Friday, May 22, 2015

Five Years in Heaven // A Blogging for Books Review


Five Years in Heaven is John Schlimm's true story about meeting a Catholic nun at her ceramics shop and the five years of wisdom that follow as a result of Sister Augustine's everyday teachings. Taking simple circumstances, Sister Augustine molds amazing life lessons, and while her words aren't necessarily groundbreaking, they're said in a loving, unassuming way that gives them new meanings and relevance.

Although this book does contain nuggets of wisdom, this book is best classified in my opinion as a memoir. And not necessarily the author's memoir either. To me, it is really the story of a humble nun whose life deserved to be chronicled. And to that extent, although the book only covers five years of her life, it is well-recorded and is a beautiful tribute to who she was as a person. I found myself tearing-up towards the last few pages, feeling that my life has now been touched in some small way by her life.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)


I'm so excited that this top is finally done! It is Purl Soho's Cap Sleeve Lattice Top, and I seriously want to knit a dozen more of these. I fits really well, and although I never want to use this yarn again (a stitch broke after I had already knitted it resulting in some terrifying unraveling that was pretty catastrophic), I do want to do some experimenting with this pattern. That and wear this top all summer :)

You can find my Ravelry notes here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Self-Judging


I was struck by a cleaning frenzy earlier today when the realtor of my apartment building called and asked if she could show another person my apartment, saying that the apartment that they are renting is going to be identical to mine but needs to undergo some renovations first. I obliged, thinking it would be no big deal, but my overactive, self-judging mind took over, and I felt like I needed to clean everything. I essentially saw this visit as a time for total strangers to judge me, and I started stressing out about it.

"The trash stinks and really needs taken out."

"The ring around the tub is unsightly."

"There's piles of opened but unfiled mail everywhere."

"The closet. Is. A. Hot. Mess."

And while I was busy wandering what chaos to tackle first, I also realized something: no place is loved unless it's lived in, and I don't necessarily want to live in a place that is always picture perfect because I would spend all my time trying to maintain that quality. So I tried to squash the images of other people's staged homes, and while I did do some picking up (that I've really been meaning to do anyway), I didn't do a deep cleaning of the place that a stranger would be in for maybe ten minutes.

And the funny thing was, the woman raved about the space. Hot mess closet and all.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)




I am glad I can finally share this project in its entirety! This table runner was a gift for my mom for Mother's Day this past Sunday, so because I never know who's reading my blog and when, so I like to keep gifts on the down-low :)

The pattern that I used is technically for a scarf. It's called the Smoky Mountain Scarf (purchased on Etsy), and I actually planned to use the pattern as a shawl. So I widen the center panel by adding two extra repeats of the pattern, but about half-way through, I realized I wouldn't have enough yarn to make it a decent length. Thus it became re-purposed to be a table runner, and it ended up being just over three feet long--the perfect length to drape over a nightstand or put on top of a dresser.  

This pattern was relatively simple, but a few of the rows definitely required concentration. I am planning on using this pattern again though. Maybe next time around I'll actually make the scarf the pattern is written for :)

You can find my Ravelry notes here.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Sugar Ponderings

Hi, my name is Kerry, and I'm a sugar-aholic. Seriously. I have the biggest sweet-tooth of anyone that I know. I have read articles and watched documentaries (look up Fed Up on Netflix if you haven't already seen it), and I know that the newest research supports that it's not fat and calories that are the main culprit of why America is largely overweight; it's sugar. And while I am not on a mission to lose weight, I do want to make healthier decisions in what I eat.

I've been really intrigued by people who cut sugar from their diet for a certain number of days, 7-10 or even an entire month. And while these people say that the first few days are terrible, they also say that by the end of it, they have trained their bodies to crave sugar less, which is what I think I need.

I really want to try it out because I think I am way too dependent on sugars. While it isn't sugary drinks that I'm dependent on (I don't drink soda and almost never keep juices in the apartment), I can't go without cookies and ice cream. I think the real challenge though would be avoiding the foods that hide added sugar, like ketchup, some breads, etc.

This isn't my declaration that I'm starting this new regimen right now because I want to keep doing some research and find some "okay" food lists, but I am serious about this and want to start it soon. There's something about emerging from the hibernation of winter that makes me want to take control of my life in new ways. Maybe the next step (other than getting this sugar purge underway) will be to kick start a new exercise routine :)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Room // A Blogging for Books Review


The Room by Jonas Karlsson is the story of an office worker, Bjorn, who is extremely ambitious and plans to work to the top of the ladder at his new job in a government sector called 'The Authority.' However, his plans to rapidly become the best in the office are hindered when he discovers 'the room.' From Bjorn's point of view, the room is a place where he can go to work that helps him concentrate and do his best work. But his other co-workers can't see the room and think he is going crazy.

This book is described as Kafkaesque, and I certainly agree. It is a book that would work really well in an education environment because it is extremely well-written, and it explores a new level of existentialism that deserves to be contextualized and dissected.

What I loved best about this short novel? Karlsson's writing is unlike any other that I have experienced. Every sentence is itself a work of art, and the way he formulates ideas through his words had me highlighting bits of every chapter. One sentence that really stood out to me:

"I suddenly felt how lonely it is, constantly finding yourself the only person who can see the truth in this gullible world."

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)


This is about 14 inches of the Cap Sleeve Lattice Top from Purl Soho. I'm about to quit working in the round and start the lace top which I'm really eager for because that means it will be almost done! Now that warmer weather seems to be here to stay, I'm excited to wear it. Which of course includes the most nerve-wracking part of trying it on for the first time. Please fit, please fit, please fit!

You can find my Ravelry notes here.