Every year around the holiday season, our company has Employee Appreciation Days (the name was changed in the past couple of years to Employee Savings Days – I prefer “Appreciation”). During this time, usually 3 days, we are offered a greater discount on merchandise, 40% off as opposed to my usual 25% off. The first year I worked there I went buck wild and spent almost $1000 dollars. No, they don’t pay that well. My mother had just passed away and I had a little extra insurance money.
Since then I’ve kinda reigned it in a little. This year I spent a little over $100 (peanut butter & jelly all next week y’all).
1. The Crochet Answer Book. I checked this book out from work last year when I was working on a hat and came across a stitch that I never heard of, back post double crochet. None of the many crocheting books I had at home even mentioned this stitch. This was the only book I could find it in. The subtitle is Solutions to Every Problem You’ll Ever Face, Answers to Every Question You’ll Ever Ask. It is true. There is one for knitters, too.
2. How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food. I can’t call myself a vegetarian. I’ve been eating a lot of chicken, turkey, & seafood. Chicken & turkey are soon to get the boot. I just don’t like the way I feel after eating them and the processing plants they grow through are appalling. Seafood will always be a part of my life in some form because I just love it too much. The bulk of my diet is vegetable based and I plan to expand it further. This book will be my bible. It covers everything from choosing utensils to recipes. Rivals The Joy of Cooking.
3. You: Staying Young. This book was actually on sale this weekend for 50% off and I couldn’t pass it up. I probably know all the information in it already, but I already own all of the You books and I wanted a complete set. Since nobody really has encyclopedias anymore it is nice to have a complete set of something.
4. Get Your Crochet On! Fly Tops & Funky Flavas. When I was growing up (in the olden days) all the yarn was hard and acrylic and all the crochet books were for afghans and doilies. The possibilities now are endless. I am always looking for sewing, crocheting, cross stitch – any craft book written by African American authors. This book is written by Afya Ibomu. She is truly a 21st century hip-hop crocheter. In addition to being a master crafter, she is also a natural health consultant and the wife of Sticman from the hip-hop group Dead Prez (if you aren’t familiar with them, check out Dave Chappelle’s Block Party). This book and her first book, Get Your Crochet On! Hip Hats & Cool Caps, feature models like her husband, Erykah Badu & Common. Nice halter tops, a crocheted dashiki, thigh-high socks….these designs are really hot and current.
5. Pattern-a-Day Crochet 2008 Calendar. I buy this every year and make only one thing from it. Just like every year, I vow to make more next year.
6. The Secret 2008 Calendar. Yes, I drank the Kool-Aid.
7. A 2008 Spiral Planner. See this post.
8. Joyful – Ayo. I haven’t listened to this yet. But I remember seeing her video and liking it. Plus it retailed for only 9.99 and with 40% off….it is okay to experiment.
9. Make Sure They See My Face – Kenna. Again another video I saw and liked. This guy is produced by the Neptunes and it sounds like them mixed with a little Coldplay. I like it when Black people make “alternative” music. I listened to it only once so far and look forward to diving in again.
10. Frank – Amy Winehouse. I don’t want to brag, but I was early on the Amy Winehouse bandwagon. This is actually her first album and because of her success it is now being released in the US (earlier it was available only as an import and it cost an arm and a leg). I listened to it on the way to work this morning and I really like it. It is more jazzy and soulful than Back to Black, but it still has the same touch of hip-hop and clever lyrics that I love.
So, there you have it.
Addendum: While putting the books away, I discovered that I already had The Crochet Answer Book. It is just so small that I could barely see it. I will return it tomorrow and get something else.