Friday, July 06, 2007

All About Me

1. Children are sick. Una has almost lost her voice and now speaks with a semi-delightful squeak. Fred vomits intermittently. As they seem to have different sicks we are waiting to see if the sicks will swap. Sigh.
2. Went to Tassie with Frederique. It was cold. Saw Grandma and Grandad (well, Mum and Dad to me), ate well, read in comfortably furnished well-lit house and coveted their new camera. Mum...use it. Do not be afraid. You own the camera, it does not own you.
3. Am refining my reading list for holidaying (as of Wednesday 11th). So far on the list is:
Bee Season by Myla Goldberg, because I'm a good speller. Funny nonstory. I almost bought the movie of this on DVD (but was slightly turned off by Richard Gere. I love Juliet Binoche though), then came home and discovered to my astonishment that I own the book. Don't you love that?
Pretties, Uglies, Specials by Scott Westerfeld because I love smart writers and Scott is way fully smart. Martin is going to buy it, so he gets first dibs.
Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, because somehow I have never read a single book by her. How does such a thing happen?
I also have Little Children by Tom Perotta, scored for 50c at the library book sale.
4. Househunting, to buy. Unlikely will result in actual buying. Is soul destroying experience. Went to house yesterday that said 'please leave your shoes at the front door'. Someone should put up a sign saying 'please leave your hearts at the front door.'
5. Found some blogs where knitters were being mean to each other. Knitters. What hope is there? I despair. But then I spose knitters were always inclined to explore the darker quarter of the human heart. Look at Madame Defarge.
Dickens’s knitting imagery also emphasizes an association between vengefulness and fate, which, in Greek mythology, is traditionally linked to knitting or weaving. The Fates, three sisters who control human life, busy themselves with the tasks of weavers or seamstresses: one sister spins the web of life, another measures it, and the last cuts it. Madame Defarge’s knitting thus becomes a symbol of her victims’ fate—death at the hands of a wrathful peasantry. From Spark Notes


  1. Sorry to hear the girls are sick. Not too many sleeps now until you can all thaw out and have a lovely time. Is that the same resort you stayed at last time?? Looks like bliss!


  2. Yup. We likes what we likes.

  3. Little Children is good :) You will enjoy it. I've got Bee Season on the bookshelf - unread after 3 or so years - I should take it with me up Nth also and see what happens! I have to read The Secret River (Kate Grenville) for my bookclub while I'm away, hope to intersperse it with some lovely fluff.
    Welcome home. XX

  4. Diana Wynne Jones is a genius, and Fire and Hemlock is my favourite book in the whole wide world. I read it every year.

    You know what else is a really good book? Drift.

    Drift is a really really excellent book. The best of the trilogy. I have 50 pages to go.

    By some woman... can't remember her name...

  5. Anonymous10:28 PM

    knitters being mean, who'd a thunk it? I mean the internet is totally full of peace and light, oh I should stop being sracastic because sometimes I think craft blogs are way too noice. Still I'm curious.

    We'll be househunting next month too, all going well. Eek.

    Hope the girls get well soon and do not swap sicks. For your holiday and all.

  6. Anonymous9:27 AM

    ps I tagged you for the eight things meme, but only if you'd like too at some stage....

  7. Yay! Thanks Lili. But I've already read it. Till my eyes bled.

    The children seem to be on the mend. Though Fred is in the bedroom bleating that 'Pretend Elmo is coming'. That can't be good.

  8. Anonymous8:07 PM

    knitters being mean....?????

    must be all that tension

    (can you tell my third baby has bad reflux and i haven't left the house for 8 days?)

  9. Anonymous12:30 PM

    Zose yur funny :-)


  10. Zose, you crack me up.

  11. Anonymous6:24 PM

    my kids have had it too, hope yours are better now.