Random Thoughts

January 2, 2010 at 11:19 am (To Do)

While the lists have been great fun, I often find that what I’d like to write about isn’t suitable for a list.  But those posts often are not frequent, making a daily blog more of a chore than the fun that I’d like them to be.

So, I’m taking a small break.  I know, I know, I just got started.  But this was more of an experiment than it was a serious endeavor.

I’ve spent my Christmas and New’s Year break thinking about what I’d like to do moving forward.  I’m almost there.

Thanks for your patience.  Be back soon.



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Stereotypes that I Fit

December 24, 2009 at 6:38 am (To Do) ()

Thanks to Kottke.org for this list that Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Author

  • J.K. Rowling – Smart geeks.
  • Ayn Rand – Workaholics seeking validation.
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – People who drink scotch.

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Commercials I Never Want to See again

December 23, 2009 at 6:23 am (To Do) ()

  • He went to Jared
  • Old Navy Mannequin anything
  • Lexus Bows
  • Chuck E. Cheese

What do you want to have eradicated from the commercial line up?

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Christmas Traditions

December 22, 2009 at 6:14 am (To Do) ()

  • Wrapping presents while Hubby distracts the kids
  • Eating too many cookies
  • Finding the pickle in the Christmas Tree
  • Picking out one new ornament for the boys

What are your favorite Christmas Traditions?

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Book Review: The Handmaiden and the Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg

December 21, 2009 at 6:42 am (To Do) (, , , , )

Book Details
Title: The Handmaiden and the Carpenter
Author: Elizabeth Berg
Genre: Historic Fiction, Religious
Length: 153
Copy: Courtesy of the Oshkosh Public Library

Plot Basics

  • A 13 year old girl meets her future husband, the charming 17 year old that is the catch of the town.
  • The girl is visited by an angel.
  • Before they are married, the girl is pregnant, yet a virgin.
  • Joseph must decide if he will or will not marry Mary.

What makes it different

  • The focus is on both Mary and Joseph, completely leaving out Jesus except where he is essential to the story line.
  • Mary is accepting based on the experiences of her mother as well as her cousin Elizabeth.  Yes, Elizabeth the mother of John.
  • Joseph is not the strong believer that Mary is.
  • Joseph believes in the traditions of his people, but not necessarily that Mary’s son is also the son of God.

Why you should read it

  • While the Bible tells quite a bit about Mary’s confusion and acceptance, little is said about Joseph.
  • It is very cool to see one author’s view of how Mary and Joseph adjusted to their life with Jesus.
  • The bit about the Wise Men visiting really cemented in my mind how that may have taken place.

Why you shouldn’t read it

  • It challenges what the Bible says about Mary and Joseph’s acceptance of their situation.
  • It’s speculation, which may or may not sit well with certain personalities or religions.
  • It isn’t your traditional Christmas Story.

Final Word

I really liked this book, but I’m fairly opened minded about Christianity.  It doesn’t bother me not knowing whether or not it is true; it possible that Mary and Joseph had the very reactions that Berg outlines.  I really enjoyed that side of the story.  It puts flesh on a great story outline, the same way that the Red Tent by Anita Diamant.

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Rejected Holiday Specials

December 18, 2009 at 6:07 am (To Do) (, )

  • Frosty Goes to Florida
  • Rudolph and the Plastic Surgeon
  • Dr. Phil with Special Guest, The Grinch
  • Santa Isn’t Real, Charlie Brown

That probably puts me firmly on the Naughty List this year.

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Facebook Games are Good Time Wasters

December 17, 2009 at 6:04 am (To Do) ()

  • YoVille
  • Mafia Wars
  • Latte Land
  • SuperPoke Pets

are my regulars.  How are you wasting time today?

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Wine tasting, anyone?

December 16, 2009 at 6:09 am (To Do) ()

  • Pumpkin bog
  • Moscato d’asti
  • Organic Riesling
  • Polka dot Riesling

That’s what I’m bringing.  How about you?

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Book Talk: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

December 15, 2009 at 6:39 am (To Do) (, )

Book Details

  • Title: Leviathan
  • Author: Scott Westerfeld
  • Genre: Steampunk
  • Length: 434 pages
  • Copy: Courtesy of Oshkosh Public Library

Plot Basics

  • Aleksandar Ferdinand escapes a plot to murder him.
  • Deryn Sharp, a girl, has tricked the British Air Service into enlisting her.
  • The Great War is about to begin.

What makes it different

  • Clankers or giant machines owned by Austro-Hungarians and German.
  • British Darmwinsts fabricate animals from life threads for weapons.
  • It’s not quite history, nor is it alternate future, but a great blending of both.

Why you should read it

  • Westerfeld’s previous series, the Uglies, lends credibility to his ability to write on the line between sci-fi and straight out fiction.
  • It’s a fun way to discover history.  There’s just enough there to make you wonder what’s true and what borrowed.
  • You’re tween or teen may be reading it too.  Great conversation starters in here.

Why you shouldn’t read it

  • It’s pretty light weight reading.  Plan for it to take one or two days.
  • The story is split between Deryn and Alek.  The continuous flip flopping inevitably leads to them meeting but it is frustrating to switch.
  • It’s my first steampunk novel.  While I liked it, it could be trite to someone familiar with the genre.

Final Word:

  • I’m going to add book two to the TBR list.  I liked the first one and it’s something my 9yo may like in a year or two.

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Thanks for the Cookies, Mom

December 14, 2009 at 6:33 am (To Do) (, )

Grandma came over yesterday to make sure we had a good stash of cookies for Santa.  ‘Cos you never know how hungry he’ll be or what kind he will like.

Choices include the following:

  • Snickerdoodle
  • Mint chocolate chip
  • Butterscotch and chocolate chip
  • Oatmeal with orange flavored craisins

What do you leave out for Santa?

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