Saturday, April 17, 2010

WA #314: Summer Reading

"You know you have read a good book, when you turn to the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend."

-Paul Sweeney

Weekend Assignment #314: Summer Reading.

I thought it would be fun to show you what I am planning for my summer reading, by showing you my spring reading! A couple months ago, a big brown truck pulled up in my driveway, inside of it were dozens of boxes containing all kinds of things. I imagine there were vacuums, and toys, and probably music, all wonderful things, but my box contained books! I LOVE reading, but haven't indulged in it for a while. Because of the forced furloughs, some luxuries and hobbies had to be eliminated. Purchasing new books was one of them. Fortunately, we received a decent tax return this year, and we will be okay again until at least the end of the fiscal year. That might bring it's own bag of horrors, but I will have a nice diversion by way of my new books.

Above you see my two spring choices. "Heat Wave" by Richard Castle, and "The Witches of Eastwick,' by John Updike.

I am currently about 1/3 of the way through Witches of Eastwick, and half way through Heat Wave. I am enjoying both books a lot. So much so that I am anticipating the sequel to Heat Wave with great anticipation. It's a fast paced, fun read. Not unlike the television series that inspired it, ABC's Castle. Unsurprisingly, it flows along as one long episode of the show, which is nice, because I enjoy that kind of light-drama very much. There is a second book by, "Richard Castle" due out in late September, and I already have that one my list for my fall reading.

The Witches of Eastwick is much different read. Dark. Intense, but not without it's humor. It's a lot different than the movie it inspired, but I love that, because stories stand nicely on their own. I am enjoying it a lot, and I want to know what comes next, which leads me to what I will be reading this summer...

The Widows Of Eastwick, by John Updike (Sequel to The Witches of Eastwick)

The Stepford Wives, by Ira Levin

Did I mention I like reading horror novels? Especially in the summer?


How about you? What will you be reading this summer? There is still time to play, this assignment doesn't close until next Wednesday, at 9:00 PM ET. Come and join the fun! Just click the link below to be redirected!

The Weekend Assignment blog


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Shamelss Self Promotion... But In A Good Way!

"Easy reading, is damn hard writing."

-Nathaniel Hawthorne

Guess what? The magnificent meme, Weekend Assignment, that I co-host with my pal Karen, has a brand new home! If you have always wanted to participant in a fun little meme of writing, come on down! If you just want done something different, or maybe meet new folks, or just shake things up a bit, boy do I have a meme for you!

The Weekend Assignment has been around for years, since 2004 to be exact! Started by John Scalzi, and passed onto Karen after the implosion of AOL Journals, the meme has lived to see another day. It is the same old meme, in a brand new place. Come on, flex your writing skills and hop on board. A brand new assignment will be posted tomorrow (Thursday) and you are invited to come and participate!

Everyone is welcome!

Grab a pen, or grab your keyboard, and come on down!

The Weekend Assignment (blog)


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Doing Breakfast

"Sometimes, I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

-Lewis Carroll

Do you do breakfast? There was a tine when I didn't, I just wasn't a breakfast person. I try to eat healthy, eat the right portions, be good about my intake of salt and, of course, cholesterol, so it seemed to me that breakfast might be a killer. A few years ago, eggs were a no-no, now it's back to 1 egg a day is ok! LOL. The last couple years, I have learned to enjoy breakfast. I make simple souffles, or sometimes a light version of Biscuits & Gravy like you see above, and I always include fruit. I am not really sure what changed for me, maybe it's because I am toddling toward old-lady-hood, but I really kinda enjoy breakfast at this stage of my life. How about you?

Do you do breakfast?

If so, what is your favorite breakfast?

Do you do light versions of traditional breakfast fair?

1 1/2 biscuits = 270
1/8 cup Country Gravy =25
1 cup Fresh Strawberries =50
=340 calories

My after breakfast blood glucose reading was 110. Not too bad. :)

So tell me, whats your favorite breakfast? Ham & Eggs, Quiche, Fresh Fruit and Coffee?

Tell me everything!


Monday, April 12, 2010

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #85: Strange or Unusual Sights

"Strange is our situation, here on earth."

-Albert Einstein

EMPS #85: Strange or Unusual Sights. NOW CLOSED!
I spotted this balloon one day, and it inspired me for this week's assignment. This week, I want you to show me the STRANGE or UNUSUAL! Let your imagination out to play and WOW me with your photography! Archived photos are acceptable for this assignment, but you know how much I enjoy seeing new photos. :)

Extra Credit: Give us some information about where your photo was taken.

This Monday Photo Shoot closes next Sunday evening at 9:00 PM ET. You have until that time to get your photo, upload it to your blog, journal or website and comeback here with a link back to it. PLEASE REMEMBER the link you leave in the comment thread must be a link which goes back to an entry which is specific to this week's photo shoot assignment. NO HYPERLINKS ACCEPTED! Also, please include a link back here to this entry, so your readers will be able to find the assignment and play along.

Linking List for EMPS# 84: In The Forefront 03/05/10


1. Carolyn

2. Jama

3. Sherrie

4. Suzanne

5. Freda

6. Karen

7. Duane

8. Sandy

Thanks everybody. You did great! See you in 1 week with a new assignment.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Goodbye To The The Fantastic Dixie Carter

"Every afternoon I listened to the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts and when I was four, I told my mother and father that is was my destiny to sing there, that I was going to sing at Metropolitan Opera of New York City."

-Dixie Carter

Dixie Carter passed away yesterday, Saturday, April 10th. I enjoyed her talent so much. The first time I saw her wonderful talent was when she played the part of Brandy Henderson on The Edge of Night, then several years when she played the fantastic Julia Sugarbaker, on CBS's Designing Women. Here is my favorite memory of that show, Dixie Carter singing "How Great Thou Art."

No one sang that song better then she did!

The episode was also titled, How Great Thou Art, and it was my favorite episode of the series.

Thank you Dixie Carter, for all the wonderful moments you gave your fans! Rest in peace dear lady.

Note: When I wrote this entry last night, I wrote that her character on Edge of Night was Serena Faraday, actually, it was Brandy Henderson. YIKES. Serena Faraday was played by the amazing Louise Shaffer. Sorry, brain is disengaged these days.