Saturday Review – Holiday Weekend edition

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******Have YOU entered the Second Chance at Summer [Reading] Re-Gifting Giveaway yet? Click on that link to get the details. You’ve got until this coming Friday, September 5, to leave a comment on that post to enter (US residents only, please)!

*******And in related news, my friend Karen is having a back-to-school giveaway on her blog, Nouvelle Blogger, inspired by this past week’s Ten on Tuesday topic – but you only have to tell her FIVE things you disliked about school – so head on over there and do that, why don’t you? (After you’re done reading here, of course.)

*******TOMORROW is the final day to nominate your favorite book blogs (and maybe even this one, if you like) for the Book Blogger Appreciation Week awards! You don’t have to nominate in all categories, you may nominate up to two blogs in any category. You do NOT have to have a book blog – or any blog at all – to make nominations; just e-mail them to BBAWAwards AT gmail DOT com. The categories are listed here, plus the following late additions: Most Altruistic Blog, Funniest/Most Humorous Blog, Best Sci-fi/fantasy/horror/spec-fic blog, and Best Commenter/Commentator.

New in Google Reader
– all for the Books blogroll this week
Presenting Lenore
Bloody Hell, It’s a Book Barrage!
She Is Too Fond of Books
Maw Books Blog
Saturday Silliness (tales from the library and the bookstore)

Random reading
Last Monday night in Denver with the MOMocrats, and related thoughts on passing the feminist torch from ShortWoman; the “fierce urgency” of now, in the context of this week’s events

Yes, it’s that time of year again… Labor Day, that is!

Identifying, and dealing with, the 5-year-olds you work with

Thanks to Heather for pointing out this perspective from another mother of an “only”

Fellow TAR-flies: The new season of The Amazing Race starts on September 28 – meet the racers! But you can probably skip going to the movies for the next couple of months.

For my own “I just don’t get people” file

Selections from some of the LA Moms Blog’s sister sites:

> The blogging/marketing intersection, particularly as it involves the blogging-moms niche, as viewed from the inside
> Three years after Katrina, and still at home on the Gulf Coast – resilience or defiance?
> One take on the Tropic Thunder controversy, and I pretty much agree with it (For the record: Saw the movie last weekend, and it had some funny scenes, but overall, it was just too much. Me to Tall Paul on the way back to the car: “A not-so-bright person once said, ‘There’s a fine line between stupid and clever.’ [We recently watched Spinal Tap again, too] This movie spent too much time on the wrong side of that line.” There’s my review, folks.)

Spam subject line of the week:
How to become men from Mars – what?!? Are they the Aliens (that) deny impregnating Paris Hilton?

Book wishlist
The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, by Jessica Anya Blau
Rabbit in the Moon, by Deborah and Joel Shilan
Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir From an Atomic Town, by Kelly McMasters
American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld (but I’ll be waiting for the paperback release, unless I can win the hardcover or score a review copy!)
She Was by Janis Hallowell
The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner (one of this week’s selections)

Happy Labor Day weekend, y’all – is it weird that we don’t work that day?

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  1. Is it really Saturday already? I have so much to do! Ack! Enough of the panic and onto your post.

    Thank you for the links. I appreciate too all of the shared links that come into my Google Reader from you. The political posts, especially.

  2. Literary Feline – There may be fewer political posts shared next week; this past week was more aligned with my personal leanings.

    Hope you get a lot accomplished this busy weekend :-)!

  3. Thanks for the link love, Florinda. . .I’m still barely treading water. . .hopefully that will change after Tuesday!

  4. Karen – Hang in there; it can take awhile, but it gets better. Oh, wait a minute – are you talking about the blog, or the kids going back to school :-)? That’ll get better too… But you know I’m all about the link love around here.

  5. I almost forgot, but I did nominate you. After it is all said and done, I’ll let you know what category. Good Luck!

    About Tropic Thunder, I haven’t seen it, but I heard, or read, somewhere that the people that will get the most out of it are Hollywood people themselves. Though, the rate it is going money-wise, seems others are going too.

  6. Mike – Thanks for the nomination! I’m not sure how the voting’s actually going to work, but since noms closed today, I guess we’ll find out soon.

    Tropic Thunder definitely had a lot of Hollywood-insider humor – but I think a lot of people like to think of themselves as Hollywood insiders these days, or at least as people who get Hollywood in-jokes.

  7. SITFOB – You’re welcome! I enjoy your blog too.

    There’s not always a spam-of-the-week – depends what comes in the e-mail – but I have a lot of fun with it when there is one!