Book Club book talk: “Veil of Roses,” by Laura Fitzgerald

Book Club book talk: “Veil of Roses,” by Laura Fitzgerald

Veil of Roses Laura Fitzgerald Bantam, 2006 (paperback) (ISBN 0553383884 / 9780553383881) Fiction, 320 pages First Sentence: As I walk past the playground on my way to downtown Tucson, I overhear two girls teasing a third: Jake and Ella sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. Three sentences from Page 123 Book Description: Tamila Soroush wanted it all. But in Iran, hope is a dangerous thing for a girl. That’s why a one-way plane ticket to America […]

Midweek Scraptacular: News and notes and links and stuff

I didn’t have a lot of links to share this past Sunday – partly because work was so busy last week that I skimped on blog reading! – so I decided to keep the collection open a little while longer this time. Announcements: ******** I have set up a FriendFeed – it’s yet another way to share online activity, centralizing your participation in various services. In my case, it’s recapping blog posts, Twitter updates, LibraryThing […]

Ten on Tuesday: Vacation!

I could actually take the easy way out on this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic, “10 Favorite Vacation Moments,” and link back to the 10 days of vacation moments I recently posted about as the “Road Trip Diary,” but I decided that I should look back further than last month‘s vacation, and see what past experiences stood out. The list is organized by destination and travel year, and some vacations have more than one “moment” […]

Weekly Geeks #11 – Helping Dewey Move

Weekly Geeks #11 is a special assignment – a request for help from our fearless WG leader, Dewey. She says: Here’s the thing. I have a big pile of books waiting to be reviewed.I have less than two weeks before I move. I do not want to have to packand move all these books. So what I would like is some help gettingthese books reviewed, so that I can post my reviews and get rid […]

Weekend Assignment #224: Bad Idea

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 […]

The meme thief strikes again!

I found both of these at Melody’s Reading Corner. Melody does a lot of fun memes, and she does tag…she’s never tagged me, though, so I just appropriated these two. I’m not tagging, as usual, so feel free to play along on your blog if you like! The One Word Meme (All you have to do is answer the questions with one word, and tag four people. ) Where is your cell phone? Desk Your […]

Weekly Geeks #10 – The Magazine Rack

Weekly Geeks #10 – The Magazine Rack

This week’s Weekly Geeks theme is to talk about the magazines we read, and Dewey even provided a handy little meme to get it going. I almost feel like an impostor participating in this one, since my magazine reading has really dwindled since I got involved with blogging, especially since several of my preferred magazines also offer a lot of their content online. There’s only so much time for off-line reading, and given the choice, […]

Friday Q&A

Friday Q&A

Tuesday Thingers July 8, 2008 (hosted by Marie at The Boston Bibliophile) Since we’re past the Fourth of July and the summer season has officially started, what are your plans for the summer? Vacations, trips? Trips that involve reading? Reading plans? If you’re going somewhere, do you do any reading to prepare? Do you read local literature as part of your trip? Have you thought about using the LT Local feature to help plan your […]

Book talk: “Then We Came to the End,” by Joshua Ferris

Book talk: “Then We Came to the End,” by Joshua Ferris

Then We Came to the End: A Novel Joshua Ferris Back Bay Books, 2008 (paperback) (ISBN 031601639X / 9780316016391) Fiction, 416 pages First Sentence: We were fractious and overpaid. Three sentences from Page 123 Book Description: The characters in Then We Came To The End cope with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, secret romance, elaborate pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks. By day they compete for the best office furniture left […]

Road Trip Diary, days 8-10: Grand Canyon, Route 66, and home again

Road Trip Diary, days 8-10: Grand Canyon, Route 66, and home again

This is the last of four posts recounting the story of our 2008 family vacation – the others are here, here, and here. Day 8: Williams, Arizona and the Grand Canyon The kids and I were going to be seeing the Grand Canyon for the very first time, and Tall Paul had arranged for us to go there via the Grand Canyon Railway. It’s not the fastest way there, since it takes 2.25 hours to […]

GUEST POST – Paul’s Ten on Tuesday: Favorite Movie Characters

GUEST POST – Paul’s Ten on Tuesday: Favorite Movie Characters

Please welcome the return of a guest blogger who has been here before and therefore needs little introduction, but I’ll give him some anyway: PAUL VASQUEZ is the father of two terrific kids, a talented illustrator/graphic designer and photographer, a lifelong movie buff, a nerd (and proud to be one, thank you very much), a very smart and funny guy, and, most importantly, my husband, generally better known in these parts as “Tall Paul” (because […]

Road Trip Diary, days 6 & 7: On the road again…

Road Trip Diary, days 6 & 7: On the road again…

Day 6: Yellowstone to Provo, Utah After leaving my contacts out for a full day, my left eye looked and felt much better, and I decided that I’d go ahead and wear my glasses again for the coming day on the road. We got an early breakfast, loaded up the car, and headed out. Our first stop came pretty early – the general store at Grant Village, still inside the park. The Boy had bought […]

Scraps & snippets on Sunday – holiday weekend edition

Announcements: ******* This was just cool: my Road Trip Diary post this past Wednesday was picked up by the Yellowstone Newspaper Online – (slightly belated) “hello” to everyone who’s found their way here via that link! I kind of wish we’d known about this resource before the trip, though :-). Also, if you’re interested in the adventures of someone who’s spending her whole summer at Yellowstone, read this blog. ******* Speaking of travel, Sunshine at […]

Hey, you guys! (All two or three of you…)

Avi, the Work It, Dad! blogger at Work It, Mom! (and husband of WIM founder Nataly), recently had a conversation with his wife that left him feeling challenged to figure out just what men are “really good for.” Here’s his list: 1. Opening jars. 2. Reaching things that are located in high places. 3. Killing bugs. 4. Taking out the garbage. 5. Excelling at random trivia (usually sports and other mundane topics). 6. Carrying heavy […]

At the movies: last weekend’s double feature!

At the movies: last weekend’s double feature!

Get Smart Comedy/action, 2008 “Sorry about that, Chief.” “Missed it by that much.” “Would you believe…?” If you grew up with Get Smart reruns, the prospect of a new movie based on the classic TV comedy may have made you eager to see it (me), apprehensive they’d screw it up (my husband), or some combination thereof. Last weekend, we met our friends Larry and Julie to check out the movie. Tall Paul and Larry are […]