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March 2018



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Busy Day (exercise; Barnes & Noble)

I managed 2 miles on the stepper again today. It was a particularly difficult hill profile and I only had to run the last .1 of a mile. So I'm doing well.

Afterward I went to Barnes & Noble to use the gift card my parents gave me for Valentines day. It is really hard to decide what to do with $25. After 2.5 hours I finally decided on The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts by Judika Illes (it was in the bargain section for $19.98, slightly damaged) and The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots & Ropework by Geoffrey Budworth (on sale for $7.98)

Some books I looked at but didn't buy are Naughty Needles: Sexy, Saucy Knits for the Bedroom and Beyond by Nikol Lohr, Domiknitrix: Whip Your Knitting into Shape by Jennifer Stafford (the prices look much better on Amazon.com)

I was having so much trouble deciding I asked a clerk to recommend a book that was an unusual and interesting object something that attracted attention when they opened the box. She didn't seem to understand what I was asking but she recommended PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives by Frank Warren which is indeed an unusual book. Makes me want to try scrapbooking. (They didn't have the scrapbooking kit I saw at Borders.)

See some of the actual post cards at


I like the Budworth - that is the one where each strand of rope is a different color, right?


It is all photographs. But yes, it seems that most of the examples use contrasting colored ropes.
I have no useful information to add. But I had to tell you I love this icon. :P

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It is a Terry Pratchett quote. Someone in one of the Pratchett communities made it.
Those knitting books sound fantastic! And the NY Public Library has them on order -- so I've put my hold in already!

Magic, knotwork, and naughty knitting. I like the way you think!

Magic, knotwork, and naughty knitting.

Thank you.

I thought my friends would appreciate the selection :-)