Currently Obsessed With: March 2016

Currently Obsessed With is a once-a-month feature where I talk about my favorite things from the last month!

Currently Obsessed With

It’s hard to believe that it’s April already!  Seriously, it feels like this year is going by so fast!

Crochet:

It’s blanket-mania!  I have three different blankets going on right now that are in various stages of completion- one is for me, and it’s getting pretty big.  Big as in keeping me warm when I’m working on it big, and I’m on the fourth color I had planned for it.  I have some yellow and blue (a darker shade of blue than the other shade of blue I used earlier in the blanket) that I’m going to add, once I’m done with the green.  I think it’s getting to the point where I might need at least 2 skeins for any new colors, because as it gets bigger, each color change is fewer rows, but it could look interesting.  I’m probably going to need at least 2 or 3 skeins for the border, because I definitely want a border!  I have so many options to pick from, especially with the crochet border book I just got.

I’ve been looking at crochet patterns recently, because I’m going up to Oregon for a cousin’s wedding next month, and I’m going to need something to do in the car ride up and back, so I have a bunch of patterns bookmarked.  At some point I’m going to print them, and try to figure out what matches up with the yarn I have…or maybe I should try to find patterns according to what I have in my stash.  At any rate, I will be looking at my yarn stash and patterns, and pick 2 or 3 to work on, because that is going to be one long car ride.

Books:

I got a few books this month!  From audible, I just got Skylark by Meagan Spooner, which I’ve wanted to read for a while, so I might listen once I’m done listening to Night Study.

I also bought The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, which I read last year and liked, and when I was randomly browsing the 2.99 and under section in the Nook store, I knew I had to get it!  That’s how I ended up buying Among The Janeites by Deborah Yaffe, which looks like a pretty interesting book about the Jane Austen fandom.

And in print, I bought Catherine Of Aragon: The Spanish Queen Of Henry VIII by Giles Tremelett.  I have some stuff about Anne Boleyn, but not Catherine Of Aragon, so I figured this would fit in nicely with my Tudor England non-fiction stuff.

And I also got Around The Corner: Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman, which is definitely a crochet book I need right now, what with the blanket frenzy I seem to be in.  There are a ton of borders, and there’s a pretty decent variety of them (with 150, it’s to be expected), so I’ll definitely have a lot to pick from!

I definitely have a ton of books on my Nook I can read (but knowing me, I’ll probably bring one or two print books too), because there is no way I’m spending that much time crocheting..my hands will start to hurt, so reading breaks are definitely in order!

T.V./Movies:

I’ve been re-watching Grey’s Anatomy, and I’m pretty much at the part where they’ve taken their boards, which means I’m at the plane crash part of the series.  I’m also behind on some stuff, so I’ve slowly been catching up on stuff this weekend.

I haven’t seen Allegiant yet but maybe next weekend I’ll see it.  I also anxiously awaiting Captain America: Civil War, and how it’ll tie into Agents Of Shield.  I don’t even know what else is playing right now.  We shall see though.

Around The Internet:

Some Diversity Stuff: We Need Diverse Books has an interesting list of stereotypes & tropes navigation, CBC Diversity has an interesting post on not identifying with characters, and Publishing Perspectives has an interesting article on diversity in YA.

I’m really intrigued by this tea and book subscription box.  I’m a fan of tea, and I like it, but I’m an even bigger fan of coffee, and I’m curious if there’s a coffee and book subscription box out there.

I made chicken broth in the crock-pot this weekend, and it was super easy!  I froze it to use it later, but considering how much I use it (and the fact that the grocery store has had some really good sales on chicken lately, resulting in having a bunch of chicken in the freezer), it’s probably a good idea to save the bones and make my own.

I pinned this chili cheese tater tot casserole to my Food I Love board a few weeks ago, but it looks really good!

And I like the idea of pre-made oatmeal packets.  It’s probably a lot cheaper than buying the boxes!

Periods In YA:  Why did I not think about it until I read this blog post?  I’m sure there are reasons for it (like why we don’t see characters go to the bathroom or take a shower), but still.  How is it not even mentioned in passing?

I just really, really like this blog post about New Adult.  I don’t read a lot of it, but I really want to!  From what I have read, though, I do agree with a lot of her points!

And I don’t have anything specific pinned for this (unfortunately) but I know I’ve seen a couple of blog posts about changing ratings of books after they’ve been rated months earlier that were really interesting.

Music:

I honestly have nothing.  Not even a podcast recommendation!  So I will leave it at that, and I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

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