Friday, November 24, 2006

Friday's Feast

A nifty little website to help spark your imagination/blog entries.

Appetizer: Have you ever changed a flat tire by yourself?

I wouldn't even know how.

Soup: Do you have an "innie" or an "outie" belly button?

An innie now. It was doing it's best imitation of an outie while I was pregnant!

Salad: Name a new paint color and describe it.

The first thing that comes to mind is Fluff. I grew up with a wonderful cat named Nick (for St. Nicholas as we got him around Christmastime.). Sort of a Sylvester-looking black and white cat. He had the best fluffy fur... if you ran your fingers through the layers you would often find black on the outside, shifting to grey tones around the middle layer and sometimes even white underneath. It was like he had many coats...

Main Course: What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Impossible to pick just one. Christmas music, turkey on the table (my cousins and I raiding the pickle/olive/relish plate), driving or flying to see family, the traditional stop at Schultz's for the best steak sandwiches (all the while hoping that they haven't closed for deer season)... it's been a long time, but sledding, ice skating and cross country skiing. Must revive at least the sledding for Daniel...

Dessert: If you were a cookie, what kind of cookie would you be, and why?

A chocolate-covered oreo. Many layers to my chocolatey goodness!

Friday, November 03, 2006


Reading and books have always had a big place in my life. From a pretty young age I devoured everything I could get my hands on. I remember that in first grade they started sending me up to second grade for reading because I had already done everything they were working on. This wasn't without difficulties... I had many a bleary-eyed morning after I had spent the evening reading in bed (just one more chapter!) and found myself still awake at one am. And despite my love of books it was difficult to get them for me as presents because even if I didn't own something I had invariably checked it out of the library and read it already.

A childhood favorite of mine is The Dark is Rising series of books by Susan Cooper. I checked each book in the series out of the library many times over... They were a fascinating blend of (then) present-day England and Wales and English/Welsh mythology (and Arthurian legend). I won't go into great detail here except to say that these were my "Harry Potter." And to highly recommend them still. This person here at The Lost Land has done a pretty extensive examination of the series and of Susan Cooper's other works as well. And I also will say that these books are responsible for my wish to see Wales (and I will get there someday!).

I hope to instill a love of reading in Daniel, but we have yet to move out of the "book destruction phase." Meaning books are good for bashing, throwing about, ripping and pretty much chewing on until they are very soggy with bits falling off of them. I will keep trying!