From the Library Of Amy Kirst

For my birthday, my sister-in-law gave me an embosser for my books. I’ve labeled nearly all of my books and some of Ben’s, which I labeled for practice (I asked first). I found that the trick is to put the embosser on the floor, so I can press down as hard as I can.

Now that I’ve gone through my library, I’m tempted to label my notebooks (and more of Ben’s books – just kidding, Ben!).

My mother-in-law sent me the book above; it’s a fictional book about Mount Vernon that she found at a library sale in Dunkirk. The book is based on the true story of Oney Judge, a Washington slave who ran for freedom when she was living with the president and first lady in Philadelphia. There’s a new biography of Ona’s life called Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.  Both books are quick reads and really interesting.

Random Thoughts

  • I finally started working on the Clemence skirt, which has been on my list since December. I sewed a test garment today (called a muslin in sewing terms) and was relieved to see that it fits. I was skeptical when I saw how huge the pattern was, but all the excess gathers into the waistband and it actually ends up resembling a skirt, not a garbage bag (whew). Now it’s time to cut out my real fabric.
  • I just learned that the iPhone comes with a built-in pedometer. Determined to hit 10,000 steps, I walked four miles today (two there and back) to exchange a shirt in Old Town. It may have helped my motivation that I was exchanging the shirt for a larger size (apparently a size small is made for a child).
  • This week, I finished an online class called Excel for Marketers. It was four one-hour sessions and was enormously helpful. I learned how to accurately calculate averages in a pivot table and how to use the filters in Excel. It was a lot of fun (I never thought I’d say that about Excel).

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