Gone to the dogs

Gone to the dogs

I grew up with cats as pets, but when I grew up, I switched sides. I tend to call myself a “total dog person,” but that’s not entirely true. While I’m very fond of dogs in general, there are certain breeds and varieties I love dearly, while I have little use for others; and of course, dogs I encounter on an individual basis are evaluated on their own merits, although I’ll admit to prejudice for […]

Ten on Tuesday 1-22: Way Back When

This week’s Ten on Tuesday prompt is “10 Things That Were Better ‘Way Back When’.” Way back when? I think that’s left unspecified on purpose, so you can go wherever you want to in your Wayback Machine with this one. Back to times you’ve read about, but don’t personally remember, like the turn of the century – 19th into 20th, that is? Back when your parents were kids – the 1950’s and 1960’s, maybe? When […]

Weekend assignment #199 – “When do you sleep?”

The Weekend Assignment is based at Outpost Mavarin. If you choose to play, post your discussion of the week’s question on your own blog, then leave a comment and link on the main assignment post. A roundup of links to all the responses will be posted on Thursday, and next weekend’s assignment will be up next Friday. Weekend Assignment #199: What is your usual sleep schedule on weeknights? Are you an “early to bed, early […]

Journey to Nerdvana

Journey to Nerdvana

For the first time in my life, I have boldly gone where many other geeks have gone before, and my nerd cred is way up after this weekend. The Starship Enterprise – in every version of the NCC-1701, from A to E – has landed in Long Beach, California for a month. Based on the Las Vegas attraction The Star Trek Experience, the show features sets, props, and costumes from over 40 years of Star […]

Guest post – “Paulology”

I begged Tall Paul to let me put this up. It’s his version of the “Ology meme” I did earlier this week, and he decided to answer it himself during some downtime, which he then e-mailed to me. He’s a funny geek in a cool guy’s body. Well, he makes me laugh, anyway, so here’s my husband with his second guest post! MOUTHOLOGY Q. What is your salad dressing of choice?A. Italian. They make a […]

Got anything to eat? Food for thought

Got anything to eat? Food for thought

You’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Do you agree? Do you agree in principle, but not in action? Seriously, you need to eat breakfast. It has so many proven benefits. Denise at BlogHer has a roundup of posts about the importance of breakfast, and it pointed me to the “What Kind of Breakfast Are You?” Blogthings quiz posted at Melody’s Reading Corner. Here’s what it told me: You […]

Booking Through (and right past) Thursday: “Let’s Review”

Booking Through (and right past) Thursday: “Let’s Review”

Thursday was a crazy day, so this is going up a little late! This week’s question is suggested by Puss Reboots: How much do reviews (good and bad) affect your choice of reading? If you see a bad review of a book you wanted to read, do you still read it? If you see a good review of a book you’re sure you won’t like, do you change your mind and give the book a […]

My dream guy

One of the questions in the “musical meme” I posted recently, in which the answers were provided by the songs that cane up randomly on my iPod, was “What do you like in a guy?” I’ve known exactly how to answer that question ever since I read Christopher Moore’s summary description of his protagonist, Tucker Case, in Island of the Sequined Love Nun: “a geek in a cool guy’s body.” Mind you, that was not […]



Let others know a little bit more about you; repost this with your name and “ology” at the end – and your own answers, of course! I usually get this kind of thing via e-mail, but in this case, I picked up both the meme and the “self-definition quiz” at the end of it from Sunshine. MOUTHOLOGY Q. What is your salad dressing of choice?A. Ken’s Steakhouse brand Lite Northern Italian or Sweet Vidalia Onion; […]

Wiki Wednesday 1-16-08

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! British military history class today: The 63rd Regiment of Foot known as “The Bloodsuckers”, was a British Army regiment in the 18th and 19th centuries. As part of the Childers Reforms, the 63rd and the 96th Regiments of Foot amalgamated in 1881 to form The Manchester Regiment the heritage continuing through to The King’s Regiment in […]

What’s great about the Golden State

Busy Mom lost a wager with Matthew at Child’s Play x2 (which I’m adding to my “dad blogs” subscriptions) over the Tennessee Titans/San Diego Chargers playoff game last week, and her payment was a post in praise of California. I think she did pretty well at hitting the high points for someone who claims to have spent less than 48 hours of her entire life in the state, so here’s her list, with comments added […]

Yo, dawg! It’s back again tonight!

The trainwreck begins! But if you’re an American Idol watcher, you probably don’t need me to tell you that – and if you don’t watch it, you probably don’t care that the new season starts tonight with the first audition-clip show. But you know, it’s not like there’s much else to watch these days…and since it appears that the rest of the season for scripted TV may be officially trashed now (and next year thrown […]

Ten on Tuesday 1-15: 10 Movies That Disappointed You

This week’s Ten on Tuesday topic, “10 Movies That Disappointed You,” has been unexpectedly difficult for me. I have a few ideas why: I tend to base my decision on whether or not to see most movies on the consensus of reviews – and if they’re mostly unfavorable, I probably won’t go. Therefore, I avoid setting myself up to be disappointed in the first place. On the other hand, there are certain movies I will […]

The challenge: working with (and wanting – oh, and reading) what you’ve got

Even if one doesn’t go on record and “officially” make New Year’s resolutions, there’s something about the turn of the calendar that seems to prompt a round of “out with the old, and in with the new.” Or at least the “out with the old” part…some of it, anyway. It can help you find new ways of looking at what you have left. Tall Paul and I spent most of the first weekend in January […]

Weekend assignment #198: Winter’s Winning Ways

We’re officially still within the first 30 days of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, so we’ve got quite a bit of it to get through before the spring solstice. This may therefore be a good time to cultivate an appreciation for the season, which I will encourage thus: Weekend Assignment #198: What is your favorite thing about winter? Whether you love this time of year, hate it or merely endure it, you should be able […]