Links for Friday – June 26, 2009

June 26, 2009 Categories: Books , Just for Fun , Movies , Videos | 2 Comments  

Well, summer is officially here – and the weather is finally cooperating. The boys have been in VBS every morning all week. I like the quiet house in the mornings, but the running around gets a bit old after awhile. I’m looking forward to next week being more low-key.

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer vacations! Here are the links I saved to share with you:

~ Buffy vs. Edward – I’ve never watched Buffy, but I still found this video funny.

~ Popular and Unique Soft Drinks From Around the World – I can’t even imagine drinking some of these.

~ Saying More Than We Can Say: Why the Arts Matter Even During a Recession.

~ Deadline: Post-It Stop Motion Film – Some people are so creative – and have a lot of time on their hands!

~ Academy Expands Best Picture Nominees to 10 – Maybe this way movies that people have actually seen will be nominated!

At Books and Movies lately:

~ Favorite children’s novels, part one
~ Me and My Books Meme
~ Found in the pages of Bookmarks Magazine July/August Issue
~ Book review: The Wet Nurse’s Tale by Erica Eisdorfer
~ Favorite contemporary fiction, part three
~ Book review: Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted
~ Book review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
~ Book review: Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
~ Book review: Back Creek by Leslie Goetsch

Links for Friday

September 12, 2008 Categories: Books , Contests , Just for Fun , News , Reviews , Writing | 1 Comment  

How was your week? Ours was busy, but good. Natalie started voice lessons on Monday. After being initially very nervous, she loved it, and can’t wait to go back next week.

All of the kids are finishing up Archery. There’s one more class next Thursday, then a tournament on Saturday. (With Jonathan’s birthday party/game blowout slumber party on Friday. Busy weekend.)

That’s next weekend, though. This weekend will be relatively quiet. We’re going to Michelle’s for a playdate this afternoon. After dinner tonight, we’ll go cheery Nan’s best friend Caitie on at her soccer game.

Tomorrow – library sale! Woo hoo!

Sunday, hopefully the Seahawks will play like an NFL team, unlike last Sunday. ‘Nuff said.

~ Bembo’s Zoo – Hat tip: Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer. Beautifully done and creative.

~ Win The Liar’s Diary at J. Kaye’s Book Blog.

~ Go, Jordin Sparks! How wonderful to see a young woman unashamed to stand for purity. And what kind of disgusting man shames the Jonas Brothers for desiring to save themselves for marriage?

~ If you, like me, get giddy at the idea of a new notebook just waiting to be written in, check this out.

~ This teacher sure has a story to share with his students.

~ Someone has actually created a blog that lists all the books that only exist inside other books – The Invisible Library.

At Books and Movies this week:

~ Review of The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent.

~ “Waiting On” Wednesday.

~ Review of The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall.

~ The Sunday Salon.

Links for Friday

July 11, 2008 Categories: Books , Just for Fun , Kid Stuff , Movies , Music , News , Television , This and That , Videos , Writing | 6 Comments  

Well, we had a little excitement in our neck of the woods yesterday. Winds that were 55 to 60 miles per hour hit our town. We were lucky – we still have power, and we don’t have any trees down in our yard. Others weren’t that lucky – including our city park, where a few trees were uprooted by the wind. Here are some pictures, if you’re interested – click on slideshow.

While the winds were dying down, and our husbands had the kids at Tae Kwon Do, Michelle and I went to see The Incredible Hulk. Not the usual chick flick for a girls’ night out – in fact, I think we might have been the only women there who weren’t accompanying children of the male gender. :) But, we both needed a night out, and we both like Edward Norton, so…


No big plans for the weekend, other than sending my only daughter off to sleep-away camp for the first time. Sniff. Any of you done this before? How do you not worry?

At Books and Movies this week:

~ Thoughts on the film Into the Wild.

~ Review of Booked to Die, the first of the Cliff “Bookman” Janeway mysteries.

Other links:

~ Anyone else excited about TNT’s The Closer returning Monday night? Here’s an interview with Kyra Sedgewick.


~ William-Adolphe Bouguereau is an incredible artist – I love his paintings of children:



~ I may not agree with Christopher Hitchen’s views on religion, but this article he wrote for Vanity Fair about the interrogation practice of water-boarding is chilling. He agreed to undergo the procedure for research – but be warned: the video is disturbing.

~ On a completely unrelated and much lighter note – I scored 15 out of 20 on this Candy Bar Identification Quiz. Not sure if I should be proud of that, however.

~ This video of a new instrument called an Air Piano is pretty cool.

~ Stephen King’s advice to aspiring writers.

~ A scene from the BBC’s Black Books about responding to a rejection letter from a publisher. Hilarious!

Have a great weekend!

Links for Friday

February 1, 2008 Categories: Homeschooling , Just for Fun , Kid Stuff , Parenting , Videos | 5 Comments  

It’s Friday! Anyone got exciting plans for the weekend? Kevin’s hoping to take the kids sledding tomorrow. It’s snowing – again. It’s pretty wet, though, and I have a feeling we’re going to have a big mess by the end of the day.

