an open letter

Dear Meg Cabot,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing all the many wonderful books you do. As I reread through “The Princess Diaries” series – which I loved the ending to, by the way, I am struck by how AWESOME your books are, again. They are perfect escapist reading.

In fact, your books have always been escapist reading for me. The first book I read was The Princess Diaries. The second week of sixth grade, my middle school had a book fair. I saw the book and, having seen the movie about a month before, HAD to have it. I remember that as soon as I saw it I stared thinking about how I was going to get the necessary $5.99. How I did, I  have for gotten. But Tuesday of the second week of sixth grade happend to be 9/11/01. I bought it on 9/11 – which I only know because I remember reading it that night while the news was on. In my childhood, there are few times I can remember the news being on in the evening – they are: the 1996 Presidential Election, the 2000 Presidential election, and 9/11. I remember reading a little bit, watching a little bit.

From then on, your books have always been escapist reading – especially through middle school (which was the worst three years of my life thus far and I would only do it again for a million dollars a year after taxes each year for the rest of my life).When I was in eighth grade, following the second biggest snow storm I have seen, you came to Portland, Oregon. To Portland’s awesome Powell’s Bookstore (on a side note, that particular branch moved, and they demolished the building it was in. So sad!). I got to hear you speak (a lot of it was about lyme disease, which you had recently been diagnosed with). And you autographed all six of your books that I owned at the time plus the book we bought then (Boy Meets Girl, which you were touring for).

Several of The Princess Diaries books I have actually gone to the store the day they came out to buy – and Forever Princess was no exception. I bought it, started reading it on the bus on the way home, and finished it in a few hours. It ended exactly the way I wanted it to end, too! And having graduated from high school six months before, it really hit home with me. I was, admittedly, sad that it was the last of The Princess Diaries books. Please, please, please write more – about Mia in college!!! Being in college now myself, I would LOVE to read them!!!!!

Do you think you will ever write and illustrate any children’s books? Because that would be awesome!!!

Keep on writing awesome books! Kudos!

Sincerely,

Caroline, A Very Devoted Meg Cabot Fan

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Sewing!

I don’t really talk about sewing on this blog…in the “About Me” part, I list it as one of my hobbies, but I don’t really talk about it. This is because when I learned to knit, knitting blogs were becoming big on the net. But I’ve been sewing since I was a little kid, and didn’t really assciate it with the web until knitting blogs started talking about sewing too.

Well, here’s what I’ve been sewing lately…

three bags...

three bags...

The bottom two are box bags from this tutorial and the top one is a small cosmetsics bag derived from the box bag tutorial. All of the fabrics are from my stash…the ice cream cones and cats were fat quarters, as was the lining to the cats bag.

More movies.

3. Brokeback Mountain – two men’s lives are changed forever when they spend a summer herding sheep on Brokeback Mountain. The movie tells the story of their hidden love in a time and place where gay was not ok. Starring Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal.  *****

4.Chicago – a woman murders her secret lover when she finds out that he’s just using her and he’s not going to make her into a star the way she wanted. Upon her arrest, she is given the opportunity to become famous. Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones. ***

5. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Bridget Jones looks for love among the Mark Darcys and Daniel Clevers of the World. Starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant. ****

Cosmetic baginside the cosmetic bag!ice cream baginside the ice cream bag!Cats bagCats!more cats...Cats baginner CATS bag

wow…

I didn’t mean to disappear from the blogosphere for so long! I guess I kind of got distracted…finishing up my first year of college (I passed Calc!) and then moving home for the summer (I SWEAR I’m not taking that much stuff to school next year. Seriously, it was RIDICULOUS.

In liau of picture of the knitting I’ve done/been doing, I present….

100 Great Movies

…a new feature, because I want to share, in no particular order, 100 movies I think are good. Some of them are better than others. They’re all rated out of five *****.  But I like all of them. They’ll be here and there…whenever I think to post, basically. As of now, I haven’t got a full list of 100 movies…I’m at 95. So here we go.

  1. Pretty Woman – Edward (Richard Gere) gets more than he expected when he asks for directions from a Hollywood hooker named Vivian (Julia Roberts). Both of their lives are changed forever by Edward’s lack of navigational skills that lead him to hire Vivian. Edward is skillful at breaking up companies, but his skills with women leave something to be desired…until he hires Vivian for a week. (And boy, Richard Gere’s hair is so much darker on the movie poster!). CLASSIC romantic comedy. ****
  2. 10 Things I Hate About You – Based on Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”, Patrick (Heath Ledger) is paid to win the heart of Kat (Julia Stiles), so that Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) can go out with her little sister (Larisa Olynik). Many, many good songs, including Heath Ledger singing “Can’t take my eyes off you”. Includes must-have elements of 90s teen movies: Partying, misunderstandings, and a dance.  ****