Blogiversary Wrap-Up: prizes for some, and a survey for you all!

I hijacked this survey from the blog of one of my Silicon Valley Moms Group associates. Cecily contributes to the Philadelphia Moms Blog, but this was posted on her personal blog, Uppercase Woman, on the recent occasion of its fifth Blogiversary. As you know, I just celebrated a Blogiversary of my own, and I always want to know more about my readers. Got a few minutes to answer some (mostly) painless questions? Here goes! 1. […]

Blogiversary, part 1: Crossing between communities – a reflection

Blogiversary, part 1: Crossing between communities – a reflection

In a recent comment about some links in one of my Saturday Reviews, Lenore said… “Gosh I didn’t even know there was such a thing as Mommy blogs. I am very focused in my blog reading on book blogs I guess.” I’m definitely less focused. My interests are pretty wide-ranging, and so is my blog reading. On the Internet, I’m a bit of a wanderer, but I find that I have two communities that feel […]

Blog Improvement Project #5: The Social, part 1 – tweet tweet!

Although I haven’t actively participated in the Blog Improvement Project tasks lately, I’m joining in for #5, the first of two during what Kim has designated as “Social Media Month:” “…Social Media Month is going to be about educating each other about social media.  Our first project is the much-anticipated Social Media Carnival! The task is simple: write a post about one social media tool that you currently use.  If you don’t currently use any […]

Blog Improvement Project, Week 1: Setting Goals

I think that this blog made a lot of progress during 2008, but things can always be tweaked, and as I’m coming up on my second blogiversary, participating in the Blog Improvement Project (hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness) sounds appealing. The first task in the project, “Setting Goals,” is less appealing, I’m sad to say. It’s not that I don’t have goals, but as an attempting-to-recover control freak, I try not to get too […]

The Awards Shelf

The Awards Shelf

Other bloggers have occasionally found this blog to be worthy of special recognition, and I greatly appreciate the honors! This page will be updated intermittently, as conditions warrant. This blog’s very first award was bestowed by UnfinishedPerson (in his previous incarnation as Just a (Reading) Fool) in August 2008: Two different bloggers, April of It’s All About Balance and Louise (Bogsider) from Lous_Pages, have officially declared this blog “cool”: The Prémio Dardos (the Darts Prize) […]

It’s a win-win-win-win!

Thanks to everyone who entered my Second Chance at Summer (Reading) Re-Gifting Giveaway! About 40 people entered, although some got extra chances because they posted about it on their blogs. Some book bags were more popular than others, so that affected your odds of winning. Entries closed on Friday, and I did four drawings today, one for each book bag, using random numbers for each entry generated by And now for the winners! Bag […]

Change of address!

I haven’t moved, but my blog has a new address: it’s now being published on its own domain. Welcome to! I’ve changed the Feedburner settings, so hopefully this post will be showing up in your feed reader or e-mail just as it usually would. (If you recently saw a bunch of older posts dumped into your reader, it had something to do with the address change/re-set of the feed.) I’ve been monitoring the feed […]

Bookworms Carnival #14 – The scoop

Bookworms Carnival #14 – The scoop

It occurs to me that my announcement that I’ll be hosting the August Bookworms Carnival might need a little background information, especially if this is your first invitation to the Carnival. The monthly Bookworms Carnival is organized and facilitated by Dewey at The Hidden Side of a Leaf, but each individual Carnival is conducted by a volunteer host.  While the Carnival’s aim is to help build the book-blogging community, please note that you do NOT […]

Taking this show on the road!

School’s (almost) out for summer! The last day on the school calendar is June 13, and bright and early the next morning, we get started on our three-generation road trip. Tall Paul, the kids, Mom-in-law, and I are piling into the Wagon Queen Family Truckster (Grandma’s SUV) and making our way to Yellowstone National Park, and stopping by the Grand Canyon on our way home. We have been planning this trip for literally a year. […]

Be my guest?

My family and I will be off on vacation two weeks from now – more details about that will come soon! I’m trying to plan for blog updating while I’m gone, though. I usually write my posts ahead of time and use the “schedule posts” function in Blogger to publish them, but I’m pretty sure I won’t get that far ahead. Therefore, this question: Would anyone be interested in writing a guest post here for […]

Weekly Geeks #2 – book review linkage!

* This week in Weekly Geeks – Weaving a book-review web. Quoting from Dewey: The theme for Week 2 is something borrowed (yes, she said it was ok!) from Darla at Books and Other Thoughts. She says in her sidebar that if she reviews a book that you’ve reviewed, you can email her and she’ll link to it in her review. I love this idea for three reasons. 1. As a blog reader, I like […]

The Blogoversary Scraptacular!

We’ll return to our regularly scheduled “scraps” next week, but today we have a special!One year ago today, my first post appeared in this space. At the time, I’m sure it was read by no one but me (and I doubt many other people have gone back to read it since then, either). But some folks have found their way here over time, and I’m glad you’re here to celebrate my first Blogoversary with me! […]

The Marvelous Month of March!

If you get these posts in your feed-reader or e-mail (and don’t come here to comment), then you probably haven’t seen the two buttons at the top of the sidebar about this month’s Big Events: The 3 R’s turns one year old on March 16, and its blogger (yeah, that would be me) turns 44 on March 29. The “Blogoversary Countdown” button has been on the sidebar for several weeks, but the “Birthday Party” one […]

OK, I lied – just one more thing…

OK, I lied – just one more thing…

This is actually a PSA of sorts. In case you hadn’t noticed it yet, there’s been a tweak in how comments get posted on blogs like this one (Blogger-hosted ones). The way I understand it, if you want to leave an identified comment that links back to your own blog or profile, it’s not necessary to have a Google account – you should be able to use any OpenID, including your WordPress or Typepad ID, […]


Well, sort of. It’s nearly my 200th post, and I’m very excited to be here! (Officially, I think it’s #196. I’m jumping the gun on it a little to tie in to something else – see the * below.) This endeavor has turned out to be very enjoyable, and in ways I didn’t expect. I didn’t know that I would like the writing itself as much as I do – getting to 200 posts in […]