March 26th

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This week:

— I finished reading, “The Bookseller of Kabul” and started “Saving Fish from Drowning.” I picked up both of these at a new used bookstore in downtown Phoenix — Bard’s Books. If you are in the area, swing by. It is a great shop. This week I’ve got to pick up another copy of “The Power of One” — my favorite book of all time. I gift and recommend it often. {Asoloodle!} I am also looking for a copy of “The Blue Bear” and “The Metabolic Typing Diet” — which a Twitter friend highly recommends. I foresee an expensive swing through Changing Hands in my near future. In my financial defense –I did check the Tempe library first and no go.

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— I signed up for Netflix this week and got the first film: Burn After Reading. We should have burned it before. I am so turned off by violence on film these days, especially completely unexpected violence. Brad Pitt’s character is hilarious and adorable. Also, I love Tilda Swinton’s jewelry and clothing. Otherwise, this sucker isn’t worth renting. Next in the queue: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

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— I am cooking homemade pizza again tonight — artichoke and chicken

— I am knitting a scarf for a girlfriend who is sick and in need of serious dose of kindness

— I am stamping homemade cards for CAOK gifts to be sent next week

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— I am sewing four aprons and a diaper wall caddy to go with those cards
— I am working much of this weekend and already trying to plan a few hours here and there to play!

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Hope your week is also going well,


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  1. You got some really nice pics of those glass balls! I still would like to see this at night! Sounds like you’re keeping busy as usual. Happy Thursday!

  2. I just signed up for Netflix this past year and I’m hooked. The best is being able to watch all of the instant movies for free on your computer… a nice little bonus. (And I’m with you, I didn’t like Burn After Reading much either.)

  3. Oh Kelli,
    You HAVE to read the Blue Bear. It is one of my favorites. What a terrific tale of unconditional friendship, and a true love of nature’s jewels. You will love it! The book also presents a lot of cool historical facts on Alaska’s natural history and natives, as well as cool information on photography.
    I swear you’ll love it!

  4. Busy, busy, busy! Sounds fun though!!!

  5. Where are these balls from? Wow, they are lovely! I think I will have to checkout a few of those books. I’ve been in a funk for books. I even went to the library and didn’t see anything I wanted to check out. Yikes!

  6. Wow! That is a big to do list, but I know you can do it : ) Enjoy the pizza tonight.

  7. Juliann March 26, 2009

    If you are looking to not spend money on the books, Phoenix Public owns both books and Chandler Public owns the Blue Bear. You can get a card at any of them as long as you live in Maricopa county.

  8. Ooooohhhh
    put the man who planted trees in your Que!
    I PROMISE!!! you will not be sorry.

  9. I loved the Diving Bell and the Butterfly! Enjoy…

  10. The Bookseller of Kabul is a great read, I really enjoyed it. For money saving book readers, check out http://www.bookmooch.com or http://www.paperbackswap.com I have traded dozens of books over the past few months and all for the price of media mail shipping, it’s great.

  11. Love Netflix! Those balls are so cool and pretty! Enjoy your dinner & busy weekend.

  12. I saw the diving bell and the butterfly, but didn’t really liked it. It was too sad for my liking, too intense. It’s heart-wrenching. I won a free copy, if you’d like I could give it to you!

  13. Busy time, uhu? But when you’re busy you often have a great time doing what you like the most…..

  14. I love the pictures, Kelli, I visited the same Daly Chihuly exhibit last week in Phoenix when my sister “June-napped” me at the insistence of my husband.

    Your reading and all your projects sound wonderful, but may I please add one to your list … as a friend … time for relaxation? You do so much for others, but I wish you’d also take time to do nothing. I’m learning that lesson the hard way.

  15. I agree with the previous poster who mentioned that the watch instantly flicks and shows on Netflix alone make it worth it. And I also agree in that I did NOT care for Burn After Reading.. at all. Even a little bit.

  16. Busy Lady! You sound very happy & productive. I hope, Like Junie Moon says, you’re finding some ‘do-nothing’ time too. HARD to do! You are very generous and as inspiring as ever.

