Category Archives: reading

Lately

  1. I finally had my wisdom teeth pulled (all four at once!) so I’ve spent the last few days recovering at home. I’ve been surviving on yoghurt, smoothies and Netflix. Thank goodness I found a binge-worthy show to keep me occupied. I don’t know what took me so long, but I FINALLY watched Broadchurch. Highly recommended!
  2. It’s March, which means we’re closer to spring. I have so many places I want to visit here in the Pacific Northwest this year.
  3. I’ve been a bit obsessed with Korean sheet masks. They’re everything your skin needs.
  4. I’m trying to get better at ‘living in the moment’ (call it mindfulness, whatever). That means just savoring the time I spend – whether with friends or alone – without the need to post on social media or constantly checking my phone. SoMe can be such a mood killer sometimes. Try a few days without. You’ll be happier.
  5. I want to volunteer at an animal shelter. It gives me so much. And I miss those sloppy doggie kisses .
  6. I need to drink more tea. Preferably green.
  7. I’ve probably read every Karin Slaughter book out there. I was hooked on gritty crime for a while.
  8. I’m planning our next road trip!

 

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Broadchurch. Watch it on Netflix now.

 

Read these (trust me)

 

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Hefty Headlines!

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Out of context or in context, sensational or not – these headlines stood out on the web today. Friday entertainment brought by yours truly!

Oprah Loves Foreskin on Her Face (umm… say what?)

Atomic kittens: German 400-year-old weapons manuscript reveals medieval plans to strap bombs to cats (horrible!)

Dead poet speaks out on guns (ok, from the grave then?) From CNN’s front page, however, after I click on the link, the headline instead reads, “After death, great poet still speaks out on guns”. Hmm.. still tricky.

Subway sorry its “Footlong” came up short

German Soldiers Are Growing Boobs On One Side of Their Bodies, Oh, Okay

Scientist: I’m NOT seeking a mom for a Neanderthal (I sure hope not! By the way, that debate is just insane.)

Norway goat cheese fire closes tunnel (OK, not from today, but you gotta love news from the homeland!)

The Time I Called Pope Benedict “The Devil” To His Face  (you go, girl)

Boehner: End Abortion “This Year” (Well, nevermind the crumbling economy, thousands of homeless, kids growing up in abusive homes, unfit parents, abandoned veterans, rising debts, etc… the war on women is certainly the main goal.)

How To Make and Ice Luge In a Hotel Room (Hey, if ya gotta party, ya might as well get it right)

Couple has been living under a rock for 30 years  (Literally)

21: Teen blogging gone too far?

It’s with horror I register the growing number of “tween blogs” that consist of make-up, fashion and teenage pregnancy. I can partly see the need for young people to express themselves, but what I find repulsive is the business that make money by exploiting young, naive girls who suddenly find themselves on the rise to online fame based on a rating system relying on their looks and popularity. It’s a phenomenon I wasn’t quite aware of until I moved back to Norway. If you look at the blog platform, blogg.no, there is a “top list” that bloggers apparently strive to be on. What’s interesting is that the majority of these blogs don’t contain timely commenting on news articles, society or culture, but instead a creepy obsession with achieving a certain “look”. The tanner, taller, thinner, prettier and richer you are, the more readers you’ll gain and the more attention you’ll get from companies that will shower you in products and money if you write about or pose with their product on your blog; – be it make-up, teeth whitening, hair extensions and whatnot. Most of these bloggers aren’t yet 18, so why on earth are their parents allowing them to get their lips pumped full of restylane, getting boob jobs or letting them post pictures of themselves in sexy poses?

Take a look at one of the current teen-queen bloggers, Sophie Elise, whose parents apparently have given her the permission to undergo a seemingly extreme makeover…

 

I mean, geesh, what is the world (wide web) coming to?

19: “Have ya heard the news?”

Working in news is crazy. For some reason a lot of people think that what appears on the screen in broadcast news just happens magically and don’t think about the process and all the people help make it happen. To point out the obvious, bad writing can really ruin the whole story, but sometimes what’s going on out in the world is so incomprehensible it blows everyone’s mind. I could go on forever, but usually what happens in the newsroom stays in the newsroom 🙂

Anyways. I am off track here. What I really wanted to post was a little snippet from a newspaper in Iowa, dated in 1957. It honestly made my day.

EAST HAMPTON, CONN. (AP) – A search of Lake Pocotopaug for a reported drowning victim was called off here Tuesday when it was realized that one of the volunteers helping the search, Robert Hausmann, 23, of East Hampton, was the person being sought.

– Des Moines Register, 20 September 1957

16: Quotes of the day

Yeah yeah, so my blog challenge is going sloooowly… I’ve got too much to do these days. Looks like I don’t respond well to my own challenges, but I’ve had that suspicion for a long time. Nothing wrong in confirming that, I suppose.

Anywho, I’m a quote nerd, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite quotes to live by. Hope these will bring you inspiration and hope.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. – Mark Twain

Always do what you are afraid to do. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear defeats more people than any other thing in the world. – Ralph Waldo Emerson  (A wise man, and one my of my faves!)

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. – Ayn Rand

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand. – Baruch Spinoza

Either you run the day or the day runs you.  – Jim Rohn

Say what? #5

Today’s best and most challenging read is brought to you by BuzzFeed.
 
After trying these verses a Frenchman said (evidently) that he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.

 

 

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

The Chaos, by G. Nolst Trenite, aka Charivarius (1870-1946)

I don’t know about you, but I’d definitely prefer reading this than six months of labor…(!)