Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Wedding

This weekend, my cousin Gail married Matt Burdo up in Big Rapids, MI. Everything about the wedding was beautiful: the location, the ceremony, the flowers, the bride (of course!). More than anything, though, I'm so excited that my fabulous cousins found such a great guy. They've definitely embarked upon a gratifying and loving life together.

Congrats, Gail and Matt!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Library Graffiti

Anyone who spends as significant amount of time in one place (work, school, the library, etc.) can attest to the fact that following the graffiti quips and conversations can be very amusing. In particular, it seems, at the University of Chicago.

One UC library wrote a book about the graffiti she found, which she has been photographing and posting on Flickr. Very cool.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

If you're looking for a new tv show obsession, here's something to watch instantly on Netflix

A couple of months ago I watched this miniseries called Alice on the SyFy channel; it's a reimagining of Alice in Wonderland (I love AiW, have I mentioned that? I've recently been on a kick reading a triology of YA books that are another retelling of the classic story.) I really loved the premise and plot of Alice, and I loved the people they cast to fill the great characters. Especially one Mr. Andrew-Lee Potts.

I loved him right away. He's clever. He's cheeky. He's British. And so, naturally, I looked to see what else he's been in.

And that's how I found my new show obsession: "Primeval." The premise is interesting: space-time anomalies are opening all around Britain, allowing creatures to move between past, present, and future and wreaking a bit of havoc along the way. The graphics are pretty darn great, especially for tv. And the characters? Well, I suppose I'm a bit of a character girl. I love these characters. And not just Potts' Connor Temple (although I certainly don't love his least, mind).

The whole show is really pleasing and fun to think about. Plus you can watch it instantly on Netflix. What more does one need for a few evenings and weekends of great science fiction enjoyment?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

To US!

...gettin' older, but we're still crazy...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Women's History Month Resource

Once upon a time, way back in the summer before I started middle school, I went on a trip. This trip was made in two ten-passenger vans, with somewhere around 18 women. This trip took us from Valparaiso, Indiana, to Seneca Falls, New York.

It was Celebrate '98, the 150th anniversary of the first Women's Rights Convention, which took place in Seneca Falls in 1848.

The trip was amazing -- it probably had more to do with me not falling victim to bad self-esteem immediately upon setting foot in middle school, like some girls, than anything else. It instilled in me a sense of sisterhood, and a sense of what women can accomplish.

(And we can accomplish a lot, in case you were wondering.)

In honor of Women's History Month, Alexander Street Press is making available its "Women and Social Movements in the United States" database for free. Search by social movements; by subject; or chronologically. They've got great graphics and information tables. Everything, really, to expand your knowledge of women and social movements beyond the requisite Susan B. Anthony namedropping. Check it out.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Can you tell which toe is broken?

While no broken toe is enjoyable per se, I must admit I would have rather broken my toe as the Queen of Hearts at Alice's Unbirthday Party than how I broke it this time, against my metal bar chair.