Postcard from the road – greetings from Logan, Utah!

I’m working on a vacation diary to share here – with pictures – later on, but just thought I’d check in with a few snippets from our first couple of days on the road. Day 1: leaving home, bound for Cedar City, Utah The short-term goal for the first day of travel was Vegas by lunchtime. Vegas in the early afternoon on Saturday isn’t all bright lights and glitz – it’s more like just plain […]

GUEST POST Book talk: “The Soul of Baseball, ” by Joe Posnanski

GUEST POST Book talk: “The Soul of Baseball, ” by Joe Posnanski

Today’s guest blogger is posting his very first book review, so please be kind. However, his selection is pretty close to his normal sports-blogging turf, and I think he did pretty well with it – but then again, what do I know? I’m only his mother, but I hope you find his contribution as enjoyable as I did. Find out a little more about Chris at the end of this post.================================ It’s probably best to […]

Sunday Bulletin – links, scraps, and snippets

Announcements:*******I’ve had a few people kindly take me up on my request for guest posts during my vacation – and a couple of them aren’t even related to me! Please be sure to check them out, and leave some comment love for: Monday, June 16: Chris Pendley from Left Field Bluffs, making what I’m pretty sure is his first visit to his mom’s blogTuesday, June 17: Teresa DeGagné, my blogless sister, with a contribution to […]

Feelin’ quizzical

Feelin’ quizzical

By the time you check out this collection of my recent experiences with Blogthings, we’ll be on the road – Vegas by lunchtime, Utah tonight, and heading for Yellowstone by Monday night! You Are a Little Negative… You can be negative from time to time, but you rarely go overboard. You have a realistic view of the world, and most people appreciate your honest insights. Like everyone else, you have your darker moods. But when […]

Friday Q&A

Friday Q&A

Since I try to keep it to one post a day around here, here’s one that goes all over the map. I haven’t started a new book yet, so this week, theiPod Random Ten is subbing for the Page 123 Meme. BTW, my husband suggested some more interesting titles for this meme feature – I liked “Frid’ Meme Tomatoes” the best. What do you think? Tuesday Thingers Today’s question is about tags- do you tag? […]

At the movies: “Sex and the City”

At the movies: “Sex and the City”

Sex and the CityRomantic comedy, 2008 I think that Sex and the City is a movie that most people had made their minds up about before it was even released; you either planned to see it or to stay as far away from it as possible, and other people’s reviews and opinions probably weren’t going to sway you either way. I didn’t watch the series from the very beginning (I didn’t have HBO), but I […]

Taking this show on the road!

School’s (almost) out for summer! The last day on the school calendar is June 13, and bright and early the next morning, we get started on our three-generation road trip. Tall Paul, the kids, Mom-in-law, and I are piling into the Wagon Queen Family Truckster (Grandma’s SUV) and making our way to Yellowstone National Park, and stopping by the Grand Canyon on our way home. We have been planning this trip for literally a year. […]

Ten on Tuesday: Workin’ it, annoyingly

10 Things That Annoy You About Work What, we have to stop at ten? We had a similar topic last summer, “10 Things You Don’t Like About Your Job,” so I thought I’d start with those and see if anything has changed (last year’s item is in italics, with a strikeout if it doesn’t apply anymore, and no follow-up comment if it’s still about the same). The commute Still annoying, but now I’m paying more […]

Weekend Assignment #219: Preferred Transportation

The Weekend Assignment is posted each Friday at Outpost Mâvarin; a roundup of responses goes up the following Thursday, so if you’d like to join in, you’ve still got some time. Karen says: Don’t worry if you don’t get your entry in by the end of the weekend. It’s called the Weekend Assignment because John Scalzi originally designed it to give folks something to write on weekends, but times have changed since then. Now the […]

Friday Fill-ins (on Saturday)…with bonus!

In order to compensate for not having the “Friday Fill-ins” done on Friday, I’ve got some extra ones in the second half of this post. ===================================== Friday Fill-Ins #75 Questions courtesy of One Knutty Knitter. Idle hands are probably holding a book (if they’re mine, that is). I love my shower creams and gels from The Body Shop in the shower. My favorite time of the day is when I get home from the office! […]

Friday, Friday – Q&A Day

Friday, Friday – Q&A Day

I’ve been trying to come up with a good encompassing title for my Friday collected-memes post. For now, I think I’m going with “Friday Q&A,” since most of them do involve answering questions. There’s a new one in the mix this week, too. Tuesday Thingers: Why LT? Tuesday Thingers is a new meme especially for LibraryThing users, recently launched by The Boston Bibliophile. This week’s Tuesday Thingers question is: Why LT? Why did you choose […]

The iPod Random Ten, back again (again!)

The iPod Random Ten comes via Karen from Verbatim, and was recently discovered by another Karen, the one from Planet Books. I haven’t done it for awhile myself, but now I’m trying to keep up with the Karens, so I’m bringing it back. Original Karen makes it a Friday feature at her blog, but I think it’s going to be more random here in terms of the day it appears – I think that’s fitting, […]

Book talk: “The Year of Fog,” by Michelle Richmond

Book talk: “The Year of Fog,” by Michelle Richmond

My choice for Book of the Year (Fiction), 2008 The Year of Fog Michelle Richmond (blog) Bantam Discovery (Paperback), 2008 (ISBN 0385340125 / 9780385340120) Fiction, 416 pages First Sentence: Here is the truth, this is what I know: we were walking on Ocean Beach, hand in hand. Book Description: Life changes in an instant. On a foggy beach. In the seconds when Abby Mason—photographer, fiancée, soon-to-be-stepmother—looks into her camera and commits her greatest error.  Six-year-old […]

The Comfort Zone – a Hump Day Hmm

I can’t tell you how many times people have encouraged me to “get out of (my) comfort zone.” They mean well when they say this. They seem to believe that since they’ve seen me do well in some area that, if I give myself a bit of a push, the abilities that helped me succeed in that area might be transferable to another, and I just might be good at that too. They assume that […]

Ten on Tuesday: (Not) waiting on the world to change

This week’s Ten on Tuesday asks for “10 Ways the World Has Changed Since You’ve Been in School.” In which school, I wonder? I haven’t been in a classroom full-time since I graduated from university in April 1987, and those twenty-one years have seen some pretty big changes in life as we know it. However, if I go back to high school (let’s hear it for the Class of ’82!) – not that anyone would […]