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New Year’s Day

Okay, kids, it’s that time again. Time to document everything I completed this year! I’m sorry to say I don’t have photos of everything, but I’ll do what I can.

First of all, believe it or not, I actually read 67 books this year! I far surpassed the library reading challenge that spurred me on and still have a pile of books from the library to work through. I read:

1. X Saves the World – Jeff Gordinier
2. I Killed – compiled by Ritch Shydner and Mark Schiff
3. Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris
4. Living Dead in Dallas – Charlaine Harris
5. Club Dead – Charlaine Harris
6. Dead to the World – Charlaine Harris
7. Dead as a Doornail – Charlaine Harris
8. Definitely Dead – Charlaine Harris
9. All Together Dead – Charlaine Harris
10. From Dead to Worse – Charlaine Harris
11. The Worlds 20 Worst Crimes – Kate Kray (should be titled “The World’s Worst Edited Book”!)
12. Lizard Music – D. Manus Pinkwater
13. 10 Strategies for Reentering the Workforce – Mary E. Ghilani
14. Dinosaur Bones – Bob Barner
15. No More Pumpkins! – Peter Catalanotto and Pamela Schembri
16. Wanted! One Good Mouser – Paulo Campos
17. Twilight – Stephenie Meyer (I’ve decided that ALL the humans in this series are annoying on my 2nd read of this book. Charlie being the best of them.)
18. The Education of Robert Nifkin – Daniel Pinkwater (very nice story. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Not too long, not too short.)
19. Extreme Animals – Nicola Davies
20. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
22. A Family Called Bronte – Paula Guzzetti
23. Sucker Bet – Erin McCarthy (I really enjoyed this one. I’d rather read a series about Gwenna and Nate solving crimes than more Sookie Stackhouse books.)
24. Body Movers 3: Three Men and a Body – Stephanie Bond
25. The Field Guide to North American Hauntings – W. Haden Blackman
26. Dead and Gone – Charlaine Harris
27. 20 Years of Alternative Music – Spin Magazine
28. The Dilbert Principle – Scott Adams
29. Comic Relief – ed. Todd Gold (pretty funny – a collection of comedy from the Comic Relief specials)
30. I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight – Margaret Cho (Why did I like her again?)
31: Body Movers – Stephanie Bond
32: Body Movers: 2 for the price of 1 – Stephanie Bond
33. Body Movers 4 – Stephanie Bond
34. High Stakes – Erin McCarthy
35. Bit the Jackpot – Erin McCarthy
36. Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson (I liked Walking in the Woods better.)
37. 5 Bodies to Die For – Stephanie Bond
38. 6 Killer Bodies – Stephanie Bond (good ending of the story arc so far)
39. Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs – Molly Harper (uninteresting – I couldn’t even finish it)
40. Carrie – Stephen King
41. I Only Have Fangs For You – Kathy Love
42. My Sister is a Werewolf – Kathy Love (2/4 of these books done – they’re racy, but good. Lots of “soul mate” talk.)
43. Jane Austen Book Club – Karen Joy Fowler (I liked the movie too.)
44. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
45. Fangs but no Fangs – Kathy Love
46. Party Crashers – Stephanie Bond
47. Fangs for the Memories – Kathy Love
48. Friday Night Knitting Club
49. Bled Dry – Erin McCarthy
50. Any Way You Want It – Kathy Love
51. I Want You to Want Me – Kathy Love
52. Losing It – Valerie Bertinelli
53. Traci Lords: Underneath it all – Traci Lords
54. You’ll Never Nanny in this Town Again – Suzanne Hansen
55. My Life in High Heels – Loni Anderson
56. Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? – Bill Maher
57. How to Lose your Ass and Regain your Life – Kirstie Alley (horrible!!!)
58. Here’s the Story – Maureen McCormick
59. Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse – Phyllis Diller
60. Stori Telling – Tori Spelling
61. I Feel Bad About my Neck – Nora Ephron
62. What Would Susie Say? – Susie Essman
63. Too Fat to Fish – Artie Lange
64. Prairie Tale – Melissa Gilbert
65. Bouncing Back – Joan Rivers
66a. (1/2) Finding It – Valerie Bertielli (really, really boring.)
66b. (1/2) Yes, You’re Pregnant, but What About Me? – Kevin Nealon (also boring)
67. Speedbumps – Teri Garr

I don’t know that I’ll be able to top that next year, but we’ll see.

This year I also turned 40, lost 3 “friends” (and the others that those 3 associate with), and met 4 new people that are far superior! I also reconnected with many old friends on Facebook, which has been so fun!

Knitting wise, I was very busy this year. I completed:

12 sweaters (I still hold out hope that I’ll finish Safire tonight …. and I started and frogged so many more this year):

1. Mr. Greenjeans, February 2009
2. Juliet, April 2009
3. Lollipop, June 2009
4. Malabrigo sweater, June 2009
5. Volare Bolero, July 2009
6. Rolled Collar Shrug, July 2009
7. Extra Easy, Extra Fabulous sweater, August 2009

baccarat
8. Baccarat Player, August 2009

fair
9. Fake Fair Isle sweater, September 2009

diva
10. Diva, September 2009

11
11. Pink asymmetrical raglan, November, 2009

12
12. Mr. Greenjeans #2, December, 2009

4 scarves for a homeless donation drive

1 beret from the Crazy Aunt Purl pattern

a grey wrap that I made on my knitting machine

scarf
scarf
6 other miscellaneous scarves

clapotis
a Clapotis by Machine for my friend Cathy’s birthday

bag
a felted bag that was supposed to be a kid’s birthday present

socks
a pair of socks for my friend ARM – he was very happy!

bag
6 market bags

and last but not least:

4 scarves for the Red Scarf Project

Phew! I really can’t believe I did all that in one year! I guess being unemployed really gives you a lot of knitting time!

Currently I’m working on my Safire, a small rug for my living room, and I hope to in the next 2 mos. start and finish a baby blanket for my friend Sarah who made me the most amazing baby sweater for my youngest. I can’t compete to her knitting skills, so I’m going with fancy crochet, and am hoping to complete the Little Star Afghan that has been in my Ravelry queue for 2.5 years!

Happy, Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing it with me!

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2 Responses to “New Year’s Day”


  1. January 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Happy New Year! That’s a huge reading list… and you got so much knitting done. Great work.

  2. January 3, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Wow! You got so much knitting done! LMAO at #11 in your reading list. 🙂

    Ugh about the “friends” – glad you met some new people. That can be so hard!


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Elspeth

is a knitter, librarian and pop culture enthusiast in the San Francisco Peninsula. Email me at emmckee@rocketmail

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