Peeps!

I love Marshmallow Peeps. I’m eating one as I write this (1/2 price on Easter candy started today).

Americans are obsessed with Peeps. One of my favorite websites is the Peeps website, and my favorite part is “Peep Surgery”. You can read it here: Peep Surgery. It’s from a few years ago. Emory University is one of our finest universities, but someone clearly needed a break from studying to create this site. I love the Karo Syrup drip!

Also, see the video below of “When Marshmallow Peeps Attack!”

Yule Log!



For many years Channel 11, WPIX in New York City (one of the oldest TV stations in the country), would present the “Yule Log” on Christmas Eve. While the Yule Log burned, Christmas carols would play. Now my childhood home did have a fireplace, but there was something about the Yule Log on Channel 11 that made us happy. It became a New York area tradition. I hope you enjoy it! This particular Yule Log was shown in 1983.

After a few years off the air, the Yule Log was restored back to Channel 11 a few years ago, and now is seen on many stations around the country.

There is, of course, a fan website devoted to The Yule Log.
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I’m taking a short break from my blogs to concentrate on the holidays, catch up on my reading and to focus my energies on some work projects.

So I’ll see you sometime early next year!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

It’s Sunday-Monday Blog Hop Time!


Each week for In My Mailbox by The Story Siren we show what books we have acquired that week (it doesn’t have to be in the mailbox.

At Bargain Book Bonanza at Baja Greenawalt’s Cozy Book Nook we are asked what books we have acquired this week — at deep discount.


This week I went to a used book sale and bought:

1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (hardcover!)
2. Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez
3. The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
4. Room by Emma Donoghue (hardcover!)
5. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks
6. One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty
7. Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper by Nicholson Baker

All for less than $15.00!

I was especially shocked to see Unbroken because it is still on the bestseller lists and usually this sale doesn’t have current bestsellers.

Every week at It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? at Book Journey we show what we are currently reading.


I’m reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

New York — Here I Come!



I’ll be spending this week in New York at BookExpo America (BEA) and the Book Blogger Conference (BBC) during New York Book Week!

I’ll definitely be at BEA on Tuesday, and I’ll see about Wednesday and Thursday — if my feet can take it (my feet are already giving me considerable pain). I definitely want to be there Friday for the Book Blogger Con! I hope to meet some of my favorite book bloggers!

Since I live in New Jersey, less than 20 miles away from NYC, it is easy for me to “hop on the bus, Gus” and be in New York in about an hour. So I was determined to go this year. Fortunately, BEA is free to those who registered for the Book Blogger Con!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?



It’s Monday, what am I reading???

Here is my current list:

1. No Greater Sacrifice, by John C. Stipa.
2. Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden.

Both of these books are pretty long, so that is all I’m reading right now. I have promised myself that I would stop that ridiculous habit of reading so many books at the same time! It keeps me from finishing the books in a timely manner and takes me a long time after I have finished the book to review them!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by BookJourney.

Ch- ch- changes


I was away from my two blogs for a week because I just moved to a new apartment! All right, it’s a bigger apartment for lower rent! I really am thrilled not to be crammed in one room. Especially with a roommate . . .

I love our new place: two whole rooms! And three times the closet space! My man doesn’t understand why I have more clothes than him. Uh, because I’m a woman???

There are more changes on this blog, too.
Yes, I have changed the template again. I’ll confess. I am a template junkie. Is there rehab for this??? Template Addicts Anonymous?

I just love playing with templates. I sometimes spend hours messing around with different templates. I just might learn how to create templates someday. I certainly have learned a great deal about HTML (HyperText Markup Language). In the meantime, I just like green better than purple (which was the color of my short-lived previous template). Also, you see the whole face of the cartoony girl in the header.

This current template fascinates me because when you open the blog, the title changes fonts and sometimes shifts to the side. Since I’m passionate about fonts, I find this interesting. I love to play with fonts on Photoshop! I really love the templates at A Blog to Brag About. Jessica is a very talented designer!

I have installed Intense Debate on comments for this blog. It will only work on new posts (well, it will eventually work if I installed it correctly). I didn’t install it on all the posts because I was afraid that the comments on my previous posts might be lost. Has anyone here used Intense Debate? Does it work? I’ve been curious about it for awhile. We shall see . . .

Bubbles



In the late 1960’s my Swedish grandmother visited the United States. She was supposed to stay for two weeks but ended up staying for two years! “Mormor” had an effervescent personality and was eager to try new things. She loved America – the food, the people, and the garage sales! She’d never been to America before and just loved it.

Her favorite American television show was “The Lawrence Welk Show.” It featured bubbly “champagne music” – old-time music that senior citizens loved. She loved the effervescence of the bubbles in the champagne bottle in the opening credits. The cast was full of very attractive, wholesome-looking men and women with effervescent personalities. Mormor loved singing along with the songs in her fractured English.

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Effervescent is the Word Up, Yo vocabulary meme’s word this week. You can read about the Word Up, Yo meme here.

How Do You SEE Yourself?

I have loved this poster for a long time. I used to have it on my wall. We must learn to believe in ourselves. It’s a picture of an tiny orange kitten gazing into a mirror and seeing a lion:


What matters most is how you see yourself.

Look at yourself in the mirror and see the “King of Beasts”. That you can do almost anything that you set your mind to do. To believe in yourself.

Books and Authors I Hate


Here are some “classic” works of literature that I just don’t like. So sue me.

  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Boring, boring, boring.
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I don’t care that he won a Nobel Prize. I read this for high school English class and hated it. I understood it. I just didn’t like it. Maybe I’d like it better now, but I don’t think so. I’ll try to read it again soon.

  • Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler. Okay, I read this on my own in high school. I don’t think I need to explain why I held my nose while reading it. It has nothing to do with literary merit, which is not the point anyway. It certainly isn’t boring. I think it is essential reading for trying to understand a madman’s psyche.

  • Other than A Room of One’s Own and also her journals and letters, I just cannot finish any of Virginia Woolf’s books. Her novels usually have long run-on sentences and no plot to speak of. 
  • Shakespeare. I like individual lines of his, but suffering through some of his plays is torture. I like Romeo and Juliet, and some of the comedies, but most of his tragedies are insufferable. I know this is not a popular opinion, especially in England, but I will admit that I have never been able to get past the surface level of Shakespeare. I studied his plays in high school and university (along with Chaucer), but I must admit that I find Shakespeare pretty tedious. It’s funny about how some people complain about violence now, but has anyone ever read Titus Andronicus? Talk about blood and gore!


Books and Authors I’m Ashamed to Admit That I Haven’t Read . . . Yet

I was an English major in college (university for those outside of the U.S.), but that doesn’t mean that I’ve read all the classics. These are some of the books I’ve always been meaning to read but I just haven’t . . . yet.

  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

  • War and Peace by Tolstoy. I started it but never finished it. Yes, I admit that I was deterred by the sheer length. I will read it. All the way through. Really.

  • Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert. I have a copy on my desk now, and I’m staring at it.

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I was supposed to read it in high school English class, but somehow I never got around to it. How did I ever graduate?

  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. I tried to read it, really I did. It probably was a little too all-male for my tastes (I like women protagonists).

  • Anything by Dostoyevsky. I started them all, but never got beyond the first few pages. I especially wanted to read Crime and Punishment, but just didn’t get very far.

  • Somerset Maugham. I haven’t read any of his books.

  • Evelyn Waugh. I haven’t read his works, either. I have his Complete Short Stories on my desk, too, and I’ve been meaning to read his novels.