DDCC tic tac toe

Good morning all, if this has worked for me this should have been a scheduled post lol!!!!!
my lappy has broken!!! its not even 3 years old yet grrr, so using hubbys which is a little temperamental,
Anyways onto business lol, we have a new challenge over at Dutch dare and we are playing
Its a fab game dont you think?
i dont have the grid on here so you will have to pop over to DDCC to have a look, but as a peek into it for you ive chosen
we are being sponsored by the one and only meljens designs, click on my link in my sidebar to take you to there store, they have the most beautiful whimsical designs over there
The design is fairly simple even though it may not look it, i chose to make an easel card as it was for an order and they are very popular, the papers are from the dovecraft basics range, and the buttons from my stash, of course i used my fabulous promatkers and some stickles lol,
and some silver elactis from my su stash.
Id love to enter my easel card into a few challenges
Pollycraft - Teenage dream
Creative inspirations - anything goes
Passion for promarkers - pastel colours

I hope you like my card for todays offering and dont forget to pop by at Dutch dare and see the rest of the dt's work and of course the grid for the challenge.

Going South

First and in fairness I must provide context: I came THIS CLOSE to losing my license as a teenager because practically every time I got into our car there was "an incident." Nothing majorly serious. Just majorly stupid. And expensive. Oh, look! Ann just ran into the back of another parked car! Oh, look! Ann just got another speeding ticket! Oh, look! Ann just broadsided Tom Brown's VW on the way to church!

Still, I'm always a little unprepared for TQR's reaction whenever I drive someplace alone. Like to St. George, for example, where I am right now. As I spoke to my dad on the telephone prior to heading out, I could hear TQR in the background going, "LAVELL! TELL HER SHE WANTS TO GO SOUTH! TELL HER TO LOOK FOR THE SIGNS THAT SAY LAS VEGAS! SOUTH! SOUTH! TELL HER, LAVELL. TELL HER!"

My mother. She just makes me happy.

On-Line Class

Usually Wednesday is my messy day but this week I made my mess on Monday.

I dyed cotton fabric for my on-line course with Dijanne Cevaal.

rinsing with white vinegar and cold water

I have been cleaning up my basement and found a tie-dye kit from one of the kids. There was a little dye left so I used it on another piece of cotton.

I think I will try dying some silk. I am getting the hang of this...it's not as scary as I thought.

Please enter my 3 years blogging candy

Crikey in just over 4 weeks it will be my third blogoversary, can you believe it!!!!! time goes by so fast when your having fun, ive made alot of friends on here and learned a lot.
to say thanks id like to offer a humble blog candy, its not fancy and its not expensive but its all new and you could win it !!!
Here is a new stamp from pollycraft she is gorgeous, i ordered 2 by mistake so here is the extra one.
 A small selection of goodies
 And here is a handmade bracelet made by me lol
I may have more prizes to come i will let you know.....
If you would like the opportunity to enter this candy please leave me a comment here and if you fancy it become a follower,
i would like it if you coulp pop a piccie and link on your blog to share the love, but not a rule lol its as simple as that.
ends 1st march

thanks folks xxx



I come across the book trailer for POPEYE AND ELVIS in an early morning blog stroll. The trailer, which lasts about 1 minute and 30 seconds, contains photographs of many scenes from the book- a map of South Carolina, a picture of a rural path in a wooded area, an RV, and a YooHoo boat. Uriel*, one of my fourth graders, an English Language Learner, is about halfway through POPEYE. I think he might enjoy this trailer, so I bookmark it and send the link to my email at school.

Then forget about it. Until he says to me, "I finished POPEYE AND ELVIS this weekend. I need something else to read. Do you know where is that frog book (he is talking about OWEN JESTER, another Barbara O'Connor novel),"

"Oh my gosh, Uriel, I forgot! I have something to show you."

Uriel and I sit together at the computer and watch the book trailer. I ask, "What do you think?"

