Friday, February 22, 2013

Edward Gorey

Google is featuring Edward Gorey today. I guess he would be 88 if still living. I wish he were still living! In any case, in April I plan to visit his house on the cape, now a museum. There's a watch and I'm sure several other items I will want to acquire. Love my Edward Gorey, ever since college. That old queer, fantastically creative, anglophile, sarcastic, bibliophile, cat lover....

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Twelve Books of 2013

Here is the list of books that will possibly meet the challenge I've taken this year to read at least twelve books. I think I will read more, but that is my goal. Often in the past I would read many books, but not finish any. This year I'm trying to read and finish books. It's been fun so far. I also will have my first non-fiction book club meeting in two weeks. I'm very excited. We are reading "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail." 

1.  Flourish by Martin E. P. Seligman

* read
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)
2.  Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) by Cheryl Strayed


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
3.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


Bones: A Forensic Detective's Casebook
4.  Bones: A Forensic Detective's Casebook by Dr Douglas Ubelaker


Radical Acceptance
5.  Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach


Brain on Fire
6.  Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
7.  Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

The Mother Tongue - English And How It Got That Way
8.  The Mother Tongue - English And How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson
* to read

The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist
9.  The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist by Mary H. Manhein

Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948
10.  Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeleine Korbel Albright
*to read

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
11.  The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley
* to read

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
12.  Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts
* to read

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The FitBit Tells a Dismal Tale

Last month I bought a fitbit. A fitbit is a nifty little device you can carry around all day, and it calculates your distance traveled, calories burned, steps taken, etc. It also tabulates your sleep, though I've been less consistent with that. You can then download your stats wirelessly to your computer. 

The fibit don't lie, and it ain't pretty.  I am fat, out of shape, mostly sedentary, and not even reaching 50% of the activity I should be. 

I guess it is instructive to get the real facts. Humans are far too delusional when it comes to weight, food intake, activity level, etc. No doubt! I guess the good news is that I can't get any worse. This is my rock bottom, and the only way to go is up. I am motivated to get better results in coming months. I also bought a fitbit aria, a special scale that calculates your weight and BMI, then sends it to your computer. Stay tuned.....

Hi, here are your weekly stats.
2/11/2013 to 2/17/2013
Mon, Feb 11

Tue, Feb 12
3,322 steps
5,472 steps

10.61 miles
1.52 miles

5 floors

DAILY AVERAGE 2,280 cals BEST DAY 2,570 cals
0.0 lb
LIGHTEST 205.0 lb
HEAVIEST 205.0 lb

10 hrs 32 min
0hrs 5min

Last week's badges

Monday, February 18, 2013

Documentaries I've Loved

More Listamania Fun on Amazon- Documentaries










A Listmania! list
Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 (African American History (Penguin))
1.  Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 (African American History (Penguin)) by Juan Williams

Tongues Untied
2.  Tongues Untied DVD ~ Marlon Riggs

Southern Comfort
3.  Southern Comfort DVD ~ Robert Eads

One Day in September
4.  One Day in September DVD ~ Michael Douglas

Buena Vista Social Club
5.  Buena Vista Social Club DVD Luis Barzaga

The Thin Blue Line
6.  The Thin Blue Line DVD Randall Dale Adams

Regret to Inform
7.  Regret to Inform DVD ~ Xuan Ngoc Nguyen

Not for Ourselves Alone - The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony
8.  Not for Ourselves Alone - The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony DVD ~ Sally Kellerman

Paris Is Burning
9.  Paris Is Burning DVD ~ Carmen and Brooke

Ken Burns: The Civil War (Commemorative Edition)
10.  Ken Burns: The Civil War (Commemorative Edition) DVD ~ David McCullough

Frontline By PBS ; Jefferson's Blood
11.  Frontline By PBS ; Jefferson's Blood VHS PBS

Seven Up
12.  Seven Up DVD Granada

Sherman's March
13.  Sherman's March DVD ~ Ross McElwee

OMG! I'm not the only STATIONARY addict!

I saw an article on Slate magazine this morning that warmed the cockles of my heart, whatever they are. I discovered that I'm not the only person in America obsessed with notebooks, diaries, ledgers, journals, whatever you want to call them. The author of the article has 267 of them, and counting!


I've got plenty of them too, more than I could ever fill with my scribbles, lists, dreams, or life vignettes. 

My new favorites, Flip Notes

It started way back when with diaries, and I did keep a diary for a long time, (still do) and did need a new notebook here and there. But it evolved into madness as the years went on, and now it's notebooks, diaries, calendars, etc. Notebooks for lists, scribbles, and musings. Notebooks and diaries for no reason at all, except that they have a nifty cover.


It is exceedingly dangerous for me to meander into a bookstore, card shop, arts and crafts store, stationary store, without coming out the door with several notebooks. The other problem with a paper goods obsession is a lot of the stuff is cheap! TJMax's Home Goods kills me!

Recent Acquisitions
A tiny pink daily diary, from Moleskin

When you've got a thing for something, it's ALWAYS gratifying to find out that: number 1, you are not the only one with that yen, and number two, that other people are MUCH WORSE off than you. Other people have spouses breaking up with them because of their collections, mothers yelling at them, office mates wanting to kill them, and pets knocking things off shelves in disgust.


For the most part, as the author points out, a stationary obsession does not reach this level of life dysfunction. A paper goods thing does not break the bank or break relationships with other human beings. Or pets. (In fact my cats love sitting on paper anything) It's also easy to store away notebooks. 


A word a day, keeps the psychiatrist away, right?

Therefore my notebook yearnings are harmless and I can now buy more of them, right? 

My own creation

Right. After taking a "Tiny Books" class last month, I'm now making my own notebooks, to add to all my purchased notebooks. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Grand Canyon 2010

More pictures from my trip to the Grand Canyon in 2010. 

During the time I take a trip, I always have doubts about spending the money. In hindsight though it is always fantastic to have done the trip. The money spent is quickly forgotten. Money will always be spent on something anyway, usually far more boring things. The trip enriched my life tremendously, and was well worth it! 

I guess this means I should definitely go to England in August???