Monday, April 21, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Wishes for a very happy birthday for SC! Sorry I didn't post this earlier - things got a little too busy at work today. If only you lived closer, I would bake you a Bundt cake. (I ordered the cake's on its way.)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

More on Bundt

In an amazing combination of two of my favorite (and perhaps oddest) obsessions, Bundt pans and cephalopods, Nordicware now makes an octopus cake pan. I must get one!!

Friday, April 11, 2008


Tulips are starting to bloom around here - none in our yard yet, but I've seen a bunch of them around town.

We planted a whole bunch in our neighbor's yard a couple of years ago, but a lot fewer have come up this year. (Our neighbors are not much for gardening, and there are very few sunny spots in either of our yards, so when we asked them if we could put some flowers in the front of their yard, they enthusiastically agreed. Now we maintain their garden, and they take care of our cats when we're on vacation.) It's a tough spot because it's only about a foot and a half back from the road, so it gets snow, ice, and salt in the winter (not that we get a lot of any of those things around here). I've heard that tulip bulbs can "wear out," but this seems awfully fast.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Airport Reading

So, here I sit in O'Hare, on my way to Montreal. Jenny - can you come visit me?? :-) I'm stuck because of the American Airlines thing they are doing - guess you can't argue with inspecting planes, huh? Flight was still on schedule when I left Mpls, but by the time I landed in Chicago, they had canceled. I am rescheduled for a flight at 7:50, (landed here at 11:45) so I have a few moments to kill.

So, of course I head for the bookstore. One of my guilty pleasures is to buy magazines and a book or two when I fly. Picked up Real Simple, Dwell and Minneapolis/SaintPaul magazines. I was intrigued by a book, "Loving Frank." So, I bought it. Go to enter it into my Goodreads, and lo and behold, it's in my To Read shelf!!! Funny how that happens. I've got plenty of time to get started, I guess!

We'll see if I can come up with more witty blog postings while I'm sitting here... if my laptop battery holds.

At least it's sunny here in Chicago. we haven't seen sun in days. I do finally have crocuses blooming. I think they just got tired of waiting!

Oh - Montreal. Means I can get HP7 in French!!! As appealing as that sounds, it is not the primary reason for my travels. I'm going to a conference - Museums & the Web. A great conference full of geeky hip IT web people....

Monday, April 7, 2008

Library sale

It was the library book sale this weekend, and as usual I got there early on the first day to get in line. It seems like there are more book dealers every year, and now some of them have hand-held scanners that they use as they stand by the tables. This year there were fewer books than usual - I guess fewer donations. I bought a bunch of things for A and T, and only ended up with four things for me. Considering that I still have a pile of 10 books from the fall sale, I guess that's not too disappointing.

My purchases:

My Year of Meats, Ruth Ozeki
Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser
Tender at the Bone, Ruth Reichl
P.S. I Love You, Cecelia Ahern