Thursday, May 17, 2007

Some random thoughts and observations:

1. Went down with my friend Carole to see my first Phillies game of the season last night. Adam Eaton pitched a superlative game, only to have his win disappear when Bret Myers gave up a game-tying home run in the 9th inning. Sigh - I thought, fine, another stupid blown game. BUT, before my bile could reach full curdle, didn't Carlos Ruiz hit a two-out-bottom-of-the-ninth-walk-off-home-run -WHIPPEEEEEEEEE!!!! I think that in 35-plus years of attending baseball games, this was the first walk-off home run I've seen in person. I love my Phillies.

2. I was re-reading some recent posts and realized that there really wasn't even a smidgeon of knitting. I am working on this:

It will be the Basic Baby Pullover from Momogus Knits - I'm just making a sample because I thought this yarn (Plymouth Dreambaby DK) would make for a cute sweater.

3. I also will make a public vow right now that I am going to finish the edging on my Cap Shawl this summer. Or maybe this week. My crazy friend Jen motored through the entire Cap Shawl in 10 days and is now starting the edging. If I don't have an edging competition with her (EVERYTHING's a competition!!!) I'll never finish it. Though I'm trying to concentrate on Momogus Knits patterns, I can't have that shawl hanging over my head, so to speak. I've already cast off 250 stitches - all I have are FIVE HUNDRED left.

4. Yesterday I was tailgated and then finally, roaringly, passed by a red Porsche Boxer with the following license plate: IPASSU2
Now you know I'm a gentle, peace-loving sort as a rule, but if I had had one of those Roslyn Kindness Rockets I would have blasted that damn car off the road.

5. I've always been a huge reader, but at this moment in my life, I find myself shying away from anything challenging or thought-provoking or even the smidgeoniest sad. I have to curl up each night with something cozy and completely and unequivocally unchallenging which I know will have a happy ending. Hence my obsession lately with Georgette Heyer. She was an English novelist who wrote Regency romances from the 1930s through the 1960s. I had dipped into them when I was a kid, and recently rediscovered them at our local library. I've been methodically ploughing through them ever since. By chance I read the back cover of one of them last night and had to laugh out loud.

There were two blurbs; one (from The Milwaukee Journal) said, "For sheer escape reading with no pretensions of any kind, this reviewer commends Georgette Heyer."

Now, I have to agree whole-heartedly, but isn't that really damning with faint praise? Why would you put that on your book? The other (from Publishers Weekly) said, "Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen."

Again, I must agree - if only Jane Austen had written 50 novels like Georgette Heyer, what a better place this world would be. But Georgette Heyer's the next best thing.

6. The Phillies put Ryan Howard on the DL, which was bad, but that cloud had a silver lining as the team brought up someone to take his place on the roster. Here he is (the guy on the right):

Mighty and much-beloved Chris Coste. O how we love him!!


Blogger Liz K. said...

You know, I am in the same place, literature-wise. As a mother of young children, I sometimes feel terribly anxious about the world, and have made a conscious effort to filter out messages of peril and violence. So, no books with imperiled or sick or dying or dead children. You'd be surprised how many books that takes out of the running.

I'm re-reading Vonnegut now, but was planning spending the summer with Jane Austen. If I am too taxed, perhaps Georgette is will be! Thanks for the rec.

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice way to get to .500! on a lovely 7-3 tear.

11:20 AM  
Blogger diana said...

Liz K - I hear ya! "The Accidental Tourist" used to be one of my favorite books, but I gave it away recently - I couldn't read it now. And yes, for world-weary moms, Mrs. Heyer can't be beat.

epp - watch out! here come the phillies!!! (well, they lost today, but watch out anyway!!)

9:33 PM  

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