Archive for March, 2011

Forgot About PI Day!

Whoops!  It’s March 14!   3.14!!    I forgot that I promised a pie for PI DAY.    Oh well; I do not have the time to actually bake a pie today.   Enjoy these past pie projects from Yours Truly.

(I am still ‘on hiatus’…  Thanks EVERYONE for all the best wishes!   I will have full report of adventures someday.)

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On Hiatus

Dear Readers, Friends, Fellow-Booklovers, and Blog-Buddies:

I am going to take an extended break from blogging.    Do know I will be back.   Do know I love you all and will likely miss you terrifbly.   I just need to shake things up and do some thing different for awhile.

Maybe it is Spring. I want to be outside. I want to get more fit. I want to bake more pies and cook more family dinners. I need to explore and learn new things.  I should volunteer more and accept more substitute teaching opportunities. I need to become more proficient in my tutoring duties, skills (and perhaps marketing.)   I just might find a new job or clarify what kind of job I should be working towards. I know I am in the middle of a perplexing reading slump. I don’t yet know if I will go on hiatus with goodreads.com but probably will suspend my Twitter activity. My goal of 100 books this year is most definitely scrapped!

I enjoy blogging, yapping about the books I am reading and learning about the books you are enjoying.   I adore so many of you and love reading your posts!   I cheer you all on for your reading challenges and readalongs.   I still intend to read  Murakami’s The Wind-up Bird Chronicle with Maree in June.   Hopefully I will be back for Dewey’s Readathon in April.    I am loyal to this blog and it really does mean the world to me so don’t think I’m abandoning it. Heck, I just might change my mind tomorrow and you’ll see me commenting here there and everywhere – who knows!

But today, I feel the necessity of a big step-away.   Email me anytime at BkClubCare [at] gmail [dot] com.    Send me the craziest pie recipe you think I should try.  ☺

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★ Starrify ☆

2011-9:  WORDS

I will ☆ starrify ✫ today’s date in my calendar and  ★ in my journal because it has been a wonderful day and ‘starrify’ is my new adopted word.    Adopted words are much easier to deal with than say, ☆ a new adopted puppy.

“What’s this?”,  you ask?  ✫ “You have adopted a word?” ╰☆╮

Yes.  ☆ I have adopted the word ☆ STARRIFY which means to decorate with ★ stars.   I was enamored ☆ with this word precisely because it SOUNDS like its meaning.    I love that, I do. ✫

“But, Care!   What is the word-adoption thing of which you speak?”

Why, it’s this ✫ week’s WEEKLY GEEK ☆ THEME!  click on stack of books here–> Insert a loud╰☆╮WAHOO here:

☆ WAHOO!✫!

I have been feeling guilty about Weekly Geeks and ★ even started a post to recap the entire month of February’s Weekly Geek ☆ post ideas and then this week’s theme popped up and I was…  ✫   very excited.

★ Click here —>  here  <—-, then come back here ✰

I hit the random-word pop up over and over and over again.   I was a tad dismayed that the suggested words up for adoption were not cut-and-paste-able ✰ for me to go search the definitions but when I realized that ✫ the definitions are so goddammed obscure that you can’t seem to find the definitions, I got discouraged instead. ╰☆╮

and then ✫ STARRIFY popped into my life and I fell hard in love with this word.   ☆ HOW COULD SUCH A LOVELY WORD need to be adopted?   How can it be that this word has fallen into disuse or never caught on at all?  I am  ✫ flabbergasted.  Surely, ★ every teenybopper in ♥ love with Justin Bieber knows how to star✫rify his photo, right?!

It’s a word ☆ and it is now mine and I give you permission to use it.     Please don’t let them cull it!

╰☆╮ To finish with ALL the recommended tasks of this week’s theme… ☆

1 – Go to Save The Word.org to look ☆ at all the words that are either not being used enough or are due for a cull probably within the next couple of years. ✫ Adopt a word.
√ DONE  ✓
2 – What is your pet peeve word? – the word that makes you grind your teeth ✰ with either it’s over use or being used out of context. ☆
My pet peeve word today is “SICK”.  I just can’t get ☆ aboard that train that sick means ‘cool’.   Sick reminds me of vomit and I just can’t get past that…
3 – What is a word you adore, ★ or a word ✰ that you feel is not used enough.  ☆ Irrespective of meaning or even era it’s a word that you just love.
I like ╰☆╮ many words.   Like discombobulated ✫ which my husband was this weekend because he was dealing with jetlag from a quick trip to ★ Rotterdam, the Netherlands (sadly, I was unable to go with him), gravel, sweet, sugar, happy, precocious, pedantic, annoying (it even sounds annoying, thus I love it), … ☆
I can’t ✫ remember all of them but this is a frequent topic of conversation, especially on road trips which we don’t often take anymore now ✰ that we live in New England.   Long story?
✫ But words that should be used MORE?    Alas…   nifty!      scunner, thole, plonk and squiffy. ╰☆╮

