30 November 2008

Final post of November

Damn it!

Booyah! Fred Phelps gets smacked down. Article from the Oregonian here, Alternet article with pictures here. Gotta warn you, if you haven't seen the Phelps bullshit it's a touch disturbing. Here in Nashville we hear a bit about them as the cult seems to protest the funerals a Ft. Campbell frequently. A local Oregon blogger talks about his experience here.

And lastly, a reverse of the normal things to do before YOU die: 10 Things to Eat Before THEY die. NO, it isn't polar bears, Fosberg's Love Grass, the Hook-Billed Hermit Hummingbird, the Pygmy Fringe Tree and the Wyoming Toad. The items are real heritage food items that people have grown, raised or collected for centuries that people just aren't eating anymore.

And really really lastly, Dumbledore breakdances (at about 5:05)





29 November 2008

Sliding in

Weird that after a month of this i almost forgot to post tonight! Of course, i did just finish a 10 hour road trip, my second in 3 days. A quick book post will do.

So, the last time i went to Louisiana waaaay back in February i fell for audiobooks pretty hard. This trip i picked up Harry Potter 6 and 7 and finished up Half Blood Prince on the way back this afternoon. I'd only read it once, when it first came out. I hadn't forgotten too much but did have a few things misplaced in my mind. It is weird; I've read the first four books over and over, several times each, but i only read 5 twice, and until today 6 and 7 once each. I so wonder why. Maybe because the last three were so so sad? not sure. still, i figure Half Blood Prince is a 6.

28 November 2008

BTT for 11/27

So i'm supposed to come up with 7 things i'm thankful for. I'm extremely low. so i think i'm going to give non serious answers
  1. Starbucks Chrismas Blend
  2. My Gryffindor Hoodie
  3. Knee Socks
  4. Sweet tea
  5. AC
  6. My G1
  7. Spoons
Best i can do right now.

Also, this bit just proves how awful people are.

27 November 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I think i may post several times today!



Turkey, in it's less delicious state!

26 November 2008

A bit of Southern Charm

And about 1000 calories. So lots of people i've talked to recently in the internet world have no idea what chess pie is. while i must admit before i moved to TN i also was ignorant of this masterpiece, it has become my favorite dessert at any potluck or party i'm at. It is so tooth-jaringly sweet that just thinking about it makes me want a glass of milk. recipe courtesy of Allrecipes.com

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 5 eggs
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C.)
  2. In a large bowl, combine sugar and flour. Beat in the eggs and buttermilk until blended. Stir in the melted butter and vanilla. Pour filling into the pie crust.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until filling is set.
Only 4 more days to go until i can take a day off from blogging!

25 November 2008

No? Really?

NY Times article about how the US isn't a great place to be sick.

Part that jumped out at me "Americans also were most likely to report wasting time because their care was so poorly organized. About a third reported that medical records and test results were not available when needed or that tests were duplicated unnecessarily". I can attest to that. When i had my gall bladder out i had to go in for the pre-surgery work up and sign papers, etc. They said that since i was a sexually active female part of the blood work was a pregnancy test. ok, no problem. Then the week later when i'm in my little gown waiting for surgery the nurse comes in to go over my chart and says "oh, you didn't have the pregnancy test done" in front of my mom and little brother and sister. So there goes patient privacy and they had to make me wait for surgery while they took more blood to test. Fun!

24 November 2008

New Geek Friends!

For Weekly Geeks we're to pick 5 bloggers we don't normally read and find some things we have in common. I've had a bit of a problem finding people i haven't seen before.

1) Softdrink at FizzyThoughts. We both are sarcastic. And we both are amazed that anyone else reads/comments on our blogs!

2)Terri from Reading, Writing, Retirement. She lives in Portland, OR, which is where i 'm going to move if i ever get my shit together :) I loved the city when i visited a couple years ago now. She's also anti-Bush and pro-Obama (prObama?) whoopee!

3)The Dads from Book Dads: This is an awesome site. Not that my site is awesome, so we don't have that in common. But they have a great site anyway. Just trying to give more props to the male book bloggers out there since there are so few. Honestly the only thing i see that we are the same is that i have a Dad that was great and likes to read, liked to read to us as kids, and taught me to read. These Book Dads also seem like they are great dads too!

4) Lynda from Lynda's Book Blog: She loves libraries. w00t! She's digging into the 09 challenges already, which i've promised myself i won't touch until December at which point i am diving in. And she's signed up for the Book Bloggers Secret Santa, as have i!

5)Megan from Leafing through Life: our names both start with M. seriously, we both seem to have both bookie stuff and life stuff on our blogs, as opposed to some which are just restricted to reading only.

23 November 2008

Trader Joe's Dinner

It's actually a big dinner and a lunch. it's really just fried chicken bits with a nice sauce. Made my own rice mmmmmm.


22 November 2008

Twilight Movie

So i really liked it. We had some crappy people in the front of the theater making noises and giggling and wandering about which really sucked. The movie itself was good. I went with a friend and she liked it as well. Her exact words: that was hot. It was an intense chemistry the main characters had. Or have, i suppose. It's a 6.


21 November 2008

btt for 11/21

Do you think reviewers are obligated to put up a good review of a book, even if they don’t like it? Have we come to a point where reviewers *need* to put up disclaimers to (hopefully) save themselves from being harassed by unhappy authors who get negative reviews?

Well, i've not gotten an ERC direct from an author yet so i haven't confronted this exact situation. I have received a few from LibraryThing and the 2 i've read i've given good reviews to. I don't know how I'd do with a book that i really hated that i got free. There's two possibilities. I could not like it just because it isn't what i like, like chick lit, or "action movie" books, in which case i'd try to be fair to say the writing/dialogue/whatever was fine, just not what i like to read about. If it is really a poorly written one, i might just try to suggest the author refine their technique more. Not sure exactly.

I'm going to see Twilight tonight with a friend. Yay.

Also, unplug your cel chargers when you aren't actually charging a phone!

Thanks for visiting!

20 November 2008

My Red Hair


Ok, i must look younger because of all my clean livin'! :) what i really don't get is why my eyebrows now look red when i didn't touch them with the color?!?


19 November 2008

Tuesday Thingers 11/18

I've not done this before but i need to fill days!!!

Popular this month on LibraryThing: Do you look at this list? Do you get ideas on what to read from it?

Have you read any of the books on the list right now? Feel free to link to any reviews you've done as well.

This is the list.

1.The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

2.Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron

3.Nation by Terry Pratchett

4.Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

5.Anathem by Neal Stephenson

6.American Wife: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

7.The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

8.The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel by David Wroblewski

9.Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer

10.Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer



I didn't even know this list existed! so i guess that answers the first part. I've read The Graveyard Book and have Eclipse and Breaking Dawn but haven't started them yet. so that's quick.

18 November 2008

I am so glad i don't have to do what they tell me

this is pretty bizarre. Admittedly, I'm not completely up on what churches can or can't do when it comes to politics but i thought that a church couldn't endorse a candidate. So all other ways in which Obama aligns with the Catholic church don't matter. As long as the one abortion thing is off that's bad and you shouldn't vote for him. And it doesn't matter how off McCain was on all the other issues, you were supposed to vote for him because he was the anti-abortion candidate. Ridiculous.


17 November 2008

I'm going Red

Possibly. well, definitely, but if it looks awful there will only be a 24 hour period or so until i can lighten it back up during which i will be wearing a ballcap. darkish red brown actually. we'll see.

I'm definitely buying some organic toothpaste
.

I'm probably going to see Twilight on Friday night.

Want a cool shirt? Check out Threadless. i love their designs.

That's all i got. and i really am 32. :)

16 November 2008

James Bond, etc

So i liked it. It isn't the best movie i've ever seen, and i'll need to talk to my dad about whether the plane chase is even vaguely possible, but i liked it. It was really fast paced, especially the first 3rd. i'd give it a 5.

so here i am


So i'm 32, the oldest of 5 kids. I say I'm from Louisiana because i finished high school and went to college there. My parents and siblings live in south louisiana, scattered between the little town of Breaux Bridge and the city of Lafayette. i miss them.