"I didn't picture all those trees," he says. "I just pictured water and a bridge going over it." This is interesting to me, given that a good number of scenes in the book, as I remember, take place on hikes in the woods. It makes total sense, though, given that Denver, and especially the urban area where I WORK, doesn't have many (any?) wooded areas. And also given that Uriel, a very talented athlete, spends most of his weekends playing soccer at fields, not hiking in the mountains.

"Can I watch it again?" We hit replay and Uriel watches the book trailer a second time.

My encounter with Uriel gets me thinking. Or maybe confirms some things I have already been thinking about since our state reading convention in early February. At the convention, Sharon Taberski talked about the importance of background knowledge in reading comprehension. Taberski said that when kids have trouble comprehending, we are quick to wonder what strategy we should teach them, when actually most of the time, students'  problems with comprehension are probably related to a lack of background knowledge. Taberski encouraged us to concentrate on building students' background knowledge and teaching kids to access that knowledge before and during their reading process. Taberski's session made me think Frank Smith's comment that reading is "only incidentally visual."

My students, more than half English language learners, don't have the background knowledge of their more affluent peers. That's not to say they don't have rich lives. Uriel comes from a large extended family-he has a mom and dad, an older sister, at least one nephew (a two-year-old biter who regularly leaves teeth marks on Uriel). Uriel travels all over the city playing soccer every weekend. He's a smart kid, a sweet and gentle kid, one of those "old souls" whose deep thoughtfulness regularly leaves me wondering, "Where did that come from?"

Uriel is a fairly good reader, on grade level, likes to read, takes books home, always has a book going. And yet even this really bright, really talented little guy could use a "background knowledge boost." I wonder how I might make use of book trailers as a pre-reading strategy with my readers. We have already used "read the blurb" or "talk to someone who has already read the book," but now, what if a new "getting ready to read" strategy might be "look at a book trailer?" Hmmmm…

This fact is driven home later in the day during read aloud. The word "jack-o-lantern" comes up and Uriel raises his hand. "I forget," he says. "What does that mean?" And I am more than a little surprised that Uriel, who I would describe as one of my more proficient English language learners, doesn't remember this relatively simple vocabulary word. Then I try to remember the Spanish word for jack-o-lantern, and realize that the best I can come up with is "pumpkin with a face."

Teaching-- definitely a profession where you get to think and grow every single day…

* not his real name

Boys will be boys

 Hello my lovely lovely followers !!!!!
Its time to announce our new theme over at Creative craft challenges and its a nice easy one !!!!! well i think so lol some of you may not,
We are going for MASCULINE for the men or boys in your life,
remember you can make anything not just cards!!!!!!
We have 2 amazing sponsors for this challenge,
Lily of the valley are offering a £10 voucher which is fantastic,
The Stamping boutique are offering the lucky winner digis from thier online store, some of our dt have used thier fabby images, but i used a lotv one (topper),
Here is my card for the challenge, i chose to make a Easel card
The make up of this was rather simple, i used moss green coloured satin ribbon and red card stock, along with papers from papermania for him and that is pretty much it, its a 6x6 inch card blank
I would like to enter my lotv easel card into a couple of challenges,
1. Cupcake - Boys and thier toys
2.Pile it on - Fancy folds
3. Crafty creations - Fancy folds
4.Party time tuesdays - Anything goes

Remember you have a few days left to enter my blog candy as well, id love to have you on board

hugs sandra xxx

Log Cabin Antique

I love log cabin quilts. I purchased this antique last week from Diane Shink's collection. She bought it at a garage sale in Westmount years ago.

log cabin from 4th quarter of 19th century

It is fairly used. The silks are mostly threads. It's made using a foundation which is preventing the batting from showing through the used strips of silk. I think it is beautiful.

I want to hang it at my house on the second floor landing. It is a wall area that is above a window and sees no sunlight, which would further damage the fibres. You would be able to enjoy it from the first floor and the second.

