Thursday Thirteen

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We’re still snowed in here in the Bogs. More snow (3-4 inches) is expected tomorrow.

Are we having fun yet?

Well, yes, we are. 🙂 The sledding has been good. Unfortunately, the pond has been well insulated by the snow and is now mushy. M the Younger and a friend both fell through the ice yesterday. They were near the shore so it wasn’t a serious dunking, but they both had some pretty cold feet by the time they trudged back up to the house in their wet boots.

In need of something to write about, I now present Thursday Thirteen, a list of 13 of whatever it is you feel like listing. This week, I’m going with movies.

The last 13 movies I’ve seen:

  1. Lost In Translation (Thought this was a great movie. Different for Bill Murray.)
  2. Thank You For Smoking (Not bad. Had its funny moments.)
  3. Ratatouille (Was expecting something funnier, but it was ok.)
  4. Hard Candy (Very good psychological thriller.)
  5. Evan Almighty (Waste of time!)
  6. Spider-Man 3 (Exciting, fun.)
  7. The Hours (Watched this on my own during the Super Bowl. It was ok.)
  8. The Bourne Ultimatum (I enjoyed the Bourne series. Lots of action. I read the books decades ago and like the way they updated the story.)
  9. Sicko (Gave me a new cause, as if I needed one. Everyone in the U.S. ought to watch this one.)
  10. Factory Girl (I enjoyed it. M the Elder wasn’t thrilled with it.)
  11. High Anxiety (Not Mel Brooks’ best, but it has it’s moments.)
  12. An Inconvenient Truth (Interesting.)
  13. The Bourne Supremacy (See #8)

What films have you watched lately?


Getting ready for 2008

(The “to be read pile.” Photo taken January 2007.)

I’m making some changes around here, little by little. Today I’m working on my book list.

It seems a shame to just delete my list of books I read in 2007, so I’m saving it here. I didn’t make it to 50, but I gave it a good try. I’m going to try again in 2008.

Books I read in 2007:

Cell

Dance of the Gods

Middlesex

Helen of Troy

Morrigan’s Cross

Peace Like a River

The Cave

The Glass Castle

Mao: The Unknown Story

Lisey’s Story

Cancer Ward

Anais Nin: A Biography

The Virgin’s Lover

Next

Labyrinth

Good Omens

The Farming of Bones

The Barrytown Trilogy

Ilium

Mayflower

Healthy Living From the Inside Out

Olympos

One for the Money

The Rule of Four

Parable of the Sower

The Clan of the Cave Bear

Two for the Dough

What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Anansi Boys

The Valley of Horses

McCarthy’s Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland

The Color of Magic

Blood Brothers

My favorite books from 2007 were (in no particular order):

  • McCarthy’s Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland. This was a fun read, a wild romp through Ireland. I like British humor and this book had plenty of it. I also learned a bit about Ireland while laughing my butt off.
  • The Color of Magic. I discovered Terry Pratchett while looking at Neil Gaiman books. I read Good Omens earlier in the year and enjoyed it so much that I decided to give Discworld a try. Although I’ve heard that one doesn’t need to start at the beginning when it comes to Discworld, I’m anal enough to do just that. The Color of Magic is the first in the Discworld series. It was funny (again with the British humor), and I suspect it’s the beginning of my addiction to Discworld.
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors. This book was an eye-opener to me in terms of the costs (on many levels) of bringing food from afar to my dinner table. While I’m not ready to become a complete locavore, I do believe that eating locally is better for me, for the community in which I live, and the world in general (even if my part is smaller than a drop in the bucket).

There were some other good books in the mix, but those three stand out for me right now. A couple of the books I read were somewhat depressing, and some were uplifting. Some were educational and some were just plain fluff.

Sometimes the mind needs to relax with a bit of fluff.

I think 2008 is going to be a good reading year. Just a hunch.


This Week’s Random Links & Stuff

(Wind in the tree. October 29, 2006.)

