Saturday Review 3-7-09

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**** Current Events Department: It’s BIRTHDAY MONTH! Sunshine is throwing the big party for all the March babies over at …and the pursuit of happiness. If this is your month, be sure to stop by and let her know! (I already have my button over in the sidebar.) And if you’re not fortunate enough to have been born during March, you’re not being left out of the fun – she has an “unbirthday” button for you.

**** Worthy Causes Department: Dawn of She Is Too Fond of Books will be participating in the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk in June, and you can help support her efforts to raise funds and awareness for this disease, which has touched so many of our lives.

**** Self-promotion Department: In the interest of cleaning up the presentation here, I have moved this blog’s awards to their own page, which can be reached via a link in the sidebar if you’re interested. The newest addition is the Proximadade Award, for which I must thank Dreamybee of Subliminal Intervention.

**** Worthless Surveys Department: In the Weekend Assignment post about taxes last week, I remarked that Karen Funk Blocher and I were both members of the Association of Blogging Accountants. Savvy Working Gal has officially joined our ranks, and I’d love to know if there are any more of you out there – please de-lurk in the comments, fellow number-crunchers! And tell me – do you ever blog about anything accounting-related? If you do…good heavens, why?

New arrivals in Google Reader
The Book Lady’s Blog
Across the Blogiverse

I have a post related to this topic planned for my upcoming Blogiversary (March 16), but meanwhile, more thoughts on tribes, dissension in the ranks, moms who market, and blogger communities. Somewhat related: Times change, but there are always unconventional mothers

Science says: A little bit of TV won’t rot your baby’s brain (and millions of parents say “duh”)

Hey, watch your language – it’s No-Cussing Week! (Seriously. WTF? Oops!)

A career path, or more like a wander?

When times get tough, the tough…buy lottery tickets?

Girls just want to…show off?

Speling kowntz (a note from the teacher)

American Idol fans have speculated about producer conspiracies for years now, but the question this time comes from…a Season 6 finalist. (*Which reminds me: Top 13? Isn’t that asking for trouble?*) Also on the Reality-TV Channel: I’ve never watched this particular show, and here are all the reasons why I don’t plan to start

More channel surfing: Quote of the Week, from Thursday night’s episode of The Office:

Dwight (to Michael): ”You’re not letting natural selection do its work. You’re like the guy who invented the seatbelt.”

Have you played the “Friday Feud” at Kittling: Books yet? Yes, I know it’s Saturday, but I’ll bet you can still get in on it. This week’s challenge: “Name a food that would be hard to eat with chopsticks.”

I am NOT wearing this sweater!

The Holy Grail has been found (in the Chicago suburbs, of all places)!

Blogthings Quiz of the Week:
When you’re confronted with a problem, you take it on immediately – but with your eyes wide open.
You deal with stress well. You take things as they come, and you don’t panic.

In fact, you often enjoy challenging situations. Difficulty makes you feel alive.
You are alert and observant. You notice every twist and turn in the road.

It’s that long and winding road, y’all…

Orientation session, via Not Always Right

Custom Framing Store, Retail | Texas, USA
Customer: β€œDo you have any frames that fit a 7Γ—5 photo?”
Coworker: β€œYes.”
Customer: β€œI like THIS one, but you only have it in 5Γ—7.”
Coworker: β€œYes?”
Customer: *whines*
Coworker: β€œUm…”
Customer: β€œBut I need one that’s 7Γ—5, not 5Γ—7!”
Coworker: *slowly turns the frame on its side*
Customer: β€œOh, wow!
Bookmarks: Reading-related reading

The reader’s bill of rights, and a question: is it ever OK to hate a book?

Good reasons to read, by a nine-year-old Booking Daughter

Books that caught my eye this week:
The Brightest Moon of the Century, by Christopher Meeks
One Big Happy Family (anthology), edited by Rebecca Walker
The Stepmother, by Carrie Adams
Homefront, by Kristen J. Tsetsi
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, by Lewis Buzbee
A Comrade Lost and Found: A Beijing Story, by Jan Wong (via

Enjoy your weekend, and if you’re reading this in the USA, don’t forget to set your clocks ahead tonight (unless you’re in Arizona, Hawaii, or certain counties in Indiana)!

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  1. Kathy (Bermudaonion) – I can think of worse signs than that one. I saw someone else who was “curves ahead” earlier this week, but I forget who it was :-).

    Amy – I like her blog a lot already :-).

  2. Magpie – That one was hilarious – and, evidently, a real book. I don’t knit, but I think I’d stick to conventional yarn if I did.

  3. If anyone needs dog hair for knitting purposes I have plenty at my house. I’ll sell it cheap!

    I think it’s okay to hate a book, but maybe if you review it you can find a nicer way to say that. I’ve hated plenty.

    I think I now need to buy that beer now so I can review it. πŸ™‚

  4. Mike – Ever thought about taking up knitting with dog hair yourself, and selling the finished products? You might make more money that way. I have the perfect product idea – dog sweaters :-D!

    Most book bloggers don’t seem to review books they’ve really disliked. In some cases, it’s because they don’t quit them, and won’t review a book they haven’t finished.

    And yes, I agree – you need to do a product review of Holy Grail ale!

  5. Personally I think everyone who buys one of those sweaters should get a free flea collar. 😎

    Thanks for mentioning Friday Feud!

    Kathy–speaking as one of the Curves Ahead, I have a few I’m willing to give you! LOL

  6. Cathy – I knew I’d seen another “curves ahead” somewhere – thanks for coming out of hiding :-).

    I think the free flea collar would be the perfect “gift with purchase” for a dog-hair sweater.