It would be far enough away not to notice the silk fabrics that are in threads and to highlight the furrows of light and dark. It has a great impact from far.

The back is cotton sateen and (shock) it is hand quilted!
Usually log cabin quilts are tied because of the many layers,
(seams and foundation).

The only thing is, it is very heavy and the weight will further damage the stitches. I'll sew two sleeves at the back, one at the top and one along the bottom. That way I will be able to flip it upside down every few months to relieve some stress on the stitches due to the weight pulling it down.

I will bring it to show my students when I talk about fabric values, lights and darks, and when I teach the log cabin block. They will find it inspiring!

Here is another log cabin (quilt published in one of Diane's books), circa 1900, unfinished, in much better shape but was not for sale. It was purchased in Nova Scotia by Diane.

The back, unfinished.
Notice it is machine pieced on foundation

The patchwork side

Final judgment

No. Not the one that happens after we die. The one I'm gonna render about last night's Oscars.

About 40 minutes into the program I suddenly had the urge to put my own eyes out so I didn't have to watch anymore. I know it would be smarter to just turn off the TV. But those of you who know me also know I don't know how to turn our new TV off and/or on. So yeah. That's why I always resort to the eyeball thing.

Anyway, I was regretting my decision to announce that I was live-blogging. I just couldn't get into it, so all my comments were pretty lame. I'm impressed I even bothered to put a period at the end of them because I was just so "meh." At least if the show had been truly ghastly, I would have had good material to work with. As it was, all I could do was express genuine happiness that Bret got an oscar, that Chris Rock was energetic, that Emma Stone stole the show, and that Angelina Jolie and her thigh presented like a hot Southern mess.

I might not watch next year. We'll see.

Sketch time at Cards for men

Hello guys and gals, its monday morning so that means we are ready to share a new challenge at Cards for Men, and this week we are having a sketch challenge!!!
Here is your sketch!!
isnt it great, you can do alot with this as you will see if you pop over to Cards for men and see what the Dt have created
Sketch provided to us by starrynightsdiva
And we are being sponsored by Digital delights
Welcome to Digital Delights, a magical place filled with my little digi creations from all walks of life. We have a wide range of digital stamps which are delivered straight to your email 24/7!!
Wh are offering a $5 goft voucher

Unfortunately my printer has been poorly for the 4 weeksish so i didnt get to play with one of thier digital images so ive used a dcwv matt stack rub on and distressed all the papers and card stock.
Isnt that a fab sentiment i just had to use it, Now you will see if stuck to the sketch quite rigidly but you can rotate or flip as long as we can still see the sketch.
 I do hope you like what i have made, its quite clean and simple but think for the style its rather appropriate,
Id like to enter this card into a few challenges please,
1.Allsorts - Its your choice
2.CES - Blue and cream (lots of blue and the cream is the matted card and the card candy)
3.Crafty catz - Letter B (blue/birthday/boys)
4.Fussy and fancy - More than words
5. DYSU - Distressing
6. Wags and whiskers - Masculine birthday
7. Southern girls - So distressed
Also my humble blog candy is still open for a few more days if you would like to enter it.



YOU GUYS! BRET JUST WON AN OSCAR!!!! (Memo to Murray and Jermaine: dudes! Break out the champagne!)

Fave dress

What's your fave dress of the evening? I'm with my daughter-in-law Julie--i think Penelope Cruz's floaty lilac-y blue dress is divine.

Chritopher Plummer

. . . is the definition of arch urbanity. Love him.

Melissa Leo's Bodice

. . . kind of looks like a housecoat. With sequins.

Emma Stone

is totally selling it. And I'm buying. She's pretty adorable.

Many years ago when I was a student at BYU . . .

I worked as a stand-in on THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG in Utah county for about a week. It was a really interesting experience on a lot of fronts. I learned a lot, such as the fact that Tommy Lee Jones was kind of a slob (I used his bathroom once). I also learned that a film editor is at least as responsible for an actor's great film performance as the actor himself/herself is.