On Sunday afternoon, I will be at Mom and Dad’s, rooting for the Giants as they play the Patriots in the Super Bowl, and eating some of my fabulous bean dip. Want the recipe? It’s really easy: mix one small box of Velveeta (cubed), one package of cream cheese, one can of refried beans, and one small jar of salsa. Heat in the microwave, stirring every minute or two, until completely melted and mixed. Serve with tortillas – yum! (I said it was easy, not healthy.)

Here are a few links for your Friday browsing:

~ Andrea at Atypicalife is famous! She was interviewed for a Reader’s Digest article on homeschooling. You can read it here. In case you didn’t know, wonderful Andrea and her equally wonderful hubby Ron are the folks who run Homeschool Journal. If you’re a homeschooler and looking for a place to blog, check it out! I love blogging here.

~ Brant at Letters from Kamp Krusty has channeled his inner sage again with Should You Shelter Your Kids? I was going to post a quote, but the whole thing is so good – just go read it.

~ Kris at Paradise Found posted this amazing video. We’re going to try it.

~ It sure seems there are a lot of new quiz-type game shows on TV – and sadly, they are revealing how woefully uneducated many people are. Did anyone else see the grade school teacher on Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? who didn’t know which country was our (the USA’s) neighboring country to the north? And people want to tell me I’m not qualified to teach my own children. Anyway, this news article highlights some of the dumbest ever quiz-show answers.

~ Don’t forget: there’s still time to enter my book giveaway.

Links for Friday… two days late

November 18, 2007 Categories: Football , Holidays , Homeschooling , Just for Fun , Kid Stuff , News , Parenting | 4 Comments  

I didn’t post a links post on Friday, but I did have a few things to share, so I’m doing it today. For those of you who were wondering, singing Friday night went fine – in spite of the fact that I came down with the cold the family’s been passing around for the past few weeks. I wasn’t too sick to sing, so that’s good.

Yesterday, we went down to Spokane to meet some new friends at Chuck E. Cheese’s. We met Chris and Carrie at the lake this summer while we were camping, and our kids hit it off right away. We found out that they were just getting started on their homeschooling journey this year. Kevin and Chris have stayed in touch by e-mail, so we met yesterday. We had a great time – visiting for three hours while the kids played and played and played.

This morning we went to church, even though the cold has settled in and I pretty much feel like death. The kids are rehearsing for their Christmas program, so I didn’t want them to miss. This afternoon, I curled up on the couch and watched the Seahawks beat the Bears. Go, ‘Hawks – you’re back!

This is a week off of homeschooling, and we’re all ready for a break. I’m ready to have some good reading time on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday will be spent cleaning, since we’re hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year. I haven’t done the whole turkey dinner thing in seven years, so I’m praying it will all turn out all right.

Do you have lots of plans for the holiday week? Will you be brave enough to shop on Friday?

Here are the links I wanted to pass on:

~ I’ve seen this Bitter Homeschooler’s Wish List a few different places now, but I first saw it at More Than Fine.

~ If you like word games as much as I do, you’ll want to check out this one. Improve your vocabulary while helping the hungry. My highest score is 43 so far.

~ Here’s a great editorial explaining why the writers are right in the current strike situation.

~ Amazon has set up a Homeschooling Store – how cool is that?

~ Finally, I’ll leave you with another hilarious Baby Blues comic.

Daring Book for Girls quiz answers

November 8, 2007 Categories: Books , Just for Fun | 2 Comments  


I almost forgot to post the answers to the quiz! Here they are:

1. In, Out, Over, On – What game does this refer to?

This refers to what we in the US call Chinese jump rope. In the comments, I noticed Debs – who is from the UK – calls it French skipping, but what she is describing (a big elastic band) sounds like the same thing.

2. What’s the next line? Say, say, oh, playmate, come out and play with me…

And bring your dollies three, Climb up my apple tree, Cry down my rain barrel, slide down my cellar door, and we’ll be jolly friends, forevermore, more, one, two, three, four!

There is also a second verse that I don’t know, but includes the line Staci mentioned: “My dolly’s got the flu…”

3. Onesies, twosies, threesies, leftovers – What game does this refer to?

Jacks – Karen was right.

4. What’s the next line? Not last night, but the night before…

Twenty four robbers came knocking at my door. Again, seems to be a regional version as Debs remembers something different.

Thanks for playing along!

Weird Celebrity Name Meme

September 28, 2007 Categories: Just for Fun , Memes & Quizzes | 3 Comments  

After the last depressing post, I wanted to do something light and meaningless – and I found this at CarrieF‘s blog.

