Links for Friday

August 24, 2007 Categories: Books , Faith , Funnies , Homeschooling , Kid Stuff , Parenting , Politics , Videos , Writing | 8 Comments  

We’re enjoying a date night. The three boys are having a slumber party at Michelle’s with her boys, and Natalie is staying the weekend with Grandmama and Papa. We went out to dinner at a new restaurant in town – wonderful food, good wine – and now he’s playing a game online and I am enjoying some blogging time before I go curl up in the corner of the couch and read the night away.

I finished getting everything ready for Monday, so we’re all set to start year six of our homeschooling adventure. Six years – that just blows me away! I finally feel like I (sort of) know what I’m doing, too.

I’ve been collecting links for so long, with no time to post them, so I’ve got a bunch!

~Amazon has posted their “Best Books of the Year So Far” lists for fiction, children and teens, and non-fiction. Have you read any of them? I haven’t, but I usually get to the newest “it” book a few years late.

~ Katy at Fallible often cracks me up, but I laughed so hard I snorted at “Talk Dirtily to Me.” It’s a must-read if you are an aspiring writer.

~ All of you Austenites, click over here and enter the Jane Austen Book Club contest. Grand prize is a trip to the UK to tour Austen-related sites.

~ For those of you following the election, here are a few videos from my favorite candidate, Ron Paul: on entitlements, on the IRS, on monetary policy, on the second amendment, on healthcare, and on civil liberties. Also, here’s a video of media clips about Dr. Paul that shows that he has strong grass roots support, in spite of the fact that the mainstream media continues to ignore him.

~ If you ever had the pants scared off you in church by all those “Mark of the Beast” movies, like the ones I remember seeing in junior high, you’ll find this video very funny.

~ Lawanda posted this funny video of a Dad’s Lullaby set to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.

~ Melanie Hauser’s “Saying Goodbye, at the Grocery Store” is poignant and wonderful.

~ Christopher Walken is one of Kevin’s favorite actors, and this video of him cooking chicken with pears in his own kitchen is priceless. He is such a strange guy. Great actor, but strange guy.

Well, that’s it for this week. I hope you all have wonderful weekends planned!


  1. Jennifer, Snapshot

    I just looked at those amazon lists, too. I also usually come to the party quite late on books that are buzzworthy.

  2. Lisa


  3. Becky

    I just have to tell you I love your blog so much! You won me over with HP and the Deathly Hallows. I couldn’t agree with you more.

    I, to, am an AVID Ron Paul supporter. I just donated money, bought my t-shirt and I am headed to my local straw poll on Monday to cast a vote. I am a Democrat! I changed my party affiliation to vote for him in the primaries. I have never been inspired by a candidate before now. Go Ron Paul!

  4. Carol in Oregon

    CARRIE!!! GIRL!!! What fun. I laughed with Katy, signed up for the UK, got armed with Paul, cried with Melanie, but – BUT the End Times video was da bomb!!

    I can’t wait for Curt to get home to show him. I remember the trauma of A Thief in the Night. You know what, though? I *loved* his piano playing. My style is close to his, but he had the most gorgeous diminished and augmented chords.

    My biggest beef with the end times dramatists is that Satan gets an even billing with Christ. God is sovereign over ALL. And we don’t need to be afraid…

  5. Lawanda

    OMG OMG OMG!!! I signed up for the Jane Austen Book Club prize!

    I will never win, but hey, a girl can dream! :)

    I will check out the Ron Paul and book lists later, I am CLEANING right now!!!! (hey I just used CAPS and exclamation points unhesitatingly!! RUHROH!!) ;)

    And btw, YAY on the date night! WAHOO! ;)

  6. carrie

    Jennifer – there are just too many good books, not enough time to get to them all!

    Thanks, Lisa.

    Becky – that is so cool! I wish I could do more to support Paul – but we live in such a rural area. I’ll have to check and see if he’s coming to Spokane anytime soon.

    Carol – exactly! When I look back, I still can’t believe my parents let me watch the movies that the church showed to us. It just bred fear in me. For the longest time, I was terrified of the end times. And liek you said, we don’t need to fear – God is sovereign and in control.

    Lawanda – HEY! GIRL! Have fun cleaning!

  7. connie

    I’ve never seen the movie A Thief in the Night, but I liked that song: it was cute. I have heard/read the two-people-working-together-and-one-is-taken many times but never thought a child would take that to mean that God looks at every group of two people and takes the ‘better’ person. Kids just understand things differently than adults, I guess.

  8. carrie

    Connie – my kids take things so literally. It has really taught me to be careful what I say.