Oh I just love

Tina Fey's dress tonight.

Christian Bale

I'm always so surprised when he speaks in his own working class voice. He's kind of breath-taking in the looks department tonight.

Glenn Close

So that movie where she's kind of a he/she is probably fabulous, right? But I don't want to see it . . . it just looks kind of creepy.


There was a Jane Eyre movie this year? I missed that one completely.


I love Jennifer Lopez quoting Edith Head saying a dress should be loose enough to show you're a lady . . .

Meryl Streep

I think she's wearing the same dress (gold! sparkly!) that she did when she won for Sophie's Choice. Only this time she's wearing it backwards, right?

I would totally . . .

go gray if my hair looked as good as the Hugo cinematographer's hair looks.

Thumbs up

Yes. Yes, I did like the pastiche of films with Billy Crystal making cameos--esp. the one with George Clooney. Not as crazy about the singing going on right now, though.

Robin Roberts

. . . is apparently the tallest person in Hollywood.

Wherein I say something about the producer's hair




But wait!

Having just said that about George, I still loved him in THE DESCENDANTS. A lot of people didn't care for that movie, but I really liked it. It's how I always have experienced the islands--sort of shabby and decaying and yet so breathtaking, too. Plus which Hawaiian music always makes me cry. I KNOW. WEIRD.

I feel a little depressed

. . . because I used to love George Clooney so much. But now I find it troubling that it's always a new younger girlfriend. I'm pretty sure he's one dude who won't be signing up for that new fifty and older dating website.

And the Oscars are about to begin

I'm watching Tim Gunn interview Cameron Diaz right now. The show starts in about 25 minutes or so. Meanwhile, I have a sympathetic headache for Jennifer Lopez, who was just featured.

(Definition of sympathetic headache: it's like sympathetic pregnancy or sympathetic embarrassment. A sympathetic headache is where you experience the pain someone should be experiencing for themselves because they always wear their hair pulled back so tight.)

Cover Favorit Minggu Ini : Edisi Akhir Februari

Yak, ketemu lagi dalam postingan favorit saya ini, yaitu postingan cover favorit minggu ini. Sebelumnya untuk yang bisa masuk ke dalam kategori cover favorit adalah buku - buku yang belum rilis. Kita tahu kan ada pepatah "judge the book by its cover". Jadi siapa tahu ada yang tertarik mau beli buku - buku di bawah ini, karena tertarik covernya :D. Kali ini juga saya lebih selektif dan adil dalam memilih cover. Jadi untuk tiap kategori genre saya usahakan ada covernya. Tanpa perlu ngomong banyak , yuk mari dicek cover - cover yang jadi favorit saya buat minggu akhir di bulan Februari ini.

Cover buku dari luar negeri :

Opini : dari kategori historical romance, saya memilih Lady Amelia's Mess and a Half karya Samantha Grace. Pembaca setia blog ini pastinya sudah bisa menduga kenapa saya pilih ini. Yah apalagi kalau bukan karena modelnya adalah Paul Marron :)). Disini Paul sangat seksi sekali, bajunya yang terbuka sebagian menampilkan otot perutnya yang kotak - kotak bak papan cucian, tapi tidak terkesan berlebihan. Belum lagi tatapan mata maut dan seringai nakalnya yang bikin hati cenat cenut liatnya. Lupakan apakah ceritanya oke atau tidak, fans berat Paul bisa jadi akan langsung PO ini, hanya karena covernya. Lady Amelia's Mess and a Half adalah seri kedua dari Beau Monde, dan akan terbit 5 Juni 2012.

