Monthly Archives: March 2009

The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
It took me ten months to finish this book.

Hey, I read a lot of other books before I picked this one up again.

The Pillars of the Earth starts slowly, then about midway it picks up speed and unveils a ripping good tale of 12th Century England. It’s not just a story about the building of a cathedral.

The Pillars of the Earth is about the people who devoted their lives to the cathedral’s construction, and the few who tried to stop the church from being built. It’s a story about people, how (and why) we as human beings take sides along the paths of good and evil as we live out our lives.

I’m going to try to finish my next reading project, The Reader, before starting World Without End, which is the sequel to Pillars of the Earth.

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I’m going back to work tomorrow, feeling much better.

I got a chance to finish my book today!

Is Twitter’s breakneck growth causing a backlash? –

Is Twitter's breakneck growth causing a backlash? –

Good article from CNN about Twitter.

Georganna asked me the other day why I am Twittering again.

I answered because I like it, but there’s another reason.

Everyone is talking about Twitter right now.

As I sit here recuperating from the flu I’m watching The Today Show, and Meredith Viera just mentioned Twitter.

I listen to a local AM radio station in the early morning, and the announcers mention Twitter daily.

So I have succumbed to the lure of advertising, for about the millionth time in my life (the last time was when I bought Sabra Hummus, one week ago).

Mentioned in the CNN article is the reality of Twitter not working. I just tried to find my local radio station on Twitter, and found the feature disabled because “Twitter is stressed out right now.”

Twitter is busy,in other words, and can’t handle all the traffic.

Fame is a bitch, huh?

Anyway, if you have the time (and you can’t use Twitter, like me), read the CNN article linked above.

As for me, I sure hope I feel well enough to go back to work tomorrow.

I’m not sure how many more episodes of CSI I can watch.

Photo credit.

The flu

There’s been a flu going around Seattle, and I’ve got it.

No blogging today.

SUNday chores

Sunday is my chore day.

Every Sunday, unless I have something planned with my family, is the day I do my laundry, clean my living space, and prepare mentally for the work week that’s ahead of me.

Today I’m also dog sitting, at least for part of the day, because my landlady and her family are off enjoying this wonderfully sunny Seattle day.

I’ve been enjoying this day also, taking comfort in the routine tasks that keep me, and my living space, clean and organized.

Today I’ve also gone outside a number of times to enjoy the sunshine, while I take my pal Scamper out to do his “business.”

The photos above were taken today, of the area around the house I live in.

The air is crisp and cool, but there are signs that warmer days are ahead of us–I saw two dandelions today!

I’m starting to wind down, after being busy all day. and taking a few moments to thank God for this day of life that has been given me.

And I wish you all a wonderful day today, and tomorrow.

Twittering again

Truth is, I have missed Twitter.

So last night, I set up a new account, winnienotthepoo.

I have a Twitter box on this page, to the right (of course) and scroll down a bit.

My challenge: Do not be boring!

So that means, dear friends, that I won’t share all of the mundane details of my life: Defrosting my refrigerator, eating a tuna sandwich with sweet pickle relish, etc.

I’ll try to find interesting things to Twitter.

We’ll see.

Earth Hour 2009

I’m taking part in earth Hour tonight!

The photo above is the backyard lights of the house next door.

I was too lazy to light candles, so I spent the hour listening to my battery-powered radio.

It was a long hour, but I did it!

Between 8:30-9:30, I will use no electricity.


I know I can do it!

Can you?


Many thanks to Rose for reminding me about Earth Hour 2009.

Saturday stuff

I only took one picture while I was out today.

The trees in our neighborhood are starting to bud; see above.

It was just raining too hard today to take more pictures–I just wanted to get my chores done and get home.

I took the bus to downtown Seattle and stopped off at Office Depot for some blank CD’s, then the bookstore for the latest NY Times Review of Books, then to the grocery store.

When I got home, I finally did a full backup of my laptop.

Tonight I’m going to watch Book Lust with Nancy Pearl.

Ms. Pearl, a retired librarian and author, is interviewing Stephen Carter, one of my favorite authors, tonight.

And then I’m going to watch Toy Story 2 (I don’t want you all to think I’m an entertainment snob 🙂


Wet Weekend; Heavy Snow in Passes

Wet Weekend; Heavy Snow in Passes

Luckily I don’t live anywhere around the Cascade Mountain ranges.

The mountains could get another foot of snow this weekend.

Here in the Seattle area, this translates to rain (lots of it) and some wind.

I may go out today for a bit, give my arthritic knees some exercise.

If I go out, I’m going to take my camera and snap some pictures for you all.

pimp myspace profile

pimp myspace profile

I hope you are all doing well!

the long weekend

I was going to sleep in this morning.

So, of course, I was awake before 7:00 a.m.


The best laid plans and all that tommyrot.

Here’s my plan for today (I’m taking this 3 day weekend a day at a time):

–Sit in my chair (see it above) and listen to music, read, blog, and nap as needed.
–Take a walk later today (maybe).
–Shower and get dressed (maybe; I took a nice hot shower last night).
–Watch my favorite Disney movie, which is Toy Story.
–Visit blogs, and try to comment.
–Listen to as little news as possible. I’ve been limiting my exposure to the nightly news, and find my mood is much better. I’m staying on top of the headlines, but I’m not immersing myself in all of the horrible economic news, disasters, etc.

And that’s it, folks.

As I write this post, I’m enjoying my second cup of Dunkin’ Donuts French Vanilla coffee. Have you ever tried DD’s coffee? It rocks, big time.

C-ya around the blogs.


is this dang thing working?



i cannot comment on many blogger blogs.

so i shall try tomorrow.

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