I'm a big fan of LOST, of football, of indie rock, of fall, of spicy chocolate. I read tons. I love coffee and tea. I'm trying to get better at yoga. I'm also trying to exercise otherwise. I'm single and have no kids. I'm an atheist, very left politically, and an easygoing skeptic. I'm really empathic, not in the supernatural sense of course. i'm a dog person. I'm a dancer not a singer. I'm depressed, which i take pills for, and heartbroken, which i don't think they make pills for yet. I'm constantly curious and occasionally appalled by what i learn. I'm becoming a fan of japanese culture, like anime, movies and books.

I'm not: judgemental, manic, musically inclined, a drama queen, trendy, as green as i want to be, a reality tv fan, happy in my job, a UT fan, sure i even want kids.

15 November 2008

Welcome!

I'm the first stop on a blog train! Woo! Come on in, have a seat. I've got semi-organic munchies, like cookies or banana bread, chips and salsa or hummus with broccoli. I'm a bit short on beverages so i hope everyone likes nice southern sweet tea.

Katie, from Don't Call Me Kathleen (i won't!), picked my blog to start off with. The idea is that she's going to select a different blog to visit each week and bring along friends too. *waves*

So I'll do my best to be entertaining this week. As soon as i can put up the cool button i will as well; it's currently frustrating me due to my lack of sleep. I feel like i should post a "getting to know me" type blurb. Maybe tomorrow. I'm way tired. But i posted!

Currently: wishing i could fall asleep while someone brushed my hair.

14 November 2008

Man This Is Hard

It is hard to come up with something to talk about every day. I figured this NaBloPoMo thing would be easy if i just could remember to do it. But i feel dumb just posting "umm, i woke up, ate some cream of wheat for breakfast, drank coffee, went to my therapy appointment, went to trader joe's, came home and took a nap". that's not a post!

So i did decide to go ahead and join up with the Book Bloggers Christmas Exchange. I didn't know about it last year but i liked reading everyone's posts about what they sent and what they got. hopefully i'll come up with something suitable for my person.

I'm going to see the new James Bond tonight. I may post about that tomorrow.

13 November 2008

Btt for 11/13

Even if you are a die-hard fan of the public library system, I’m betting you have at least ONE permanent resident of your bookshelves in your house. I’m betting that no real book-lover can go through life without owning at least one book. So … why that one? What made you buy the books that you actually own, even though your usual preference is to borrow and return them?

If you usually buy your books, tell me why. Why buy instead of borrow? Why shell out your hard-earned dollars for something you could get for free?


I read lots and lots of library books. so far this year, at last count anyway, i'd read 71 library books (though now i'm sad they're only letting people put up to 10 on hold....i normally have anywhere from that on up) I've also got about 225 listed on librarything. So why buy? lots of reasons.

  • The wait is interminable at the library for a book i really really want to read.
  • I am pretty sure i'll want to read it again.
  • the library doesn't have it
  • it's pretty
  • it's cheap
  • It'll make me look smart (ok yeah i mean it)
  • no one believes you read tons of books if you don't have a bunch lying around
  • I like to have a variety of choices
  • impulse
  • it's some kind of workbook (i've got some for depression) so you need to mark it up
  • it's a reference book
On a slightly different topic, i finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman today. a complete 7. super highly recommended! I'm just gonna link to everyone's awesome reviews: Carl's, Chris', Nymeth's. I'm sure there are a bunch more out there; let me know i'll link to you too!

11 November 2008

I'm Still Reading

I meant to "just read a chapter or two" of Dreams Made Flesh by Anne Bishop last night. I felt really low and just wanted to get the stupid day over with but it wasn't late enough for me to fall asleep. So i started reading this book to kill a little time. But i ended up reading 3 of the 4 stories in it and went to bed about 11:30. I shouldn't have bothered going to bed as i was still up another hour but oh well.

I finished this one up today. I really liked it. There's an old myth type, a story of revenge, of falling in love, and of rediscovering your lover. The men of the Black Jewels are the protagonists in three stories. We see Saetan truly unleash his fury. We find out how Lucivar and Marian met and fell in love. We see Daemon love Jaenelle as she recovers from the events in Queen of the Darkness. This last story is the most satisfying as i felt it resolved a good bit of the whole story arc. The Lucivar story is also quite good but i kinda thought the whole "excuse" that made them have sex the first time felt a bit fan fictiony. Other than that, these are really fun. I give the book a 6.

