Monday, April 28, 2008

Monday Morning Meme

Above all else: go out with a sense of humor. It is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life. ~Hugh Sidey

1. You have just been introduced to Oprah. What one thing do you want to talk to her about?

Because I have a moratorium on politics and religion on the blog, I'll line through those questions. I'm left with: Why do you always choose such DEPRESSING books for your book club choices? Why not choose something fun or happy? In fact, I have some suggestions for you. Why not "One Love For Liv" or "Lost In Paradise"? Maybe "Sweet Forever"? Because, seriously....right now? When you recommend a book, I pretty much know I don't want to read it.

2. What is the most fun you’ve had so far in 2008? Be specific, tell us all about it.

Aside from the day-to-day silliness of things like watching my dog try to eat her ears:

...or my DD thinking she's Christine Daae (you know that one REALLY high note in Phantom... "Sing for me...!"... yeah. That one.), the most fun I have regularly is hanging out virtually with Judy, Michele and Chris -- my partners in crime at the Long and the Short of It. They are a hoot, and never fail to make me smile.

3. Do spelling and grammar mistakes in newspapers and magazines upset you at all? What about spelling and grammar mistakes on blogs? Do you stop reading if there are too many mistakes? Or do you just ignore them? What about your own writing/blog? Are you sensitive about using correct grammar? Do you proofread before hitting that publish button?

Mistakes in the paper and magazines? Absolutely. Blogs? Not so much, except when it's an author blog, and it's clear it wasn't just an accident of the fingers and the person really doesn't know the different between BRAKE and BREAK or CREAK and CREEK. I hate the misuse of words like there, their and they're -- drives me nuts because words are supposed to be their business. It's like a surgeon who doesn't know the difference between a scalpel and a butter knife.

Yes, I proofread my blog. Oddly, though, I tend to miss typos until AFTER I publish, and have to go back in and correct. That's not to say my posts are perfect, they aren't, but I do my best!

4. How early do you start planning your summer vacation? Now tell us, what ARE your plans for summer vacation?

I homeschool, and I am behind. So, we may not have a lot of time off this summer. Actually, I was frustrated at how much my DD forgot over LAST summer, and have plans to school at least one day a week all summer to help keep her fresh, regardless.

DH and I don't vacation, per se, we're both a bit too practical to spend a fortune on something that isn't tangible, when fortunes are hard to come by. We may have a week up at the lake in his Uncle's place again (like we did last year). Mostly, we just enjoy the entire season as we can. DH has his boat, and will more than likely take it out nearly every weekend. Depends on the weather and gas prices.


Gummy Bears

You may be smooshie and taste unnatural, but you're so darn cute.

BLECH... I hate gummy bears. Ick...


Jen of A2eatwrite said...

We used to go year round for homeschooling and take vacations as they came up (ie. visiting my mom or whatever. We'd have a lighter schedule in the summer, but I found that for C., not just STOPPING the subjects he had difficulty with worked much better. So we might drop English and social studies for the summer (which he aces and he reads and writes voluminously year round) but keep going with math and foreign language.

I know... why am I telling you this?

Love the image of Dakota trying to eat her ears!

Sarita Leone said...

A week at the lake sounds wonderful! Can I come along? Please? :)

Dena said...

Cute pic of Dakota, I've never seen a dog do that before, lol.
Hope your able to get to lake more than once this summer.

My candy says I'm gummi bears too.

Melissa said...


Nutty and gooey - you always satisfy.

Not sure I like the gooey party, but I'm pretty nutty ;)

I like the meme you did as well as the one word one. I saw that on Brandy and Dru's blogs too. (Trying to catch up after a hard working weekend!)

I plan to homeschool year round so we can take breaks throughout the year rather than all at one chunk. I hope that works out!

Amy Addison said...

#1. Absolutely. Positively. Totally agree. It's like movies that make the Best Picture list...I refuse to watch them unless under extreme duress, becuase it's unlikely they end well.

Love the picture of Dakota eating he ears. Too funny.

We home school all year. It's lighter in the summer (like only 1-2 hours a few days a week) and less structured. We do lots of projects, experiments and reading, and reinforce math concepts through disucssion and play (well, except for this point, his math just requires that we keep going if we don't want him to forget anything).

Dru said...

That's one of the reasons I never liked Oprah's selections, the books are not fun to read.

Love Dakota chewing on his ear. Too funny.

I'm Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

Very popular, one of you is not enough.
I'm not all that popular.

I have ideas of what I want to do on my vacation, but mostly it's a done deal 2-3 months before it starts.

I hope your Monday is good.

Brandy said...

We homeschool all year, kids tend to forget even the simplest of things if given huge chunks of time off. I give them a week or 2 here are there.
As for the Oprah question, you tell her! I never understood why all those books have to be depressing.
Absolute adorable pic of Dakota!
I was gummy bears, which I don't eat. *g*
Have a fabulous day!

Diane Craver said...

I haven't liked Oprah's selections.

We go on a short vacation every 3 or 4 years as a family. My husband never wants to go so hard to get away.

Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near You said...

The people who misuse words like they're, there & their - DRIVE ME BUGGY! LOL I also manage to find my typos after I've published too. lol