**** I screwed up and missed the official DeLurking Day this past Monday, so I issued a second-chance invitation for lurkers to come out and comment on Tuesday’s post. If you didn’t take me up on it then, please consider this your second second chance – speak up and say hello!
**** Y’all know I participate in the “Weekend Assignment” writing exercises based at Outpost Mâvarin. Karen‘s been asking for topic ideas. I sent her a few last week, and now I am “guest professor” this week! This is the prompt:
You have a six-month paid sabbatical, and you can spend it anywhere you like EXCEPT on a beach drinking margaritas. Where do you go, and what do you do while you’re there?
Please join in – you have all week (till next Thursday) – not just the weekend – to write a response, post it on your own blog, and link to it in comments at the Outpost! My own response will be posted here on Tuesday (I guess I’d better come up with one, huh?).
The Siren, Syncopated (as introduced by her husband, Unfocused Me)
Spynotes (by way of the above-mentioned Siren)
Advice You Did Not Ask For (Amanda of the LA Moms Blog)
Book-a-rama (in the “why did it take me so long to add this book blog?” file – sorry, Chris!)
The Weekly Geeks feed, via Maw Books (again, why did it take me so long? – I have a bunch more new blog discoveries here!)
The 2012 Republican Presidential ticket – Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber?! Also, why parents have only half a brain. (Please note that these two links have nothing to do with each other except for having come from the same blog!)
This one’s not exactly a “fun” link, but she’s wondering: pedophile or pervert?
If you’ve ever wondered exactly what bloggers mean when we talk about our “community,” here’s an excellent explanation.
It’s tough to turn off the “act like a mom” switch..; sometimes it’s tough to BE a mom, period, and there’s no switch to turn off; and sometimes I realize I’m too young to act this old (my latest LA Moms Blog post – and no, that picture is NOT Tall Paul and me!)
Digging out the old yearbooks, a/k/a the place to look up people to look up on Facebook. Speaking of Facebook…; and speaking of yearbooks, a former substitute teacher’s not-so-fond memories, and a current one’s trials and tribulations; this book review includes a memory of middle-school awkwardness that one would never want to see in the yearbook
Romance and the recession (it’s official, so we can use that word now…)
A new meme just for the ladies
(Evil) genius of the week, via Not Always Right:
** Here’s another reading challenge that someone who “doesn’t do reading challenges” (yes, that’s me) would seriously consider doing; this one’s not about what you read, but why you read – to raise money for reading-related charities. The Year of Readers began on January 1, but you can join any time – click on that link to find out more. Thanks to Tanabata for the heads-up on this one!
** Hey, why haven’t you been reading? Play along with Gautami Tripathy‘s “I have been lazy, hence I make excuses” meme, and come up with some lame answers to that question! Here are mine:
- “I have to leave those books where they are so the table doesn’t move.”
- “If I open these books, they’ll lose their collector value.” (Wait a minute…I think that’s just comic books.)
- “I AM reading! I just know how to do it with my eyes closed.” (That one’s actually pretty close to the truth, every night before I turn the light out…)
“Literacy rates are increasing” sounds good, but how are they calculated – what counts and what doesn’t? Does your favorite type of reading qualify you to be “a reader”?
Books that caught my eye this week:
Rock Bottom. by Michael Shilling
Breathing Out the Ghost, by Kirk Curnutt
The Cradle, by Patrick Somerville
Love and Other Natural Disasters, by Holly Shumas
The Senator’s Wife, by Sue Miller
Greasy Rider, by Greg Melville (via DearReader.com – the true story of a cross-country drive in a car converted to run on used deep-fryer oil)
Enjoy your weekend – hope you’ve got a three-day one! If you’re where it’s cold, which is almost everywhere except where I am, please keep safe and warm. And don’t forget to de-lurk!