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Thank goodness books on tape count, or else I'd have a big fat zero for the month of May. I was having a bad life, which is now MUCH better, and I hope to get back into reading soon. I need to: "Lean In" is waiting for me at the library!
1 week, 5 days ago on I Read How Many Books in May? #100Books
I've always enjoyed reading. For many years, I didn't make it a priority. Over the last couple years, I have rekindled my romance with the written word. Although I have been known to cheat with the occasional audio book, for me the joy is having book in hand, physically turning the pages. Right now it is a race against the clock as to whether I will be done reading a very popular book before it is due back to the library. The verdict is still out as to whether Tammy or the calendar will win this round.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Why You Should Read Every Day
The parenthetical title is so misleading! I didn't look at the picture of the cover until after I'd read your review, and I had a flash of feeling the book was about self doubt even though I knew it wasn't! They need to better market this to keep all their readers from being disappointed - sort of like when a movie trailer portrays something as a comedy when it only has 2 funny scenes. Misleading!
3 weeks ago on Book Review: I Thought It Was Just Me, But It Isn’t #100Books
After reading your post at the beginning of the year, I started a reading challenge for the year. Mine was not as ambitious as yours - a mere 2 books a month. I started out like gang busters! Eight days ago, however, I started a new job. A very all consuming job in a new-to-me field. I don't know if I'll be able to meet my goal, but I still find some time each day for me to read.
Thanks for being the inspiration for reading more. And good luck with your research.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on A Reading Challenge Update #100Books
I also didn't read Little Women despite several attempts! At first I was afraid to read any book that would be mentioned in the same breath as all those sisters, but I was lpleased to see the change of tone in your review. It seems worth adding it to my library queue.
Thanks for the review!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Book Review: Fragile
1. AÑO (“Year”): Where do you see yourself in one year? In one year I will either be in a new job or studying for a degree needed for a career change.
2. CUÑA (“TV/Radio Spot*”): Which commercial do you find most annoying at the moment? I love Geico ads, but the "when pigs fly" annoys me to no end.
3. JALAPEÑO: What’s the spiciest food you enjoy? Ketchup. :)
4. MAÑA (“Skill”): What would you consider to be your most valuable skill? I have the ability to see between the lines of what is being said and those propose solutions that work that might never have been considered listening to the words themselves.
5. PIÑA (“Pineapple”): What is your favorite “tropical” fruit? Mango!
6. PIÑATA: Have you ever been to a party that featured a piñata, and if so, what was it stuffed with? The last party I went to with a pinata was for a 21st birthday party. It was filled with miniature bottles of booze.
3 months ago on Saturday Six #466
Once again I am in awe of your knowledge of our language. I am embarrassed about writing that incorrectly in the past! At least now going forward my writing will look wrong but be right.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on It’s a Line You Don’t Tow
To be a little more accurate, Easter Sunday is the first Sunday following the beginning of Passover, which lasts for 7 days, 8 days for those of us that don't live in Israel.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Easter’s Date Varies So Much Year to Year
@danielalex_book I don't know what their particular franchise agreement is, but most chains require the use of the same menus. There might be regional differences, I simply don't know enough to answer.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Restaurant Adds Security Surcharge: Would You Pay?
My initial response was the same as danielalex_book: Add the additional cost to the price of food. Then I realized that since this is a franchise, that probably isn't a possibility. Given their situation, I understand why this restaurant is doing what it is doing, but I won't patronize a restaurant with such a surcharge (completely disregarding the fact that I wouldn't go to a restaurant in a bad neighborhood anyway).
I don't have 7 least favorite 'love songs", but the one that immediately came to mind when I read your post was "Marry Me". I keep seeing it all over for engagement videos. Um, did no one bother to listen to the lyrics? It's about a guy who sees a hot girl in a cafe and daydreams about meeting her.
For me it is a lot like "Every breath you take". I went to a Sting concert where he played it, but not before he recounted a story of being at a cocktail party and having a fellow guest come up to him and tell Sting that that song was his first dance with his bride. Sting, evidently had already had a few drinks and asked the guy why he'd want to share a song about stalking a former lover with his new bride. Everyone at the concert cheered!
4 months ago on Sunday Seven #381
My boyfriend and I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day. Some years we get a card. Last year we both bought each other the exact same card. Normally we prepare a special meal (this year is lamb) and watch a movie. Just as for Christmas I always watch a movie that takes place around Christmas time but is not about the holiday, I try to find alternative Valentine's movies as well. This year is Ghostbusters. There's a romance in there somewhere!
4 months ago on Single on Valentine’s? Call It ‘Financially Fortunate!’
I care! Words have meaning. They should be selected on that basis. Using them incorrectly because other people do is like jumping off that bridge to follow your friends!
4 months, 1 week ago on Centering Something? Choose Your Next Word Carefully!
