Booking Through Thursday: Just Wild About Harry!

Booking Through Thursday: Just Wild About Harry!

Booking Through Thursday This week’s questions are a special Harry Potter edition: Okay, love him or loathe him, you’d have to live under a rock not to know that J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, comes out on Saturday… Are you going to read it? If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties? If […]

Wiki Wednesday 7-18-07

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! And in “news you have no use for at all,” MTV continues its campaign of world domination as MTV Ukraine debuts this summer: MTV Ukraine… will be an English-Ukrainian language music channel…available to the whole country of Ukraine… Along with MTV Russia, MTV Polska, MTV Romania, MTV Adria and MTV Turkey, MTV Ukraine will be among […]

Just finished: “Lost and Found”

Just finished: “Lost and Found”

reviewed for the Mother-talk.com Blog Tour(due to be posted on Wednesday 7/18, but I’m done early!) Lost and FoundCarolyn Parkhurst (author’s website) Lost and Found revolves around a reality TV show of the same name that features a dozen teams competing in a worldwide scavenger hunt with a million-dollar prize. Like The Amazing Race (TAR), each of the teams is made up of two people with a pre-existing relationship. The book starts about halfway through […]

Ten on Tuesday – 10 Favorite Movies From Childhood

Ten on Tuesday – 10 Favorite Movies From Childhood

Ten on Tuesday Can we allow “childhood” to go up to about age 14 for this purpose? OK, I vote yes. Some are older than I am and I saw them on TV (with commercials, in the pre-cable days). And this list is not ranked in order – it’s just 10 I remember well from that time period. The Wizard of Oz The Music Man Oklahoma! Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Star Wars (now […]

Too old, too young, just right?

One of the bloggers on Work It, Mom! is a working dad, and he recently posted an interesting entry on being a younger-than-average parent. I know a little about that… By almost every objective measure, I was too young for parenthood at 20. I was still in college, living with my parents, not working, not married (although that last was remedied pretty quickly)…but things can and do happen, and in so many ways it turned […]

Keeping things in balance…

…is much easier said than done …has a different meaning for everyone …is one of the basic principles of my profession (debits=credits, “the balance sheet,” “the accounting equation: assets=liabilities + equity” – accounting vocabulary 101) …is one of the things writing and reading helps me with, after working with numbers all day …is the theme of my most recent article on Work It, Mom!, which concerns the concept as it relates to work and family. […]

Just finished: “Water for Elephants”

Water for Elephants Sara Gruen This was picked for my book club’s meeting this past week, but the meeting didn’t happen – too many people couldn’t make it, and most of those that could be there were behind on their reading and didn’t think they could finish by Friday (myself included). We’ll be deferring our discussion till our August meeting, where this will be double-featured with The Kite Runner. From the book cover: As a […]

This pun’s for you – the lowest form of humor, but I don’t care

My weakness for puns is well-known among people who know me. My uncle passed along this batch in an e-mail, and since it’s Friday, they seemed worthwhile for an easy post. 1 A bicycle can’t stand alone, it is two tyred. 2 A will is a dead giveaway 3 Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana. 4 A backward poet writes inverse. 5 In democracy, it’s your vote that counts; in feudalism, […]

iPod Random 10

“I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” Diana Krall“She’s the One,” Bruce Springsteen“Amazing Grace,” The Maverick Choir“Take Another Road,” Jimmy Buffett“The Longest Time,” Billy Joel“Radio Free Europe,” R.E.M.“Badlands,” Bruce Springsteen“Book of Days,” Enya“Son of a Son of a Sailor,” Jimmy Buffett“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” U2 (This really is a “random” 10, but we have a lot of Springsteen and Jimmy in our playlists, so their odds of turning up often are […]

Booking Through Thursday – Books into Movies

Booking Through Thursday – Books into Movies

This week’s questions: 1. In your opinion, what is the best translation of a book to a movie?2. The worst?3. Had you read the book before seeing the movie, and did that make a difference? (Personally, all other things being equal, I usually prefer whichever I was introduced to first.) And, by all means, expand this to as long a list as you like. I’m notoriously awful myself at narrowing down to one favorite ANYTHING. […]

The soundtrack of my life, the music in my car…

It’s been one of the rites of passage of cohabitating couplehood (married or not) for a few decades – the combining of music collections. The media may be different now – cassettes replaced records, then CDs came along, and now most of it’s probably digital – but couples still learn a lot about each other through perusing each other’s musical tastes, and eventually merging them (or choosing not to, which is telling in itself). It’s […]

Wiki Wednesday 7-11-07

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! Today it’s a history lesson – a list of state leaders in 1562. The Western Hemisphere is conspicuous by its absence. The countries that wouldn’t appear on a similar list in 2007, particularly in Europe, are also pretty interesting: Denmark-Norway – Frederick II, King of Denmark and King of Norway (1559–1588) England – Elizabeth I, Queen […]

Got your books crossed? I’m giving it another shot

Got your books crossed? I’m giving it another shot

I signed up with BookCrossing in November 2002, when it was still a pretty new enterprise. The website has changed since then, and the membership and books numbers have grown enormously, but the basics are still the same: Read a book! – Or not. Some members have been known to buy used books in bulk just to register and release them, without reading them all first.Register it! – Enter the title and author info (or […]

Marking the day that everything changed

The day your first child is born, you become someone new. You may have had several months to prepare for it – probably not a full nine, because you probably didn’t know it was coming till at least a few weeks after it was underway – but in a lot of ways, you really can’t be prepared for it. You’re meeting a stranger for the first time, and after awhile that stranger will call you […]

A Kwik-E trip, or Spring(field) Comes to Burbank

A Kwik-E trip, or Spring(field) Comes to Burbank

We made the pilgrimage on July 4. We’ll be going back next weekend after the kids get back from another week at Grandma’s. I took pictures of things all over the store, including the pink-frosted donuts, the Geezer Freezer, and various signs, but these are a few of the ones we e-mailed to some friends and family. We’ve arrived! We were there around 9:30 in the morning; we heard there were lines all over the […]