Coming soon to a theater near you!

Coming soon to a theater near you!

Tall Paul sent me this link yesterday with the note “He will be in your neighborhood!” I’ll explain that in just a second. BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — Jon Stewart will return as host of the Oscars in 2008. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced Wednesday that Jon Stewart will host the 80th awards show February 24 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar telecast producer Gil Cates described Stewart as smart, […]

Bookworms, part 2 – a family thing

Since it’s “Booking Through Thursday,” it seemed like the appropriate time to put this up. This is probably another “preaching to the choir” item, but hey, “reading” is the first of the 3 R’s, so here’s a post from Lifehack.org about making reading a family pastime. I’m lucky to come from, and be part of, a reading family, and this post has some very good suggestions about how to keep that going. It’s possible that, […]

From the government, and here to help

This week’s “Speak Your Mind” essay contest topic/question was: What can your government do to help you as a working mom? I don’t usually get very political here, and in my more cynical moments I’m not sure it’s even worth expecting anything from our government on the domestic-policy front, but I did have a few thoughts to contribute.Since it’s a contest, there’s a prize – the article with the most votes/highest rating wins, and today’s […]

Booking Through Thursday: Comfort Food

Booking Through Thursday: Comfort Food

Okay . . . picture this (really) worst-case scenario: It’s cold and raining, your boyfriend/girlfriend has just dumped you, you’ve just been fired, the pile of unpaid bills is sky-high, your beloved pet has recently died, and you think you’re coming down with a cold. All you want to do (other than hiding under the covers) is to curl up with a good book, something warm and comforting that will make you feel better. What […]

Wiki Wednesday 9-12-07

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! What are the odds – for the second week in a row, I’ve got a ship story. This one served during the 20th century, though (in “the big one, WW II”): USS Killen (DD-593), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was a ship of the United States Navy named for Edward Killen, who served in the First Barbary War. […]

More parental perspective – a performance evaluation of sorts

“Kids! I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids today…” If you’re trying to understand how kids/young adults can possibly come to the conclusion that it’s a “responsible” choice to move back in with the parents after college, then this article is a must-read (thanks to the Work It blog for the link).Tom McGrath’s Philadelphia Magazine article “Bad Parents” is long, but worthwhile (and I think that title sentiment may be a little strong – […]

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Cities You Could Live In…

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Cities You Could Live In…

…(for a month, for a year) if you couldn’t live in your own I had some trouble coming up with ten, due to a couple of limitations I placed on myself: I have to have actually been there, at least to visit No weather extremes, one way or another I’m not sure I could truly live in any large, major city at this point in my life; I’ve grown too used to suburban conveniences like […]

In case of emergency…

I’ve always had family in New York. Since June of this year, I’ve had family (my son) in Washington, DC. But six years ago today, I was the mother of a high-school senior in Germantown, Tennessee, and we were watching the news on TV. I’ll leave the remembrances of 9/11 to those who were touched much more directly, although none of us is really left untouched. Somehow, though, the following seems timely… This PSA comes […]

One “wild” weekend

One “wild” weekend

For the record, camping is not my thing. But if it’s not yours either and you’re going to do it anyway, the San Diego Wild Animal Park really knows how to set you up for it – especially if your mom-in-law’s generosity has booked you a “premium” tent with a wooden floor, an actual platform bed, and sleeping bags and pads provided for the kids, so we really had to bring very little except a […]

Just read: “Happiness Sold Separately”

Just read: “Happiness Sold Separately”

Happiness Sold SeparatelyLolly Winston Elinor and Ted Mackey have been unsuccessfully trying to have a baby for awhile, and the strain on their marriage leaves Ted open to an affair with Gina, the personal trainer at his gym. Elinor’s discovery of the affair sets a series of breakups, reconciliations, and realignments of relationships. Despite the overly dramatic plot summary, Winston conveys the story with humor and humanity, as she shifts viewpoints among the three main […]

The lion sleeps (tomorrow) night…

…and we’ll be there! My mom-in-law, operator of “Camp Grandma,” has generously purchased memberships in the Zoological Society of San Diego for us all for the last couple of years. She has also donated – again, very generously – to the Society, and was recently thanked with passes for one of their sleepover events. This weekend, Tall Paul, the Tall Kids, and the Short Stepmom (that’s me) will be spending the night overlooking the Africa […]

The “responsible” child (?) – A parental perspective

I know times have changed, and it’s a lot harder for young adults to get started on their “real” lives these days. The late-night phone calls and long-distance online counseling of my son the insomniac – who actually does seem to be making a decent transition to the post-college, living-on-his-own, working-adult world – have reminded me of this lately. Even so, I have some major disagreements with this post by Penelope Trunk’s recurring guest blogger, […]

Booking Through Thursday 9-6-07: “Goldilocks”

Booking Through Thursday 9-6-07: “Goldilocks”

Okay, so the other day, a friend was commenting on my monthly reading list and asked when I found the time to read. In the ensuing discussion, she described herself as a “goldilocks” when it comes to reading–she needs to have everything juuuuuust right to be able to focus. This caught my attention because, first, I thought that was a charming way of describing the condition, but, two, while we’ve talked about our reading habits, […]

How to be a “bookworm”

Chances are pretty good that if you visit a blog called “Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness” more than once or twice, you may be a reading junkie and have no need of this advice. But via The Happiness Project, here are a few hints (the article lists 20 in all) for nurturing your own, or a loved one’s, reading habit, with running commentary: Keep a reading list. Either in a notebook, on a wiki, or some […]

A breath of fresh air

For the first time in over a week, it was cooler outside than it was in the house this morning! You never saw anyone so glad to be able to open windows. It looks like the heat wave is winding down – our high is forecast for the mid-80’s today, which is a nice change from 100+. We were more fortunate than our friends in the San Fernando Valley, who had no air-conditioning for the […]