Sunday Confessional

These are my confessions.

Confession #1:

I love my parents and sister*, but I can only endure so much family time before I need to check out. Thankfully, I don’t live with them, so I have the luxury of leaving and going back home when I’ve had my fill. Today was one of those days.

Confession #2 (related to #1):

*I actually have two sisters, but I rarely talk to one of them. We don’t get along very well or have much in common other than DNA. She lives in a different state, so it’s been a long time since I’ve seen her.

Confession #3:

It’s such a relief to quit reading a book I’m not enjoying. For the most part, I’m not one of those readers who feels compelled to finish reading something just because I’ve started it. If I’m not enjoying it, I abandon it and move on. I quit three books in the past week or so–separate post about those coming soon.

FO: Hedwig Socks

Hedwig Socks
It took me a while to knit these, but I finished these socks recently. I made them as a surprise for my coworker who has been having some serious health issues the past few months.

If I’m not mistaken, this is the first time I’ve made socks for someone other than myself (with the exception of baby socks). I didn’t know her shoe size, so I was using a lot of guesswork on this project. I estimated her shoe size to be close to mine and luckily, they fit her.

The yarn is from Opal’s Harry Potter line in the colorway Hedwig. This had been sitting in my stash for years because I wanted to make something really special with it. I’m glad that I used this because my coworker is an HP fan, so she appreciated the reference and loves the socks. 🙂

I didn’t use a pattern for these, but here are a few details for the curious (and for me, when I eventually update my projects page on Ravelry):

  • US 1.5 needles
  • Toe-up, two at a time
  • 3×1 ribbing on foot and cuff
  • 1×1 twisted rib at top of cuffs

Book Review: Broken Resolutions by Olivia Dade

Broken Resolutions by Olivia Dade
Broken Resolutions by Olivia Dade
Rating: 4stars
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Broken Resolutions is a fun novella that kicks off a new series, Lovestruck Librarians. It takes place during New Year’s Eve and introduces an entertaining set of characters. Since I work in a public library, I appreciated all the library references and jokes and sympathized with the characters appropriately.

Penelope (aka Penny) is a librarian in a rural Maryland branch. While her character comes across as a bit cliche at first–she’s the shy, introverted librarian type–the cause of her hesitance in matters of love is soon revealed. Penny has had her heart broken in the past by not just one, but two cheating ex-boyfriends. Needless to say, she’s eager to take a break from men. So she’s made a New Year’s resolution to give up men during the upcoming year.

It’s New Year’s Eve, and I’m not wearing makeup, a tight dress, or uncomfortable heels. I’m not feeling awkward in a crowd. I’m not worrying about what’s going to happen at midnight. I’m not evaluating whether or not to kiss some guy I barely know. Right now I’m sitting on my couch at home, wearing my pajamas. I’m eating my burger and fries in front of the television. This is basically a dream come true for me. Please don’t ruin it.

Penny, you are my spirit animal.

Jack is a successful but reclusive author. He’s also a divorced dad to Casey, his four-year-old daughter. When he and his wife divorced, he wanted to keep his daughter out of the media spotlight, so he shies away from publicity whenever possible.

So when Jack’s widowed mom drags him to a New Year’s Eve dating program at the library, he feels duped and tricked. But he doesn’t have the heart to abandon his mom there, so he stays. His attention is quickly drawn to Penny, who also takes mutual notice of Jack. As the night goes on, the two are thrown together during a series of games and activities that Penny’s coworker created for the event.

I enjoyed this book so much! There’s quite of bit of comedy and I highlighted dozens of lines that made me laugh, like this one:

Looks respectable enough. Then again, so do most serial killers, right before they make you put the lotion in the bucket.

The cast of characters is hilarious, especially Jack’s mom, Brenda, along with Penny’s friend and coworker, Angie. The next book in the series focuses on Angie and I’m looking forward to reading it.

Since this is a novella, the story moves along at a very quick pace and I got a strong sense of insta-love from Jack and Penny. I would have preferred a longer passage of time prior to declarations of love, but overall I didn’t mind the fast pace too much.

There’s some mild drama, but as a whole, this is a lighthearted romance that I recommend. As I mentioned, I plan on reading the next title in the series and I hope it’s just as enjoyable.

Sunday Confessional

These are my confessions.

Confession #1:

I am really bad at keeping this blog updated. Maybe I should go back to using writing prompts because otherwise it’s out of sight, out of mind! I kind of want to start posting book reviews again, even if it’s just a roundup of what I’ve read recently. Hmm.

Confession #2:

If I knit for any lengthy period of time (say, 20 minutes or longer), my hands start to hurt and I have to take a break. It’s worse when I’m using a smaller size needle, so sock knitting becomes pretty painful after awhile. Right now, I’m working on a shawl on larger needles, so it’s not as bad. During the week, I use my hands quite a bit at work–so most nights when I get home, the idea of knitting just doesn’t appeal. It makes me sad that I can’t knit for hours on end anymore, the way I used to.

Confession #3:

I’ve been in a funk the past couple of weeks. I wouldn’t say it’s another bout of depression, but I definitely feel lackluster, both at work and at home. I think it’s temporary, but it’s still not fun at the moment.