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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Weekend Review 9/19: The BBAW Hangover Edition

Announcements: Memory Walking again

I mentioned this as part of yesterday's post, but it was buried a bit there, so here it is again, because I'd really like you to know about it:

If you've been reading here for awhile, you may remember that my mother died of Alzheimer's at the age of 69. This year is the tenth anniversary of her passing, and as has become our tradition, my sister and I will remember her by participating in our local Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk along with our families. My mom died on October 8, and the Walk will take place on October 17. I'm also planning to read the novel Still Alice, by Lisa Genova, which is about an early-onset Alzheimer's patient, during October a way of tying my reading to my cause.

If you'd like to support our family team in our efforts to raise funds to help defeat this disease, I have a donation page - there's a link to it, and our team's progress, in the right sidebar of the blog now. Many thanks for your consideration!

# Also, if you'd like to read Still Alice along with me, let me know in the comments and we'll work out some details! (You'll have to get your own copy of the book, though.) #


New Arrivals in my Google Reader: *Book Blogger Appreciation Week Collateral Damage Edition*

Tales from the Reading Room
Steph & Tony Investigate!


More musings about the blogs that go away, particularly those that close up shop after conferences; speaking of conferences, some changes are afoot for BlogHer'10 (August 6-7, 2010, New York City)

I said some stuff about the Kanye West/Taylor Swift thing on the LA Moms Blog, but it was said much more forcefully and directly here.

I was fascinated by this account of a successful Visian ICL Implant vision correction procedure. My eyesight is too bad to be corrected with LASIK, but I may be a candidate for this, and Trisha is the first person I've encountered who has had it done.

Pros and cons of co-parenting after divorce

No one's hair is meant to be petted (unless they have four legs, that is)

The change of seasons is usually a good time to re-assess your wardrobe

I didn't participate in Wendi's Tuesday Thinger this week because of BBAW, but these 8 helpful blog HTML codes really are helpful (I've implemented #7 already). Also, created by Trin of Bloody Bad: A Book Blog: a matched set of social-media icons! Plus, thanks to Jackie at Farm Lane Books for the scoop on creating a feed of blogs that link to yours!

Police reports in LA don't look much like these (heck, they'd need their own newspaper here!)


Blogthings Quiz of the Week - from the "Well, duh!" Files

You Are Carbs

You are a very energetic and seductive person. You tend to be driven by your impulses, and people often find you tempting.
Often your energy is brief and almost manic. You have a lot of ups and downs if you're not careful.

When you take care of yourself, you feel alert, balanced, and satisfied. You can live a very balanced life if you play your cards right.
When you don't take care of yourself, your life is a nightmare. You can be moody, cranky, and unpredictable.

(If this had come back as "You Are Fat," I'm not sure how I would have taken that...)






A BBAW look at the past year in the book-blogiverse, as only Raych of books i done read could tell it; a special BBAW tribute to Dewey, who is still mourned and missed by the book-blog community she was such a vital member of

It's been years since I used the library very much, but it's always been good to know it's there. But in some schools, and even in some cities, budget cuts may be taking it away! (WAIT: Philly libraries got a stay of execution!)

It's never too late for your first time...with Judy Blume

Have you found your religion - or something like it - in books?

Would you sign up for a Dead Author Blog Tour (or a "classics" book-blog tour by any other name)?


Happy Rosh Hashanah to those who are celebrating it!
And for the rest of us....ARRRR, me hearties! It's Talk Like a Pirate Day!

18 comments:

  1. Some great links here! I'm having a great time blog hopping!!

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  2. Hey, I'm really delighted to get a mention, and I have to say, you have the funniest tag lines of any blog I think I've ever read!

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  3. I've been looking at Still Alice. If Costco still has it I'll pick it up and read it with you.

    As for the rest of the post... sorry tl;dr but I skimmed and know I'll be back after lunch!

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  4. I'm so pleased to see so many of my favourite blogs have made it onto your reader!

    I'm pleased you found my link post useful - have a great weekend!

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  5. I have Still Alice. It looks like it is going to be a great read. enjoy your walk!

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  6. Ahoy matey, I'm a carb too! And thanks for the Tuesday Thinger link. I really should pay more attention to that meme.

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  7. Hangover is definitely the right word! I'm still catching up with google reader and comments.

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  8. Rebecca - Glad you've enjoyed this week's edition. I was surprised I collected so many non-book-blog links this week, with BBAW going on!

    Litlove - Sorry it's taken me so long to find you! And I'm always pleased to intentionally amuse my readers :-).

    Book Dragon - Some weeks I have more links than others; if you stick around, you'll see how that goes :-).

    I'll post when I'm gearing up to read Still Alice; it would be great to have you join me!

    Jackie - Thanks again for that very helpful hack :-). And I'm excited about all of the great blog discoveries I made this week!

    Nicole - Will you be reading it along with me?

    Beth F - I'm really glad it didn't say I was fat, but "carbs" were no surprise to me.

    This was kind of an unusual Tuesday Thinger, but I've actually learned some cool stuff about LibraryThing from doing that meme.

    Jill (Softdrink) - I actually kept up decently during the week, which is how I got so many links to post, but this weekend is fast getting away from me!

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  9. Thanks for the links, Florinda. I thought that article about blogs closing up shop was interesting. I can see how that could happen too.

    I was appalled by that story about the woman who wanted to touch the blogger's hair.

    I did come out as fat. LOL I'm a bad influence sometimes. I love it!

    You are by no means fat, but you are like fat in that you can easily absorb what's around you.
    You are easily influenced by both the good and bad people in your life. It's important for you to be around people you want to be like.

    You are a comforting and calming force. Without your presence, people feel unsatisfied.
    You sometimes have a reputation for being a bad influence, but you're not nearly as dangerous as you seem.

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  10. Wendy (Literary Feline) - I think you may be a bad influence on other bloggers' TBR lists - but aside from that, I don't really see it :-).

    The blogger who told the hair story is Liz D., one of my cohorts from the LA Moms Blog, and I was just as appalled as you were.

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  11. Had to laugh at the list of new blogs in your reader. Mine looks a lot like that, too! In fact the list has gotten so long I think I'm going to have to split it up and read x number of blogs per day! Good luck keeping up with the reader.

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  12. Kristi - Thanks, you too! I have system of sorts involving using folders in Reader, but we'll see how well that holds up :-).

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  13. Thank you so much for the link. I have added yours to mine too. I think I could do a list too...

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  14. Violet - Nice to meet you during BBAW! I think I added twice as many blogs to my Reader as I did last year - but I guess that makes sense, since BBAW was so much bigger this time around :-).

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  15. As always a great bunch of links, many of which I've already read, but some which I haven't.

    Just wanted to stop in and let you know I'm still reading ya. :)

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  16. Bryan (ReadingFool) - I'm glad you came by, and that you still like the link roundup! Don't be such a stranger :-).

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  17. Thanks for the divorce coparenting plug you gave my blog. I appreciate it.

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  18. Dadshouse - You're welcome. I definitely related to it myself.

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