I do have some legitimate posts coming up--really I do! I've been writing posts left and right but I also have a few things that need to be mentioned . . . you know, clean off my desk and all that . . .
1. PBS is running a Jane Austen movie extravaganza on Sunday nights to showcase new movies of all six of Ms. Austen's novels done by Masterpiece Theater. I believe Persuasion (my personal favorite) started off the line-up last Sunday. Indeed! Get on the literary bandwagon and Tivo it pronto!
2. In unrelated events--I make my own homemade syrup on mornings when I'm productive enough to create pancakes for breakfast. A week ago the kids started mentioning that the syrup tasted--funny. I ignored them because since when do I ever listen to my children's food preferences? Until I reached for my maple flavoring to make up a new batch and realized I'd been using root beer extract in place of maple. Root beer syrup on pancakes. How gross is that? Hmmm . . . but Andrew says that he thinks I might be onto something. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it could be the latest breakfast craze.
3. This may be the funniest video ever produced by the Dutch. Or the Flemish. Or whoever these people are (trust me, the language barrier makes it even funnier). I found it on Chili's blog, she's always got something funny going on, but I'll embed it here for convenience's sake (it's got subtitles, so get out your glasses):
5. As for other flaws. Tell me, has anyone else out there come home to find their home as humid as a swamp, with water condensed and streaming down the windows? No? Well then maybe I'll send you my 11 year-old son because he's a genius at things like that. It took me a while to figure out what was going on, it was seriously weird with the moisture and funny linty smell in the air--kind of like being stuck in a sauna with the cast of The Muppet Show. I figured my dryer was broken (things are breaking on me lately) and I prepared to call the repairman when I did a little Sherlocking and figured out that the big silver tube on the back of the dryer had mysteriously come unattached and the silly thing was venting into the house. How did that happen you say? Let's just say it was a game of hide and seek gone bad. "Don't ever hide behind the dryer again, do you hear me? Do you??" Actually, he's lucky he didn't hit the gas valve and cause serious problems. There's just no way to avoid things like this in life because I can't begin to think of all the ways a boy can cause trouble. I just don' t think like they do and they're much more creative than I am.
6. I've been lax in passing on a few awards:
Mundane Matters in the Life of Lynn
Something to Say: About Life in the Netherlands
The Preacher's Wife
My Many Colored Days
Whitterer on Autism
Are We There Yet Mom?
All were kind enough to mention Scribbit and hand out an award or two. I wanted to list them and say "Thanks!" Nice people like them make blogging the best job in the world (next to my day job of course. And being a travel writer covering Tahiti--that would be pretty sweet).
A lot of these things get passed out but I'm going to go with five blogs that always make my day:
I'm a Drama Mama
Growing a Life
It's All for the Best
My Mommy's Place
Sandy and Kurt (happy birthday!)
Tales from Clark Street
Some old friends, some new--all deserve recognition. If any of you ladies hasn't received the Mwah Award, feel free to pluck it from me.
7. This is so "WOW!" I had to post it. Stare at the four dots in the middle of the picture for 30 seconds (don't fudge) then look at a blank, plain-colored wall. A circle of white light will form in front of your eyes and you'll see an image. I promise. Very weird . . . very Joan of Arc-ish.
8. Speaking of religion, last week Charlie Rose interviewed Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass from the His Dark Materials trilogy. These books have received more religious criticism than anything since Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses (I've been expecting Pullman to get a big ol' fatwah any day now) and have made me wonder why on earth everyone is so upset. If only the Catholic church would get as tense over things like child pornogrphy as they have over these books--but apparently that issue isn't as important as saving the masses from the metaphors in dangerous fantasy fiction.
Though I haven't read the books I've had a hard time believing they represent the literary anti-Christ so I was particularly interested in what the author had to say. After listening for twenty minutes I can say that I support organized religion with all my heart and I just don't get it. Pullman was intelligent, charming and had interesting things to say about Tolkien and Lewis--authors that he's often compared to--in fact there wasn't one thing he said about literature, writing or religion that I didn't agree with. After seeing this interview I think that once again the whole thing is a case of religious panic meets the internet to produce a book-burning fervor of megastar proportions. Here's a clip from the interview, I wish I had the whole thing.
Bottom line? If I really care, maybe I should read the book before I believe/pass along the emails I've received about it.
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