A quick book meme: The Book Nearest You

Here’s a little book meme I’m borrowing from Literary Feline. Please play along on your own blog if you like! Take the nearest book next to you and answer the following questions: Title and Author: The Fourth Bear – A Nursery Crime, by Jasper Fforde Is the book dedicated to anyone? If so, who? Dedicated to the author’s mother (awww!) What is the first sentence? The little village of Obscurity is remarkable only for its […]

(More than) two sides to the coin

(More than) two sides to the coin

We got a forwarded-to-everyone-in-the-address-book e-mail from my uncle urging a boycott of the soon-to-be-issued $1 coin because the wording “In God We Trust” has been removed(!). Note that only one side of the coin is pictured.But my enterprising husband – one of whose pet peeves is indiscriminate e-mail forwarding of unverified rumors – went to the US Mint’s website to find a graphic of the new coin. The wording’s still there, but relocated to the […]

Are we cool yet?

Thanks to Karen for this link to a short quiz to find out if you’ve gotten any “cooler” over the years – it seems like an appropriate way to follow up on the Nerd Test. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,308 other subscribers Email Address Subscribe

A little late for Boss’ Day, but anyway…

Thanks to Time’s Work In Progress blog for this post from Tuesday 10/16. Save the list below for reference for next year’s Boss’ Day – although if you really have a boss that fits this, you probably don’t have much to celebrate. WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR BOSS ON BOSS’ DAY by Jeffrey Yamaguchi “Thanks for ‘working from home’ so much.” “Thanks for giving me that copy of Who Moved My Cheese? — I was […]

The Anniversary Waltz: Random things about our wedding, part 2 – Props

The Anniversary Waltz: Random things about our wedding, part 2 – Props

(In honor of the first anniversary of my second marriage on October 21, I’m doing some reminiscing.) All pictures in this post are credited to, and copyrighted by, Michael Getlin Fine Photography/Getlin Media and are used by permission for personal/non-commercial purposes. Even if you’re trying to keep a wedding fairly small and not too complicated, the amount of info and stuff involved can quickly get overwhelming. The wedding industry is well aware of this, and […]

iPod Random Ten 10-19-07

“Rehab,” Amy Winehouse“I Who Have Nothing,” Jordin Sparks (Yes, I downloaded some American Idol performances last season – I guess the secret’s out now)“Can’t Get It Out of My Head,” Fountains of Wayne“My Valentine,” Rhett Miller“Right in Time,” Lucinda Williams“Up the Junction,” Squeeze“There Will Come a Day,” Melinda Doolittle“Promises in the Dark,” Pat Benatar“Rosalita (Come Out Tonight),” Bruce Springsteen“Testing 1,2,3,” Barenaked Ladies If these are the next 10 songs coming up on the World’s Weirdest […]

The Anniversary Waltz: Random things about our wedding, part 1 – Plans

The Anniversary Waltz: Random things about our wedding, part 1 – Plans

(In honor of the first anniversary of my second marriage on October 21, I’m doing some reminiscing. And regardless of your marital status or how long it’s been since you were involved in a wedding, there’s lots of fun and relevant reading to be found on the new wedding blog AisleDash. I know some of the bloggers there from their work elsewhere, and have been throwing in my two cents as a commenter here and […]

The young conservatives

Back on my favorite soapbox again, but I’ll try to keep it brief this time. Penelope Trunk’s latest post on the Millenials suggests that they’re a basically conservative generation, craving stability above all. They’re not big-risk takers, and they’re not rebels; they want their parents to help them figure out adult life. (That we knew.) Somehow, for me, that doesn’t exactly jibe with the picture she’s been drawing of these “emerging adults” as the group […]

Wiki Wednesday 10-17-07

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! Not the Kelly Clarkson song, but another with the same title: “Because of You” is a popular song. It was written by Arthur Hammerstein and Dudley Wilkinson in 1940 for the movie I Was An American Spy. A 1951 recording by Tony Bennett (Columbia Records catalog number 39362, recorded April 4, 1951) was the first major […]

Family-friendly workplaces – another view

I hang out with the working moms, and I’m one of them – I’ve been one for over 20 years. And throughout my career, there’s been a lot of talk about how responsive employers are – or aren’t, or should be – to the needs of their employees with families. There’s also been related talk about how accommodations to these employees might slight employees who don’t have those needs. For every action, an equal and […]

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things About Me – True or False?

The “Ten on Tuesday” site was down on Tuesday the 9th, so there’s no official prompt for this week. Sorry folks! The Ten on Tuesday database seems to be corrupt. I’m working on fixing it, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be back up (soon). While we’re down, take the time to write a (top) ten list of your choice! That assignment actually fits very well with this one: My agency had its […]

24-Hour Read-a-Thon this weekend!

I’m probably not going to be officially participating in this – too many other plans for the upcoming weekend, including my wedding anniversary! – but I think it’s a great idea and will be doing my little part in reading and supporting the readers. Saturday, October 20 is the day of the 24-Hour Read-a-thon. (Your 24-hour period begins whenever you wake up.) People who sign up to be readers are committing to reading books, posting […]