Please excuse Florinda from blogging today

I just don’t have anything prepared for today! I’m scrambling to get the TBIF memes done for tomorrow. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, and I’ve really had trouble making time for writing. It’s been tough keeping up with my blog reading as well, so this week’s Saturday Review may be on the lightweight side again.

I am brewing a few posts for the near future, including some themed entries for next week (leading up to Mother’s Day), and I think I’ll have some time to work on them over the weekend. I have jury duty next Monday – and I won’t know till then if it will last any longer – so I expect to be able to get some reading and writing done then, too.

Meanwhile, please accept my apologies for this place holder, and know that I’ll be back soon!

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 8 other subscribers

Weekly Geeks 2009-15: Critters in Literature (and film, too!)

Weekly Geeks 2009-15: Critters in Literature (and film, too!)

This Weekly Geeks theme comes from animal lover Wendy of Caribousmom: How many of us remember a favorite pet from our childhood? Or have enjoyed visiting the zoo? Or relish in walking in the woods and hearing birdsong, or seeing a deer leap away through the brush? How many of us have been thrilled by a soaring eagle? How often have we sought the comfort of a dog or cat, or wept tears of loss […]

Who won “What to Read When”?

Who won “What to Read When”?

I opened a giveaway for my slightly-copy of Pam Allyn‘s What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child – and All the Best Times to Read Them on April 13, when I posted my review. It’s taken me a few days to get around to choosing the winner, but thanks to our friends as Random.org, the verdict is in! There were 16 items in your list. Here they are in […]

Tuesday Book Talk: The Festival!

Tuesday Book Talk: The Festival!

The last weekend in April is always a great time for Southern California book lovers, as we make our way to the UCLA campus to party with the books! I don’t usually go for the entire weekend, but this year I made a full day of it on Saturday – and it was a full day. Several book bloggers had been planning to meet up and experience the Festival together, but no thanks to a […]

A poor citizen of Planet Earth (Weekend Assignment #264)

A poor citizen of Planet Earth (Weekend Assignment #264)

Inspired by last week’s observation of Earth Day, Karen asks: Weekend Assignment #264: A lot has changed since 1970, when the first Earth Day took place and had an unexpectedly large impact. In the current, uh, climate of global warming, eco-friendly marketing and recent attempts to gut environmental protections, how much of an effort do you make in your daily routine to help protect the environment?Extra Credit: Do you observe Earth Day in any way? […]

Saturday Review 4-25: This week around the blogiverse

The links are a little sparse this week, folks – my apologies. It has been Hell Week at work, and it’s probably going to last longer than just a week; we’re in the midst of two separate audits, which has made for some long days and led to the use of the “mark all as read” button in Google Reader a few times. I’ve gone to UCLA for the Festival of Books today – I’ll […]

TBIF: Thank blog it’s Friday! This week in memes and books

TBIF: Thank blog it’s Friday! This week in memes and books

Musing Monday, hosted at Just One More Page… Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about 2009 favourites… Coming towards the end of April, we’re a third of the way through the way through the year. What’s the favourite book you’ve read so far in 2009? What about your least favourite? (question courtesy of MizB) It’s been a decent reading year so far. My pace hasn’t been too bad – 13 reviews posted to date, which is […]

Book Festivals and zombie chickens!

Book Festivals and zombie chickens!

One of the highlights of my year is happening this weekend: it’s time again for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA, and not even a Zombie Chicken attack can stop it! (Celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar) My trip to the Festival is going to be a bit different this year. I first attended in 2006, accompanied by my then-fiancé Tall Paul. The highlights that year were the giant […]

A minor league gal in a Major League town

A minor league gal in a Major League town

Baseball’s back, baby! Play ball! I was raised on baseball. It’s a sport I can actually follow. Everyone takes his turn, and everyone has a specific job responsibility on the field. I can make sense out of it. I was raised on New York Yankees baseball, actually. My dad spent many hours of his youth and young adulthood in Yankee Stadium, where he saw many of the legends play with his own eyes, and at […]

Not-Entirely-Fearless Predictions! (Weekend Assignment #263)

Not-Entirely-Fearless Predictions! (Weekend Assignment #263)

Karen has issued a challenge this week, rather than given a mere assignment – predict the future! Weekend Assignment #263 : Predict one, two or three things you expect to happen (or so you claim!) before 2009 is over. It can be a logical extrapolation from current conditions, wish fulfillment, an attempt to show off your psychic ability, if any, or random silliness, or some combination thereof. Extra Credit: Have you ever predicted something unlikely, […]

Monday Book Talk: “The Mighty Queens of Freeville,” by Amy Dickinson

Monday Book Talk: “The Mighty Queens of Freeville,” by Amy Dickinson

Thanks to Nicole Bruce at The Book Report Network for offering a copy of this book for review! The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, A Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them Amy Dickinson Hyperion, 2009 (hardcover) (ISBN 1401322859 / 9781401322854) Memoir, 240 pages First sentence: One December day in the mid-1980’s, I looked out the front window of my mother’s house and watched my soon-to-be husband walking up the road. Book description: Millions […]

Saturday Review 4/18 – This week around the blogiverse

Saturday Review 4/18 – This week around the blogiverse

Bulletin Board – Announcements, with a side of self-promotion this week! **** You still have a few days – until Wednesday, April 22 – to enter my giveaway for Pam Allyn’s What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child–and All the Best Times to Read Them. This book’s all about making reading with our kids a better experience. So while you’re doing that, why not keep a record of your […]

TBIF – Thank blog it’s Friday! This week in memes and books

TBIF – Thank blog it’s Friday! This week in memes and books

Mailbox Monday, hosted at The Printed Page Yes, there have been a few new arrivals on my bookshelves this week! I received for review: Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption, by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton (with Erin Torneo), via Anna Jarzab at The Book Report Network The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway, via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program I received from a friend: The Brightest Moon of the Century, by Christopher Meeks […]

Thursday Book Talk: Taking the lazy way out

Thursday Book Talk: Taking the lazy way out

This “Book Meme” has been making the rounds, but I stole it from The Boston Bibliophile. Feel free to steal it from me! 1. Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback? Trade paperback. I try to make sure any purse I buy is big enough to hold one. 2. Barnes & Noble or Borders? Borders, although I will not turn up my nose at B&N if they’re what’s around. I find Borders to be a […]

A few comments about comments

A few comments about comments

The Musing Mondays question for April 13 dovetails rather well with Task #7 for the Blog Improvement Project, I think – see if you agree: How do you respond to the comments on your blog? Do you try to email individually or comment on post yourself answering the comments above? What do you think is the best way to respond to comments and do you respond to all of them? Do you feel slighted if […]