Sunday Seven

Argh, I have no inspiration for a blog post today, even though my desire to make a blog post is high. How does that even work? Anyway, I guess that means it’s time for a meme! Google led me to something called Sunday Seven on Patrick’s Place. Today: Seven Books I’d Like to Read in 2012. I guess that works, given that I’ve been poking around for something to read since I finished TFiOS Friday night. Here’s my seven:

1. World War Z by Max Brooks. I’ve had this loaded on my Kindle for a while, but had wanted to read Brains, A Zombie Memoir first. Since I finished that a couple of weeks ago, so I guess it’s time for WWZ.

2. The Clockwork Earth Trilogy by Jay Lake. I’d read the first book, Mainspring, a couple of years ago. It was SO GOOD, but I had kind of forgotten that he was writing sequels. But then I remembered! And so here it is on my list. (So, does that count as 3 more books? No, I will count it as one.)

3. The Terra Incognita Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson. I read about the third book in a Big Idea post over on Whatever when it came out and it sounded like a real good time.

4. The Dervish House by Ian MacDonald. Another Big Idea from Whatever. I can’t remember what it’s about, but the write up must’ve been good because it’s been on my list for a while.

5. 2030 by Albert Brooks. Who doesn’t love a little dystopian comedy? And when you read it, you will read it in the voice of Nemo’s father!

6. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. My bookselling friend read this over the summer and said it gave her nightmares. I mean, how could I not?

7.  11/22/63 by Stephen King. I am a shameless Stephen King fan. Evidently he had the idea for this book years and years ago, but felt like he needed to hone his craft before he could do the story justice (Under the Dome, too, which was excellent). I guess the time has come because here it is!

There’s a few more books on my To Read list, but those are definitely the top seven. How about you? What’s on your To Read list?

10 on Tuesday goes up to 11

It’s Tuesday again so you know what that means, fair reader! It’s meme day!  This week’s topic, from the ever lovely CaroleKnits, is 10 Favorite Non-Knitting Blogs. My list goes up to eleven. Eleven!!!!!11!!!!!!!

1. BipolarLawyerCook: She used to blog about being a lawyer, but has since mothballed her JD and taken a job in retail. Sometimes she posts poems. Also recipes. It’s always good.

2. Gluten Free Girl and the Chef: I started following her blog when I learned I was gluten intolerant (and likely have Celiac’s disease!). She writes beautifully and takes amazing pictures of food. What’s not to love?

3. Hyperbole and a Half: A kind of web comic, with funny stories told hilariously with silly pictures. If you’ve never read it, start here.

4. Kate Harding: Kate Harding is a feminist who used to blog about Fat Acceptance and other stuff at Shapely Prose. When SP had sort of run its course, she started a personal blog about fat and other lefty feminist issues. I enjoy her writing very much.

5. Lesson’s Learned: My Totally Awesome Sister’s blog is really fantastic (when she’s blogging) and her posts never cease to make me proud to be her sister. Furthermore, I would read her blog even if I weren’t her sister.

6. My Cat is a Jerk: This is a blog that was really hilarious for a while but has gone quiet for a few months. You could probably read all 34 reasons in under an hour and laugh your ass off. Maybe she’ll even do another post one day.

7. Sleep Talkin’ Man: Adam’s nighttime ramblings recorded and posted on the blog by his wife Karen. Seriously? Best idea EVER.

8. The Rejectionist: LeR used to work for a literary agent (I think), rejecting author queries, but she very recently “did that thing which you should never, ever, ever do”. She quit her day job to write a book! Also, she’s a fabulous writer and her blog makes me laugh.

9. Tiger Beatdown: Another leftist feminist blog, well written. Team Tiger Beatdown is on top of the important issues.

10. Two Whole Cakes: A Fat Acceptance feminist blog, extremely well written. Lesley, is smart, funny, and sarcastic. Also, she’s fat. Sometimes her posts are a bit teal for my poor ADHD addled brain, but I still enjoy them very much. She also does a podcast with another Fat Acceptance blogger (TheRotund) which never ceases to educate and entertain.

11. Bonus! Whatever: John Scalzi is the author of Old Man’s War (if you haven’t read this series, GO NOW). His blog is funny, moving, and just an all around damn fine blog.

Not a bad list, and only one blog which has gone quiet over the last few months. You can read current posts from the feeds of  all my favorite bloggers over in the side bar (just scroll down).

Happy Tuesday to all!

10 on Tuesday

You had to know the memes were coming. It was only a matter of time, really. I’ve been following the Painted Sheep blog for a while and she does this Ten on Tuesday thing from Carole Knits so I figured, why the hell not? So here goes.

