I do sometimes think their are quirky coincidences in those words. QUITYTI? It's been a long time...have I quit blogging? I don't know. I do know that there hasn't been much I've felt like blogging about. There has been even less that I've felt like knitting, spinning or weaving. Just not in the mood.
Is it me or is knitting on the wane as a fashionable activity? Not that I knit because it's fashionable. No one does something for almost 50 years because it's fashionable. (Has anything stayed fashionable that long!?) Maybe I just need a break.
So what have I been doing now that the flower beds are filled? Reading. There have been several great books cross my path in the past few weeks. Let me list them for you. If you want reviews, use my Librarything link to your upper right. If I haven't reviewed them, someone else has. The first two get top recommendations from me.
- Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.....a saga type book. If you liked Cider House Rules (John Irving) and Evidence of Things Unseen (Marianne Wiggins) you will like this book.
- Vagrants by Yi Yun Lee.....Absolutely exquisite writing about post cultural revolution China.
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society...dual authorship. Epistolary format...read this past Sunday afternoon (It's a quick read)
- White Tiger by Aravind Adiga....winner of the Man-Booker. Disturbing and humorous.
- Coming to Our Senses by Jon Kabat-Zin....regarding mindfulness meditation. Very long and dense, but helping with my monkey mind.
The other thing I've been doing is hanging out at SparkPeople. I haven't eaten any processed or refined food for over 5 weeks. Of course that's easy to do right now as all the fresh cool weather fruits and vegetables are in. According to my home cholesterol tester, my total cholesterol is down from 214 to 158. Personally....I think that's a pretty respectable drop. (Oh yeah....I've been increasing my exericise too....walking, yoga, pilates).
Can you tell I'm in a battle of wills with my prescription pad toting internist? We'll see which one of us is more stubborn. (However, it does take a tad more effort to log and calculate every morsel of food than it does to pull a prescription pad out of one's pocket.......just sayin')
Ciao for now.