Opini : dari kategori paranormal romance, pilihan saya jatuh pada In The Company of Witches karya Joey W Hill. Saya sejatinya adalah penggemar cover yang menampilkan pasangan pria dan wanita di depannya. Tapi saya kurang suka yang berlebihan seperti bajunya terlalu terbuka atau pose terlalu sensual, malah aneh liatnya :P. Di cover ini semuanya sangat pas. Sayap di balik punggung karakter cowonya membuatnya terlihat wah dan elegan. Pose posesifnya terhadap si heroine juga terlihat seksi sekali. In The Company of Witches adalah seri kedua Arcane Shot dan akan rilis bulan Mei 2012.

Opini : dari kategori contemporary romance, saya memilih About That Night dari Julie James. Saya tahu banyak penggemar Julie James di Indonesia, dan walaupun saya biasa saja baca bukunya beliau yang A Lot Like Love, saya ga sabar pengen baca ini, karena menceritakan tentang Kyle Rhodes, adik kembar Jordan yang ada di A Lot Like Love. Pose yang "catch me if you can" ini sangat menarik, dan profesi si cewe yang pengacara terlihat jelas dari bajunya. Bagi yang bermata jeli, pasti akan tahu ada yang aneh dengan cowonya. Apa itu, silakan cari sendiri :)) . About That Night adalah seri FBI ke tiga, dimana yang pertama Something About You, sudah diterbitkan oleh Elex. Buku ini akan terbit bulan April 2012.

Link Goodreads

Opini : dari kategori urban fantasy chick lit, Blood Bath and Beyond karya Michelle Rowen langsung menarik minat saya. Covernya yang cartoonish, tapi tidak berkesan kekanak - kanakan. Misteri juga terlihat sekali dari cover ini, dimana si tokoh cewenya berada di dalam toko antik (atau museum) yang isinya barang - barang aneh nan mengerikan. Blood Bath and Beyond adalah buku pertama dari seri Immortality Bites Mystery, semacam seri "whodunnit" kalau di Amrik sana, dan juga reboot serial Sarah Dearly. Saya kurang tau maksud reboot ini cuma ganti cover atau ceritanya diperbarui. Tapi penggemar urban fantasy dan chicklit harus punya ini. Buku ini terbit Agustus 2012.

Opini : dari kategori young adult, mau ga mau saya tertegun melihat cover ini. Ya, Monstrous Beauty karya debut Elizabeth Fama mempunyai cover yang menakjubkan. Lupakan pose modelnya yang kayak mencium bau ketinya yang geje campur air laut, gambaran putri duyung di cover ini sebenarnya menggambarkan bahwa putri duyung bukanlah makhluk baik seperti yang ada di versi Disney. Versi aslinya yang kejam dan gelap berhasil ditangkap dengan baik di cover ini. Monstrous Beauty sejauh ini mendapat tanggapan yang bagus di Goodreads walaupun masih belum rilis. Dan layaknya YA pada umumnya, rilis bulan September 2012 dalam bentuk hardcover (uang saku remaja Amrik emang banyak :D)
Cover buku dari dalam negeri :
Untuk cover dari Indonesia, saya tertarik dengan Lips Touch Three Times karyanya Laini Taylor. Buku ini diterbitkan oleh Penerbit Ufuk. Saya sudah tahu buku ini sejak lama, tapi sepertinya baru mau diterbitkan bulan depan. Saya lebih suka covernya yang ini daripada yang aslinya yang agak "aneh" itu. Memang kayak iklan kosmetik lipstik, tapi bukankah judulnya aja sudah ada kata "bibir". Laini Taylor banyak dipuji di Amrik sana, dan sepertinya buku ini akan masuk dalam wishlist saya.

Jadi, cover - cover diatas adalah beberapa cover favorit pilihan saya minggu ini. Adakah beberapa diantaranya yang menarik perhatian kalian? Atau kamu punya cover favorite versimu sendiri? Jangan lupa share disini yah =)

Indonesia Reading Challenge 2012 (dan update)

Setelah menulis English Reading Challenge 2012 di postingan blog sebelumnya, sekarang giliran yang saya ikut di blog pembaca Indonesia. BTW, untuk yang dari Goodreads juga saya masukkan disini. Karena itu sifatnya umum, sekalian buat penuh2in postingan blog ini #dijitak. Yuk mari, kita cek apa saja "challenge" yang saya ikuti untuk tahun 2012.

