Scraptacular – “birthday weekend” edition

New in Google Reader this week
Bookbabie, courtesy of the “six-word-memoir” meme
Defending Pandora, via Working Girl
Candid Karina and Cafe Karina (same Karina), both via Literary Feline
Were your lights out for Earth Hour last night? I had intended to observe it, but as it turned out, our participation was inadvertent; we weren’t home! We did leave one light on, since I don’t like coming home to a dark house, but it was a 3-way CFL bulb on the lowest setting.

Ever get the feeling you’re just not working enough? The fourth item in the “tips” list has tripped me up way too many times.

Speaking of work, one way to stand out from all the finger-pointers is to own up to your mistakes. If you ask me, this shouldn’t be news, but it just doesn’t seem to be that common anymore; “mistakes were made,” but who admits to being the one who made them? It’s OK, don’t panic – it may be a setback, but it’s not the end of the world.

BlogHers Susan Mermit and Liz Rizzo on commitment and communication: Susan’s post is a discussion of how and why couples trying to strengthen and build their relationships need to learn how to disagree with one another (it took marriage #2 for me to accept that idea, and I’m still working on it); Liz reiterates this in talking about how not learning this can sometimes be an “easy out” of a relationship.

And speaking of relationships (sort of): Guys can’t read women? Who’d have guessed that?

Sometimes your kids will drive you to this. (I know mine has…)

The evolution of friends, “friends”, and the Facebook follies

Female bonding is a great thing, except when it isn’t anymore, and prompts flashbacks to junior high.

The Sound of Music onstage with The Mom Bomb

You’ve got just two minutes to take this Mental_Floss quiz created by Verbatim‘s Karen!

From the other side of the height spectrum, one quote in this post from a 6-feet-4 female college student stood out for me:

…In the end, however, I had no disease or syndrome. My parents are 6-foot-3 and 5-foot-10, so I was simply the extraordinary product of two tall individuals.

I can say the precise opposite. My parents were 5-feet-4 and 5-feet-even, so at 4-feet-8, I’m simply the “extraordinary product” of two short individuals.

And finally: Some reasons why I do this link-a-palooza (almost) every week in the first place, and a perspective on what we’re doing in the blogiverse to begin with.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  1. I failed the quiz. I missed my wife’s and mom’s signs. I was never good at those.

    Hope you had a good night out. I forgot about the lights. Don’t tell anyone.

  2. I’m glad you found Karina’s blogs. I enjoy reading her blogs quite a bit.

    About ten minutes before Earth Hour, I told my husband we needed to turn out the lights for the hour and then 15 minutes it my husband asked, “Weren’t you going to turn out the lights?” I’d forgotten in that short time!

    As always, I enjoyed checking out your links, Florinda.

    I just looked at the clock and now am wondering why I’m still up. It’s a work night. I should be in bed fast asleep. Off I go! Have a great week, Florinda!

  3. Literary Feline – I am incapable of being up so late on work night, Wendy; you must be a night owl! πŸ™‚

    Glad you enjoyed the links, and thanks for the heads-up on Karina’s blogs.

  4. Thanks for the link love. Glad to hear you’re enjoying my blogs. I’m going to poke around yours a bit as well. πŸ˜€

  5. Karina – Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll be back! I learned about your blogs from Wendy (Literary Feline), and I know she wouldn’t steer me wrong. πŸ™‚