aquatique

books, knitting, food and whatever else I want to write about

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a lovely holiday season. I didn't post last week because I really didn't have anything to write about as I spent most of those last two weeks recovering from my sinusitis. But guess what? I got the flu! The worse of it is over as the fever broke late Friday. I have been very lucky to not have contracted the flu since I was a toddler. I…

Flickr Slide show (does not include all projects done in 2012). A year end review of the items I made in 2012. This was my sixth year of knitting. I completed 10 projects (worked on 13). Compare that to the 33 I completed in 2011, the 2012 number is very low. I do still love to knit, but this year, I've taken on more hobbies. I've gone back to blogging, reading more, played badminton for…

This was a complete and utter stashbuster. I really don't know of any girl babies, and I just made this since I had the pattern book and the yarn. It turned out a bit meh to be honest even for a knit that took only a couple of hours at most. They are tad big at the ankle. I made a size small, but because of the sport weight yarn, they are actually the large…

Any books you’re particularly hoping to be gifted this year? Any that you’re giving as presents this holiday season? - BTT Since Christmas isn't really celebrated by my family, it's low on gifts. I do like the holiday season. I am getting myself a couple of cookbooks. This seems to be a tradition as I got myself three cookbooks last year. I really should stop as I now have a wee too many cookbooks. As…

In any attempt to read more nonfiction, I have joined Bookmark to Blog's 2013 Nerdy Non-Fiction Challenge. I am always trying to read more nonfiction so this challenge should help with that. All my nonfiction book posts are in my nonfiction tag. Here are the levels: Geek: 4-6 books in at least 2-3 different categories Dork: 7-10 books in at least 4-5 different categories Dweeb: 11- 14 books in at least 6-7 different categories Nerd:…

The full title of this anthology of personal essays is: More Baths Less Talking: Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time Itself. I previously loved the first two installments, but for some reason, my library does have the third: Shakespeare wrote for Money. In any case, I love this series and wish I could a subscription to The Believer magazine just to read Hornby muse…

I am going to participating in the 2013 Book to Movie Challenge hosted by Doing Dewey. Yes, another 2013 Challenge. I think I'll take on one more and I'll be done for the yearly challenges. I think three 2013 challenges will be enough alongside my other ongoing challenges such as Classics Club, Pulitzer, Bookers, etc. This challenge is a breeze because I already do this naturally! I'm big on adaptations. Also, I'm a bit behind…

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday! How is everyone's holiday season going? Last week, I mentioned I was a bit sick and I actually got worse so I've been doing nothing this whole week. Or more than my usual amount of nothing. I am finally on the mend now. I managed to read a book this week: More Baths Less Talking by Nick Hornby. I haven't finished the review though. I was sick when I read it.…

So … you’ve just finished reading a book. For the sake of the discussion, we’ll say it was everything a book should be—engaging, entertaining, interesting, thought-provoking. The kind you want to gush over. The question is—do you immediately move on to your next book? Or do you take time to contemplate this writerly masterpiece and all its associated thoughts/emotions/ideas for a while first? - BTT Usually, I'll write up my thoughts on the book for…

Hello, everyone! I read one book last Sunday and it was Habibi by Craig Thompson. I will read a bit today, but I haven't decided on what to read. It's been a social week, but again, not a super productive one. I've been fighting getting sick for over a week so now I have a full on cold. Not good since I have a busy Monday to prepare for. Blah. It's ok because I've had…

Craig Thompson is probably one of my favourite graphic novelists. I enjoyed both Blankets and Carnet de Voyage, both of which were more memoirs of his life in graphic novel form. Habibi is more dark and violent than his other works, but it was still full of hope, love, sly humor, and the simpe art work that I found addicting to read. As intense as it got, I couldn't look away. I find Thompson's characters…