Hi! My name is Marianne Gries, welcome to my blog.
I am a
thirtysomething fortysomething amateur. Amateur what? Cook, photographer, knitter, home-economist, and writer. I am a professional non-profiteer; and I’m a dedicated dog mom, bike commuter, beer fan, friend of libraries, fritterer, patron of the arts and crafts, and lover of all things Lowell, MA! I’m a huge devotee of the medium chill.
I’ve lived in Lowell since 2004 – before moving here from San Francisco, I’d never set foot in the city and had no idea what I was getting into – luckily, it was love at first sight! I’m a New England girl at heart, but I have a bit of the midwest and west coast thrown in for good measure: as a child, I’ve lived in the Chicago area, Santa Barbara, eastern Massachusetts, and The Quiet Corner of Connecticut. As an adult, I’ve lived in The Quiet Corner, Boston, Amherst, and San Francisco.
I love Lowell for many, many reasons, one of them being that it really inspires my photography. I often ride my bike or walk around town and photograph the things that I love: the mills, the canals, the rivers, and the red brick. I also love Lowell’s diversity, cultural offerings, festivals, restaurants, sense of community, and all of the wonderful friends I’ve made here.
I love to eat and cook. My love of good food is why I started cooking and it’s what keeps me in the kitchen. After being laid off in December 2008, I had to become a super home-economist in order to “make it work” (I love Tim Gunn!). I started cooking for my partner and myself on a $60 a week grocery budget. That economic reality has morphed into the $60 a Week Project. I post my shopping lists and recipes for what I’ve made during the week. I go on (and on) about the project here.
I learned to knit in 2004. I love everything about knitting. I like to knit (duh), look at yarn, buy yarn, read about yarn and knitting, visit fiber festivals, surf Ravelry, take pictures of yarn and knitting, and spend time with my friends who knit. Heck, I even go on not one, but two, knitting vacations a year! It’s awesome.
This blog is a work-in-progress, just like me. I use it as a place to explore and talk about what I’m doing and where I am (both geographically and mentally) at a given time. I generally write about my hobbies and interests which include my adorable pups, food, knitting, riding my bike, my friends, books, photography, museums, yoga, beer, visiting, and whatever else flits through my mind.
Thanks for stopping by! If you have questions, please feel free to e-mail me at marianne [dot] gries [at] gmail [dot] com