4 – Lastly what is your opinon on word culling or the rise in “text speak” that’s happening now.
I first read this ☆ as if it was asking about my opinion on the word ‘culling’ but upon a second read, I think we are to comment on the process of ‘word-culling’…   Um, I don’t know.  ✫  I am amazed that in times like ours, ★ that any definition of a word would not somehow be on the internet for everlasting recall ability but I guess if those old outdated dictionaries never get digitized… egads!

As to text speak?  ╰☆╮ I am against all dropping of vowels ✫ for the sake of quick typing-texting.   ☆ Then again, I have an old phone and texting is just irritating and I would prefer ☆ to talk or email.    (Sigh, I am so old…)

✫ Starry, ☆ starry night…   ╰☆╮ Bedeck the ☆ night with stars ✫,

How ✫ happy and ✫ dazzled ★ we can be

☆ If stars ✫✰✫ are everywhere ☆ for us ✫ to see… ☆

And, finally, I must share why this has been a starrific ✫ starrable day for me!   I played outside with the dogs, I did a ton of yardwork ★ which was something I enjoy, the snow has almost all melted now, Hubby smoked chickens ☆ and little necks and salmon and sausages and he is ☆ an awesome chef, the weather was just perfect ☆ for doing yard work and building cairns and playing with dogs, I was able to select a ✰ substitute teaching job for tomorrow, a friend emailed me with the nicest email ☆ that she received the book I sent her, and I have been in a ☆ good busy happy mood.   Happy day with deserves ☆ starrification.   I hope you had a day worth ☆ starrifying, too!  ✰

✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫✫

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somehow be on the internet for everlasting recall ability but I guess if those old outdated dictionaries never get digitized… egads!HIdeinWhitetoSkipLine

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Wordless Wednesday

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Re-Reading H.S. Required Reading

Valerie of Life is a Patchwork Quilt and Amanda at The Zen Leaf have inspired me to brainstorm all those books I read as a teenager that some high school teacher told me I had to read in order to pass the class…  Here goes, in no particular order:

1. A Tale of Two Cities – Dickens

2. Old Man and the Sea – Hemingway

3. The Pearl – Steinbeck

4.  Of Mice and Men - Steinbeck

5.  Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare

6.  The Sound and the Fury – Faulkner

Um…..     I know there are many more…   (googling ‘typical HS reading lists‘ gives me:)

7. Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane

8. The Great Gatsby – Fitzgerald

9.  Black Like Me – John Howard Griffin

10. The Scarlet Letter - Hawthorne

11. Death of a Salesman – Miller (and maybe The Crucible, too)

12.  1984 – Orwell

13.   ___?____by Edgar Allen Poe – short stories, maybe?

14. The Jungle – Sinclair

15. The Red Pony - Steinbeck

16.  Our Town – Wilder

There’s more, I’m sure of it. I remember as a sophomore, we had to read the equivalent of a book a week in Honors English* and it had to be from THE LIST (the list I wish I still had) or be able to justify its inclusion to the list.   I challenged it one week with a book by Danielle Steel;  my teacher finally accepted it but I really had to argue for it. I recall being so tired of having to read old and ‘important’ stuff. Funny thing is, I can’t recall which Steel book it was even if I glance through all her titles! One of my classmates successfully got Horton Hears a Who added to the list…

More plays here than I realized.   I think we also read Macbeth and/or Hamlet.

I must say that I am SHOCKED — repeat SHOCKED!!  — that my husband says he had to read Ulysses in high school.  WHO would do that to a kid?!  He had to read Beowulf, too.  I think maybe we had a bit of Canterbury Tales but I don’t think we read the whole thing.

IF I attempt to re-read any of these, it would be The Sound and the Fury. Anyone feel like joining me?

* I read a few Irving Stone’s and many Vonneguts and stuff like Hugo’s Les Miserables for my ‘electives’. Sadly, I don’t recall reading ANY women authors. There HAD to be some, but I know I didn’t read Austen or the Brontes because that’s what the cheerleaders liked and I was waaaaay smarter than that. *roll eyes* Let it be known, I like these authors now, I do. But I didn’t read  P&P until my twenties.

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