DK Eyewitness Travel Guides

The first time I bought a DK travel guide was our trip to Amsterdam a few years ago. I looked at several books, and bought only two: DK’s Amsterdam and Holland books. I felt quite fortunate for my selection. Unlike many of the guides, the DK travel guides are very pictorial. They have breakout images of key sights so that…

Early New Year Resolutions 2010

Even though I’m exactly three weeks early, I’m declaring my resolutions today. It’s never to soon to get started on positive changes in your life, right? In no particular order: 1. I resolve to be a better friend. There are so many friendships I have let slip away. Drift is a natural thing in friendships, of course, but I seem…

Gratitudes

Thanksgiving Gratitude

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

1. Food, of course. Good food that you don’t normally eat.
2. The people who make the food.
3. Although I’m not the religious type, and I sometimes get impatient with people who are, I am thankful for their genuine expression of thanksgiving gratitude before the meal.
4. I’m thankful that my husband drove the whole friggen way to Florida.
5. The break from school. Much needed before hell week next week.
6. The cats. They are gracious enough to stay at home and poop and pee in their litter box (we hope).

Whoopi and Disney

Ever since Whoopi’s Direct From Broadway show aired on HBO many years ago, she’s held a special place in my heart. In the original HBO special, her character Fontaine, who is a junkie, goes to the Anne Frank house. This skit is a profound comment on race and humanity. I was excited to see Whoopi join The View, which is…

Gratitudes

Gratitudes: Water flowing underground

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

Things I am grateful for…

1. V. So far, so good. It has replaced Dollhouse, Sarah Connor Chronicles, Battlestar Galactica, and Heroes.

2. Thanksgiving. Food. Vacation. Time with family. What else do you need?

3. The colorful scarves that I saved for twenty years are now back in fashion.

Threes: In the Silent Water

I am behind on… 1. Grading. SO MUCH GRADING. And it’s not even the crunch time yet. 2.  Cleaning. I never finished my 40 steps/40 days summer goal of cleaning my office. I have piles of crap all over the place and everything I dusted now has layers of dust again. Depressing. 3. Reading. My “to be read” pile is…

Suzuki Beane

My childhood nickname was Binie. This is a huge confession. Still, the net has given me, like everyone else, permission to confess. Binie was short for my middle name, which I will in no way repeat out loud to any living soul. In addition, according to family stories, I somewhat resembled the character “Suzuki Beane” (1961).  Apparently, since I wore…