Persuasion - Jane Austen

I really do enjoy Jane Austen so you all know I'm gonna be positive about this book. However, one of the best things about this book is how different it is from the rest of her novels. Jane usually tells us stories about young women in the prime of their youth and beauty and leads us to believe that their only hope at a future lies in snagging a well-to-do husband now before their beauty fades. Outside of a mother's relationship with her daughters, experience is not something that is prized and second chances are not given.

However, Persuasion is written with another point of view and one that "jives" better with today's women. The heroine Anne Elliot has nearly reached the "old maid" stage in her life. She has loved and lost. Life has prevented her from being with the man she loves and yet, now, she has the opportunity to make her life right, the opportunity to follow her heart.

The novel keeps you on your toes as well. Misunderstandings galore, as is the style of Miss Austen, sustain the suspense that attracts you to the story, anxious to see how it will be resolved.

It is a fantastic and classic novel you expect from Jane Austen, and yet, altogether completely unexpected.

Finished Object??? for real?

Check it out! I finished a shrug. Started it last week at the yarn crawl. It is made of super soft Baby Alpaca and is essentially a giant rectangle. It was really easy 2x1 ribbing.

I worked on it yesterday watching Resident Evil, Extinction at the theater. I heard some guys chuckling behind me at the girl knitting in Resident Evil all alone. You know, they only wish a girl would have come with them to a video game movie and made them a hat. Suckaz.


Reading Lolita In Tehran

So I finished this book after much struggling. It is a great, thought provoking book. But it seemed so "jumpy". It wasn't very fluid and she seemed to jump from one topic to another. Now one can justify this by saying, that is the emotional state she is trying to convey, but it makes the reading very difficult.

However, the hearts and minds of the women in Iran including the things they loved and feared was very moving and I am glad I read it.


All the things I should have written but was too lazy so am now going to present in a bulleted list...

If you are going to lose your passport in Asia, Singapore is not a bad place to do it.

Apparently anything that would be worn by someone twenty years younger than yourself is the fashion in Japan. Prepare yourself with heels, polka dots and ruffles.

I love the Northwest US. PAX in Seattle was probably the most fun I have ever had as a grownup. As a result I have been playing more Nintendo DS than knitting. But besides that. Seattle is my kinda town and the Northwest Coast has the best weather! Cool and moist and I can wear all my souvenir sweatshirts.

When you only travel once a year it is OK to go on a food vacation. However, if you travel for a living, maybe you should reel it in a little and not eat 3 bacon bleu cheese burgers from the Newport Rogue Brewery in 5 days. Not that I know that from experience... just... you know... `_`

I have no self control (see previous bullet) and yarn crawls should be forbidden if I want to eat the rest of the month.

I have completed 2 knitted items the entire summer. Including the completely original, reversible, double-knit, green and purple starfish cap. I owe the successful, super-stretchy ribbed castoff to my wonderful and crazy knowledgeable Infinite Knitters group. I sure missed those gals.While glad to be home I am leaving again in less than a week for a very stressful work trip to Japan and Taiwan so don't get used to the posting.

I made myself a Bento Box for lunch tomorrow. Check it out.
I started a pair of Pomatomus socks but am making them toe-up. Complex!
I need to take a nap now... night!