Archive for May, 2007

Tuesday List: Impossible

Welcome to this week’sTuesday List. …Which is not as Impossible as it might seem. This week, anyway. Anyway, the next Cover to Cover book is Mars Needs Moms! by Berkeley Breathed. Have you found a copy of the book yet? It’s a short one this time, so I expect you’ll have the time to read it by June 8. Also, my A Book By Any Other Name challenge has begun its third week. Can you come up with some titles? Check out Monday’s post for the rules.

Have you been reading anything interesting lately? Comment and let me know. And now, my current list:

Mars Needs Moms! by Berkeley Breathed – This is the book for the next Cover to Cover. It’s way cool.

Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time: A Reader’s Companion edited by Stephen Hawking – I can almost feel myself getting smarter.

Speaking of Silents: First Ladies of the Screen by William M. Drew – I need to finish this one soon, so that I can return it to the library.

Doctor Who: The Inside Story by Gary Russell – I’ve read a whole one page more.

If you have suggestions for Cover to Cover, please let me know. I *will* expect you to participate if we use the suggestion, though.

Posted on 29th May 2007
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A Tuesday List with Morrie

Welcome to the Tuesday List. I am dedicating this week’s Tuesday List to my Nana, who says that Tuesdays with Morrie reminds her of my Grandpa Dan. (Yes, the book is on my ever expanding “to read” list.)

Anyway, this Friday is the very first Book Stacks Book Club, which I have decided to call Cover to Cover. Have you found a copy of the book yet? Also, my A Book By Any Other Name challenge has begun its second week. Can you come up with some titles? Check out Monday’s post for the rules.

Have you been reading anything interesting lately? Comment and let me know. And now, my current list:

The Children Of H̼rin by J. R. R. Tolkien РThe first book for Cover to Cover to be discussed on 25 May 2007, so be sure to get a hold of a copy before then.

Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time: A Reader’s Companion edited by Stephen Hawking – I’m enjoying how this is both a biography and an informational science book. If you want to know more about the folks who figured out black holes, read this book.

Speaking of Silents: First Ladies of the Screen by William M. Drew – I need to finish this one soon, so that I can return it to the library.

Doctor Who: The Inside Story by Gary Russell – I’m slowly inching my way along.

Well, I have to go work on my Tolkien book. TTFN.

Posted on 22nd May 2007
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Posted on 19th May 2007
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Artistic…Cat Scratches?

This is my 16-year old cat named Spock. She is my baby, and I love her sooooo much.

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Now, Spock has always loved to climb up onto my shoulder. When she was a kitten she used to climb up my body to reach her favorite perch. (Thank goodness I broke her of *that* habit.) These days she tends to wait until I pick her up, purrs happily for a minute, then climbs up onto my shoulder. You may recall that I said that she’s 16? Well, her claws don’t really retract all the way anymore, but by now a little scratch here or there doesn’t bug me. But then the other day, I was talking to a visiting friend and Spock lost her balance for a moment. She was fine, and I went about my day. Then, that night, when I went to change for bed I discovered something interesting.

Yes, this is the part where you will all become firmly convinced that I’m weird.

Well, look.

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How often do you encounter cat scratches that are the same distance apart? And mostly parallel? I just think that it looks kinda…cool.

Posted on 17th May 2007
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Do you ever have one of those days…

Do you ever have one of those days where the only thing keeping you sane is the thought of coming home to your husband and getting a nice warm hug? And then you finally get home…and he’s not there.

*sigh*
It makes me want to smack his boss. Purely selfish, I know, but…I needed that hug.

Posted on 15th May 2007
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If This is the Tuesday List, It Must Be Belgium

Welcome to this week’s Tuesday List. I would like to remind you all that you have two weeks to get your copy of the book for the Book Stacks Book Club, and that you have until Friday to contribute your titles for my A Book By Any Other Name game. So, what have you been reading lately? Have anything to recommend? Comment and let me know. And now, my current list:

The Children Of H̼rin by J. R. R. Tolkien РThe first book for the Book Stacks Book Club to be discussed on 25 May 2007, so be sure to get a hold of a copy before then. I finally got my copy yesterday.

Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time: A Reader’s Companion edited by Stephen Hawking – I’m enjoying how this is both a biography and an informational science book.

Speaking of Silents: First Ladies of the Screen by William M. Drew – I need to finish this one soon, so that I can return it to the library.

Doctor Who: The Inside Story by Gary Russell – I’m slowly inching my way along.

As you may imagine, I’ll be concentrating on the Tolkien book mostly, but I have such a stack of books to read.

Posted on 15th May 2007
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The International Tuesday List of Mystery

You know, this week’s Tuesday List title makes me think that I should add a book in another language. I mean, I *do* have a degree in French. Perhaps I should use it once in a while? Speaking of which, Jason over at Writers Unbound recently posted his reading list and it includes a book that I have never actually read in English. Do you have your reading list posted anywhere? Well, on to my list. Have a suggestion? Please let me know.

How to Buy a Home When You Can’t Afford It by Robert Irwin – Well, It turns out I really can’t afford a place (in my area) right now, so…I may stop reading this one.

Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time: A Reader’s Companion edited by Stephen Hawking – Wow! I’m halfway through. This is really interesting!

Speaking of Silents: First Ladies of the Screen by William M. Drew – I read a whole one more page this week.

Doctor Who: The Inside Story by Gary Russell – I really need more time in my day. I tend to read this one a bit before bed.

Actually, I may be starting some new books later this week, but it depends upon how much writing I get done.

Posted on 8th May 2007
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Type A Personality

According to the Wikipedia, a Type A Personality is:
“Type A personality, also known as the Type A Behavior Pattern, is a set of characteristics that includes being impatient, excessively time-conscious, insecure about one’s status, highly competitive, hostile and aggressive, and incapable of relaxation.[1] Type A individuals are often highly achieving workaholics who multi-task, drive themselves with deadlines, and are unhappy about the smallest of delays. They have been described as stress junkies.”

*ahem*
I am not a stress junkie. There’s just a lot to do each day. …and sleep gets in my way. It’s not that I’m not *capable* of relaxing…I just need to put it off until later.

*whistles innocently*

Look! It’s the Goodyear blimp!

*runs away*

Posted on 6th May 2007
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Thought Processes

As if I needed further proof that I think too much about my thought processes…I’ve just realized that in my head everything is a puzzle. It’s sort of like Tetris (which I’ve never played, by the way) in that every concept is a block. Like with math, the block for 4 and the block for 6 combine to make a 10 block. But it’s the same way with time management or projects. Upon further thought (big surprise) I think that it has something to do with “order.” Like a row of books on a shelf in a library are blocks in the correct order.

My brain is a weird, weird place to be. At least it’s not all just blocks and order in a specific way. Sometimes things just match up in a strange new way. Like the solution to a problem or taking bits from two different arenas to produce humor. That’s when things get interesting…or I get the usual weird looks.

I’m used to that.

Posted on 4th May 2007
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I know a lot of guys named Dave…

Okay, the YouTube video is still disappearing. So, here’s the link for The Kids in the Hall’s These are the Daves I know Song.

Posted on 4th May 2007
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