Monthly Archives: January 2009

It wasn’t just me. 0

Do you know about the Printz Award? It’s like the Newbery for YA books. And this year, one of the Printz Honor books was one that I raved about a few weeks ago: Tender Morsels. If you won’t listen to me, maybe YALSA will impress you? It was an excellent (though, I should repeat, R-rated) […]

Cold weather you can believe in. 2

When I heard about white-handed Obama, I was like, “Man, we would never have been fooled like that. I mean, we LOOKED at his hands. And they were holding glasses, which was weird. And he wasn’t wearing a wedding band. But they weren’t white. We would totally have noticed that.” Oh, except for the part […]

I know that story, I was sitting right behind you. 3

I don’t want to jinx it, but the two classes that I am currently teaching seem a little bit less challenging than the two that I had in my last rotation. I think I am going to have some rowdy boys again, but there are rowdy boys and there are rowdy boys. I think these […]

Scat by Carl Hiaasen 1

I am a little bit ashamed to tell you that I have never read any of Carl Hiaasen’s books. I have a friend who really loves him, but I haven’t had a chance to give his books a try. So when his new book came in the mail, I wasn’t sure what to do. Mike, […]

My Cousin the Saint: A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles by Justin Catanoso 2

This month, my book club read My Cousin the Saint by Justin Catanoso. Because he lives in Greensboro, we were lucky enough to be able to have him come to talk with us when we had our discussion, so I waited to write it up until I heard what he had to say. After learning […]

What if the mightiest word is love? 5

Praise Song for the Day by Elizabeth Alexander Each day we go about our business, walking past each other, catching each other’s eyes or not, about to speak or speaking. All about us is noise. All about us is noise and bramble, thorn and din, each one of our ancestors on our tongues. Someone is […]

There are pictures by four different cameras in this post. 10

I suppose you remember what Alisa’s bedroom looked like before and during the Great Wallpaper Removal? Well here is what it looked like the day she moved in: She is more unpacked now, but you can see the nice brown color and how the room no longer looks like it houses a little old lady. […]

I suppose this is House Tour Week. 14

It is interesting to feel that, after just six or seven months, we’ve put more of ourselves into this house than we did into our old house. This house needed more love, so we got to make decisions about things that were more than just, “What color do we want the walls?” And also, we […]

And are we not of interest to each other? 1

Elizabeth Alexander will be reading a poem today during the Inauguration ceremonies. I heard her on NPR on Saturday morning as I was coming home from the Farmer’s Market (gah, again with the pretentiousness!) and I came across this poem of hers that I would like to share. Ars Poetica #100: I Believe Poetry, I […]

Mike and I saw Synecdoche, New York this afternoon. 5

When it was over: GUY BEHIND US TO HIS FRIEND, SOMEWHAT PRETENTIOUSLY: You have to be really smart to understand this film. MIKE, TO ME: That . . . was weird. There were things I liked about it, and I appreciated what (I think) it was saying about life and art, but it was pretty […]

This is probably not a big deal to most of you. But I am not what you would call the crafty sort. 6

Once upon a time, I was given this cabinet. It is not really my style. We used it in our bathroom and then we used it in our guest bedroom. But it didn’t really match any of our stuff. It’s a nice size and it’s well-made, so of course I wanted to keep it, but […]

Ow. 4

Like everyone on the internet, I bought the 30 Day Shred DVD. I only saw The Biggest Loser one time, so I don’t really know anything about Jillian, but after doing the DVD, I was certainly calling her some names. Y’all, I run. I do sit-ups. I do yoga on Wednesday nights at church when […]

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan 2

After being attacked by her father and by a group of boys from town, Liga is so unhappy in her life that she attempts to kill herself. Instead, she is magically transported to her heaven, a world like the one she left except that people are kind and she never lacks money. There she is […]

This time, there are no yard signs to count. 4

My friend Emily is up for Best Small Blog in the 2008 Weblog Awards. Apparently the competition has some famous friends. Including Keira Knightley. Unfortunately, I can’t really compare to Keira Knightley. Sorry, Emily. You need better friends. It would mean a lot to Emily if you would go and vote for her blog. Chatting […]

Q&A by Vikas Swarup and Slumdog Millionaire 0

I remember when Q&A came out. It was one of the books I leased for our library. (Libraries can purchase a plan to lease books. It’s often used to get extra copies of bestsellers, and we also tried to get copies of books such as Q&A: interesting books that we might not want in the […]

3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows by Ann Brashares 0

Back in November, I was thrilled to open up my mailbox and find a copy of 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows by Ann Brashares. I tore through it that weekend, and enjoyed it quite a bit. 3 Willows is about Polly, Jo, and Ama, old friends who have drifted apart in recent years. This is […]

Work in progress. 9

When I come home from work these days, I never know exactly what will have gone on at my house while I was away. Randy is renovating our bathroom so that Alisa can move in and not have the yucky wallpaper situation going on. And also so she can have an environmental-friendly toilet. And a […]

The Host by Stephenie Meyer 3

In Salt Lake City her dear friend Shannon Hale, the Newbery-award-winning young-adult author of Princess Academy, congratulated Meyer on The Host. ”I’m so proud of you! Because we’re not sure if J.K. Rowling is a one-hit wonder,” Hale gushed teasingly before the signing began. ”But you’re not!” When The Host came out, I saw this […]

Guide us to thy perfect light. 4

Our Sunday School class has been going through Philip Yancey’s Soul Survivor, and this week was Annie Dillard. I am quite a fan of Annie Dillard, and have quoted before this favorite passage of hers: “On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the […]

“Let there be many windows to your soul, that all the glory of the world may beautify it.” 12

Title quote by American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Internet, I need help. Because my house is crazy. Maybe you’ve heard. We bought some fabric today for me to make some window treatments for our kitchen. That’s right, I am going to bust out the trusty Singer and sew some hems. Or possibly I will bust […]