Thursday, August 31, 2006

Better than a Magic 8 Ball

Come! See! Let the amazing Salmon divine your future! That's right, step right up (or mouse over to...) to the Soothsaying Salmonand you, too, can find out such gems of wisdom as: "You are someone who enjoys being different...just like millions of other people all over the world. A bowling tournament is in your near future. Dress accordingly."

Sunday, August 27, 2006

A Night of NAUSICAA

Much obliged to Pylgrim X for sharing his remastered copy of Miyazaki's
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. It was a lovely, engrossing story that kept us up late with no regard for the time. I keep thinking back to it, to the glimmering posionous spores of the jungle drifting down like a gorgeous snow of death...to the watercolor washed, insect-like cargo planes that carried the warring tribes of humans above the earth's toxic fumes...to the transcendent relationship that united human and insect, feared and fearful, the dichotomy bridged by a young girl who thought outside the lines. Anyway, it made me want to see more... M. and I saw "Spirited Away" in the theatre and were blown away--methinks it's time to fill our queue on Netflix.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Yes, I would like fries with that...

Back from vacation and on the way home we stopped in at a little diner (we've been completely hooked on Feasting on Asphalt, which makes me drool for burgers made the old fashioned way)in Mebane, NC... The Blue Ribbon Diner. Dear lord it was good. Old fashioned malts, charcoal chuckburgers smothered in heart attack friendly cheese and crispy bacon... and tender yet decidedly not limp (yay!) french fries. And sweet tea, of course...did I mention it was delicious? The decor made me think of Mel's in Boone... all fifties (but of course)and bustling. The place was packed, and with good reason. Yum.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

BOOKS A GO-GO

1. One book that changed your life?

As a child, my passion for L. M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott (especially A Rose in Bloom) and Frances Hodgson Burnett (A Little Princess was my favorite) made me quite the melodramatic little girl. At 15, I read The Great Gatsby and my love affair with literature began...



2. One book you have read more than once?

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis. Loved it. The whole underground thing fascinated me... and it had all the markings of a somewhat inverted fairy tale, with the beautiful and cruel temptress keeping the lovely boy captive in her lair...


3. One book you would want on a desert island?

Hmmm...I'd have to have something with a lot of authors, like an anthology... something to keep me aware of other view points (and hopefully a good dose of humor!).

4. One book that made you laugh?

I absolutely adored A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. Too funny, and sad, and poignant... laughed until I cried when he was trying to scatter ashes...

5. One book that made you cry?

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
. Yes. I wept.

6. One book you wish had been written?

A nice book on how to identify ephemera and repair it... I have far too many things that are simply lost to time because everyone has either forgotten or is unavailable to tell me how to use the damn thing.

7. One book you wish had never been written?

Hmmm... There are many that I wish I had never had to read... like The Red Badge of Courage... ugg.

8. One book you are currently reading?


Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter by Barbara Robinette Moss for my book club. So far I'm not really into it. Rather a downer, I'm afraid. There's only so much alcoholic abusive father and dirt poor kids in the south autobiography that one can take.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?

Ahh... too many to count! But I am really interested in finally reading (insert embarrassed grin here) The Power of Myth and tackling Egger's second novel.

10. Now tag five people.

Hmmm. This is hard since I have so few readers, but here goes... I'll tag a few of ya'll, at least... MAC, Matt, and Sissy, have at it. Bonus points to Trev, Bryan, or Brian if they manage to mosey across this post. :)

Monday, August 07, 2006

Coming Clean

Hmmm. Reality check no. 2,343 provided by adorable 19 month old:

You know you need to sweep when your baby points to a hairball and says, "Eww, Mama..dwirty!" and waits for you to clean it up.

She may be in for a rough road ahead with me as her mother.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

What do you get with a glut of tv?

Okay, time to drag out my not-so-dusty soapbox (and hope that I don't step on any toes in the process...*nervous grin*). M. came home on Monday and directed me to npr for this compelling series on kids and the media. It is definitely worth a listen and a read... especially the excerpt from Consuming Kids and the article on Barbie.
First off, let me state that when it comes to television and babies, I have the entire American Academy of Pediatrics behind me, and I quote: "Until more research is done about the effects of TV on very young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend television for children age 2 or younger. For older children, the Academy recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours per day of educational, nonviolent programs." In light of that recommendation, I don't know why on earth nearly 1/3 of children 6 and under have a television in their own room. Their own tv!!! Holy crap. I didn't have a tv in my bedroom until I went to COLLEGE!
I do not allow television watching for my kids until they are two. End of story. If you heard the kind of responses that choice elicits, you would think M and I were members of some radical fringe parenting school. Just like any other hot button issue, no one wants to call into question his or her own dependence or overuse of television and would rather hotly justify the status quo viewing habits of the average family than delve into the possible side effects of so much damn tv. Don't get me wrong; you know I love me some soaps and I am quite the Daily Show addict. However, I am an adult with the mental processing in place (I hope) to filter through the endless junk that accompanies my favorite programs. With the average kid viewing between 20,000-40,000 commercials a year (there were conflicting numbers on the aap website), it is hard to argue that television's effect is innocuous.
As for the second npr installment, sexuality and tweens, you simply have to read the article on Barbie's diluted threat. Having had a son first, I went through the humdrum routine of buying passibly attractive outfits for his chubby physique. Now, with my daughter, I am astounded at the full on array of clothes that are available. She can look like a little whore in training before she's even in training pants! Egad. I'm not suggesting that M. and I are going to turn Pentecostal and dress only in modest clothing choices, but I do think it is a bizarre day when OshKosh, purveyors of bib overalls and flannel shirts, sell drop shouldered, sparkly tees with the words "sweetie" emblazoned across the chest.