This week’s theme is 10 Favorite Oscar-winning movies. I tried (unsuccessfully) to keep it to Best Pictures only. So here they are, in order of release date:

  1. Gone With the Wind (Definitely one of my favorite movies of all time.)
  2. West Side Story (It has some of the best music to come out of the musical era of Hollywood.)
  3. Amadeus (Always made me wonder how close to real life the move was.)
  4. Rain Man (the height of my Tom Cruise crush. I’m over him now, but back then? Yum-my!)
  5. Dances With Wolves (Back when Kevin Costner was cool.)
  6. Silence of the Lambs (Oh Anthony Hopkins, you were so delightfully and frightfully evil!)
  7. American Beauty (An all around great movie.)
  8. Chicago (First musical to win since Oliver!)
  9. Slumdog Millionaire (The contrasts in this movie were so striking and the tale was artfully told.)
  10. Ingourious Basterds (The only one on my list that wasn’t a Best Picture win. Which is too bad, really. It was a really amazing movie!)

We love movies in our house and we watch a lot of them. Not all Oscar quality movies either, hah! What Oscar winners are your favorites?

A Birthday Meme

I forgot to post this yesterday!

Go to the wiki entry for your birthday and post the following:

3 events:
1568  Mary Queen of Scots flees to england
1866 Root beer invented
1965 SpaghettiOs introduced

2 births
Liberace
Pierce Brosnan

1 holiday
Middlesex Day

Happy birthday to me and long live SpaghettiOs!

Christmas Questions: A Meme

I got these from SunflowerFairy (thanks)! Jump on in, the water’s fine!

Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper for the most part, but gift bags are fun, too.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial. There’s less mess, and just a one time investment instead of a yearly fee.

3. When do you put up the tree? Preferably the day after Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down? On the Epiphany. (The epiphany usually being something like “holy shit, why is that tree still up? It’s freaking January 6th already!”)

5. Do you like eggnog? Love it. When I was a kid, my dad would drink eggnog mixed with 7-Up. I know it sounds weird, but it’s good. Really.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Cabbage patch doll. I’ve still got her, too. :-)

7. Hardest person to buy for? Hubby. We usually pick out our own gifts, which is fine and actually works out very well for both of us.

8. Easiest person to buy for? Me, for the same reason as #7.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes. We have this one from Haba the boys can play with.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? The ol’ snail mail.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I can’t remember.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? A Christmas Story. Elf is a new favorite. This one looks promising.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I did all my shopping in October this year. I wanted to be all done so I could enjoy NaNoWriMo without the additional stress of holiday prep.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Chocolate.

16. Lights on the tree? Lots! And multi-colored, not white.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Lately, Oh Holy Night is a favorite, along with The Holly and the Ivy (with the original, pagan lyrics), and the advent carol that Sting did: Gabrielle’s Message.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Definitely stay home.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donder and Blitzen. Rudolph was always my favorite, though.

20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning.

21. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Certain despised “Christmas” songs played over and over and over on certain radio stations (that shall remain nameless).

22. Favorite ornament theme or color? Santa.

23. What do you want for Christmas this year? Yarn. Or hand knits. Or knitting paraphenalia. Perhaps some pretty rosewood needles. Or the glass ones.

24. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star.

25. Favorite Christmas dinner? Chili.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

What’s in my Knitting Kit

Haven’t seen a post from this meme in a while so I thought I’d revive it. Here’s what’s in my knitting kit:

I have a knitting basket with a lot of other stuff in it. This is my “traveling” kit–the junk I bring with me when I go knitting out and about.

  • Hand lotion–an absolute must
  • Chibi darning needles (although I seem to be missing one of them)
  • Stitch markers: pretty beaded markers, split ring markers, and Bordhi style ABC markers
  • T-pins. Honestly, I’m not sure why those are in there, but they are.
  • Beaded row counting bracelet
  • WPI thingamabob. Again, not sure why it’s in there except that it’s pretty and makes me happy.
  • Pom-pom maker (because I’m re-tah-ded when it comes to making pompoms)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Harmony cable needles.

What’s in your kit?

I am Spider-Man

We just got back from Massachusetts. I’m exhausted and will blog about the trip tomorrow. Today I offer you the results of this blog quiz which I found over at monster yarn. Cheers!

Your results:
You are Spider-Man

Spider-Man
90%
Superman
60%
Robin
50%
Catwoman
45%
Batman
40%
Hulk
40%
Iron Man
35%
The Flash
35%
Wonder Woman
30%
Green Lantern
25%
Supergirl
25%
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.


Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test