Reading in September

Reading in September - Imene and Co

I had set a challenge for myself on Goodreads. I had to read 60 books in 2014, it didn't feel to hard because my average over the past 4 years has been 80. Well that didn't take into account that we have put the cable back and all of the hours I spent flipping channels.

Yesterday I decided it was time to get back to my nightly routine. Getting in bed between 9:30 and 10 and reading for an hour or so. 

Right now on my nightstand :

New York. It's a very well written and researched novel. It takes us on a 350 year ride through NYC history, from the 1660 and the first Dutch settlers today. That in by itself makes it an interesting read. What I found disappointing is that the storyline touches lightly on the characters. The families depicted lack in depth and in interest. The story moves either too slowly or make such great leaps that I had to go back and try to figure out the relationships with the prior chapter. 

Gordon Parks  .   I have discovered Gordon Parks during my class at the ICP and I am in awe of his talent. He was the first african american photographer to join the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and to become a staff photographer for Life Magazine. I am mostly attracted to his work on social justice and race. You can see some of his work here.

People I want to punch in the throat Jen is my new BFF. If she lived down the street from me I would be standing at her door begging to be her friend. She has an amazing way of telling stories that make you cringe and burst out laughing at the same time. Her assaults on the absurdity of suburban life are just a delight. I wish I had the courage to speak out the way she does. Totally love this book

Empress Dowager CIXI. This is my latest purchase and I still have to get started. I picked it up because I am a total sucker for strong women biographies. I will have to update you on this one




I am so happy to share with you this lovely test for Karen. It is just perfect for the chilly mornings we've been having lately..

Ellie made by @imenesaid
Ellie made by @imenesaid

Ellie on Ravelry made with Plymouth Yarn Worsted Merino Superwash Solids in purple.

The yarn is very soft and that makes it my favorite worsted weight yarn right now. Sorry  Cascade 220. I think it's a very good choice to show the beautiful cable work.

The pattern is very easy to follow. It was my very first attempt at knitting cables and I managed to get it right. I was done in a couple of days despite knitting for little pockets of time here and there. That makes it a perfect item for Christmas knitting.

As always Karen's pattern are just a pleasure to work on. Thank you for the chance to test it

New Project

My friend Tara gifted me this wall sign for my birthday (I avoided mentioning it but I just turned 39 but that's another subject) and now it's hanging in my office right above my calendar. It makes me smile each time but it is right on the mark. T. you have me all figured out!


I have been thinking, researching and buying products to start a Life Project for 18 months now. No snickering. So there it was sitting on my shelves making me feel guilty but I couldn't get started. I wanted pages that looked great, worthy of being in a magazine. Like that's happening without even getting started and spending the time and effort. 

I have to be honest the idea of creating a spread per week was making my head spin. I know my limits and this was way over mine. I decided to make monthly spreads as little as one or as many as needed to document our month and I got to it this morning.

I planned and ordered pictures for the month of June.  It is a bit time consuming right now because I am trying to figure out the best way to print on cards, order prints and all the nuts and bolts. My goal is to streamline it so it can be done in one evening at the end of each month.

This is one of the resolutions I made on my birthday. Let's see how good I am at keeping it.

The weekend lens

Not quite ready to say goodbye yet but the signs are here. The days are shortening, I have spotted a couple of orange leaves and I need a sweater early in the morning. I really don't care much for Pumpkin Spice Lattes or Ugg boots so for now I am mostly thinking of all the ways we can suck all the juice from this summer.

This weekend had their first day in French Saturday class. For the past three years I was homschooling french and that wasn't working too well. The pressure was really high ,I had to make sure they were progressing. I have a lot of respect for homeschooling mothers but I don't think I am cut for it. We decided it was time to outsource French to a more qualified teacher and for me to become the homework overseer.

We made pizza on Saturday and it was a huge success. It made me think I could turn it into a weekly tradition and I am now in the process of looking up toppings options to spice it up.

Sunday was warm and lazy. We were at the lake most of the day and the kids had a blast. 

Oh please summer I am not ready for you to be gone yet....