Monday, January 5, 2009

My Favorite Things 2008

This is the time of year when everyone makes lists of their favorites.
These are my favorites from 2008; although I read or listened to or watched them in 2008, most are older than that.

  • Movies
  • Amy
  • Once
  • Persepolis
  • The Boys and Girl from County Clare
  • Wall-E
  • Young @ Heart


  • Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
    Better: a surgeon’s notes on performance – Atul Gawande
  • Blue Angel: a novel – Francine Prose
  • Keeper and Kid – Edward Hardy
  • Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid – Bill Bryson
  • A Little Love Story – Roland Merullo
  • Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: and other things I’ve learned - Alan Alda
  • Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
  • Three Daughters – Letty Cottin Pogrebin
  • The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – Maggie O’Farrell
  • Zen and the Art of Faking It - Jordan Sonnenblick

Music CDs

  • Once: Music from the Motion Picture – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
  • Appasionata - YoYo Ma
  • The Voice of the Violin – Joshua Bell

Portable Diversions

Tiny crocheted baskets.

I used my spinning wheel to ply some old one ply Harrisville wools, so I was essentially designing the baskets while plying the wool.

An easy project to carry in pocket or purse.


Sojourner Design said...


Your little baskets are lovely.

Since looms aren't too portable and I'm not much of a knitter I continually seek out small projects so that I'm never caught with timeon my hands and nothing to do. It's very centering to have such a project to work on when you're stuck in the emergency room for hours with a sick parent.

I noticed that you mentioned Young@Heart. Would that be the Young at Heart Chorus?

Jan said...

Yes, the movie is about the Young at Heart Chorus. I think it was originally just a youtube video and was so popular they made a movie. I've been hanging out with a sick parent too, which is one reason I love my portable projects.