Tantangan Pertama!

Sama seperti tahun lalu, Goodreads kali ini juga "menyiksa" pengguna akunnya dengan sekali lagi membuat tantangan baca untuk tahun 2012. Tidak masalah sebenarnya, yang jadi masalah kalau kita tidak memenuhi target, Goodreads otomatis akan memberikan peringatan "You left xxx book behind". Buat yang OCD alias terobsesi sama angka dan presentase kayak saya , hal ini jelas bikin bete. Walau sebenarnya bisa juga sebagai penambah semangat ;D.

Untuk tahun ini, saya tidak menarget yang muluk - muluk. Tahun lalu saya target bisa baca 200 buku dalam setahun, mengingat tahun 2010 saya bisa baca hampir 400 buku. Betapa memalukannya ketika saya cuma baca 140 buku saja! Saya lupa, tahun 2010 saya masih kuliah dan punya banyak waktu baca. Sehari saja bisa dua-tiga judul saya lahap. Tahun 2011 adalah tahun yang sibuk, selain saya menyelesaikan skripsi yang lama tertunda, pertama kalinya menerjemahkan buku, lalu akhirnya keterima kerja. Bisa baca satu buku dalam sehari saja sudah bersyukur. Karena itu tahun ini saya lebih mawas diri. Saya membatasi diri baca 75 buku saja dalam setahun. Kalau tahun lalu baca satu judul sehari saja sudah bagus, tahun ini dalam seminggu sudah baca 1 buku habis saja, sudah bikin saya mau nangis saking senengnya :)).

Update : Per Februari ini, saya sudah baca sekitar 15 buku. Ga buruk kan untuk ukuran baca 75 buku dalam setahun? Saya berniat juga sudah tercapai angka 75 ini, akan saya update sampai 100 buku.
Judul - judul yang sudah saya baca bisa dilihat disini : Goodreads

Tantangan Kedua!

Untuk tantang baca kedua kali ini, saya ikut "challenge"nya Mbak Fanda, yang juga anggota BBI. Tantangannya berjudul "Name in A Book Challenge". Yaitu membaca buku-buku fiksi yang mengandung nama orang di judulnya. Dan ini aturannya dari Mbak Fanda :

1. Buku harus fiksi, bukan non fiksi (biografi / memoar/ buku rohani).
2. Nama yang ada di judul adalah nama seseorang, bukan nama hewan peliharaan, bukan grup/perkumpulan (mis. The Mysterious Benedict Society).
3. Boleh nama lengkap, boleh nama panggilan, tapi bukan nama sandi (mis. The Day of the Jackal).
4. Membaca minimal 6 buku (lebih boleh dong) untuk reading challenge ini, mulai 1 Januari s/d 31 Desember 2012.
5. Boleh digabung dengan reading challenge lainnya yang kalian ikuti.
6. Judul yang sudah dicantumkan dari awal, boleh diganti dengan yang lain.
7. Pasang button Name In A Book Challenge 2012 di blogmu, seperti di bawah ini :

Kayaknya gampang ya,diluar dugaan agak susah juga nemuin buku yang judulnya pakai nama orang :D. Tapi syukurlah sampai bulan Februari ini saya sudah baca dua buku yaitu :

- Lothaire oleh Kresley Cole (Lothaire ini nama orang ;D). Review menyusul
- The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie oleh Jennifer Ashley . Reviewnya baca di sini.

