January 31, 2008
January 30, 2008
Seriously, we are talking about how a presidential candidate snubbed another presidential candidate. Are we still in high school?
The thing is that so many of what I consider happy books are chick lit, and while they can be tasty like popcorn, there is not much to discuss. I find that I love many books that might be considered depressing, but I'm okay with being depressed for a good story. :-)
So, here's my question, can you recommend any happy books?
January 29, 2008
No-more. I've decided that it's time to make my own postcards - I mean how hard can it be? I can use my own photos and artwork to create unique cards designed by moi. Been looking at various places that make them, and finally decided to order 2 sets from MPIX.
1. I love them!
2. The pearl paper is wonderful (they also offer linen & text stock)
3. I got them in about 2 days
4. They're having a 50% sale under the end of Jan, and 5x7s cost me $.40ea (not including S&H)
5. Incredibly easy to use
1. Can only order sets of 24 - of the same image. Would love to be able to create different cards in the same batch
2. Cheapest S&H is USPS priority mail - but it is lovely when they get to you so fast
Bad postcards no more!
If you are a postcard fan, check out this site. I've gotten fun cards from people around the world.
PS: I love getting postcards in the mail.
January 28, 2008
First book that I've read by the author. Liked that it was set in Nantucket - lovely island nearby. This book got rave reviews - not sure I would agree - it's a fast read, but more in the chick lit genre - which I do not read alot.
The story is about 3 women who escape to the island for a summer to take time out from various problems they are facing - fighting cancer, cheating husbands, illicit affairs, and small town living.
2. Possible Side Effects
I listened to the audio book during my commute this month, and really think that the reason I enjoyed it was because it was an audio book. Not sure that I would have made it through reading the book. The short stories are funny, some clever, and sad. The author does process a lot of angst in the pages, but I enjoyed it. If you do read it, call me after you get to story where a woman friend throws something at college guys who were annoying her. I audibly gasped when I heard it - wow!
January 23, 2008
Recently also saw God Grew Tired of Us, which follows the lives of some of the Lost Boys from Sudan as they adjust to life in the US. It really is astonishing what people can survive. A hard look at life in Sudan and the US.
January 22, 2008
I must admit that I was not sure that I would like the music. After all, the last time I heard bluegrass it sounded liked cats on violins - way too screechy for my taste. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really enjoyed the music - though their lyrics could use some work. It turned out to be a very pleasant way to spend an evening, and help out a good cause.
January 21, 2008
The bad news - Green Bay is not.
What is it about Favre that has so many people who cannot pick Green Bay out on a map rooting for him? Yesterday was a football kind of day. The Pats beat the Chargers, and the Giants beat Green Bay. My one thought throughout both games is that football is a fall sport. Mid-January should be reserved for ice-hockey. It was about 0 degrees with windchill in Foxboro and colder than that at Lambeau. Those poor guys. Any who - on to Arizona where the Pats will surely win.
January 19, 2008
It was a first for me - and my heart was certainly racing when I first got suited up to drive. I loved it - there is something about the rush that is addictive. We did a 1 hour endurance race, 3 people to a team, and we had to have 5 driver switches. Can certainly see going back for another round.
From their website:
Speed. Adrenaline. Power. Control.
These are the feelings of racing—and the hallmarks of successful business teams. These are the feelings on which team building at F1 Boston builds—as team members work together to excel—on the racetrack and in your business. How does it happen?
Through the unique combination available at F1 Boston: indoor racing and a professional team-building group. Our multi-disciplined team will work with you to identify your goals, customize a team building program to meet your needs — and, if you choose, follow up to ensure that what your people learn at F1 is transferred to what they do in the workplace.
January 18, 2008
Did you know that San Juan National Historic Site is one of only 20 National Parks included in the World Heritage List of the UNESCO?
This photo is from San Felipe del Morro in San Juan, PR. I was captivated by the turrets.
January 17, 2008
Jan - The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
Feb - A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
March - The Gathering by Anne Enright
April - Name All The Animals:A Memoir by Alison Smith
May - Lying in Weight:The Hidden Epidemic of Eating Disorders in Adult Women by Trisha Gura
June - The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
July - Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
Aug - Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Sept - The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez
Oct - Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Nov - Peony in Love by Lisa See
Dec - Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult
1. The Master Butcher's Singing Club
This is what my book club is reading this month. This is the first book I've read by the author, and I really enjoyed it. I love books that open up a window to an entirely new world, and this one did just that. It got me thinking about what it must have been like for German immigrants to the US during WW2. Posed questions for me to investigate further.
2. A Lifetime of Secrets
I am fascinated by this entire series of books. Secrets - what a universal human trait - and how interesting to see what some people have carried around with them for years. Always an interesting look into the human condition
January 15, 2008
In preparation, he had to have no food after midnight yesterday. This morning he did everything but yell, "what's the matter with you guys? Where's my food bowl?". Poor baby . Felt incredibly guilty - should I not eat while he cannot? That lasted all of 5 seconds.
