Literary Lundi: Screen-Free Edition

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Gentle Reader,

Went out to The Ranch for the long holiday.  We’ve talked about my really messed-up sleeping habits before, right?  If not, read the prior sentence, and you’re now up to speed.  I decided if I had a five day break from screens of any kind, this might help.  So the screen-free weekend consisted of checking my cell phone (because it’s VITAL people), writing a blog post (which doesn’t count because no pictures, obviously), watching The Rangers lose (which was a family activity and therefore exempt), working a shift at my job where I stare constantly at a screen (but that’s WORK so it is also necessary) but I did not use my Kindle.  So we’re good.  I brought some of my insane backlog of paper books that I want to work through as I am using my beloved Kindle so as not to make duplicate purchases.  You can imagine my surprise when I returned and wasn’t a regular 10 PM to 6 AM gal all of a sudden.

So what am I reading:

The Funny-“Such a Pretty Fat” by Jen Lancaster.  I love her.

The Nonfiction-“The Death of Innocents” by Sister Helen Prejean

The Agatha- (You thought I’d abandoned that project, right?) “Murder on the Links”

How to be a better Person who Does What I Do-The papers presented at the 26th Annual Rusty Duncan

The Food-“Why We get Fat” by Gary Taubes

Of the list, for the general (read noninsane) public, I’d stick with the first three.

Back tomorrow to discuss The Television!



When your Daddy Tells You That Your Blog Is “Stale”…

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Gentle Reader,

Still here!  Daddy mentioned to me the other day in a very purposefully offhanded manner that he had my blog in his bookmarks…”of course it’s a little stale”…

Three weeks ago, my daddy just got connected to email on his iPad, so you understand the level of shame I felt.  (I had previously considered reporting said iPad to the iPad Protective Services, so neglected it was…but then I remembered it was his surprise Christmas present last year and I think that taking away your retired daddy’s Christmas present is in poor form.)

So we’re back.  What have I been doing?

-Not being able to post photos, which means that the quality of the posts you might have missed (and I use that term loosely here) wouldn’t have been great unless big blocks of text are interesting to you.

-Got a new iPhone, so the new pics (when I can figure out how to get them to the computer) will be even finer low-quality than before.

-The Ranch is the Ranch.

-The Boys are The Boys.

-Scout the Ranch Cat/Trained Killer got her anti-flea/tick/other feline baddies medicine today.  Which means that her hair is spiky on the back of her neck.  It’s part of how we show each other the love, my calling her “Spike” for the day and her hissing and scratching me.  I love “Spike” Day.

-She has figured out that I give treats and will now eat them in front of me.  She still hisses at me when I’m feeding them to her, but the facade is a hard one to maintain what with the purring and tail twitching and the paws grabbing my hand for more.

-I’m spending a lot of time in the kitchen this weekend.  Tomorrow is ribs using the new Cook’s Illustrated “boiling brine” method before finishing them off on the Egg.

-Juicing.  It’s…a process…not giving up, am eating a LOT LOT LOT of vegetables.

-And pork.  I think this is the part of the equation that needs balancing.

Back pronto to discuss Sweet, Sweet Television.  (Master Chef?  Where have you been all my life?)

Happy Fourth of July, beloveds, I am more thankful for you than you can know.