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Magical know-it-all

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July 21, 2007 at 8:03 am 1 comment


I was tagged by Pretty in the City to name six weird things about myself.

1. I’m ambivalent toward chocolate.

2. I always hang the toilet paper roll so that the paper feeds over the top. If someone else in the house puts in on the other way, I’ll change it.

3. I never, ever read the ending of a book in advance, and seldom read book jackets. I want every bit of the story to be a surprise. Of course, this really doesn’t apply to nonfiction, where the outcome is often known. 😉

4. I like pancakes and waffles with lots of butter, but no syrup.

5. I adore flowers, but I’m not at all fond of bouquets or cut flowers. I like them much better ‘in the wild’.

6. I love to sing – but only when nobody’s around to hear me. No talent whatsoever.

As usual, I’m not tagging anyone specifically. Please participate, if you’d like, by posting six weird facts about yourself at your blog, with a trackback to this post.

July 17, 2007 at 7:31 am 6 comments

Book meme

I saw this at Quantum Leaps and since I love to read, I decided to participate. If the meme appeals to you, please feel free to carry it forward on your blog.

What’s Your Preference?

1. Novel or novella?
Although I enjoy novellas now and then, they’re over too quickly for my liking. I prefer the longer and more involved experience of a novel. I like to become completely immersed in a story and really get to know the characters.

2. Hardback or paperback?
I like hardbacks best, by far, followed by the large trade paperbacks. I dislike mass market paperbacks and try to avoid them if at all possible.

3. Male authors or female authors?
Makes absolutely no difference to me, as long as they are good at their craft.

4. Fiction or non-fiction?
I read and enjoy both. I’d say about 60% fiction, 40% non-fiction, mixed up for variety and to suit my mood. I’m a fast reader, so it is easy to achieve a good balance of entertainment and education.

5. Bestseller or obscure title?
Both, of course. I have nothing against bestsellers, although I’m occasionally guilty of avoiding a book if it seems over-hyped. I love finding off-the-beaten-track books as well.

6. Local bookstore or chain franchise?
Honestly, I don’t buy a lot of books. I’m a library girl. I couldn’t possibly afford my habit if I bought them all. I buy only the books that I love enough to read more than once or that I would want to loan to friends. When I do buy books, it’s generally online through Amazon or Barnes & Noble. There are very few local bookstores left in my town.

7. Read the book first or see the movie first?
If time allows, I’ll read the book first. This practically guarantees that I’ll have issues with the film, but I like to enjoy a book as a fresh experience, without knowing the outcome in advance. I try to approach the film as a distinct interpretation of the material so that I don’t expect perfect fidelity with the book.

8. How many books do you read in a week? A year?
I read one or two books a week, year-round.

July 6, 2007 at 8:33 am 6 comments

Hello Kitty cruiser

I’ve always had a soft spot for Hello Kitty. Isn’t this a great bicycle? If only I lived in a place with good weather year-round so I could buy it and make it my primary vehicle.

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July 3, 2007 at 2:52 pm 7 comments


I have been tagged by Nicola at Life at the Edge for eight random facts or habits.

1. I hate gardening, perhaps because I have a ‘black thumb’.

2. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are the only television shows I watch regularly.

3. I have lived in five different U.S. states.

4. I often wish I was still in school. I was motivated, diligent, and successful. My kids, had they known me back then, would have thought me quite a square. Truth be known, they probably think so now.

5. Rarely a day goes by that I don’t take photos.

6. I was terrified of snakes as a child and could not even look at them in zoos or pet stores. Now that I’m older, I think they’re fascinating and I respect their place in nature. All the same, I don’t want to meet one in the wild.

7. One library is not enough for me. There are two library systems in my area, and I routinely borrow from both.

8. I don’t enjoy talking on the telephone, even with people I like.

I’m meant to tag eight people to carry on, but I’ll leave it to the honor system. Please participate, if you’d like, by posting eight random facts about yourself at your blog. Please be so kind as to trackback to me so I can visit your blog and read your responses.

June 28, 2007 at 7:12 am 4 comments

Tarot card

Hope, expectation, bright promises.
The Star is one of the great cards of faith, dreams realized.

The Star is a card that looks to the future. It does not predict any immediate or
powerful change, but it does predict hope and healing. This card suggests clarity
of vision, spiritual insight. And, most importantly, that unexpected help will be
coming, with water to quench your thirst, with a guiding light to the future.
They might say you’re a dreamer, but you’re not the only one.

What Tarot card are you?

June 22, 2007 at 8:11 am 3 comments

Rube Goldberg machine

This image is from a national competition to create the most complicated process for a simple task. Funny! For what it’s worth, I think this type of exercise is great for fostering creativity and outside-the-box thinking. Hopefully, the next project these kids tackle will be a slightly more practical innovation. 🙂

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Ferris State students cheer on their machine dubbed the Toy Factory, which squeezed juice from an orange and poured it into a glass in 345 steps.

June 20, 2007 at 4:31 pm 5 comments


Answer all thirty-five questions using only one word. It’s harder than it looks. Give it a try on your blog.

