Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What I'm Up To

Joining: I've recently joined two book groups at the local library. All those years in graduate school made me a bit of a snob about talking about books with regular people. But I am starting to feel like I might lose my head entirely if I don't find someone to talk about something with. I joined the Mystery Read Around (everyone reads a mystery from a similar area, rather than the same book) and the contemporary American fiction group. I've already bailed on the first meeting of the latter group. The first book was Dorothy West's The Wedding. It was so awful--some of the sentences were such clunkers they could not be borne--I couldn't finish it, and I don't want to be that member of the group!

Reading: The Trail of the Wild Rose for the mystery group. Next month we're discussing gardening mysteries. I suppose if there is such a thing as needlework mysteries, there's no reason not to have gardening mysteries. At least the tools are very dangerous. Plus, poison! (I don't know which get used yet.)

Stitching: Hillside Samplings, Folk Art Threadkeep. I think I might actually finish this one this year!

Hosting: Lily, the labradoodle down the street, stops in for play dates with Stella. It saves us $25 (each) because we don't have to bring our dogs to day care as often. They're adorable together. And I get to talk to her human for a little while.

Watching: High Stakes Poker, season Gabe Kaplan knows poker (he brings so much more to the table than ESPN's Norm Chad) and is funny to boot (Chad thinks misogyny is funny). And there is something so sexy about all that money on the table. And Gus Hansen.

Supporting: Animal Coalition of Delaware County. This is the group that hooked us up with Stella. I've recently started blogging for them, and tomorrow night I am going to dine out at Teikoku to support them. I can't wait until September: bingo! (in aid of the animals)


Lee said...

I hope you like your book group! I've learned to take the good with the bad. And sometimes our best discussions happen when a few people really dislike the book. If we all like it, it can be a little boring.

Susan said...

I, too, hope you like the book groups. I've tried one at the local library--liked the leaders and the book selections, but the group was large and has one or two people dominated the discussion. I decided I had better things to do with my time.

Nic said...

I go to a Bookcrossing meet on a regular basis, and if we talk about books* I enjoy it, because we're talking about books as entertainment and not as something I'm going to have to write an essay on ... but I agree with Lee, sometimes the best discussions happen with books that some people dislike!

Sounds like you've got a lot going on though, so perhaps only going to one group might be better anyway!

* This is not a given!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I hope the group will work for you - I would imagine that they will be so much the better for having you as a member! I would love to be a part of your discussions!

Your threadkeep is really coming along nicely.

Sounds like you've become involved in a great organization - I'll have to go over and check out your new blog and I guess I'll have to check out Chad as well - don't know him but don't like him already. What's his deal, does he think women can't/shouldn't play poker or does he just not like us in general? I've seen some poker shows that my boys watched but don't know this one. Oh well, too much time spent on him already, I think!

Have a great day and a good rest of the week!

Donna said...

I miss the book group I was in 10 years ago. Never found another one like it. We always got around to solving all the problems of the world by the end of the meeting.

Maybe I can find a mystery group???

P.S. I recommend the Fitzgerald Ruse if you ever read from the Ashville NC area.

Anonymous said...

Mmm...Gus Hansen...