Thursday, July 26, 2012

5 year blog anniversary

Time flies! My very first post was July 17, 2007. That was a transitional summer for us - we moved from our house in the city to my husband's parents' home in the suburbs. Re-reading those early posts reminded me how much I enjoyed blogging in those pre-Facebook days.

Summer is going quite well for us. My 11 year old daughter and I get along fine about 90% of our time together. She took this picture of me, knitting and walking, using a drawstring bag I just made. I don't recommend knit-walking and only modeled it for 30 seconds for the purpose of this photo, but my knitter idol Stephanie Pearl McPhee (aka The Yarn Harlot) knit-walks in Toronto and uses drawstring bags to hold the yarn (chapter 3, Free-Range Knitter), so I want to share the suburban version of this idea.

Recently I learned that a neighbor who walks her dog past our house almost every day is a knitter, and when she saw this photo, she said she couldn't do this. I told her she could but probably not when she's walking the dog.

Yes, I'm reading some books this summer. I'm in the middle of several - the knitting book mentioned above, one of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency novels, Inheritance (still), and my friend Sonya Chung's novel Long for This World.  A few friends and I started a book discussion thing recently, and I chose Sonya's novel for our second book.

Our first book was Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, chosen by friend CH. She's the only one of us who actually read the whole thing, all 1200 pages. We had a lively discussion nevertheless, focused on the question of how to respond to a failing system, as in, we educators face the potential collapse of public education, so what do we do? Follow John Galt and separate ourselves from disaster, wait out its demise and then rebuild? Stay and keep working to fix the system?

Serious questions for this five year blog anniversary. My mind's not that serious right now, to be honest. Mostly I think about this:

Happy summer vacation, everyone!