Saturday, September 01, 2007

Book Meme

I had no idea what "Meme" stood for before I saw this the first time on Coffeegal's site. From Miriam Webster's site:

Main Entry: meme
Pronunciation: 'mEm
Function: noun
Etymology: alteration of mimeme, from mim- (as in mimesis) + -eme
: an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture

Since I always like to have something to read laying around, I'll join in.

What are you reading right now? Best Friends by Martha Moody but it's not so great. A random library pick. Ii may not even finish it. Also the books in my side bar.

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that? I think I'll pick up The Seamstress, another Holocaust survivor story I got from the library. I've read two so far and had to take a break with some lighter fiction for a bit. The stories are so interesting that I don't want to just take them back to the library yet.

What magazines do you have in your bathroom right now? Mommy magazine - a local newspaper-y publication, several catalogues, and a book called Everyday Talk - a great one for learning to weave conversations about God into our day to day living.

What’s the worst thing you were ever forced to read? Watership Down Someone told my parents when I was about 8 that this would be a great book for me to read. It was kind of a rabbit version of Secret of Nimh crossed with Lord of the Flies. I hated it. I tried reading it again last year and it definitely did not improve with time or maturity.

What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone? Aside from the Bible, definitely Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges

Admit it, the librarians at your library know you on a first name basis, don’t they?
No, I do frequent a couple of libraries but the one closest to me probably recognizes me due to the noise my kids make when we come in. I've learned to request my books online and just come pick them up quickly.

Is there a book you absolutely love, but for some reason, people never think it sounds interesting, or maybe they read it and don’t like it at all? Not in general (or that I've been told anyway), but recently I tried to get my oldest daughter interested in Little House on the Prairie (I gave her my original boxed set) and she told me it was boring. That hurt!

Do you read books while you do other things? How many times did I get in trouble for this when I was a kid?! I still do it but I've discovered that it is much harder. I still enjoy the bad habit of reading while eating, but not when there is someone to converse with.

When you were little, did other children tease you about your reading habits? Not that I remember. I was just really quiet.

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down? I read The Secret Life of Becky Miller by Sharon Hinck all in one day that way. To me some novels are just really hard to put down and I'll neglect other things until I finish it. That is why I have to be choosy about when I start a new book!

Friday, August 31, 2007

Patience is a Virtue

There are some funny videos out there. This is one I found at the girltalk blog. Patience is a virtue, remember.

Click underlined link to go to youtube to see the video.

No Dragons Here

A funny little story from the grocery store this morning.

But first, a little background.

I can never seem to keep up with trimming my girls' fingernails. Every time I turn around it seems like their nails are long and jagged with dirt caked under them. For three days in a row I told them "Remind me when we get home to trim your nails". (Because we always seem to be out of the house when I notice them.) The problem is they don't want me to trim their nails.

Anna wants to maintain the status symbols of being more grown up than her little sisters. "I'm not a baby anymore, Mom", she tells me. To her, having longer nails is a symbol of being grown up.

Sarah just doesn't remember stuff like that unless it is a promise of something fun later. Nail trimming doesn't fall into that category for her. She forgets on the way to the bathroom from the kitchen what she intended to do once she got there and it is only a distance of a few feet. I can hardly blame her, that happens to me regularly too.

Emily simply doesn't want to have to sit still that long.

So, back to my story. When I finally got to Sarah's nails a couple of days ago she said "Mommy, why can't I leave my nails long?". To which I replied: "Because your nails are like daggers and are scratching things and other people". Which created a new discussion about what daggers are while I finished the much needed grooming as Emily looked on.

This morning, while waiting for the deli lady to finish my order, I noticed that I still hadn't trimmed Emily's nails yet. I said "Remind Mommy, when we get home, to trim your nails". Then she looked at me with an innocently puzzled look and said "But why Mommy? There aren't any dragons on them.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

It's time for a good laugh

A really great Ebay auction listing

This is a very good one! I found it on the girltalk blog as their Friday funny this week.

Thanks Coffeegal for helping me make my link look nicer.