Hey, all! What’s up?!
Hope you all had a great weekend. I did! I just finished an amazing novel, Nineteen Minutes by, Jodi Picoult. I am a great admirer of hers, she is a tremendous author. I snatch up each new book she puts out, they are always a gorgeous, breathtaking read - often with challenging, controversial subject matter. It has never taken me more that 3 or 4 days tops to read her books, because they are the definition of a page-turner! You just can’t put them down. And this latest is no exception. I have a little section of my message boards on my site – www.alisonsweeney.com – called “Ali’s Book Club”. If you want to stop by, share what you’re reading, or get some ideas of new books, and then talk about what you’re reading, stop by! I love to read, and it is so fun to share what you thought about the book with other readers.
There is so much good tv on right now. I decided to download some of my favorites to watch on my iPod while I work out. (anything to make that dreaded cardio go by more quickly, right?!) So I was all settled with my water, and towel ready to catch up on Grey’s Anatomy, when I realized I forgot an important step. You can’t just download it to your laptop, you have to then remember to update your iPod with your new purchases! Oops. So, there I was pedaling away, as I scrolled through my contents to see what I hadn’t seen yet. And I had two episodes of The Office!! Yay. Except it took me only about 30 seconds to realize why I hadn’t planned on watching The Office at the gym… because it’s embarrassing to laugh out loud at the gym! I have encountered this problem watching comedies on airplanes too – unless everyone’s laughing at the same movie, I’m very self-conscious about laughing or even snickering in a public place like that. I don’t know why – is that weird? And the way The Office is written, and Steve Carrell is so hilarious, it always catches me off guard, and I can’t help but laugh. However, the time went by so quickly because I was completely distracted by the show, that I didn’t even notice how hard I was working out, so that was really good! But, I was covering my mouth with my hand most of the time, to try and prevent the odd looks I would get when I couldn’t contain the giggles.
As a small aside, I was very frustrated by the art/craft supply store I went
to for the crafts I made for Easter. Martha Stewart’s website had the cutest suggestions that totally inspired me to be all ‘crafty’ last weekend. So I was very disappointed by the very unhelpful people, and not super selection. They didn't have crepe paper so I had to make do with construction. As I was asking one of the above- mentioned contrary employees where there might be crepe paper another woman approached me and said “Were you watching yesterday too?”. Confused, I responded with “excuse me?” and she clarified “Martha Stewart’s egg baskets!” and she held up her list. I looked in my hand and we had the exact same list of supplies! I laughed and said “I didn’t see the show, but I was looking on her website.” And we compared notes, and she explained to me how to do one part of the egg dying that I wasn’t sure about, because she got to watch Martha do it. What are the odds of bumping into someone else doing the exact same project as you?! We also shared frustrations with how poorly stocked the store was, though I did see stuff in the floral section which inspired me to make a little spring wreath of dried flowers and then hung two finished eggs from. Yup - I am all Martha-ed out. Even though Easter is over, it is still fun to see all the Spring stuff around the house.