Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Monday, June 28, 2004
I am now reading a series of four books called The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. This author was recommended to me a year or so ago and this is me just trying it. I have to say that I am glad that I finally did. This is a book I wish I had read when I was a kid. It is very easy to read but very entertaining. I'm finding it very hard to put down. I would say that it is a step between Harry Potter and David Eddings. I also like the idea of a female hero in fantasy.
I have been stitching away and have another photo update of The Castle. I don't think it will be too much longer before I finish the Castle and move onto the dragon. I have also been trying my hand at paper crafts. I bought some care bear stamps on Saturday. A friend of mine is leaving work and she asked me to make a card using them. Yesterday I went out and bought some materials and thought I would give it a go. The result is a good luck bear card.
I'm quite proud of it since it is my first attempt. I used little tabs to raise the bear and the care bears sign from the surface and used layers of different types of green paper as a background. I used glitter for the little bears symbol (it's supposed to be a four leaf clover). I had bought some lime green paper with flower petals in it. I was disappointed that I couldn't find a use for it until I decided to stick it inside the card so that the card had another layer inside. I now have my sister demanding that I make one for her.
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
I finally sent off letters to my penpals last week. I since received a letter from one of them and I posted her out a reply today. I've been bad at keeping in touch over the last few months.
Monday, June 21, 2004
I am going to do some studying and some reading. I have slowed right down on my reading. Normally I would have finished "A Prayer For Owen Meany" long before now but I have been too busy concentrating on the romance novels. I think I am over that phase now and I can get back to my reading. I have also spent little time on the US history book but I will get back into that too. I have put aside a book for myself "The American West" by Dee Brown which I am looking forward to reading (same author as "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee").
I have spent quite a lot of time on my stitching and am just about to start on the fourth shade in The Castle . I can really see the shape of the castle now. I will work on some more of it tonight. I have ordered another chart of a dragon design called Water Dragon by Janlyn. I am looking forward to having that one sent through.
I have my paper journal to catch up too. I have been as attentive to it as I usually am. Lets just hope that I get even some of this done.
Yesterday was a good day off. My sister and I went for a walk during the day which was lovely. Then at night the boyfriend and I watched Scary Movie 3 (wasn't really expecting it to be any good but it was one of those films that I had to see).
Saturday, June 19, 2004
Thursday, June 17, 2004
Watched Britain Goes Wild last night and it almost broke my heart. Poor little Wagtail chicks had disappeared in the night. Obviously to the hands of a predator. No one is sure who got a hold of them but you saw the male wagtail looking around for his nest with some flies in his mouth ready to feed the chicks. It was such a shame.
Still reading "A Prayer For Owen Meany" and I am still enjoying it. I am finding it very funny and have laughed out loud quite a lot while reading it in work. So many people have approached me to tell me that this is their favourite book. I'm not sure if it would become my favourite since I find it so hard to chose one but I can see why others class it as a favourite.
Going to the cinema tonight with some friends from work (with any luck). No definite arrangements have been made but hopefully it is still on. Next week my cousin is coming home for a holiday. My cousin have made arrangements for a night out but I don't think I can afford to go. I will try and make it along for just one drink
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Had a good time with my best friend. We meant to do some stitching but instead spent five hours gabbing.
Monday, June 14, 2004
Last night I watched "Big Fish" and very much enjoyed it. I would love to read the book as the film was very moving. Not at all what I expected. I might even buy the DVD eventually. I might be going to the cinema with some friends from work this week. I can't remember the name of the film but it is one I have been wanting to see.
Still reading "A Prayer For Owen Meany". I am enjoying it very much and was hooked form the start. A friend who has read it before said it was slow starting but well worth sticking with. I haven't found it difficult to get into at all. Despite this I haven't had much time for reading over the weekend so I have barely made a dent in it.
Having lunch with my best friend today. I haven't seen her in ages. Usually one of us has been working while the other has been off. I miss her and it will be good to catch up.
One more thing I almost forgot to say, I have inspiration for my fanfic and so may actually do some writing tonight.
Friday, June 11, 2004
I've had lots of nice comments about Celtic Christmas. A few people have even decided to stitch it too. I have stitched a couple of cards for the pink charity which I will send off on Monday. Over the weekend I have decided to make a start on "The Castle" by Teresa Wentzler. So watch this space for progress pictures.
I finished reading "Slaughterhouse 5" by Kurt Vonnegut. I very much enjoyed it. It was very strange with lots of time jumps. A friend has said that he uses this method in all his books but this one has more than the rest. She recommended that I try some of his other books as they are better. I probably would have given them a try anyway. Just now I am reading "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving. So far I like it. If I had more time I think it would be a book I would find difficult to put down.
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
A while ago I discovered that Jonathan Brandis died. It was months after the fact that I found out. I felt so sad for his family and the fact that he wasn't there anymore. I always wondered why we didn't see more of him after Seaquest. I had a huge crush on him as most girls at my age did. Me and my best friend used to watch "It" over and over again because he was in it even though the film seemed so bad after reading the book. That was also like a part of my childhood disappearing. It seemed so important back then.
I'm only 24 but is this what it is going to be like as I grow older? Things disappearing? I think that is part of the reason why I keep a paper journal. To hold onto these things for as long as I can.
Monday, June 07, 2004
I finished Celtic Christmas . I spent all day on it after seeing how little I had left to do. That of course means I didn't work on anything else despite my good intentions. Now I am going to work on the cards I promised one of the msn members I would do. She has asked everyone to stitch cards for the pink campaign. They are due at the end of this month so I will do those and then begin work on my next large project.
I watched two films today that I had never seen before. "Casablanca" and "Rosemary's Baby." I thoroughly enjoyed Casablanca and think I will have to add it to my DVD collection. Not sure what to think of Rosemary's Baby though. It was a good film but a bit freaky. I can see why a friend of mine can't watch it. If it had been me I know I would have given Guy a square kicking and not just spit in his face.
Saturday, June 05, 2004
Tomorrow I'm going to see Harry Potter. I'm really looking forward to as this one was my favourite book. It's been selling out very quickly so I just hope that I manage to get tickets.
I finished read "All Families Are Psychotic" by Douglas Coupland. It was very good although I am starting to see a pattern in his books. Not a bad thing I guess it's just what comes from reading many of one persons work. The ending was pretty unbelievable but I don't think it was meant to be.
Thursday, June 03, 2004
Anyway, the shift is over. I have finished reading "Chocky" which was amazing. I really shouldn't be surprised as I also loved "the Midwitch cuckoos" by John Wyndham. I'm surprised that the television series was true to the book. I was expecting huge differences but any difference was minor. Have moved onto another Douglas Coupland book, "All Families are Psychotic." This one came highly recommended from a friend.
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Good news, some of the members from the old discussion group have started up their own group. They had the same problem as me that they couldn't find one to compete. They missed the old gang and so decided to invite everyone to a new one. While I am under no illusion that it will be in any way the same. I am very excited about this. I'll get to chat about the books and shows I like with people I have gotten to know over the last couple of years.
I finished reading "Tales From Earthsea" by Ursula Le Guin. It was a book of five stories that gave some background information to Earthsea. I probably should have read this before reading "The Other Wind" as one of the characters in the last story was linked to this. However, I don't think I lost anything by not reading it first. I am now reading "Chocky" by John Wyndham. I decided to read it after watching the children's show based on it. Actually there are quite a few of his books that I would love to read but haven't got round to it yet.