Links for Friday – and a bulleted update list

February 13, 2009 Categories: Books , Holidays , Movies , Politics , Television , This and That , Videos | 6 Comments  

Boy, has it been a week. Standardized testing (we homeschool in a state that requires it), orthodontist appointments (for which the reception staff had overbooked and we waited for-ever), driving kids to art class (and photography class, tae kwon do, Awana, the library to pick up books on hold, etc.), and then getting sick. All while trying to re-adjust to normal life after having a completely kid-less weekend last weekend. Re-entry is hard.

It’s been so long since I’ve really written a substantial post – and I don’t have time now, so a bulleted list will have to do:

~ Kevin is still working. He was supposed to be laid off a year ago. Not only is he still working, he works most days from his home office, which saves us oodles on gas. God is good.

~ My freelance writing has slowed way down. Stupid economy.

~ Kids have spring fever. So do I.

~ Someone very close to me is going through a divorce. I’m sad.

~ My mom finally had her surgery, and is recovering, though it’s taking a while – longer than she thinks it should, anyway. I keep telling her that surgery at 60 is very different than surgery at 40 – or even 50.

~ My dad’s thumb is healing well, although he still has no sensation in the tip. He’s heading southwest to Vancouver for my grandmother’s (his mom) 80th birthday this weekend. Happy Birthday, Gramma!

~ Natalie’s voice lessons are going extremely well, and she will be singing at two venues this summer – one is a town festival in the park called Rendezvous, another at the fair.

~ I caught Kevin’s cold and have completely lost my voice. Do you know how hard it is to make kids hear you with no voice? Kevin has encouraged them all to call me “squeaky.” So helpful.

~ We’ve been watching season one of Chuck on DVD – great series. Any other fans out there?

~ I’m hoping to take the kids to see Inkheart Sunday afternoon, if I’m feeling better.

Well, I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, but that’s all my cold-fogged brain can come up with right now. Here are some links to make up for this post’s lack of substance:

~ For all you Twilight fans out there, check out these Twilight cakes. Hat tip to Andrea, who e-mailed me the link because she knows that Natalie and I are both huge Edward and Bella fangirls.

~ The New Yorker had an interesting article on the challenges facing President Obama’s administration when it comes to over-hauling the health care system – “Getting There From Here”. The quote I found appalling (emphasis mine):

Every industrialized nation in the world except the United States has a national system that guarantees affordable health care for all its citizens.

~ The film version of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was in jeopardy when Disney dropped out as development studio, but Fox has stepped in and it will be made after all.

~ Stephen Colbert reacts to Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book winning the Newbery Medal. LOL

~ I know this is a little late, since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, but Sheila has a great post on appropriate books and crafts for the day.

~ Jon Stewart has the best idea for a stimulus package I’ve heard yet.

~ One of my random things was chosen as a Best Random Thing.

~ My review of Testimony by Anita Shreve.

~ My personal list of 55 Must-Read Novels.

~ My review of the movie Pride and Glory.
Have a great weekend – and Happy Valentine’s Day!


  1. Mother Mayhem

    Trickling up sounds good to me too! LOL

    Have a lovely weekend! :o )

  2. carrie

    Thanks, Lisa – you, too!

  3. Meg

    BIG Chuck fans here.

    Lately it’s even getting watched before Heroes.

  4. carrie

    Meg – we finished Season 1 on DVD last night. Now we have to wait for Season 2 – ack!

  5. Sheila at Dodging Raindrops

    Thanks so much for linking to me! I really appreciate it!!!

  6. carrie

    Sheila – you’re welcome!