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LOL. I’m watching Classic Doctor Who on Netflix. The Pirate Planet is one of the episodes preserved and available. When the Doctor, Tom Baker, is dealing with the evil scientist, she claims she will have eternal life. The Doctor exclaims “Bafflegab!”, meaning what she says is nonsense.

What a lovely word.


This Week’s Bones Episode


Whether you normally watch the television show Bones or not, I highly recommend this week’s episode,  “The Patriot in Purgatory”. The forensic pathologist interns are investigating cold cases. They find a body of a homeless man that was found in September, 2001, in Washington D.C. The timing of the man’s death is very close to the time of the Pentagon attack on 9/11, so the story is focused on the events of that day.

It’s an excellent episode. The interns include a young West Virginian, a Muslim, a black man, a white man who has depression problems, and a white man from the New York City area. There is a speech by the Muslim that is extremely powerful about how that day degraded his religion and his God. All of them end up recounting their memories of 9/11 and what it did in their lives that day.

The episode also shows how we have moved on in this country in the past eleven years, yet haven’t forgotten.

Normally when I watch a television show I’ve recorded for the week, I delete it from the DVR as soon as I have finished it. But this time I hit save. This episode of Bones needs to be watched again.

Lovely Hibernating Weekend


For the past few weekends I have been on the go. I don’t regret the trips – a girls’ weekend in an Idaho resort, the LA Times Festival of Books, visiting with my granddaughters, etc. This weekend I announced I wasn’t going anywhere and avoiding people.

No, I didn’t want to go swimsuit shopping with a friend. No, I don’t think I’ll go to the cookout (although I finally went for a while so I wouldn’t have to cook…). No, I don’t want to go to Trader Joe’s (I’ll go tonight).

Most of the weekend I hung out alone at home, wallowing in my guilty pleasure reading – romances and very light cozy mysteries. I put aside the deep Barbara Vane novel I’m reading for book club. I ignored the non-fiction I took off the shelf a few days earlier. I didn’t even consider the modern classics waiting on Mt. Bookpile. Instead I pulled out Nora Roberts and caught up on the Bridal Quartet (Bed of Roses and Savor the Moment).

I also caught up on some TV – the Mentalist, the movie Hancock, and Bones.

I even vacuumed and washed floors and clothes. It was a nice, quiet weekend.

I’ve Been Tagged (by LazyGal)


The rules:

If you’ve been tagged, you should write your answers in your own journal and replace any questions that you dislike with a new question. Tag nine people. Don’t refuse to do that. Don’t tag the person who tagged you. (OK, I won’t make anyone but – Sardonic Girl? The Wife, the Mom? Marsha?)

The Meme

What song are you currently addicted to?
I can’t get Defying Gravity or A Wonderful Day from Wicked out of my head. Never mind it was over a week ago I listened to it.

What books are you currently reading?
I’m enjoying Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku (see previous post), Brightness Reef by David Brin, Blood Sins by Kay Hooper, Montana Legacy by R.C. Ryan (a trilogy that is the male version of Nora RobertsMontana Sky), and Content Licensing by Michael Upshall (professional book review).

What is the one skill you wish you had?
These days I think it’d be pretty cool to know how to fly an airplane.

If you had the chance to go back in time for 24 hours, where and when would you go?
I’m pretty satisfied with yesterday. I’d probably make less french fries or less cheese for my dinner.

What is your favourite quote?
I don’t have one favorite – there are too many that fit different occasions. Oh, I know. I head this last week. “Your granddaughters are beautiful.”

What was your favorite TV show as a kid?
Bewitched and Addams Family. I can remember as a kid I would pretend that Thing (the disembodied hand) would help me make my bed.

What websites do you always visit when you go online?
the crossword puzzle at the Boston Globe, the Reader’s Place Ning, Wordsplay (online Boggle) (personal) PubMed, other medical literature databases.

What was the last thing you bought?
A new book (The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear), a new pair of black walking sandals, and a surge protector for the laundry room.

Coke or Pepsi?

Do you get cravings? If so, what do you crave?
Chocolate, of course. Sometimes I crave salty so I keep crackers around too.

What do you do to change your mood?
It depends – read, cry, talk to someone, sleep, talk to a cat…

What was the last meal you ate?
Breakfast – vanilla yogurt, apple cinnamon danish, coffee

Five things you can’t live without.
My children, in-law-children, and grandchildren
My extended family
Sunshine (even though I stay in a lot)
My books and ability to read
The independence and freedom of my lifestyle

What is the closest purple thing near you?
A purple ink pen in my desk organizer. I never use it anymore.

What’s something that never fails to make you smile?
My granddaughters
My scrapbooks with my photos in them

What are you not looking forward to?
My extensive dental work continues Wednesday morning – at least 3 crowns and a bridge. I’ve already had 3 root canals in the past few months.

What significant world event that you have lived through stands out most in your mind?
(showing my age) Assassination of President Kennedy – there’s also the Challenger Explosion and 9/11

Name a movie you’d like to see, but just somehow haven’t gotten around to doing it yet.
Angels and Demons – I know it’s not as good as the book, which is probably why I haven’t bothered yet.

That’s a long list!

Busy Not Reading


This month I’ve been trying to get my web site update finished. I’m not going to quite make it yet, sad to say, but I’m close. That means I’ve been watching more movies and television and reading less. Are you interested in the season premier of The Mentalist or Castle or the season finale of Eureka or Hawthorne? I’ve also been revisiting Battlestar Gallactica and am at the point in Season Two where I missed a few episodes. For seasons 2, 3, and 4, I saw the first half but the the second half. I decided not to watch season 5 until I could catch up. (How did they find and settle on that planet, anyway? How did the Cylons find them there?)

This weekend I visited a friend that I’ve known for over 40 years in Houston. I didn’t get to read while visiting, of course, but gots two books finished while waiting for and riding on the planes. That’s two books off Mt. Bookpile. We then went shopping at Books-a-Million (I think that’s the name) at Katy Mills outlet mall. I’ve put two books back on Mt. Bookpile. So this weekend I broke even. (We won’t discuss the other books I received for review or have bought the last couple weeks…)

This weekend I probably won’t get much reading done again – but the web site goal is in sight…

Who Named JR?


My book club is reading Giant by Edna Ferber this month. As I was reading it last night, I noticed the initials of the man throwing the huge party at the beginning of the book. Jett Rink is one of those larger than life Texans. So was J.R. Ewing from the Dallas television series from the 1970’s thru 1980’s.

Tell me – did the creator of the TV series use the initials JR in homage to Edna Ferber’s book?