Untuk plan kedepannya , buku yang akan saya baca adalah :
- Juliet oleh Anne Fortier (adakah yang mau kasih saya buku ini? ;D)
- Anna and The French Kiss oleh Stephanie Perkins
- Buku Harian Deliverance Dane oleh Katherine Howe
- Anna Dressed in Blood oleh Kendare Blake
- Kitty and The Midnight Hour oleh Carrie Vaughn
- Nicola dan Sang Viscount oleh Meg Cabot
- Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage oleh Jennifer Ashley
- The Many Sins of Lord Cameron oleh Jennifer Ashley
- An Affair with Mr Kennedy oleh Jillian Stone.

Wew, semoga bisa kebaca ya ini semuanya :D.

Tantangan Ketiga!

Untuk tantangan kali ini, saya ikut reading challenge dari Melisa Mariani di blognya yang bertajuk Surga Bukuku . Melisa yang juga doyan Michael Fassbender seperti saya ini (info ga puenting banget ya :)) ), membuat tantangan baca yang diberi nama :"
Reading challenge 2012: Books in English " Tantangan ini mudah sekali, cukup baca buku bahasa Inggris minimal satu judul dalam sebulan. Tantangan yang mudah sekali, secara saya ini tiap bulan pasti baca buku bahasa Inggris, ho ho ho (ketawa setan). Rulesnya juga simple, selain baca buku hanya dalam bahasa Inggris, formatnya juga tidak dibatasi. Boleh buku asli, boleh e-books. Tantangan yang tidak bisa dilewatkan begitu saja, saudara - saudara >:D.

Oh, ya, jangan lupa untuk mencantumkan logo tantangan membaca seperti di bawah ini, di blog teman - teman semua :

Berikut ini buku bahasa Inggris yang sudah saya baca untuk bulan Januari dan Februari :

Beberapa buku ini sudah saya review, kecuali Lothaire dan Heart of Darkness. Untuk bulan Maret depan, seperti biasa saya akan tetap baca buku bahasa Inggris. Tapi saya ga bikin plan, mungki karena baca buku bahasa Inggris emang sudah keharusan bagi saya (cieee). Bagi teman - teman yang ingin ikut tantangan baca ini, jangan lupa ke blog Mbak Fanda dan Melisa. Ikuti cara main mereka dan yang penting HAPPY READING!!

English Reading Challenge 2012 (and Update)

For this post I want to do it differently. Since I join 2 reading challenges at American readers's blog, so I write it in English :)

First Challenge!

I enter
2012 Immortal Reading Challenge at Under The Covers blog. FYI, I had read and follow this blog from the beginning, and I know all wonderful ladies that make this great blog, Annie, Fransesca, Suzanne and Angela. They're great Goodreads friends too, since I met them at Goodreads. If you want to friend them, do it!! They're so nice and kind, and don't forget lot of fun! ;)

So back to the challenge, this is their rules :

1. The Immortals Reading Challenge runs from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. You can join at anytime from now and throughout the year. This is a 2012 challenge, so books read before January 1 will not count to your progress.
2. You pick your goal! Read as many books as you’d like for each species. This means that you can do just one category or all five or a combination of. The choice depends on you and your reading pace.
They have chosen to have a three book per species standard. However, if this is a breeze for you, then feel free to tackle on the additional bonus entries of two more books of the same level.
3. Re-reads are acceptable.
4. Books chosen can be of any genre.
5. To participate, copy and paste this post on your blog along with the challenge button. They ask that you provide a link back to the sign-up page in case others wish to participate.
6. Readers without blogs can still participate! Keep track of your progress with Goodreads, Shelfari or LibraryThing. So its easy guys! Don't have a blog but have Goodreads, don't hesitate to enter!!

To sign up:

1. Make a sign up post announcement, listing the level you've chosen and a list of books you plan to read. If you don't have a blog, post on GoodReads or another site as a thread where they access your list of books. Be sure to take the image code below :

2. Come back here and using the list below at their blog, add your entry with a link directly to that post so we can see what you'll be reading.

