booking through thursday

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Do you carry a book around with you? Inside the house? Whenever you go out? Always, everywhere, it’s practically glued to your fingers?

(And yes, digital books very much DO count as long as you’re spending time reading on your Kindle or iPad and not just loading them with books that you never actually read.)

I touched on this briefly yesterday. But now that there are reading apps like Nook, Audible, and Kindle, I do always have books with me. And I read more often than play games on my mobile devices. I especially like the Nook app because it syncs all my Nooks and can keep me current wherever I go.


ten bookish questions

As seen at Musings from a Bookmammal:

1. Do you read during breakfast? not really

2. How many hours a day would you say you read? at least one hour of pleasure reading and countless hours of work-related reading

3. Do you read more or less now than you did, say, 10 years ago? I think I read more--both for pleasure and for work

4. Do you consider yourself a speed reader? not usually, although I can speed read

5. Do you carry a book with you everywhere you go? not now that there are apps for that!

6. How old were you when you got your first library card? I was a toddler--I've always had one

7. What’s the oldest book you have in your collection? (Oldest physical copy? Longest in the collection? Oldest copyright?) Oldest physical copy, I believe, is my signed copy of Stephen King's Night Shift

8. Do you read in bed? it's my favorite place to read

9. Do you write in your books? only texts for school

10. If you had one piece of advice to a new reader, what would it be? read everything!


ten things tuesday

Ten things on my to do list:

1) Go to Knit Night. I haven't been in weeks!

2) Mail a package to a friend who needs a boost. I've put together some fun items for her, but need to actually put the package in the mail.

3) Correct a stack of essays. I had the Advanced Placement US History kids write an essay and I am procrastinating correcting it, well, is it procrastination of I collected it yesterday?

4) Read the next chapter of my text for class. I should really do it now, but I'm afraid I will forget the information if I read it too soon. Is that procrastinating?

5) Order my father's birthday gift. I'm getting him Josh Groban's new CD. His birthday isn't until May but I told him I would give the CD to him when it comes out.

6) Buy a new microwave oven. I got my current one at Sears. Since then, Sears has closed and I really am not sure where to go to get a new one. I was toying with KMart, since they might carry some Kenmore and I've had good luck with that brand.

7) Clean out my email inbox. My school email is out of control; I need to sort through the important emails and get rid of the trivial stuff.

8) Create advance posts for Sunday Stealing. It seems like I'm usually scrambling. I could do a batch in advance and have them scheduled to go.

9) Knit a hat for charity. I am trying to knit at least one per month so I will have a pile to give to Planet Head Day next year.

10) Clorox the desks in my class. It's time to spring clean and kill all the germies!


musing mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• I’m currently reading…
• Up next I think I’ll read…
• I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
• I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I can’t wait to get a copy of…
• I wish I could read ___, but…
• I blogged about ____ this past week…

This week’s random question: What is your favorite lesson learned, or quote, from a recent book you’ve read?

“We are surrounded by monsters," she said. "We can cower before them or we can pick one and sink our teeth in with the aim to give it hell.”
― Eli Brown, Cinnamon and Gunpowder

I'm not reading it very quickly but it's fun.


sunday stealing

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Sunday Stealing: The I Meme

I am... who I am

I want... some sleep--curse you, insomnia!

I have... nothing pressing to do today

I wish... I liked cleaning

I hate... intolerance

I fear... losing my mobility

I hear... the wind blowing

I search... for beauty

I wonder... what will happen if I open myself up

I regret... nothing

I love... to laugh

I never... say never

I ache... in my left knee, still

I always... try

I usually... find other things to do than clear up the clutter

I am not... difficult to get along with

I dance... with abandon, not skill

I sing... in the car

I sometimes... wish I was rich

I cry... when I get frustrated

I am not always...
living in the moment, but I try

I lose... my temper quickly but get over it as quickly

I am confused... frequently

I need... sleep

I should... do the things on my to-do list, but I probably won't


PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week. This is the front and back.


saturday 9

It's Not Unusual

1) In this song, Tom sings that "it's not unusual to go out at any time." Will you be "out and about" this weekend? I was out and about for lunch with friends today and should be out and about for a brunch date tomorrow, weather dependent.

2) Before his music career took off, Tom supported himself and his young family by working as a vacuum cleaner salesman. Could the room you're in right now benefit from a thorough cleaning with a vacuum? my whole apartment

3) You can purchase a verified Tom Jones autograph on eBay for $299 (or the best offer). When you were growing up, did you collect signatures and sayings from your friends? (Autograph book? Yearbook? Cast?) in my yearbooks, yes

4) At the height of his popularity, female fans would throw their panties onstage at Tom Jones. Sam can't imagine doing this, and not just because she's not that crazy about Tom Jones. She'd be embarrassed because her underwear drawer could use a serious refresh. If you could choose one new article of clothing to add to your wardrobe today, what would it be? I've had my eye on a hot pink sweater

5) "Tom Jones" is also the name of character in a famous 18th century novel. Tell us about a character from a book you wish you were friends with in real life. the pirate Mad Hanna Mabbot from Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown would be quite an amusing friend

6) When this song was popular in March 1965, Sarah Jessica Parker of Sex and the City fame was born. Do you share your birthday with anyone famous? I have the same birthday as Kate Jackson, one of Charlie's Angels

7) Also in 1965, when this song was a hit, Americans were riveted by the Gemini space program and children all over the country wanted to be astronauts. Think back to your childhood: When you were in first or second grade, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be happy! And I am.

8) Fifty years ago, the most popular headache reliever was aspirin, and you could buy a bottle of 200 tablets for just $1. Do you have any aspirin in your medicine chest right now? I don't have aspirin, no, I have acetaminophen

9) Random question: You've just entered a public restroom. Would you rather find a paper towel dispenser or hot air hand dryer? towels


friday 5

  1. Where on your body have you had stitches, and what were the circumstances?
  2. I've had stitches on my forehead, my lip, and cheek from where I fell on my face
  3. Who most recently left you in stitches?
  4. my students
  5. “A stitch in time saves nine,” says the proverb, which means that mending one small tear in a fabric now prevents having to make nine stitches later when the damage is worse. How has this been illustrated in your life?
  6. taking care of my car
  7. What are your thoughts on Disney’s Lilo & Stitch?
  8. I haven't seen it
  9. What experience do you have with needle and thread?
  10. I can do basic sewing, buttons, hems, seams