Why I will be rooting for the Cardinals today

February 1, 2009 Categories: Football | 2 Comments  

Area fans can’t root for the “Stealers” – Seattle Times.

Links for Friday by the numbers

November 20, 2008 Categories: Books , Football , Holidays , Movies , Television | 6 Comments  

1. Natalie and I went to see High School Musical 3: Senior Year Saturday night – and loved it!

2. The Seahawks’ season is a constant source of depression. You may wonder why I keep watching every game. I’m nothing if not loyal.

3. I can’t believe it’s time to start working on the Christmas program for church already! I’m singing in the choir at our new church, and we’re doing some fun music – Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir style.

4. I’m very. very. angry at NBC for cancelling My Own Worst Enemy. :(

5. Life is one of the best shows on television right now. Are you watching it?

6. A woman came to look at our house today. First person interested in months. She seemed very interested, but we’ll see. If she is, we have no idea where we would move to – right now there aren’t any 4-bedroom houses available in our area. We don’t want to pass on an offer on the house, though, because if we sold it we would be completely out of debt – including the new (to us) van. Finances have been sticky lately. Sigh.

7. I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow. Don’t want to go on and on about my health, so to sum it up: dizziness and headaches for a few months that aren’t going away, plus a cyst of some type on my wrist joint. I’m hoping he has some easy answers.

8. Looking forward to a weekend of downtime – especially since we cleaned the house today to get ready for the showing.

~ My review of The Grift by Debra Ginsberg.

~ Great post at author Shannon Hale’s blog: How to be a reader.

~ New Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince trailer.

That’s all for this week – sorry it’s slim pickings. Not a lot of time to surf the web lately. Have a great weekend!

Links for Friday

September 26, 2008 Categories: Blogging , Books , Contests , Football , Funnies , Homeschooling , Television , Videos | Comments Off  

Fall is officially here, and I am loving the cooler weather. Autumn is my favorite season; I’m not quite so crazy about what comes after. If I had my way, it would snow the first week in December, stay through Christmas, and go away on January 2nd. I live in the wrong part of the country for a person who doesn’t like cold, snowy, long winters, and hot, dry, long summers.

The archery tournament was fun, and Josiah won first place! He was pretty excited – this was the first extra-curricular activity he’s gotten involved in, so it was cool that he excelled. Of course, the fact that he beat his sister and brothers – all older than him – made him pretty proud, too. :)

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Links for Friday

March 6, 2008 Categories: Books , Football , Homeschooling , News , Television | Comments Off  

It has been a good week – but it sure went by quickly! We’ve had some beautiful days, and the snow is slowly melting away. Which is much better than quickly melting away with the amount we still have out there. Dad stopped by today, and we were looking at our backyard wondering how we could have an Easter egg hunt, since it’s still covered in more than a foot of snow. The front yard is a little better, since it gets the afternoon sun. He teased the kids that we should just leave the eggs white and then let them hunt them in the snow!

Friday night, the kids and I are going to see a local production of Annie. For a rural community, we have some great performing arts groups, and I’m glad that the kids are getting some opportunities to see live theater. I just found out that Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater was given permission to perform Les Miserables this summer. I guess a few summer stock programs around the country were given the rights to do it for one summer, before the touring show goes back out on the road. Since Coeur d’Alene is only a couple hours away, I’m hoping I’ll be able to go, and maybe take Natalie. At eleven, I think she’d be able to understand (and get past) some of the more adult themes to see the beauty of the story and the music. Any of you who’ve seen Les Miz – what do you think? Is she old enough?

I haven’t reviewed any books this week, but I have been reading. I finished Heart of Darkness, but still have two short stories to read before I’m done with the book. I really liked the first short story, “Youth,” but I did not like Heart of Darkness – so I’m wondering what the next two stories are like. Conrad is a very detailed writer, however, and I do enjoy reading his descriptions.

Is anyone watching Jericho? We are loving this season, and keeping our fingers crossed that the ratings go up enough to win us a full season starting in the fall. Wasn’t Tuesday’s episode sad? I cried.

I have a few links to share with you to get your weekend started.

~ Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age – I’m pretty sure I saw this article linked at Rock Creek Rumblings.

… remember the Arctic Sea ice? The ice we were told so hysterically last fall had melted to its “lowest levels on record? Never mind that those records only date back as far as 1972 and that there is anthropological and geological evidence of much greater melts in the past.

The ice is back.

Gilles Langis, a senior forecaster with the Canadian Ice Service in Ottawa, says the Arctic winter has been so severe the ice has not only recovered, it is actually 10 to 20 cm thicker in many places than at this time last year.

OK, so one winter does not a climate make. It would be premature to claim an Ice Age is looming just because we have had one of our most brutal winters in decades.

