friday 5

  1. In what way are you pressing your luck?
  2. I'm running out of time on Planet Head Day hats
  3. When did you last wield an iron?
  4. ok, I really and truly don't remember--it's been years
  5. Not counting buttons on your computer, tablet, or phone, what was the result the last time you pressed a button?
  6. the elevator came
  7. What was the name of your high school newspaper?
  8. aww, my high school didn't have a newspaper
  9. To “press the flesh” means (usually in the context of politics or public relations) to meet and greet as many people as you can, shaking hands and making personal contact. When were you last called upon to press the flesh, and how were you?
  10. during parent teacher conferences


booking through thursday

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What is it that you like best about reading? What is it that you love? From the archives.

I like using my imagination when reading--to "see" the characters, setting, etc. I like exploring new worlds and situations that I would never find myself in. I can experience worlds I will never visit.

I love the language of reading. How 26 letters combine into strings of words and thoughts. I love exploring tone, mood, themes, and characters--how words create all of it.


yarn along

Join in every Wednesday to share a single photo of what you are knitting and reading too!

Currently reading Staying at Daisy's by Jill Mansell and knitting the Tyson Hat.

w.w.w. wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading and revived here on Taking on a World of Words.

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading Staying at Daisy's by Jill Mansell. I need to choose a new audio book.

• What did you recently finish reading? I haven't finished anything.

• What do you think you’ll read next? I've got two book group books that I need to read. I should get going on them.


ten things tuesday

Linking up with Ten On Tuesday this week.

This week's topic is in honor of Groundhog Day (both the movie and the, errrr, holiday)--10 Moments/Events/Days In Your Life You'd Like To Repeat.

1) High school graduation. It was such a blur, I'd like to go back and savor the moments when I was last together with my friends from school.

2) College graduation. I loved that Senator George Mitchell spoke. We had a very fun family party after, I would do that over.

3) I would go back to Ireland for my trimester abroad. What a way to spend my 21st year!

4) My sisters' weddings were fun, they were great moments of celebration and I would love to relive them.

5) The day I bought my car online was particularly fun, I would do that again.

6) I would redo the opportunity to go to the Jason Mraz concert--I should have gone!

7) And I would see Sting in concert again.

8) If I could go back to the early 90s, I would make more opportunities to go to concerts.

9) Falling out of love. I would go back to that moment and handle it differently.

10) And a generic day of school when I feel like my mojo is with me. I love laughing with my students.


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 do you do with your books once you’ve read them?

Before I had a Nook, I would pass my books along to friends or family I thought would enjoy them. Pass it on!


sunday stealing

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Laundry Day Meme

Do you know any couples that have been married for a very long time? yes--my sister has been married since 1982
What are you tired of people telling you? how to vote
Which type of ice cream do you prefer? Ben & Jerry's
Do you have a little sister? What’s her name? I am the little sister
What was the last movie you watched on TV? Date Night and Shakespeare in Love
If the internet was not available right now, what would you do instead? knit and listen to an audio book
Do you complain a lot? no, I don't think I do
Name a movie that your favorite actor is in. Ocean's Eleven
Do you like your toes? yes
Would you rather go to an authentic haunted house or an ancient temple? ancient temple
Have you ever had champagne? Did you like it? yes and yes
Are there any seashells in your room? I have a jar of sea glass and shells
What was the reason for the last time you went outside? took some garbage out
Do you like fruity or minty gum? minty
Are you looking forward to any day of this month? I'm looking forward to vacation in February
What was the last graduation you attended? at school, last June
Do you rummage through the $5 movie bin at Walmart every time? I don't go to Walmart very often and I usually go for something specific, which is a long way of saying no
What day of the week do you usually do laundry? usually on the weekend, Saturday
Do you like using air fresheners? yes
Are your nails ever painted red? they are a deep red now
When you were a baby, did you have a favorite blanket? I don't think I did
Ever been on a cruise? well, technically I have but it was a one-night harbor cruise
Would you rather go to Alaska or Russia? Alaska
Strawberries or bananas? strawberries
Are you wearing socks? I am
When’s the last time you went to the mall? uhm... hmmm... the mall in town is so awful, there are few stores, I was there at the end of December


I guess I didn't realize how addicted I am to TV. My cable box was on the fritz for a week, until a technician was able to come. I actually had a technician in my house. And I didn't have too much anxiety. Now I have a super-delux "family" DVR which will hold more than 5 times more recordings than my old DVR. Yippee!!


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.


saturday 9

Don't You Care

1) What's something that seems to fascinate everyone else, but you just don't care about? the Republican debates

2) The lyrics refer to "the times we cried and laughed." Which did you do more recently, cry or laugh? Oh, laugh for sure!

3) In the song, our hero seems surprised that his girlfriend doesn't believe him. Are you more believing and trusting, or suspicious and skeptical? I'm skeptically trusting

4) This song is just over two minutes long, which seems short for a song but awful long when Sam is waiting for her chicken soup to heat in the microwave. What's the last thing you heated in a microwave? a chunk of lasagna

5) This week's band, The Buckinghams, was one of the first acts to perform at Chicago's premiere summer festival, The Taste of Chicago.* Let's think ahead: Have you made any plans for Summer 2016? My Pennsylvania sister and her family are coming for a visit! And the Whoopie Pie Festival is at the end of June, other than that... no, I haven't made plans

6) In 1967, when this song was popular, Rolling Stone magazine published its first issue. What magazines do you subscribe to? Do they arrive in the mail, or do you read them online? I get O, the Oprah Magazine digitally

7) Country star/American Idol judge Keith Urban was born in 1967. Are you watching the final season of American Idol? I want to watch it On Demand

8) In 1967, the average cost of a movie ticket was $1.25. By 2015, it had risen $8.60. What's the last movie you saw in a theater? I think the last movie I saw was Inside Out

9) Random question: Sam's taking everyone out to dinner and she's buying. Would you prefer the steak or the lobster? I'll get the steak

*Though back in 1970, it was called ChicagoFest.