For those of you following The Continuing Saga of My Stupid Shoulder (co-starring My Klutzy Feet),I had a follow-up with the orthopedic surgeon the day before Thanksgiving. The shoulder is doing well – the Ultrasling is doing its job, apparently – but he’s sending me for an MRI, which will allow him to see things that don’t show on an X-ray, and he’ll want to see me again once the results come back. I hope we will not be discussing surgery at that point, but I’ll let y’all know how it goes. Do you think I should ask for an injury-free 2011 for Christmas?
Speaking of Christmas…have you started on your preparations yet? A lot of our shopping is done – mostly thanks to Tall Paul, not me – and we’re planning to put up the tree this coming weekend, which will be the earliest we’ve done it in a few years. I’m glad; it always helps my holiday mood when the house looks like it’s holiday time!
You are a nostalgic and caring person during the holidays.
It’s important for you to feel connected to other people this time of the year.
You do your best to stay in touch with everyone who is important to you. Even a little note shows you care.
Nothing delights you more than getting a card from someone you haven’t heard from in a while. That’s the true spirit of Christmas for you.
The truth is, I haven’t sent Christmas cards for several years…but otherwise, the description sounds about right!
A query unrelated to Christmas:Have you tried Tumblr? What are your impressions. positive and negative? I’m kicking it around, but I’m really not sure what it offers other than a sort of compromise between this place and Twitter – short-form blogging, but not limited to 140 characters – and part of the appeal comes from my restricted Twitter access these days, to be honest. I’m FAR too long-winded to migrate my blogging there, but I’m thinking about exploring it as a supplement of sorts to The 3 R’s Blog. If you’re into it, tell me what you think!
However, even if I do decide to give Tumblr a tumble, I’m not sure how soon it’ll happen. Having made good on my November NaBloPoMo pledge – not even derailed from daily posting by the aforementioned Stupid Shoulder – I will be following through on my plans for a short blogging break. I’ll still be reading – and hopefully commenting on your posts – so I won’t be fully “unplugged.” But I don’t have any posts scheduled here for a few days, so y’all get a break too!
Emily of Deep Valley: A Deep Valley BookMaud Hart LovelaceHarper Perennial Modern Classics (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback (ISBN 0062003305 / 9780062003300)Fiction (YA/children’s), 336 pagesSource: Publisher, via Book Club Girl (Jennifer Hart)Reason for Reading: Review Opening Lines: “‘It’s the last day of high school…ever,’ Annette said. She said it gaily, pulling Emily’s hand and swinging her about so that they faced the red brick building with its tall arched windows and doors, its elaborate limestone trimming, […]
I’ve done almost no reading at all today – we were up early and out to do some shopping before the stores got too busy. It worked – and I was pleasantly surprised that, two days after Black Friday, the stores didn’t look like war zones! The ones we visited were organized and well-stocked…even Toys-R-Us. Now that we’re home I have some writing to do, but I’m hoping to settle in with my book later […]
I finished and reviewed my 50th and 51st books of 2010 last week, although the reviews have yet to post here (LibraryThing is all caught up, though). I’m excited to have crossed that threshold this year – and with time to spare! – since I’ve fallen short of it for the last two years; I didn’t even crack 40 books read in 2008, which was dismal. Dismal by book-blogger standards, at any rate; I blogged […]
I didn’t set aside any books specifically for this Thankfully Reading Weekend, but I did make a bargain with myself not to blog until I’d finished the book I had in progress. I’ve just done that, and I’ll probably make a start on the review before I sit back down with something else to read. Today’s my main day for reading, as I’m at home on my own through mid-afternoon, so I’d like to make […]
There’s a little scenic-overlook park on Mulholland Drive, just above the Hollywood Bowl, that I pass on my way to work. I had a little extra time one morning when traffic actually wasn’t horrible, and I stopped there to take a couple of pictures. This is the city. Los Angeles, California. Morning traffic is a little on the light side, which is probably why I had time to stop for picture-taking. That’s a light fog, […]
I haven’t done much reading aside from blogs so far during this Thankfully Reading Weekend – tomorrow will be my big day for that – but I’m taking part in the first mini-challenge anyway. The assignment: Write a post about the book you are most thankful for. This could be a book released this year or twenty years ago. Your post should include why you are thankful for that book. I don’t know if it’s […]
Cross-posted at TheSmartlyLA My son’s been out of college for almost four years. He lives 3000 miles from me, and about 1000 miles away from his dad’s hometown. He’s got a good job, his own apartment (no roommates!), his own activities and interests, and the occasional girlfriend (but not “the girlfriend,” at least not yet). He doesn’t own a car – he has chosen to live in a city where he doesn’t need one – […]
Image via Wikipedia I wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving Day, and hope you have at least a few – but hopefully many – things in your life to be grateful for and appreciative of this year! Today, I’m thankful for a long weekend, a dinner that won’t require much effort on my part (thanks to Tall Paul’s picking up for my slacking dislocated shoulder), and everyone who takes the time to share […]
Unstoppable in Stilettos: A Girl’s Guide to Living Tall in a Small World Lauren Ruotolo HCI (2010), Edition: 1, Paperback (ISBN 0757315143 / 9780757315145) Memoir/self-help, 200 pages Source: Publisher. via TLC Book Tours Reason for reading: Review/blog tour Opening Lines (Chapter 1): “Seventy-five steep white concrete steps separate me from my hotel room in Santorini, Greece. I know because I counted them. But the motivation to descend each step down the cliff, where my hotel […]
Looking for Alaska John Green Speak/Penguin (2006), Paperback (ISBN 0142402516 / 9780142402511) Fiction (YA), 256 pages Source: Personal/purchased copy Reason for reading: None in particular; new-to-me author, but a book-blogger favorite Opening lines: “The week before I left my family and Florida and the rest of my minor life to go to school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a going-away party. To say that I had low expectations would be to underestimate […]
Weekend Assignment # 245: Give Thanks Thanksgiving is upon us, the time of year when we’re asked what we’re thankful for. Let’s take the opportunity to interpret this literally, and actually thank someone! Tell us about someone in your life, past or present, whom you would like to thank for what they did, and why. Given the way the second half of 2010 has gone, it wasn’t hard for me to decide who deserves special […]
Year-end is fast approaching, like it or not, and one sign of that is the arrival of the Lists. Because I’m once again nursing a dislocated shoulder and not up to a lot of (one-handed) writing, I thought they’d make a good cut-and-paste post topic for this week’s Sunday Salon. Amazon.com got a head start on the 2010 best-book recaps, announcing its Editors’ Top 10 in October. The editors’ choices mixed fiction and nonfiction, and […]
More sights to see while walking down Hollywood Boulevard… Oh, too bad – we missed the AFI Fest! Over-indulge in the Botox, and you just might end up here When you think “Hollywood,” what image comes to your mind? Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,453 other subscribers Email Address
It’s a two-for-one special today, but they’re vaguely related: What Kind of Intelligence Do You Have? Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well. An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly. (But I’m much better at writing it, IMO.) You are also good at remembering information and convincing someone of your point of view. A master of creative phrasing and unique […]