When I was growing up, we visited my Dad's brother and family in Nova Scotia one summer. My aunt had a package of dried seaweed in the house, and I can remember my Mom sitting in her kitchen munching on seaweed. I thought that was a ridiculous thing to eat as a snack.

Fast forward several (cough) years. Not only do I regularly eat sushi (wrapped, in, um, SEAWEED), in the past 24 hours I devoured this, all by myself, plain, with no rice, no nothing. 80 little strips of flavored Nori. My friend Kristen left it when she moved back to the US recently. I had never heard of flavored seaweed. I hope they don't sell it here, or I'm in trouble.

I'm pretty sure that I could have gotten my Mom addicted to sushi too. And it makes me kind of sad that I'll never have that chance. Mom, sorry I laughed at you for eating seaweed!

This Just In

A study conducted by UCLA's Department of Psychiatry has revealed that the kind of face a woman finds attractive on a man can differ depending on where she is in her menstrual cycle. For example: If she is ovulating, she is attracted to men with rugged and masculine features. However, if she is pre-menstrual or menopausal, she tends to be more attracted to a man with duct tape over his mouth and a spear lodged in his forehead while he is on fire.

No further studies are expected.



My friend Peej tagged me to do this book thingy, and I guess it's as good a way to re-enter as any other :) So without further ado:
  1. Do you remember how you developed a love for reading? Nope! I have been reading voraciously as long as I can remember. When I was a kid I was always reading a few grade levels ahead of my age.
  2. What are some books you read as a child? Little House on the Prairie series, The Chronicles of Narnia, Wind in the Willows, Little Women, The Black Stallion series, etc. etc. :)
  3. What is your favorite genre? I don't think I can pick only one, because it depends on what kind of mood I'm in. I don't read Westerns, Science Fiction, "Bodice Rippers" or the Encyclopedia. But other than that, I read pretty widely.
  4. Do you have a favorite novel? If I have to pick only one, I'd have to say 'Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis. It captured my imagination in high school and I still love it.
  5. Where do you usually read? Nowadays, usually on the couch (or in the hammock in good weather). But my couches are comfy and great for reading either sprawled out or tucked in a corner.
  6. When do you usually read? Vacation, my day off, Sundays, on the bus or metro.
  7. Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time? Yep, almost always.
  8. Do you read nonfiction in a different way or place than you read fiction? Um, sort of. I read both on public transportation. I tend to read non-fiction in the glider in the living room because I usually keep those in my "devotional" basket.
  9. Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library? I borrow as many as I can (and then try to buy the ones I love) and try and buy the rest used. I also buy e-books to read on my PDA because they are cheaper and they save trees!
  10. Do you keep most of the books you buy? If not, what do you do with them? I often shop in the 1-3 euro room of used bookstores (because I don't have access to a library). With those I try and sell them back to the store, or pass them on. If it's a book I know I'll read again I keep them. I have my Chronicles of Narnia from when I was a kid and quite a few others. I hope they'll get passed down through the generations.
  11. If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them? We've read The Chronicles of Narnia, and the Little House on the Prairie series with them. Right now bed-time reading is The Wind in the Willows, and Meg and I are reading Little Women together. Some of the ones in the line-up: Where the Red Ferns Grow, A Wrinkle in Time, The Hobbit.
  12. What are you reading now? Non-fiction: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, The Ragamuffin Gospel, finishing Celebration of Discipline (but that one will be a life-long companion!), and Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and "Women's Work". Fiction: just finished A Thousand Splendid Suns.
  13. Do you keep a TBR (to be read) list? Sort of, but it all depends on what I can get my hands on, and what I'm in the mood for next.
  14. What’s next? Not sure, but if I could pick it would be Jan Karon's Home to Holly Springs.
  15. What books would you like to reread? I usually read the Narnia and Little House books once a year (often on Christmas vacation. I know I'll read Jan Karon's Mitford Series a bunch more times in my life.
  16. Who are your favorite authors? C.S. Lewis, Donald Miller, Jan Karon, Eugene Peterson to name a very few.
OK, now I have to tag 2 people. Let's say Amy, who is trying to blog more, so here you go girl :) and Mary, if she has time between law school assignments.