Movable Type 3.2
April 27, 2009
Daily Reading (4/16/09)
Oops. Obviously, I put this together a while ago and forgot to post...
The Case for Memorizing Poetry
April 13, 2009
So much for Blog Every Day April. I went home to visit family for Easter and totally missed two days. Ah well. I'll try to get back on track . . .
April 10, 2009
Daily Reading (4/10/09)
The Onion: Scholars Discover 23 Blank Pages That May As Well Be Lost Samuel Beckett Play
April 09, 2009
Daily Reading (4/9/09)
Much Ado About Levi
If you have about thirty seconds to spare, would you follow this link, click the big red "Click Here to Vote" button, go through the slideshow (only two slides! It's quick!) and then vote for couple number two? It's my mom's friend's son and his fiancee, and a free reception like that would help them out a bunch. Thanks!
April 08, 2009
Are you a food snob?
Time Out New York will tell you. I got:
Sorry to break it to you, but you’re a Bona Fide Foodie Elitist. Looks like your love of fancy foods has given you a bit of a tude, hasn’t it? Go sit in the corner with your shad roe.
April 07, 2009
I have a mailbox! And the mail carrier left mail in it! No, really. You have no idea how exciting this is. My mailbox was defeated by a plow back in December, and then the ground was frozen and snow-covered, and anyway I felt that as a renter, things like putting up mailboxes shouldn't really be my problem. So for months now, I've been picking up the mail at the post office about once a week. And of course the post office isn't open at any convenient times, so it was really all unspeakably annoying.
But! It is warmer out and the snow is mostly gone and my landlord had some time last weekend, so now! We! Have! A! Mailbox!
(Yes, I really am that excited about it.)
April 06, 2009
Something I Forgot to Show You
I finished these fingerless mitts for my dad back in January:
Yarn is Patons Classic Wool. Pattern is just made up as I went along. Ravelry page here.
April 05, 2009
Some words for Palm Sunday . . .
Declaring oneself a Christian is easy. Putting Christian values to work in a dangerous and violent world is not.
April 04, 2009
Review: What I Know Now
I'm going to try writing little reviews of books as I read them, instead of waiting until the end of the month. We'll see how it goes.
This book consists of letters written by famous women to themselves at a particular point in their past. I will admit that I requested it from the library solely because I had read that Jane Kaczmarek had a letter in it and I wanted to see if she had anything to say about her husband, Bradley Whitford. She did:
And, the best lesson of all: You'll find you can like people and let them into your world, even if they aren't big success stories. Because of that, someone different will enter your life. He won't have the trappings of success that you used to think you needed to have in a man. On your first date, he'll ride you home on the handlebars of his bike, because he has no car and can't afford to hire one. But he's really funny, smart, and has amazing integrity. Because of this horrible year, Jane, you'll be willing to pay attention to the guy you're going to marry.All together now: Awwww. (And maybe a chuckle at Brad Whitford as "unsuccessful." Yes, they met well before he started making millions of dollars a year on West Wing.) Anyway, I did read the rest of the book as well. There were submissions from a bunch of businesswomen, some actors, a few politicians, etc., and of course some of the letters were more interesting than others. It did get a little repetitive - popular themes include "believe in yourself;" "make time for your family and yourself;" "appreciate what you have;" "follow your dreams;" etc. The letters were short - one to three pages - and therefore necessarily somewhat simplistic; I think it would have been a more useful book with fewer, longer letters that went into greater detail about the writers' experiences. But it was a quick, inspirational read that certainly included some ideas worth contemplation.
April 03, 2009
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Daily Reading (4/3/09)
I know I've been linking to practically every Gail Collins column recently, but I love her. The People Have Mumbled
April 02, 2009
Booking Through Thursday: Library Week
I saw that National Library week is coming up in April, and that led to some questions. How often do you use your public library and how do you use it? Has the coffeehouse/bookstore replaced the library? Did you go to the library as a child? Do you have any particular memories of the library? Do you like sleek, modern, active libraries or the older, darker, quiet, cozy libraries?
Okay, let's take these one by one . . .
1) I use my public library a few times a week. I tend to request lots of things online and then go in every few days to pick up the ones that have come in and return things that are due. I take out way, way too many books. Way. I only end up having time to read a fraction of them. It's a sickness, I tell you. I'm working on it. Seriously. Sort of.
2) I love coffeehouses and bookstores but they have in no way replaced the library. For one thing, you can find books in the library that are a) old and b) free. Both of which are very good things, at least in my book. (Book! Hah! I'm cracking myself up here.)
3) Yes. Often. My dad once told me that the first place they took me (other than, you know, the hospital and then home) was the library. I'm assuming this is because my mom needed things to read, not because they wanted to make me a library addict from day one, but hey, it worked.
4) Particular memories? Uh, yes. Too many to count. I'm having trouble coming up with any interesting enough (but not too personal) to share, though. But hey, I saw Bill Richardson speak in a library.
5) I love pretty much all libraries, but honestly, I do prefer the older ones.
April 01, 2009
First Sock Madness Socks!
I'm participating in the Dye-namics Sock Madness contest, and I've finished my socks for the first round:
Blog Every Day April
I've been wanting to get back into blogging regularly, so I decided I'm going to give Maureen Johnson's Blog Every Day April a whirl. Who's with me?