I’m back – just in time for the Week-End Review!


Question of the Week: “Where have you been for the last couple of days, Florinda? What’s going on?

I know, I know…I’ve been AWOL. Sorry, y’all! I’ve got a few posts in the works, but none ready to go up just yet, and I just haven’t been able to carve out the time to write much this week, so I decided I’d skip a couple of days rather than toss up a placeholder post. I’m sure y’all have been busy too, though, and probably didn’t even notice that I haven’t been here since Tuesday. (And I’ve barely been on Twitter, either – what have I missed over there?)

I’ll be back on the blogging train next week, though! One reason for not getting in much writing this week is that I’ve been reading instead. For those of you participating the in The Sparrow Read-Along, we’re having a discussion hosted at Age 30+…A Lifetime of Books this coming Tuesday (March 16). You don’t have to be done with the book yet to participate – I’m certainly not (granted, it’s a re-read for me, but there’s a lot I don’t remember)! – but it’ll be fun to talk about it and share impressions on The Story Thus Far.

Also, next week it will be time to celebrate my third Blogiversary, and I hope you’ll join me! Preparing for that is another one of the things that’s “in the works” right now. I’m working on a look back and a look at what’s to come, and of course there will be a giveaway!

Last year at Blogiversary time, I invited questions from readers, and I’d like to do that again this year. Let’s start now: what would you like to know about me, my blog, or anything I talk about here? Ask away, please! Leave your question in the comments or e-mail it to me at 3.rsblog AT Gmail DOT com (if comments aren’t cooperating with you for some reason). I’d like next week’s Question(s) of the Week to come from you, so please speak up!


Dispatches: Links of the Week


A post from International Women’s Day: What “equality” really means, and why it matters
I’ve had a post like this on my mind for days, but Chris got one up first – thanks, Chris!

Does the spark go out of marriages because of the way we think about marriage? Vaguely related (no, really, think about it): Does anything hold your full, undivided attention these days? (Or, how many other things are you doing while you read this post?)

I feel a little better now…I’m not the only one who has these particular complaints about the Wii Fit (including the guilt over its reaction when I decline to hear a “fitness tip”)

What makes you unsubscribe from a blog? (Tell me now, so I can try to make sure I don’t do it!) Also: bloggers and taxes, revisited

I tweeted this link several days ago, but it’s important enough to mention again – there is FINALLY a punctuation mark to signify sarcasm (costs $2 to download, but will probably justify its cost in no time at all!)


New Arrivals in Google Reader


Lost in Translation…or just plain lost, via Not Always Right

Grocery Store | Chicago, IL, USA
(I am checking out a man with a thick southern accent.)
Me: “How would you like to pay for that?”
Customer: “Oh, darn. I must’ve forgotten my credit card at home. All I got is money.”
Me: “We do take cash.”
Customer: “It’s American money. I know you folks don’t take that.”
Me: “We take American money. This is America.”
(The man’s mouth literally drops open.)
Customer: “No fooling? When did that happen?”
Me: “When Illinois became a territory of the United States of America?”
Customer: “America took land from the Canadians? I must’ve missed it on the news.”

Have a great weekend – and don’t forget to set your clocks ahead tomorrow night! (Yes, I said that last week too. I was WRONG, so I hope you didn’t listen then. This time I MEAN IT!)

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