Thursday, April 30, 2009

Spring, Summer, Back to Spring

So the garden season has begun, and I have a whole bunch of fragile little seedlings in my front room getting bigger by the minute. We had a small sliver of summer this past weekend, and they sprang up like jack-in-the-boxes. The weather has returned to it's normal dreary coolness, and now I'm left with this awesome responsibility: to keep these little babies alive without the assistance of mother nature (at least for a month.) I've never planted tomato seeds before, I always let someone else nurse them up to a manageable size. I find I'm completely nervous. I'm so afraid I'll somehow over or under water them, or let the dog whack them off the table with his tale and I'll be left with nothing but dirt and shattered dreams. It doesn't help that most of these little tomato babies are destined for the kids at the library, who will be crushed if I don't produce them in a month. I can handle my own crushed hopes, but the kids might do me in.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

Into the Wild Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
There are several facets to this book; investigating McCandless's life and trying to find reasons for his actions, relating the stories of other adventurous young men who have tempted fate (including the author), and the simple mystery of what actually happened to McCandless. The part I found the most interesting was just reading about his exploits as he wandered around the American West with no apparent income or direction. It's pretty foreign to me that a person can set out with little or no money, no support system, and no plan, and survive that way for so long. A pretty gripping story. Now I'll need the movie.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Serenity: Better Days, Volume 2 Serenity: Better Days, Volume 2 by Brett Matthews

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
So, it wouldn't take much to make me happy here. More Firefly is good. Period. Better Days is pretty much one episode of the TV show, complete with Alliance operatives, underworld acquaintances, not so legal endeavors, and Jayne blowing up stuff. Liked it. Want more.

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Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid by Denis Leary

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
Basically a text version of the authors stand-up rants about all that is wrong with the world. I laughed pretty regularly, so worth the effort. He may have harped just a little to long and hard on the "mother's belong at home raising kids" point for my taste, but what the heck, it's meant to be funny, not as a recipe for how the world works.

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