Rock Star Name (first pet & current car):
Fluffy Windstar

Gangsta Name (fave ice cream flavor & fave cookie):
Chubby Hubby Milano :)

Fly guy/girl name (first initial of first name & first three letters of last name):

Detective name (favorite color & favorite animal):
Purple Flamingo

Soap Opera Name (middle name & city where you were born):
Eileen Bellingham

Star Wars Name (first three letters of last name & first two of first name):

Superhero Name (“The” + second favorite color + favorite drink):
The Green Colorado Bulldog

Nascar Name (first names of both grandfathers):
Rocky Robert

Witness Protection Name (mother’s and father’s middle names):
Kay Blair

TV Weatherperson/Anchorperson Name (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name & a major city that starts with the same letter):
Lane Laredo

Spy Name/Bond Girl (favorite season/holiday & favorite flower):
Autumn Iris

Cartoon Name (favorite fruit & article of clothing you’re wearing plus “y” or “ie”):
Nectarine Shirtie

Hippy Name (what you ate for breakfast & your favorite tree):
Waffles Willow

Rockstar Tour Name (“The” + your favorite hobby/craft, favorite weather element + “tour”):
The Reading Lightning Tour

Please, please let me know if you play along so I can read yours!

Links for Friday

July 27, 2007 Categories: Books , Homeschooling , Just for Fun , Kid Stuff , Movies , Videos , Writing | 4 Comments  

Another Friday – another list of links. How was your week?

Monday, I took Josiah to the doctor to get his five-year-old booster shots. Three of them, poor guy. Funny thing is, his brothers and sister were more scared of seeing the shots than Josiah was of actually getting them. He’s the only one of my kids who doesn’t freak out ahead of time. He even watched her put the needle in on each shot, didn’t flinch, and his only response was, “That kinda hurt.” He’s one tough little guy. Last time I take a kid in for 5-year-old boosters – that’s a milestone right?

I took the kids to the pool after the doctor, and that’s when I started reading Deathly Hallows. That book pretty much accounts for the rest of Monday, and most of Tuesday. I finished Tuesday afternoon right before I had to make an early dinner and take the kids to Tae Kwon Do.

Wednesday we met some friends at the park for the morning. In the afternoon, we went to the library, where they were having a presentation on Egyptology. The kids heard some crocodile stories. learned about the Rosetta Stone, wrote their names in heiroglyphs and played some rowdy mummy-race and pyramid-building games. I read Mansfield Park through most of it.

Yesterday we went grocery shopping and I finally got around to some freelance work I had waiting for me. Last night was Tae Kwon Do and then we headed to the pool. It’s amazing how good that pool feels when it’s over 100 degrees outside!

This morning Natalie has an orthodontist appointment and then this afternoon we’ll head to our weekly play date with Michelle and her boys. Hopefully everyone will get along – hotter weather seems to make it harder for the kids.

Tonight I’ll head back to Michelle’s – by myself – to watch Keeping Mum and have some gab time with no kid interruptions.

Tomorrow we’ll all pile in the vans and go to the lake for the day. Kevin was able to barter some computer work for a kneeboard, so Noah is anxious to try it out. I’m hoping our ancient, falling-apart boat can actually pull hard enough to get him up on it! The boat is older than I am.

I’ve also been spending some time working on our school schedule for the end of August. Noah actually asked me yesterday if we could start school! I wish we had our books, but they won’t be here for a couple more weeks.

So that’s what my week was like. Here are some links you might find interesting:

~I loved this slideshow. A photographer went on a pilgrimage to Ireland and shot pictures of many Irish religious sites. (Scroll down to the end of the article for the link to the slideshow.)

~Here’s another writing contest – this one for a children’s story.

~This is a must read for Austen fans.

~I can’t remember where I found this, but this clip of Jay Leno inhaling the “anti-helium” is hilarious!

~Here’s a fun Tetris-style game that will help your kids (or you) learn the states.

~In this interview, J.K. Rowling goes into more detail about the futures of Harry, Ron, and Hermione – including what their professions are!

~Here’s another Rowling interview, where she talks about who dies in book 7.

Taylor, the Latte Boy

July 5, 2007 Categories: Just for Fun | 3 Comments  

I still get many Google hits from people searching for “Taylor, the Latte Boy.” There are many versions on YouTube, but you can find the one I originally posted here. Enjoy!

I’d like to thank the Academy…

July 1, 2007 Categories: Just for Fun | 10 Comments  

…not really. But I would like to thank Lisa, who has nominated me for a Rockin’ Girl Blogger Award.

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Now I’m supposed to nominate five more “Rockin’ Girls.” Let’s see…

~ Andrea – who is so rockin’ she managed to move Homeschool Journal to a new server, all while moving to a new town and recovering from surgery. Plus she’s downright hilarious.

~ Karen – fellow movie fanatic. Her blog also has a great title: “Praise the Lord and Pass the Prozac.”

~ Lawanda – who has four beautiful daughters and a husband with a great name. Her blog has a cheerfulness about it that I find refreshing!

~ Gem, who is so cool that she brings her latest vampire and werewolf novel to read during break time at VBS.

~ Carol – who has brilliant taste in books – and celebrates her 29th wedding anniversary today.

Of course, there are many great ladies – and guys – linked on my sidebar. Thanks, Lisa – that was fun!