Congratulations! Nine years is very impressive. I only found your blog about a year ago, and I thoroughly enjoy it. Thank you for your willingness to share your talents with others.
4 months, 1 week ago on Nine Years Later: Looking Back on a Blog’s Birth
1. V is for VACCINE: Do you believe children should be required to be vaccinated before they’re allowed to attend public schools? Why or why not? Yes. It prevents deadly illnesses from spreading throughout the population.
2. V is for VALOR: Whom do you know personally that you consider to be particularly courageous? My dance partner left Germany for the US without knowing any English and accepted a job offer at a studio he'd never seen.
3. V is for VALUE: Which store do you feel generally offers the best deals on things you want? Amzaon is typically the cheapest for everything non-food related that I need.
4. V is for VEGETABLE: Which single vegetable do you tend to use most when you cook? It's a toss up between onion and garlic. I know, how pedestrian.
5. V is for VERTIGO: What’s the tallest building you’ve been inside? I climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Although it is not the tallest building I've been in, it is the tallest structure I've been outside on the top.
6. V is for VULCAN: Who is your favorite Star Trek character? Riker - with the beard.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Saturday Six #460
That really makes no sense at all! All they would have had to do is pull up your record to see that you don't go very often (thus making you a highly desirable member), and should have made it easy for you to switch ... once you questioned the fee. Waiving fees costs them nothing (it's not like everyone is going to pay it), would have paid off in your good will and continued membership, and SAVED them the money of getting a new member just to stay at the previous headcount. Penny wise and pound foolish.
Like you, I don't do well with a personal trainer. They push/bully me into doing things I know I shouldn't do, and each and every time I've worked with one, I've gotten injured. Wait, I take that back. I learned my lesson, and the last time I won a free training session, I used the time to come up with a new stretching routine. That was free time well spent and helping to prevent injury!
I also have given up a gym membership. It had been four months since my knee had allowed me to go,and it wasn't giving any signs of recovery any time soon. So why pay for a service I can't use. With my savings I bought a trail guide and a pedometer, and I'm trying to get some exercise in on my own.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on If My Choice is Losing $60 to Save $10, I’ll Just Walk
1. T is for TALKER: Which specific topic tends to get a lot of attention on your blog?My blog is about me, so me. But to be more specific I'd have to say either feeling like a "grown up" or the joy of learning.
2. T is for TELEPHONE: Who was the last person you spoke to on a telephone? I last spoke with a potential employer.
3. T is for TIME: Which do you usually have the most difficulty doing: getting to work on time or leaving work on time? Neither is really a problem. I'd have to say the hardest thing is finding enough work to fill the time.
4. T is for TOUCAN: If you could own any kind of bird (and feeding and housing wouldn’t be an issue), which bird would you like to own? Big Bird!
5. T is for TOY: What do you own at this point that you consider your favorite “toy”? My water canner. I love that thing and use it at least once a month.
6. T is for TYPEWRITER: At what age did you first start learning to type? 7th Grade typing class. Best elective I ever took all through school. Has definitely earned me more money than any of the others!
5 months ago on Saturday Six #458
1. I can mend basic things, and I can sew quite the straight line on a machine. As a matter of fact, my main project for the year involves a sewing machine: I want to make a rag rug, and I need the machine to do the hemming for me before I start
2. Candle stores are the worst, or stores like Bath and Body Works. I can't breathe in there.
3. For some reason, I had "Bear Necessities" from the "Jungle Book" stuck in my head most of the week.
4. I try to stay at exactly the speed limit. Yup, I'm that driver.
5. Less likely. I don't like being around women when a stripper is present. It isn't pretty.
6. Normally for oatmeal, I choose cinnamon or cardamon or ginger.. But for cereal and the like, I prefer the blue stuff.
5 months, 1 week ago on Saturday Six #457
I have decided that 2013 is the year of getting things done. I have made lists of things that I've either started and not completed, wanted to do, put off for whatever reason, and I will make sure to be able to cross things off that list each day. Yesterday, for instance, I did five of them! I know now I have all the fervor of a new recruit, but I have a feeling that this is something I can truly accomplish.
The feeling of crossing something off the list, as well as having the weight of an annoyance lifted from my shoulders, should be enough to keep me at my task.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Sunday Seven #375
1. Iron Man. I've always wanted to go to Hawaii.2. Project Runway is my guilty pleasure.3. I'd want to be a working sheep dog. Well cared for and respected for the work I do.4. My local paper no longer calls itself a news source. It is a self-proclaimed promoter of business and the local football team. Ugh. I don't have cable so I haven't seen the local tv media in more than a decade. I'm afraid it's probably the same.5. If it could properly put things away, I'd love that, but I'd be worried that we were creating the first step towards Cylons.6. That is what Twitter is for! I always write emails to corporate to celebrate excellent service (with 140 characters of praise on Twitter as well).
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Saturday Six #456