10 November 2008

2 Graphic Novels

Finished up two today. The one i like less goes first! The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill (aside: Is anyone else fiending for the Watchmen like me?) is the third in what is apparently going to be a much longer series. The problem is, this book was kinda blah. The basic story is that Mina Murray and Allan Quartermaine, who've become immortal (not a spoiler, you find this out at the very beginning), break into MI:5 headquarters (courtesy of a womanizing Jimmy Bond) to steal The Black Dossier. This dossier is essentially a grouping of articles, pictures, journals, etc that detail what happened to the League after book 2 as well as info about the previous Leagues we've seen hints of. They get away, read the dossier, escape a single ambush, then get away again to real safety. There isn't really much plot or character development.

Maybe my problem is that i'm far far less familiar with English language literature after the turn of the 20th century. I caught the Bond, 1984 and Lovecraft references. I've read Orlando and know the story of Fanny Hill. I couldn't force myself to read the Kerouac run on sentences, and i know that i missed out on who was who in big sections detailing the French and German leagues. Weirdly, i almost think this book would have been better had the frame been left out and we were just presented with the dossier info. I either wanted to read about Mina and Allen having adventures, or a "found document" of league info. Just not both. This one is a 3.

As for the second, Birth of a Nation by Aaron Macgruder, Reginald Hudlin and Kyle Baker, it is much better. I"ve always enjoyed Boondocks, the show and the comic (which i guess isn't coming back) and Nation delivers some of the Boondocks attitude. Essentially, Bush wins re-election when all the people of East St. Louis, including the mayor, grandmothers, etc, are denied the vote because they are on a felons list. Bush wins Illinois by 300 (or so) votes, which wins him the election. So may Fred Fredericks and friends in East St. Louis seceed from the USA. It's a fun read, political and upbeat. a 5.

10 days down, 20 to go!

09 November 2008

I can't think up a cute title

I finished reading The Wrecking Crew by Thomas Frank last night.

This book is a 5. It isn't so much anything specifically that i hadn't read before but it is a good summary of why Republicans do what they do. They claim they want fiscal responsibility then run up deficits to force liberals to curtail social spending. They put incompetent people in positions to reward them as well as to make regular folk feel all government workers are incompetent. They cry "free market" but then subsidize their buddies' businesses so they'll get kickbacks and election funds. It has a good bit pulled from Naomi Klien's book The Shock Doctrine and i would highly recommend reading Frank's first. it is shorter and less dense and a decent read.

currently: still amazed Obama's been elected.

08 November 2008

BTT for 11/6

A question of presents.

What, if any, memorable or special book have you ever gotten as a present? Birthday or otherwise. What made it so notable? The person who gave it? The book itself? The “gift aura?”

So i've gotten plenty of books as presents. Most recently, after my birthday in July R bought me The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality. It isn't so much the book itself but that he got me a birthday present at all. It made me feel so nice. So that's a person answer.

A few years ago my mom bought me the first 3 Harry Potter books for Christmas. This was before Goblet of Fire had come out. That was nice because my mom pegged me perfectly; I loved them immediately.

I'm actually scrolling through my librarything list and recognizing which were gifts. But as for meaningful gifts, the ones i've listed are tops.

07 November 2008

Gotta Post...

So i am posting. I feel like i need to do something more substantial than just a placeholder but unless inspiration strikes in the next 4 hours i'll just do this.

Here's what i've got from my library right now.
  • The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox- I've got the second book in the series as an ERC so i'm trying to get this one done.
  • The End of Food by Paul Roberts- I'll get to this for the Science Book challenge.
  • Birth of a Nation by Aaron McGruder and Reginald Hudlin- Graphic novel.
  • The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule by Thomas Frank- A very sad book i'll probably finish up tonight. A bunch of things i hope Obama's administration can help correct.
  • Dreams Made Flesh by Anne Bishop- A continuation of the Dark Jewels Trilogy
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill-Graphic Novel, i'm about finished with it as well.
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman- not sure what this is about....;)
I've got another 12 books working their way to me through the hold maze. Four are actually about conservatives or Bush and i don't know if i can take them. Two, The Age of American Unreason and Nixonland are a bit more general but the Scott McClellan book and Dark side : the inside story of how the war on terror turned into a war on American ideals by Jane Mayer are directly about Bush so i don't know if i'll even get them. In a way I'm so hopeful for the future i don't want to bring myself down. But on the other hand i feel like i should read them to understand more about what, well, happened. Maybe I'll split the difference and just pick up 2 of them.