But if environmentalists and environment reporters can run around shrieking about the manmade destruction of the natural order every time a robin shows up on Georgian Bay two weeks early, then it is at least fair game to use this winter’s weather stories to wonder whether the alarmists are being a tad premature. (emphasis mine)

~ The kids and I just finished reading Coraline by Neil Gaiman last week, and we enjoyed it very much. It was creepy and scary in a fun way. Kind of like Dean Koontz for the younger set. There’s an animated film in the works.

~ Speaking of Gaiman, you can read his novel American Gods free online – thanks to Harper Collins. I personally have a hard time reading books online, but I love it when one is posted, because I can read the first few chapters and see if it’s worth buying.

~ There’s an official homeschooling community at BlogNetNews now – officiated by Dana at Principled Discovery. Check it out!

~ Girls Just Reading is giving away a copy of Jodi Picoult’s latest, Change of Heart.

~ I thought the dads at Little League were bad, but now we’ve got moms brawling over video games at Chuck E. Cheese’s.

~ Moomin Light has posted a whole slew of links that are perfect when you’re looking for a way to waste time or procrastinate. She also posted this adorable cat cartoon video – get the kids to watch it with you.

~ In spite of the fact that I’m a die-hard Seahawks fan, I’m also a Brett Favre fan. The press conference announcing his retirement had me in tears.

What a great evening!

February 3, 2008 Categories: Football , Television | 5 Comments  

The Giants beat the Patriots, and then a great episode of House – with a surprise ending! Anyone figure out who Wilson’s new flame was? I had no idea!

Miscellaneous

January 27, 2008 Categories: Football , Homeschooling , Kid Stuff , Movies , Television | 9 Comments  

- The good news? It’s not 10 degrees outside anymore. On the other hand, it’s snowing, and has been all morning. The forecast reads like this: Monday – snow; Tuesday – snow; Wednesday – cloudy; Thursday – snow; Friday – snow; Saturday – snow – well, you get the idea. I know I’ve only lived here 11 years, but this has got to be some sort of snowfall record. It has to be – because I’d hate to think this is just a normal winter, and the last few have been abnormal. When is spring, again?

- Remember how I said we had discovered a great Sci-Fi channel series through Netflix called The Dresden Files? Well, it turns out it only ran one season. Phooey. On the plus side, we’re really enjoying the Tom Hanks / HBO-produced miniseries From the Earth to the Moon.

- National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets is great – we went Thursday night. It’s fun and action-packed and has some history thrown in. Yes, you have to suspend your disbelief. No, it’s not deep or profound – but sometimes you want to go to the movies just to be entertained. And I appreciate having a PG rated movie that the kids and Kevin and I all enjoyed together.

- I added a “Josiah’s Reading” page to the blog. How cool is that? My six-year-old is making his way through Frog and Toad All Year. I couldn’t find the next 1st grade reader, so I pulled this out, and he is reading it – and laughing at Toad’s sledding adventure.

- The kids took part in a Pinewood Derby for Awana yesterday at church. Jonathan and Noah both brought home 3rd-place trophies in the speed category. Josiah was disappointed, and said to Jonathan, “Can we share your trophy?” Jonathan replied, “Sure!” I loved watching them cheer each other and their friends on.

- Missoula Children’s Theater is coming in two weeks, and Natalie is going to audition for their production of a musical adaptation of The Little Mermaid. (Not the Disney story, but the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale.) They bring the entire production except the cast, and hold auditions to cast 60 local K-12 students. Then the kids rehearse every afternoon and evening that week, and on Saturday they do two performances. I’m nervous for her. She has a good attitude, though, and said, “Even if I don’t get a part, it will be fun just to audition and see how it works.”

- We’re almost caught up on our school schedule. We will be where we should be by the end of this week. Then my sister and her two boys are coming up from Post Falls to spend the weekend, so we will be spending Saturday at Mom and Dad’s. Josiah will sleep over that night with his best friend, cousin Peter, and then the rest of us will go back Sunday afternoon to watch the Super Bowl. Go Giants!

- We skipped church today, since it would have required massive shoveling at an early hour to get us out of the driveway. Kevin shoveled earlier, and now the kids are out to shovel again – and play, of course.

Well, crap.

January 12, 2008 Categories: Football | 8 Comments  

Go ‘Hawks!

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With apologies to Eileen and Donna, here’s hoping the Seahawks crush the Packers! One hour, twenty-five minutes till kickoff…

Yes!

January 5, 2008 Categories: Football | 2 Comments  

Seahawks: 35

Redskins: 14

Go ‘Hawks!

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Two hours, fifteen minutes until kickoff…