Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone!
First some old business:
I didn’t get much book reading done in December. Work is so crazy during that time that I only felt like reading magazines. I would pick up a book and my attention span just wasn’t there. I only managed to finish 3 books last month.
Knit Two by Kate Jacobs – this was the sequel to The Friday Night Knitting Club, which I loved. This one? Not so much. It’s 5 years later and the fate of the shop may be in jeopardy. At this point I just didn’t care. The problem with sequels to regular fiction (which I learned from trying to read Chasing Harry Winston), is that there is none of the drama involved that made you want to get to know the characters. By this point, you already know who they are and their motivations and sequels (unless they are action thrillers or mysteries) tend to be mundane.
Sex, Mu
rder and a Double Latte by Kyra Davis – I wanted to like this as much as Doret did, but just couldn’t connect to the main character. It’s a mystery surrounding a mystery writer who finds strange things happening around her and they all appear to be taken from scenes in her books. It was funny and clever; maybe my expectations were too high. She has written more in this series and I am not giving up, I will read those, too.

Sex and Lies by Donna Hill – You know I had to squeeze a Kimani romance in there! This is the beginning of a series of books about the ladies of TLC (Tender Loving Care) cosmetics. On the surface, TLC cosmetics is like Avon or Mary Kay, but this is a front for The Ladies Cartel – an undercover investigative organization. You may see your sister, mother, wife, friend with her bag of samples, but you don’t know that the moisturizer bottle really contains a set of listening devices and the shower gel may contain one of the pieces needed to assemble a gun. In this first book Savannah Fields is new to the group and is given her first assignment to investigate some shady dealings at a construction site that her husband is involved in. Really good.

Hip-Hop Wars by Tricia Rose – I wasn’t able to finish this book because I had to return it to work, but I really enjoyed it. Ms. Rose presents arguments on both sides of the hip-hop wars and shows the strengths and weaknesses of them all. Definitely pick this up if you are tired of hearing the same old arguments against and in defense of my favorite music genre.

Total books read for 2008 (not including Hip-Hop Wars, because I didn’t finish): 63, about 10 more than 2007!

New business:
I had planned to do a post on resolutions, blah, blah, blah. I was even going to sit down with one of my favorite books, Write I Down, Make it Happen, yesterday to create some concrete goals for 2009. Then I decided not to, because it is a pattern that I need to break. See, I am a planner. I will research the hell out of something and come up with a concrete program on how to make it happen and gather the materials and organize them. But after that I lose interest. I am not a doer, just a planner. So, no lists this year. That doesn’t mean that I am flying by the seat of my pants; I know the things I need to do. I’m just not going to stress about them right now. Maybe later.

What I’m Not Sewing

This blog, if you can’t tell by the title, was originally meant to be a sewing blog. Unfortunately, because of my current body image and fit issues, I haven’t been sewing at all. I am hoping to change this soon. But in the meantime, take a look at:

I am not sewing any of this fabric that I have painstakingly organized in this fabulous, ghetto shelving system (cardboard boxes):

I am not using any of these patterns (I have more; these are just the ones in my current size), to sew the above fabric:

I am not using these machines to sew the above fabric using the above patterns:

I am not using this “Wall of Inspiration” to inspire me:

I am not finishing these U.F.O.’s (unfinished objects, for the uninitiated):

I am not turning these jeans into a skirt:

I am still buying patterns:

(off subject – I got a signed copy of the latest Alexander McCall Smith book from Susan, it came the same day as these patterns from Vogue)
I am still buying fabric, too, but there are no pictures.
So, hang in there with me and I promise to have at least one completed project before the summer is over!

12. Such a Pretty Fat

One Narcissist’s Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer

by Jen Lancaster

started 2/29/08 finished 3/7/08

First there was Bitter Is the New Black, which chronicled Jen Lancaster’s life as she moved from being a highly paid executive with a fancy loft to carrying a Prada bag to the unemployment office. Her next memoir, Bright Lights Big Ass, shows how she adjusts to her new neighborhood and lower tax bracket.

This new book, Such a Pretty Fat, is Jen’s quest to lose weight and get in shape. The difference between this and other weight loss memoirs is that Jen has extremely high self-esteem and has always been fine with her body at any size. But then she is called a “fat bitch” by someone on the bus. And she doesn’t go off on them. Not because she is a turn the other cheek kinda gal, but because she has been called “fat bitch” so many times, that she is desensitized to it.

As with any Jen Lancaster book, hilarity and snarkiness ensues. Especially during trips to Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers. This book won’t be published until May, but that will give you time to catch up on her other books if you haven’t already.

2008 Resolutions

I don’t really make concrete resolutions. They are usually some abstract idea that stays in my mental Rolodex and then gets lost in there. Since I have a blog this year, I will use it to put some tangible goals in place for 2008. In the next few days I will outline them based on theme:

  • Sewing & Crafts
  • Health
  • Home
  • Career & Finances
  • Etc.

I’m Still Here!

Sorry for the lack of posting (that is a popular way to start a blog).

Work has been exceptionally stressful. Way more stressful than a retail job should be. This is not good because I am a stress eater, and I realize now that I was consuming large amounts of sugar (my drug of choice). So, this week I have 2 days off in a row (a rarity in retail) and what happens on the second day? Bang!!!!! The universe hits me with a monster head cold or flu or walking pneumonia — I can’t tell the difference between any of these! Subconsciously, I must have know that this was on the horizon because on the way home from work before my days off I picked up the fixings for lentil vegetable soup (I never crave soup). The good news is that I haven’t had any sugar since Friday. In fact I don’t even want to eat the soup. I am so wore down that I just want to be fed intravenously!!

So, more book posts are coming and even some sewing posts. Still not in the mood to sew, but I am going to NYC in a couple weeks to see the Color Purple before Fantasia takes her last bow in February (have to go now because in retail you can’t have any time off between Thanksgiving and New Years), and I have no clothes!! I mean that literally. My wardrobe looks like the clothes of a Starbucks barista (cuz that is our dress code) – khakis and black polo shirts. I don’t know how to dress that up. I don’t even have a little black dress or a skirt that fits, so I gotta get sewing.

Book posts coming up – Them by Nathan McCall, I Am America, And So Can You by Stephen Colbert and a couple others.

Stay with me y’all!!!! (That’s from me & Britney S.)

Coming Attractions….

Sorry about the lack of posting. I am actively reading books. I just got sidelined by the September issues of various fashion magazines. Vogue, Elle, & Lucky are the ones I subscribe to and the rest (Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, etc.) I read on my lunch hours at work. So, coming soon will be posts on these books:
Buddha by Deepak Chopra (finished)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (currently reading)
Alek by Alek Wek (starting soon)
Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes by Dr. Neal Barnard (starting soon)

Also, there will be posts about sewing and fashion (cuz I know that’s what you guys really want).

Balancing Act

Yes, I am going to read this. The relationship between Terry McMillan & Jonathan Plummer fascinates me. In fact, all relationships where one of the people is gay fascinate me. As an outsider I wonder how you miss certain clues. I almost want to date a closeted gay man to test my relationship gaydar. I met Jonathan Plummer once when he accompanied Terry McMillan to a booksigning at a store I was managing. Initially I thought is was her son, but then I remembered that this was her new husband. At the time I thought he was a little effeminate, but I wrote it off to his being young.
Anyway, this book (releasing in September) is a fictional tale about a love triangle between a young man, his older female boss, and a male colleague. It has the potential to be fabulously bad, but unfortunately with Karen Hunter (a real writer) co-authoring, it will probably be just fabulous.
Now, if we could just get Nicole Murphy & Mel B. to collaborate on a book….