Weekend assignment #202 (6) – Love Story

Weekend Assignment #201: Valentine’s Day is coming! Tell us a love story. It can be the story of you and your beloved, someone else you know, that celebrity couple you find intriguing, a quick recap of a comedy or tragedy from Shakespeare, Rob Reiner or whomever (with attribution, of course), or a story you make up yourself. All I ask is that it be a tale of love that appeals to you for one reason […]

This week’s Scraptacular

Looking them over, it seems that a lot of the Reader items that I starred this past week were either for my own reference or of relatively narrow interest (that is, maybe three people besides me), but I’ve found a few things to share, even so. New to Google Reader this weekMad Marriage: Confessions of Marriage and Motherhood, via SoCal MomBad Advice, via The Anti-9-to-5 GuideCats & Crime & Rock & Roll, a blog by […]

iPod Random Ten 2-9-08

“Hotel Majestic,” Fountains of Wayne, Traffic and Weather“Hazy Shade of Winter,” Bangles, Greatest Hits“All the Roadrunning,” Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris (from the album of the same name)*“What a Crying Shame,” The Mavericks (from the album of the same name)*“Leave the Pieces,” The Wreckers, Stand Still, Look Pretty“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Miranda Lambert (from the album of the same name)*“Addicted,” Kelly Clarkson, Breakaway“Oh, Atlanta,” Alison Krauss & Union Station, Live“Trouble River,” Bruce Springsteen, 18 Tracks“My Valentine, ” […]

Double feature: High School Memesical AND HSM 2

I have to be honest – I stole this one from Pam at Here, There, and Everywhere at least partly because of the punny title. When I told Tall Paul about it, he asked me to send him the questions, but I told him I’d only do it if he let me post his answers too, so you’re getting a twofer on this one. His answers are the ones in italics. The rules: Fill this […]

Booking Through Thursday 2-7: “But enough about books…”

Booking Through Thursday 2-7: “But enough about books…”

Okay, even I can’t read ALL the time, so I’m guessing that you folks might voluntarily shut the covers from time to time as well… What else do you do with your leisure to pass the time? Walk the dog? Knit? Run marathons? Construct grandfather clocks? Collect eggshells?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 […]

Books, movies, and babies – a convergence

Books, movies, and babies – a convergence

Last weekend was about babies, in one way or another. Baby Proof Emily GiffinSt. Martin’s Griffin (paperback) 2007 (ISBN 0312348657)Fiction, 368 pages First sentence: I never wanted to be a mother. Book description: First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes….a baby carriage? Isn’t that what all women want? Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things […]

Split personality: I’m a Mac AND I’m a PC

Like me, my son’s girlfriend recently became a MacBook owner. One day not long ago, she had this up as her status message in Google Chat*: I miss my macbook track pad when I’m at work :-(. I hear ya, girl. Sort of. I’m still not exactly crazy about the trackpad, but I’ve been getting used to it, since it seems to defeat the purpose of a “laptop” computer to hook a mouse up to […]

Wiki Wednesday 2-6-08

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! Today we’re visiting a five-star hotel in Ottawa, Ontario. I was in Ottawa for a few days when I was about seven years old, visiting my mom’s cousins there – we may have seen this place, but I don’t recall. I’d really like to see more of Canada, though, so perhaps I’ll be able to take […]

Ten on Tuesday 2-5: 10 Things You Can Do Instead of Watching TV

Since the writers’ strike began almost three months ago, there’s been less and less new content worth watching on television, and more discussion of other ways to fill that time. Since my tendency is to watch TV for specific shows and otherwise leave it off, I’ve actually adapted pretty well, although I do have a few shows I’m really missing at this point. I’m going to take this assignment very literally, so my list won’t […]

Weekend assignment #201 (5) – The food rut

As always, the original assignment is posted at Outpost Mâvarin. Write about it in your journal or blog, and then go over there and leave a link in comments. Weekend Assignment #201: To promote a new cooking show, a TV station is going to pay you $500 to eat the same basic meal every day for a week, prepared with only minor variations by their on-screen host. What’s on the menu? (Now, when I say […]

123: The easiest book meme ever

Here goes: 1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).2. Open the book to page 123.3. Find the fifth sentence.4. Post the next three sentences.5. Tag five people. He went over it again and it looked the same. There was no way out, he would gave to speak to her. He put his hand over the bell push. – Atonement, Ian McEwan Via ShortWoman. As usual, I’ll break rule #5 – […]

Scraptacular #2 – the Highlight Reel

I do just about all of my blog-reading through Google Reader, and I have a lot of subscriptions in there. I’m going to share some of the posts I’ve “starred” in there over the course of the week here, and I’ll try to do that on a semi-regular basis, starting now (but I’m not yet ready to commit to how “semi” that “regular” basis will be…we’ll have to see how it goes). Maybe you’ll find […]

Language lessons

My uncle’s a great guy, but most of the e-mails he forwards on are irritating in one way or another – very off-color jokes, political screeds that are opposed to my views, that sort of thing. Every now and then, though, he sends along something interesting. I enjoyed these pieces on the idiosyncrasies of the English language, and they kind of fit in with the “reading” thing – plus, you can’t get an easier post […]

iPod Random Ten 2-1: Serve ’em up!

“If music be the food of love, play on…” I’ve mentioned that I like putting my iPod-selections posts into a framework. I came up with his one all by myself! Here’s what we’ll be serving up today at Café del iPod: Breakfast –“Traffic and Weather,” Fountains of Wayne(Always a good idea to check both of these first thing in the morning, I say) Morning coffee break –“Hold on Tight,” ELO Lunch –“I’m Looking Through You,” […]

Parenthood, step by step

There was an interesting On Balance post recently in which Leslie Morgan Steiner discussed a recent conversation with a stepfather: I asked what it was like to be a step-dad to a 15-year-old girl. “Awful,” he said. “A totally impossible job. I am completely a third wheel, unwelcome, un-thanked. But I love her, she’s a great kid, and obviously I’m really happy about being with her mother. Everything I do is like training for a […]