And this is their category :

Category 1: Vampires
Read any THREE books with vampires as the main characters.
Bonus Entries: Additional TWO books with vampires

Category 2: Angels and Demons
Read any THREE books with angels and/or demons as the main characters.
Bonus Entries: Additional TWO books with angels and/or demons

Category 3: Fae
Read any THREE books with Fae as the main characters
Bonus Entries: Additional TWO books on Fae.

Category 4: Shifters/Werewolves
Read any THREE books with shifters or werewolves as the main characters.
Bonus Entries: Additional TWO books on shifters or werewolves.

I admit I'm a greedy woman, so I take ALL challenge!! Yea, I'm a Paranormal Romance and UF lovers after all! And since February will end , this is my progress until now :

- Vampires

LOTHAIRE by Kresley Cole

- Angel/Demons

Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione

- Fae
Unfortunately don't read any. But planning to read BloodFever by Karen Marie Moning for next March.

- Shifter

Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

Not bad, huh? I admit for this two month my reading pace slow a bit. Finger crossed I can read more in the next future!

Second Challenge!

For the second challenge , I join 2012 Paranormal Romance Reading Challenge at Bitten by Paranormal Romance . The challenge is easy peasy, read 20 (twenty) paranormal romance or urban fantasy titles. Then you make a post about the challenge and link back to their blog. Put this sexy hunkie image code below at your blog :

Easy, right?
For update, beside books I'd read for Under The Covers challenge, I add some paranormal romance titles that not include in their categories :

Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole

Heart of Darkness by Lauren Dane

I hope next months I can read more than previous months, and who knows I can fulfill the challenge before its over. For you that want to join this challenge too, just click their blog, read the rules, make an announcement at your blog, and HAPPY READING!!

Just Like Poppa

For the Scrap Sanity Sketchy Cybercrop being held at the moment. 
This is for sketch 2, criteria was to get a bit messy. 
I got a bit messy with the sand....must thank Janice for bit of inspiration. :-)

And still continuing my love affair with my wallpaper stash.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Here's something I learned this week

First! The column!

And here's what I learned this week. That person who wrote an article for the NY Times awhile back about how we used to judge people for their sexual choices but not for their food choice? But now how we judge people for their food choices and not for their sexual choices?

It's kind of true, I think. Some readers are e-mailing me because they're concerned about/appalled by about how much fat and sugar I appear to like. I am grateful that they care enough to a) read me and b) write me. I apparently have many cybermothers out there, which is awesome.

Thanks, Cybermoms!


So now at age 53 I've finally began doing something I wanted to my entire life, Dabble in the Stock Market.  I have been enrolled in my company's 457 Plan (Federal Tax Deferred investment), but I have never, until now, actually bought and sold stock on my own.   I began doing this with ING Direct's ShareBuilder.  I put some of my 2012 Income Tax return funds into this account, slowly building, and hoping to build, my portfolio.  So far I've chosen 3 different stocks.

I'll be the first to admit I don't know much about the stock market.  I still for the life of me cannot figure out what really makes a stock rise or fall except it has something to do with company performanc and sales.  Sometimes the Dow is down, but the individual stock still seems to rise and vice versa.  I have been doing more reading on the topic of stocks to see what I can learn.  I picked the 3 stocks I have so far invested in based upon the track record of them the past year and thus far this year.  (Any help from any reader is much appreciated).

Scary?  Yes!  But I figure the worse that will happen is I lose some money.  I still am not quite sure when I begin the sell off!  HaHa!

Run! Jacob, Run!!

Scrap Sanity is having a Sketch Challenge Cyber crop this weekend!!

LOVING the sketches and the criteria. 

This is for Sketch 3. :-)
Thanks for stopping by.


Are you a supporter of fibreQUARTERLY, an on-line textile magazine?

Joe Lewis is the editor. He has published an article written by McGill student, Christina Colizza, about "Tradition in Transition", the France exhibit (Volume 7 issue 4). He also mentions the story in his editorial.

Click here to read it.