  17. I’m reading the Amy Tan book for my book club but I’m having trouble staying with it. I’ve loved most of her books in the past so I’m going to stick it out and finish it this weekend. Let us know what you think about it!

  18. Your busy-ness is astounding! I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t been to the Dale Chihuly exhibit yet (at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix through 5/31/09). Beautiful photos! It’s on my to-do list (which is way shorter than yours).

    Even though I don’t “know” you, I really think you would like the movie, “The Visitor.” It’s a beautiful film (and one of the characters is from Africa). I haven’t gotten into Netflix because I know myself well enough to know I would get hooked–at least for awhile. If I have to go to Blockbuster to get them, I pace myself.

    Hope your weekend is fun, as well as busy.

  19. I didn’t like Burn After Reading either – the violence was so random and shocking. I hope you find some better movies to watch to accompany you during all your crafty endeavors!

  20. I love your pix – the colors are beautiful! Where did you take those shots?
    As for netflix – I love it. Since we don’t have cable or satellite it’s our one outlet for mindless tv viewing. I’m addicted. I’ve loved film since i was a little girl.. I’d stay up late into the night to watch old black and whites.
    What I really wanted to comment on is your unbelievable productivity. When I come out there next month I’m gonna need to get some tips for you. I can’t seem to get much accomplished outside of getting to work and feeding my husband. HMMMM – something isn’t right.
    Have a great night – can’t wait to see you.

  21. yah! more books to read and another trip to the library thanks to your recommendations. merci encore. oh and quelles gorgeous gorgeous photos. they make for such a wild and awesome art display. it may sound weird, but i can’t help feeling like those colours and shapes are going to start brewing inside me, maybe some day to pop back out unawares as some sort of inspiration in my future home, garden, or who knows what else. it’s one of those hidden corner of your heart kodak moments.

  22. ali la loca March 27, 2009

    The Power of One is also my very favorite book ever. Close second is The Poisonwood Bible.

    I read Saving Fish from Drowning last year and thought it was okay. Served the purpose of entertaining me on a long-haul flight.

  23. Ahhh, the Chihuly art made me smile! Take care, don’t burn yourself out with all your stuff!

  24. Is The Power of One the book that the movie of the same title is based on? Because that movie is so powerful, and a favorite (despite it being so hard to watch due to the feelings it invokes).

    I love the colors of these glass balls. How cool!

    Homemade pizz= yummy!! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend, and do try to play a bit.

  25. Tina in Duluth March 27, 2009

    Beautiful, Kelli!

    Maybe we’ll have your homemade pizza this weekend, you make it look so good! 🙂

  26. The Power of One – is my all time fav book – ever…and I read alot. I cried when it ended, I wanted to read it forever.

    Lovely posts and pictures Kelly

  27. Just got Google Reader to work again for the first time in weeks, and catching up on your blog…welcome to netflix! I love the inspiration here so I want to share some rental titles…
    newer releases: I’ve Loved You For So Long (seriously made me want to move to eastern France)
    Gone Baby Gone (edgy but so good)
    Ghost Town (light and good)
    The Darjeeling Limited (warning: u will either love it or hate it, its flawed and mixed up but parts are so good)
    Definitely Maybe (B-movie, so easy to make fun of and yet really enjoyable to watch, especially for old Clinton voters)
    I LOVED Diving Bell—hope you do too.

    Older great movies that you may already know (and hopefully love):
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Truly, Madly, Deeply (brilliant and NOT on netflix—go to a mom and pop old video store)
    Thank You for Smoking
    Children of Heaven
    The Painted Veil
    Children of Men (with Clive Owen, bonus)
    Me, Myself, I (not to be confused with Jim Carey’s movie)
    A Room With a View (about as perfect as a movie can be).

    Happy Renting!

  28. Well aren’t you just a tease? Didn’t say anything about those balls at all!! I love them!

  29. Carolyn April 11, 2009

    Hi Kelli,
    I’m a bit behind in reading your blog, but you might try http://www.betterworldbooks.com to maybe find what you are looking for.

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