Monday, May 28, 2007

Ten Memorial Day Weekend Highlights


1 - A rousing game of Die Siedler Von Catan. This is truly a gamer's game that we've been playing for years with our bestest buds. None of us are "gamers" in the stereotypical sense - but for whatever reason - the four of us glommed on to this game and it is never a dull moment when trading sheep for wheat. (I was in the lead for a respectable period early on, thankyouverymuch).


2 - Rediscovering a LONG lost Radiohead cd (missing for a good few years). I've since ripped it to my ITunes - never to leave my side again. Welcome home, my love. BTW, I just read that Phil Selway turned 40 this month. Cool.


3 - Free & borrowed books from the library


The best of the bunch is Waiting for Daisy, by Peggy Orenstein. I randomly picked it up along with all of the yarn-eye-candy books that I planned on only scanning for the pretty pictures. Then my friend asked me yesterday if I'd heard of the book - she was going to buy it for us to share. I cracked the spine moments after we got off the phone and now I'm halfway finished. What a luxury it is to stick your nose in a book all afternoon, but I digress. If you've been the unfortunate recipient of infertility "treatment", then this book may just be right up your alley.



Here's one little snippet I borrowed from Amazon:

"Clomid was my gateway drug; the one you take because, Why not -- everyone's doing it. Just five tiny pills. They'll give you a boost, maybe get you where you need to go. It's true, some women can stop there. For others, Clomid becomes infertility's version of Reefer Madness. First you smoke a little grass, then you're selling your body on a street corner for crack. First you pop a little Clomid, suddenly you're taking out a second mortgage for another round of in vitro fertilization (IVF). You've become hope's bitch, willing to destroy your career, your marriage, your self-respect for another taste of its seductive high."

Becoming hope's bitch? Well said.

I'm pretty sure that there is a happy ending because the inside flap indicates that this family does end up with the child "Daisy" that they've been "Waiting" for - and amazingly their marraige remains intact. (If you know the ending - shhh! - don't tell. I want to be pleasantly surprised).

Ok, more Highlights from the weekend....

4 - Stephanie's Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe. Yum!

5 - Meeting with a favorite blogger family, and anticipation of meeting with another very soon!

6 - Foraging baby-things for my neice from the treacherous hallway closet where it is all hidden from sight.



7 - Season Finale (& Beach Day) of The Office on TIVO!! Subsequent tears from laughing.


Has anyone else experienced firewalking?

8 - Potential quilt pattern for my coveted QuALT fabrics.



9 - Four Glorious Days Off from Work!!!!

10 - Final highlight, of course, Iris.

25 comments:

Stacey Teague said...

Love the quilt pattern, and The Office (my fav show). I love how you can be peeing your pants cracking up one second and crying the next.....

Doris & Dan said...

Sounds great!!

Settlers of Catan is great!! Julie at Made in China is addicted to it!

Keep smilin!

Donna said...

Quilt pattern is beautiful! Never heard of the game but I'll have to check it out.

Joannah said...

I loved Highlights when I was a kid, and Cricket. Did you ever read that one?

Your stack of library books reminds me that I need to get reading. I really got out of the habit when I was working on my program. I need to start reading again this summer.

Enjoy your four days off!

walternatives said...

The line "trading sheep for wheat" is _still_ making me snicker. I'm so happy you got to meet that wonderful woman - she's a treasure, isn't she? Enjoy the last day of your long weekend!

Wicked Witch said...

Oh, what beautiful quilt book is that? I alwways love a good suggestion :)

kris said...

Oh how I'd love to have my nose in a good book all day- I love those kind of finds, when you love it so much you can't put it down. And here's to Radiohead and your find. I was staring at my 300+ CD collection (I was an assistand mgr at Specs before nursing) and wondering what the hell to do with it. Time to sort, download, and purge!

kris said...

ps. Like your final highlight best of all... great pic (or should I say peek?)

a&mg said...

Good, good highlights! I love The Office, and am really hoping for a good season premiere in the fall!

Katie J said...

Great Highlights! I enjoy Settlers, but have never seen this version. I saw "Oddball Knitting" in your stack and really enjoyed it. I might have to get the Daisy book. Thanks for all the good stuff!

Stephanie said...

Glad you enjoyed the spinach salad recipe - it is always a big hit!
Stephanie
www.mesocrafty.wordpress.com

Debra Sue said...

I am a Civilization fan myself. Playing alone allows me to feed the controlling part of my personality.

Never firewalked, but loved Pam for doing it. I live for The Office. Both the BBC and NBC versions. Ricky Gervais is an effing genius!

Iris is delovely.

Mamacita said...

Sounds tres fabu! We went swimming all afternoon. Now reality sets in.....laundry, work, packing lunches, etc. I've never heard of your game?

jk said...

What is Die Siedler Von Catan? And, what do you play it on? Is this like a dungeons and dragons thing?

C.J. said...

Waiting for Daisy - perfectly said.

I LOVE that quilt pattern...drooling here.

Hi Iris!

Jen said...

Sounds like you had a fun-FILLED weekend. Man, divine. I haven't heard of that boardgame before. I'm intrigued. You'll have to tell me more about it when I see you.

Iris, of course, the diva that she is. So cute!

atomic mama said...

Wow, that rice bowl quilt is so cool!!

Carolyn said...

I LOVED "Highlights" magazine when I was a kid! Thanks for reminding me about it!!

Stacy said...

What a great weekend! I LOVE the quilt pattern! That is going to be amazing.

Cute picture of Iris!

Millicent said...

That quilt is amazing...you go girl!

Jessi said...

Ooooh, I love the quilt pattern. If only I knew how to quilt...

Did you know I had a joke published in Highlights when I was a kid? Did you think I could get any cooler?

Kelli said...

Very fun! I love the rice bowl quilt pattern! Will you combine it with the hearts???

Jonni & John said...

What a wonderful Memorial Day. Thanks for the good book referral for Waiting for Daisy. Gotta love the line "Becoming hope's bitch". Glad you found your Radiohead CD too. I hate when I misplace a favorite.

Hugs,
Jonni

Beth and Shayna said...

Sounds like a fabulous weekend. I hope your Labor Weekend visitors have a blast with you!!! he he he, that is me.

rubyiscoming said...

cracking up over the WAITING FOR DAISY excerpt - oy vey, how true how true!

sorry again we couldn't connect in CA (sniff!) - our schedule got away from us.

great ferns, by the way. muy jealous as NOTHING like that will grow in my over-sunned yard. my variegated ginger is moping as it is.