Substitute Teaching

I’m substituting for Sunshine at …and the pursuit of happiness today. She’s been off on Easter travels, but before she left, she sent out a call for guest bloggers to weigh in on the recent Iowa Supreme Court decision regarding who is allowed to marry whom. Since I’ve gone on a bit about that topic here before, I thought I’d take another swing at it over at her place. Please stop by over there and […]

Monday Book Talk AND GIVEAWAY: “What to Read When,” by Pam Allyn

Monday Book Talk AND GIVEAWAY: “What to Read When,” by Pam Allyn

Thanks to Jessica Lee at Penguin Group USA for making this book available for review! What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child – and All the Best Times to Read Them Pam Allyn Avery Books, 2009 (paperback) (ISBN 1583333347 / 9781583333341) Nonfiction (education/reading), 336 pages One of my favorite parts of the early years of parenting was reading aloud with my son. I believe that you can’t start this […]

Saturday Review: This week around the blogiverse

Saturday Review: This week around the blogiverse

Bulletin Board Sad announcement: Heather Spohr, one of my LA Moms Blog co-contributors, and her husband Mike lost their baby Madeline this week. This beautiful girl, born prematurely, was not quite seventeen months old. Please keep the family in your thoughts, and per their request, consider a donation to the March of Dimes in Maddie’s memory. New to my Google Reader Still Life with Book Maven You’ve GOTTA Read This! Dispatches from Across the Blogiverse […]

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 Mondays, hosted at Just One More Page… Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about your to be read list… As a follow up to last week’s question, Joseph asked how you keep track of your TBR list. Do you have a paper list or on your computer? Do you take it with you when you go shopping? How do you decide what gets added to it? By some definitions, I don’t have a “TBR” list. […]

Reading with the Kids (Weekly Geeks 2009-13)

Reading with the Kids (Weekly Geeks 2009-13)

This week, Becky proposed two different Weekly Geeks topics related to literary observances this month: April 2nd was International Children’s Book Day, which inspired Option A: Be A Kid! The entire month is National Poetry Month, and therefore Option B is Be A Poet! I am not about to write a poem and inflict it on y’all, so I am left with Option A, for which Becky offered several suggestions: You could read a picture […]

“You’ve Got Q’s, I’ve Got A’s” – Part Two: The Sequel

“You’ve Got Q’s, I’ve Got A’s” – Part Two: The Sequel

Welcome back for the second edition of “You’ve got Q’s, I’ve got A’s,” in which I will visit a few more of the respondents to my blogiversary survey and address the questions they left for me. And for those of you who missed – or skipped – the survey the first time around, I’m re-printing it at the end of this post. C’mon, y’all, I really don’t enjoy groveling…but it would make me very happy […]

Ten things for Tuesday: Love with the proper geek (nerd) (dork) (“gerk”?)

Ten things for Tuesday: Love with the proper geek (nerd) (dork) (“gerk”?)

I sent my husband a link to a post on the GeekDad blog called “10 Annoying Habits of a Geeky Spouse” with the note “Do any of these sound familiar?” His response: “I don’t think I get it. Which ones are the annoying ones?” That was my reaction too. For the most part, the article pretty much described everyday life at our house. One of the wonderful things that Tall Paul and I have in […]

Life and death – and cancellation – on Mars

Life and death – and cancellation – on Mars

Back in January, talking about some of my favorite returning TV shows, I said: Life on Mars was the only new series we sampled this fall, and we got totally hooked. (No, I never saw the British original, so please don’t tell me how much better it was; for the record, I never watched the original British version of The Office, either.) This show’s a head trip, and a lot of fun to watch. Detective […]

Sunday Book Talk: “Home Girl,” by Judith Matloff

Sunday Book Talk: “Home Girl,” by Judith Matloff

Thanks to Julie Harabedian at FSB Associates for making this book available for review (months ago – sorry it’s taken me so long to get to it)! Home Girl: Building a Dream House on a Lawless Block Judith Matloff Random House, 2008 (hardcover) (ISBN 1400065267 / 9781400065264) Nonfiction/memoir, 304 pages First sentence: I needed to get a second look. After all, I had just pledged our entire savings on a house in Harlem, without informing […]

Saturday Special: You’ve got Q’s, I’ve got A’s

The “Saturday Review” will be back next week in its regularly scheduled time slot. Due to blog-reading backlog as a side effect of Disneyland, it’s being pre-empted in order to answer questions from this week’s survey responders. (Did you take the survey, by the way? It’s not too late!) This is the first installment of “You’ve got Q’s, I’ve got A’s” – another will be posted soon, so don’t worry if your query isn’t addressed […]

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

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

This post is all about me answering questions, but I’ve got a few more questions to ask you – if you haven’t already done do, would you please stop by Tuesday’s post and answer them? Thanks! Musing Mondays, hosted at Just One More Page… This week’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about recording your reading…Do you keep track of what and/or how many books you read? How long have you been doing this? What’s your favorite […]

Twelve Things on Thursday: Disneyland Dozen

Twelve Things on Thursday: Disneyland Dozen

As I mentioned several times recently, I spent the weekend of my birthday at Disneyland. This year, Disney’s parks are featuring the theme “Celebrate Today,” and encouraging visitors to come there for their special occasions. One incentive they’re offering is free admission on your birthday, which is what prompted the whole idea to go there. My birthday’s falling on a Sunday, and the fact that the kids had no school the next day due to […]

Wednesday’s Weekend Assignment: Best. Job. Ever.

Wednesday’s Weekend Assignment: Best. Job. Ever.

I’m the guest professor for the Weekend Assignment again this week, and when I gave Karen this topic suggestion, I already knew what my answer would be: Weekend Assignment #260: Maybe it wasn’t the “best” job by objective standards, but of all the jobs you’ve ever had, which was your favorite, and why did you like it so much? Extra Credit: What was the shortest time you ever held a job? What happened? I’ve tended […]