I highly recommend The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society to anyone looking for a good book to read.
The waiting list at my library for this book is FIVE AND A HALF MONTHS LONG, so my dear bloggy friend Nicole sent me her copy when she was finished. She called it "the perfect blend of funny and sweet and serious," and she was right on the money.
The book, set just after the Nazi occupation of the British island of Guernsey during World War II, is about the triumph of love and the milk of human kindness in the face of great barbarism and tragedy.
Do yourself a favor and read it in these waning days of summer.
If you are an office supply addict like me, then you know that this time of year is like a relapse waiting to happen. It's hard to be strong when there are so many great deals on office supplies to be had.
Nicole told me that I would not regret investing in a Sharpie pen, and then Barb alerted me to some great new colors, including my favorite, purple.
I found a blue Sharpie pen, and while I am still on the hunt for purple, I have to say that I am highly enjoying the one I have. It is the perfect list-making/calendar-marking pen.
Who says the internet never directed me pathways of goodness?
I am supposed to be cleaning my bathrooms right now, but they are so messy that I cannot even face them.
I feel that if I have to look at the crusty blue toothpaste in the kids' sink, then I will lose my mind.
What I SHOULD do is pray a Hail Mary while wiping out the sink.
What I AM doing is blogging.
What was that about the internet directing me in pathways of goodness? Crud.
I am getting mighty sick of media pundits characterizing citizens protesting health care reform as wacky nut jobs who hate America. Or even better: wacky nut jobs who hate America and who are shills for the deep-pocketed insurance lobbyists.
Are there wacky nut jobs out there? Heck yeah.
Are insurance lobbyists working overtime? I'm sure they are.
Do I think that most of the people who are upset about health care reform as it stands are in either of the aforementioned camps? No way.
I really do feel a longer post about health care coming on. Heaven help us.
I am getting tired just thinking about having to pack school lunches again.
My kids are lunchtime grazers, and they are great leftover-eaters, but for some reason they don't seem to eat all of their lunches at school. Especially Francie.
I have a sneaking suspicion that it has much to do with all TALKIE, no EAT-IE.
I have no idea from whence that trait appeared.
I call this picture "Hot Cross Bun." I slay me.
I was totally bummed to read about a study in which researchers discovered that calorie slashing is MUCH MORE effective than exercising when it comes to weight loss.
Exercise has many benefits for overall health and strength, and of course we should move our bodies daily, but for weight loss, LESS IS MORE.
Apparently, a vigorous hour on the treadmill can be completely negated by a child-sized serving of french fries.
And here I was thinking that I could go ahead and have my ice cream and eat it too -- as long as I paid the sweat equity later on.
Way to suck the joy out of a trip to Dairy Queen, researchers!
Have a great weekend, my friends, and be sure to visit Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes.