's socks is that I didn't bother to weave in the ends. Not because I ran out of time, but because I hadn't yet decided if I'm going to rip back and try a new cable or not. I think they'll stay as they are, mostly because of the length of my project list)

And here, my new loves. $1.79 each at the health food store, so likely cheaper at an actual grocery store, but yummy as can be.

Super duper easy, three minutes in the microwave, the Pad Thai and Thai Peanut Curry are AWESOME (okay, the Roasted Garlic flavor, not so much, but the other two were so fantastic I'm perfectly willing to forgive icky Roasted Garlic).

Tomorrow I'll spend all day knitting. I'm demonstrating the knitting machine, which I wish I hadn't agreed to do, because I really don't like knitting machines. I didn't know this until recently. But it's extra fiber money for the Spinning Wheel fund, and there are worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon than playing with yarn, right? Then I have a class (HANDknitting) right after that, so it will be a fiber-filled day. Sunday I play to crash.

But for the weekend, I need a favor from you:
For a reason which I hope to be able to make clear at a not-too-distant future moment, I'm looking for two books. I don't have any specific books in mind, but I do have specific needs.

Book 1 would be knitting related, but one where the author is chatty, and doesn't say things like "as shown by this symbol". One that doesn't require looking at the book for it to make sense, but could instead be read aloud.

Book 2 would be funny. Very funny. The funniest thing you've ever read in your life, tears streaming down your face, aching side kind of funny. It would preferibly be a female voice/main character/point of view, and preferibly with a non-descript American accent (not British or Southern or anything like that) although that's not of dire importance.

So what'd'ya got for me????


Blogger David said...

I assume you've considered the Yarn Harlot’s forthcoming book for your first category... or do you need it sooner than that?

All I can think of for your second one are books written by female comedians: Ellen DeGeneres? Paula Poundstone? Kathy Griffin? For what it's worth....

(See? Not only did I comment, but it was kinda on-topic!) : )

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The funniest book I ever read is "The Confederacy of Dunces" It's laugh out loud funny!! I took it to one of my long trips to China and read it in a van going to no where - laughing all the way....
Unfortunately - it's in male voice, and it's New Orleans...
Worth every minute though!


3:39 PM  
Blogger jackie said...

man, this thing would not let me coment earlier today! anyway, for the second book, i highly recommend david sedaris's book, "me talk pretty one day." even though it is written by a man, i think it is hilarious when read by any voice! (especially the chapter entitled, "jesus shaves.") two cents from a new reader. :)

3:45 PM  
Blogger vi said...

any of the zimmerman books for knitting
and erma brombeck for the funnies

4:08 PM  
Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

If this thing will let me talk...don't know about kitting, except some people are talking about Elizabeth Zimmerman. But the funniest book I ever read was Skinny Legs and All, by Tom Robbins. Love Erma Bombeck if it has to be a woman. The Confederacy of Dunces was hilarious but I think Skinny Legs has it beat. Could get you into trouble in some circles, though!

5:03 PM  
Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

Rats, that's supposed to be knitting, not kitting. Am I thinking about baby bunnies? I finally get a chance to comment and screw it up!

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey sweets.
Re the funny book, I love Sarah Vowel (sorry if I am spelling her name incorrectly) - she is often on NPR's "This American Life" & she is a hoot! She is a current writer & the fact that she is covering/writing about things happening now & does them in a wonderfully droll way is a big plus.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Bess said...

Ditto on the EZ book, any of them, though I also like Anna Zillbourg (sp?) a LOT.

to make 'em laugh- read Florence King's Southern Ladies and Gentlemen. A tad bawdy but oh lawsee it's funny.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Bess said...

Ditto on the EZ book, any of them, though I also like Anna Zillbourg (sp?) a LOT.

to make 'em laugh- read Florence King's Southern Ladies and Gentlemen. A tad bawdy but oh lawsee it's funny.

6:06 PM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

what about weekend knitting? i enjoyed that book thoroughly (i own it!).
as for funny, female, how about "i should have seen it coming when the rabbit died"? by theresa bloomingdale, and she's from my home town (omaha!) i don't know if it's still in print though, i bought it a long time ago (first marriage, long time ago! (we divorced in 1991!)

10:36 PM  
Blogger spaazlicious said...

The Bangkok Curry is really good too. I love the little packets of spices, oils, and dehydrated onions that come in those things.

For the first one, do you mean anecdotal kind of knitting writing? I can only think of Zen and the Art of Knitting and the aforementioned new Yarn Harlot book, and haven't any clue as to quality of read.

For 2, there's Christopher Moore who has a narrating style which adopts different points of view, some female, some male, some...creature. He's very funny. I lub him.

Another one I love who makes me laugh is Terry Pratchett and his DiscWorld series. The first one I read was Monstrous Regiment--highly recommended.

Both of these authors have a sort of fantasy twist in their stuff, but it's not really the kind with made up words and religions that assume you've read every book in the series up to this one. They can stand alone and be understood.

11:36 PM  
Blogger Gracie said...

As for knitting, I would recommend Zen and the Art of Knitting (but you could have read that one already.

I would recommend Ellen Degenerous' And the Funny Thing Is.. I listened to it while knitting and it was great. And then there is The Diary of a Mad Bride. It totally may not be your cup of tea, but it was funny to me at the time I read it (of course I was newly engaged and I swore I would never be like that).

Have a great weekend!

10:59 AM  
Blogger vi said...

Terry Pratchett also wrote Good Omens, which cracked me up big time but I still swear by Brombeck for a uniquely women's voice

4:40 PM  

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