Book talk: “The Man of My Dreams”

Book talk: “The Man of My Dreams”

The Man of My DreamsCurtis Sittenfeld I read Curtis Sittenfeld’s first novel, Prep, earlier this year, and it earned a place on my personal “best first novels” list. Her second book, The Man of My Dreams, avoids the archetypal “sophomore slump,” but it didn’t hit me in quite the same way. One reason for that is probably the choice of third-person narration in this novel, which always has less of a sense of immediacy to […]

Strikeout

I work in Hollywood, but not as part of “Hollywood” – my closest connection to “the industry” is my brother-in-law, who manages several local production studios for a cable-TV company. But the writers’ strike is the talk of our town right now, and if it lasts too long – the last time one happened, in 1988, it lasted 22 weeks – it will probably be the talk of your town too, since there won’t be […]

That’s amazing!

That’s amazing!

Many, many thanks to Wendy, better known as Literary Feline of Musings of a Bookish Kitty, for giving me my very first blogging award! She’s a regular Booking Through Thursday participant and a thoughtful book reviewer, and I’ve picked up a few fun memes from her lately. She is also a recent recipient of the Amazing Blogger Award, and shared the love! It’s amazing just being part of the great blogging community. Many of the […]

The 3 R’s of LOLcats

I’ve tried to avoid the whole LOLcats thing – I’m holding out for the LOLdogs, since that would be more my speed. But this I couldn’t resist – giving my blog the LOLinator treatment. Here’s an excerpt: hoem 4 holidays 4 first tiem in awhile… i wil b preparin both thanksgivin n xxxmass day dinna in my own kitchen thiz year… n i’m lookin forward 2 it. maybe i had long enough vacation frm it… […]

Home for the holidays

Home for the holidays

For the first time in awhile, I will be preparing both Thanksgiving and Christmas Day dinners in my own kitchen this year, and I’m looking forward to it. Maybe I’ve had a long enough vacation from it, but it’s also because I actually enjoy being a host and getting to feed people. Besides, having the holiday gatherings on my turf gives me a lot more control over events, not to mention the menu. And we […]

What we’re all about

This “About Us” meme comes via Literary Feline (I’ve been picking up some fun stuff from her lately.) I am publicly inviting my husband to comment in writing – here on this blog – if he would have answered anything differently. The basic facts:Who is your significant other? My husband, “Tall” PaulHow long have you been together? 2.5 yearsDating/Engaged/Married? Married – just celebrated our first anniversary on October 21How old is your Significant Other? Mid-40’s […]

iPod Random Ten 11-9-07

Happy Friday! A little morning music to get things started, featuring: “Waiting on the World to Change,” John Mayer, Continuum“Bad Medicine,” Bon Jovi, New Jersey“Radio, Radio,” Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Very Best of Elvis Costello & The Attractions“Substitute,” The Who, Hail Brittania: The British Invasion 1964-1968“Another Postcard,” Barenaked Ladies, Everything Acoustic“It’s The End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” R.E.M., In Time – Best of R.E.M. “Back to […]

Booking Through Thursday 11-7: “Volume”

Booking Through Thursday 11-7: “Volume”

Would you say that you read about the same amount now as when you were younger? More? Less?Why? Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves! When I was younger, I almost consumed books. I read all the time. If it took me more than a few days to finish a […]

Warning! Dangerous ideas ahead!

Warning! Dangerous ideas ahead!

A well-meaning friend forwarded this to me, and a list of other people, via e-mail last week, with the subject line “Warning – A MUST NOT SEE Movie!”: The Golden Compass, a new movie starring Nicole Kidman and due to be released in December, is based on one of an evil trilogy of books written by atheist, Philip Pullman, who acknowledges that his books are about killing God. Don’t be fooled by either the fantasy […]

A clean slate – or should I say a clean sink?

A clean slate – or should I say a clean sink?

Sometimes my husband calls me “Bubbles.” That’s as in “Scrubbing Bubbles.” The man is actually married to someone who gets a great deal of satisfaction from cleaning bathrooms. Whenever Mom-in-law comes to visit, she’s always complimentary about how clean and well-kept our place is. One thing I’ve noticed is that neat will often give the casual observer the same impression as clean, but as far as I’m concerned they’re not the same thing. Like many […]

Wiki Wednesday 11-7-07

Wiki Wednesday 11-7-07

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! This isn’t what you might initially think it is: Talladega Gran Prix Raceway is a 1.33 mile (2.14 km) 10 turn road course located near Munford, Alabama. “Little Tally” as it is also known has no affiliation with Talladega Superspeedway, instead it takes its name from the nearby Talladega National Forest. // The track was originally […]

Ten on Tuesday 11-6: Ten Words To Describe You

Ten on Tuesday 11-6: Ten Words To Describe You

The “official” Ten on Tuesday is back! This week’s prompt is one of those things that sounds pretty simple, but can turn out not to be: Ten Words That Describe You Thoughtful Caring Curious Humorous Loyal Nerdy Practical Generous Introverted Petite The thing about an exercise like this is that I find it hard to nail it down to ten – at first I can’t think of that many, and then it gets more complicated […]

A weekend in Avalon

A weekend in Avalon

Santa Catalina Island is located 26 miles off the coast of Southern California, accessible only by boat or air (if you can afford a helicopter or private plane); your actual mileage may vary depending on mode of transportation and departure point. 88% of the island is owned by a nature conservancy and will never be developed. There’s a small village on the western side of the island, at Two Harbors, but most of the action […]

Just ride it out

Just ride it out

Alexandra Levit recently posted this on her Water Cooler Wisdom blog under the title “Troubleshooting Airport Delays,” but I think they’re great suggestions for getting through many situations that are just plain out of your control – and those happen more than we sometimes like to admit. I think Americans like to feel that we’re a can-do, fix-it, whatever-it-takes, accept-no-obstacles people – but sometimes that’s just not the case, like it or not. An excerpt: […]

Kids actually listen, so be careful what you say

Kids actually listen, so be careful what you say

This is officially designated as a “lazy (Sunday) post.” Both of these things came to me via e-mail this week, from two different people – one’s been around before, and one was new to me. But they have a common theme, and they both made me laugh. What I Learned From My Mother (and I honestly remember hearing quite a few of these phrases when I was growing up) 1. My mother taught me TO […]