He howled all the way (2 miles) to the vet, and then I had to leave them there (still yowling). I get to pick him up later this afternoon. I am sure that I'll be more traumatized that he'll ever be. I have no idea how parents (of 2-legged ones) do this! Is it too early for a martini?
January 14, 2008
Finished up my 2007 art journal this weekend while watching NE and JAX. Some pretty great football this weekend no? I for one was happy to see P.Manning loose. Cannot explain it - just do not like the guy.
January 12, 2008
January 11, 2008
On my recent flight to Vegas, I booked myself into a window seat, as the flight would occur in daylight. I'm sure that in the old days of travel, one got used to the fact that one was making a journey. This trip in fact would have taken many months and be fraught with peril. My trip was on time, and took me barely 6 hours to travel almost the width of the continental United States. No need to ford swift rivers. No high altitude passes to cross. At times I do think that in modern travel, we miss out on some of that. We do not have time to adjust to traveling, before we arrive. Would I change it? Nope. But still.
You can see more pics from my seat here.
Here is an example. I organize all manila folders (remember those?) and electronics documents using a similar filing system. I tend to use one of 2 methods:
1. Filed under relevant year.
In this method, everything is in the right year, and then there are sub-folders that make it easy for me to quickly find what I'm looking for.
2. Filed under relevant topic.
Similar but different from #1. Here everything is filed under topic and then sorted by year.
Both work really well for me, but recently I decided to simplify my email folders. The situation was forced by the issue of how to file something that belonged under 2 categories, say a customer and a sales person.
I now only use 3 folders. I quickly scan everything in my inbox and do one of four things:
1. Respond to items that need only a couple minutes to review and respond
2. File under Follow Up items that require review or a more lengthy response
3. File under Hold items that require input/data from someone else
4. Archive all other items
Using Goggle Desktop, or other such tools, looking for files, or emails is as easy as a search on name, topic, etc. Problem solved.
January 10, 2008
Bella is adorable in glasses. She is so good at wearing them all the time - I remember how hard it was for her father to even find his glasses!
The four mousekeeters - Jonah, Bella, Luke and Maya
January 9, 2008
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Read the article here.
January 3, 2008
Friends A&M invited us to go see the Christmas Revels at the Sanders Theater. I love this theater - if you have never been in, go check it out. I had never been to a Revels before and was not sure what to expect. I hear that they have Revels from different regions each year, and have had them for a couple of decades. Very cool. Loved the audience participation aspect of the show.
Here's the show blurb:
* Winter Solstice Celebration Returns to Cambridge – Balkan-style!*
Celebrate the holidays with family and friends at the 37th annual Christmas Revels! This winter, travel with us from Harvard’s historic Sanders Theatre to the exotic region known as the Balkans, where we’ll celebrate the season with beautiful singing, spectacular dancing and many colorful folk traditions Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia.
This year’s production features a talented ensemble of more than 80 performers. Joining the Revels Chorus of adults and children will be Boston’s celebrated world music ensemble, Libana, Bulgarian dancer and choreographer Petre Petrov performing with the young Balkan dance ensemble Mladost, gaida (bagpipe) player Patrick Yacono, musician extraordinaire David Coffin, and old friends the Pinewoods Morris Men and Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble. Actress Debra Wise joins us again this year as Narrator.
Sing 3-part carols and rounds with the cast, thrill to exotic Balkan singing, enjoy a seriously funny Mummers Play featuring mythological Balkan characters and, before Intermission, join hands and dance out of the theater for the joyous Lord of the Dance, Revels’ signature piece and a high point of every Christmas Revels.
January 2, 2008
Anyone else struggle to get up and get to work this morning? It certainly did not help that there was a lump of ice at the bottom of the driveway that had to be shoveled before anyone could get out. I hear that we are expecting a 60 degree day next week. That will help offset the incredibly low temps we'll have today and tomorrow - think we'll have a high of about 14!! Brrr!
I know the days are getting longer - I have faith that they are will - never mind that sunset is around 3pm.
January 1, 2008
This is the first year we've tried a table top tree - had not even heard of one before. Well, it's small and easy to handle and really rather cute. Could be a new tradition in the making. I love the smell of pine, but the large trees start at about 75 bucks - totally outrageous in my opinion.
I loose track of the number of fires we make each winter. There are days that I get a fire going by noon and read or play by it all day. Wonderful way to keep the dark at bay.
Life is too short for bad wine. Enough said.
Yummy in the tummy.
Picked this book up while in pTown this summer - love to support local book stores and Now Voyager is one of my faves. I enjoyed this book - history, magic, curses, vampires, the Church, etc all rolled into one. I did not know that Dracula was a real historical figure - albeit there is no evidence that he was a vampire - but still found the story an interesting read. Makes me want to travel to Eastern Europe.
This book was highly recommended, and yet I could not quite get into it. It's a murder mystery of sorts, but had a hard time getting swept into the saga - quite disappointing.