Currently reading: Still reading Helen of Troy by Margaret George. It’s a big book, man (624 pages). It could take a while.

Currently coveting: Mediterranean Grains and Greens: A Book of Savory, Sun-Drenched Recipes (I seem to have a thing for cookbooks lately.)

Recently watched: Cold Mountain. It was a good movie. Very intense in spots and certainly not a happily-ever-after kind of film. The Mexican. I’m guessing that Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts want to forget they ever made this movie. It’s stupid. And way too long for all that stupidity.

Current pet peeve: The neverending negativity of the political ads. Enough already!

Current favorite word: Bonnyclabber. (Look it up if you don’t know what it means: Merriam-Webster Online) I don’t expect I’ll get much use of it, but I like the sound of it.

New (to me) internet find: How to write a novel in 100 days or less. I don’t have any immediate plans to write a novel, but you never know. This just might come in handy someday.

Something you should see: NaBloPoMo. You might have noticed the logo for that over there to the left under the photo of the robin. I’ve decided to join the ranks of bloggers who are going to blog every day for the month of November. Click on the link if you want to know more about it. I’m an almost everyday blogger, anyhow. This shouldn’t be so difficult to do (she thinks).

A blog is an unending book in which the author keeps writing the first page for readers constantly waiting for the last. — Nick Piombino

For centuries, philosophers, scholars, lawyers, doctors, theologians, artists, poets and others have taken the time to write down the memorable thoughts and words of others — or kept records of their own personal musings — and collected them in a journal or book form. These compilations, known as ‘commonplace books,’ have preserved over time a wide array of information, such as famous quotations, anecdotes, maxims, jokes, verses, magical spells, astrological predictions, medicinal and culinary recipes, devotional texts and mathematical tables, among other subjects. — Yale Bulletin and Calendar


Sign posts

(Signage on I-80. October 20, 2006.)

There are a lot of interesting things on the internet. Here are a few that have grabbed my attention lately:

  • 1001 Books to Read Before You Die. I think this list is based on the book, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Having read the reviews about the book, I’m adding it to my wish list which will give me 1002 books to read before I die. At the rate I’ve been reading lately, I might never die if all this reading is required to pass over into the afterlife.
  • Go Fug Yourself. This is my not-so-secret guilty pleasure. It cracks me up and caters to my snarky side. The rest of the world has probably known about this website for ages. I’ve been visiting for a few months. I admit that being judgmental is not good for my self-image as it sort of works the way it does with lying and other vices: If you do it, you suspect others do it too thereby being paranoid that all and sundry are having one over on you. I’m not sure that made the least bit of sense to anyone other than me.
  • NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Need to know about an herbal supplement? This is a good place to start.
  • 101 Cookbooks. Makes me want to start going through my own cookbooks and actually start cooking.
  • Restroom Ratings. When you gotta go, it’s good to know where you’re going.

In other news…

Currently coveting: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Recently watched: Flightplan with Jodie Foster. Eh, not really worth it. The plot was full of holes.

Currently reading: Helen of Troy by Margaret George. It’s a hefty book that I’m enjoying very much. I’m a big fan of historical fiction.

Currently drinking: Chai tea, iced.

Tonight’s dinner: Sausage caccitore. It’ll be served around 6:30pm. You’re welcome to join us.

Current pet peeve: Aging. It’s not about vanity. I don’t mind the wrinkles, the gray hairs, or various parts of the body heading south. What I do mind is that my warranty has apparently expired and we all know what happens when the warranty expires: Things fall apart, piece by piece. I suppose that’s better than having everything go at once.

I also don’t understand football fans. All that hollering and stressing doesn’t seem like much fun to me.

Football is not a game but a religion, a metaphysical island of fundamental truth in a highly verbalized, disguised society, a throwback of 30,000 generations of anthropological time. ~Arnold Mandell

Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings. ~George F. Will