Show & Tell Sunday: Mid-November Edition

Show & Tell Sunday: Mid-November Edition

I finally made a graphic for this Sunday post thing I’ve been doing. My one-week-at-a-time approach to NaBloPoMo November worked for a second week, and it looks like I may be on track to make it a third. Some of you may be wondering what’s happened to the books, though. Well, as so often happens when the emphasis shifts to blogging, this thing has reared its head again: However, I do have two book discussions slated […]

Saturday Sign: And Then What?

Saturday Sign: And Then What?

I think this may have been designed by an improv company. As seen at Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, June 2015 Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,358 other subscribers Email Address Subscribe

Five for Friday: Links of the Week, November 13

Five for Friday: Links of the Week, November 13

The way things have gone this week, I wasn’t sure I’d get through much online reading at all, let alone have anything to share. But I really did not want to blow my NaBloPoMo streak on Friday the 13th–it just seemed too cosmically, karmically obvious–so I was extra-motivated to put together this week’s little list of links for you. “Just like people, no media is perfect. Everything is problematic, including this post. As a white, […]

How Will YOU Score on The Book Nerd Quiz?

How Will YOU Score on The Book Nerd Quiz?

I found this quiz via the Barnes & Noble Review ages ago, but never got around to posting it. Feel free to steal, take, and share…but be sure to come back and tell me how big a book nerd you are! INSTRUCTIONS: Just go down the list below and add one point for every statement that applies to you. You currently own more than 20 books. +1 You currently own more than 50 books. +1 You […]

A Dog’s Life: Words from Winchester, Vol. 2

A Dog’s Life: Words from Winchester, Vol. 2

We adopted Winchester a year ago this month! As a variation on Wordless Wednesday each week this November, I’ll be posting a photo of him captioned with my suspicions of what he’s thinking. I do not think he thinks this project is such a good idea. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,358 other subscribers Email Address Subscribe

5 Signs of Fall in Southern California

5 Signs of Fall in Southern California

I know some of you may have already seen snow by now, but where I live, it’s been struggling to get below 80 degrees in the daytime. And yes, I am complaining about that. A little. It’s technically halfway through autumn! “Halfway through autumn” is about when it usually shows up around here, though. 5 SIGNS IT’S FALL IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA When the time changes, so do the temperatures (FINALLY). You go from needing the […]

Something in Common: Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairing

Something in Common: Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairing

Book Pairing: Match a fiction book with a nonfiction book that you would recommend.  This week’s Nonfiction November topic offers an interesting challenge, and I’m really curious to see what other participants will be recommending! I struggled with it, truthfully, until I decided to bend the rules a little. I have two different pairings to suggest today, and neither is a proper “pairing”–each includes a topical nonfiction work and two related novels, so it’s probably more […]

Show & Tell Sunday: One Year with Winchester!

Show & Tell Sunday: One Year with Winchester!

On November 8, 2014, we brought home an addition to the family. Today we’re celebrating our first year with Winchester! Since he’s only four years old, we look forward to many more with him…even though he’s turned out not to be the dog we thought he was. The day we brought him home, and the first of many hours chilling on the couch with his best friend. Our little captain is on the bridge! There’s […]

Saturday’s Sign: Sign of a Short Attention Span

Saturday’s Sign: Sign of a Short Attention Span

Taken at Comikaze Expo, Los Angeles Convention Center, October 2015 Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,358 other subscribers Email Address Subscribe

5 To Read on Friday: Links of the Week, November 6

5 To Read on Friday: Links of the Week, November 6

It has been over a year since I last posted a Friday link round-up, but since I am attempting to do NaBloPoMo this week (you read that right–I’m taking this month one week at a time), it seemed like a good excuse to resurrect it!  “NaBloPoMo is your experience. It’s your 30-day posting process, and you can use the space on your blog in any way you choose: You can access daily prompts through BlogHer. You can post a […]

Roads Not Taken: A Chronological List of Rejected Career Options

Roads Not Taken: A Chronological List of Rejected Career Options

WHAT I WANTED TO BE GROWING UP, CHRONOLOGICALLY “Teacher” and “nurse” were how most girls my age answered the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” back when we were growing up. I never said either. “Accountant” was where I ended up. It was never on the list at all. “Wife” and “mother” were nearly always assumed to be on the list, but for me–already a burgeoning 1970s second-wave feminist in […]

A Dog’s Life: Words from Winchester, Vol. 1

A Dog’s Life: Words from Winchester, Vol. 1

We adopted Winchester a year ago this month! As a variation on Wordless Wednesday each week this November, I’ll be posting a photo of him captioned with my suspicions of what he’s thinking. Winchester gets bored when Paul and I stop to chat with neighbors while we’re out with him, especially if the neighbors don’t have a dog of their own. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and […]

A Surprising Truth: I Miss Being Called “Ma’am”

A Surprising Truth: I Miss Being Called “Ma’am”

“Please stop calling me ‘ma’am’” I begged her. “I’m only five years older than you are!” “Sorry, I can’t help it,” she said. “It’s how I was raised.” “It’s how I was raised” explains a lot of Southern habits. This was Memphis, Tennessee, and so it was almost certainly true that she was raised to do it. She meant well by saying it and had been raised to say it with respect. But I hadn’t been […]

True Reflections: My Year in Nonfiction

True Reflections: My Year in Nonfiction

Nonfiction November is officially underway! Kim kicks it off at Sophisticated Dorkiness with this week’s topic of conversation: Your Year in Nonfiction: Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet? What are you hoping to get out […]

Show & Tell Sunday: Halloween Treats

Show & Tell Sunday: Halloween Treats

Welcome back to Standard Time, and I hope you were able to enjoy that extra hour of sleep that mysteriously visited you last night! Did you do anything special for Halloween? Some of us dressed up at work on Friday. And on Saturday, many more people were dressed up at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo in downtown Los Angeles. Paul and I have gone to this event for the last few years, and it’s really growing– it occupied […]