“When a man and a woman love each other veerrrrry much, they combine their chromosomes into a single being, much like Voltron.”
~ThinkGeek, the website~

I ended up getting sucked into the ThinkGeek website earlier tonight and barely escaped in time for bed. I didn’t end up buying anything, since I was doing the cyber equivalent to window shopping, but I did come away with this great quote.

If you have never been on the website, you should totally check it out! www.thinkgeek.com

Be forewarned! You will get sucked in!

“When a man and…

Up too late with a free movie maker…

I just discovered Xtranormal and Go Animate, two fantastic programs for making free animated movies. That, combined with my work with kids… well… it became this:

The demise of the candy heart brigade, by Toni Cross

 

Brutally crunching up tiny sweet hearts

Those stale remainders of February

Whose ranks were once a veritable rainbow

Now only a few distasteful colors are left

Mainly the greens and the yellows

Their death cries are pathetically corny

They call me “Sweet Love” and “Angel”

As if these attempts at seductive platitudes

Could halt my ever chewing teeth

Or still my craving for more

Hibernating with a few good books…

Hello, dear World!

I’m afraid that I’ve been quite ill of late and formed some rather reclusive habits. The combination of sickness and the frigid temperatures of my home state have both driven me to cozy, dark corners and the crisp bindings of fresh smelling books.

What, you wonder, HAVE I been reading?

Well…

Fever 1793

The Hunger Games

Catching Fire

Mockingjay

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

(To name a few…)

I enjoyed all of the above mentioned titles, but my favorite was the last, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. I can’t believe I waited this long to read these! I have always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes, but I am not usually terribly fond of spin-offs on classic tales. (Usually much is lost in a modern take on things.)

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is the story of Mary Russell, an independent and especially intelligent young woman, who literally stumbles across the retired  Holmes. The book slowly unfolds the intricate relationship that follows. There is plenty of mystery, action, and analytical deduction, while not so much as to kill the flow of the narrative. I am hooked! Having devoured the first book in a day and a half, I am chomping at the bit waiting for Tuesday, when I return to work at the library and have access to the rest of the series. Oh well…. maybe I will just have to break down and find them before then. (Hmm, I wonder if the library near where I am staying this weekend has a membership fee…)

Don’t get me wrong, the Hunger Games series WAS fascinating. I didn’t stop reading them until I had finished all three. The plot, most notably in the first book, has some very original twists and turns. The books are somewhat juvenile in parts and violent on almost every page, but the characters are interesting and fairly well-drawn. I despise perfect heroes and heroines as a general rule. Katniss’ most endearing quality is probably her imperfection. What is even more amazing is the fact that Peeta manages to stay a believable and even favorite character. He is unselfish and kindhearted, almost without exception, yet he isn’t annoying. Some important points are made on various social and political evils, but for the most part this series is thrilling sci-fi FLUFF.

And you ask, what is “FLUFF”? Glad you asked…

FLUFF = Fun Light Unique Fictional Fare

So, go find yourself some good FLUFF this week or feel free to borrow from my list.

I’m going to sign off, I have a new stack waiting! Yay!

The Bliss of Wasting Hot Water…

When Plinky.com asked me "What's the most wasteful thing you do each day?", I didn't even have to stop and think…

Heavy Rain Shower

Every day when I get up, I stumble into the bathroom and take a very long, hot, steamy, and contemplative shower.

It is my sacred "me time". I think, I wake up, I daydream, I compose poems in my mind or ponder the night's dreams…

And I waste an obscene amount of costly hot water. An online calculator claims that just one of my heavenly average showers probably uses 100-150 gallons of water!

Al Gore is probably going to put a price on my head after this gets published, but guess what? I really don't care!

If I miss my morning shower, the whole day feels wrong. Its like having a pebble in my shoe and not being able to clear it out.

When I was a kid, living at home, we had a woodstove hot water system. It had a 20 gallon tank. I emptied it in no time, despite the fact that we had one of those wimpy "energy efficient" shower heads. In a household with five people who needed showers, I was banished to taking my shower last… no problem for me… that meant sleeping later!

Somehow, I still haven't learned. Oh well, at least I'm the only one showering in the mornings now…

Here's to happy mornings and hot water!

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