1. Where is your cell phone?

2. Relationship?

3. Your hair?

4. Work?

5. Your sister?

6. Your favorite thing?

7. Your dream last night?

8. Your favorite drink?

9. Your dream car?

10. The room you’re in?

11. Your shoes?

12. Your fears?

13. What do you want to be in 10 years?

14. Who did you hang out with this weekend?

15. What you’re not good at?

16. Muffin?

17. One of your wish list items?

18. Where you grew up?

19. The last thing you did?

20. What are you wearing?

21. What aren’t you wearing?

22. Your pet?

23. Your computer?

24. Your life?

25. Your mood?

26. Missing?

27. What are you thinking about right now?

28. Your car?

29. Your kitchen?

30. Your summer?

31. Your favorite color?

32. When is the last time you laughed?

33. Last time you cried?

34. School?

35. Love?

6/27 Addendum: It’s true. Many of my answers are not one syllable words. I titled the post with the less common usage of ‘monosyllabic’ in mind.

Function: adjective
1 : having only one syllable : composed of monosyllables
2 a : using or speaking only monosyllables b : conspicuously brief in answering or commenting : pointedly terse [merry where he was grave, talkative where he was monosyllabic — Dorothy Sayers]
source: Merriam-Webster Unabridged

June 19, 2007 at 7:33 am 8 comments

Classic Dames test

My score: Katharine Hepburn

“You are the fabulously quirky and independent woman of character. You go your own way, follow your own drummer, take your own lead. You stand head and shoulders next to your partner, but you are perfectly willing and able to stand alone. Others might be more classically beautiful or conventionally woman-like, but you possess a more fundamental common sense and off-kilter charm, making interesting men fall at your feet. You can pick them up or leave them there as you see fit. You share the screen with the likes of Spencer Tracy and Cary Grant, thinking men who like strong women.”

What’s your result? Take the Classic Dames test or the Classic Leading Man test.

June 9, 2007 at 3:59 pm 8 comments

And now, something completely frivolous

Oh, how I’d like one of these. I can picture myself lounging there, reading a book. Alas! There is no room at my house for it, so it will have to reside in my virtual home for the time being.

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June 7, 2007 at 7:46 am 8 comments


Yes, it runs on solar power, but I’m not ready to trade in my car just yet. 🙂

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Electric scooters

May 31, 2007 at 12:02 pm 2 comments

Star Wars personality test

May 28, 2007 at 10:57 am 6 comments

V-Virtually useless information

I was tagged by fearless Fracas to participate in this A to Z meme, which for reasons unknown, has no entry for “V” – a vacancy I find vexing. (As did Fracas.) After all, it wouldn’t be difficult: V-Vindictive or Forgiving? V-Virtuous or Sinful? V-Violin or Piano? Ah, well. Without further ado, here are my answers.

A-Attached or Single?
Very happily attached, thank you.

B-Best Friend:
The attachment. LOL. Seriously, he is my very best friend and favorite person.

C-Cake or Pie:
Pie rules. Especially pie with fruit. Strawberry, peach, blueberry, apple. Yum. In fact, I often have pie rather than birthday cake on my special day.

D-Drink of Choice:
Iced tea.

E-Essential Item:
My computer. It’s indispensable for my job, and provides me (by virtue of an Internet connection) with a source of practically endless information and entertainment as well.

F-Favorite Color:
Nearly any shade of blue.

G-Gummi Bears or Worms?
Bears, please. I don’t eat worms, even if they’re candy. Ew.

Inconsequential. Just a spot on the globe.

I like to go to the spa for a massage. It’s a wonderful treat I rarely indulge in, which makes it that much nicer.

J-January or February:
February, I suppose, but since both are in the winter, they’re not high on my list.

Two boys. Love ’em dearly, and nobody can drive me crazier. It’s a bonus deal.

L-Life is incomplete without:
My sweetie. Books. Contemplation. It’s difficult to pick just one thing here.

M-Marriage Date:
A very special day, worthy of celebration year-round. (See how I dodge personal questions?)

N-Number of Siblings:
Five, from various parental pairings.

O-Oranges or Apples?
I like them both fresh, but only oranges in juice form. Apple juice = yuck.

Not too many, really. I’m a bit claustrophobic, and venomous creatures make me nervous.

Q-Favorite Quote:
I couldn’t possibly choose just one. Quotes are a passion.

R-Reasons to smile:
Lots of reasons, every day, if I pay attention. Most especially my dear ones.

No question about it: spring. Mild weather. Flowers. Renewal. It’s the absolute best time of year.

T-Tag Three:
I’m so ambivalent about tagging. Please play along if you wish. Another good place for the missing letter: V-Voluntary.

U-Unknown Fact About Me:
I fainted when I had my ears pierced.

W-Worst Habit:
Worrying too much.

X-X-rays or Ultrasounds?
Given the choice, ultrasounds, but I’d rather avoid them both.

Y-Your Favorite Foods:
I love food! It’s tough to pick favorites, but I am partial to bread, cheese, and berries.


May 23, 2007 at 7:34 am 9 comments


My Hawaiian Name is:

Alana Roselani

What’s your Hawaiian name?

May 20, 2007 at 8:55 am 8 comments

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