06 November 2008

Ugh.

I would so not be posting tonight if i didn't have to. I can't bail on a challenge this early in the month!

I had a crappy day. I'm sick, in that i have a cold. work was blah. I'm tired of it and i'm tired of dealing with R. I'm tired of struggling.

so that's kinda that.

Currently: watching The Daily Show from last night.

05 November 2008

04 November 2008

So It Begins

I've already nibbled off most of my nails. just to do something, i'm submitting myself to the DMV to reregister my car. I'll probably post another few times as well.

On another note...I completely agree with Rachel Maddow.



I was pretty lucky: my schedule allows me to have Fridays off so I went to early vote at about 10 am at the local library a couple weeks ago. I waited about 10 minutes though i was prepared to wait much longer. Some friends in Rutherford County waited about 45 minutes. But what about Memphis? what about today? I figure an hour wait is about the limit of what people consider tolerable but that should be at it's LONGEST point. It is ridiculous.

03 November 2008

Pre-Election Day Begging!

Let's all be Steeler fans tonight!

Go read Andi's post for Obama. She's way more eloquent than i'll ever be.


Cross your fingers!

Should i go buy some champagne or not? I don't want to jinx anything.

I'm not sure i'm going to have any fingernails left either. I'm so nervous, i feel like i did in high school before a play. I'm so glad i've taken tomorrow off; i'm going to be useless.

go vote. vote Obama. Vote Democrat. please!




02 November 2008

Quick Update

So i'm posting a fast update on the ongoing challenges and total books for the year.

Total: 92 books, 33 were non-fiction and 71 were library books.

TBR Challenge: Read 7/12, remaining 5 have to be done before 12/31/08
Russian Reading Challenge: 3 and a half done out of 4, due 12/31/08
YA Challenge: 11/12, also 12/31/08
Science Book Challenge: 2/3 done, 12/31/08
What's in a Name Challenge: ugh, still 2/6 and i don't think i'll make another 4 for this too!
1% Well Read Challenge: 4/10 read, but i have through 2/28/09.

so i've got 11 and a half books to read before the end of the year if i want to finish all these. I think i may just concentrate on TBR and let the Name challenge go. I've got 6 library books out now too, though i can use one as part of the Science challenge. and then there are 2 other ERCs i haven't read yet. ACK!

*breathes*

Is it awful that last night instead of doing some reading i was browsing A Novel Challenge to see what's up for next year?

And thanks thanks thanks! sometime between posting yesterday and today i've gone over 9k total hits! you guys are awesome.

01 November 2008

As if I don't have enough going on...

I decided to join NaBloPoMo this month. It's Chris's (from Stuff as Dreams) fault. He mentioned it, so i looked it up, then i joined up. *sigh* hey, though, this post counts as 1!

I'm going to talk about college football. First off, i understand why Texas is ranked #1 right now; they beat another #1 team and haven't lost to anyone else. I fully admit that they are fun to watch, that they're quarterback has a great name, that they've come through in some close-ish games.

But i also know that if they played Florida, Alabama, or LSU they'd get their ass kicked.

Yes, i'm pro-SEC football. We have this little thing called DEFENSE in our conference. You don't normally get 80, 90 total point games. Sure, Georgia managed to do little to stop Florida this afternoon. Sure, we cannibalize ourselves and make some solid teams look poor due to the record. Yeah, Vandy could probably do great in the Big East or Conference USA and the only reason they aren't over there is to boost graduation rates and GPAs. But you can pick any SEC game, any weekend and you're probably going to see a game, a real competition, not a Heisman candidate highlight reel or 2nd stringers in the game the entire second half. We've done incredibly well in the bowls the last several years (7-2 last year) and we've won 4 of the National Championships since that started.

not bad huh.